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Parish Bulletin 3rd May 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

3 May 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


Please pray for Noel Ennis (Ratoath) and Christina Traynor (Beaumont) mother of Niall Traynor (Jamestown Park) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


Congratulations to April Bradley (Harlockstown), James Everard (Glascarn Lane),

Heidi Flanagan (Foxlodge Manor) and Cathal Duignan (Leigh Valley) were baptised recently.


Congratulations to Sinead Gill and Declan Hanley who were married during the week.


Sr. Rena Condron, who spoke at all the Masses last weekend, on behalf of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, would like to express her deep appreciation of the great generosity of the people of the parish who contributed €3,534.24 to her appeal. All will be remembered in the prayers of the Sisters throughout their Congregation.


A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee takes place this Tuesday 5th May at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


                                          Pope Francis latest tweet: 
“Amid so many problems, even grave, may we not lose our hope in the infinite mercy of God”



Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Led by Bishop Smith 12 -17 September 2015. Return flights, 5 nights Hotel full board, insurance & taxes €719. There is a special section for sick pilgrims requiring assistance with accommodation and medical supervision in the Accueil Notre Dame. There is a special youth section, 18- 30 years. Fare €350. To book, contact: Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 69 Upper O Connell St., Dublin 1. Tel: 01-6359300


                                      Pope Francis prays for the people of Nepal.

The Pope addressed the crowds from the window of the papal apartment last Sunday and said:      "Dear Brothers and Sisters, I want to assure you of my closeness to the people affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal and neighbouring countries. I pray for the victims, or the wounded and for all those who have suffered because of this disaster."




0  3 May

    Fifth Sunday of Easter

10 May

    Sixth Sunday of Easter

7. 7.00pm             

Michael Flood

7.  7.00pm

James & Mary Murphy

Louise Kelly & deceased members of the Kelly & O’Reilly families

1  9.00am    


1  9.00am

For all who sympathised with the family of Wardie, Patrick & Conor O’Sullivan

1 11.00am    

Bridget McIntyre & David Conmey

1  11.00am

Jack Kavanagh


Gerard Ralph

1  12.15pm

David Mulvaney

Paddy Dolan & deceased members of the family





Monday        Funeral Mass for Noel Ennis at 11.00am                    

 Tuesday       Special Intention                                   Wednesday       Claire Kellett    

Saturday       First Communion Masses for St. Paul’s National School                

Lough Derg Pilgrimage season opens Saturday 2nd May with One Day Retreats which continue on 3,4,9,10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25 May. Advance booking is essential.

The three day pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May. You can begin the three day pilgrimage any day between 29th May and 13th August. Pre –booking not required. Contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 (from NI 00 353 71 9861518) or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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 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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Tidy Towns Project: on Wednesday evenings at Supervalu 7.00pm to 7.30pm. Contact Jackie on 086-1271252.  One hour a week makes a huge difference. Please join us.
The Migraine Association of Ireland will be holding a 6 session Self Help Group on Migraine and Migraine Management on Tuesday the 12th, 19th & 26th May, as well as Tuesday the 9th, 16th & 23rd June  in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. The sessions are free and light refreshments will be served. Places limited. To register for a place contact 1850 200 378 or email 
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Help is available for Leaving Certificate Students. Contact them on Helpline 1850 200378 
Join the Meath Heritage Mailing List. The Heritage Office, Meath County Council are updating our mailing list and we would like to invite you to join. You will receive updates on: Upcoming Heritage events and activities. Grants, County Meath Heritage Plan 2015-2020, and County Meath Local Biodiversity Action Plan 2015-2020. How do I join? Simply Email 
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  or call Megan in the Heritage Office on 046-9097586 and we will add you to our mailing list. 
Alzheimer's Tea Day at Fox Lodge, Ratoath on Saturday 9th May from 10.30 to 1pm. All welcome. Please come, Maire Ryan.
Meath County Council will be holding a compost giveaway event at Thornton's Recycling Centre in Dunboyne on Thursday 7th May 10am-1 pm. Just bring your own bags and get free compost.
Skryne Parish is hosting the famous Celtic Tenors in the Parish Church on Friday 8th May.Tickets €25 and can be purchased from Cormac 087-9409677 or e-mail 
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The Dunshaughlin Famine Graveyard Commemoration Ceremony will take place on Sunday10th May at 3pm. This will be followed with a talk in Dunshaughlin Pastoral Centre titled 

"Workhouse Buildings" by Ursula Marmion.  All welcome.

        “This is my commandment that you love one another” (from this Sunday’s gospel)
The word “Love” has such wide application that it can be difficult to know what is meant by loving God and neighbour. The specific type of love held up by Jesus as the very heart of his message is agapé. This word means to receive people willingly to act kindle. It is not about feeling or emotion but about the way of acting. Our way of acting should be modelled on God’s way of acting. He is generous, kind, self-giving, or, as St John puts it, he is agapé.  To love God and neighbour, then, is to act in a certain way: to give to oneself in service reverently and generously.
Jesus’ commands to his followers to love one another is not to command an emotion but to demand from them a decision to show in practice the self-giving and generosity of Jesus which is the external manifestation of God’s way of being and acting. To act thus leads to happiness because it leads to being like God, the reason why we were created.

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