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Parish Bulletin 26 April 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 April 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


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Friday of this week.





Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday. We thank them for all their work in preparing so well for this day and thanks also to their parents who have supported them on their faith journey this year. A special thanks to their teachers and all in the schools who made Friday such a special day for the boys and girls.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th & 19th April €1,950.49

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.






Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the church (this is our final appeal).  We thank you for your support this Lenten season to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives




For this year’s Mission Awareness and Appeal in the diocese, Sr Rena Condron, a Franciscan Sister for Africa who has worked for many years will speak at all the Masses this weekend. She will speak on spreading of the Good News in the African countries in which the Sisters work.


Ashbourne Prayer Group: Meets every Monday night from 8-9pm in the side chapel of the Ashbourne Church. We welcome new members for prayer, song & adoration.

Ratoath Musical Society presents Fiddler on The Roof in the Venue Theatre, Apr 28th- May 2nd at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the box office on (01) 689 5600 


Thank You to all who so generously supported Daffodil Day on 27th March on behalf of the Irish Cancer Society. This year we raised €5,710.15. Well done Ratoath yet again.


Ratoath Athletic Club Couch to 5K - 7 week programme starts Monday 4th May at 8pm Cost €35 adults and teenagers welcome. All levels catered for. Registration Thursday 8-9pm in Ratoath GAA. See Ratoath AC facebook, website or email: 
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Ratoath Garden Club: Monday 27th April in The Ratoath Inn 8.00pm





0 26 April

    Fourth Sunday of Easter

3 May

    Fifth  Sunday of Easter

7. 7.00pm             

Bridget & Ann Reilly

Ellen & Angelo Whyte

John & Tom Reilly

7.  7.00pm

Michael Flood

1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Bridget Boshell

Anthony King

Ben & Gay Smith & deceased members of

the Smith & Carey families

1  11.00am

Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey



Molly & Ernie Devine

Ray McAndrew & Jimmy White

1  12.15pm

Gerard Ralph





Tuesday     Detta Hannigan                 Friday     Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday    Morning Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home          

                               Vocations Sunday                           The Fourth Sunday of Easter offers us the figure of the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep: he calls them, he feeds them and he guides them. For over fifty years the universal Church has celebrated this Sunday as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. In this way she reminds us of our need to pray, as Jesus himself told his disciples, so that “the Lord of the harvest may send out labourers into his harvest”. Jesus command came in the context of his sending out missionaries. He called not only the twelve Apostles, but another seventy-two disciples whom he then sent out, two by two, for the mission. Since the Church “is by her very nature missionary” , the Christian vocation is necessarily born of the experience of mission. Hearing and following the voice of Christ the Good Shepherd, means letting ourselves be attracted and guided by him, in consecration to him; it means allowing the Holy Spirit to draw us into this missionary dynamism, awakening within us the desire, the joy and the courage to offer our own lives in the service of the Kingdom of God.                                                         (From the message of Pope Francis)

“Do not be afraid of what God asks of you! It is worth saying Yes to God”  Pope Francis

 “From the call of Abraham to that of Moses, from Israel’s pilgrim journey through the desert to the conversion preached by the prophets, up to the missionary journey of Jesus which culminates in his death and resurrection, vocation is always a work of God.” - Pope Francis

“Wherever there is life, fervour and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations will arise.” (Evangelii Gaudium 107)

We can all play our part in planting seeds, by encouraging young people to explore the possibility of vocation.  Many vocations have grown from a tap on the shoulder, an encouraging work or a question to someone who may have a vocation."  (Fr Willie Purcell, National Director for Vocations)

Reverend Robert McGivney will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Meath on 28th June in his home parish of Navan. He is 28 years old.  He completed a degree in mathematics in Trinity College before entering the seminary at Maynooth in 2009.  He is currently undertaking a pastoral placement in Dunboyne parish. There are 8 students for the priesthood in the Diocese of Meath.  There are 5 students in Maynooth and 3 in Rome.  3 of the students are from county Meath, 1 from Offaly, 1 from Louth and 3 from Dublin, 2 of whom have close family connections in Meath.                                                                                                                         The Vocations Sunday collection which is taken up at all Masses this weekend supports the education and training of these students.  Parishioners are asked to pray for vocations and also to participate in this practical way in their seminary formation.

********************************************************************************************  Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala this Sunday 26th April, 5 - 6pm at Coolmine Swimming Pool. Registration from 4.30pm. U8 years to U16 years. €3 to enter.  Phone 086 84664095

Ratoath Municipal District Public Participation Network 's meeting on Monday 27th April at 8pm in Slevin's Public House, Dunboyne at 8pm.  Details from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Glee Club Spring/Summer 8 term week starts Friday 1st May 6pm-7.30pm in the Ratoath community centre. To enrol a child or for further information please call Danielle on 0852166274 




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