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Parish Bulletin 25th April 2010

 Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

25 April 2010

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





Congratulations to Evie Wardick (Somerville), Ava McCordick (Steeplechase Hill),

Mai Hitillambeau (Corbillis Demense), Cian Forde (Coill Beag), Sean Lumley (Foxlodge Woods), Emily Gannan (The Old Mill) and Luke Raftery (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.


Congratulations to Leigh Bell & Marie Kane who were married during the week.


Please pray for Gay Smith (Wexford) mother of David Smith (Bodeen) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday for 10.00am to 10.00pm in the family room of the church. All are welcome.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 11th & 18th April €1,884.07

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


If you have not returned your Trocaire box, we ask you to do so as soon as possible.


Next Weekend: Each year the Diocese of Meath invites a religious order/ missionary group to speak about their work in the diocese. This year the Franciscan Brothers are visiting the diocese. Next weekend Brother Brian Johnson will speak at all the Masses. We warmly welcome him to our parish.  The Franciscan Brothers were founded in Galway in the early 1800’s. They were founded to work with the rural poor in Ireland and so all of their monasteries were located in rural areas. Their primary work involved Religious and Secular Education, and Agriculture. They are well remembered for their work during the Great Famine. Presently they have missions in Kenya and Uganda where they are involved in Aids Awareness, Secular and Religious Education, Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, Food and Seed Distribution, Food Security, and Famine Relief.


Ratoath Garden Club:  Paul Woods of Kilmurray Nurseries will give a talk on “Greenhouse Growing and Summer Perennials” on Monday 26th April at 8.30 pm. In Ratoath Community Centre and everyone is welcome. Non members €6.


The Anam Cara benefit night in memory of Laura Donohoe raised €5,160.00. The Donohoe family  wish to express their thanks to all for their generous support.


Nu-Generation Hip Hop Classes every Monday in the Community Centre. Beginner/intermediate classes starting on 26th April. 5-11 year olds 4pm to 5pm. 12 -18 year olds 5pm to 6pm. Pay as you go! All are welcome to have a look. Contact Laura 0851308996


25 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

2 May

Fifth Sunday of Easter



Thomas & Kathleen Madden

& Nora & Michael Gilligan



Dympna Mills


Chrissie Furman

& Kavanagh Family (Jamestown)


Luke, Margaret & Ita Ralph


Elizabeth & Bridget Boshell

& Rita O’Higgins & Harry Foran


Bridget & Con Colfer

Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey


 Ray McAndrew

& Detta Hannigan


Darah Somerville

& Eileen Fernandes


                                                Saturday       No morning Mass

Congratulations to the boys and girls in

Rathbeggan National School who received

their First Holy Communion on Saturday


Callum Browne          Shalun Carey           Daniel Connolly

Kritsada Cooke          Max Davenport        Caelan Donegan

Mark Gillespie           Nathan Kinlan          Evan Maher

Evan Murphy            Cathal Sherlock        Diarmuid Stoney

Anna Byrne              Anna Crowley           Ciara Gilhooly

Maham Hassan         Catherine McCann    Claire McEnroe

Laura Maloney         Eva Mohan               Ailbhe Whitty

                           Aoife Nic Mhurchadha


Message for Vocations Sunday 25th April : Pope Benedict XVI

The calling of Peter, as we read in the Evangelist John, occurred through the witness of his brother Andrew, who, after meeting the Master and accepting his invitation to stay with him, felt the need to share immediately with Peter what he discovered by “staying” with the Lord: “We have found the Messiah (which means Christ). He then brought him to Jesus” (Jn 1:41-42). This was also the case for Nathanael, Bartholomew, thanks to the witness of yet another disciple, Philip, who joyfully told him of his great discovery: “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (Jn 1:45). God’s free and gracious initiative encounters and challenges the human responsibility of all those who accept his invitation to become, through their own witness, the instruments of his divine call. This occurs in the Church even today: the Lord makes use of the witness of priests who are faithful to their mission in order to awaken new priestly and religious vocations for the service of the People of God.

A fundamental element, one which can be seen in every vocation to the priesthood and the consecrated life, is friendship with Christ. Jesus lived in constant union with the Father and this is what made the disciples eager to have the same experience. Like the Apostle Andrew, who tells his brother that he has come to know the Master, so too anyone who wants to be a disciple and witness of Christ must have “seen” him personally, come to know him, and learned to love him and to abide with him.

The collection taken up at Masses this weekend is for Vocations


Open Day Invitation to any young men thinking about vocation to the Catholic Priesthood takes place in Maynooth Seminary in St Patrick's College on Sunday 25 April.  No booking necessary.  For further details please click vocations link on Diocesan Website (


The first national gospel festival in Ireland is being hosted in Ennis, Co.Clare from 7th - 9th May.  Further Information at


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