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Parish Bulletin 24 May 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

           24 May 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. Suspended.

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


We encourage parishioners to continue to visit the church for private prayer.

“While Masses are suspended, the voice of prayer should not be silent” (Bishop Deenihan)




Mass on Sunday 24th May at 11.00am will be streamed. The link is

Mass on Sunday 31st May at 11.00am will be streamed. The link is

The Blessing of the Graves this Sunday will be streamed at 3.00pm on

                                                   Cemetery Sunday 

                                                           Prayer for the Dead

God of the living and the dead accept our prayers for all our relatives and friends who are at rest in our parish cemetery in the hope of rising again, that they may see God face to face.                             May they have the reward of their goodness and may the light of God shine on them forever.


Since this Sunday was to be Cemetery Sunday, Frs. Brendan and Gerry performed a Blessing of the Graves ceremony in the cemetery on Wednesday evening. We recorded the ceremony and set it to some songs and music previously recorded in our Church. We will be sharing this on YouTube on Sunday afternoon at 3pm, the time when the Blessing of the Graves would traditionally have taken place. Even though we can't come together in the cemetery for the occasion as we might wish, hopefully this will allow people to participate as well as the current restrictions allow.

The Blessing of the Graves this Sunday will be available at 3.00pm on


We are grateful to Jim, our CES man who has taken great care of the cemetery in the past year and has it looking so well. Thanks too to Willie, Brian and Darragh who have assisted Jim from time to time, especially in the past few weeks.



24 May

Ascension Sunday

31 May

Pentecost Sunday

1 12.15pm

Desmond & Julia Toole

Rose Hickey

James, Margaret & Jim Keogh

Christy Walsh

Michael Murphy

Sean Dineen

Bernadette Casey

1 12.15pm

Michael Walsh

Andy & Sean Eiffe

Sarah & Dan Eiffe

Eileen McDermott



We thank parishioners who have dropped in the blue and white envelopes into the parish office. We appreciate your generosity at this difficult time.

Pope Francis at the Mass to celebrate the

100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul11

Pope Francis celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II by offering Holy Mass at the altar where the Polish Pope is buried in St Peter’s Basilica on Monday last 18th May.

Joined by a very limited number of the faithful, the liturgy on Monday morning was the first Mass open to the public after almost two months of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis began his homily by reminding us that God loves His People, and in times of difficulty “visits” them by sending a holy man or a prophet.

In the life of Pope John Paul II, we can see a man sent by God, prepared by Him, and made Bishop and Pope to guide God’s Church. “Today, we can say that the Lord visited His people”.

Pope Francis focused on three particular traits that marked the life of John Paul II: prayer, closeness, and mercy.

Despite his many duties as Pope, John Paul II always found time to pray. “He knew well that the first task of the bishop is to pray”, Pope Francis said, noting that this is the teaching of St Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. “The first task of the bishop is to pray”, the Pope repeated. John Paul “knew this, and did it”.

St John Paul II was also close to the people, not detached or separated from them, but travelling the whole world to seek them out.

Already in the Old Testament, we can see how God was uniquely close to His People.

This closeness culminated in the Incarnation, when Jesus Himself dwelt among His people.

John Paul followed the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, drawing near to both the great and the small, to those close by and those physically far away.

Finally, Pope Francis said, St John Paul II was remarkable for his love of justice. But his love for justice was a desire for justice completed by mercy. And so John Paul was also a man of mercy, “because justice and mercy go together”. John Paul, who did so much to promote the Divine Mercy devotion, believed that God’s justice “had this face of mercy, this attitude of mercy.”

Pope Francis concluded his homily with the prayer that the Lord might grant to all of us, and especially to pastors, the grace of prayer, of closeness, and the grace of justice in mercy, and merciful justice. 


Covid 19 Support Line for Older People. Alone has launched a national support line and additional supports of older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of Covid 19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am to 8.00pm by calling 0818 222 024

Meath Covid-19 Community Call Forum is reminding people that anyone who needs help or is experiencing loneliness can call the Meath Community Call Helpline 1800 808 809, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week or the national ALONE Helpline 0818 222 024. Other supports at

Meath Befriending Service is available, offering a check in call each day and practical support where needed. Contact Eva 085-8622496 

Third Age’s Senior Line freephone 1800 80 45 91 operating 7 days a week 10am-10pm is a peer support helpline service.  The confidential service has been operating for 22 years in Meath.


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