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Parish Bulletin 11th August 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

11 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. Gerry 
Congratulations to Shea Hennessey (Ashbourne), Ellie Reilly (Fairyhouse Road),
Hugh McNerney (Moate Walk), Abbey Browne (The Old Mill) and Eoghan Duignan (Leigh Valley) 
who were baptised recently.

                                                  Funeral Liturgies                                                    Bishop Smith has written to all priests in recent days and wishes us to draw your attention to the diocesan practice in the relation to panegyrics and eulogies at funerals in the diocese.

The funeral liturgy in its prayers and readings has a very clear and intended focus.                  It is a prayer of petition for the deceased, a prayer commending the deceased to God’s tender mercy and compassion, a prayer rooted in the hope engendered by the death and resurrection of Christ. In the directives for the funeral Mass it is stated “A brief homily, based on the readings, should always be given at the funeral liturgy, but never any kind of eulogy. The homilist should dwell on God’s compassionate love and on the paschal mystery of the Lord proclaimed in the Scripture readings”.

The following regulations are to be followed at all funerals.                                                              1. Appreciations or eulogies by family members or friends of the deceased should not take place in the Church but may take place after the Rite of Committal in the cemetery or when the family and friends gather.                                                                                              2. The ambo is for the proclamation of the Word of God.                                                             3. Readings at the Funeral liturgy should be taken from the Lectionary.                                          4. Secular songs, poems and texts devoid of a Christian content are out of place in the Funeral Liturgy.                                                                                                                         5. A post- Communion reflection of a prayerful nature can be given after Communion but this should be agreed beforehand with the Celebrant and should not be used as a cloak for a eulogy.                                                                                                                                    6. Priest should only engage with the family in relation to the Funeral Rite.                          7. Visiting priests will be informed of these regulations and asked to abide by them.                                         

11 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Seamus McIntyre (Month’s Mind)

Johnnie Staunton & Thomas Foley


Margaret Cahill

Martin Madden


Gerry Smyth




Liam Corcoran

Kathleen Cusack and deceased members of the family


Betty & Jimmy Mannering

& Deceased members of the Butler family


Ann Kerrigan

Christopher & Ann Donnelly


Pudser Toole

Celine McGahey


             Monday         Mary Costello                                     Wednesday   Tony Muckley            

             Thursday       Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm              Saturday        No morning Mass

Bishop Michael Smith has given permission for the Irish Missionary Sisters,

Servants of the Holy Spirit, to speak at weekend Masses in the Meath Diocese this year.

We welcome Sr Yudith to our parish this weekend.

If you wish to see a report on the ordination ceremony of Bishop Denis Nulty in Carlow last Sunday, together with a five minute of video highlights from the celebration, go to

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 14th August at 8.00pm
Thursday 15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
Masses will be at 11.00am and 7.00pm on the day.
Bishop Smith will lead theMeath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on this Sunday 11th August.

Bishop Smith 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)


Would you be interested in becoming a Samaritan Volunteer? If so, please come along to our information session to find out what is involved. Session will take place on Saturday 17th August at 11.00am and Tuesday 20th August at 7.30pm at No.2 Leland Place, Stockwell St., Drogheda.Further details contact 041-9843844 (10.30am-2.00pm) or 0861644026


"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.


Patients in need of transport to and from their chemotherapy treatments (inc. bloods, consultant appointments, follow-ups, etc.) can avail of ‘Care to Drive’ - a free volunteer delivered transport service to the following hospitals – St. Vincent’s; St. James’s; the Mater; Tallaght; Blanchardstown. Contact your hospital team or the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 for more details.


The Meath Branch of the Alzheimers Society hold their Alzheimers Café at the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, on Monday August 12th from 2pm to 4 pm. All those coping with Dementia, their carers and families welcome.


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


Recycling Day 17th August Fairyhouse Racecourse 8.00am – 4.00pm Car €7.00, small van €15.00, large van €30.00 - €60.00. Domestic waste, Motor oil or Hazardous material will not be accepted.


The Community Education Service of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board provide support to community groups and voluntary organisations through the provision of educational grants. This grants scheme provides tuition hours or costs to groups or organisations that wish to run adult learning programmes in their own areas. Applications are now invited from community groups and voluntary organisations for support regarding the delivery of educational programmes. For an application form and details please call 046-9068247 or visit our website


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