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Parish Bulletin 28th June 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

28 June 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 every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.


Congratulations to Alex McQuail (Cairn Court) and Alannah Fagan (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently.

The sick and housebound will be visited in their homes on Thursday and Friday of this week.

Ordination to Priesthood of Rev Robert McGivney

Rev Robert McGivney (28) will be ordained to the priesthood this Sunday, 28th June in St Mary’s Church, Navan by Bishop Smith. Robert is a native of Navan, Co. Meath, the son of Mr Gerry McGivney, a retired teacher and well-known local GAA Referee, and the late Mrs June McGivney.     Mrs June McGivney passed away in October 2014. He is the middle of two brothers, Joseph (30) and Shane (23).

After finishing his secondary education in St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, Robert completed a 4 year degree in Mathematics in Trinity College, Dublin. He began his seminary studies and formal discernment process in 2009 and has just qualified in his studies of Theology from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

During his studies, Robert took the opportunity to work with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in the summer 2012 which he described as a “life changing experience”. Along with that he has worked in parishes in the United States and undertook an intensive chaplaincy ministry course in Wisconsin in 2013. He was ordained a deacon last year in Maynooth College, and has assisted in many parishes of the diocese, particularly in Navan and Dunboyne.

Speaking on behalf of the Parish Pastoral Council, Mr Phil Cuffe said “It is a great testimony to our vibrant parish community in the way the parish of Navan has rallied around Robert in the preparations for the ordination”.

A large parish celebration of music, food and dance will take place to mark Robert celebrating his First Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday 29th June at 7pm in St. Mary’s Church.

28 June

    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

05 July

    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Teeney & Raymond Brennan

Michael & Agnes O’Hare & deceased members of the family

7.  7.00pm

Julia & Desmond Toole

Margaret & John Johnson

Mary & Paddy Walsh & deceased

members of the Walsh & Nulty Families Gerald O’Reilly

1  9.00am

Thomas, Mary, Ted and Peg Gannon

Jemmie Boyle

1 11.00am    

Christy & Christina Rooney

1  11.00am

John Looney

Seamus McIntyre

Deceased members of the Boshell family


Laura Donohue

Alice Etherington

1  12.15pm

Denis & Sheila Farrell

Thomas Shaw

     Monday          Frank McHugh & the Deceased members of the Carter & Reilly families

      Tuesday         Elizabeth Thompson                          Wednesday    Colum & Karen Breslin

      Friday           For all those on the Parish List of the Dead 

      Saturday        Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am  Special Intention

Ronald Rolheiser has a lovely way of using the story in today’s gospel of a woman touching the hem of Christ’s garment to encourage parents whose children no longer practise the faith or who find themselves estranged from the Church. He stresses that what each of us does for others (as the Body of Christ, his church an in Christ’s name), is an extension of Christ’s ministry. When we forgive someone, we communicate Christ’s forgiveness; when we comfort someone, we extend Christ’s comfort to them. When parents continue to love, care for, comfort, listen to, and forgive their adult children, these family members, although no longer practising are nevertheless touching them with Christ’s garment.

                                                                    Salvador Ryan              St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.   


“The first gift of the Holy Spirit is Wisdom. But it is not simply human wisdom, which is the fruit of knowledge and experience. Wisdom is the grace of being able to see everything with the eyes of God”                                                                    Pope Francis,  April 2014


The annual Mass for St. Oliver Plunkett takes place in Loughcrew on Sunday 5th July at 3.00pm

This weekend is the Annual Peter’s Pence collection, which is a special charitable collection that is taken up worldwide  and is intended for use by the Pope in his worldwide humanitarian efforts

Lough Derg Pilgrimage season: You can make the three day pilgrimage any day up to13th August. Pre –booking not required. Contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

                                        Important Dates for 2016

Confirmation             All Schools                              22nd April

First Communion       Ratoath Junior National School   7th May

                                 St. Paul’s National School          14th May

                                                  Rathbeggan National School                 21st May

Groundsperson required for Dunshaughlin area. The position is for person eligible to work under the Community Employment Scheme.  For details contact Danny Gaughan in Dunboyne CE Office 087 2626727 or email 
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 . Closing date for receipt of applications is 17th July
Ardcath Festival Fair Day is 5thJuly from 12 Noon to 8pm. All welcome. There will be a Soapbox Darby, for application forms and specifications please see Ardcath Festival 2015 Facebook Page (Limited places available) or phone Sarah on 087-6380178.  There will also be Wheelie Bin Races, Pet Show, Fancy Dress, Kiddies Disco, Teenager’s Football Blitz, High Nellie Bicycle Run, Cake Sales, Food Stalls, Face Painting, and various novelty races, many stalls and other activities.
Ratoath GAA “Street Leagues”  every Wednesday. These are great fun nights for all kids (members and non-members) from 2nd to 6th class. See for more information.

Ratoath Parent and Toddler Group: Ratoath Community Centre every Thursday 10am – 12pm 
€3.00 per family. Good for the little one’s social skills and great for your sanity!  All welcome Contact: Jess 087 4148353 
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Health and Social Care. If you are over 25 and on a Social Welfare payment for 12 months you may be eligible to join C E to work (19.5 hours per week) and train as a care assistant with Navan EDP Healthcare.  Current vacancy with RehabCare Ratoath.  Enquiries: Siobhán @ 0469071938’

Starcamp Summer Camp, is coming to the Ratoath Community Centre from the 27th - 31st July. Open to boys and girls aged 4-13. Run by professional, experienced, fully trained and Garda vetted leaders, choreographers and drama coaches. To book your child's place or see a full list of locations, visit or call 021 4377900.


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