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Parish Bulletin 22 March 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

22 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. Gerry      



Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Congratulationsto Conan Jennings (Foxlodge Manor), Beth Howard (Steeplechase Hill),

Shea & Leo Ross (Moulden Bridge) and Adam Caffrey ( Milltree Park) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Joan Laverty (Stewartstown), mother of Bronagh Quinn (Lagore Road) and

for Fr. Sean Fay (retired PP of Rathmoylon-Enfield) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


Trocaire Boxes can be returned to the church from next week onwards. We thank you for your support this Lenten season to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.




A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held on Monday 23rd March in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm.


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


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday 26th March in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Ratoath National School Parents Association is holding a coffee morning /cake sale and raffle in aid of IT equipment on Thursday 26thMarch in Ratoath GAA from 9.30-12.00. All welcome. Donations of cakes, buns etc can be dropped into the GAA on the morning.


This 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 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.


Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 30th March at 8.00pm in The Ratoath Inn. Speaker will be Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland. Topic “Irish Garden Birds” All welcome.


Dunshaughlin Players are counting down to their opening night on Wednesday 25th March through to Saturday 28th for their production of  "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling". Curtain 8pm sharp. Tickets available from the €15 concessions €13




0 22 Mar

    Fifth  Sunday of Lent

29 Mar

    Palm (Passion) Sunday

7. 7.00pm             


7. 7.00pm


1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Maureen Byrne (Months Memory)

Andrew, Lillian, Pudser  & Tony Toole

1  11.00am

Wardie O’Sullivan


Dick & Chris Donnelly

Margaret O’Hogartaigh

1  12.15pm

Kay & Brendan Menton

& Betty Colfer



Monday     Nora & Michael Gilligan & Moira Edwards        Thursday   Helen Warren

Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home  

        Pope Francis calls a Jubilee Year dedicated to Divine Mercy.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, in fact, allows us with confidence to draw near to the Father, in order to be certain of His pardon. He really is “rich in mercy” and extends His mercy with abundance over those who turn to Him with a sincere heart.

As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God never ceases to show the richness of His mercy throughout the ages. The transformation of the heart that leads us to confess our sins is “God's gift”, it is “His work”. The call of Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God; everyone knows the way to access it and the Church is the house that welcomes all and refuses no one. Its doors remain wide open, so that those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness. The greater the sin, so much the greater must be the love that the Church expresses toward those who convert.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its centre. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” 

This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.

                                                        Lent Trocaire 2015   

“For I was hungry and you gave me to so far as you d

id this to one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me”  (Matthew 25)


“The Church commits us to the poor. To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognise Christ in the poorest, his brethren”  The Catechism


“The hungry nations of the world cry out to the peoples blessed with abundance. And the Church, cut the quick by this cry, asks each and every person to hear his brother’s plea and answer it lovingly”  Pope Paul V1


“The right of having a share of earthly goods sufficient for oneself and one’s family belongs to everyone”   Vatican 11(Gaudium et Spes)    

                                                                Please support this year’s Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign                                                               


Stations of the Cross: Each station recalls a moment when Jesus stopped. A “station” means a place of stopping, as trains stop in railway stations. He stops to talk to people in compassion; he stops when he falls to the ground out of exhaustion, unable to carry on; he stops at Golgotha because that is the end of the road. Jesus is close to us when we too are stopped in our tracks and wonder whether we can carry on anymore. We may be halted by illness or failure, by grief or despair. But Jesus carries on, making his slow way to the cross and to the resurrection, and brings us with himself in hope.

                                                                                                                   Fr. Timothy Radcliffe

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