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Parish Bulletin 15th July 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 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. Brendan 




Congratulations to Heidi Curley (Hollystown), Olivia Quinn (River Walk Court), Emily and Dylan Mironovas (Moatlands), Joseph Hendrick (Woodlands Park), Christopher McKenna (Streamstown) and Alfie Conlon (Fox Lodge Manor)who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Patsy McCabe (Skryne Road) and Val O’Dowd (Ballyhaunis), sister of Patsy Boyle (The Commons) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.




have the following vacancy for a person eligible to work under the Community Employment Scheme – retail assistant in Dunboyne . Contact Danny Gaughan 087 2626727  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it









Dunshaughlin Senior Citizens/Friday Club: The Boyne Valley Motor Cycle Touring Club is doing a sponsored Cycle on Sunday, 22nd July. Depart Dunshaughlin to Croagh Patrick, climb the Mountain and return to Dunshaughlin in 12 hours.  A 'Bucket' collection in Supervalu on Friday and Saturday, the 20th/21st July, proceeds of which will be presented to our Club on the 22nd July in St. Patrick's Hall.  A Coffee Morning will be held in St. Patrick's Hall on 21st from 10.00 a.m. -  3.00 p.m.


Bingo every Sunday night in Ratoath community Centre. Jackpot now stands at €5,200 (47 calls)


Meath Got Talent 2012 takes place on Friday 20th July in the Venue Theatre at 7.30pm.

Admission €6 and €4. For further information contact 01-6895600

Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 9th July: Nos.  Drawn: 4,14,17,23.   No Jackpot Winner. €50 winners: Jim Gorman, Ratoath & Bernie Quinn, Ratoath. Next week’s Jackpot is €2900.00.

Gathering : Thursday 19th July a community meeting in Cunningham’s Arms, Slane to generate ideas to contact Irish Diaspora. Meath Co. Co. and Friends of Ireland.

Ratoath Youth Art Group - Summer Camp Our 3rd Year!  Join us for a week of fun and activities including : painting, drawing, t-shirts painting, glass painting, collage, pastels, cartoons, still life, pop art prints, clay modelling, card-making, abstract art and  more in Ratoath Community Centre .Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August.10am to 1pm. €70.00For Ages 5 to 12. Contact Michael Daly for information and to reserve a place: Tel: 087 2472082. Last few places available

15 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

22 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



James & Anne Nolan

& Dorothea Mates

Vigil 7.00pm

 Carmel, Edward & Albert McAuley




Paddy & Ethel Everard & Deceased members of the family


Brendan Ralph


Rose McCarthy

Apolonija Navikiene


Ben White & Jimmy O’Connor


Fran & Wesley Geraghty





Monday       Deceased members of the Ryan and Cunningham Families

Tuesday      Special Intention                                           Wednesday       Special Intention

Thursday     Agnes McCabe                                         Saturday           No morning Mass

A thought for today on this Sunday’s Gospel (from Intercom)


Jesus calls the disciples by name, recognising their individuality and their gifts. Yet he sends them out in twos so that they must work together. Sometimes we may feel we can do his work alone or that we have all the right answers. We should celebrate our gifts but also recognise the things that perhaps we cannot do in the faith that others compliment our efforts.

The disciples can only bring a staff, sandals and a single tunic, no baggage to be brought with them on their mission, early Christians travelled light, relying on the generosity of others and this has a lot to say to us today. It might seem harsh for Jesus to tell the disciples to shake the dust off their feet when they are rejected by the people. We can constantly fear rejection and when we experience it, it can leave us feeling exhausted and upset. Jesus’ message here may be to free ourselves and move on, to not let that disappointment and upset control our lives because if we do, we lose our freedom, it holds us back and it stars to define us.



A Summer Blessing: (from a Year to Remember 2010)


May the beauty of God always surprise you.

May the freedom of God keep you centred and whole.

May the truthfulness of God bring peace to your heart.

May God’s gift of Christ saturate you with love.

May the wisdom of God’s dream always invite you deeper.

May the blessing of God in the company of Christ and the life-giving Spirit guide you now and every minute of your life.

May you be open to God’s gentle presence in your life this Summer and know that you are loved, cared for and always marked out as special.



“Heaven is not there up in the clouds. It is all around us” (Augustine Hoey)

Belinda Carlisle had a hit in the 80’s called, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”. She didn’t quite say where, but heaven is closer than we think. It is something we all have different opinions on, without any one official account of what sort of place it is. But that should not take from its significance. For believers, the thought of heaven is our ultimate goal and destination. It is a unique non-repeatable step on our journey towards completion and experiencing fullness of life. Are such thought a mere escape from the harsh realities of life? Not at all. It actually puts us more in touch with the rhythms of life. We know deep down that there must be something more, otherwise life is boring cul-de-sac. Everything Jesus did in our gospel stories was about bringing life and inviting people to new beginnings. He walked down many cul-de-sacs and pointed the way out of them. For Jesus, life is a constant repetition of new beginnings. Such a vision is encouraging and full of hope. It is also extended to us too.

                                                                                                (from a Year to Remember 2010)


Look up to heaven, and do not forfeit it for earth                      (St. Frances de Sales)

*******************************************************************************To go to heaven is to go to God                                        (Blessed John Henry Newman)


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