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Parish Bulletin 9th February 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               9 February 2020


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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 Catherine Sweeney, Uvochi Agadaonye, Dani Shortt, Aodha Ruxpon and

Sadie Rooney-Coyne into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eugene Gleeson (Raystown) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 10th February at 7.00pm

A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 11th February at 8.00pm

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 12th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future. 

This weekend we welcome the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for First Confessions and First Communion to the 7.00pm and 12.15pm Masses as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme. We welcome them along with their parents.

Launch of Ríocht na Midhe 2020 on Wednesday 19th February – 7.30pm followed by Lecture – “The Discovery of the medieval Monastic Site at Beamore, Co Meath, 2019”   Geraldine Stout (MRIA).

Venue: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. Reception and book fair – members and guests: 6.30pm-7.30pm


The Venue Players present The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh at The Venue Theatre, Ratoath, on the Thursday 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February at 8pm (over 16s).  Tickets available from or direct from Box Office at the Community Centre.

Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes HSE Led – Diabetes Education Course called ‘Desmond’ for all patients with Type 2 Diabetes will be starting in Dunshaughlin Health Centre in February 2020.

Free course that runs for 2 x half days (3 hours each session).  Please contact Joanne on 041 6860766



9 Feb

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary

16 Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary

7. 7.00pm

Thomas Everard

Michael Caffrey

Al Maroney

7.  7.00pm

Michael & John Shevlin

1  9.00am

Margaret Ward (Months Memory)

1  9.00am


1 11.00am

David Nelson

Catherine Brady (Brownstown)

Leo Digan

1 11.00am

Claire Butler

Special Intention

Renate Munnelly

1 12.15pm

Nuala Callaghan

George McAuley 

Cepta McNabb

Louise Kelly

1 12.15pm

Damian Corr

Jane & Nora Reilly

Michael & Bridget Carey

Marie Dempsey




        Friday                 Deceased Members of the McFredrick Family

Saturday             11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home


Excerpt of the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of the Sick  which is on Tuesday  next 11th February,  the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Jesus’ words, “Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest” express the solidarity of the Son of Man with all those who are hurt and afflicted. How many people suffer in both body and soul!

Jesus urges everyone to draw near to him – “Come to me!” – and he promises them comfort and repose. When Jesus says this, he has before him the people he meets every day on the streets of Galilee: very many simple people, the poor, the sick, sinners, those who are marginalized by the burden of the law and the oppressive social system... These people always followed him to hear his word, a word that gave hope! Jesus’ words always give hope!

On this XXVIII World Day of the Sick, Jesus repeats these words to the sick, the oppressed, and the poor. For they realize that they depend entirely on God and, beneath the burden of their trials, stand in need of his healing.

Jesus does not make demands of those who endure situations of frailty, suffering and weakness, but offers his mercy and his comforting presence. He looks upon a wounded humanity with eyes that gaze into the heart of each person. That gaze is not one of indifference; rather, it embraces people in their entirety, each person in his or her health condition, discarding no one, but rather inviting everyone to share in his life and to experience his tender love.

Why does Jesus have these feelings? Because he himself became frail, endured human suffering and received comfort from his Father. Indeed, only those who personally experience suffering are then able to comfort others. There are so many kinds of grave suffering: incurable and chronic diseases, psychological diseases, situations calling for rehabilitation or palliative care, numerous forms of disability, children’s or geriatric diseases… At times human warmth is lacking in our approach to these. What is needed is a personalized approach to the sick, not just of curing but also of caring, in view of an integral human healing....

Dear brothers and sisters who are ill, your sickness makes you in a particular way one of those “who labour and are burdened”, and thus attract the eyes and heart of Jesus. In him, you will find light to brighten your darkest moments and hope to soothe your distress. He urges you: “Come to me”. In him, you will find strength to face all the worries and questions that assail you during this “dark night” of body and soul. Christ did not give us prescriptions, but through his passion, death and resurrection he frees us from the grip of evil.

In your experience of illness, you certainly need a place to find rest. The Church desires to become more and more the “inn” of the Good Samaritan who is Christ , that is, a home where you can encounter his grace, which finds expression in closeness, acceptance and relief. In this home, you can meet people who, healed in their frailty by God’s mercy, will help you bear your cross and enable your suffering to give you a new perspective. You will be able to look beyond your illness to a greater horizon of new light and fresh strength for your lives.


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