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Parish Bulletin 7th February 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              7th February 2016

        01 8256207


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

Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until10.00 pm. All welcome.

Legion of Mary: Each Monday at 7.00pm in the Pastoral Centre. Further information: 086 083 9295

Please pray for Suzanne Mc Dermott (Clonkeen) and John Hickey (The Old Mill) John Charles Brady (Ballyjamesduff), father of Philip Brady (Milltree Park) and Brian Mailey (London) brother of

Marie O’Connor (Foxlodge Woods)who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Alfie Duggan (Ashbourne), Evonne McCormack (Foxbrook),

Cian Fleming (Steeplechase Green) and Niall Byrne (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 24th & 31st January €2,164.49. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Next Sunday is a blue offering day.

Lent begins on Wednesday: There will be a Mass at 9.45am and 7.00pm. At both Masses, ashes will be blessed and distributed.

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

Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 10th February at 8.00pm

This weekend it will be the turn of the boys and girls of Second Class to come to Mass as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme in preparation for the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. We welcome them with their parents.

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 8th February at 8.00pm.

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 9th February at 8.00pm.

A meeting of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 9th February at 8.30pm.

7 Feb     

   Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

14 Feb

First Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

John & Christine O’Connor

Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

Michael Caffrey & Joe Gorman

7.  7.00pm

Tim & Matilda Burns & deceased members

of the Burns & O’Sullivan families

9.  9.00am

Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Michael & Bridget Carey

1  11.00am


Thomas Everard

Michael Eiffe

Patrick & Masie Kennedy

Fergus Haverty

1  12.15pm

Louise Kelly

Damien Corr

Marie Dempsey


    Monday     Kathleen & Eugene O’Sullivan & deceased members of the family & Special Intention     

    Tuesday  George McAuley                                Ash Wednesday    Mass at 9.45am and 7.00pm     

Thursday  Sister Esther Moore; deceased members of the family; Daughters of Charity & Special Intention                             Friday     Gordan Alford                                   Saturday      Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am

Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for Lent

“I desire mercy not sacrifice”.

I ask that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy. The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand. For this reason, during the season of Lent I will send out Missionaries of Mercy as a concrete sign to everyone of God’s closeness and forgiveness....

The mystery of divine mercy is revealed in the history of the covenant between God and his people Israel. God shows himself ever rich in mercy, ever ready to treat his people with deep tenderness and compassion, especially at those tragic moments when infidelity ruptures the bond of the covenant, which then needs to be ratified more firmly in justice and truth.

This love story culminates in the incarnation of God’s Son. In Christ, the Father pours forth his boundless mercy even to making him “mercy incarnate”. This is the very heart of the apostolic preaching in which divine mercy holds a central and fundamental place. It is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead, that first proclamation which we must hear again and again in different ways, the one which we must announce one way or another throughout the process of catechesis, at every level and moment. Mercy “expresses God’s way of reaching out to the sinner, offering him a new chance to look at himself, convert, and believe”, thus restoring his relationship with him. In Jesus crucified, God shows his desire to draw near to sinners, however far they may have strayed from him....

God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. These words remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit: by feeding, visiting, comforting and instructing them. On such things will we be judged. For this reason, I expressed my hope that “the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy; this will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty, and to enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy”. For in the poor, the flesh of Christ “becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us”...


Young Adult Retreat for Lent: 12th-14th February (Fri eve - Sun afternoon) at Mt St Joseph Abbey Roscrea. Time apart at the start of Lent in this year of Mercy. An opportunity to pass through the Door of Mercy at the Abbey and experience the healing Christ in the sacraments, Peace and joy in the company of other young adults, Inspiring talks. Cost: Donation ( full board, own room).                   Contact: Sr Úna 090 6481666.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

On Sunday 14th February at 3pm,  Antóin MacGabhann & Friends will play a concert of Traditional Irish Music in St. Columban's, Dalgan Park. Admission is €15, €5 for students. Proceeds to Columban Missions.

Situations Vacant: 1.Grounds Maintenance person required for a Community Sports Grounds Facility in Ratoath and 2Cleaning/Maintenance person required in Dunshaughlin.   Must be on Irish Social Welfare payment for one year or more and over 25 years old.  For information contact Dunboyne Community Employment on 01-8252864 or 087-2626727 or 
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