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Parish Bulletin 3rd June 2007

       Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

3 June 2007

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 Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm


Congratulations to Harry Waters (Woodlands), Scott Doyle (The Old Mill),

Donal Mac Mukchadha (Meadowbank Hill), Joshua Byrne (Somerville),

Rhys Malone (St Oliver’s Park) and Myleen Clarke (Ashbourne) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Kathleen Murray (Co. Down) sister of Margaret Cahill (Fairyhouse Road) and Rosaleen Carney  (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration- every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the parish church.

All Parishioners and especially Adoration people, Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word are invited to a special celebration for the Diocese, in St Mary’s Church, Navan, on Sunday 10th June. The purpose of this special afternoon is to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi as a Diocese, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world Eucharistic Congress, and to celebrate the great devotion of Eucharist Adoration in our Diocese. Starting at 3.00pm with Holy Hour, there will be a talk at 4.00pm on the Eucharist. There will be a short break before 5.00pm when concelebrated Mass will be led by Bishop Michael Smith. Navan parish choir will sing at the Mass and a cup of tea will be served at 6.00pm. 



Coming to The Venue Theatre: Dana sings in concert on Wednesday 6th June. Booking from box office or phone 6895600. Harpists, Anne Marie O’Farrell and Cormack de Barra  on Thursday 7th at 8.00pm.


Ratoath ICA will meet on Tuesday 5th June at 8.15pm in the Community Centre.

New members welcome.


Last year the Lagore Committee Creche secured €1,000,000 towards building a community creche on the Lagore road, but unfortunately the tenders came in over budget and the short fall could not be made up. As a result the grant was lost. However the committee has continued to work on and has applied for new funding. They are informed that under the NCIP project, they have been provisionally approved funding of €1,000,000. The committee wish to encourage all local builders to furnish tenders for this most worth while project, before June 8th. For information phone Eileen Cogavin 087 9614022


Knock Summer Youth Festival, Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th July, at Knock Shrine in Co Mayo is an opportunity for young people to take time out to reflect on their lives and what God wants. Cost is on a donation basis  accommodation and food provided. Special free buses will also be provided from certain locations. For more information contact Ann on 094 9388100,  or
Sheena at 01 6753690 / 086 367 2131


3 June    

Trinity Sunday

10 June

Corpus Christi


Colin McCann &

 John O’Rourke


John & Christina O’Connor


Seamus Whelan (late of Ratoath)




Andy Eiffe


Elizabeth Daniels


Alicia O’Beirne


Harry, Gladys & George Campbell


                                                 Monday                  Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

A New Saint for Ireland

Saint Charles of Mount Argus


“Do not lose heart in your sufferings and think of the passion of Christ”

              Prayer for the Intersession of Saint Charles                   Eternal Father, you called Saint Charles of Mount Argus to bring good news to the poor and to heal the broken hearted.                                                                        You opened his eyes to see the presence of Christ crucified in those who suffer. Through his intersession, may we come to know your compassionate love for us, by experiencing the blessing of your healing power, through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

The Miraculous Cure                                                                                                                     J.H.A. Dormans comes from Munstergeleen in Holland, birthplace of Blessed Charles. On March 29th 1999, his doctor had him taken to the emergency room of the Maasland Hospital in Sittard. What he had experienced as abdominal pains turned out to be a ruptured appendix. Complications emerged. On April 11th his condition had worsened. The surgical procedure that morning had exposed totally weakened and already porous intestines. Every action taken by the surgeon to improve the situation seemed to have the opposite result. The doctor informed the family that from a medical point of view nothing more could be done and that there was no hope of recovery. His condition was so bad that the attending medical staff had decided not to resuscitate him. The family were advised to prepare themselves for an unpleasant death. With Mr. Dorman's intestines totally destroyed, the surgeon calmly and quietly explained how he had reached the boundaries of what he could do. Medical Science had nothing further to offer. The last sacraments of the Church were administered. The family said their good-byes.

Mr. Dormans, who has great confidence in Blessed Charles held the relic of Charles in his hand and prayed. Because he is a very well known and beloved person in our village many people from the parish were praying for this recovery at the shrine where Blessed Charles was born. He went into a deep coma that same day, April 11th. Then the miracle happened: the next day he woke up and was completely clear of mind and his vital signs continued to improve. The recovery had begun.

On a visit a couple of days later, Mr. Dorman's family doctor was looking at his and saying to him: "Father Charles has performed his miracle, now it's up to the medical staff here". His health continued to improve with every passing day. The surgeon said: "It is beyond me that you are sitting here, opposite me, and still alive!" The medical team decided to perform further surgery and reserved a full day in the operating room on October 27"'. When they went in, however, they found that all they had to do was connect the small intestines and close a little hole. Everything else was already healed in a natural way.

This is the miraculous cure that, having passed through stringent medical scrutiny in the Netherlands and Rome, has now been given approval by Pope Benedict XVI and allows the Holy Father to announce June 3rd as the date for the canonisation of Blessed Charles.






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