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Parish Bulletin 15th April 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 April 2012

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     
Thanks to all who have returned their Trocaire boxes. If you have not done so already you should return them to the box at the back of the church as soon as possible
Envelope Collection for the week ending 1st April €1,514.69
Standing Orders for March €4,092.50 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.
A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 17th April at 8.00pm
Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 20th May beginning at 5.00pm 
Beginner and improver Computer Classes for people aged 55 and over, various locations around Meath, day and evening classes. Cost €10 for four sessions. For more info contact Kay from Meath Partnership on 046 9280 790
RMS will stage the much loved & inspiring musical "Annie" from May 2nd to 6th at the Venue Theatre, Ratoath. Our cast is made up of children & adults from Ashbourne; Dunboyne; Dunshaughlin & Ratoath. Bet your bottom dollar you'll enjoy it- tickets now on sale from the Venue boxoffice 01-6895600 or Family packages limited number- book early!
The Dunshaughlin Players next production of Conor Mc Phersons play ,'The Seafarer', directed by Peter Shanley to be staged in the Solstice Arts Centre Navan On Wed 18th to Sat 21st of April at 8pm Tickets €15, Concessions € 13, from (046-909 2300) or at door.
Creative Writing Course for Children on Saturday Afternoons (10 to 12 year olds).  Duration:  4 Weeks.   Commencing:  Saturday 21st April from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.   
Venue:  Ashbourne Library.   Fee:  €25.00 For details, please contact Sinéad at 087 2737677.
Lotto Results for 10th April: 19,20,25,28. No Jackpot winner.  €50 winners: Simon Donnelly, Ratoath and Joey Browne, Ratoath. Jackpot next week is: €1,600.00.

15 April

Second Sunday of Easter

22 April

Third Sunday of Easter  



Brian McGlinn

& Ellie Peake

Vigil 7.00pm

Terence O’Rourke (Months Mind) Thomas & Kathleen Madden

& Michael Flood




Tom Roche


Deceased members of the Mannering family & Michael Flood

& Deceased members of the Mills family (Drogheda)


Thomas, Bridget, Eddie & Christy Nulty. & Bridget Boshell

& Sarah Kate Somerville


Paddy Moore (Month’s Memory)

Ernest Devine & Nicholas Keogh


Ray McAndrew & Tony Donnelly

& Maura & John Harvey


                                                Saturday               Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


                                        Reflections from The Tablet
As a priest assigned in Washington, DC, I used to have the privilege of assisting occasionally at the Gift of Peace House.. a hospice for dying Aids patients conducted by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. On Good Friday, 1989, I was celebrant of the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion for the sisters, volunteers and patients. After the assembly had venerated the cross, two sisters led me upstairs so that the bedridden patients could kiss the feet of our Lord on the cross.
As I went from bed to bed, I noticed one emaciated man in the corner who seemed agitated, and kept beckoning me to come to him. As I began in turn to approach his bed, the sister halted me, warning that this man was unusually violent, hateful to all, and had actually attempted to bite the attending sisters a number of times. Of course you realise the consequences of being bitten by one with Aids. However, the poor man kept signalling for me to come near. 
What was I to do? What would any priest do? Slowly, cautiously, I approached, and carefully extended the crucifix, which he grasped and kissed- not the feet, I remember so vividly - but the face of the crucified Lord. He then lay back down, exhausted. 
The next day, Holy Saturday, the sisters called me to tell me the same man had asked to see me. I went, and, again in company with two sisters as “bodyguards” approached him. As I got nearer he whispered, “I want to be baptised” I moved a few inches closer, and expressed satisfaction, asked if he could explain to me why he desired to enter the Church.
“I know nothing of Christianity or the Catholic Church” he said, with the little bit of strength he had left, “I have hated religion all my life. All I do know, is that for three months I have been here dying. These sisters are always happy! When I curse them, they look at me with compassion in their eyes. Even when they clean up my vomit, bath my sores... when they spoon feed me, there is a radiance in their eyes. All I know is that they have joy and I don’t.  When I ask them in desperation why they are so happy, all thy answer is “Jesus”. Baptise me and give me this Jesus! Give me joy!”
He died at 3.15am on Easter Morning
Cardinal Timothy Dolan.                                           from Priests for the Third Millennium  
Remember! It is Christianity to do good, always-even to those who do evil to us. 
It is Christianity to love our neighbour as our self, and to do to all men as we would have them do to us. 
It is Christianity to be gentle, merciful and forgiving, and to keep those qualities quiet in our own hearts, and never make a boast of them, or of our prayers or our love of God, but always to show that we love Him by humbly trying to do right in everything. If we do this, and remember life and lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and try to act up to them, we may confidently hope that God will forgive us our sins and mistakes, and enable us to live and die in peace.
Charles Dickens                                                        from The Life of Our Lord

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