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Parish Bulletin 1st July 2007


   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 July 2007

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

Congratulations to James O’Kane (The Old Mill) Jude O’Hare (Steeplechase Woods) and

Ethan Hynes (Steeplechase Green), who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Gerry Kelly (Dunboyne) wife of the late Ita Eiffe (of Ratoath) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


The Sick and housebound will be visited in their homes on Thursday and Friday of this week 


Standing Orders for May €6,136.14. Many thanks for your support and generosity.


Ratoath ICA meeting in the Community Centre on Tuesday next 3rd July at 8.15pm.


The Browne and Donohoe families would like to extend an open invitation to Mass on the Green in St Oliver’s Park on Thursday 5th July at 8.00pm in remembrance of Laura 5th anniversary and Sarah’s 8th anniversary


Important Dates for 2008

Confirmation      Saturday 5th April 2008 at 11.00am and 3.00pm



First Communion

Ratoath Junior N.S. on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th May 2008.

Ceremonies on both Saturdays at 10.30am and 12.30pm.


Rathbeggan N.S. on Saturday 24th May 2008 at 11.00am


Happy Days Summer Camp for pre-school children 2nd – 6th July and 9th – 13th July. Summer Camp for 11-15 year olds: 9th –13th July. Tina Mation Television Workshop for 6-12 year olds:

16th – 20th July. For further details contact the Ratoath Community centre 01 689600.  


Ben Ward, Beechwood, Lagore Road, Dunshaughlin, will again be taking part in a sponsorship cycle to Athlone in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Help him to raise €1,000. To date Ben has raised €39,197.00 for Our Lady’s Hospital. Any donation large or small will be gratefully appreciated and can be sent to the above address or telephone 01 8256555 087 264 0061 


Three Special Needs Assistants required for Ratoath Junior National School starting 30th August 2007. Applications with references and contacts number for referees to be sent to the Chairman, Mr PJ Moran, 7, Park View, Ratoath, Co Meath before 11th July 2007.


We welcome Campa Le Cheile to Ratoath.                                                                              Campa Le Chéile is the 2007 International Camp of The Irish Girl Guides and we look forward to welcoming Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world to Ireland. 'Celebrating Cultural Diversity' will be the theme of the camp. There will be approximately 1,000 Leaders and guides attending from all over the globe. Through fun activities, games and trips, the girls will experience Ireland's colourful Medieval past, explore the rich Irish culture of today and celebrate the diverse cultural future of 21st Century Ireland. The Camp will be held at Tattersalls, Ratoath, from the 7th to the 14th of July 2007. The Camp is a girls-only camp (sorry - no boys!)



“I will follow you wherever you go (Luke (9:57)


Would we have followed Jesus if we met him on the way to Jerusalem? Would you have followed him? If we did follow him, we’d be stepping out of a familiar world and embracing something new! We’d be trailblazers – and even though there’s risk in that, there’s tremendous excitement in it as well. It appeals to the younger, more adventurous side of us.

The trouble is that the decision to be Christian was made for us by our parents. We were born into the conventional. And to a certain extent we went along with the way things were done. All of us have made progress in different ways. We all have our good days. But apathy is patient, you know. And sin is even more so. They bide their time and pull us back. They reclaim us. And they are happy as Larry when we’ve lost our enthusiasm and settled back into that rut they helped to make.

Are we in a rut at the moment? Are we anything but wholehearted? If we are, Jesus is asking us today for just another effort – for a greater degree of commitment.

                                                                                      (Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, 2006)



1st July – Feast of Saint Oliver Plunkett



Today the Church rejoices with great joy because the love of Jesus Christ is reflected in a new saint.  And this new saint is Oliver Plunkett, bishop and martyr, glory of Ireland and saint forever. For the entire world, Oliver Plunkett is an outstanding example of the love of Christ.

Imitating the example of his master, there was no rancour in his heart. By his death he gave the same message and ministry of reconciliation that he has performed during his life. In his pastoral activities, he worked for pardon and peace. With men of violence he was indeed the advocate of justice and the friend of the oppressed, but he would not compromise on the truth or condone violence. He insisted on the words of the Apostle Peter: “ Never pay back one wrong with another” O what a model of reconciliation! And all of this he learned from Jesus himself, even to the point of praying for the persecutors as He did: “ Father, forgive them”. He laid down his life out of love, and thereby joined himself willingly to the suffering of Christ.

                    (from the homily of Pope Paul V1 at the canonisation of St. Oliver Plunkett)


St Oliver Plunkett was born in this Diocese of Meath. He was executed and suffered a gruesome death at Tyburn on 1st July 1681.

Today in Loughcrew (Oldcastle) Bishop Smith will celebrate Mass in honour of St Oliver at 3pm All welcome





I July  

Thirteenth Sunday in ordinary Time

8 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Martin McLoughlin

& Michael & Elizabeth Mulvaney


John & Margaret Johnson


Margaret Ralph


Michael & Nan Killian


Anthony & Mary Rafferty


Deceased members of the Boshell family


James & Mary O’Neill

& Christopher Rooney


Henry & Mary Foran & deceased members of the Foran family. &

Angela Melia (Months Mind)


                                Thursday                      Stephen Armstrong

                        Friday                          First Friday for all those on the altar list of the dead





















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