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Parish Bulletin 1st May 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 May 2011



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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan
The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday.
Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the box at the back of the
                          church as soon as possible.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 17th April €1,203.96 Many thanks for your support.
Children’s Liturgy Committee meet on Wednesday at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre
Meath Temperance Mission: Sister Consilio will speak at East Meath Temperance Mission in Saint Mary's Church, Dublin Road, Drogheda on Wednesday 4 May at 7.30 pm.
Alzheimer Tea Day at Fox Lodge, Ratoath on Saturday, May 7th.  10.30am to 1pm. All welcome. Please come. Máire Ryan
Metal Collection Day on Saturday 7th May from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Donegan’s farm, Kilmartin Lane, Kilbride. The Ward Union Pony Club is hosting a fundraising /charity (Meath palliative care) scrap metal recycle day. Donate your household/farm scrap metal for free. Collection service available. Contact Padraig Sherry 0872 560 500 or Kate Green   0876 780 200
Four Forks Drama Production present two one act plays in the Venue Theatre on May 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th & 20th at 8.00pm. Tickets €14 and (€12 concession). Box office 01-6895600. Special pre-show offer 2 course meal in “As you Like It” and one theatre ticket only €25 per person. 
Ratoath Rathbeggan Community Games. The Community Games Track and Field events will be held in Ratoath Athletic Club on Monday May 2nd at 5pm.  Please be there by 4.45pm to register. Entry fee €2 per competitor. Events for all ages under 4 to under 16 years. All children who reside in the Parish are eligible to enter. Any queries phone Eileen Doherty on 087 2887217
Ratoath Pulse, in conjunction with Meath Youth Federation is hosting a workshop evening taking place in the Community Centre at 7.00pm on Friday 6th May and will go on till about 8.30pm/9.00pm. Free pizzas and refreshments available on the night. All teenagers welcome

1 May

Second Sunday of Easter

8 May

Third Sunday of Easter



Sarah Kate Somerville

Pa & Julia Donnelly and deceased members of the family

Vigil 7.00pm

Mick O’Mahony

& Dympna Mills


Chrissie Furman

Pierce & Sean Glynn


Susan Timmons



Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey


Edward, Carmel & Albert McAuley

& Alicia O’Beirne


Bridget & Con Colfer

& Maura & John Harvey


Alice & Patrick Beggy

& David Mulvaney

& Mary Walsh (Months Mind)


Monday             Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Friday               Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday           First Holy Communion Ceremonies at 10.30am & 12.30pm (St. Paul’s National School)

Beatification of the Servant of God John Paul II – 1st May 2011



Charles Joseph Wotjtyła was born in 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. He became first auxiliary bishop and, in 1964, Archbishop of Krakow and took part in the Second Vatican Council. On 16 October 1978 he was elected pope and took the name John Paul II. His exceptional apostolic zeal, particularly for families, young people and the sick, led him to numerous pastoral visits throughout the world. In Rome on 2 April 2005, the eve of the Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), he departed peacefully in the Lord.

From the Homily of  John Paul II, for the Inauguration of his Pontificate on 22nd October 1978

Brothers and sisters,do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Do not be afraid. Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows “that which is in man”. He alone knows it.                                                                        So often today, man does not know that which is in him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you, therefore, we beg you with humility and with trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of life eternal.

O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.


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