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Parish Bulletin 27th October 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

27 October 2013

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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 Kye De-Souze (Foxlodge Woods), Amy Arkins (Seagrave Park),
Ella Daly( Powderlough), Scott Grogan (Moulden Bridge) and Tom Lennon (Leigh Valley)
who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Ciara O’Dwyer and Domhnall Lynch who were married during the week.
Please pray for Mary O’ Brien (London) sister of Johnnie Lumley (Glascarn Lane) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All welcome.
The sick and the housebound will be attended to on Thursday and Friday this week.
Friday, 1st November, is Feast of All Souls and is a holy day of obligation. 
Masses are at 11.00am and 7.00pm on the day. 
Saturday, 2nd November, is the Feast of the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
(All Souls). Masses in the Parish Church at 9.45am and at 11.00am

November is traditionally dedicated as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray in a special way for family members/ relatives/friends who are no longer with us. The church’s prayer of suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed implores eternal life not only for the disciples of Christ who have died in his peace, but for all the dead whose faith is known to God.

Indeed, the Church in its pilgrim members , from the very earliest days of the Christian religion, has honoured with great respect the memory of the dead and because “it is a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they might be loosed from their sins” she offers her suffrages for them.

Next Sunday at 12.15pm Mass we will remember all those in our parish who have died, especially those who have died in the past year.


The sheets and envelopes for the Lists of the Dead are available at the back of the church.

We ask you to please fill them in and return them to the box at the back of the church by

early November.


Next Sunday is a blue envelope collection.


27 Oct

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 Nov

Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time


Patrick Jr & Patrick Sr McCabe Miriam Creighton

Maeve & Eithne Keane


Bridget & Sean Slattery

John & Tom Reilly


Sean & Pierce Glynn


Alice & Jack Mannering


John & Teresa McCann

Lilly Byrne


John McCarthy

Jim Simpson & John O’Neill

Michael Maher & Carmel O’Connor


Desmond Crofton


Remembrance Mass


              Monday                        Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home (Bank Holiday)

              Wednesday      Michael, Margaret & Noel Blake               Thursday       Special Intention

              Friday and Saturday           See above.

Do visit the parish web site The daily Mass readings and thoughts for the day can be found in the Catholic section. The parish bulletin is published on the website every week. There is information re the sacraments; links to other websites including the Vatican website; the Diocesan website and the Catholic Communications website and much more.
Adult Ceili Dance Classes in St Patrick’s Hall Dunshaughlin every Thursday at 8.15pm. 
Contact Monica 087 273 4446
Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancy for people eligible to work under the Community Employment scheme. Position: Ground Maintenance Dunshaughlin area. Will require Garda clearance.  For further details please contact Danny Gaughan at 087-2626727 email; 
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Ratoath Garden Club: meeting on 28th October in th Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm Speaker will be 
Shane Lombart who will talk on “The Beauty of Wild Flower Meadow. All welcome.

A raffle for Jack Kavanagh. Tickets will be on sale at Supervalu Ratoath on November 2nd and 3rd. 


Meath Education and Training Board will run free computer course at Ratoath Community Centre in November. This course will run 3 mornings per week (2.5 hours per session). Classes are limited so early booking is essential. Contact Ratoath Community Centre 01-6895600

Ratoath GAA lotto results 18, 21,22 & 24  No winner Next week’s jackpot €8,000 **************************************************************************************************     From the General Audience last Wednesday in Rome  - Pope Francis

 Let us begin with this aspect, Mary as the model of faith. In what sense does Mary represent a model for the Church’s faith? Let us think about who the Virgin Mary was: a Jewish girl who was waiting with all her heart for the redemption of her people. But in the heart of the young daughter of Israel there was a secret that even she herself did not yet know: in God’s loving plan she was destined to become the Mother of the Redeemer. At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls her “full of grace” and reveals this plan to her. Mary answers “yes” and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who from her took flesh and in whom all the promises of salvation history are fulfilled.

How did Mary live this faith? She lived it out in the simplicity of the thousand daily tasks and worries of every mother, such as providing food, clothing, caring for the house.... It was precisely Our Lady’s normal life which served as the basis for the unique relationship and profound dialogue which unfolded between her and God, between her and her Son. Mary’s “yes”, already perfect from the start, grew until the hour of the Cross. There her motherhood opened to embrace every one of us, our lives, so as to guide us to her Son. Mary lived perpetually immersed in the mystery of God-made-man, as his first and perfect disciple, by contemplating all things in her heart in the light of the Holy Spirit, in order to understand and live out the will of God.

We can ask ourselves a question: do we allow ourselves to be illumined by the faith of Mary, who is our Mother? Or do we think of her as distant, as someone too different from us? In moments of difficulty, of trial, of darkness, do we look to her as a model of trust in God who always and only desires our good? Let's think about this: perhaps it will do us good to rediscover Mary as the model and figure of the Church in this faith that she possessed!


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