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Parish Bulletin 10th November 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

10 November 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 Molly Walsh (Fairyhouse Lodge) and Lauren McKenna (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Patricia Toomey (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) who died during the week. 
May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Clare Byrne and David Lane who were married during the week.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All welcome.
A meeting of parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 13th November at 8.00pm

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 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 as soon as possible.


If you are interested in become a reader at any of our weekend Masses please contact Fr. Gerry or Fr. Brendan or ring Maureen in the parish office.

Next weekend a Trocaire collection will be held in all churches to help the people of Syria. 
Over 8 million people in desperate need of life-saving shelter, food and medicine. If you wish to contribute to this collection please place your contribution in the box at the back of the church.

To coincide with the end of the Year of Faith, the Meath Diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Committee has planned a gathering in St. Oliver’s Plunkett Church, Navan on Saturday 23rd November with Mass celebrated by Bishop Smith. Refreshments and Meeting will follow in Simonstown Clubhouse (just down the road from the Church) immediately after Mass.

A very special programme of prayer, talks, and more is planned for the day.


10 Nov

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 Nov

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Patrick & Mary Moore

 Helen Byrne & Molly Devine


Mary & Johnnie O’Brien

Audrey Kearney & Joan Copley


Anthony & Mary O’Boyle


Edward Murphy


Kathleen Ryan

Jim & Peggy Farrell


Aggie Donohoe (Months Mind) & Anthony Donohoe

Youlanda Kelly (Months Mind) and baby Youlanda Kelly


Aidan Conway (Month’s Mind)

Seamus Ennis

Jack & Maggie Donnelly

Margaret & Thomas Campbell & deceased members of the family


Mella Everard (Months Mind)

Stanley Vidler (Months Mind)

Michael & Alice Hatch

Annie Browne & Joe McGuinness


             Monday         Tim & Matilda Burns                Tuesday       Rita Cusack

             Friday            Aggie Donohoe                      Saturday       No Morning Mass


            Pope Francis on “anchor the heart in heaven”


On 1st November, at 4 p.m., Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the entrance to the cemetery of Verano in Rome. “At this time, before sunset”, said the Pope in his homily, “we are gathered in this cemetery to think about our future and about all those who are no more, those who have gone before us in life and are now in the Lord … in the Lord God, beauty, goodness, truth, tenderness, full love. All this awaits us. Those who have preceded us and are departed to the Lord are there. They proclaim that they have been saved not only for their works – they have also done good works – but that they have been saved by the Lord. … It is He Who saves us, it is He Who at the end of our life leads us by the hand like a father, to the Heaven where our ancestors await us.....This is our hope: the hope of the blood of Christ! A hope that does not disappoint. If we walk the path of life with the Lord, He never disappoints us”.

“To see God is “to be similar to God”: this is our hope. And today,.. it is necessary to think a little about hope: this hope that accompanies us in life. The first Christians depicted hope as an anchor, as if life was the anchor thrown to the shores of Heaven and all of us set forth towards that shore, grasping the rope of the anchor. It is a beautiful image of hope: to anchor our hearts where our dearly departed await us, where the saints, Jesus and God are. It is the hope that does not disappoint us”.

Hope, he continued, “is like leaven, that enlarges the soul; there are difficult moments in life, but with hope the soul forges ahead and looks to what awaits us. … And if we look forward with joy to being welcomed by the Lord, “this is a Christian thought, that brings peace to us. Today is a day of joy, but it is a serene and tranquil joy, the joy of peace. And let us think of our hearts, and ask ourselves, 'Where is my heart anchored?' If it is not anchored well, let us anchor it there, on that shore, in the knowledge that hope never disappoints, because the Lord Jesus never disappoints”.


The Alzheimer Café will take place at the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, on Monday,
November 11th from  2pm to 4 pm. For all those coping with Dementia, their carers and families welcome.


Navan Theatre Group presents Bernard Farrell's  The Last Apache Reunion, directed by Nigel Ryan in Solstice Arts Centre, Navan from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd November.  Tickets €16/€14 available on  or (046)909 2300. The cast and crew feel sure this will be a Reunion worth attending!


Ratoath take on Donaghmore/Ashbourne in the final of the under 21 championship this Sunday at 2.30pm in Pairxc Tailteann, Navan. All support is welcome.

Lotto GAA: No’s drawn 2, 2, 25 &26. No winner of the €8,000 jackpot.


Ratoath Fight Night taking place in the Ratoath Inn in aid of Ratoath Golden Gloves boxing club on Saturday night, 16thNovember. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets €10 for adult €5 for child. Contact Fergus @ 0876472747 if you wish to buy a ticket


Over 55's Exercise class in Ashbourne library. Gentle exercises to improve overall health

Every Tuesday morning at 10am and Thursday evening at 7.30pm (no class first Thursday of every month). Please call Catherine 0872883729


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