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Parish Bulletin 23rd February 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               23 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 Cara Traynor, Maeve Manrique, Jack Lennon, Jaidan Shaw Hanlon and Sean O’Brien into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Colm Donnelly (Glascarn Lane) and Rita Kennedy (Oakleigh Apartments, The Village) and Jack Mahon and Sean Murphy (uncles of Gerry Murphy, Wilkinstown) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Ash Wednesday Masses at 9.45am and 7.00pm. The blessing and the distribution of ashes will take place at both Masses.

Next weekend at the 7.00pm and 12.15pm Masses we welcome the boys and girls of Sixth Class who are preparing for Confirmation. This is their final Mass of preparation.

This Sunday is a blue offering day.

Bishop Deenihan has invited the Rosminians to visit the parishes of the Diocese of Meath to give this year’s annual appeal on behalf of the Irish Missionary Union. We welcome Fr Emalian who will speak at all our Masses this weekend on their missionary pastoral involvement with the poor in the area of education, mother and child healthcare, social and rural development, water projects, leprosy victims etc in mostly rural areas in Tanzania (East Africa).

Vocations Information Day : St Mary's Church, Navan on 5th April. The Diocese will hold a vocations information day on Palm Sunday in St. Mary's Church, Navan. If you have been considering the priesthood this is an opportunity for you to find out more about what priesthood entails, about seminary studies; and a chance to explore God's call to priesthood in a deeper way.  Begins at 1pm with the Mass for Palm Sunday in the Parish Church.  Contact Fr Shane Crombie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ARISE – Young Adult Catholic Conference takes place in Knock Shrine on March 7th 2020.  Registration is from 10am and the day will finish at 4:30pm. 18yrs+Up, Cost €10. Register on the day or on 



23 Feb

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary

1 Mar

First Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm

David Lynch

Maureen Cooney

Margaret Hynes

7.  7.00pm

Bridget Johnson

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Robert & Annie Jackson

Maureen Byrne

1 11.00am

Brendan, Margaret & Paul McDermott and the deceased members of the family

1 12.15pm

Jim Brady

1 12.15pm

Eugene Gleeson  (Months Memory)

Stephanie Moran (Months Memory)





          Wednesday                  Ash Wednesday Mass at 9.45am and 7.00pm    

         Saturday                     11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home


                         Lent begins on Wednesday

In the readings for Ash Wednesday, there is a great consciousness of our sinfulness, as we pray “have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned”. There is also a sense that the time to repent and turn back is now.

The gospel tells us how to approach that renewal in our lives. It puts before us the remedy in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These three strands of Lenten observance are as ancient as Christianity itself. There is no substitute for them.

Below are suggestions as ways of fulfilling Friday penance given by the Irish Bishops’ Conference a number of years ago.

Abstaining for meat or some other food.

Abstaining from alcohol drink or smoking

Making a special effort at involvement in family prayer

Making a special effort to participate in Mass on Fridays

Visiting the Blessed Sacrament

Making the Stations of the Cross

Fasting from all foods for a longer period than usual and perhaps giving

what is saved to the needy

Helping the poor, sick, old or lonely


Sweet Memories Dementia Choir: Commencing 3rd March, led by Angie Lynch, choir director. It is being facilitated through the Occupational Therapy Department HSE Longford/Westmeath and the Alzheimer’s society Longford/Westmeath. The choir will take place in Mullingar Arts centre, Mullingar

on Tuesdays from 1 to 2.15 pm. Free to attend and all singing capabilities welcome.  The choir is for people with Dementia/Alzheimers and their families/carers. Contact Emer Donohoe Occupational Therapist HSE 086 6076879 or Dr. Orla Dolan, Occupational Therapist HSE 086 0281584

Medjugorje Pilgrimage  Depart 11th April 2020 for One week.€695 per person, half board accommodation in superb private house. For more information contact Michael 08608650708

or Eleanor 087 235 1294. We are looking forward to a very special trip this Easter. This is our 20th year of pilgrimage and we hope you and a friend can share the experience with us.

Affordable Live-in Homecare provide live in carers for the elderly in your area. If you are looking for a live-in carer for your relative, please call Eileen or Tom today on 087 9916791. 

Our website is

Dunshaughlin and District Historical Society: On 24th February at 7.30pm in Dunshaughlin Library. Pat Murphy presents "The Asgard" - the life of this famous yacht in Irish history from her launch in 1905 to her preservation today in Collins Barracks Museum.

A Meeting of Ratoath Garden Club will take place on Monday 24th February at 8.00pm in the Ratoath Inn. New Members Welcome.

GAA Lotto results....nos drawn: 3,4,21,26.   No Jackpot winner.

€50 winners: Robert Sutton & Brendan Murray. Draw in Ratoath Inn on Monday 24th February

Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in attendance in Ratoath GAA club on 3rd March from 4.30pm-8.00pm


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