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Parish Bulletin 18th February 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              18 February 2018

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

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Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm

Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the season of Lent.

                                      

Congratulations to Louisa Madden (Flemingtown) who was baptised recently.

As part of the Mission Awareness programme, this year Bishop Smith welcomes the Columban Missionaries to speak at Masses in the diocese. Next weekend, Angie Escarsa will come to Ratoath. Angie is from the Philippines and is a member of the Columban Mission Appeal. She will share her work of the missions giving particular focus on the work of the Columban Missionaries.

We warmly welcome her to our parish.

For Lent: Every Friday continuing this Friday (23rd February) at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre, a programme on Catholicism to help deepen our faith. All welcome.

Vocation Retreat Day: A retreat day for young adults (18-40) in Dalgan Park, Navan on Saturday 24th February from 9.30am to 5.00pm. Conversation and reflection on the priesthood, married life, religious life and the single life, with prayer, Eucharistic Adoration, talks, and an opportunity for Confession and the Celebration of Mass. If interested contact Fr Joe Campbell on 086-6036506 or Mary Ruane on 087-2478519 or Sr. Una Kearney on 0906481666 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This week end is a blue offering.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, 25thApril for 7 nights. Contact Ann Buchanan at 0858021382

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 17th June. The volunteers will work on a humanitarian project for two week. No experience required and no age restrictions. Supervision provided. No large fundraising and volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist in teaching English or assist with sports, games, art, craft or more then you can make a real impact in the lives of the poorest and those without hope. Contact Denis on 086- 8520271

Community Walking.  Spring is here! Get down to your local walking group on Wednesday at 7pm, meeting outside the Community Centre. Contact Charlotte (0868158239) for more details.

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25 Feb

Si  Second Sunday of Lent

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Imelda Fitzmaurice (Month’s Memory)

Maureen Cooney

Deceased members of Kavanagh

family (Jamestown)

7. 7.00pm

David Lynch

Elizabeth & John Ryan

Margaret Hynes

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1  9.00am

 

1 11.00am    

Michael & Brigid Carey

1  11.00am

Christopher Crowley(Month’s Memory)

1 12.15pm    

Nuala Callaghan

Renate Munnelly

Mary Deegan

Marie Dempsey

1  12.15pm

Jim Brady

Patrick & Masie Kennedy

                                                                                                                                   

                                                            

Monday         Eugene Eiffe                          Wednesday        Mary Geraghty      

Saturday        Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Please support the third National Collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018 which will be taken up in all parishes next­ weekend 24th & 25th February

Dublin will host the 9th World Meeting of Families from the 21 – 26 August 2018.

The World Meeting of Families was established in 1994 when Pope Saint John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish an international gathering of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the world and that would help to strengthen the bonds between families and bear witness to the importance of marriage and the family to all of society. To date the World Meeting of Families has been hosted in Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Milan, Valencia, Mexico City and Philadelphia. Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host city for the next World Meeting of Families on the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.

The following key moments make up the 9th World Meeting of Families:

·       A National Opening on Tuesday 21 August which will take place simultaneously in each of the dioceses of Ireland;

·       A three day congress from 22-24 August in the RDS, Dublin;

·       A Festival of Families on Saturday 25 August, comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents;

·       A Closing Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26 August with thousands of people from Ireland and across the world.

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Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Visit www.chooselife2018.ie

Sarah’s story: “I have always been pro-life but I remember the day I wholeheartedly promised to always stand up for the unborn.

“I heard a woman speak called Melissa Odhen, who survived an abortion in America.

I remember asking myself ‘If abortion was really about womens’ rights, then where were Melissa’s rights when doctors tried to end her life when she was in the womb?’

“I see and acknowledge the gift of life as the fundamental cornerstone upon which society survives. The right to life is the most important human right, without it all other rights are meaningless.

“As women we have the capacity to bear life inside of us. This is something which should empower us.  I understand that women can sometimes find themselves in difficult situations when pregnant, but if the only help we as a society can offer her is to end the life of her baby, then we have failed that woman.

“Being pro-life in today’s society is often labelled as something repressive and anti-woman, but for me it is the exact opposite. From personal experience, and from meeting many other like-minded people, I know that there is always a better answer than abortion.

When women find themselves in such crisis, society should strive to eliminate that crisis, not the child. Abortion is life-ending, not life-saving.

“I hope that together we can work towards protecting Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, a law that has protected hundreds of thousands of Irish lives.

We must remember to be compassionate and loving towards all those most personally affected by this issue but also be firm and unafraid of what we are standing for. Future lives depend on it.” 

    Sarah Moynihan, 21, is a student from Co. Meath.

 

 

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