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Parish Bulletin 21st April 2013




Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


21 April 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.
Congratulations to Maeve Darcy (Harlockstown), Amberely Ennis (Woodlands Park) and 
Caoimhe Murnin (St Oliver’s Park) who were baptised recently. 
Please pray for Michael Halligan (Castlebar) father of Patricia O’Malley (Foxbrook) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


                                      This Sunday is Vocations Sunday.                                                                                    It is a day reminding us of the Lord’s command ‘to pray the Lord of the harvest…….’                   Vocations come from the prayer and faith of a believing community. They also come from the invitation extended to individuals to reflect and consider such a path in life.
The collection taken up at the Masses is for vocations.




Cemetery Sunday is on 26th May at 3.00pm (note the change of time) beginning with prayers for the dead in the church followed by rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery. 












                                                          Trocaire Boxes


Trocaire boxes should be returned to the box at the foot of the altar in the next week.














21 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

28 April

Fifth Sunday of Easter




Vigil 7.00pm





Pierce & Sean Glynn

& Mary Kate Gaughan


Deceased members of the Mannering Family

Tony Donnelly and Anthony King Marie Kinsella


 Bridget Boshell


George Courtney (Months Mind)

Ray McAndrew

& Deceased members of Mills & Donohoe families


Betty Colfer (Months Mind)

& Molly & Ernest Devine

& Detta Hannigan






          Thursday   Michael Ryan


          Saturday   First Communion for Rathbeggan National School at 11.00am




Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lough Derg; For over 1,000 years, St Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg has been known through out Ireland and Europe as a challenging and rewarding place of prayer.


A diocesan pilgrimage is being organised from 27-29 June 2013 to St Patrick's Purgatory, Lough Derg. Further details in the coming weeks.




The Pontifical Irish College, Rome. “Discovering our Baptism: The Discipleship of the Laity”,


A course for parishioners from 9th to14th September. During these days in the city participants will be afforded an opportunity to reflect on the journey of faith. The week includes a series of talks, liturgies and guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas in Rome, as well as a pilgrimage to the Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino. Cost is €750.00. Places are limited, a deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of the participants but airport transfers to the college are included in the price.  If you wish to reserve a place contact the Irish College on 0039 06 772 631 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Envelope Collection for week ending 14 April €1421.85. Many thanks for your continued support.




Midlands Alpha hope to celebrate Pentecost Sunday on 19th May. Registration is at 2.30pm in Durrow Church, Tullamore, with talks beginning at 3.00pm. The talks will conclude at 6.30pm followed by barbeque and live music.All welcome including – alpha groups, prayer groups, those involved in parish ministry, youth groups, youth leaders, etc. Something for everyone.Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Royal County 5km Fun Run/Walk Sunday 28th April at 2pm in Kells. Nominated charity for this eventis the local children’s disability activity group - Special Hands. So why not come and have some fun andsupport a local charity at the same time? Register online at or phone Meath Local Sports Partnership on 046-9067337.


STARCAMP Calling all boys & girls aged 4-13 years to a fun-filled, non-competitive, week of singing dancing and drama where the building of self esteem in our children is of paramount importance. Special family rates.  Ratoath Community Centre 29th July - 2nd Aug,  (9.30am-2.30pm) To book call   021-4377900 or online at


Art Camp takes place in Ratoath Community Centre from Tues 7th May to Friday 10th May inclusive. The camp runs daily from 10am to 2pm for children age 6 to 12 years. Cost is €60 per child.  Limited places available. For further details contact 01/6895600.


**************************************************************************************************Last Sunday, Pope Francis presided over Mass at Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls on his first visit to that basilica as Bishop of Rome. In his homily, the Holy Father recalled that the basilica is built above the tomb of St. Paul, “a great yet humble Apostle of the Lord, who proclaimed him by word, bore witness to him by martyrdom and worshipped him with all his heart.” Commenting on the first reading, in which the Apostles are imprisoned for preaching of the Risen Christ, the Pope observed that Peter and the Twelve “proclaim courageously, fearlessly, what they have received: the Gospel of Jesus. And we? Are we capable of bringing the word of God into the environment in which we live? Do we know how to speak of Christ, of what He represents for us, in our families, among the people who form part of our daily lives? Faith is born from listening, and is strengthened by proclamation.             “The proclamation made by Peter and the Apostles,” he emphasized, “does not merely consist of words: fidelity to Christ affects their whole lives, which are changed, given a new direction, and it is through their lives that they bear witness to the faith and to the proclamation of Christ. In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks Peter three times to feed his flock, to feed it with his love, and He prophesies to him: 'When you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go'. These words are addressed first and foremost to those of us who are pastors: we cannot feed God’s flock unless we let ourselves be carried by God’s will even where we would rather not go, unless we are prepared to bear witness to Christ with the gift of ourselves, unreservedly, not in a calculating way, sometimes even at the cost of our lives.”But this also applies to everyone: we all have to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel. … In God’s great plan, every detail is important, even yours, even my humble little witness, even the hidden witness of those who live their faith with simplicity in everyday family relationships, work relationships, friendships. There are the saints of every day, the 'hidden' saints, a sort of 'middle class of holiness', as a French author said, that 'middle class of holiness' to which we can all belong.” The Lord,” concluded the Bishop of Rome, “calls us each day to follow him with courage and fidelity. He has made us the great gift of choosing us as his disciples. He invites us to proclaim him with joy as the Risen one, but He asks us to do so by word and by the witness of our lives, in daily life. The Lord is the only God of our lives, and He invites us to strip ourselves of our many idols and to worship him alone. To proclaim, to witness, to worship.”



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