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Parish Bulletin 25th May 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

25 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 Gerry  
Cemetery Sunday Devotions will begin this Sunday at 3.00pm with Evening Prayer for the Dead in the church followed by rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery. We thank all who have attended to their family plots in the past few weeks and we express our special thanks to Tony and Alan who look after the cemetery all the year around and have it looking so well at this time of the year.
There will be no morning Mass (Monday to Thursday) this week and no Eucharist Adoration on Wednesday. Mass will be celebrated in Skyrne Church at 9.00am each morning
Ratoath National Schools Parents' Association are holding a clothes collection fundraiser at the school on May 26th, 27th and 28th May. Please support by dropping off your bags of unwanted clothes, linens etc at 9am, 2pm or 3pm on any of these dates.
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday next at 8.00pm
Envelope Collection for the week ending 11th & 18th May €1,625.76 
Many thanks for your continued support.
Day of Prayer for Ireland: Theme: "Called to be a Light to the Nations": Knock Shrine, 31st May, Fr. Kilian Byrne, Foyers of Charity: 10am - 5pm. Info / Buses: 0871198594 / 086 1678027



Congratulations to the boys and girls of Rathbeggan National School,

who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday


Miss Devine’s Class

Alex Burgess   Josh Grogan    David Malone    Adam Malone    Harry O’Dwyer    Conor O’Sullivan

Jesse Osas      Jamie Tang      Aidan Thorp       Jamie Wall        Corey Walsh        Zoe Bowman

Ciara Brady    Makia Carey   Grace Caldwell   Rebecca Donnelly     Janna Everard

Juliette Lord   Alanna McEntaggart    Faye McEntaggart    Ellen McGrath      Yasmin Murray 

Méabh Ní Churraidhin     Mary Reilly   Margaret Sweeney     Jamila Zaidan  


1  25 May

     Sixth Sunday of Easter

2  01 June

     Ascension of the Lord

7. 7.00pm             

Michael O’Mahony

& Padraig O’Malley

7.  7.00pm

Ellen Whyte (Months Mind)

Bridget & Ann Reilly & Angelo Whyte     Paddy & Mary Walsh & deceased members    of the family

1  9.00am    

Peg Vaughan

1   9.00am


1  11.00am    

Desmond & Julia Toole

Bobbie Smithers & deceased members of

the Milton family

1   11.00am

Andy & Sean Eiffe

Frank Mason

1  12.15pm    

Mark Stanley & Ben & Veronica Cullen

Rose Hickey & Maureen Moran

& Jimmy White

1  12.15pm 

Gerard Ralph (Months Mind)

Joseph & Mary White


Friday          Pat Naughton

Saturday      Kathleen & William Cusack & deceased members of the family 11.00am in the Nursing Home 


Legion of Mary Annual Retreat: Sunday 8th June 10am to 5pm in Trim Church with Mass at 4pm Everyone  welcome. Contact May at 825 0139 Mob: 087-133 4872
A coffee morning is being held in St. Pauls National School, Ratoath, on Friday 30th May from 9:00 to 12:00 in aid of The Laura Hickey Fund. Laura taught in St. Pauls for 4 years until 2010. She has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer for the third time in four years. Funds are being raised so Laura can go to a world renowned cancer hospital in New York for a more expert opinion on her diagnosis, treatment plans and post treatment recovery programme. More details are available on 
Ceili at the Crossroads in memory of Kieron King at The Forge Restaurant, Carnaross, Kells on Sunday 1st June, starts at 2 pm, Irish dance , ceili , set dance , tractor run and more , BBQ all day,  kids free entry , adult €10 . In aid of M.S Therapy Centre Trim & S.V.D.P Meath.



From the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis                Evangelii Gaudium

64. The process of secularization tends to reduce the faith and the Church to the sphere of the private and personal. Furthermore, by completely rejecting the transcendent, it has produced a growing deterioration of ethics, a weakening of the sense of personal and collective sin, and a steady increase in relativism. These have led to a general sense of disorientation, especially in the periods of adolescence and young adulthood which are so vulnerable to change. As the bishops of the United States of America have rightly pointed out, while the Church insists on the existence of objective moral norms which are valid for everyone, “there are those in our culture who portray this teaching as unjust, that is, as opposed to basic human rights. Such claims usually follow from a form of moral relativism that is joined, not without inconsistency, to a belief in the absolute rights of individuals. In this view, the Church is perceived as promoting a particular prejudice and as interfering with individual freedom”. We are living in an information-driven society which bombards us indiscriminately with data – all treated as being of equal importance – and which leads to remarkable superficiality in the area of moral discernment. In response, we need to provide an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values.

65. Despite the tide of secularism which has swept our societies, in many countries – even those where Christians are a minority – the Catholic Church is considered a credible institution by public opinion, and trusted for her solidarity and concern for those in greatest need. Again and again, the Church has acted as a mediator in finding solutions to problems affecting peace, social harmony, the land, the defence of life, human and civil rights, and so forth. And how much good has been done by Catholic schools and universities around the world! This is a good thing. Yet, we find it difficult to make people see that when we raise other questions less palatable to public opinion, we are doing so out of fidelity to precisely the same convictions about human dignity and the common good.         66. The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. Marriage now tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will.


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