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Parish Bulletin 3rd July 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

3 July 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. Brendan
Congratulations to Orla Geraghty (Norman Grove), Zoe Kelly (Milltree Park) and
Amelia Byrne (Seagrave Park) who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Edel Browne and Keith McArdle who were married during the week.
Please pray for Julia Gubbins, (Emly, Tipperary) mother of Willie Gubbins (Glebe Park) and Philomena Saich (Mitchelstown) sister of Rena Fitzgerald (The Commons) who died recently. 
May they rest in peace. 
Lough Derg Three Day Pilgrimage: Begin on any day of the week until Saturday 13th August. €55 includes boat fare and accommodation. Visit: or email:  
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  Tel:  071 9861518 (from N.I. 028 686 32391)
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. 
Ratoath GAA thank all who supported the recent successful BBQ in the  GAA club house.
The Meath Branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland support meeting takes place on the first Tuesday of each month at 8.00 p.m. and the first Thursday of each month at 11.00 a.m. by appt. at Whistlemount Day Centre, Navan. For appt. Tel: Day Centre at (046) 9027007.  To contact the Alzheimer National Helpline, telephone: 1800 341 341
People 4 People: We are a volunteer group based in Ratoath, we offer our time. Time to take you to hospital for an appointment, for a chat, to take you to the post office or shopping, 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
Lets Walk and Talk Ratoath: if interested please contact Marie 086 2554260 All ages welcome.
Are you a lone parent, aged between18-35 and anxious to get back to work or education or training? Navan Career Start is now taking enquiries for their new programme taking place in Claremont Stadium. Contact Marie Heaney on 046 9031418 or 086 278357 for information.
Ratoath Tennis Club is having an open day on Saturday the 9th July at the Tennis club located in Jamestown Sports Campus, The Avenue, Milltree Park, Ratoath. Come along between 12 - 5 pm on the 9th to see the courts, meet other members and even give it a try. Phone 0879480344 & Facebook Ratoath Tennis Club.
The Craft Cottage, Irish Street Ratoath suppliers of Arts and Crafts materials is now taking bookings for children's summer workshops.  We are also holding drop in Craft Clubs for adults on Saturday mornings.  Come along and meet other knitters, crocheters and cross-stitchers in the area. Contact Mary 01 802 7537.

                                                    The New Missal                                        Confiteor: The translation of the Confiteor in the new edition of the Missal will have a few changes to what we have been saying since 1975. The most obvious will be the use of the words of the old private and devotional translation of the triplet mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

                                          I confess to almighty God                                                                                                   and to you my brothers and sisters,                                                                                  that I have greatly sinned,                                                                                               in my thoughts and in my words,                                                                                        in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,                                                            through my  fault, through my fault,                                                                           through my most grievous fault;                                                                                  therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-virgin,                                                                               all the Angels and Saints,                                                                                                                  and you, my brothers and sisters,                                                                                             to pray for me to the Lord our God.


3 July

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 July

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Teenie, Patrick & Raymond Brennan

Vigil 7.00pm

John & Margaret Johson


Michael, James & Rose Doran

Joseph Fox


Anthony & Mary Rafferty


Ben White

& John Looney


Deceased members of the Boshell family


Gerry O’Reilly


Tommy & Bridie Dolan

& Sarah Browne

Wednesday    Deceased members of the Carter & Reilly Family
Friday            Special Intention             Saturday    Morning Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Excerpt from the homily of Pope Benedict on Wednesday 29th June on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

The Lord associates the image of the vine with a commission to the disciples: “I appointed you that you should go out and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide”

What fruit does he expect from us? What is this fruit that abides? Now, the fruit of the vine is the grape, and it is from the grape that wine is made. Let us reflect for a moment on this image. For good grapes to ripen, sun is needed, but so too is rain, day and night. For noble wine to mature, the grapes need to be pressed, patience is needed while the juice ferments, watchful care is needed to assist the processes of maturation. Noble wine is marked not only by sweetness, but by rich and subtle flavours, the manifold aroma that develops during the processes of maturation and fermentation. Is this not already an image of human life, and especially of our lives as priests? We need both sun and rain, festivity and adversity, times of purification and testing, as well as times of joyful journeying with the Gospel. In hindsight we can thank God for both: for the challenges and the joys, for the dark times and the glad times. In both, we can recognize the constant presence of his love, which unfailingly supports and sustains us.


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