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Parish Bulletin 20 September 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

20 September 2015

        01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan 
Please Pray for Patricia (Pat) McAuley (Growtown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Evan O’Neill (Steeplechase Green) Fionn Walsh (Somerville) 
Sadie King (Moulden Bridge) and Orlagh Murphy (St Oliver’s Park). Who were baptised recently.

Eucharistic Adoration: “Besides encouraging individual believers to make time for personal prayer before the Sacrament of the Altar, I urge parishes and other church groups to set aside times for collective adoration of the Eucharist” (Pope Benedict XVI Sacramentum Caritatis). Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Wednesday from 10am until 10p.m. in the Day Chapel. Please drop in at any time for prayer and reflection before the Blessed Sacrament. If you can give a commitment to attend for a designated period each Wednesday please leave your name and contact details with Maureen in the Parish Office.

                            Did you ever think of becoming a priest?
People who feel that God may be calling them to the priesthood sometimes dismiss it, put it off or ignore it altogether. Many have a only vague idea of what the priesthood is about and what priests do. It is a life worth living! The Church needs priests: if God has called you, he has a plan for you and you are not alone. If you would like to find out more about serving God as a priest in the Diocese of Meath, please join us on the Sunday September 27th in St Mary's Church, Navan, at 4pm.                  No commitment or cost involved. For more information contact Fr Shane (Tullamore) 087  9774896    or Fr Joe (Drogheda) 086 603 6506 or like our page on Facebook: Meath Diocese Vocations.


20 Sept

     Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 Sept

     Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Anne Murphy

Liam Woods

Peter Murray

7.  7.00pm

Jim & Lydia Everard

Sean & Bridget Slattery

James & Patricia Reilly

9. 9.00am

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

James & Peggy Farrell

1  11.00am

Patrick Cowley

Kathy & Jack Nulty

Maria & Thomas Nulty


Grace Jordan

Vincent Donnelly

1  12.15pm

Paddy McDermott

Kiva Corr


     Wednesday    Barney Yourell          Thursday    Tommy McQuilliam

     Saturday     Mass at 11.00am (in the Nursing Home)      

Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 27th September. A bus will leave Ashbourne Church at 8.00am, Ratoath Church at 8.15am, Dunshaughlin Church at 8.30am and Dunboyne Church at 8.45am. To book a seat, please contact Ray Heffernan 087 263 0166 (Ashbourne), May Tuite 087 133 4872 (Ratoath & Dunshaughlin), or Peggy Thornton 087 784 6455 (Dunboyne)


The parish choir has resumed rehearsals after the Summer recess 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.

                                    National Eucharistic Congress on 26th & 27th September
Parishioners are invited to participate in a National Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Knock on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September. The theme is ‘Christ, Our Hope’. The theme anticipates that of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in Cebu in the Philippines from 24th – 31st January 2016. The National Eucharistic Congress will serve as spiritual preparation for the 51st  International Eucharistic Congress and will have a particular focus on Marriage and the Family. 
The Congress programme of events includes over 40 workshops, a programme for children and youth, perpetual adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Liturgy of the Hours and a concert of praise and worship. There is no need to pre-book for the Congress. For more information on the programme please see All are welcome. 

Ratoath Men’s Shed continues to meet every Tuesday mornings at 11.00am in Ratoath Parish Pastoral Centre. Call in for a chat and Tea. Guest speakers. Tel 087 259 6753 for further details
ALOHA Mental Arithmetic is holding an open evening in the Rathoath Community Centre on Thursday the 10th of September from 5pm to 8pm. Classes start 14th September Monday and Wednesday 3.30pm-4.30pm for children 5-13years of age
Ratoath Parent & Toddler Group meet every Thursday morning from 10am in Ratoath Community Centre. Bring your little ones along to join in the fun and interact with other toddlers.  For more information contact Tara on  087/ 7775587 or the Community Centre 01/6895600
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  
Glee Club:  8 term week term 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 
Dunboyne CE have the following vacancies under the Community Employment Scheme.2 Groundpersons required in Ratoath & Dunshaughlin1 Cleaning/Maintenance person required in Ratoath. Receptionist/Office Administrator required in Dunboyne. Applicants must be over 25 years old and in receipt of Social Welfare payment for 1 year or more. Please Contact Danny Gaughan at 087-2626727 / 01-8252864 CVs to be Emailed to 
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Ratoath Garden Club: will reopen on Monday 28th September in The Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm.
Speaker will be Margaret Shanahan on “Colour for Autumn” Plant Sale. New members welcome. 

Ratoath Bingo: Every Sunday Evening in The Venue 8:00 p.m.


In the Gospels, the assembly of Jesus takes the form of a hospitable family, not an exclusive, closed sect: there we find Peter and John, but also the hungry and the thirsty, the stranger and the persecuted, the sinner and the tax collector, the pharisee and the multitude. And Jesus never stops accepting and speaking to everyone, even those who no longer expect to encounter God in this life. That is an important lesson for the Church! The disciples were chosen to care for this assembly, for this family of God’s guests. In order to maintain this reality of the assembly of Jesus in today’s situation, it is indispensable to renew the covenant between the family and the Christian community. We could say that the family and the parish are the two places where the communion of love, which finds its ultimate source in God, takes place. A Church truly according to the Gospel cannot but take the form of a hospitable home, with its doors open, always. Churches, parishes, institutions with closed doors must never be called churches, they should be called museums!     Pope Francis Wednesday 9th September



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