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Parish Bulletin 16th February 2014



Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

16 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 Louise Kelly (Fortune Way) and Dean Greer (Fox Lodge Woods) and Seamus Murphy (Greenhills and Wexford) father of Aideen Murphy (Seagrave Park) and Kathleen Cusack (Loughrea) aunt of the Cusack family (Raystown) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
Congratulations to Gillian Blake and Graham Torrance who were married during the week.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday in the family room from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All welcome.

All Eucharistic Adorers are invited to a short meeting in the church next Wednesday evening 19th February at 8.00pm to look at our rota for Eucharistic Adoration etc.          If you are unable to attend, it is important that you would contact Des Brady on 01-8259512 or 086-3546581 as we are trying to get an up to-date rota organised. Anyone wishing to join our Eucharistic adoration group is welcome to attend this meeting.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 2nd & 9th February €1,847.53
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
We would be grateful to parishioners who received letters from the Parish Office, in relation to the tax relief for donations to eligible charities (CHY4 Cert) in the past few weeks, would return the completed forms to the parish office as soon as possible.

1 16 Feb

      Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

5  23 Feb

      Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Tiny Gorman (Month’s Mind)

Nuala Callaghan & Margaret Hynes

Brian Gahan

7.  7.00pm

David Lynch

& James Brady & James Colgan


1  9.00am    

Deceased members of the Molloy family

1   9.00am

Deceased members of the Brogan Family

1  11.00am    

    Peggy & Jim Farrell  & Special Intention

    Dinny Farrell

1  11.00am

    Margaret Rafter 

    Youlanda Kelly

1  12.15pm    

     Michael & Bridget Carey

1  12.15pm 

     Russell McNabb & Laura O’Connor



Tuesday          Special Intention              Wednesday     Michael, Margaret, & Noel Blake & Johnnie Monaghan

Saturday         No Morning Mass


The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems.  (Evangelii Gaudium No. 47)

The essence of prayer is to hear the voice of another, of Christ, but likewise to hear the voice of each person I meet in whom Christ also addresses me. His voice comes to me in every human voice, and his face is infinitely varied.
It is present in the face of the wayfarer on the road to Emmaus; it is present in the face of the gardener speaking to Mary Magdalen, it is present in my next-door neighbour.
God became incarnate so that man might contemplate his face. Perfect prayer seeks this presence of Christ and recognises it in every human face.
The unique image of Christ is the ikon, but every human face is an ikon of Christ,
discovered by a prayerful person.
                                              Catherine de Hueck Doherty in Seeking God by Esther de Waal
The Legion of Mary meets every Monday evening at 7.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.  
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 Bush Community Alert Group will hold a Table Quiz/Social Night on Friday 21st February at 8.30pm in the County Club. €40 per table of 4. All very welcome.
Ratoath Community Centre Certified First Aid Course 21st Feb 2014 Cost €65 from 6pm to 11pm  Contact 01/6895600
The Alzheimers Support Group will hold their meeting on Wednesday 19thFebruary at The Venue, Ratoath at 8pm. All Carers and families of those suffering from Dementia welcome
Ratoath's Intermediate Footballers commence their league campaign this Sunday16th with a round one fixture against St Michaels in Brownstown with a 2.30pm throw in. Its then the turn of Ratoath's Minor footballers to play their second round league match in Sean Eiffe park against Ballivor the following night , Monday 17th

Ratoath GAA Annual Dinner Dance on Friday 7th March Tickets €25 each available from Monica O Brien 087 6493639. GAA Lotto results: No's drawn were No Winner.
Wanted 3 piece suite in good condition for needy family.   Please phone 087 2732358

                                    Dates for your diary 2014


Ash Wednesday                5th March


First Confessions               Rathbeggan 6th March; St. Paul’s 11th March; Ratoath Junior 12th & 13th March


Confirmation                      28th March 11.00am and 3.00pm


Easter Sunday                   20th April


Canonization of Blessed John XX111 and Blessed John Paul 11       27th April


First Communion               Ratoath Junior National School    10th May

                                       St. Paul’s National School             17th May

                                       Rathbeggan National School         24th May


Cemetery Sunday               25th May at 3.00pm


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock  10th August


75th Anniversary of the Consecration of Cathedral of Christ the King        7th September


Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes     12th to 17th September


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