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Parish Buletin 26th July 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 July 2015

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry 

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.

Please pray for Fr. Johnny Brogan P.P. of Kilskyre and for Mgr. Willie Cleary, retired PP of Tullamore and C.C. Mornington who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Amanda Bracken and Colm Duffy and to Sarah-Jane O’Lone and Cameron Bennett

who were married during the week.

Lough Derg Pilgrimage season: You can make the three day pilgrimage any day up to13th August. Pre –booking not required. Contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lough Derg one day retreat on Saturday 5th September.  No fasting or walking barefoot.  Contact Stella at 0851677325 early booking essential.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival at Cistercian College, Roscrea, from Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August .  For young people aged 16-35, this is a great opportunity to find out what your Catholic faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere.  The festival is donation only.  Free buses available from all around Ireland.  For info and to book online, see www.youth2000.ie or phone 01 6753690

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Smith from 12th to 17thSeptember.      Return flights, 5 nights hotel full board, insurance & taxes €719. There is a special section for sick pilgrims requiring assistance with accommodation and medical supervision in the Accueil Notre Dame. There is a special youth section, 18- 30 years. Fare €350.

To book, contact: Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 69 Upper O Connell St., Dublin 1. Tel: 01-6359300

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 9th August. Bus will leave Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00am and Dunboyne Church at 8.30am. Please contact May 825 0139 or 087 133 4872 

Due to recent robberies, we advise parishioners who are visiting the cemetery to lock their cars when visiting their family graves and not to leave handbags etc visible in your cars.
Macra na Feirme is an organisation for young people between the ages of 17 and 35 who are interested in meeting new people and getting involved in sports, travel, drama, debating, or just want to meet new people and have some fun! We are looking to set up a new Macra club in the Dunshaughlin/Ratoath area so if you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved or even helping the club get established please contact Sinéad on 087 1880152 or 
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26 July

    Seventeenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Aug

    Eighteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Mary & Joseph Elliott

7.  7.00pm

9. 9.00am

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Daniel Delaney (Months Memory)

1  11.00am

Conor Fogarty

12.15pm

Bernard Fisher (Months Memory)

Patrick O’Sullivan

Peg, Harry & Nan Everard 

1  12.15pm

Jackie O’Sullivan

Monday    Danny Gannon                                        Wednesday    Tony Cotterell

Saturday    No morning Mass

“Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready”                                   (from today’s gospel)
He fed the crowd
A mother and small child stood in line for Communion; 
the child was too your for Communion 
so just trailed up the hand. 
And then looked up at the priest with a big open mouth.
And the gospel came alive with the need of the people for food, 
and mouths open for the bread of life.
The image of this child 
is an image of the gospel 
as Jesus feeds the people.
The gift of the bread of life is about being open and being fed; 
people hungry from their journey and hungry for the bread of life.
Only in the face of the child was the mouth so open; 
but aren’t we all grasping for the bread of life?
What is it that Jesus gives that we need?
A meaning to life that is full, 
a love that somehow gives fullness. 
There is a lot of emptiness around, 
superficial meetings and the needs for real love, 
selfish fantasies and the need for real fullness, 
various addictions and the need for real self-love.
And don’t we need to be like the child – 
not afraid to open the mouth, 
wide and spontaneous.
Just the open mouth said more than all the words, 
a gesture which symbolised the world. 
That’s how we are before God. 
Lord, I need to ask for the bread of life.  
     
                                                                 (Communion Reflection by Donal Neary S.J.)
 

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