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Parish Bulletin 26th June 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 June 2011

01 8256207


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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry
Congratulations to Jack Daly (Leigh Valley) and Ellie O’Gorman( Foxlodge Wood) who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Annette Clince and Ronan Menton who were married during the week.
Please pray for Theresa Mangan (Finglas), mother of Ruth Fleming (Clonkeen) who died during the week. May she rest in peace. 
The sick and housebound will be attended to in their homes on Friday of this week.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th June €1,513.61
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage: Begin on any day of the week from Wednesday 1st June until Saturday 13th August. Cost:  €55 includes boat fare and accommodation. For bookings or information Visit: or Email:  
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  Tel:  071 9861518 (from N.I. 028 686 32391)Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock led by Bishop Smith on Sunday 14th August. This date coincides with the opening of the Knock Novena.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Smith, 12-17 September. Fare €699 includes return flights, 5 nights full board, taxes & travel insurance. Contact Pilgrimages Abroad 01-6359300. 

Garden Party in aid of the St Vincent De Paul will be held in Anne Ryan’s Garden Pine Hill on the Skyrne Road on Saturday 2 July 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Admission €5.00. Parking in the Ratoath Harp’s football grounds.

Charity Book Sale in aid of MS Ireland, this Sunday 26th June from 11.00am-2.00pm in Ratoath Community Centre.  All books priced at €1.

The Adult Literacy Centre starting in September. Courses in Family Literacy, Maths, Spelling Techniques, Computers, Introduction to the Internet, Communications, Consumer Awareness, Food and Nutrition as well as offering Fetac level 1,2 and 3 minor and major awards. Family Literacy is a short 6 week course on how to introduce maths and reading in a fun way to your child in an everyday setting.  Contact Dympna in Dunshaughlin Community College  01 8011 787
People 4 People: We are a volunteer group based in Ratoath, we offer our time. Time to take you to hospital for an appointment. Time for a chat. Time to take you to the post office or shopping. Time to lend a hand when a new baby arrives. Call 086 0325795. Not an emergency service. 
Happy Days Summer Camp takes place in Ratoath Community Centre from 4th July. Place still available. Contact Debbie at 01-6895600

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ)

The Eucharist assimilates man into the divine life of Jesus, enabling him to more closely follow in Christ’s footsteps and become a gift to others, Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 23. (celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 26th June). He was celebrating Mass in his cathedral – the basilica of St. John Lateran – before leading the traditional Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome to the basilica of St. Mary Major.

The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates Jesus’ gift of his body and blood in the Eucharist. Catholics believe that the bread and wine offered by Christ at the Last Supper literally became his body and blood, and that this same miracle is repeated every time Mass is celebrated.

For the sake of love, said the Pope, Christ “takes all the passion, with its labours and it violence, to death on a cross.” This sacrificial love is Christ’s template for the Christian life, he said. For this reason, the sacrifice of Eucharist is given to the world “to give every person the possibility of salvation.”

The Eucharist goes beyond uniting believers to Christ and helps them open up to others, so that “we are no longer divided but one in him,” the Pope said. “Those who recognize Jesus in the sacred also recognize him in brethren who are suffering, hungry and thirsty, who are a stranger, naked, sick, imprisoned,” he explained. This evening’s ceremonies finished with a Corpus Christi procession along Rome’s Via Merulana, which links the basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims processed behind the Pope, reciting the Rosary and singing Eucharistic hymns as they as walked the mile long route in the warm Roman night.  The procession concluded outside St. Mary Major, where the Pope led a service of Benediction that finished with a blessing of the pilgrims, now kneeling, with the Eucharist.                                                                                                                       

                                     The New Missal                                      What should we, as a faith community, reflect on as we prepare to use the new Missal?                We have been praying our current texts for over thirty-five years. Moving to a new text will be a challenge and will require that we exercise patience and support for one another. Priests and people, musicians and others involved in preparing the liturgy all need to work together to make the change as easy as it can be.                                                                                       Ultimately we need to remember that the words of our liturgy are crucial – we pray as we believe. But when we pray the Mass we do more than recite words- those words are recited in the context of all the actions, symbols and people of the liturgy. As we work towards implementing the changes, may we keep in mind the bigger task of which the words of the Missal are a part: the Mystery of our Faith, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ made present for us in the Eucharist.

26 June

Corpus Christi

3 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Martin McLoughlin

John & Mary O’Brien

Vigil 7.00pm

Teenie, Patrick & Raymond Brennan


Neil McFadden


Michael, James & Rose Doran


Cathal Dunlop &Aidan O’Brien &

Christopher & Christine Rooney


Ben White

& John Looney


Laura Donoghue

John O’Donoghue

& Michael & Agnes O’Hare


Gerry O’Reilly

Wednesday     Julia & Desmond Toole                                         Thursday    Gerry McGuane                                Friday     Mass all those on the Parish list of the dead.
Friday             Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead       Saturday     No morning Mass

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