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Parish Bulletin 9th August 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

9 August 2009

( 01 8256207

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





Congratulations to Lily and Megan Pinder (Milltree Park), Faye McDonnell (Seagrave Park),

Ellie Farrell (St Oliver’s Park), Erin Mitchell (Moulden Bridge), Sarah Byrne (The Village Green) & Harvey Cahill (Leigh Valley) who were baptised recently.






Saturday is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. It is a Holy Day of obligation.

The Vigil Mass will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 14th and the Masses on Saturday will be at 9.00am and 11.00am


The baptismal programme for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place on Wednesday 12th August at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre


Envelope Collection for the week ending 26th July & 2nd August €1,936.34

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly, Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2009. For young people 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the catholic faith and meet new friends. Donation only. Free buses available from around the country, just bring a sleeping bag and wellies. For more information, contact 086-3025442 01 or 01-6753690 or check out our website:


Set of Keys found in church. Can be collected from parish office.



Artisan Food & Craft Market in Dalgan Park, Dublin Road on this Sunday 9th August from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Local artisan foods including breads, cakes, jams, cheeses and confectionary. Handmade crafts, cards and jewellery. Supported by The Artisan Food Producers of Meath and the Columban Missionaries, Dalgan Park. For information call 086-8520334 or 087-1304868

Meath Field Names Research Group is looking for volunteer Field Name & Folklore Researchers to gather data. There are over a 100.000 fields in county Meath and the group is looking to collect data regarding the history of the name of the field but also to record the landscape features, manmade features and folklore surrounding the field. For further information about this and other volunteering opportunities in the county please contact Susan or Marjan at the Meath Volunteer Centre at 046 9072280 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


9 Aug

Nineteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 Aug

Twentieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time



Gerry O’Reilly (Month’s Mind)

John & Elizabeth Padian

John & Elizabeth Boylan



Martin Madden




John, Jane, & Christopher Mulvaney


Maureen & Michael O’Driscoll


Christopher Donnelly

& Thomas & Bridget Nulty


Ann Kerrigan






That public opinion may be more aware of the problem of millions of displaced persons and refugees and that concrete solutions may be found for their often tragic situation. That those Christians who are discriminated against and persecuted in many Countries because of the name of Christ may have their human rights, equality and religious freedom recognized, in order to be able to live and profess their own faith freely.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock this Sunday


Bishop Michael Smith will lead the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock this Sunday.  The pilgrimage includes the anointing of the sick and the celebration of Sunday Mass in Our Lady’s Basilica at 3.00pm.


Speaking in advance of the gathering, Bishop Smith thanked all who are preparing for the pilgrimage and the organisers in many parishes who make the event possible each year.  The Bishop extended a particular welcome to the sick, for whom the Marian Shrine is a sanctuary of healing and peace. 


The Bishop also focused on the question of vocations to the priesthood.  “There can be no Mass unless there are priests to celebrate, unless there are those with faith and generosity who are willing to answer the call of the Lord.  The call to pray for vocations belongs to the members of the community of faith in all parishes.  I give thanks for all who continue to pray for vocations, especially those who take part in Eucharistic Adoration and the members of Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society.  We will bring this prayer and your intentions to Our Lady’s Shine on our day of pilgrimage”.


Two recently ordained Deacons will assist Bishop Smith in Knock next Sunday. Rev. Joe Campbell is a Rosemount-born student at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and he is presently assisting in the Parish of Tullamore; Rev. Stephen Kelly is a native of Batterstown, a student at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome and he is currently on pastoral placement in Navan parish.


The story of Knock began on the 21 August 1879 and from the miraculous apparition, Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine, where one and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually.




Someone has written to the effect that the next best thing to feeling God’s presence is sensing God’s absence... Feeling God’s presence in our lives is a remarkable spiritual blessing, and we wish that it were always so. That is, we wish that the strong, palpable, guiding presence of God was always on us. Sometimes it is! And these moments and occasions stand out in our faith pilgrimage and memory as “mountain top” experiences. By their preciousness these kinds of experiences challenge and contradict the more normal ones, in which we sense or feel almost nothing at all. The sense of the utter nearness of God teaches us what the absence of God feels like.


John R. Ryan                             Faith, Doubt, and Courage in 15 Great People of Faith




Almighty God, Sustainer: sun behind all suns,

soul behind all souls, everlasting reconciler of our whole beings:

show to us everything we touch and in everyone we meet the  continued assurance of thy presence round us:  lest ever we should think thee absent.

In all created things thou art there.

In every friend we have the sunshine of thy presence is shown forth.

In every enemy that seems to cross our path, thou art there within the cloud to challenge us to love. Show to us the glory in the grey.


George MacLeod      (1895-1991)


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