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Parish Bulletin 3rd February 2013






Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

3 February 2013

       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

Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm.


Confirmation on 9th February: We welcome Bishop Smith to Ratoath next Saturday. The Bishop will confirm the boys and girls of Sixth Class from Ratoath Senior N S; St. Paul’s N S and Rathbeggan N S in two ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm. We thank parents, teachers and all who have supported and assisted in preparing the candidates for the sacrament.

Confessions in preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation will be held in the church on Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. We encourage the boys and girls, their parents and sponsors to avail of this opportunity to receive the grace and mercy of God.


A meeting of the children’s liturgy committee will be held on Wednesday 6th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

A meeting of the Board of Management of St. Paul’s National School will be held in the school on Wednesday 6th February at 7.00pm.

8.00am morning Mass for Lent: The Parish Liturgy Committee has proposed that the parish would offer an 8.00am morning Mass during Lent (Mon to Fri). The existing Mass at 9.45am would also be celebrated. It is hoped that this earlier Mass time might be more suitable for number of our parishioners. This Mass will begin the day after Ash Wednesday right though the first week of Lent to see if there is an interest in this earlier time.

A Mass of Remembrance will be held on Wednesday 6th February at 2.30 pm in St. Loman's Hospital Chapel, Mullingar, in memory of deceased patients and people buried in St. Loman's Hospital Cemetery from 1907 to 1970.

When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make it out to “Ratoath Parochial Development Fund” as the bank will no longer accept “Ratoath Parish”. Thank you for your continued support. 

3 Feb

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 Feb

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Maurice Keogh

Michael & Aileen Conway

Vigil 7.00pm

Al Moroney

Catherine Brady


Ita Doran


For all those who sympathised with the family on the death of Ciaran Kilcline


Anne Malone (Months Mind) Bridget & Michael Carey



Brendan Whyte

Deceased members of the Digan family


Fergus Haverty & Jack Reid

Michael Eiffe


Thomas Everard

Russell McNabb





          Monday   Hugh Muldoon and deceased members of the family

         Thursday Special Intention

          Friday         Kathleen & Eugene O’Sullivan & Deceased members of the family

          Saturday   Confirmation Ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm

Despite the crisis of fatherhood in many societies, the Scriptures show us clearly what it means to call God “Father”. God is infinitely generous, faithful, and forgiving; he so loves the world that he has given us his only Son for our salvation. As “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15), Jesus reveals God as a merciful Father who never abandons his children and whose loving concern for us embraces even the Cross. In Christ, God has made us his adopted sons and daughters.

                                                         Pope Benedict at the General Audience on Wednesday 30th January


Knock Shrine: A full day of prayer for all Diocesan and Parish Adoration Committees and all Adorers from all over Ireland to come together as a community of Adorers on Saturday 20th April The Papal Nuncio Archbishop Brown will celebrate Mass. Buses will leave from each parish on the day. Please leave your name with the Parish Office if you are interested in going.


The Visit of the Relics of St. John Bosco to Navan will be on 3rd/4th March. Details to follow.


All Hallows College Spring 2013 – programme of part-time evening courses and events


The Priory Institute, Tallaght – Spring Semester (Feb to June) Theology by distance learning or email enquiries@ or phone 01-4048124

Year of Faith Pilgrimage to Rome Mon 23rd – Sat 28th September, 2013. Spiritual Director: Fr. Mark English. Price: 815.00 p.p.s. To celebrate the Year of Faith you are welcome to join with parishioners from St. Peter’s & Paul’s Parish Dunboyne on this pilgrimage to the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul. An information meeting for all those who have booked or are interested in making this pilgrimage will take place at 2pm on Saturday 9th February in the Old School, Dunboyne. Deposit €250.00. Booking forms available in Dunboyne Parish Office. All Booking & Enquiries to: Map Travel, 36 Upr. O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Ph:8783116, Fax: 8783117, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Website:



Dominican Nuns Vocation Weekends: Single young women attracted to this way of life are welcome to attend any of the following weekends in 2013. 15-17 February; 8-10 March; 26-28 April;               17-19 May; 13-15 September; and 25-27 October. Please contact Sr Mairead OP, Monastery of St Catherine of Siena, The Twenties, Drogheda or Tel 041 9838524. Email; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it        

Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for Mon 28th Jan: 14,25,26,27. No jackpot winner.                         €50 winners were Ruby and Gavin Daly; Brian McCleery. Next week’s jackpot will be €5,800   GAA Annual Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday 23nd February. Tickets are €30. Please contact Monica at 087-6493639

Millrace Drama Group presents TRAD by Mark Doherty and directed by Paddy Farrelly in The Venue Theatre on Friday 8th February at 8pm. This is a brilliant, funny play that attempts to expose the importance of family and tradition in Ireland. Tickets available from the Box Office at The Venue Theatre or at the door. Adm €16/€14

Ratoath Golden Gloves boxing club opening on Saturday 16th February in Ratoath Community Centre 12.30-2.30pm.  €6 per week. Run by Qualified Coaches - Members from aged 9 upwards welcome. 9 to 14 year olds training separately the first hour and 15 to adult training the second hour. Volunteers willing to assist in any way welcome. Please phone Fergus on 087 6472747

Ratoath Chamber of Commerce is presently preparing for St. Patricks Day Parade 2013. If you are a business or a local community and would like to enter a float in the parade, contact Nick Killian as soon as possible at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Parade will take place on Sunday 17th March at 1.00pm. All are welcome. Volunteers are also required to assist on the day for 2 hours.


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