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Parish Bulletin 3 May 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

           3 May 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 3rd May at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link is https://youtu.be/mLqk3NQrSME

Mass on Sunday 10th May at 12.15pm will be streamed. The link is  https://youtu.be/W2QIec6VSuU

Cemetery Sunday 24th May is postponed until further notice.

We thank parishioners who have dropped in the blue and white envelopes into the parish office.

We appreciate your generosity at this difficult time.

                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                

3 May

Fourth Sunday of Easter

10 May

Fifth Sunday of Easter

1 12.15pm

Ellen & Angelo Whyte

Ann, Bridgie, Tom & John Reilly

Betty Sherry

Gerard Ralph

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

Bridget Mc Intyre & the deceased

members of the family

Noel & Phil Shanley

Jim Keane

Margaret Blayney

1 12.15pm

Ray Murphy (Months Memory)

Julia Clarke

George & Albert McAuley & the

deceased members of the family

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                            Vocations Sunday

This Sunday, 3rd May, is Vocations or Good Shepherd Sunday, the dedicated annual day for Catholics around the world to offer special prayers to encourage vocations from families and parishes to the priesthood and to religious life.                                                          Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations in a statement published ahead of Vocations Sunday said,                                                                                            “We join with Pope Francis in asking the Church to continue to promote vocations.               The Holy Father asks us to find courage to say ‘yes’ to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ.  My prayer is that all who are being called to diocesan priesthood will have that courage to say ‘yes’ to God`s call!”

                                             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

                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Prayer to end the pandemic

Pope Francis asks us to call on Our Lady’s intercession

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.               Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen

 

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