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Parish Bulletin 4th March 2018
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath 4 March 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. Congratulations to Zoe De-Souza (Milltree Park) and Heather Hendrick (Moulden Bridge) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Bridget Johnson (The Ward) who died during the week. May she rest in peace. First Confessions for Rathbeggan National School on Tuesday 6th March and for St Paul’s National School on Thursday 8th March in the Parish Church at 7.30pm. The First Confessions for two classes of Ratoath Junior National School, cancelled due to the snow, will be rescheduled. The school will notify parents of the new date. Next weekend at the 7.00pm Mass and the 11.00am Mass we welcome the boys and girls of Second Class will attend as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme, in preparation for their First Holy Communion We welcome them along with their parents. Support Trocaire this Lent: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. Martin Luther King Jnr. 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. Mothers Prayers’ Annual Weekend in Knock: For mothers who wish to come together to pray for their children and grandchildren, bringing them to Jesus who loves them so much and can change things that we cannot change – 9th to 11th March. Phone 087-6184110 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Ratoath College Uniforms: Fitting for boys uniforms will take place in Blondelles from Monday 12th -16th March. Current students requiring uniforms can order at this time. Phone 01 8257 711 Continuing this Friday (9th March) at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre, a programme on Catholicism to help deepen our faith. All welcome. 0 4 March Si Third Sunday of Lent 11 March Si Fourth Sunday of Lent 7 7.00pm James, Margaret, Eileen & Patrick Woods Patrick & Colette Devenney 7. 7.00pm Gerry Hoare Michael Farrington Sue McDermott Paddy Moore 1 9.00am Kay & Brendan Menton 1 9.00am 1 11.00am Maura Hennessy 1 11.00am 1 12.15pm Michael Gilchrist Maureen Byrne 1 12.15pm Seamus, Kit, Bridget & Noel Ennis Marcus Crowley Monday Special Intention Saturday Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home Devotion to Our Lady of the Snows Usually, when one talks about devotion to the Mother of Jesus under a particular title, there is a link, either to one of Mary’s qualities (Sorrowful Mother, Mother of Mercy) or to one of her apparitions (Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe). Devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Snows is one of the oldest devotions to Mary. It has direct ties to the legend about a marvellous snowfall in Rome in 352 A.D. Mary had indicated in a dream to a wealthy, childless Roman couple that she wanted a church built in her honour and the site for this church would be covered with snow. On a hot, sultry morning on August 5, Esquiline Hill was covered with snow. All Rome proclaimed the summer snows a miracle, and a church to honour Mary was built on the hill in 358 A.D. Restored and refurbished many times, this church, now the magnificent Basilica of St. Mary Major, still stands today as the seat of devotion to Our Lady of the Snows in the Catholic Church. ***************************************************************************************************** Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Visit The Power of Language from Two Lives, One Love: Words like 'foetus', 'embryo' and 'zygote' are scientific terms which are often used to dehumanise unborn children in a way which seeks to normalise abortion. These terms are misleading when they are used to suggest the unborn child is not a human being from the moment of conception. The unborn child is one of us: Advances in 4D ultrasound technology are a real window into the womb. By Day 21, baby's heart is beating. Facial features are starting to form from week four. At just six weeks, the baby's eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth and internal organs have developed in their basic form. From week eight the nervous system is beginning to respond. From week nine the baby can yawn and swallow and from week 12 the baby can suck its thumb. This is all happening before the mother's bump is showing. 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 **************************************************************************************************** Third Sunday of Lent: As we continue our Lenten journey, we interrupt the reading of St Mark’s gospel and for the next three Sundays we turn to the fourth gospel – the gospel of St John. The traditional symbol for John is the eagle, perhaps because of the clarity and breadth of his vision of who Jesus is, and in particular his portrayal of the glory that is his, even in his hour of suffering and death. In today’s gospel we have St John’s account of the cleansing of the Temple, which St John places at the beginning of his gospel. Central to this passage is the truth that the functions of the Jewish Temple, namely prayer and worship of God, are now transferred to the person of Jesus who unlike the Temple, is accessible to all wherever they may be. ********************************************************************************************* Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday 7th March from 7.00pm - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin. All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend. Guest speaker is Maeve Montgomery, Dementia Adviser, ASI, Manager, who will give a talk on 'Most Common Problems for People with Dementia and their Families'. Tea/coffee and scones served. Admission is free. Contact: Day Centre at 046-9027007.

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