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Parish Bulletin 17 May 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

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

Mass on Sunday 24th May at 11.00am will be streamed. The link is https://youtu.be/Gg9twLgk66g

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

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Flinter (St. Oliver’s Park) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

                                                    From Bishop Deenihan

                                            Sacraments of Baptism and Marriage

Under the present circumstances, the celebration of baptism other than those in danger of death is suspended until further notice, currently July 20th

Phase 4 (July 20th) will allow “small social gatherings”, limited to a “fixed number of persons for a limited period of time, with social distancing”. This is to include “small baptisms” and “small weddings”.

The Roadmap notes, however, that even in phase 5 and afterwards “large social gatherings” e.g. “large weddings are to be restricted due to risk”. This applies especially to the social celebration of weddings. Weddings are not possible at this time.

A significant number of couples have decided to reschedule the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage in the coming months.

Given the large number of couples who are rescheduling their marriage and given the difficulties that they are experiencing in relation to hotel bookings, I am happy to extend the permission for Sunday weddings for couples who have already booked and must reschedule their wedding to August 31st 2021

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                

17 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

24 May

Ascension of the Lord

1 12.15pm

Yvonne Saul Fagan

Padraig O’Malley

Patrick & Mary Wall

Vonnie & Ben Cullen

Paul McDermott

Peg White

Michael McMahon

Nancy Ryan

Ellen Murphy

1 12.15pm

Desmond & Julia Toole

Rose Hickey

James, Margaret & Jim Keogh

Christy Walsh

Michael Murphy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                Monday is the 100th anniversary of the death of Pope St John Paul 11

“What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love him in return.               In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary.                                                          And without the love of Jesus, everything else is useless”

                                    Opening of Churches and Places of Worship

The Government roadmap proposes that the opening of churches and places of worship should take place in mid-July. The Archbishop of Dublin, Archbishop Martin has said “Like all other measures, it is possible that if the public health situation permits it, these dates could be brought forward. It is important for the Church to give the message that we are enthusiastically preparing for the opening of all our churches and the resumption of public Masses”

                                                  Celebration of Baptisms

Phase 4 (July 20th) will allow “small social gatherings”, limited to a “fixed number of persons for a limited period of time, with social distancing”. This is to include “small baptisms”.

Providing that the road map laid out by the government is not changed, we would hope to hold baptism ceremonies shortly after the 20th July. We await further guidance.

                              Celebration of Confirmation and First Communion

We are mindful that the children of the parish and their families were looking forward to these important celebrations of their faith. We want to assure all the boys and girls that they are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

No decision in relation to rescheduling can take place at this time as there is no degree of certainty about the way forward. We await guidance from the Diocesan Office about these special days.

We would like to celebrate the ceremonies in the Autumn if it were possible (if and when the boys and girls go back to school) but we must await and adhere to HSE and government guidelines and follow the protocols at all time.

The health of everyone is our number one consideration and I am sure it is yours too.

Suffice to say that the celebrations of these sacraments will take place if and only if it is safe to do so.

                                                                            

Cemetery Sunday 24th May is postponed.

Covid 19 Support Line for Older People. Alone has launched a national support line and additional supports of older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of Covid 19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am to 8.00pm by calling 0818 222 024

Meath Covid-19 Community Call Forum is reminding people that anyone who needs help or is experiencing loneliness can call the Meath Community Call Helpline 1800 808 809, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week or the national ALONE Helpline 0818 222 024. Other supports are also available at YourMentalHealth.ie

Meath Befriending Service is available, offering a check in call each day and practical support where needed. Contact Eva 085-8622496 

Third Age’s Senior Line freephone 1800 80 45 91 operating 7 days a week 10am-10pm is a peer support helpline service.  The confidential service has been operating for 22 years in Meath.

The national “In this together” campaign, aims to promote wellbeing during the current pandemic. If offers a range of activities and supports, for mental health, staying fit and active, and staying connected, which can be found on gov.ie/together

                                                                                              

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.

 

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