Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion
No Masses during the week. RTE News Now is broadcasting Mass from Letterkenny Cathedral every day at 10.30am.
The needs of our suffering brothers and sisters in the developing world have not changed (except perhaps for the worse) during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Online - make a payment to Account no: 8822 7020 at Sort Code: 93 80 92. These details are for an account in Northern Ireland, but Euro payments may be made there (possibly using a Sterling equivalent).
Cheques may be posted to Trocaire, 50-52 King Street, Belfast, BT1 6AD.
If you don't wish to use either of these methods, make a cheque payable either to Trocaire or Moville Parish, and mark the envelope "Trocaire" and drop it at the parochial house. If you wish to make a cash payment, please use notes or large denomination coins (not 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c coins).
Confession For Easter?
Lent is a special time "to let God wash us, purify us, to let God embrace us," said Pope Francis, and the best place for that is the confessional.
"But many people today would tell me, 'Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can't leave the house? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father's embrace.'"
The pope said his response would be, "Do what the Catechism says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,' and ask for pardon with all your heart."
Make an act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, "'I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.' And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, N. 1452, says: "When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called 'perfect' — contrition of charity. Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible."
"As the catechism teaches," Pope Francis said, "you can draw near to God's forgiveness without having a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment."