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Parish Bulletin 4th May 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 May 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 Gerard Ralph (Woodlands) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.  
Congratulations to Harry Dyer (Steeplechase Hill) who was baptised recently. 
Next Sunday is Vocations Sunday. The basket collection is given to support vocations.
Trocaire Boxes and Envelopes can be returned to the box at the back of the church as soon as possible.
Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 25th May beginning at 3.00pm with Evening Prayer of the Dead in the Church followed by the rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery.
Lough Derg One Day Retreats: Come on a ‘One Day Retreat’ to Lough Derg, a guided day of prayer and reflection, including the celebration of Eucharist, beginning on Saturday 3rd May and follow on:  4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25 and 26th. Booking is essential, contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 / 028 686 32391, email 
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Ratoath GAA:  Senior Football Challenge, Meath v Galway on Sunday 11th May at 2pm, marking our 10th Anniversary at Sean Eiffe Park, Brownstown and the Opening of our New Sand Based Pitch and GYM  Meath Senior Ladies Football Challenge v Tyrone, Meath Junior Footballers v Louth. Full weekend of Sport and Celebrations for all the Family MAY 9th -11th   See for details
Lotto Results: No’s drawn 10,15,20 & 24 No jackpot winner. €50 winners Joseph Mockler & Karl& Liam Mac Kinnon
Ratoath Pitch & Putt: Registration weekend Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th May from 2.30pm-3.30pm. 
Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Athletics' Competition, next Tuesday 6th May at Ratoath AC Track, Jamestown. Registration at 5.30pm, first race at 6pm. Track and Field events from Under 4 years old to U16 years.  €2.00 entry fee. For more information or any queries, contact 086 8466495.
The Irish Cancer Society is offering a free transport service to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in the following hospitals – the Mater; Tullamore; Blanchardstown; St. James’s & Tallaght. For more information, patients can contact their treatment team in the hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566. 

1  4 May

     Third Sunday of Easter

2  11 May

     Fourth Sunday of Easter

7. 7.00pm             

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

7.  7.00pm

Dympna Mills &

Thomas & Kathleen Madden

1  9.00am    

Ciaran Kilcline

1   9.00am

Pierce & Sean Glynn

1  11.00am    

Wardie O’ Sullivan (Month’s Mind)

Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey

1   11.00am

Rita & Brian O’Higgins & Mary Foran

Pa, Julia & Brian Donnelly & deceased members of the family

1  12.15pm    

Deceased members of the

Conway Family & Patrick McCormack

1  12.15pm 

David Mulvaney

Sarah & Daniel Eiffe



Monday         Linda Reynolds (11.00am Mass in the Nursing Home)  

Tuesday         Michael & Bridget Cleary

Saturday       First Communion for Ratoath Junior National School at 10.30am & 12.30pm

Homily of Pope Francis at the Canonization of Blessed John XX111 and John Paul 11 last Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Rome.
At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which Saint John Paul 11 dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the day of the resurrection. But, as we have heard, Thomas was not there that evening, and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he replied that unless he himself saw and touched those wounds, he would not believe. A week later, Jesus appeared once more to the disciples gathered in the Upper Room. Thomas was also present; Jesus turned to him and told him to touch his wounds. Whereupon that man, so straightforward and accustomed to testing everything personally, knelt before Jesus with the words: “My Lord and my God!”
The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away; they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us. They are essential for believing in God. Not for believing that God exists, but for believing that God is love, mercy and faithfulness. Saint Peter, quoting Isaiah, writes to Christians: “by his wounds you have been healed”.
Saint John XX111 and Saint John Paul 11 were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they
 were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother, because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles. These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.
They were priests, and bishops and popes of the twentieth century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother.
In these two men, who looked upon the wounds of Christ and bore witness to his mercy, there dwelt a living hope and an indescribable and glorious joy. The hope and the joy which the risen Christ bestows on his disciples,
The hope and the joy which nothing and no one can take from them. The hope and joy of Easter, forged in the crucible of self-denial, self-emptying, utter identification with sinners, even to the point of disgust at the bitterness of that chalice. Such were the hope and the joy which there two holy popes had received as a gift from the risen Lord and which they in turn bestowed in abundance upon the People of God, meriting our eternal gratitude. 
This hope and this joy were palpable in the earliest community of believers, in Jerusalem, as we have heard in the Acts of the Apostles. It was a community which lived the heart of the Gospel, love and mercy, in simplicity and fraternity. This is also the image of the Church which the Second Vatican Council set before us. John XX111 and John Paul 11 cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries. Let us not forget that it is the saints who give direction and growth to the Church.
In conveying the Council, Saint John XX111 showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader, guided by the Holy Spirit. This was his great service to the Church; and for this reason I like to think of him as the pope of openness to the Holy Spirit.
In his own service to the People of God, Saint John Paul 11 was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be remembered as the pope of the family. I am particularly happy to point this out as we are in the process of journeying with families towards the Synod on the family. It is surely a journey which, from his place in heaven, he guides and sustains.
May these two new saints and shepherds of God’s people intercede for the Church, so that during this two-year journey toward the Synod she may be open to the Holy Spirit in pastoral service to the family. Amy both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.



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