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Parish Bulletin 26th January 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 January 2014

        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 Michael McGrath (Lucan) father of Deborah Murphy (Meadowbank Hill) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.
Congratulations to Sarah McIntyre (Steeplechase Green), Emmet O’Brien (Foxlodge Manor),
Hannah Jane Donohue (Woodlands Hall) and Matthew Woods (The Old Mill) 
who were baptised recently.
Ratoath Parish Choir: The choir would like to welcome new members who might like to join. We would also welcome back those who may have left us for a sabbatical. We practice every Tuesdays in The Parish Centre (beside the Parochial House)  8.30pm - 9.30pm . The choir sing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sundays. New members welcome, ability to read music not necessary. Whether you sing, or play a musical instrument, why not consider joining ?  In the coming weeks, the choir will be preparing for the RTE Radio 1 broadcast Mass from Ratoath Church on 9th March at 11am.  
And read this: Being in a choir provides a host of psychological benefits. People who sing with others are happier with their lives than those who simply sing around the house, a study found. The findings suggest that there is something special about being in a choir, over and above benefits of singing and taking part in a group activity. Being in a choir provides a psychological boost, according to new research.
The results will be little surprise to views of the hit BBC2 series The Choir, in which choirmaster Gareth Malone uses the power of song to spark friendships, unite workplaces and make people happier. In the study, Oxford Brookes University psychologist Nick Stewart quizzed 375 men and women about their psychological wellbeing. Some sang in choirs, others sang alone or played team sports. The findings suggest that there is something special about being in a choir, over and above benefits of singing and taking part in a group activity. All three reported high levels of wellbeing but the choristers were clearly ahead. Researcher Nick Stewart said: ‘Choral singers also reported perceiving their choirs to be a more coherent or meaningful social group than team sport players considered their teams.’ It is thought that moving and breathing in synchrony may contribute to this enhanced sense of togetherness.                 Mr. Stewart told a British Psychological Society conference: ‘These findings suggest that feeling part of a cohesive social group can add to the experience of using your voice to make music. And ‘You don’t have to be brilliant to benefit.’ 


1 26 Jan

S   Third Sunday in Ordinary time

5  02 Feb

      The Presentation of the Lord

7. 7.00pm              

Jo John Redmond & Dympna Mills

&  Maurice Keogh &Mabel Scully   

7.  7.00pm

    Joe Gorman

1   9.00am    

Dorothea Mates

1   9.00am

Ita Doran

1  11.00am    

   Luc Dehaene & Edward McKeown

    & Martin Kerrigan

1  11.00am

    Gordan Alford

    & Donal Wells

1  12.15pm    

   Michael & John Flinter and deceased              e  members of the family

    & Pauline Lynch & deceased members of

T the Lynch and Cundell families    

1  12.15pm 

    Michael Eiffe & Fergus Haverty

   &Hugh Muldoon & deceased members of the




Monday           Ida Quigley              Wednesday   Pauline Bradagan                 Friday  Mary Cox            

Saturday          Mass at 11.00 am in the Nursing Home

Pope Francis visits a Roman Parish.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday the Holy Father visited the Roman parish of “Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio”. Upon arrival he greeted the faithful of the parish and children baptised during the last few months, accompanied by their parents, recently married couples and young families.

The Pope encountered some aspects of the life of the area, meeting with the poor and homeless who live close to Termini Station and a group of refugees whom he encouraged to feel at home.

He confessed five penitents and at 6 p.m. celebrated the Eucharist in the basilica. The Pope's homily drew on the passage of the Gospel in which John baptises Jesus, saying “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”.

“Jesus is called the Lamb: He is the Lamb Who takes upon Himself the sin of the world. One might think, how can a little lamb, so weak, take on so many sins, so much malice? With love. With his meekness. Jesus never ceased to be a lamb: meek, good, full of love, close to the little ones, close to the poor. … But he had the strength to bear the weight of all our sins, all of them. 'But, Father, you don't know my life: I have one that... I wouldn't be able to carry that weight, even with a truck'. So often, when we look into our conscience, we find some sins that are very great! But He takes them on. He came to us for this reason – to forgive, to make peace in the world, but first of all in our hearts. Perhaps some of us have sorrow in our hearts, perhaps we have darkness in our hearts, perhaps we feel a little sad for the guilt we bear... He came to relieve us of all this - He gives us peace, and He forgives all”.

“We often place our trust in a doctor, and this is good, because doctors are there to cure us. We trust in people: brothers and sisters who are able to help us. It is good to have this human trust between us. But we forget our trust in the Lord: and this is the key to success in life. Trust in the Lord – let us entrust ourselves to the Lord!”. He concluded, “this is a gamble we must take: to entrust ourselves to Him. And He never disappoints. Never, never! Listen carefully, boys and girls, those of you who are starting out in life now: Jesus never disappoints”.

Pope Francis concluded his visit by meeting with the Salesian community in charge of the parish, Fr. Valerio Baresi S.D.B., and the Missionary Sisters of the Risen Christ. Finally, before returning to the Vatican, the Holy Father paused to speak with the young people of the parish.



Next weekend, as part of the Do This In Memory of Me programme, the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion, will be joining us at Mass. We welcome them and their parents. 



If you wish to purchase the Irish Catholic please put €1.50  in the candle shrine box. Thank you.

Irish Dancing Classes by Scoil Rince Ni Chearra - O Baolain have now resumed and are held every Wednesday from 4pm - 6pm in Ratoath Community Centre enquiries: Tel 086 2092468
The Bare Bodkin Theatre Company brings Peter Duffy’s theatrical performance of Patrick Kavanagh’s  “The Great Hunger”  to the Venue Theatre on Friday 31st January.  Admission is €15. Tickets available from The Box Office at Community Centre or online
GAA lotto, numbers drawn: No winner. Draw in the clubhouse next week



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