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Parish Bulletin 6th September 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

6 September2015

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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 every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church. All welcome.

The parish choir resume will rehearsals after the Summer recess this Tuesday 6th September in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Rehearsals are on every Tuesday and the choir sings at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday. If you are interested in joining the choir, you are most welcome to join the rehearsals any Tuesday evening.

Please pray for Michael McCormack (Roscommon), father of Kieran McCormack (Glascarn Lane) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 9th September at 8.00pm

Envelope Collection for the week ending 23rd & 30th August €3,148.00

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

The National Grandparents pilgrimage takes place on Sunday 13th September to Knock.  Blessing of the sick 2.30pm, Mass at 3pm.  Chief Celebrant - Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick.


Lough Derg one day retreats on 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th , 19th and 20th September. 

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                                                       Fr. Gerry off to Rome                                                                                                         Fr. Gerry will begin a sabbatical period in Rome beginning next Monday 7th September.                     Fr. Gerry will spend the first month in the Pontifical North American College.                                                                                                                                On 3rd October he will transfer to the Pontifical Irish College where he will reside, while attending a number of course in the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) for the first semester.                                                                                                                                     In Fr. Gerry absence, Fr. Brendan will be assisted in the parish by Fr. Sylvestre Ndagijimana, a priest for 12 years, who ministers in the Diocese of Orleans, France. During his first three years as a priest, he was parish vicar and parish priest during the last nine years (especially with the youth ministry – high school and college students). Fr. Sylvestre (who arrived on Tuesday last) will reside in the Parochial House during his time in Ratoath. We warmly welcome him to the parish. 

6 Sept

    Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

13 Sept

     Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Thomas, Kathleen & Martin Madden

& Edward Gannon

7.  7.00pm

Nan Cahill

& James, Rose, & Peter Brennan

9. 9.00am

Eileen Fernandes

Mary & Michael Faherty

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Joseph & Mary White

Jack Foley & Matthew Galvin

1  11.00am


Jimmy Ralph (Months Mind)

Pudser Toole

Roger & Elizabeth Corcoran

1  12.15pm

Patrick & Alice Beggy

Deceased members of the Oakley family

Joe Keogh (Cabra)


     Tuesday      Special Intention & Eileen Fernandes           Wednesday  Youlanda Kelly       

    Thursday     Thomas Glynn & Joe Keogh                       Friday          Special Intention             

     Saturday      Bernard Browne & Patrick Hoey 11.00am in the Nursing Home

   "They are not just migrants - they are real people"

Speaking on 27 August, Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire said: “The failure to adequately respond to the current mass movement of people into Europe represents the most serious displacement crisis the European Union has faced in recent times. If this crisis was happening in another part of the world, it would have been officially declared a humanitarian emergency by the UN, ensuring that humanitarian standards to save lives, protect those most vulnerable and reduce suffering were applied and resources made available to meet their needs. EU Member States must honour their legal responsibility to protect refugees coming into Europe, who are risking their lives to escape the worst forms of war and oppression. EU Member States continue to disagree on coordinated action and are responding to this crisis in terms of security and border control. Hungary, for example, is constructing a 13-foot high fence along its 109-mile border with Serbia to keep people out.                                                                                                                                                         Increasingly desperate refugees and asylum seekers are facing heavy-handed responses in France, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia and innocent lives are being lost at sea. With no agreed coordinated approach among Member States, Trócaire regards this delay as deliberate, disregarding the suffering of people essentially in legal limbo. It is totally inhumane and unacceptable. EU Member States must ensure special protection for women and children and prioritise keeping families together. We must remind ourselves that behind the statistics, there are extremely vulnerable people who have already been through war, loss and devastation.”

Éamonn Meehan continued: “Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution’. EU Member States have a legal responsibility to grant protection for refugees, ensuring safe passage and resettlement with full respect for their basic human rights.                                                                                                        EU Member States must commit to collective legal action to protect the rights of those who require protection, either as refugees or asylum seekers. Detention, violence and withholding access to basic assistance will not stop desperate people from trying to seek refuge in Europe.                                         Safe passage and regular channels of migration are needed as a matter of urgency. Within EU member states, refugees should be provided with assistance and protection to which they are legally entitled including shelter, food, sanitation, protection from further conflict and violence and clear information on entitlements and procedures.

 “At the heart of its response, the EU must remember the treacherous, life-threatening conditions these people are fleeing and provide sanctuary. In Syria over 7m people have been forced to abandon their homes and a further 4m Syrian people have become refugees in neighbouring countries. The EU should take its example from countries like Lebanon, a country half the size of Munster, which has taken in 1.5 million refugees.”


Ratoath Foroige Youth Club. The Club is for young people run by the members themselves, with the support of adult volunteers. 1st year to 6th year. Ratoath Scout Den, Tuesday 8th September 8pm - 9.30pm €3.00 per week. We are looking for Adult Volunteers. Training available. For information contact Breda O'Rourke Regional youth officer 086 6579606 or Roseina Murphy, Club Leader phone 085 8716429.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service: Monday & Tuesday 14th -15th September Ashbourne House from 4.30pm-8pm

Scoil Rince Díolún will recommence Irish dance classes for children in The Ratoath Fitness Factory on Tuesdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm and Fridays from 5pm-6pm. They are taught by a fully qualified teacher. For more information please phone: 0861797150.

Saturday Course in Creative Writing for children 9-12 year olds. 3.00pm – 4.30pm. Location Ashbourne. Fee €55.00. Please contact Sinead at 087 273 7677   

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