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Parish Bulletin 26 April 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             26 April 2020


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    Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome. Suspended.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. Suspended.

We encourage parishioners to continue to visit the church for private prayer.

“While Masses are suspended, the voice of prayer should not be silent” (Bishop Deenihan)




Mass on Sunday 26th April at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link is

Mass on Sunday 3rd May at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link is

At Mass next Sunday, we will pray in a special way for all our health care workers

                              Excerpt from Bishop Tom Deenihan letter to priests.

Understandably, many parents and teachers are wondering about Confirmation and Communion Ceremonies. I think we will have to wait until schools are reopened and church ceremonies are allowed before we can realistically answer these questions.

It also seems likely that church gatherings will be somewhat down the line and certainly not in any initial phase of restriction lifting.

In previous letters I have outlines the State’s policy in relation to funerals.                                Basically, funeral of those who die of either Covid 19 or other causes can take place in Church, subject, of course, to there being no more than 10 mourners present. Obviously there are protocols to be followed in relation to those who have died of the Coronovirus but such remains can be brought to the church for a Requiem Mass. That is happening already...

We need to be very clear that as far as the HSE, the Diocese and the individual parishes are concerned, there is no reason not to bring the remains to our local churches for a Requiem Mass. It may be that this should be communicated with local undertakers as there seems to be local variations. It is important that the impression is not taken or erroneously created that the parish/diocese is prohibiting such Masses.


I also believe that when these restrictions are over, we will need to offer individual Memorial Masses to families, should they wish it, so that the community can gather and pray for the deceased.


                                             Prayer for Health Care Workers

Loving God, we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.

Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body. Keep them safe from harm.

May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal

and help those affected by the coronavirus.

God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.

Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families. Amen




             Excerpt of the homily of Pope Francis last Sunday (19th April).

Last Sunday we celebrated the Lord’s resurrection; today we witness the resurrection of his disciple. It has already been a week, a week since the disciples had seen the Risen Lord, but in spite of this, they remained fearful, cringing behind “closed doors”, unable even to convince Thomas, the only one absent, of the resurrection.

What does Jesus do in the face of this timorous lack of belief? He returns and, standing in the same place, “in the midst” of the disciples, he repeats his greeting: “Peace be with you!” . He starts all over.

The resurrection of his disciple begins here, from this faithful and patient mercy, from the discovery that God never tires of reaching out to lift us up when we fall.           He wants us to see him, not as a taskmaster with whom we have to settle accounts, but as our Father who always raises us up.

In life we go forward tentatively, uncertainly, like a toddler who takes a few steps and falls; a few steps more and falls again, yet each time his father puts him back on his feet.

The hand that always puts us back on our feet is mercy: God knows that without mercy we will remain on the ground, that in order to keep walking, we need to be put back on our feet.


Message from Fr Gerry and Fr Brendan

We wish to assure our parishioners that we continue to pray for you and your intentions at the private Masses that we offer each day.

The last few weeks have been difficult and challenging for so many people, especially our sick and elderly. We continue to remember them in prayer.

We are particularly conscious of those who have lost their work and livelihood and we pray that they will be able to return to work as soon as is practicable.

Many thanks to the parishioners who have sent us messages of support at this time.


We thank Eamonn, Sandra, Mary, Sheila and our cantors who have worked with us so as to provide the on line Mass every Sunday at 12.15pm. We know from the comments that we have all received that this service is appreciated by so many in these difficult days.

                                            The Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as if you are already there and unite myself wholly to you.

Never permit me to be separated from you.


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