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Parish Bulletin 22nd February 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

22 February 2015

        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 on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Congratulations to Dylan Clarke (Elgerstown), Oscar Lane (Milltree Park)

and Conan Collins (Rathbrggan) who were baptised  during the week.


Please pray for Margaret Corbett (Navan Road) mother of Eileen Cummins (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


On Monday evening next 23rd February, all readers (Ministers of the Word) are invited to a talk in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm given by Fr. Declan Hurley (Administrator of Navan Parish).

We ask all readers to make a special effort to attend this evening.


The Parish Liturgy Committee will meet on Tuesday next 24th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


We welcome the diocesan catechetical team who will visit the schools on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.


Two classes from Ratoath Junior National School will make their First Confessions on Thursday evening at 7.30pm


Ratoath Garden Club meets in Monday 23rd February in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Speaker will be Ciaran Flood. Topic: Tree Paeonias. All welcome


The Irish Cancer Society’s Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all Dublin hospitals. Telephone Gail on 01 2310 566 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


The widely acclaimed drama, Weighing In comes to the Venue Theatre on Fri 27th February. This is a fast paced comedy about life, love and dieting and how we all need to adjust the scales to find the right balance. Tickets €19 from Venue Box Office 01/6895600 or from 






0  22 Feb

    First Sunday of lent

01 Mar

    Second Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

David Lynch

Margaret Hynes

7. 7.00pm

Patrick & Colette Devanney

Julia & Larry Medlar 

1  9.00am    

Maria Barry

1  9.00am

Elizabeth & Jack Ryan

1 11.00am    

Deceased members of the

O’Reilly & Macken families

& Cecelia & Albert Cudlipp

1  11.00am

Harry Foran & deceased members of the family

Leonard & Gerty Maher

1 12.15pm    

Maura & John Harvey

James Brady & James Cogan

1  12.15pm

Michael Brazil



Saturday          Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Excerpt from the Lenten Message of Pope Francis

One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this message is precisely the globalization of indifference.  Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience. God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth opens for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love. But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded. God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.

  1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” – The Church

    The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ, serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If on part suffers, all parts suffer with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy”.

    The Church is the communion sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.

    **************************************************************************************Ratoath GAA 2015 Cheltenham Preview Night on Tuesday 24th February at 8.00pm in the clubhouse. Admission €20, includes €10 free Paddy Power bet. Lotto results: No’s drawn 14, 16, 19 & 24 No winners. €50 winners Kevin Hughes and Victor McManus. Draw in Auld Stand next week

    Artisan Food Fair: Ratoath Village Centre each Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm

    What does our Ratoath community need? Representatives of Ratoath groups are invited to a meeting on Monday 23rd February at 8.30pm in the Community Centre to discuss the needs of the community. Grant funding information. Information from Gillian Toole 086-0891221 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    Ashbourne Historical Society - a talk on The Battle of Ashbourne in Dunshaughlin Library at 7.30pm on Thursday 26th February.  Followed by refreshments.  Everyone is welcome


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