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Parish Bulletin 3rd March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

3 March 2013

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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 Lorcan Whelan (The Old Mill), Kate & Luke Gill (Moulden Bridge),
Sophie Sheehy (Somerville) and Isabelle Sherry (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Fr Tom Meagher (late of Ratoath and Kimmage Manor), Mary Keane (Trim) mother of Dr Ursula Keane (Meadowbank Hill) and James Cogan (Finglas) father of Kay Brady 
(The Commons) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
Congratulations to Susan McGuane & Roy Finlay who were married during the week.



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


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


Envelope Collection for the week ending10th February €1,504.56

Standing Orders for January €7,058.13 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



                                      Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign

This year the Trocaire box features a little girl called Ambika. The challenges she faces in her life are immense. Her mother and father want only that she can go to school, that she can grow to be an adult and that she can be content. Their ambitions are the same as parents around the world. Their obstacles in their path are, however, very great. This Lent, we are again asked to support Trocaire in whatever way we can; by praying for the work that Trocaire does and by giving alms. We pray that we will support them with our love and our prayers and that those with great power will see the needs of the poorest of the poor in our world today.


First Confessions - All ceremonies at 7.30pm

          Ratoath Junior National School on Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March

          Rathbeggan National School on Wednesday 6th March

          St. Paul’s National School on Thursday 7th March


                        The Visit of the Relics of St. John Bosco to St. Mary’s Navan

Sunday 3rd March 7.30pm Welcome of the relics and evening prayer of the church

8.00pm Individual veneration of the relics until 11.00pm concluding with Night Prayer

Monday 4th March 7.30am Early Mass; 8.00am Veneration of the relics until 9.30am

10.00am Concelebrated Mass 3.30pm Closing ceremony and departure of the relics.




3 March

Third Sunday of Lent

10 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent



Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

Vigil 7.00pm

Brendan McDermott

& John & Brigid Staunton


Deceased members of Maguire & Brogan families




Andrew & Lillian Toole

& Pudser & Tony Toole


Joe Lynch & Baby Marcus Crawley

Michael Brazil & Leah McKeon


Paddy Moore & Matthew Hayes

Leonard,Gertie & Fr.Tom Meagher



Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis

Kay & Brendan Menton

Leah Cooke Halligan






Monday Special Intention      Wednesday Special Intention   Saturday 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Excerpts from the address of Pope Benedict XV1 at his final General Audience on Wednesday last, 27th February

When, on 19 April almost eight years ago I accepted to take on the Petrine ministry, the words that resounded in my heart were: Lord, what do You ask of me? It is a great weight that You are placing on my shoulders but, if You ask it of me, I will cast my nets at your command, confident that You will guide me, even with all my weaknesses. And eight years later I can say that the Lord has guided me. He has been close to me. I have felt His presence every day.... It has been a stretch of the Church's path that has had moments of joy and light, but also difficult moments. I felt like St. Peter and the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee. The Lord has given us many days of sunshine and light breezes, days when the fishing was plentiful, but also times when the water was rough and the winds against us, just as throughout the whole history of the Church, when the Lord seemed to be sleeping. But I always knew that the Lord is in that boat and I always knew that the boat of the Church is not mine, not ours, but is His. And the Lord will not let it sink. He is the one who steers her.... And that is why my heart today is filled with gratitude to God, because He never left—the whole Church or me—without His consolation, His light, or His love.

We are in the Year of Faith, which I desired precisely in order to strengthen our faith in God in a context that seems to relegate it more and more to the background. I would like to invite everyone to renew their firm trust in the Lord, to entrust ourselves like children to God's arms, certain that those arms always hold us up and are what allow us to walk forward each day, even when it is a struggle. I would like everyone to feel beloved of that God who gave His Son for us and who has shown us His boundless love. I would like everyone to feel the joy of being Christian. Yes, we are happy for the gift of faith. It is the most precious thing, which no one can take from us! Let us thank the Lord for this every day, with prayer and with a coherent Christian life. God loves us, but awaits us to also love Him!....

I wish to send my greetings and my thanks to all: a pope's heart extends to the whole world. I would like to wholeheartedly thank the many people around the world who, in recent weeks, have sent me touching tokens of concern, friendship, and prayer....

In these last months I have felt that my strength had diminished and I asked God earnestly in prayer to enlighten me with His light to make me make the right decision, not for my own good, but for the good of the Church. I have taken this step in full awareness of its seriousness and also its newness, but with a profound peace of mind. Loving the Church also means having the courage to make difficult, agonized choices, always keeping in mind the good of the Church, not of oneself.....

I am not abandoning the cross, but am remaining beside the Crucified Lord in a new way. I no longer bear the power of the office for the governance of the Church, but I remain in the service of prayer, within St. Peter's paddock, so to speak. St. Benedict, whose name I bear as Pope, will be a great example to me in this. He has shown us the way for a life that, active or passive, belongs wholly to God's work.

I will continue to accompany the Church's journey through prayer and reflection, with the dedication to the Lord and His Church that I have tried to live every day up to now and that I want to always live.......

Dear friends! God guides His Church, always sustaining her even and especially in difficult times. Let us never lose this vision of faith, which is the only true vision of the path of the Church and of the world. In our hearts, in the heart of each one of you, may there always be the joyous certainty that the Lord is beside us, that He does not abandon us, that He is near and embraces us with His love. Thank you.


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