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Parish Bulletin 8th March 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

8 March 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


Congratulationsto Daisy Owens (Somerville), Hannah Donnelly (Glascarn Lane),

Evan Buckley (Moatlands), Alana Courtney (Seagrave Hall) and Dylan Clarke (Elgerstown)

who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Jim Redington (Stillorgan) brother of Ita Sullivan (Lagore Little) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.



Rathbeggan National School will make their First Confessions on Wednesday evening at 7.30pm and St. Paul’s National School on Thursday evening at 7.30pm


A meeting of parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 11th March at 8.00pm


Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School on Tuesday 10th March at 4.30pm.


Standing Orders for January €4,897.91 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

If you have received a letter from the Parish Office re the CHY4 certs and have not returned the completed form, we kindly request that you do so as soon as possible.



The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, warmly invite the faithful to attend Sung Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 4:00 pm on the Sundays of Lent. Tea will follow in the monastery gatehouse.


Light the Fire:  St Patrick's Day. The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal invite you to a candlelight Vigil on the Hill of Slane to pray together on the very spot where St Patrick lit the Easter Fire.  Event begins at 5 pm.  Holy Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Smith at 5.30 pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with music led by the Franciscans of the Renewal.  This is an outdoor event, so please dress warm and bring a chair if you'll need to sit.  For information or to volunteer, please contact the Franciscan Sisters at 041 9830441





0  8 Mar

    Third  Sunday of Lent

15 Mar

    Fourth Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Patrick Moore

Brigid & Noel McLoughlin

Brendan McDermott

Patrick Reilly and deceased members of

the family & Leah Cooke Halligan

7. 7.00pm

Eileen, Margaret, James & Patrick Woods Packy & Catherine O’Brien

& Nina Madden & Noel & Teresa Scally

& Francis O’Brien (Month’s Memory)

1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Briege Walsh

1  11.00am

Damian Corr (Month’s Memory)

1 12.15pm    


1  12.15pm

Marie Dempsey (Month’s Memory)

Baby Marcus Crawley

Seamus, Kit, & Bridget Ennis

Eileen Fernandes



                            Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Final Excerpt from the Lenten Message of Pope Francis Make your hearts firm (James 5:8) –Individual Christians. As individuals too, we are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often fell our complete inability to help. What can we do t avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?                                         

First, we can pray in communion with the church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer!

Second, we help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favourable time for showing concern for other by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family.

Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their needs reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves.

As a way of overcoming indifference and pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XV1called a formation of the heart. A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others.

During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters let us all ask the Lord:                                  Make our hearts like yours. In this we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference. It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you.

                                                        Lent Trocaire 2015   

“ I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples”   Mother Teresa

“The church encompasses with love all who are afflicted with human suffering and in the poor and the afflicted sees the image of its poor and suffering Founder. It does all it can to relieve their need and in them strives to serve Christ”     Lumen Gentium

“It is not God’s will for some to have everything and others to have nothing”  Oscar Romero                                                             Please support this year’s Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign


Ratoath College Uniform:  Fittings for boys uniforms takes in Blondells from Monday 23rd – Friday 27th March. Current students requiring skirts and trousers can order at this time. Phone 01 825 7711


Lotto results. No’s drawn 10,16,17, winner. €50 winners-  Aoife Kavanagh & lLnda Leonard.


Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture "Charles Tisdall, Meath landlord and gentleman" by Marion Rogan on Tuesday 10th March at the Martry Restaurant (formerly Silver Tankard outside Kells) at 7.30pm. All welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO (01 8259438)


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