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Parish Bulletin 13 March 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              13 March 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.

Please pray for Pauline Kavanagh (Enniscorthy), mother of Peter Kavanagh (Ballymore, Lagore) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to Ellie Hanway (Seagrave Hall), Juliet McAuley (Corballis Demesne),

Aoibhe Fahy (Castleknock) and Jamie Beamish (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently.

A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held on Tuesday 15th March at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

St Patrick’s Day Masses: Vigil Mass on Wednesday 16th at 7.00pm and                                                    Masses on 17th at 9.00am and 11.00am. No 12.15pm Mass on St Patrick’s Day.

Light the Fire! St. Patrick’s Day – You’re invited to a special event on the Hill of Slane to pray together for Ireland, on the very spot where St. Patrick lit the Easter Fire. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Smith at 5.30pm on 17th March, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.             This is an outdoor event; please dress for the cold weather; feel free to bring a chair.                                For more information contact the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, 041 983 0441. 

                                           Return of Trocaire’s Boxes.

From next Sunday on, (Palm Sunday), you can return your Trocaire contribution to the box that will be placed near the altar area. If possible do not leave your contribution on the table at the back of the church. Your contributions help make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our global community. Thank you.                                  

This weekend 12th/13th March there will be a mission appeal on behalf of the St Patrick’s Missionary Society, better known as the Kiltegan Fathers.                                                           We welcome Father Sean Cullen to our parish. Through this visit, Fr Cullen will recall how missionary work is central to our faith and thank you for your generous support in the past.

13 Mar     

   Fifth Sunday of Lent

20 Mar

Palm Sunday

7. 7.00pm             

Eileen, James Margaret & Patrick Woods

Paddy Moore

7.  7.00pm

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

Brigid and Noel McLoughlin

9.  9.00am

Kay & Brendan Menton

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Leigha McKeown

1  11.00am

Claire Butler (Months Memory)


Sue McDermott (Months Memory)

Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis

Andy, Lillian Pudser & Tony Toole

Baby Marcus Crawley

1  12.15pm

John & Maura Harvey

Betty Colfer

Sheila & Jim Brady



Wednesday    Mary Deegan (Months Memory 9.45am)

Thursday       Caoimhe Hughes (11am St Patrick’s Day)

Friday            Thomas Byrne

           Saturday       Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am

Pope Francis – Third Anniversary of his Pontificate this Sunday 13th March
The Deep End - Open the Doors
Today marks the third anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. His papacy has been marked by a focus on openness, forgiveness, and mercy ­- summed up, perhaps, in his oft quoted remark: “Who am I to judge?”  So prevalent is his focus on God’s mercy that Pope Francis has declared this a Jubilee Year of Mercy – a special year to receive blessing from God and remission of sins.
Some of us will make a pilgrimage during this year to one of the many holy doors in our cathedrals and churches. Pope Francis has called on Catholics around world to use the occasion to open wide the doors of their hearts to forgive others and not to exclude them.
“When we go through that door, it is good to remember that we must also open wide the doors to our heart”, he said, suggesting that before passing through the Holy Door, people should pray: “Lord help me to open the doors of my heart!”
“The holy year won’t be very effective if the doors of our heart do not let Christ enter, who pushes us to go towards others, to bring him and his love.
Therefore, as the holy door remains open because it is a sign of the welcoming that God himself reserves for us, so also our doors – those of the heart – must always be open to not exclude anyone. Not even those who bother me. No one!”
It’s very much in the tradition of today’s gospel, where we meet a Jesus who is merciful to sinners, and who challenges us all to look at our own attitudes and our tendency to judge others.                                                                                      (Triona Doherty – Intercom)

Standing Orders for January €4,774.53 and for February €5,310.69

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

World Youth Day Krakow, Poland 2016! WYD is a gathering of young Catholics from around the world with Pope Francis. It is for young people (18-35) who wish to deepen, share and celebrate their faith. From18th July to 2nd August the youth of the Diocese of Meath will be participating in this amazing event. Please find information and booking forms available

Three Situations Vacant
1. Grounds Maintenance person (2) required for a Community Sports Grounds Facility in Ratoath 
2. Cleaning/Maintenance person required in Dunshaughlin Resource Centre
These are Community Employment positions. For further information please contact Dunboyne Community Employment on 01-8252864 or 087-2626727 or email 
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Membership Renewal: Ratoath GAA want to play its part in facilitating the coaching and development of all local children by provision of structured football, hurling and camogie  for males and females. If your child wants to be part of the club and participate in 2016, membership is a necessary requirement and now due. It is €100 for under 7’s; €150 for all other single membership and €300 maximum for a family. A €20 additional payment from members entitles all over 16’s to use the club gym. New members are welcome. Find out more or renew online at 
­A further Public Meeting to discuss significant route and timetabling changes planned for implementation shortly on the Bus Eireann 103 and 105 services from Ratoath will be held on Monday the 14th of March 2016 in Donaghmore-Ashbourne GAA club at 8:00pm. For details see or e-mail:
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