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Sunday Bulletin 5th March 2017

MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:                                                             

Sat Vigil: Bernadette & Seamus Martin, Patricia O’Shea                                                

Sun 9am: Hugh Lynagh                                                          

Sun 11.30am: Margaret Connell, Patrick Smith                                                                     

Sat Vigil: Micheal Corrigan                                                         

Sun 9am: Dinny Farnan & Thomas & Elizabeth Farnan                                             

Sun 11.30am: Josephine & Laurence Murphy, Bridget, William & Richard Wright.

WEEKDAY MASSES: No weekday Masses this week.                          

MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Mar 11th) Ita Mc Guigan 11.30am: (Mar 12th): Nancy Dardis

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Mar 11th) Jacinta Farrell, Mary Kearney & Siobhan Kelly. 11.30am: (Mar 12th) Rita Ennis, Mary Finnegan, Jackie Leavy, Robert Gath & Anne Leavy.

ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday commencing at 9.30am and continuing throughout the day until late.

COLLECTIONS: Athboy €845, Rathmore €135, Rathcairn €135. Thank you for your generous support.

FEASTDAYS in the week ahead:     Mon Mar 6th – St Colette                                      

Tues Mar 7th – Ss Perpetua & Felicity             

Wed Mar 8th – St John of God, St Senan                         

Thus Mar 9th – St Frances of Rome                            

Sat Mar 11th – St Aengus, Bl John Kearney OFM, martyr                                                 

REST IN PEACE: Your prayers are requested for Rita O’Dwyer, Dunshaughlin, nee Maguire (Eileen’s daughter), Valerie Monaghan, Church View, and Garda Jim Keogan, Virginia.

WELCOME: We welcome with great joy Grace Donnelly who was baptised recently. Many congratulations to her parents and godparents.

Congratulations to all who made their Confirmation last Friday. We pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit that were poured on them will be with them throughout their journey of faith.

BINGO in aid of Church funds takes place today Sunday March 5th in the Darnley Lodge Hotel at 3pm.                                                                                                    

BAPTISMAL MEETING: The next baptismal meeting for parents who wish to have their babies’ baptised takes place on Monday March 6th 2017 at 8pm in the Parochial House. Please enrol in advance to the Parochial House.                                                                                   

TROCAIRE BOXES are available at the back of all the Churches.                                               

PIONEER LENTEN CHALLENGE:  take a short term pledge by visiting www.pioneerassociation.ie                                                                              

CONFIRMATION FOR BALLIVOR & KILDALKEY takes place in St. James’ Church, Athboy on Wed 8th March at 11am.                                                                                                                  

POP UP SOUP KITCHEN in St. James’ Hall, on Friday 10th March from 12.30 – 3.30pm. Mens’ Groups coming together in support of SOSAD.                                                                            

LENTEN RETREATS FOR YOUNG ADULTS (18-40): Sat 11th March 9.30am- 5pm in Dalgan Park, Navan. A time of conversation and reflection about how Jesus is calling you. Bookings to Fr Joe: 086 6036506, John 087 2478519.                                                                                           

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES led by Bishop Smith 12-17 September. Fares from €699. There is a special section for sick pilgrims and also a youth section. To book contact Pilgrimages Abroad 01 6359300.     

LIGHT THE FIRE! St Patrick’s Day - March 17th on the Hill of Slane beginning at 5pm, with Mass at 5.30pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration.                       

CHRISM MASS takes place on Wed 12th April in the Cathedral, Mullingar.                

ATHBOY ICA next meeting (AGM) will take place on Monday 6th March at 8pm in St James’ Hall, the Kitchen.                                                                                                       

ATHBOY ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: Club Meeting on Wed March 8th 2.45-5pm, Kurling on Thurs Mar 9th 2.30-4.30pm in St. James’ Hall. New members welcome.                                                                                                                 

ATHBOY COMMUNITY SCHOOL presents musical “Little Shop of Horrors” on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March. Tickets available from the office or on the night – Wed @ €8 and €10 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.                                                                                                                       

COMMUNITY PERSON OF THE YEAR: You are invited to cast your nomination for Athboy Community Person of the Year. Nomination boxes are in the shops in town until Tuesday, March 14th.                                                                                              

ST. PATRICK’S DAY COMMITTEE Seachtain na Gaeilge Sun Mar 12th Flood’s Bar 6-8pm. Join us for an opportunity to speak Irish  in a fun setting.

FORMS OF LENTEN PENANCE:                                                                                                     

The following are suggestions as ways of fulfilling Lenten penance:                                          

Abstaining from meat or some other food;                                                                                                                   

Fasting and abstaining one day a week  e.g. Fridays in Lent;                                                               

Abstaining from alcoholic drink or smoking;                                                        

Abstaining from social media or television;                                                                      

Refraining from being verbally negative or gossipy;                                                       

Attending Mass during the week;                                                                                                   

Making the Stations of the Cross;                                                                                                                                                                   

Participating in Eucharistic Adoration; available every Friday in St. James’ Church;                                                                                

Reading Scripture – Sunday and Daily Readings are available on our parish website ;                                                                                                 

Spending time  with those in our families and community who are old, ill, sad,lonely;                                                                                                                                                        

Giving what we saved from abstaining from various foods, drink etc. to Trocaire.



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