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Parish Bulletin 17th November 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             17 November 2019


01 8256207


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    Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All welcome.

We welcome Aoibhinn Farrell, into the Christian Community. She was baptised recently.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Pat Dunne (Tara) brother of Gladys Bourke (Ballyhack) and Barbara McAuley (Rathbeggan) and for Ena Walshe (Naas Road) sister of the late Paddy Ryan (Foxlodge) who died during the week.  May they rest in peace.

Standing Orders for October €3,760.12

Envelope Collection for the week ending 10thNovember €1,237.60 

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

November is the Month of the Holy Souls. All those on the parish list of the dead are prayed for at all Masses in November and on the first Friday of every month.
This weekend at the 7.00pm and 12.15pm Masses we welcome the boys and girls from Sixth Class who are preparing for Confirmation. They join us for these Masses as part of their Confirmation preparations.
Next weekend at the 7.00pm and 12.15pm Masses we welcome the boys and girls from Second Class who, as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programmes, are preparing for the sacraments of Confessions and Communion. We welcome them along with their parents.
Feast of Christ the King. There will be sung Vespers, exposition and benediction in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar on Sunday 24th November at 5.00pm. All welcome.

17 Nov

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 Nov

The Feast of Christ the King

7. 7.00pm

John & Mary O’Brien

John McEnroe & deceased members of the family

Lorraine Bracken & Liam Maher

Audrey Kearney

Gerry Keogh

7.  7.00pm

John & Teresa McCann

Stephen Daly

Rosemary & Tom Wallace

John Mulvaney

Joe & Teesie Gorman

1  9.00am

Kathleen & Hugh Nally

1  9.00am

Paddy Regan

1 11.00am

Paddy, Bridie, Nancy & Pat Mulavney

Attracta Donnelly

1 11.00am

Olive McCann

Deceased members of the Brennan family (Cabin Hill)

Michael Ryder

1 12.15pm

Jack & Maggie Donnelly

Carmel O’Connor

Derek Walker & the deceased members of the Walker and Kenny


1 12.15pm

Mary White



Monday       Deceased members of the Legion of Mary  

Saturday     Mass in Ratoath Nursing Home 11.00am

Excerpt of the homily of Pope Francis for the Feast of All Souls

on the 2nd November at the Catacombs of Priscilla

The celebration of the feast of all the departed in a catacomb — it is the first time in my life that I enter a catacomb, it is a surprise — tells us many things. We can think about the lives of those people who had to hide, who had that custom of burying the dead and celebrating the Eucharist in here. It was a bad period in history, but one which has not been overcome. It continues still today. There are many of them. Many catacombs in other countries where people even have to pretend to be having a party or a birthday in order to celebrate the Eucharist as it is forbidden in that place.....

The identity of those people who gathered here to celebrate the Eucharist and to praise the Lord is the same as that of our brothers and sisters of today in many, many countries where being Christian is a crime; it is forbidden; they have no rights. The same.....The identity is the one that we have heard: the Beatitudes. The identity of the Christian is this: the Beatitudes.....There is no other. Your identity card is this, and if you do not have this, all the movements to which you may belong and your memberships in others are useless. You either live this way or you are not Christian. 

We heard in the second reading of that final vision where everything is “re-done”, where everything is recreated, that homeland we will all go to. And in order to enter it, there is no need for strange things, there is no need for attitudes that are somewhat sophisticated. All that is required is to show the identity card: “It is fine, go ahead”. Our hope is in Heaven, our hope is anchored there and holding the rope in our hands, we steady ourselves by looking at the shore of the river that we must reach.


The diocesan advisors for Catechetics (Religious Programmes) will visit the parish schools in the coming weeks. On Tuesday 19th they will visit Ratoath Senior NS; on Wednesday 20th Ratoath Junior NS; on Monday 25th Rathbeggan NS; and on Tuesday 26th St Paul’s NS. 
We extend a warm welcome to them.
Distribution of Parish Envelopes: We are grateful to all who distribute the parish envelopes for us at the end of November and early December every year. We are looking for a number of volunteers who could be available to assist in the distribution of envelopes to a number of areas in the parish. If you can spare an hour for this work, please contact Maureen at the Parish Office.

Ratoath Junior National School: Notice re enrolment of children for 2020/21.                            If you have a child or know of a child who is due to start school in the year 2020/21 and wishes to be considered for a place in Ratoath Junior National School The Parents/Guardians of the child should fill out and submit our "Notification of Enrolment Form " available on the school web site  or from the school office.

St. Paul's National School. Christmas Fair, on Sunday 1st December from 10:30am to 2.30pm. This is the school's biggest fundraiser. If you or your business could sponsor a prize, the Parents' Association would love to hear from you ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). For anyone planning a clear out, the school is also gladly accepting donations of unopened gifts or books to sell at the fair. Items can be dropped in to the school office. Thank you.

Christmas Craft Fair: Sunday 17th November in Ratoath Community Centre from 12noon to 3.00pm

Public Information Evening on Wednesday 20th November in Ratoath Community Centre at 8.00pm

GAA lotto results: Nos drawn were 7,9,15,22. €50 winners: Dave Donoghue; Aine McNerney & Rebecca McIntyre. Next week's Jackpot – €6,300 & draw will be held in the Ratoath Inn on 18th Nov.


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