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Parish Bulletin 25th February 2018
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath 25 February 2018 01 8256207 " * This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday [[ Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the season of Lent. First Confessions for Ratoath Junior National School on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th February in the Parish Church at 7.30pm The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week. As part of the Mission Awareness programme, this year Bishop Smith welcomes the Columban Missionaries to speak at Masses in the diocese. This 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. Next weekend at the 7.00pm Mass and the 12.15pm Mass we welcome the boys and girls of Sixth Class who are preparing for Confirmation in April. This is their final preparation Mass and we thank their parents and teachers who have assisted and supported them on their faith journey this year. Support Trocaire this Lent: “But it is not God’s will for some to have everything and others to have nothing. That cannot be of God. God’s will is that all his children be happy”. Archbishop Oscar Romero. In early February we sent CHY4 forms to many parishioners. We thank those who have already returned the completed CHY4 form to us. If you have not done so, we would be grateful if you could return the competed form to the parish office as soon as possible. We thank those who have contributed €250 or more that enables us to benefit from the tax relief for donations to the parish. Envelope collection for the week ending 11th February €2,189.45 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Continuing this Friday (2ndMarch) at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre, a programme on Catholicism to help deepen our faith. All welcome. 0 25 Feb Second Sunday of Lent nt 4 March Si Third Sunday of Lent 7 David Lynch Elizabeth & John Ryan Margaret Hynes Brian Abraham 7. 7.00pm James, Margaret, Eileen & Patrick Woods 1 9.00am 1 9.00am Kay & Brendan Menton 1 11.00am Christopher Crowley(Month’s Memory) 1 11.00am Maura Hennessy 1 12.15pm Jim Brady Patrick & Masie Kennedy 1 12.15pm Michael Gilchrist Maureen Byrne Monday Mary Murphy Friday Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead Saturday Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers in the Louth, Cavan, Monaghan and Meath areas to drive patients to and from their treatments in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and the Dublin hospitals. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drive them to the door of the hospital and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. Drivers will use their own cars but all volunteer expenses are paid. For more information call Gail on 01 2310 566 or visit the Irish Cancer Society’s website at Antoin Mac Gabhann and friends in a concert of traditional Irish music in St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan on this Sunday 25th February at 3.00pm. Admission €15/ students €5 The Venue Players present Drama at Inish at The Venue Theatre on Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd March at 8pm. Tickets €13 from Box Office 6895600 or Ratoath College Uniforms: Fitting for girls uniforms will take place in Blondelles on Monday 5th -10th March and for boys Monday 12th -16th March. Current students requiring uniforms can order at this time Phone 01 8257 711 The Christmas Present programme, organised by Helen Hickey for under privileged Dublin Northside children was an outstanding success, thanks to the generosity of Ratoath parishioners. **************************************************************************************************** “One who is aware of his own wretchedness and lowers his gaze with humility feels God’s merciful gaze set upon him” – Pope Francis tweet of 5th February on @Pontifex ***************************************************************************************************** Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Visit “How can we say there are too many children? That’s like saying there are too many flowers” (Mother Teresa) “Let us remember that every child at its very conception is created for greater love and be loved” (Mother Teresa) “I appreciate that engaging in any conversation around the upcoming referendum is not easy for people. While I too find it difficult to talk about, the Gospel and my conscience convince me that I am obliged to speak. It really is important for us to affirm that what is in the womb are babies that are just not born yet. They are not potential persons but persons with potential. They are developing humans. I invite you to be missionaries for the cause of life. It is a noble cause to uphold the sacredness of human life.” Excerpt from the Pastoral Message of Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick Life is sacred, Catechism of the Catholic Church n.2258 “Human life is sacred because, from its beginning, it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end. No one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.” What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without legal constitutional protection. This would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right. Rally For Life : Saturday 10thMarch at 2p.m. Parnell Sq., Dublin. We need YOU at the most important Rally for Life in Irish history. To book a seat on the Dunshaughlin bus please phone 0858274558

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