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Parish Bulletin 14th February 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              14th 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 Betty Farrell (Kells), mother of Maura Woods (Cabinhill)

and Leo Digan (Steeplechase Hill) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Jacob Haverty (Steeplechase Green) and Sofia Reilly (Fairyhouse Road)

who were baptised recently.

Antóin MacGabhann & Friends concert of Traditional Irish Music today in St. Columban's, Dalgan Park at 3:00 p.m. Admission is €15, €5 for students. Proceeds to Columban Missions.
GAA lotto results. No’s drawn 2, 4, 7, 28. No Winner. Club membership registration is being conducted online in 2016 and will be available on club website this week 
All membership/registration is due by 1st March 2016.
Meath Archaeological and Historical Society: launch of annual journal, and talk on "The Irish Parliamentary Party Post-1916' by Dr Conor Mulvagh (Dept of History, UCD) on Tuesday 16th February at Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, 7.30pm. Inquiries to J. Clancy (01 8259438) or see
Ratoath Community Centre in association with LMETB will run the following courses in the Community Centre:  Intermediate Laptop, Intermediate IPad & Crafts/Paper Crafts Weaving. Classes commence in the week beginning 22nd February and cost € 01-6895600.
Cleaner required for Ratoath Senior National School – Part-time hours, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays.  If interested please send your curriculum vitae to The Chairperson, Board of Management, Ratoath Senor National School, Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Co. Meath.

Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club Invite you to join them in a fund raising event in aid of Motor Neurone Disease on Tuesday 16th February in Dunboyne Parish Centre at 8.00pm. Admission €10.00 supper provided. For more information contact Dolores 087 249 1056

14 Feb     

   First Sunday of Lent

21 Feb

Second Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Tim & Matilda Burns & deceased members

of the Burns & O’Sullivan families

7.  7.00pm

Margaret Hynes

Noel & Theresa Scally

Packie, Catherine & Francis O’Brien

Nina Madden

Al Maroney

9.  9.00am

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Alice Murphy

1  11.00am

Maureen Byrne


Louise Kelly

Damien Corr

Marie Dempsey

1  12.15pm

James Brady

Nuala Callaghan


    Tuesday         Eugene Eiffe & All who sympathised with the family of Sean O’Connor                 

    Wednesday    Ted Loh                           

Thursday       Joan & Patrick Moriarty                    Friday              Special Intention                                            Saturday     Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am

The Works of Mercy

(Excerpts from the message of Pope Francis for Lent)

The season of Lent in this Jubilee Year of Mercy is a favourable time to overcome our alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy.

In the corporal works of mercy - to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the prisoner and to bury the dead - we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited...

In the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness.

By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in those who are suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the “proud”, the “powerful” and the “wealthy” spoken of in the Magnificat can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them. Yet the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the form of the poor... the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell. Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion!

A Mission of Mercy...

to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless,                                   visit the sick, visit the prisoner and to bury the dead

Monday 22nd – Friday 26th February: Mass and guest speaker each evening at 8:00 p.m.

(No morning Mass that week)

Monday: ‘Alan Kerins Projects’ include initiatives which provided water towers, boreholes and wells improving water supply/sanitation/irrigation for communities, schools and orphanages in Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Haiti

Tuesday: Bro. Kevin Crowley O.F.M. Cap. is founder of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People which provides over 700 meals each day and over 1500 food parcels each Wednesday to the homeless and poor of Dublin.

Wednesday: Pauline O’ Dowd worked for over 20 years in Financial Services.  She took voluntary redundancy in 2009 and enrolled on a Theology degree programme.  She works as a Chaplain at St Vincent’s Hospital.  She holds an MA in Leadership and Pastoral Care.

Thursday: Fr. Peter McVerry S.J. is a Jesuit priest. He is a respected social commentator and renowned advocate of the homeless, marginalised and the poor. He is founder of the Peter McVerry Trust which is committed to tackling homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage. 

Friday: John Lonergan is former Governor of Mountjoy Prison and the High Security Prison in Portlaoise. Mr. Lonergan proposes a strong correlation between crime and social and economic deprivation and believes that the biggest challenge facing us today is not the economy but how we are going to create a just, inclusive and cohesive society based on the core values of justice, equality fairness and compassion. He is an advocate of penal reform and restorative justice.


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