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Parish Bulletin 17th February 2013







Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

17 February 2013

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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 Katie McBeth (Cairn Manor) and Conall O’Riordan (Seagrave Hall) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Brendan McCann (Tramore) brother of Michael McCann (Mooretown) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.



Masses for Lent (Monday to Friday) 8.00am and 9.45am. Saturday Mass is at 11.00am in the Nursing Home.

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”. 
We welcome the Diocesan Catechists who will visit the schools on Thursday and Friday.


The National Parish Youth Conference – for young people (12 – 18 years old) takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 23rd February. The theme for is “Life is a Gift!”  -for parish youth councils, youth choirs, parish groups and RE departments.  Guest speaker is Joan Freeman from Pieta House.  Details on  All are welcome.

CES positions (1) Retail Assistant in Dunboyne (2) Childcare Assistant in Ratoath/Dunshaughlin     (3) Adult Carer in Dunboyne. Garda clearance required. For details contact Danny Gaughan on 087-2626727 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Meath Branch of the Alzheimer's Society will hold a support meeting for the carers of families and people suffering with Alzheimers/Dementia at the Community Centre, Ratoath, on Wednesday, February 20th, at 8pm. Information will be available for a course for family carers. For more information contact 087 6600406.

Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 11th February. 3,15,22, 26. No jackpot winner. €50 winners Susan Reilly, Ashbourne and Fergal Power, Ratoath. Next week’s jackpot €6,000

The Ratoath ladies Gaelic section is now recruiting new players for all levels. The u8 team train Saturday at 11.30, u10 12.30 Saturday, u12 12.00 Saturday , u14 1.30 Saturday, u16 and intermediate 8/9 pm Wednesday. If you are interested in joining contact Sarah 0871377754


The Mature Movers Activity Programme will commence Wednesday 6th March at 11am in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin. The 8 week programme includes activities such as seated Pilates, core stability/balance and resistance bands. For information please contact Ruairi on 046-9067337.


Over 50?  Need to get active? Fitline has the answer.  Our free service gives information, advice and motivation to get moving. We know what physical activity is available all over Meath.  For more information ring Go for Life on 1800 303 545. 


Table Quiz Fundraiser for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade run by Ratoath Chamber  of Commerce in Ratoath Inn on Friday next 22nd February at 8.30pm,Team of 4 at €50 per team. Further details from Nick Killian or Valerie Healy. Please support.

                                      The Resignation of Pope Benedict XV1

“After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer”.


Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign.

This year Trocaire celebrates 40 years campaigning and helping communities work their way out of poverty. Because of the support of the Irish people, Trocaire has worked for a just world and with our help can continue to empower the world’s poorest people with the knowledge and skills they need to transform their lives. It is still a sad fact that almost half of the people of the world live on less than €2 a day. This means a constant and desperate struggle to survive.

The focus this year is on India.

India has over a billion people but sadly is the home to over a third of the world’s poorest people. 400 million people in India live below the international poverty line.

1 in 2 children are underweight in six states in India.

India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world.

We are very happy to welcome a representative of Trocaire who will speak at all the Masses this weekend, The First Sunday of Lent.


17 Feb

First Sunday of Lent

24 Feb

Second Sunday of Lent



Brian Gahan & Joe Gorman &

Bridget & Noel McLoughlin

Vigil 7.00pm

David Lynch

& Margaret Hynes


Deceased members of the Fagan and Molloy Families


Marie Mulvaney


Nuala Callaghan

Thomas & Kathleen Madden


Ed McKeon

& Winnie & Pud Mahon


Denis Farrell & Carmel Doody


Laura O’Connor & James Brady





Monday         Tom and Clare Kinsella                      Tuesday          Special Intention

Wednesday Eugene Eiffe                                     Thursday         Emily Kirwin

Friday           Michael Caffrey            Saturday    Laurence & Julia Medler 11.00am in the Nursing Home


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