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Ratoath Parish 1st March 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               1 March 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.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Marie O’Reilly (Foxbrook) and Cecilia Smith (Rathbeggan)    who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

This 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.

The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday & Friday next week

Envelope Collection for week ending 16th February €1,483.99 

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity

Please support the Trocaire Lenten Appeal.

The Trocaire boxes are available for collection at the back of the church.

First Confessions will be held in the coming week.

Ratoath Junior National School on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March

Rathbeggan National School on Wednesday 4th March

St Paul’s National School on Thursday 5th March

All ceremonies at 7.30pm

Meadowbank Hill Table Quiz: Friday 13th March in the Ratoath Inn at 8.30pm sharp.

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

Ratoath Active Age group meeting on Friday 6th March in the Community Centre at 11.00am. 
Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday 4th March from 7.00pm - 9.00 pm in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007. 




1 Mar

First Sunday Lent

8 Mar

Second Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm

Bridget Johnson

Elizabeth & Jack Ryan

7.  7.00pm

Phyllis Woods (Month’s Memory)

Paddy Moore

Paddy & Colette Devenney

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1 11.00am

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

Leonard & Gerty Meagher

1 11.00am


1 12.15pm

Eugene Gleeson  (Month’s Memory)

Stephanie Moran (Month’s Memory)

1 12.15pm

Dick & Chriss Donnelly

Bessie Murphy

Rosie & Jackie Rafferty





                            Saturday                     11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Excerpt of the Message of Pope Francis for Lent (part one)

“We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,                                                                                                               This year the Lord grants us, once again, a favourable time to prepare to celebrate with renewed hearts the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life. We must continually return to this mystery in mind and heart, for it will continue to grow within us in the measure that we are open to its spiritual power and respond with freedom and generosity.....

In this Lent of 2020, I would like to share with every Christian what I wrote to young people in the Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit: “Keep your eyes fixed on the outstretched arms of Christ crucified, let yourself be saved over and over again. And when you go to confess your sins, believe firmly in his mercy which frees you of your guilt.....

It is good to contemplate more deeply the paschal mystery through which God’s mercy has been bestowed upon us. Indeed, the experience of mercy is only possible in a “face to face” relationship with the crucified and risen Lord “who loved me and gave himself for me”, in a heartfelt dialogue between friends.                                                That is why prayer is so important in Lent.                                                                      Even more than a duty, prayer is an expression of our need to respond to God’s love which always precedes and sustains us. Christians pray in the knowledge that, although unworthy, we are still loved. Prayer can take any number of different forms, but what truly matters in God’s eyes is that it penetrates deep within us and chips away at our hardness of heart, in order to convert us ever more fully to God and to his will.

In this favourable season, then, may we allow ourselves to be led like Israel into the desert, so that we can at last hear our Spouse’s voice and allow it to resound ever more deeply within us. The more fully we are engaged with his word, the more we will experience the mercy he freely gives us. May we not let this time of grace pass in vain, in the foolish illusion that we can control the times and means of our conversion to him.

The fact that the Lord once again offers us a favourable time for our conversion should never be taken for granted. This new opportunity ought to awaken in us a sense of gratitude and stir us from our sloth.

Despite the sometimes tragic presence of evil in our lives, and in the life of the Church and the world, this opportunity to change our course expresses God’s unwavering will not to interrupt his dialogue of salvation with us.                                       In the crucified Jesus, who knew no sin, yet for our sake was made to be sin , this saving will led the Father to burden his Son with the weight of our sins, thus, in the expression of Pope Benedict XVI, “turning of God against him”.                                      For God also loves his enemies.

4. A richness to be shared, not kept for oneself


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