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Parish Bulletin 8th September 2013


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


8 September 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 Deirdre Sheeran & Darragh O’Halloran who were married during the week. 
Envelope Collection for week ending 25th August €1,438.81
 Standing Orders for July €3,626.47 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. (12-17 Sept) “Lourdes, a door to faith” is the pastoral theme for our pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. On Thursday 12thSeptember over 800 pilgrims from our Diocese will travel to Lourdes, among them are many of our elderly and sick and over 200 volunteer helpers. These are important days for our entire diocese when we unite in prayer and bring our needs and thanksgivings to the altar of the Lord through the intercession of our Lady. This is also a time to acknowledge with gratitude the generosity of so many people in our diocese who make this pilgrimage possible.


Explore God's call for you... Sunday 15th September, 2-6pm, St. Teresa's Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. ExploreAway is a programme which provides the opportunity for young, single, men and women between the ages of 21-40, who are interested in exploring religious life and the priesthood in a reflective and prayerful environment. 


Booking is essential, please contact Sr. Gabrielle on 087-3584447 or Fr. Alan on 085-7664480.


Check out and for more information.




A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee meet on Tuesday 10th September at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. We welcome new members to join the Parish Liturgy Committee. The Committee usually met about 6 to 7 times during the year and give advice and offer assistance in the preparations for the liturgies in the parish.




The Parish Choir will resume shortly after the Summer break. Anyone who would like to join the choir should contact Maureen in the Parish Office. New members are always welcome. The Choir sing at the 12.15pm Masses on Sunday and lead the major liturgical events during the year. They practise every Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


The Meath Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold their cafe at the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on Monday 9th September. All welcome.




Hospice Coffee Morning takes place on Thursday September 19th in Ratoath GAA Club from 9.30am to 12 noon. Cake sale and raffle. Cake donations welcome on the morning. All monies raised go to cancer support in Co. Meath.




8 Sept

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

15 Sept

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Liam Woods


May Caffrey (Months Mind)

James Rose & Peter Brennan

& Nan Cahill, & Peter Murray






Jack Foley

& Michael & Patricia Reilly




Eileen Fernandes






Monday      Kathleen McBerney                           Saturday          No morning Mass                                             




"War, never again" pleads Pope Francis


 “Violence never leads to peace, war leads to war, violence leads to violence,” Pope Francis warned in Rome on Sunday. Appealing for an end to the conflict in Syria and calling for peace, the Pope addressed St Peter’s Square which was packed with pilgrims gathered for the weekly Angelus blessing and expressed the hope, “May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone.”


He said “I condemn with particular force the use of chemical weapons. I still have in my mind and heart the terrible images of the past days.” And he added, “There is judgment from God and history on our actions that no one can escape.” He urged the international community to make “every effort” to get a process of dialogue going in Syria and exhorted, “War, never again.”


“My heart is profoundly wounded in these days by what is happening in Syria and I am anxious about the prospect of dramatic developments,” the Pope said on Sunday. He expressed the hope that “a chain of commitment for peace will unite all women and men of good will”.                “With all my strength, I call on the warring parties to listen to the voice of their own consciences, not to close themselves in their own interests but to look on the other as a brother,” he said.


On Saturday, Pope Francis met top Vatican officials to discuss the situation in Syria.  Christian minorities in Syria are concerned about the rise of radical Islam there and point to the Assad regime’s past record as a guarantor of religious diversity.  They are also concerned that Syria may go the way of Iraq, where there has been a massive exodus of Christians due to the threat of violence and discrimination they face.


Bishop Smith has sent his prayerful good wishes to Fr. Robert McCabe, who departs this month as chaplain to the 114 men and women in the 43rd Infantry group. They will be deployed to the Golan Heights and the heavily militarised border crossing with Syria. *********************************************************************************************Ratoath Community Centre and Active Age Annual Get-together in September. If you would like an invitation please contact Anne Brady on 0876653458. Donations gratefully accepted.


Dealing with Bullying: in the school, workplace, home and bullying of the elderly. Dunboyne Castle Hotel on Tuesday 17th September 7.30pm to 10.30pm


The Old Mill Montessori School. No. 1 The Old Mill. Free ECCE places available and part-time places available. Morning session from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Within walking distance of Ratoath National School. Contact Siobhán on (085) 1316908 or 8027997                                         The Schoolhouse Montessori on the Fairyhouse Road still have 2 free child places available plus part time. Contact Andrea on 085-7461644




Creating Writing: 8 week course starts Monday 23rd September. Contact Ratoath College on 01 825 4102 or contact Ross on 085 1395 320. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Fee €100








Irish Dancing classes are commencing Monday evenings 5pm - 6.30pm from 9thSeptember in the back of the Ratoath Inn. For more details or to register for classes contact Laura on 086 8841239.






Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ashbourne House on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September from 4.30pm-8.00pm.




GAA Lotto result 7,8,13,26. No winner. Next week’s  jackpot  €8,000




Ratoath Community Summer Street Festival Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September. History of Ratoath Exhibition, Artisan Food Stalls and much much more.



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