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Parish bulletin 28th June 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath28 June 2009
( 01 8256207

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

  Congratulations to Lorcan Finn (Steeplechase Green), Sean Cleary (Tyrrellstown) Aidan Mannering (St Oliver’s Park), and Hannah Murrihy (Navan) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Eileen Boylan (formally of Ratoath) who died during the week. May she rest in peace. Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the family room of the church. All welcome. To mark the conclusion of the Year of St. Paul, Solemn Vespers will be held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne on Sunday 28th June at 7.30pm featuring Schola Gregoriana, Maynooth. Guest Speaker: Fr. Alex Anamdan (Society of St. Paul) The sick and the housebound will be attended to on Thursday and Friday this week. Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 12 - 17 September.For booking places and further information please contact Pilgrimages Abroad at 01 6359300 Envelope Collection for the week ending 14th & 21st June €1,371.65Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Summer Camp at The Old Mill Montessori School for children aged 3 to 6 years. Contact Siobhan on 085-1316908 “Gymboree Play and Music" Summer Camps at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Weekly throughout the Summer, commencing Monday 6th July. Suitable for children aged 3-6 1/2 years old. Activities include gym, music, art, drama and sport. Cost €100  (Discounts available for multiple bookings.)

Book now on 01-8259402.

 Get on your bike! Meath Heritage Cycle Tour July 5th  - 3 routes to choose from including "Family Spin" great day out for everyone. Aisling Group International Charity - for the prevention of drug & alcohol abuse in young people & families is one of the charities to benefit from the proceeds of the cycle. Register on line or for details contact Jacinta/Deirdre @ 046-9074300 /  Community Education Service, Co Meath VEC is offering community groups and organisations courses during the summer. Courses on offer include Digital Photography, Internet & Email, Committee Skills, Confidence Building and Cooking for Fun. For further information phone 046 9068285/046 9068286 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Ratoath Heart Safe Initiative. Next meeting 1stJuly at 8pm in Community Centre. For information contact Cathy McDonagh 087 2200446 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Montessori School Fairyhouse Road have 2 places left for Sept. Call Andrea on 085 746 1664  Friends of the Mentally Handicapped, Castlepollard would like to thank all parishioners who contributed to their recent church gate collection which raised €918.  No winner of this week’s Lotto. Numbers 3 -13-23-31 Next week’s Jackpot will be €740.00 Except from the homily by Pope Benedict last Sunday outside the church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) in San Giovanni Rotondo At the heart of my pilgrimage to this place where everything speaks of the life and holiness of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, I have the joy of celebrating for you and with you the Eucharist, a mystery that was the centre of his whole life, the origin of his vocation, the power of his witness, the consecration of his sacrifice. ....Some Saints have lived Jesus' experience intensely and personally. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is one such. A simple man, of humble origin, whom "Christ made... his own"  as the Apostle Paul wrote of himself to make him a chosen instrument of the eternal power of his Cross: a power of love for souls, of forgiveness and of reconciliation, of spiritual fatherhood, of effective solidarity with the suffering. The stigmata that marked his Body closely united him with the Crucified and Risen One. A genuine follower of St Francis of Assisi, he made St Paul's experience his own, as he described it in his Letters: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me"...Like Jesus, Padre Pio did not have to battle with earthly enemies, in radical combat, but rather with the spirit of evil. The greatest "storms" that threatened him were the assaults of the devil, from which he defended himself with "the armour of God", with "the shield of faith" and with the "sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God". By staying united with Jesus, he always focussed on the depth of the human drama, and for this reason offered himself up as well as his many sufferings and could expend himself for the healing and relief of the sick, a privileged sign of God's mercy, of his Kingdom which comes, indeed, which is already in the world, of the victory of love and life over sin and death. To guide souls and to alleviate suffering; we may thus sum up St Pio of Pietrelcina in the words of the Servant of God Pope Paul VI: "he was a man of prayer and suffering". Dear friends, Friars Minor Capuchin, the members of prayer groups and all the faithful of San Giovanni Rotondo, you are the heirs of Padre Pio and the legacy he has bequeathed to you is his holiness. In one of his letters he wrote: "It seems that Jesus had no work for his hands other than to sanctify your soul". This was always his priority concern, his priestly and paternal caring: so that people might return to God, might be able to experience his mercy and, inwardly renewed, rediscover the beauty and joy of being Christians, of living in communion with Jesus, of belonging to his Church and of putting the Gospel into practice. Padre Pio attracted people to the way of holiness with his own witness, pointing out by his example the "track" that leads to it: prayer and charity. **************************************************************************
28 JuneThirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time5 JulyFourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil7.00pmMartin McLoughlin& Christopher & Christina RooneyVigil7.00pmJohn & Margaret Johnson& Owen Walsh
9.00amMargaret & Ita Ralph9.00amMary, Tom, & Edward Gannon
11.00amMark Stanley (Month’s Mind)& Kathleen Kelly11.00am John Looney
12.15pmLaura DonohueMichael & Agnes O’Hare12.15pmStephen Armstrong
[                                                       Wednesday     Bridie Lynch                Friday          Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead.

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