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Parish Bulletin 15th March 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 March 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


Congratulationsto Alex O’Leary (Leigh Valley), Sean Duggan (Dunshaughlin),

Fiadh Leneghan (Mooretown) and Sofia Wilson (Steeplechase Green) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Jimmy Fitzgerald (Kilkenny) brother of Sean Fitzgerald (The Commons) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


Envelope Collection for week ending 1st & 8th March €1,508.40

Standing Orders for February €4,402.78 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



St Patrick’s Day: Vigil Mass on Monday 16th at 7.00pm and Masses on the 17th at 9.00am and 11.00am

No 12.15pm Mass on St. Patrick’s Day.


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



Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls who are preparing for their First Communion. This is their final “Do This in Memory of Me” preparationMass and we thank their parents who have accompanied them on their faith journey this year. The parents who are assisting with the Masses are asked to come to the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday evening next 19th at 7.30pm





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.




0  15 Mar

    Fourth  Sunday of Lent

22 Mar

    Fifth Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Eileen, Margaret, James & Patrick Woods

Packy & Catherine O’Brien

& Nina Madden & Noel & Teresa Scally

& Francis O’Brien (Month’s Memory)

7. 7.00pm



1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Damian Corr (Month’s Memory)

1  11.00am

Maureen Byrne (Months Memory)

Andrew, Lillian, Pudser  & Tony Toole

1 12.15pm    

Marie Dempsey (Month’s Memory)

Baby Marcus Crawley

Seamus, Kit, & Bridget Ennis

Eileen Fernandes

1  12.15pm

Dick & Chris Donnelly

Margaret O’Hogartaigh




                            Tuesday    Caoimhe Hughes (11.00am – St. Patrick’s Day)

Thursday       Thomas Byrne                         Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

          Statement of the Irish Bishops' Conference, 10 March 2015                                                    Within weeks the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum that will change the meaning of marriage in the Constitution of Ireland.

Marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society - all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it.  We ask the people of Ireland to consider very carefully the profound implications which this constitutional amendment would have on the family environment and on our understanding of parenthood.

We respect the views of people who think differently to us, trusting that our sincerely held views, grounded in faith, will also be heard and respected.  

We come to this debate believing that the union of a man and a woman in marriage, open to the procreation of children, is a gift from God who created us 'male and female'.  Reason also points to the truth about human sexuality that makes the relationship between a man and a woman unique.  Mothers and fathers bring different, yet complementary gifts and strengths into a child's life. 

We cannot support an amendment to the Constitution which redefines marriage and effectively places the union of two men, or two women, on a par with the marriage relationship between a husband and wife which is open to the procreation of children.

We are concerned that, should the amendment be passed, it will become increasingly difficult to speak any longer in public about marriage as being between a man and a woman.  What will we be expected to teach children in school about marriage?  Will those who sincerely continue to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman be forced to act against their conscience? Can a way be found to protect the civil rights of gay people without undermining the fundamental meaning of marriage as commonly understood across cultures, faiths and down the ages?

Already, in The Children and Family Relationships Bill, it is proposed to remove mention of mothers and fathers from a whole raft of previous legislation.  

We encourage everyone to think about these issues and to vote on May 22nd.  The effects of this proposed amendment will be far-reaching for this and for future generations.  We say to all voters: Marriage is important - Reflect before you change it.
We invite people of faith to bring this decision to prayer.  In the coming weeks, and particularly in May, the month of Mary, we call for prayer for marriage and the family

                                 St. Patrick’s Breastplate   

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quite, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.


Ashbourne Ceili Club Sunday 22nd March 3.00-5.00pm in Ashbourne Parish Hall. €5.00. All welcome



Morning Star  Hostel: Collection for the Homeless on Saturday and Sunday 9.00am-6.00pm at Centra Ratoath. Please support these worthy cause.


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