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Parish Bulletin 8th July 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

8 July 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. Gerry 




Congratulations to Annabelle Daly (Growtown) who was baptised recently.


Congratulations to Kate Scott & Declan Fahy who were married during the week.


Please pray for Jimmy O’Connor (Kerry) father of James O’Connor (Foxlodge Woods) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the family room of the church.



A baptismal meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 11th July at 8.00pm


Envelope Collection for the week ending 24th June & 1st July €1,751.96

Standing Orders for June €3,560.33 Many thanks for your support and generosity.


                                                            Dates for 2013

            Confirmation                                                 9th February

          First Communion      Rathbeggan N.S.              27thApril

                                        St. Paul’s N.S.                11th May

                                        Ratoath Junior N.S.         18th May





Summer Rugby Camp at Curragha Road from 13th -17th August from 10.00am – 1.30pm for boys and girls age 6 – 13. €65.00 per child €60.00 for siblings. Full contact and Tag. Register your child’s details at 
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  or contact David 087 6262149 or Nicola 087 6772883.
Fun Irish Dancing Summer Camp for boys and girls from 9th July-13th July in Ratoath Community Centre. Ceili Dancing, Drama, Modern Dancing, Singing and lots more. Contact Veronica on 086 1797150 


Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 25th June:  8,9,15,24.   No Jackpot Winner. €50 winners:
 Jim Gorman, Ratoath & Lisa Hennessy, Ratoath. Next week’s jackpot is €2700.00. 

The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock led by Bishop Michael Smith will take place on Sunday 12th August.  Youth Groups which are interested in travelling to Knock on that day please contact Fr Martin Halpin at 046 9739015 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Clonmacnois Youth Festival 09 – 12th August for youth aged 16-35 years Donation only, bring a sleeping bag, free buses. For information ring 01 6753690 mobile 085 8289231

Congratulations to Ratoath Senior Foroige Club on reaching the final of Foroige Youth Citizenship awards in which 142 clubs entered the competition. The young people researched their communities needs and Mental Health was the area they worked on. They developed an APP and website so young people know where to turn if they have a difficulty. WWW.WHERE TO TURN.IE. They also designed a leaflet, poster and bookmark these are on display in your village. Contact  Roseina Murphy 0868271196 or Mary Redmond 0864097044.


                       Excerpt from the address of Pope Benedict at                           the general audience on 20th June in Rome

Dear Brothers and Sisters,                                                                                                                    Our prayers are very often requests for help in a time of need. Moreover, this is normal for men and women because we need help, we need others, we need God. Thus it is normal for us to ask God something, to seek help from him; and we must bear in mind that the prayer the Lord taught us, the “Our Father”, is a prayer of petition. With this prayer the Lord teaches us the priorities of our prayer and cleanses and purifies our desires and in this way he cleanses and purifies our hearts. Therefore even though it is in itself normal that we should ask for something in prayer, it should not be exclusively so.

There is also cause for thanksgiving and if we pay a little attention we see that we receive very many good things from God. He is so good to us that it is right and necessary to say “thank you”. And our prayer should also be a prayer of praise: if our hearts are open in spite of all the problems we also see the beauty of his creation, the goodness that is revealed in his creation. Therefore we must not only ask but also praise and give thanks, only in this way is our prayer complete. In his Letters St Paul does not only speak of prayer; he also refers to prayers and of course prayers of petition as well, but prayers of praise and blessing for all that God has worked and continues to work in humanity’s history.


To be fully in touch and be touch-able. Gandhi refused to let the lowest caste in Hinduism be called the “ untouchables” It meant that they were excluded from the mutuality of human life. Hitler did not like to be touched.

Recently the Dalai Lama came to visit a community in Blackfriars, to take part in a discussion about contemplation in our different traditions. But what leapt across the divisions was not so much what the Dalai Lama said but what he did. A friend of the community was there who had been disabled by a stroke.  And when the Dalai Lama came in he paused by her wheel-chair and rested his cheek on hers in silence. He spent longer with her than any-one else. It was the embodiment of compassion.

When I became involved a little bit with people and Aids in the early Eighties, I discovered the importance of touch...Most of us had never met any-one with Aids. We were a little nervous. But at the final Mass, a young man called Benedict who had Aides came up to me for a kiss peace. And when I hugged him I thought “this is the body of Christ” And Christ in him hugged me.


                             Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP      from Take the Plunge (Bloomsbury 2012) 


8 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

15 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Mary, Tom & Edward Gannon

& John & Margaret Johnson

Julia & Desmond Toole

Vigil 7.00pm

James & Anne Nolan

& Dorothea Mates






Deceased Members of the Boshell family & John Looney


Brendan Ralph


Bridie & Tommy Dolan

& Gerry O’Reilly


Ben White

& Jimmy O’Connor





Monday      Special Intention        Tuesday      Sheila O’Donnell          Wednesday    Charlie & Nancy Moore

Thursday    Morning Mass as usual and Mass for Laura Donohue in the green of St. Oliver’s Park at 7.00pm

Friday         Alfred and Christa Murgot

Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


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