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Parish Bulletin 17th November 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

17 November 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

Please pray for Martin Cahill (The Village Green) and Doloras Martin (Los Angeles) sister of

Michael Murray (Ratoath) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Aoife Flanagan & Michael O’Sullivan who were married during the week.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 10th November €1,097.24
Standing Orders for October €4,881.70 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity
Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls who are preparing for their First Confessions and First Holy Communion next year. As part of the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme we welcome them along with their parents. The parents who are assisting with these Masses will have a short meeting in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday evening (18th ) at 7.30pm 
There will be a Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath on Wednesday 20th November at 4.30pm.

Ratoath Church Children's Choir, Christmas Concert, Friday 6thDecember at 7:30pm in The Venue Theatre. Tickets €8, available for purchase from Susan 087 053 2991.  All proceeds to the LauraLynn House. Please support.


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.


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.


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.



17 Nov

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 Nov

Feast of Christ the King


Mary & Johnnie O’Brien

Audrey Kearney

Joan Copley


Attracta Donnelly

& John McEnroe & deceased members of the family


Edward Murphy


Paddy Regan

Tommy & Rosemary Wallace


Aggie Donohoe (Months Mind) & Anthony Donohoe

Youlanda Kelly (Months Mind) and baby Youlanda Kelly


Richard King & Bridget Wall

& Derek Walker


Mella Everard (Months Mind)

Stanley Vidler (Months Mind)

Michael & Alice Hatch

Annie Browne & Joe McGuinness


Tom Wheeler

& Jack, Thomas, & Maria Nulty


             Saturday       Morning Mass in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home 11.00am


          Telegram from Pope Francis to the President of the Philippines


Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, sent a telegram on behalf of the Holy Father to Benigno Aquino III, President of the Philippines, with regard to the typhoon Haiyan which has devastated various regions, claiming hundreds of victims and causing widespread destruction of dwellings and crops:


“Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath. He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the nation”.



The Irish Bishops have agreed that the scheduled national appeal for Syria this weekend should be shared with The Philippines, given the enormous tragedy that has befallen the country. 

  • It is estimated that the death toll is approximately 2500 and that between 9 and 10 million people have been affected (including 4 million children and 4600 pregnant women).
  • Trócaire is responding to this crisis with its Caritas partners - it has already committed €100,000 to support their work.Trocaire is also supporting the work of Irish missionaries in the affected regions. The International Caritas Network is putting together an international team to support the effort.
  • Eight thousand tarpaulins are currently being distributed to provide temporary shelter for survivors. Agencies working on the ground are also assessing water and sanitation needs to prevent the spread of water-bourne diseases, which will be one of the immediate threats to survivors. Irish public donations will be used to provide water, food, shelter and medicines to those who are most affected.

The Diocese of Meath is already assisting the work of Trócaire which has been able to provide aid to almost 256,000 people in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Syria. The work of Trocaire includes the distribution of food, blankets, clothes, medicine and psycho-social support to people who have been forced to abandon their homes, as well as providing education to children who have been forced out of school. The suffering of the Syrian people is enormous. An estimated 4.25 million people are internally displaced in Syria, while more than 2.1 million have either registered as refugees or are waiting to register in the surrounding region.


We have to withdraw from time to time to be silent and still, to gain perspective, to look beyond this world to search for the origin and purpose of it all. Is there one with power to heal? Is there a teacher who will speak to me of truths my mind cannot discover? Where is the guide to show me the way through life’s problems and difficulties? The Christian knows there is such a one. It is he who spoke of himself as the Way, the Truth and the Life...It is in silence that we shall hear a voice  deep within us speaking  to our nobler selves calling us to high ideals and generous instincts.

Cardinal Basil Hume OBS                                                                              The Mystery of Love                   ******************************************************************************************

The Alzheimers Society will hold a support group meeting for carers and families of coping with  Dementia at The Venue, Ratoath, on Wednesday 20th November at 8 pm.


Wednesday 20th November in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Hall, Navan at 7.30pm, a Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture “The Founding of the Irish Volunteers in Meath by Ruth Illingworth. All welcome. Inquiries J. Clancy at 01-8259438  


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