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Parish Bulletin 5th May 2013


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


05 May 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 Naoise Lumley (Glascarn Lane), Lauren McLoughlin (Steeplechase Wood), Arwen Thompson (Moulden Bridge), Lucy Comiskey (Steeplechase Court),  Aoibheann Ginley 
( Steeplechase Hill) and James Killian (Steeplechase Hill)  who were baptised recently. 
Envelope Collection for the week ending 21st & 28th April €1,863.12
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 8th May at 8.00pm
A meeting of the Children’s Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 8th May at 8.00pm


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. 






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


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




Pentecost Vigil Knock for the success of the “Year of Faith” Saturday 18th May 2013  9.00pm – 1.00am Holy Mass at Midnight celebrated by  Fr Columba Jordan CFR. Vigil lead by Youth 2000.




Alzheimer Tea Afternoon in aid of the Alzheimers Society will take place in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home on Thursday, 9th May, from 2.30 to 4.30p.m. Please come along and bring a friend to support this very worthy cause.   Please remember those who cannot.


Andplease support Alzheimer's Tea Day at Fox Lodge, Ratoath, on Saturday May 4th from 11.00 to 1.00 pm. All welcome.




 Bingo every Sunday night in Ratoath Community Centre at 8.00pm. Great Prizes




GAA Lotto numbers 7.12.18. 22. No winner  Next week’s draw €7,100


     In memory of Gerry Bird: Concert/gathering of friends. Gaelscoil na Cille, 11th May at 8pm. All






05 May

Sixth  Sunday of Easter

12 May

The Ascension of The Lord



James & Tessie Murphy & deceased members of the family

Vigil 7.00pm

Michael O’Mahony


John O’Leary




Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey


Patrick, Julia & Brian Donnelly & deceased members of the family

& Bridget & Con Colfer


Dan & Sarah Eiffe


David Mulvaney

& Alice & Patrick Beggy

& Dessie Fox






Monday    Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


Saturday   First Communion Masses for St. Paul’s National School


Preliminary response by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland to            Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013


The Catholic bishops of Ireland stress once again the importance of continuing to provide a health care service in Ireland which ensures complete respect for the sacredness of the life both of the mother and her unborn baby.  The bishops express their appreciation of the work carried out day by day in this ethos by doctors, nurses, midwives and other health personnel.   Through Cura, the Church’s crisis pregnancy agency, help is available to any woman facing a crisis pregnancy.


The Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 published by the Government on Wednesday would, if approved, make the direct and intentional killing of unborn children lawful in Ireland.  The Bill as outlined represents a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law and is unnecessary to ensure that women receive the life-saving treatment they need during pregnancy.


The Gospel of Life is at the heart of the message of Jesus; the deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of life is always morally wrong. We uphold the right to life as the foundation of every other human right. We encourage a deeper understanding of the inviolability of the right to life of both a mother and her unborn child, in all circumstances.  Accordingly, at this crucial time, it is essential that all who share these beliefs make them clear to their legislators.


The Bill also appears to impose a duty on Catholic hospitals to provide abortions. This would be totally unacceptable and has serious implications for the existing legal and Constitutional arrangements that respect the legitimate autonomy and religious ethos of faith-based institutions. It would also pose serious difficulties for the conscientious beliefs of many citizens.


Abortion, in the sense of directly killing the unborn child, is never a     remedy for suicidal ideation and therefore should never be cited as a justification for the direct killing of an innocent human being. It is a tragic moment for Irish society when we regard the deliberate destruction of a completely innocent person as an acceptable response to the threat of the preventable death of another person.


We invite all who cherish human life to support the Vigil for Life which is taking place in Knock tomorrow -  see below.  We encourage everyone who can attend the Vigil to do so or to join in prayer with us.  Cherish both mother and baby! Choose life!


*********************************************************************************Excerpt of the Homily of Pope Francis last Sunday as he confirmed 44 candidates In the second reading, we listened to the beautiful vision of Saint John: new heavens and a new earth. All is new, changed into good, beauty and truth; there are no more tears or mourning… This is the work of the Holy Spirit: he brings us the new things of God. He comes to us and makes all things new; he changes us. The Spirit changes us! And Saint John’s vision reminds us that all of us are journeying towards the heavenly Jerusalem, the ultimate newness which awaits us and all reality, the happy day when we will see the Lord’s face – that marvellous face, the most beautiful face of the Lord Jesus - and be with him forever.           You see, the new things of God are not like the novelties of this world, all of which are temporary; they come and go, and we keep looking for more. The new things which God gives to our lives are lasting, not only in the future, when we will be with him, but today as well. God is even now making all things new; the Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us he also wants to transform the world in which we live.                                                         Let us open the doors to the Spirit, let ourselves be guided by him, and allow God’s constant help to make us new men and women. How beautiful it would be if each of you, every evening, could say: Today at school, at home, at work, guided by God, I showed a sign of love towards one of my friends, my parents, an older person! How beautiful!



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