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Parish Bulletin 2nd February 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

02 February 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. Gerry  
Please pray for Mai McCormack (Bohermeen) mother of Fr Gerry McCormack, 
Rita Barry (Lagore Big), Mary McKenna (Ratoath Nursing Home), Patrick O’Neill (Garristown)
brother of Patsy Mannering (Kilbride Road), Margaret Rafter (Liverpool) mother of Eileen Kirwan (Lagore Big) and Eileen Delaney (Gaulstown)who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
Congratulations to James Dowling (Milltree Park), Greg Campbell (The Old Mill), 
Eva O’Leary (Meadowbank Hill), Nicholas Lennon (Steeplechase Court) 
and Thomas Kelly (Fairyhouse Lodge) who were baptised recently.
The sick and housebound will be visited in their homes on Thursday and Friday of this week. 
Envelope Collection for weekending 19th & 26th January €2734.69. 
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Next weekend the boys and girls of Sixth Class who are preparing for their Confirmation in March will take part in the liturgy. We welcome them and their parent to our Masses.
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. 

                                              Pope Francis tweet of the month 
Let us leave a spare place at our table: a place for those who lack the basics, who are alone.


1 02 Feb

S   The Presentation of the Lord

5  09 Feb

      Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm              

Joe Gorman

7.  7.00pm

Al Moroney & Michael Caffrey

1  9.00am    

Ita Doran &   Pud & Winnie Mahon

1   9.00am

Deceased Members of the Fagan Family

1  11.00am    

    Gordan Alford

    Donal Wells

    Peter Whelan & Peter Colin Whelan

1  11.00am

     Peggy Lynch (Month’s Mind) & Joe Lynch

     Paddy & Lily Connery

1  12.15pm    

   Michael Eiffe & Fergus Haverty

   Hugh Muldoon & deceased members of

T the family    

1  12.15pm 

     John Harris



 Friday       For all those on the List of the dead            

Saturday    No Morning Mass



If you wish to purchase the Irish Catholic please put €1.50  in the candle shrine box or in the box on the table at the back of the church. Thank you.


The 30th anniversary of Bishop Smith's episcopal ordination

On Wednesday 29 January 2014, the Diocese of Meath will mark the 30th anniversary of Bishop Michael Smith’s episcopal ordination.

In advance of the anniversary, Mgr Dermot Farrell, Vicar General, said:

“On behalf of the priests, religious and lay women and men of the diocese I congratulate  most warmly Bishop Michael who has given 30 years service to the leadership of the Church in Meath.  We thank God for the work of Bishop Michael, especially for his courage and vision manifested in his leadership and decision-making. We pray that this jubilee year will be one of particular grace for him and his generous co-workers in the diocese.

Bishop Smith was ordained at the Cathedral of Christ the King on 29 January 1984 by Cardinal Tomas O Faiach, Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi and Bishop Cahal Daly of Down and Connor (later Cardinal). 

A native of Oldcastle, the then Fr Smith was ordained a priest in 1963.  He returned to Rome after ordination to complete a doctorate in canon law, during which time he served as a recording secretary at the Second Vatican Council.  Subsequently he was appointed as a curate in Clonmellon in 1967 until he succeeded Bishop John McCormack as diocesan secretary and later as secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference.  He has also served in Castletown-Geoghegan and Rochfortbridge, as well as chaplain in St Loman’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital, Mullingar.

On his appointment by Blessed John Paul II as Auxiliary Bishop of Meath at the age of 43 years, he was Ireland’s youngest Bishop.  He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Meath on 13 October 1988 and, following the retirement of Bishop McCormack on 16 May 1990, he succeeded as Bishop of Meath.  Since then it is estimated that Bishop Smith has presided at over 1,500 confirmation ceremonies and ordained almost 100 priests.  He is patron of 193 Catholic primary schools and a number of secondary schools.

Five years ago, on the occasion of his silver jubilee, Bishop Smith thanked all who have assisted him in his ministry:

“I have been sustained by the prayers and support of so many.  I have met many deeply devoted lay people – people of great faith and profound prayer – who place me at the top of their list when kneeling in prayer before the Lord.  It is humbling but, at the same time, a sustaining experience. 

I have been able to draw on the support of priests and religious along with the large number of faithful who are involved directly in the mission of faith.

I am conscious that there continues to be many in all our parishes and communities on the side of the Lord, those who continue to live out their faith even if the ambient in which they live is not as supportive or enhancing as in previous times.  Every generation is given guardianship of this legacy.”


Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancy for people eligible to work under the Community Employment scheme. Position: Ground maintenance in Ratoath and Dunboyne  area. Will require Garda clearance. For details please contact  01 8252864 email; 
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