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Parish Bulletin 8th November 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

8th November 2015

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

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am – 10.00pm in the parish church.

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the

Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 11th November at 8.00pm

08 Nov

   Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

15 Nov

   Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Frank & Mary Gorman

Frankie Gorman

7.  7.00pm

Patricia & Mary Moore & Edward Murphy;

Joe McKeown, & Johnnie & Mary O’Brien

& Attracta Donnelly

9. 9.00am

Claire Purtill Quin

1  9.00am

Anthony & Mary O’Boyle

1 11.00am    

John McCarthy

Patrick, Bridget, Nancy & Pat Mulvaney

1  11.00am


Remembrance of those whose funerals occurred over the course of the last year.

1  12.15pm

Anthony Donoghue and deceased members of the Donoghue & Mills families;

Jack & Maggie Donnelly; Mary White


     Monday          Molly Devine

      Tuesday         Tim & Matilda Burns & deceased members of the Burns & O’Sullivan and families

      Wednesday    James & Peggy Farrell            Thursday   Special Intention

Friday            Michael & Alice Hatch; Louise Kelly and dec. members of Kelly & O’Reilly families

     Saturday         Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Hospital Visits: If you are aware of a parishioner who is in hospital and who wishes to receive a pastoral visit from Fr. Brendan please ring Maureen in the Parish Office.

Altar Society: The Altar Society assists with the cleaning and decoration of the Sanctuary and the Altar each week. If you are would be willing to volunteer please contact Maureen in the Parish Office.

Adoration: All those who participate in Adoration each Wednesday are invited to a meeting in the Church on Tuesday 17th November at 8:00 p.m.

Dunshaughlin Players: "Comedy at the Arch" at O'Brien's Bar, Dunshaughlin (upstairs) on 12th,13th & 14th  November and 19th,20th, &21st November at 8pm. For tickets call 085-836 8873 (Limited number of tickets available at the door)
Music in Dalgan Park: Billy O’ Brien plays works by Chopin, Ravel, Barber and Albeniz in St. Columban’s Dalgan Park, Navan, 3:00 p.m. Sunday 15th November. Admission: €15, Students: €5.
The Annual Bethany Memorial  Service: takes place on Sunday 15th November at 7pm in Ashbourne Church.  This service affords all of us the opportunity to remember and pray for loved ones who have died and gone before us.  All welcome.
"Yes to life”: A Pro-life training session, on answering common objections, will take place in the Resource Centre, St Mary's Parish, Navan on Tues 10th Nov at 7.30PM. 
Dates for your Diary 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              
Barnardos: is seeking adults aged 55 years and older with life experience and a love of reading to assist with a volunteer reading programme for primary schools based in Finglas, Dublin 11.  Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some additional assistance with their reading (2 or 3 times a week during primary school hours). For more information or to register your interest in this programme please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01-7080431 or email 
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Carers Association Meath Branch: is now based in The Convent Community Centre, Kildalkey Road, Athboy, Co. Meath. Office Administrator: Terri McNally 086-3890528. Office Hours are Mon – Fri; 9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. Family Carer Support Officer: Tracey Brennan 086-3886970 available Tuesday/Wednesday 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Friday 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 pm.
Public Meeting on Crime in rural communities: What can we do? Tues10th November Conyngham Arms Hotel 8pm Guest Speakers Eddie Downey President of IFA & Sgt Dean Keirns Meath's Crime Prevention Officer. All welcome. 
Ratoath Bingo: Every Sunday Evening in The Venue at 8:00 p.m.
                                                     Mary; Star of the Sea                          Benedict XIV Spe Salvi
For over one thousand years, the Church has greeted Mary, Mother of God, as “Star of the Sea”. Human life is a journey. Towards what destination? How do we find the way? Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives. They are lights of hope. Certainly, Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows of history. But to reach him we also need lights close by; people who shine with his light and guide us along our way. Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us? With her “yes” she opened the door of our world to God himself; she became the living Ark of the Covenant, in whom God took flesh, became one of us, and pitched his tent among us. 
So we cry to her: Holy Mary...through you; through your “yes”, the hope of the ages became reality, entering this world and its history. You bowed low before the greatness of this task and gave your consent: “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word”. When you hastened with holy joy across the mountains of Judea to see your cousin Elizabeth, you became the image of the Church to come, which carries the hope of the world in her womb across the mountains of history. 
But alongside the joy which you proclaimed in word and song (Magnificat) for all the centuries to hear, you also knew the dark sayings of the prophets about the suffering of the servant of God in this world. Shining over his birth in the stable at Bethlehem, there were angels in splendour who brought the good news to the shepherds, but at the same time the lowliness of God in this world was all too palpable.
The old man Simeon spoke to you of the sword which would pierce your soul (cf. Lk 2:35); of the sign of contradiction that your Son would be in this world... Notwithstanding the great joy that marked the beginning of Jesus's ministry, in the synagogue of Nazareth you must already have experienced the truth of that saying about the “sign of contradiction”. You saw the growing power of hostility and rejection which built up around Jesus until the hour of the Cross, when you had to look upon the Saviour of the world, the heir of David, the Son of God dying like a failure, exposed to mockery, between criminals. Then you received the word of Jesus: “Woman, behold, your Son!” From the Cross you received a new mission. From the Cross you became a mother in a new way: the mother of all those who believe in your Son Jesus. 
The sword of sorrow pierced your heart. Did hope die? Did the world remain definitively without light, and life without purpose? At that moment, deep down, you probably listened again to the word spoken by the angel in answer to your fear at the time of the Annunciation: “Do not be afraid, Mary!”... In your heart, you heard this word again during the night of Golgotha...for in that hour at Nazareth the angel had also promised: “Of his kingdom there will be no end”. 


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