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Parish Bulletin 16th November 2014


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

16th November 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

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Please pray for Ellen Kelleher (Buttevant), mother of Deirdre Crowley (Skryne Road) and Ann Rooney (Glasnevin, formally of Bradystown) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


Congratulations to Amy Parsons and Patrick Toole who were married during the week.



This weekend the boys and girls in Second Class who are taking part in the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme will participate in our Masses. We welcome them along with their parents.


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday next 17th November at 8.00pm


A meeting of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday next 18th November at 8.00pm


Mass will be offered in the Ratoath Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday next 18th November at 11.00am for the all the residents who died during the year.


The Ratoath Folk Group concert is on 21st November in the Venue Theatre, 8pm -proceeds from the night going to The Jack Kavanagh Foundation and Down Syndrome Ireland. We hope you can support us by buying a ticket and joining us for what promises to be a very enjoyable night of music. Special guests on the night include The Rat Pack2. Tickets are available through the Folk Group.


Pilgrimage in the footsteps of Pope Paul V1- recently beatified by Pope Francis, led by

Fr. Gerry MacCormack to the picturesque town of Bellagio at Hotel Splendide on Lake Como,

the largest of the Italian lakes with rugged scenery, grand villas and gardens from August 24th -31st  2015. Early booking offer of €995.00 plus taxes incl of flights, accommodation, meals, and trips when booked by December 1st. Booking with MAP Travel, 36 Upper O’Connell St, Dublin 1.

Call 01 878 3111. Enquiries to Kingscourt Parish 042 966 7314






5  16 Nov

     Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 Nov

     The Feast of Christ the King

7. 7.00pm              

Johnnie & Mary O’Brien

Kathleen Maguire & Audrey Kearney

7. 7.00pm

 John McEnroe & deceased members of the family & John Mulvaney

1  9.00am    

Deceased Members of the Mulvaney Family

1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Anthony Donohue

Joe & Josephine McGuinness

Annie & Matt Browne

1  11.00am

Billy & Kathleen Lynch & deceased

 members of the family

Attracta Donnelly

1 12.15pm    

Liz Barron (Months Memory)

George Egar 

Derek Walker & deceased members of the Walker and Kenny families

1  12.15pm

 Paddy Regan

Rosemary & Tommy Wallace



 Monday     Bridie Cleary                                Tuesday      Special Intention 
 Wednesday   Deceased members of the Blake family & Johnnie Monaghan
 Thursday   Barney Urell                          Saturday       Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Rome

Pope Francis prays for persecuted Christians and calls for dialogue


In a series of appeals issued during the weekly General Audience, the Pope spoke off- the-cuff to various language groups present in St. Peter’s Square.


In Spanish he turned to pilgrims from Mexico expressing his sorrow for what appears to be the (legal?) disappearance “even although we know they have been murdered” – of 43 students. This renders visible – the Pope said – “the dramatic reality of crime that exists behind the selling and trafficking of drugs”.


And turning to a group of Chilean soldiers, Pope Francis said that in these days we mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty between Argentina and Chile. Borders – he said – are clear: “let us not continue to argue about borders. Let us argue about other things, but not about this!” And he noted that the signing of the treaty came about thanks to dialogue. “Only when the will for dialogue exists, things are resolved” he said. And he expressed gratitude to “Saint John Paul II and to Cardinal Samorè who did so much to obtain peace for us”.


Let us hope that all peoples locked in conflict of any kind, including cultural borders – Pope Francis said – “make a commitment to resolve their issues at the table of dialogue and not through the cruelty of war”.


And finally speaking in Italian, Pope Francis said he is following with great trepidation the dramatic situation of Christians who “in various parts of the world are persecuted and killed for their religious faith”. He said he feels the need to express his “deep spiritual closeness to Christian communities who are harshly persecuted with an absurd violence that does not give signs of abating”. Encouraging pastors and faithful to be firm and united in hope, “once again” – the Pope said – “I turn to those who have political responsibility both on a local and on an international level, as well as to all persons of goodwill, with a heartfelt appeal to engage in a vast mobilization of consciences in favour of persecuted Christians. They have the right to once again find security and serenity in their own countries, freely professing our faith” he said.




St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair 2014 will be held on Sunday 7th December from

11.00am - 2.30pm in the school - wonderful selection of cakes, gifts, plants, books and refreshments. Children can meet Santa and the Elves in his magical workshop and enjoy face painting. The draw for our Annual Christmas Raffle will also take place! Please come and join us for lots of Christmas fun!"


Ratoath GAA presents the Kube on Saturday 29th November in the Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne. Please support. Tickets from Monica O’Brien on 087 6493639. Cost €20.


Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games AGM next Wednesday 19th November in Ratoath GAA Clubhouse at 8pm. New Volunteers always welcome. Please contact 086 8466495  


Ratoath Garden Club will meet in Monday next in Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Speaker is Michael from Rolestown Garden Centre. Topic “Colour in the Garden for Autumn” Plants for sale.

Christmas Gala Night will be Monday 8th December in aid of the Vincent De Paul.


The Bare Bodkin Theatre Co. presents Flann’s Yer Only Man – a humorous jaunt through the life & literary legacy of Flann O’Brien/Myles Na Gopaleen – at The Venue Theatre on Thursday 20th November at 8pm.   Tickets €18


Forever Friends Preschool, Fairyhouse Racecourse now enrolling for September 2015 please telephone Audrey 0868265018 or Paula 0860227605


Perspectives Photographic Exhibition.  A free exhibition by participants from "Photography Workshops", Ashbourne will take place on Friday 21st November from 7pm - 9 pm at New Parish Hall, Frederick Street, Ashbourne. All welcome


The Alzheimer's Society will hold their Support Group meeting in The Venue, Ratoath on Wednesday 19thNovember at 8pm. All families and Carers of Dementia sufferers welcome.


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