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Parish Bulletin 31 March 2019
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath 31 March 2019 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. All are welcome. Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All welcome. The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please pray for the repose of the souls of Amy White (Manor Nursing Home); Aidan Everard (Wilkinstown) and Una Brennan (Loughlinstown) who died during the week. May they rest in peace. We welcome Alex Fitzgerald, Amie Lacey, and Finn Kelly into the Christian community. This weekend, we welcome, for their final “Do This in Memory of Me” Mass, the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for their First Holy Communion in May. We welcome them along with their parents and we thank all who are supporting the boys and girls on their faith journey this year. A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday next 1st April at 7.00pm You can listen to the weekly faith podcast, Faithcast on This Lent Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the season of Lent. Visit the church for Eucharistic Adoration between 10.00am and 10.00pm on Wednesdays Lectio Divina: Prayer and reflection on the gospels of Lent each Wednesday morning form 10.30am to 12 noon in the Parish Pastoral Centre with refreshments. All welcome. Trocaire Boxes are available for collection at the back of the church. Lent is an important time for Trocaire. The Lenten boxes bring in €5 to €6 million annually. 31 Mar Fourth Sunday of Lent 7 April Fifth Sunday of Lent 7. 7.00pm Tommy & Thomas Everard Charles Sommerfield Ben Glynn 7. 7.00pm Eddie Gannon 1 9.00am Inez Spratt 1 9.00am 1 11.00am Cecila Cudlipp & the deceased members of the family 1 11.00am Doris Mulvaney (Months Memory) Mick, Mollie & Lizzie Mannering Jack Brady 1 12.15pm Dick & Chris Donnelly Betty Colfer 1 12.15pm Breda & Gerry Kenny Luke & Margaret Ralph & deceased members of the family Monday Special Intention Tuesday Con & Laoise Buckley Wednesday James & Kathleen Cusack & deceased members of Hynes & Cusack families Thursday Doris Mulvaney Friday Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead Saturday Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home Pope Francis at the General Audience last Wednesday 27th March. Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the “Our Father”, we now turn to the second part of the prayer, where we present our needs to God. The first such petition, that God “give us this day our daily bread”, stems from the fact, often forgotten, that we are not sufficient unto ourselves. We need to be nourished every day. Yet Jesus teaches us to make this invocation united with the many men and women for whom this prayer is also a plea, forged amid a daily struggle for the bare necessities of life. Seen in this light, Jesus’ words appear with even greater force, reminding us that Christian prayer is not an exercise for ascetics, but emerges from the needs of real people. The bread we are to seek, then, is not my but our bread. Jesus wants us to pray, not for ourselves but for our brothers and sisters. In this way the “Our Father” becomes a prayer of empathy and solidarity. We see such a desire to assist others in the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, where Jesus also anticipates the ultimate offering of himself in the bread of the Eucharist, which alone is capable of fully satisfying our hunger for God himself. Today’s Gospel: The Story of the Prodigal Son The story of the prodigal son, read and re-read all over the world, a tender story of love and forgiveness is dear to the heart of every believer. It describes in vivid and gripping language the story of God’s love for us. God’s love is unconditional. We can never do anything to merit it. It is freely given to us. All we can do is to sing in gratitude. Parish Financial Statement for 2018 Separate from the parish bulletin, you can take home with you a copy of a summary of the parish financial statement for the year ending 31st December 2018, a copy of which will be left at the back of the church. We are most grateful to all our parishioners who generously support our parish. If you are not contributing to our parish, we ask you, if possible, to consider doing so. Your support enables us to carry out the work of ministry and evangelisation in the parish, as well as ensuring that the parish properties are well maintained. We thank our accountant who prepared the financial statement for 2018. They are prepared under a guideline known as the Statement of Recommended Practice “Accounting and Reporting by Charities”, as is required in the charities sector. The financial statement for 2018 was examined and approved by the Parish Finance Committee at its meeting on 12th March last and a copy of the statement was then forwarded to the diocesan office. We are grateful to the Parish Finance Committee for all their work and advice and we thank all those who count, record and bank the monies received. Thanks also to all who distribute the parish envelopes for us each year and those who collect the basket collections at our weekend Masses. Ratoath Senior Citizens: Meet in the Community Centre on Friday 5thApril at 11.00am Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday 3rd April, from 7.00 - 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 Jamie Sherlock-Walsh, ASI, Meath Homecare Coordinator, who will give a talk on ‘Meath Homecare & other ASI Services’. Tea/coffee and scones served. Admission is free. Contact: Day Centre at 046-9027007.

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