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Parish Bulletin 24th March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

24 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. Brendan 
Congratulations to Oisin, Liam and Brian Curran (Clonkeen) and Conor Dromey 
(Jamestown Park) who were baptised recently.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 10th & 17th March. €2,009.90 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Next Sunday, Easter Sunday, is a blue offering day.
Please pray for Nora Lynch (Baldoyle), mother of Geraldine O’Neill (Kilbride Road) and 
Mary Murphy (Mill Street Cork) mother of Dan Murphy (Fairyhouse Road). May they rest in peace 





                                                        Trocaire Boxes


Trocaire boxes should be returned to the box at the back of the church in the coming weeks.



Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters, will meet on Monday 25th March in Dunboyne Castle at 8.00pm.


Ratoath Golden gloves are open now on a Wednesday evening at 8pm in the Community Centre along with the usual Saturday opening hours.


On Tuesday 2nd April starting 1pm sharp Ratoath GAA hosts its annual day at the races fundraiser in Fairyhouse. Tickets are €100 or €1000 for a table of 10. Price includes entry to races, complimentary race card, 4 course meal, guest tipsters and entertainment/music. Spot prizes are also on offer for lucky punters. The day is then capped with a return to the clubhouse in Brownstown for finger food and music


GAA lotto results No’s no winner. Next week’s jackpot €6500.00


Ratoath under 12 chess team will be hoping to emulate their under 16 counterparts in reaching the Leinster final, when they travel to Lanesborough, Co Longford  for their quarter final All Ireland Community games match. We wish Adam Murphy, Grace Conway, Conor Phelan, Matthew Buckley, John Redmond, Rachel Conway & Devano Jose the best of moves on Sunday.



Do not give in to pessimism and discouragement. We have the firm certainty that the Holy Spirit gives the Church with His mighty breath, the courage to persevere and also to seek new methods of evangelization, to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth. The Christian truth is attractive and persuasive because it responds to the deep needs of human existence, convincingly announcing that Christ is the only Saviour of the whole person and of all persons. This announcement is as valid today as it was at the beginning of Christianity when there was a great missionary expansion of the Gospel.        Pope Francis


24 March

Palm Sunday

31 March

Easter Sunday



Sean Hickey

& James Brennan

Vigil 8.00pm

 People of the



Seamus Reilly


People of the Parish


Christina Murphy


People of the Parish


John Harris (Months Mind)

Luke & Margaret Ralph & deceased members of the Ralph family


People of the Parish


Monday   Special Intention                                      Wednesday   Vincent McGowan                     

Holy Week Ceremonies

Our Lenten Cross: During Holy Week, you can place a peg on the cross to symbolise a worry, anxiety, suffering, or illness or your family may carry at this time. Or you can remove one of the pegs from the cross, committing yourself to pray this week for the needs of the person who place the peg on the cross.                    

                        Confessions in Holy Week                                                                                                                        Tuesday        After morning Mass                                                                                                            Wednesday   After morning Mass                                                                                                                               Friday                     After the Stations of the Cross                                                                                                                 Saturday       11.30am  to 12.30pm

Monday to Wednesday                   Mass at 8.00am and 9.45am

Wednesday                                                Eucharistic Adoration from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Holy Thursday    Mass of the Lord’s Supper                         8.00pm

                             On Holy Thursday we recall the Last Supper the night before Jesus died.                       The Last Supper was the first Mass celebrated by Jesus when he gathered                      with his friends and told them “do this in memory of me”

                             After the Holy Thursday ceremony, you are welcome to pray at the Altar                    of Repose. Adoration will end at 10.00pm


Good Friday        Stations of the Cross                                   3.00pm

                             We will journey the Way of the Cross and pray and reflect at each                                station.

                             Celebration of the Lord’s Passion             8.00pm

                             This is the main celebration for Good Friday.                                                                                            We hear again the story of Christ’s suffering and death.                                                 We venerate the Cross at the conclusion of this solemn but simple                                         service, we receive Holy Communion.  


Holy Saturday  Easter Vigil                                                    8.00pm  

                             On this Holy Night, we pass from the darkness of death on Good Friday                       to the empty tomb and joy of Christ’s resurrection. The light of Christ                           and blessing of new water remind us of our hope in the Risen Christ.

                             He is risen, alleluia                   


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