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Parish Bulletin 4th August 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 August 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 Mason and Kayla O’Leary (Steeplechase Hill), Harry O’Shea (The Old Mill),
Lee Yardley (Moulden Bridge), Rachel Gallagher (Clonkeen) and Emma McKenna (Leigh Valley)
who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Brendan Halpin (Australia) brother of Brian Halpin (Meadowbank Hill) who died recently. May he rest in peace.

There will be no 12.15pm Mass this Sunday 4th August.


This Sunday, Fr. Denis Nulty, a priest of the diocese of Meath, will be ordained Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in Carlow Cathedral. The ceremony will begin at 3pm.  The chief consecrator will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, assisted by Bishop Smith and the Papal Nuncio. The ceremony will be streamed live on, beginning at approximately 2.40pm. 

 Prayer for Fr Denis Nulty                                                                                                                                O God, we pray for Fr Denis Nulty. Filled with your Spirit, may he minister with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and right judgement.                                                                                   May he display courage, reverence and a deep sense of wonder and awe in your presence.       Hold him close to your heart that he may be a humble instrument of your love and compassion in the service of your people. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Bishop Smith will lead the Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on next Sunday 11th August. For information for groups travelling, phone 0469739015.Bus will leave Dunshaughlin at 8.00am

Bishop Michael will lead a diocesan day pilgrimage to Lough Derg on Tuesday 20th August

(Feast of St Bernard) as part of the Year of Faith.


Youth 2000 Summer Festival: in the Cistercian College, Roscrea, from 15th – 18th August.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity  to experience the Catholic faith. For information and to book online see or phone 01 6753690 or facebook (youthtwothousandIreland)


                              Pope Francis on his arrival in Rio de Janeiro

“I have neither silver nor gold, but I bring the most precious gift given to me: Jesus Christ!”



Envelope Collection for the week ending 14th, 21st & 28th July €2,199.31

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


4 Aug

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

11 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Liam McLoughlin


Seamus McIntyre (Month’s Mind)

Johnnie Staunton


Ellen Gaughan


Gerry Smyth


James, Kate, John & James Jr Donnelly


Liam Corcoran

Kathleen Cusack and deceased members of the family


No Mass


Ann Kerrigan

Christopher & Ann Donnelly


             Monday       Special Intention (9.45am – Bank Holiday in Parish Church)

             Tuesday       Mary Hamill                           Wednesday    Special Intention

             Saturday      Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am     

Excerpt of the Homily of Pope Francis at the end of World Youth Day last Sunday to the three million young people on the Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

“Go and make disciples of all nations”. With these words, Jesus is speaking to each one of us, saying: “It was wonderful to take part in World Youth Day, to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go, now you must pass on this experience to others.” Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission! Today, in the light of the word of God that we have heard, what is the Lord saying to us? Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid, and serve.

1. Go. During these days here in Rio, you have been able to enjoy the wonderful experience of meeting Jesus, meeting him together with others, and you have sensed the joy of faith. But the experience of this encounter must not remain locked up in your life or in the small group of your parish, your movement, or your community. That would be like withholding oxygen from a flame that was burning strongly. Faith is a flame that grows stronger the more it is shared and passed on, so that everyone may know, love and confess Jesus Christ, the Lord of life and history......

Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us to everyone. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love.

2. Do not be afraid. Some people might think: “I have no particular preparation, how can I go and proclaim the Gospel?” My dear friend, your fear is not so very different from that of Jeremiah, “I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth”. God says the same thing to you as he said to Jeremiah: “Be not afraid ... for I am with you to deliver you”. He is with us!

And then, Jesus did not say: “One of you go”, but “All of you go”: we are sent together. Dear young friends, be aware of the companionship of the whole Church and also the communion of the saints on this mission. Jesus did not call the Apostles to live in isolation, he called them to form a group, a community.....

3. The final word: serve. The opening words of the psalm that we proclaimed are: “Sing to the Lord a new song”. What is this new song? It does not consist of words, it is not a melody, it is the song of your life, it is allowing our life to be identified with that of Jesus, it is sharing his sentiments, his thoughts, his actions. And the life of Jesus is a life for others. The life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service.

**************************************************************************************************Glee Club Summer Camp in Ratoath Community Centre from 6th- 9th August from 10am-2.30pm each day, consisting of dance, drama and singing. Contact Danielle on 0852166274

"Fun Summer Camp" from 12th -15th August in the Ratoath Community Centre, consisting of modern Irish dancing (Riverdance style), fun games, arts and crafts etc. Phone 0861797150.


Interested in earning additional income and building your own business – all from your own home?  For a minimal outlay you can start your own health and well-being business. All products are 100% organic with proven results. Massive earnings potential. If interested contact Karen at 086-8284130.


Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancy for people eligible to work under the CES – adult carer in the Ratoath area. Garda clearance required. For details contact Danny Gaughan on 087-3626727 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



GAA lotto numbers drawn 3,10,17 & 26 No winner. €50 winners Linda Harley & Paul Grennan. Draw in Ryans next week


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