We invite parishioners to return Trócaire boxes to the Churches next Sunday (23rd). Please do not leave boxes unattended. Trócaire is the Irish Catholic Church's agency for development and relief in times of need. The collection at Masses next Sunday (23rd) will be donated to Trócaire. Please give what you can, and thank you.
Divine Mercy Sunday
Next Sunday (23rd) is Divine Mercy Sunday, and a celebration (including recitation of the Rosary, Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, hymns, Confession and Mass) will be held from 2.30pm in St Patrick's Church. Everyone is welcome. Blessing with a first class relic of St Faustina will conclude the afternoon's prayer.
World Meeting of Families 2018
Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway.
Our new parish defibrillator is being installed in the church grounds. The Parish Pastoral Council are running defibrillator training, which is underway on Tuesday evenings. This training and certification will enable participants use this type of equipment and potentially save a life at any location. Cost per person is €50, including certification. Anyone interested please contact the parish office or Dermot Bolger, 087 2460148.
Notable dates this year
Divine Mercy Sunday: 23rd April (gathering in St Patrick's Church, 2.30pm).
Our Blessed Lady of Fatima requested the three children to pray on the First Saturday of every month in reparation for the offences against Her Immaculate Heart. Before Our Lady's Altar in St Patrick's Church at 9.30am before 10am Mass.
First Holy Communion dates
St Michael's NS: Saturday, 6th May 2017.
Apostolic Exhortation - Amoris Laetitia
The 'Joy of Love' written by Pope Francis and published in April brings together the results of two Synods on the family which took place over the last two years. The document has been broadly welcomed all over the world. While the Pope does not change any of the moral teachings associated with the family he writes in a language which is compassionate, understanding and accessible to all. It takes into account the results of consultation and discussions from around the world and addresses many of the issues faced by families in the Church today.
• Amoris Laetitia is available on the Diocesan website: www.dioceseofmeath.ie. A summary of the document is also available at the Parish Office.