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Parish Bulletin 17th August 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

17 August 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 Margaret Everard (Bradystown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Mandy Green and Dain Geoghegan who were married during the week.

Ratoath Community Centre & Active Age Gettogether will be held on Wednesday 10th September in Tattersalls. if you are new to the parish and would like an invitation please contact

Ann on 087 6653458 


The Alzheimer's Support Group will meet on August 20th at 8 pm in The Venue, Ratoath. Carers and families of Dementia sufferers welcome


Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancy for people eligible to work under the Community Employment scheme. Position: Ground maintenance in Ratoath area. Coffee Dock assistante Dunshaughlin. Will require Garda clearance.  For further details please contact Danny Gaughan 087 2626724 or 01 8252864 or email 
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GAA Lotto results 3,14,15,21. No Jackpot winner.
This Sunday Intermediate footballers play against Carnaross in Trim with a 3.30pm throw in.
The Irish dancing classes will resume in the verve gym in Ratoath on Fridays from 3pm. New members welcome. Contact Veronica on 0861797150
Sunday 24th August in Duleek Parochial Hall, 2.30pm. Meath Archaeological and Historical Society talk on “The Augustinian Presence in Duleek” and walkabout the village with Michael Wymes. All welcome. Contact J. Clancy 01 8259438
Navan Career Start is starting a new programme on 25th August for unemployed early school leavers who are aged 18-35. The programme will run Monday to Friday in Claremont Stadium. For further information please contact Marie on 086 8273857 or 046 9031418 or follow us on Facebook

1  17 Aug

V Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2  24 Aug

     Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

May Caffrey

7. 7.00pm

Rita McCabe (Months Mind)

Johnnie Staunton & Tommy Thornton

Fergal Ronan

James & Patricia Reilly

1  9.00am    

John, Jane & Christy Mulvaney

Marie Barry

1  9.00am


1  11.00am    

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

Patrick & Eilish Everard

Margaret Cahill

1  11.00am

Mary Carey

Deceased members of the O’Neill family (Coldwinter)

1  12.15pm    

Peadar Malone (Months Mind)

1  12.15pm

Jacqueline Mannering

Alice & Patrick Beggy

Patrick White  & Padraig Halton









    Monday     Peggy Walsh             Wednesday    Catherine & Patrick Cowley & John, George & Noel Cowley

   Thursday    Youlanda Kelly          Friday            Sean O’Carroll                 Saturday   No morning Mass
          Pray for Christian Communities in Northern Iraq

The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region. At the Angelus prayer on July 20th, Pope Francis said: "Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are pushed out, forced to leave their homes without the opportunity to take anything with them. To these families and to these people I would like to express my closeness and my steadfast prayer. Dearest brothers and sisters so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you are deprived of everything. I am with you in your faith in Him who conquered evil!"


The Pope has called on the whole Church and all the faithful to raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace.                                 Pope Francis urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence, and to guarantee all necessary assistance – especially the most urgently needed aid – to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.


Trócaire has committed humanitarian aid to respond to the urgent needs of civilians from minority communities including Christians in northern Iraq, who have fled their homes under threat of attack and persecution from the militant group, Islamic State (formerly (ISIS).

A major humanitarian crisis has unfolded in the region, with 850,000 people fleeing in the last two months alone to escape brutal attacks by ISIS, as it seeks to extend its control across the region. The total displaced since the start of the year stands at 1.4 million.

ISIS broke from Al Qaeda in Syria earlier this year and has grown in strength, particularly in Syria, where it has been fighting the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Since early 2014, it has had much of northern Syria under its control. The aim of ISIS is to create a purely Islamic Sunni Muslim state. It claims authority over all Muslims and aspires to bring much of the Muslim-inhabited regions of the world under its direct political control, beginning with territory in the Levant region, which includes Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and an area in southern Turkey that includes Hatay.

ISIS' presence on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border has been building since the beginning of the year and in July a major offensive was launched, which saw it secure a huge amount of territory and advance towards the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. It launched a massive offensive in June 2014 and since then the group has increased its threats of violence in Lebanon and Jordan adding to the fears of populations already hosting 2 million Syrian refugees. The movement is brutal in its treatment of all minorities including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen.

The lives of thousands of people from minorities in Iraq, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen, are in critical danger, as this humanitarian crisis escalates. People trapped in conflict zones or trying to escape are seeking shelter wherever they can find safety, often in churches and temples, and are in urgent need of emergency aid.

Trócaire has committed an initial €300,000 to support to its Caritas partners to respond to this evolving emergency and assess the needs of vulnerable populations, the most pressing of which are food, water and essential living supplies. Trocaire echoes the call of Pope Francis for prayers for Christians and all other populations that are suffering at the present time.


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