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Parish Bulletin 10 May 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

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

Mass on Sunday 17th May at 11.00am will be streamed. The link is  https://youtu.be/mCflEokgJrE

Please note that from next Sunday onwards the Mass will be streamed at the earlier time of 11.00am

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.

If you have received a letter from the Parish Office in regard to Tax Relief for Donations to the parish (CHY4 Cert) and have not returned the completed form, we would be grateful if you could do so as soon as possible.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Maria Colfer (Curragha), sister of Leonard and Raymond Brennan who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes will not travel this year owing to the corona virus and it has been deferred until 12th September 2021

                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                

10 May

Fifth Sunday of Easter

17 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

1 12.15pm

Ray Murphy (Months Memory)

Julia Clarke

George & Albert McAuley & the

deceased members of the family

Andy Roche

1 12.15pm

Yvonne Saul Fagan

Padraig O’Malley

Patrick & Mary Wall

Vonnie & Ben Cullen

Peg White

Michael McMahon

Nancy Ryan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Prayer for those who tend the sick

Almighty God, Father of mercies,

in his earthly your Son Jesus Christ  went about doing good,

 healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people.

Comfort, heal and sanctify those who suffer in mind, body or spirit.

Grant to all doctors and nurses, and to all who tend the sick, sympathy and patience.

Bless all who labour to prevent suffering, make them instruments of your healing love

and continue through them your loving purpose among us, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

Churches and places of worship for planned opening in July

The Irish government’s phased lifting of COVID-19 restrictions is expected to see churches and places of worship re-open as of 20 July in the penultimate Phase Four of the plan.

It is anticipated that the easing of restrictions in Phase 2 beginning on 8 June will mean that slightly larger groups of people are allowed to attend funerals. As of 20 July, small social gatherings of family and close friends may be allowed, including small weddings and baptisms.

The plan is subject to change depending on how the lifting of the restrictions affects the numbers of people becoming ill with COVID-19.

On the same day that the announcements were made by government (Friday 1 May), the leaders of Ireland’s main churches held a video conference in which they discussed the re-opening of churches and church buildings for collective worship.

“As leaders of main churches in Ireland, we recognise that Christians across our land long for the day when we can all gather again inside our church buildings for fellowship and collective worship,” said a joint statement of the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches.

They added: “We want to commend our ministers and clergy for their prayerful and creative use of various online platforms and other means that have brought encouragement, through God’s word and through prayer, to His scattered people. At the same time, we lament the fact that our congregations are unable to gather together in person for worship.”

However, they noted that to be a community means recognising our interdependence and continuing to adhere to government advice on social distancing and other measures. While the current restrictions are challenging, they are for the “common good” and the protection of everyone on the island of Ireland, they stated.

The church leaders added that at this time it is not appropriate to consider a full return to church gatherings, apart from the limited number of people who are able to meet for funeral services.

The leaders noted that the vast majority of the people had embraced the challenging, but very necessary, restrictions, and they had worked together for the benefit and good of all. They gave thanks for this demonstration of love and concern for all in the community.

“As we enter into the second full month of this emergency on our island, we urge everyone to remain resolute and vigilant, encouraging one another on, so that we can come through this together,” they concluded

 

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