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Parish Bulletin 1st June 2008
   O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath1 June 2008
( 01 8256207

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


Congratulations to Alannah Sheppard (The Old Mill), Amy Flanagan (Glebe Park),

Ave Prendergast (Steeplechase Wood), Emer Browne (Norman Grove), Dylan Langan (Somerville), Kevin Cunningham (Grange Hall) and

                 Lucca Onofri (Drumree) who were baptised recently

 Please pray for Rose Hickey (Kilbride Road), Bobbie Smithers (Fairyhouse Lodge) and Leslie McLysaght (Kill), brother in law of Carmel Duffy ( Porterstown Lane) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.  The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.   Divine Mercy Conference: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. 14th June 2008.10.00am-5.30pm. Speakers Fr Mariuz Bernys, priest from the Archdiocese of Warsaw and Eddie Stone from Emmanuel House Clonfert. Cost €10.00. Please contact 087 2349532 A meeting of the Board of Management of St Paul’s National School will be held on Tuesday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.  Ratoath Garden Club: Annual outing will take place on Saturday 7th June. Bus will leave from the Ratoath Inn at 8.00am sharp. Ratoath GAA Football Club Camp 2008 All girls & boys welcome, 6-12yrs- 5th - 8th August, limited spaces available. Closing date for applications 21st June. Application forms in Club House or contact Brian 086 171 3968 or Shane 086 609 8555. Ratoath GAA: Family bbq (Steak & burgers ). Kids disco(6.00pm to 7.30pm) & live music on Saturday 21st June. Mixed kids matches starts @ 4.00pm HSE-Meath are looking for all types of Foster Carers, single persons or couples from a wide range of cultural backgrounds that could care for a child or young person. At present we have a number of children of all ages, who have experienced trauma, loss and disruption, and would benefit from a stable and caring home. If you live in Meath and feel you could offer a home to a child, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Kay at 046 909 7830  On Thursday 5th June 6.30pm to 9.30pm and Friday 6th June, all day  from 10.30am to 9.30pm  the Ryan family from Bolies, Duleek, will hold a family art exhibition in Ratoath Community Centre. All proceeds to the East Midlands Branch of the Irish Parkinson’s Association. About 40 paintings will be on display and all have been donated by family members. There will also be a raffle for a (60 x 80 cm) landscape in oils. Please support a worthy cause. Pilates Classes for Summer: Gaelscoil na Rithe, Dunshaughlin every Tuesday at 8.00pm. Contact Nicola 087 697 5207  

Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th June at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! For information,  please contact Doreen on 8257902.

  St Oliver Plunkett 

Oliver Plunkett was born in Loughcrew in County Meath, on November 1, 1625. He studied for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained there in 1654. After some years of teaching and service to the poor of Rome he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh in Ireland.

Four years later, in 1673, a new wave of anti-Catholic persecution began, forcing Archbishop Plunkett to do his pastoral work in secrecy and disguise and to live in hiding. Meanwhile, many of his priests were sent into exile; schools were closed; Church services had to be held in secret and convents and seminaries were suppressed. As archbishop, he was viewed as ultimately responsible for any rebellion or political activity among his parishioners.

In 1679 he was arrested and falsely charged with treason. The government in power could not get him convicted at his trial in Dundalk. He was brought to London and was unable to defend himself because he was not given time to bring his own witnesses from Ireland. He was put on trial, and with the help of perjured witnesses, was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. With deep serenity of soul, he was prepared to die, calmly rebutting the charge of treason, refusing to save himself by giving false evidence against his brother bishops. Oliver Plunkett publicly forgave all those who were responsible for his death on July 1, 1681. On October 12, 1975, he was canonized a saint. His feast day is July 11. 
A relic of St. Oliver Plunkett will be brought to the church for the 9.00am Mass this Sunday 1st June, before it is transferred to Navan for later Masses. The congregation will be blessed with the relic during the 9.00am Mass.

1 June

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 June

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

& John O’Rourke



Colm McCann


Teeny, Raymond & Patrick Brennan




Andy Eiffe & Sarah O’Reilly


Angela Melia


Alicia O’Beirne

& Kevin White


David Barry

& Henry, George & Gladys Campbell


Monday            Matthew Reilly (11.00am in the Nursing Home)            

Wednesday      Albert McAuley and the deceased members of the McAuley family

Thursday          Tommy, Kathleen & Lyndsey Fynes

Friday              Mass for all on the parish list of the dead



The Intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XV1 for the month of June General:  That Christians may cultivate a deep and personal friendship with Christ so that                     they may be able to communicate the strength of his love to those they                encounter.  Mission:  That the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Canada, may lead to ever               deeper understanding of the Eucharist, the heart of the Church and source of                evangelisation.                

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