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Parish Bulletin 28th Februarry 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

28 February 2010

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






Congratulations to Adam Forde (Steeplechase Wood), Dylan Doyle (Foxlodge Manor),

 Kate Gleeson (Raystown), Lucy McCormack (Milltree Park), Cian Fox (Jamestown Park)

 Jamie Fitzgerald (Foxlodge Manor) and Adam O’Kane (Fairyhouse Road)

who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Andy Peate (Kilbride Road), Laura O’Connor (Seagrave Park)  and                Gerty Meagher (formally of Ratoath) who died during the week.  May they rest in peace. 


The sick and the housebound will be attended to on Thursday and Friday


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday from 10.00am ending with an hour of Taize prayer beginning at 8.30pm and ending with night prayer at 9.30pm. All are welcome.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 21st February €2,312.  Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


The Alpha Course continues on Monday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm


A meeting of the Liturgy Committee will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday next 4th March at 8.30pm


Anti Litter Tidy Town: Thanks are expressed to all who were involved in the general clean up last weekend. Any group who wish to be involved should contact Ann on 087-9201706




Knock Marriage Bureau is you interested in meeting a Marriage Partner? Contact Knock Marriage Bureau  email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tel 094 9375960.


The Scouts would like to thank you the community for their support for our cake sale last Sunday


Free Stop Smoking courses for Lent in Claremont Stadium every Wednesday evening at 7pm and also every Thursday morning in Trim Resource Centre at 10am. All welcome and no bookings necessary. Contact Mary on 085-1206338 or Lorraine on 085-1206336.







28 Feb

Second Sunday of Lent

 7 Mar

Third Sunday of Lent



Elizabeth & Jack Ryan

& Detta Colfer (Months Mind) & Patrick Colfer & Mary Costello



Eileen, James, & Margaret Woods

Eugene Walsh


Carmel, George & Kevin Doody


Des Crofton


Patrick Smith & Sr’s Josephine & Ursula Traynor


Joe Lynch

& John Checkley


Masie & Felix Connelly

& Maureen Jarman & Patrick Larkin


Andrew & Lillian Toole

& Pudsar & Tony Toole








Thursday         Margaret Keane

Friday              Mass of all those on the Parish List of the Dead & Jack Reid  


Second Sunday of Lent

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

The Gospels frequently describe Jesus going to a lonely place to pray by himself. Last week's Gospel described his forty days in the wilderness after his Baptism.This week's Gospel describes Jesus going to another quiet place but on this occasion, he brings some of his friends along with him. He wants to give Peter, James and John a glimpse of his union with his Father.

The appearance of Jesus changes and they see Moses and Elijah speaking with him. St Luke's Gospel is the only one which tells us the content of the conversation - they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. As in the Old Testament, God's presence is seen as a cloud. This scene reminds us of the baptism of Jesus - except for the extra words which are spoken: This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.

On this second, Sunday of Lent, we gather as parish communities to experience the holiness and beauty of prayer. We listen to the Word of God and we receive the Word made flesh. Like pilgrims who climb Croagh Patrick, our prayer is an important way of engaging with God. We are not escaping from reality when we meet the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. Instead, we draw strength from his Eucharistic presence so that we can change our lives and transform the lives of those we meet for the coming week.

Like the apostles, we will return from our parish Mass to the normal activities of the day and another week. How might our faces, our expressions, our words show that we have spent valuable time with Christ? Might we develop better ways of listening - to God, to our family, to our neighbour...?


Trocaire: I was hungry and you gave me to eat” (Mt 25: 35)

Every year throughout the world almost 10 million children die before their fifth birthday.The World Bank estimates that child deaths in Africa alone could grow by an additional 700,000 a year. The problem isn’t that there is not enough food to go around. The problem is lack of access to food.


Over the past 25 years global food production has grown more rapidly than global population. Yet there are still millions of children starving.The ability to feed our children is still a right that many in our world do not have. It is the poor and the marginalised who suffer most.


If a poor family in the developing world cannot grow enough food or earn money to buy food, there is often nowhere to turn for help. Everyone around them, neighbours, friends and relations, are barely able to feed their own families. There is often little or no access to land, water, markets, credit, advice - no support of any kind. A hungry child cannot learn. A hungry adult cannot work.


But it does not have to be this way. Over the years, we have seen first  hand how a little help can make a huge difference.


Emer Mullins from Trocaire will speak at the Masses next weekend.       The theme of this year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign is “I was hungry and you gave me to eat” (Mt 25: 35)




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