MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:
Sat Vigil: Marietta Mc Mahon, Kit, Bernadette & G.B.Raleigh
Sun 9am: Margaret Kane & baby Noah.
Sun 11.30am: Tom Mc Guinness, Margaret Dunne.
Tues 7.30pm: Sonny Bracken
Thurs 7.30pm: Pat & Sheila Nugent
Sat 10am: Christy & Marcella Nugent M.M.
Sat Vigil: James, & Mary Kenny & daughter Maura
Sun 9am: Peter & Bridget Farrell
Sun 11.30am: Packy Mc Kiernan, Noel & Rose Healy
WEEKDAY MASSES: Mon 8am, Tues & Thurs at 7.30pm, Wed at 9.30am, Fri at 8am & 7.30pm, Sat at 10am.
MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Apr 8th) Frank Holland 11.30am (Apr 9th) Ann Hoey
MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Apr 8th) Marie Leavy, Jacqueline Barrett, Noreen Whelehan & Donal Mc Loughlin 11.30am: (Apr 9th) Betty Beirne, Judy O’Doherty, Peig Timmons, Kathleen Cumiskey & Frances Ennis.
ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day until late.
COLLECTIONS: Athboy €900 Rathmore €120, Rathcairn €110. Thank you for your generous support.
FEASTDAYS in the week ahead: Tues April 4th – St Isidore
Wed Apr 5th – St Vincent Ferrer
Fri Apr 7th – St John Baptist de la Salle
REST IN PEACE: Your prayers are requested for Paddy Clarke, Trim and Phyllis Farrelly, Dublin who was buried in Rathmore during the week.
WE WELCOME the boys and girls together with their families who are preparing for their First Holy Communion and we congratulate them on making their First Penance during the week. As part of their preparation, they are invited to read the Prayers of the Faithful and participate in the Offertory procession for the remaining Sundays in Lent.
NATIONAL COLLECTION FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018: Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families 21-26 Aug 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway. Hosting this event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard, a second national collection will be held this weekend. Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.
SOSAD WELLNESS SHEETS are available at the back of the Church.
BAPTISMAL MEETING: The next baptismal meeting for parents who wish to have their babies’ baptised takes place on Monday April 3rd 2017 at 8pm in the Parochial House. Please enrol in advance to the Parochial House.
FIRST FRIDAY - Friday April 7th - Masses at 8am & 7.30pm. Communion Calls to the sick and housebound at the usual times on Friday also.
PALM SUNDAY: Next Sunday April 9th is Palm Sunday. Palms will be distributed and blessed at all Masses.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES: Penitential Service on Monday April 10th at 7.30pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday April 13th at 7.30pm. On Good Friday – Stations of the Cross at 3pm and Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 7.30pm. On Holy Saturday the Easter Vigil takes place at 7.30pm.
BINGO in aid of Church funds takes place on Sunday April 9th at 3pm in the Darnley Lodge Hotel.
CELEBRATING FAMILY AT KNOCK SHRINE – Preparation for WMOF2018- Family Day of Faith, Inspiration and Sharing on Sat 8th April at Knock Shrine in the Rest & Care Centre from 11am with Mass at 3pm celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
MONTHLY PADRE PIO MASS takes place on Wed 5th April at 8pm in St. Mary’s Church, Navan. Blessing with St. Pio’s glove after Mass. Everyone welcome.
TROCAIRE BOXES are available at the back of all the Churches.
PIONEER LENTEN CHALLENGE: take a short-term pledge by visiting www.pioneerassociation.ie
MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES led by Bishop Smith 12-17 September. Fares from €699. There is a special section for sick pilgrims and a youth section. To book contact Pilgrimages Abroad 01 6359300.
CHRISM MASS takes place on Wed 12th April in the Cathedral, Mullingar at 7pm.
FR MURPHY AC 1OK road race and fun run takes place on Easter Sunday April 16th in Kildalkey. Online Registration €15 or €20 on the day. Further details on our Facebook page.
ATHBOY ICA will meet at 8pm on Monday 3rd April in St. James’ Hall, the Kitchen, Athboy. Guest speaker: The Arch Club. Competition: An Easter Egg.
THE MEATH BRANCH OF THE IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION are seeking volunteers to assist with their activities, which include organising outings for wheelchair users. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer please contact Hugh at 087 295 7298.
GIVE BLOOD on Thursday 6th April in the Darnley Lodge Hotel from 4.30pm – 8pm. ATHBOY AREA COMMUNITY GAMES aims to encourage, introduce, and develop active healthy lives in a safe environment through experiencing a wide range of sporting & cultural activities for children of Athboy parish; 6-16 years…any money raised goes back into the running of Athboy community games….contact
ATHBOY ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP: Club meeting on Wednesday 5th April 2.45pm-5pm. (Please note earlier start time.) Kurling on Thurs April 6th 2.30pm-4.30pm in St. James’ Hall.
A LENTEN PRAYER
During the sacred season of Lent, bring me close to you.
Prepare a place in my home and heart for silence and solitude,
so that I may re-discover the grace of a prayerful life.
Help me to fast from those things that threaten the wellbeing of my body and soul and remind me of the grace of simplicity.
Enlarge my heart so that I give to those in need and,
in so doing, rediscover the grace of gratitude and generosity.
May this season be a grace-filled time to rekindle my love for and faith in you. Amen