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Parish Bulletin 22nd July 2012


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

22 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 Conor Dolan (The Commons) and Charlie Sherry (Lagore) who were baptised recently.


Sr. Nuala Glynn from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary will be speaking at all Masses next weekend. She will speak on their work and will be asking for our financial help.


22 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

29 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



 Carmel, Edward & Albert McAuley

Vigil 7.00pm

 Mary & Joseph Elliott

& Miles & Kathleen Byrne


Paddy & Ethel Everard & deceased members of the family


John, Jane, Christy & Marie Mulvaney


Rose McCarthy

Apolonija Navikiene


Deceased members of the Muldoon family & Joe and Kitty Murrihy


Fran & Wesley Geraghty


Peg Everard & Jackie O’Sullivan





Saturday           No morning Mass

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

Fun Irish Dancing Camp from 13th to 16th August in Ratoath Community Centre. Contact Veronica on 086-1797150




Dunboyne Community Employment 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


Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 16th July. 1, 9, 15, 16 .No jackpot €50 winners  Karl Stoney, Ratoath and David Troy, Drumree. Next week’s jackpot is €3,000

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

Naíonra Ráth Tó, a preschool through the Irish language, now enrolling for September 2012.For further details contact Sharon @ 0851463123.

Tidy Towns Summer Project  we need your help, contact Ann on 087 9201706 or come along on Wednesday evenings we meet in Supervalue car park 7.30pm

Bingo every Sunday night in Ratoath Community Centre. Jackpot now stands at €5,300 (47 calls)

43 Week Training Programme: Are you in receipt of One Parent Family Income Support, aged

18-35, early school leaver and anxious to get back to education? Navan Career Start is recruiting for new programme beginning in August. Places are limited.  Enquiries to Marie by phone or text 0469031418, 086 8273857 or follow us on facebook.

The An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Family spin takes place on Sunday the 29th July. This year the Family spin is 11km and commences at 2pm from Trim Castle. All those interested in taking part in the family cycle must register on the day. Registration is open from 1pm in Trim Castle Hotel. €2 per entrant. Regardless of age, all participants must wear a cycling helmet. The Alzheimer Society Meath Branch is the nominated charity – donations accepted on the day. 

Combines4Charity will once again attempt to break the Guinness World Record Event on Sat 28th July 2012 in Platin, Duleek. Co Meath. We hope to have 300 Combines working in the one field at the same time. This is a family Day out, gates open at 11am and all proceeds go to Barnardos/National Rehab Centre/Gary Kelly Centre & Self Help Africa. We still have marketing and advertising opportunities available. For details call Sharon Keogan on 087 6773800 or Michael Kieran on 086 2523609. Please check out our webpage on We appreciate all your support and you can donate online if you wish.


Meath’s Got Talent 2012: Audition Rounds take place in The Venue Theatre at 7.30pm on Thurs 26th & Friday 27th July Admission is €6 and €4.   For further information contact 01/6895600         


A story: (from a Year to remember 2010)

One day a man found a cocoon of a butterfly, it had a small opening. He sat and watched the butterfly struggling to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. The man decided to help the butterfly, took a pair of scissors, snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon and the butterfly then emerged easily. But it had swollen body and small shrivelled wings. The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shrivelled wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening was nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are what we need in our lives. If we were allowed to go through life without any obstacles we would be weak, inexperienced, insensitive, and out of touch with real life. Whatever out struggles we ask God for patience and the strength to get us through. 


“The fruit of silence is prayer;  the fruit of prayer is faith;  the fruit of faith is love;

The fruit of love is service;  the fruit of service is peace                 (Mother Teresa)


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