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Parish Bulletin 25 January 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

25 January 2015

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm






Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan  



Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Congratulations to Leo McLoughlin (Foxlodge Manor), Lydia Frost (Seagrave Park),

Rayha Malone (Steeplechase Green), Millie Shanahan (Steepelchase Court) and  

Noah Coy (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.




Medjugorje pilgrimages: 7 nights apartment B&B, airport transport, flight and pilgrimage programme for €550 per person sharing on 13th, 15th and 20th April 2015. Contact 01 44 34510 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make your booking. Call for other dates in April, May & Sept.


The Priory Institute: Theology Matters. Join our enthusiastic student community and study theology from home or in class. Application deadline is 23rd February. Phone 01-4048124 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit



Ratoath Men's Shed continues to meet every Tuesday morning at 11 am in Ratoath Parish Pastoral Centre. Call in for a chat and coffee. Guest  speakers. Tel 087-2596753 for further details.


On Thursday 29th January: Leaving Certificate History Syllabus - talk by Dr Patrick Callan, National Coordinator, at St Patrick's Classical School, Navan, 8pm. This talk is aimed at Senior History students in their final preparation for the Leaving Cert History exam, and all aspects of the examination are dealt with. Students are encouraged to identify difficulties they are having and hopefully they will be resolved at this forum. Students, teachers and parents all welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy (01 8259438) website
Samaritans offer a safe place to talk about anything that is troubling you.  The listening service is confidential, non judgmental and non directive, this allows you to reach and make decisions which are right for you.  Samaritans can be contacted on Freecall 116 123 or by text 0872609090 or by email at 
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     25 Jan

    Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Feb

   Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Maurice Keogh

Dorothea Mates

Manuel Santillan

7. 7.00pm

John Redmond

Hugh Muldoon & deceased members

of the family

1  9.00am    

Special Intention

1  9.00am

Ita Doran

1 11.00am    

Gina Gillespie (Months Memory)

Edward  McKeon

1  11.00am

Winnie & Pud Mahon

Seamus Murphy

1 12.15pm    

Luc Dehaene

Michael & John Flinter & deceased

members of the family

1  12.15pm

Pauline Lynch

Fergus Haverty





Monday    Patrick Cleary                Tuesday  Sean & Fran Fitzpatrick    Wednesday  Special Intention

Thursday  Helen Warren & Special Intention         Friday      Kathleen Kinsella

Saturday   Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

 Pope Francis in the Philippines

Up to six million people turned out in Manila on Sunday to greet Pope Francis as he celebrated the final major liturgy of his visit to the South East Asian country.

In his homily at the Mass in Rizal Park, the Pope warned that each child must be seen “as a gift to be welcomed, cherished and protected”.

He underlined that young people need our care so they will not be “robbed of hope and condemned to life on the streets.”

On the day the Filipino Church celebrates ‘Santo Niño’, the Pontiff urged Filipinos to look to the Christ Child, the protector of the Philippines, as their model, and reminded them of the importance of protecting the family.

He also urged them to work together to build “a world of justice, integrity and peace.”

Warning against the devil, “the father of lies” who hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being ‘modern’ ‘like everyone else,’ the Pope said people are distracted, by “ephemeral pleasures and superficial pastimes” and “squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets,” and “squander our money on gambling and drink.”

He said that over the days of his visit he had listened to them sing the song: ‘We are all God’s children’.

“That is what the Santo Niño tells us. He reminds us of our deepest identity. All of us are God’s children, members of God’s family,” the Pope said.

Referring to the readings on Sunday, he said St Paul had told them that “we have become God’s adopted children, brothers and sisters in Christ. This is who we are. This is our identity. We saw a beautiful expression of this when Filipinos rallied around our brothers and sisters affected by the typhoon,” he commented.

The Pope also noted that in the Gospel, Jesus welcomes children, embraces them and blesses them.

“We too need to protect, guide and encourage our young people, helping them to build a society worthy of their great spiritual and cultural heritage.”

“It was a frail child, in need of protection, who brought God’s goodness, mercy and justice into the world. He resisted the dishonesty and corruption which are the legacy of sin, and he triumphed over them by the power of his cross,” he said.

“Now, at the end of my visit to the Philippines, I commend you to him, to Jesus who came among us as a child. May he enable all the beloved people of this country to work together, protecting one another, beginning with your families and communities, in building a world of justice, integrity and peace.”


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