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Parish Bulletin 4th October 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4th October 2015

        01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9.30a.m.– 4.00p.m.

Congratulations to Nicholas Felipe (Leigh Valley) Charlie Slingsby (The Old Mill) Eve O’Leary (Ballybin) Enzo McCarthy (Steeplechase Green) Elise McGlynn (Steeplechase Green) James Corrigan (Ballymore) and Maeve O’Mahony (Switzerland) who were baptised recently.

Congratulations to Emma Maher and Tomás Bowler who were married during the week.

04 Oct

     Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

11 Oct

     Twenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Frances C. Byrne; Kathleen McCormack

7.  7.00pm

Christy Donnelly; Robert Davis

9. 9.00am

Maurice Brennan

Michael, Anthony & Mary Kate Gaughan

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Charles & Elizabeth Keogh & deceased members of the family; Michael McIntyre;

Mai Carey

1  11.00am

Patricia McAuley (Months Memory);

Mary & Peter Moore; Youlanda Kelly;

Joseph McKeown


Aidan Conway

Ronnie Brannigan

1  12.15pm

Bernard Fitzgerald

Liz & John Barron; Stanley Vidler


Monday: Special Intention       Wednesday: Kathleen Kelly       Thursday: Ann Kelly        Saturday: Wedding Mass 1.30pm


A Message from the Irish Bishops - Day for Life 2015
“How great a make people think that lives affected by grave illness are not worth living!” Pope Francis
Kathleen, a much-loved grandmother, collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Early signs pointed towards a stroke. The doctors stressed that the next twenty-four hours would be critical; it seemed like Kathleen might not survive. The priest was called and Kathleen received the anointing of the sick. Doctors were talking about brain damage and whether interventions might be possible. Suddenly the family was faced with difficult decisions. What would Kathleen herself wish? Could the Church help guide their decisions? There have been remarkable medical and technological advances so that the chronically ill can receive life-saving treatments. We should be truly grateful for such advances. And yet at some time or other we will all die. These same advances have led to more complex decision-making about appropriate treatment. 
At the end of life, there are two principles which can guide us all: The first is that we love life. Every person is loved by God and every life is a precious gift never to be destroyed or neglected. It is wrong to hasten or bring about death. God will call us in his good time. The second is that we accept death. This means there is no obligation to pursue medical treatment when it no longer has any effect or, indeed, harms the patient, or where the risks or burdens of the treatment outweigh the likely benefits. We need to prepare to face life-threatening crises. Ideally these difficult and important decisions need to be faced with others – our spouse, our siblings, our extended family members. The family, after all, should be the privileged place where mutual support and understanding occurs. Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made and the views of family and experts are needed. But in such situations these two questions can guide us: “is this decision loving life?” and “is this decision accepting the inevitability of death?” Depending on the situation we should seek ways to answer yes to both, as life itself is a gift from God, and death is but the gateway to new life with Him.  
World Youth Day, Krakow: with Pope Francis (July 2016) is a gathering of young Catholics (aged 18-35) from around the world to celebrate their faith. Would you like to travel with the Diocese of Meath for this amazing event, please find information and booking forms @ 

Collection for week ending 20th & 27th September €1487.95. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.  
Junior Infants 2016 – St. Paul’s N.S:If you have a child due to begin school in Sept. 2016 and would like to register in St. Paul’s N.S. please phone the office as soon as possible on 01-8257246.

Junior Infants 2016 - Ratoath Junior N.S. If you have a child who is due to begin school in Sept 2016 please submit the: ‘Notification for Enrolment Form’ as soon as possible. The Form is available from the school office or on the school website: If you wish confirm that your child’s name is included on our list please contact the school office at: 01-8256639

Ratoath G.A.A. LOTTO: Numbers drawn: 2,5,19,23. (No winner).  Next week's Jackpot is €8,000. Draw will be held in the Clubhouse

Best of Luck to Ratoath Intermediate Team: who face Nobber in the Meath Intermediate Gaelic Football Championship Final in Pairc Tailteann, Navan this afternoon (Sun 4th) Throw in 3:45 p.m. All support welcome!

Conference:Laudato Si’ On Care For Our Common Home; Dalgan Park, Navan - November 27th/28th. Speakers include Prof. John Sweeney, Dept. of Geography, NUIM, Fr. Seán McDonagh S.S.C., Fr. Donal Dorr, Kiltegan,  & Eamon Ryan, Green Party. For more info/bookings email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Cost €50 (includes lunch)

The new Alzheimer's Càfe: will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, from 7 to 9pm. All those looking for information, those suffering from Dementia, their Carers and families welcome.

Navan Silver Band Quintet: St Columbans, Dalgan Park, Navan at 3pm on Sunday 4th October 2015. Admission €15; Students €5 & family reductions.
Pioneer Total Abstinence Association: Spirituality Day (Theme: "A Beacon of Light in the Face of Darkness") in Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar on Sunday 4th October at 10.30 a.m. Concluding with Mass celebrated by Bishop Smith. To book please contact Margaret Brady 046-902 9073.
Annual Service of Remembrance:for babies and children who died over the years in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; 4th Oct at 3pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Drogheda.
Anam Cara: Bereavement Information Evening on Monday 12th of October at 7:30p.m. in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The guest speaker is Carmel Battigan. All Anam Cara Services are free of charge to bereaved parents. Bookings to 
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  or 01- 4045378 before Friday, 9th Oct.
Baby Loss Awareness and Remembrance Evening: Oct 15th is International Baby Loss Awareness Day. This year, Ectopic Pregnancy Ireland, The Miscarriage Association of Ireland and Feileacáin have joined together to host a Baby Loss Awareness and Remembrance Evening on Thursday 15th October 2015 from 6.30pm – 9.30pm in The Davenport Hotel, Lower Merrion Street , Dublin. Admission Free. 
Men on the Move: is aimed at men aged 30 and over to get them active, have fun and improve fitness levels. Men on the Move which is FREE will commence on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm in St. Patricks Hall. For more information please contact Ruairi, Meath LSP, on 046-9067337 or email 
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Tidy Towns Project: on Wednesday evenings at Supervalu 7.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  One hour a week makes a huge difference. Please support us by giving an hour. 


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