MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:
Sat Vigil: Molly & Martin Doherty & Dec’d Doherty Family Members
Sun 9am: Margaret Daly
Sun 11.30am: Coleen Kane, Frank Brogan, Rosaleen Brogan M.M.
Thurs 7.30pm: Martin Doherty
Sat 10am: Sr Francis Looby
Sat Vigil: Frank & Kathleen Hanily, Tony Clarke, Elliot Grace M.M.
Sun 9am: Mary Mc Kiernan
Sun 11.30am: Michael & Betty Glynn, Mary Fagan M.M.
WEEKDAY MASSES: Mon at 8am, Tues & Thurs 7.30pm, Wed & Fri 9.30am, Sat 10am.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Jan 21st) Teresa Doherty 11.30am (Jan 22nd) Stephanie Anderson
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Jan 21st) Mairead Farrell, Enda Kelly & Susan Kenny 11.30am: (Jan 22nd) Joseph Mc Govern, Dawn Finnegan, Anthony Leavy & Finula Garrahy
ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day until late.
COLLECTIONS: Athboy €1365, Rathmore €225, Rathcairn €160. Thank you for your generous support.
FEASTDAYS in the week ahead: Mon Jan 16th – St Fursa
Tues Jan 17th – St Anthony
Fri Jan 20th - Ss Fabian & Sebastian
REST IN PEACE: Your prayers are requested for Rose (Dodie) Smith, Beechgrove, Eamonn Buckley, Galway (Brid Fox’s brother), and Bridget Davis, nee Brogan, Dublin.
BINGO in aid of Church funds takes place today Sunday January 15th at 3pm in the Darnley Lodge Hotel. All welcome
MISSALS FOR 2017 are now on sale priced €10.
BAPTISMAL MEETING: The next baptismal meeting for parents who wish to have their babies’ baptised takes place next Monday February 6th 2017 at 8pm in the Parochial House. Please enrol in advance to the Parochial House.
BISHOPS’ AD LIMINA VISIT: Bishop Smith and all the Irish Bishops travelled to Rome on Friday for their Ad Limina visit to the Holy See. The Bishops’ pilgrimage will include an audience with Pope Francis, meetings with senior members of the Roman Curia and visits to a number of holy sites. The Bishops’ pilgrimage is historically known as the Ad lamina Apostolorum visit – or “to the threshold of the Apostles” – a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make, and this normally takes place every five years.
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST & OF THE WORD: We are presently seeking new Ministers of the Eucharist and of the Word. If you are interested, please contact Fr. O’Connor at the Parochial House.
ATHBOY COMMUNITY SCHOOL: You are invited to a Prayer Service to mark Christian Unity Week (Jan 18-25) in Athboy Community School on Thursday 19th January at 7.30pm.
BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES every Wednesday night 8.30pm-10.30pm in the Macra Hall, Athboy. All welcome.
SEAN NOS DANCING CLASSES will resume in the Convent Community Centre on Wed 18th Jan at 9pm. All welcome.
MEATH LOCAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP “Learn 2 Run to 5K” starting Claremont Stadium Track, Navan on Monday Jan 16th. €30 for 8 weeks. See www.meathsports.ie or call 046 9067337 to register.
Two Lives, One Love, is the title of the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland. Some key points from the submission include:
- We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.
- There is no such thing as a human life without value.
- The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3 would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental right.
- Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.
- We believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law.
- Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.