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Parish Bulletin 13th July 2014


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

13 July 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   
Congratulations to Bobby Kennedy (Steeplechase Court) and Conor Jacques (Somerville)
who were baptised recently.
Standing Orders for June €4,700.52 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the family room of the church.
Dalgan Summer School 2014. Experiencing God in Creation under the direction of Dr John Feehan and Fr Sean McDonagh14th-17th July Price €250. To book email Elizabeth Mc Ardle at 
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Annnal Pioneer and Venerable Matt Talbot Pilgrimage to Knock, Sunday 20th July. A bus will leave Dunshaughlin church at 8.00pm. To book contact May on 01 8250 139 or 087 133 4872
The annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage is on Sunday 27th July. All welcome. 

Youth 2000 Summer Festival: Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary from Thursday

14th – Sunday 17th August.  For young people aged 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new people. The weekend will include talks, workshops, drama, concert, prayer, games, and time of sharing. This festival has been named “Holy Oxygen” with over 1000 young people from all over Ireland attending last year. The Festival is donation only. Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland. For more information and to book online see or phone 01 6753 690


Lough Derg: God’s healing grace is experienced on Lough Derg in an intensity seldom encountered elsewhere. Daily boats to the Island from 10.30am until 3.00pm, seven days a week until 13th August. No booking necessary. Contact Maureen or Sharon on 0719861518 or email 
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Two years to go! Last summer at the end of World Youth Day in Brazil Pope Francis announced Krakow as host city for the next World Youth Day 2016. We invite young people (age 18-35) to consider being part of Krakow’16. It seems so far away but it gives plenty of time to keep the diary free for July 2016 and to begin saving for the trip of a life-time! See


The Alzheimer's Support Group will meet in The Venue, Ratoath, on Wednesday 16th July at 8pm. Carers and families of those suffering from Dementia welcome.

1  13 July

     Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2  20 July

     Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm              

Patsy & Agnes McCabe

Dorothea Mates

7. 7.00pm

James & Annie Nolan

Noel & Marie Giles

Louise Kelly

1  9.00am    

Michael, James & Rose Doran

1  9.00am


1  11.00am    

Abbie Loughnane & Deceased members

of the Loughnane & Hart families

1  11.00am

Mary Fadden (Months Memory)

Rose McCarthy

1  12.15pm    


1  12.15pm

Sarah Browne



                                                                                                                                                                TThursday Youlanda Kelly       Saturday        No morning Mass
From the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”
(The Joy of the Gospel) by Pope Francis.
The joy of the gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything. The evils of our world – and those of the Church – must not be excuses for diminishing our commitment and our fervour. Let us look upon them as challenges which can help us to grow. With the eyes of faith, we can see the light which the Holy Spirit always radiates in the midst of darkness, never forgetting that “where sin increased, grace has abounded all the more”. Our faith is challenged to discern how wine can come from water and how wheat can grow in the midst of weeds. 
Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, we are distressed by the troubles of our age and far from naive optimism; yet the fact that we are more realistic must not mean that we are any less trusting in the Spirit or less generous. 
In this sense, we can once again listen to the words of St. John XX111 on the memorable day of 11 October 1962: “At times we have to listen, much to our regret, to the voices of people who, though burning with zeal, lack a sense of discretion and measure. In this modern age they can see nothing but prevarication and ruin... We feel that we must disagree with those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand. In our times, divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations which, by human effort and even beyond all expectations, are directed to the fulfilment of God’s superior and inscrutable designs, in which everything, even human setbacks, leads to greater good of the Church.
One of the most serious temptations which stifle boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimist, “sourpusses”. Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory beforehand. If we start without confidence, we have already lost half the battle and we bury our talents. While painfully aware of our own frailty, we have to march on without giving in, keeping in mind what the Lord said to St. Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. 
Christian triumph is always a cross, yet a cross which is at the same time a victorious banner borne with aggressive tenderness against the assaults of evil. The evil spirit of defeatism is brother to the temptation to separate, before its time, the wheat from the weeds; it is the fruit of an anxious and self-centred lack of trust.
Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancy for people eligible to work under the Community Employment scheme. Position: Ground maintenance in Dunshaughlin area. 
Will require Garda clearance.  For further details please contact Danny Gaughan 087 2626724 or 01 8252864 or email 
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The An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour will be held over the weekend of 26th and 27th July. The 11km family spin is on Sat 26th at 5pm – register on the day from 3pm, €3 per person. Register online for the 50km, 100km & 160km distances – all taking place on Sun 27th. Early bird offer is available until 17th July – registration closes on the 23rd July. Check out for further details or contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337.
Regional Laterlife Network Event for people aged 55+. On17th July, Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne,
11am-1.30pm. Free event with information about Meath’s Laterlife Network, discussion about making Meath Age Friendly. Light lunch provided. Booking essential. Contact Kay from Meath Partnership on 046 9280 790 extension 206.



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