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Parish Bulletin 7th August 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

7 August 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 Sandra Curran & Eamon Stapleton who were married during the week.
Please pray for Mary O’Reilly (Dublin) sister of Ann O’Carroll (Porterstown Lane) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church
Envelope Collection for the week ending 24th & 31st July €1,526.39
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
A meeting of parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 10th August at 8.00pm
Lough Derg:  We are hosting a Youth Pilgrimage aimed at students who are waiting for examination results. Further information is available at 
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock led by Bishop Smith on Sunday 14th August. This date coincides with the opening of the Knock Novena.
Volunteers for the Ratoath Tidy Towns should come to Supervalu Car Park 9th Aug at 7.30pm 
This Sunday 7th August the Blood Bank will be in the Dunshaughlin Parish Centre (behind the church) from 11.30am to 3.00pm
IT & Creative Writing Course for older people Starting 25th and 26th of August.  Meath Partnership office, Kells Business Park. For more information contact Kay on 046 9280 790
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 “Don’t Just Worry About Memory Loss. Do Something About It.”)
Ratoath Senior Citizens annual party in Tattersalls will be held in early September. If you would like an invitation please contact Anne on 01 8256150 or 087 6653458 
Meath Partnership and Active Retirement Ireland will be carrying out a study on the issues effecting people aged 55 and over in the county over the coming months. The study will seek to make Meath a more Age Friendly County to live in. This is a unique and valuable study and volunteers are crucial to the successful completion of the project. Each volunteer will be required to complete approx 8 questionnaires with older people from their electoral area. Training and support will be provided.  If you are over 50 and available to attend 2 half day training sessions in September then please contact Kay O’ Connor on 046 9280 790. 
Prince and Princess Ball in Aid of The Children to Lapland Appeal. Free entry this Sunday 7th August from 3.00pm to 7.00pm in Dunboyne Castle Hotel
                                              The New Missal
For the past few months, in this bulletin, we have indicated some of the changes that are to take place with introduction of the new Missal which will come into full use over a period of time between now and 1st Sunday of Advent (27th November). 
Beginning this week, the priests will begin praying the Third Eucharistic Prayer from the New Missal. We have been using this prayer at the weekday Masses for the past 8 weeks. 
Most of the text will sound familiar to you, but you will notice some changes in the text and the style of language we will hear and pray may seem more formal to us and perhaps in part, more complex.
It is hoped, that beginning on the first Sunday of September, to introduce the Congregational Card which will have all the changes in the people’s parts of the Mass.

                                                            East African Famine Appeal                                                                                            

Recently the United Nations classified the crisis in East Africa as the first famine of the 21st century.               

Millions of people across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia are dependent on food aid, with up to half the         population of certain affected areas suffering from serious malnutrition.                                                Over 1,000 Somalis are arriving into Ethiopia and Kenya every day                                                     Malnutrition rates among Somali children arriving into Ethiopia or Kenya are as high as 47 per cent; Communities in Ethiopia have reported that 80 per cent of animals have died                                                Half of the 13 million affected people are children.                                                                                      

Trócaire is on the ground in East Africa, bringing food and water to affected communities. Such is the severity of the current drought, however, that Trócaire has launched an emergency appeal for the people of East Africa. If anyone wishes to contribute to this appeal they can do so by placing your their donation in the box at the back of the church over the next two weekends or alternatively parishioners can contact Trocaire directly at 1850 408 408 or We thank all our parishioners who contributed so generously to this appeal at last weekend Masses which raised €3,785.

The great danger for all of us in life is to live on the surface of things. We are afraid to go forward because there we are at out most vulnerable. There we must face our fears and our broken relationships. But there, too, is the source of all our kindness, all our hope, and all our love. And so it is only by going inwards and facing our own failures and inadequacies that we learn the truth of things and that we can learn to love again.  
The truth for us as Christians is that we are in constant need of the divine and the divining gift of God’s grace. Through that grace God will lead us to the very source if inner peace and acceptance, in love, of our own fragile neighbours.                                       Gary Wade     A Fragile Kingdom  

7 Aug

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

14 Aug

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Liam McLoughlin

Vigil 7.00pm

Margaret Grimes & Pudsar Toole


Margaret Naughton




Sarah McEvoy

& Tom & Margaret McGorman


Luke & Margaret Ralph and deceased members of Ralph family

Donal Wells


Conor Fogarty

Anne Kerrigan


Eddie & Christy Nulty

& Thomas & Bridget Nulty &Christopher & Ann Donnelly

                Monday        Special Intention                 Tuesday     Special Intention         
                Wednesday  Mary McDonald                   Saturday     No morning Mass

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