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Parish Bulletin 20 March 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              20 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 Eileen Conmey (Porterstown Lane) and Nuala Owens (Navan) sister of Ger Maher (The Bush) who died recently. May they rest in peace.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 7th & 14th March €2,224.17 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Easter Sunday is a blue offering day. 

The Mass of Chrism will take place at 7.00pm in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar on Wednesday evening 23rd March. During the Mass, the priests will publically renew their dedication to Christ in the priesthood and the Holy Oils that will be used in the administration of the Sacraments for the coming year will be blessed. All Ministers of Holy Communion, Readers, Sacristans and all who are involved in any way in the ministry of the church are welcome to attend.

Fr. Sean Cullen, who spoke last weekend at all the Masses for the Mission Appeal for the Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) wishes to express his gratitude to all who joined the Mission Circle and to parishioners who contributed to his Missions Appeal which raised €2,678. 

20 Mar     

   Palm Sunday

27 Mar

Easter Sunday

7. 7.00pm             

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

Brigid and Noel McLoughlin

7.  8.00pm

People of the Parish

9.  9.00am

1   9.00am

People of the Parish

1  11.00am    

Claire Butler (Months Memory)

1  11.00am

People of the Parish


John & Maura Harvey

Betty Colfer

Sheila & Jim Brady

1  12.15pm

People of the Parish



  Monday    Special Intention                            Wednesday     Special Intention


Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture "Tara - Its Importance Nationally and Internationally" by Dr Edel Bhreathnach (CEO of the Discovery Programme). At St Columban's College, Dalgan Park, Navan, Tuesday 22nd March at 7.30pm. All welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy, tel 01 8259438;

The Mature Movers Activity Programme will commence on Wednesday 30th March at 11am in St. Patrick Hall, Dunshaughlin. The 8 week programme includes activities such as seated exercise to music and resistance exercises with bands. For more info please contact Ruairi on 046-9067337.

Zumba Gold (for active older adults) Free Taster Class on Friday 8th April at 11am in Ratoath Community Centre

Tommy Fleming will perform in The Venue Theatre on Wed 27th April.   Tickets are available from or direct from the Box Office 01-6895600.

GAA Lotto Draw: No's drawn: 1,3,7,19. No jackpot winner. Draw in Ryans next week.

CE Vacancies in Healthcare in Co. Meath. If you are over 25 and on a Social Welfare payment for 12 months you may be eligible to join Community Employment to work (19.5 hours per week) and train as a Care Assistant with Navan EDP Healthcare. Enquiries: Siobhán @ 0469071938 /0863470263

Holy Week Ceremonies

                                                   Trocaire 2016

Trocaire Boxes can be returned to the church from now onwards. Your contribution can be placed in 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. We thank you for your support this Lenten season to make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. Please support this year’s Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign.                                                                

“True mercy, the mercy of God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice; it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer”    Pope Francis                                                  

                        Confessions in Holy Week                                                                                                                           Monday  and Wednesday       After morning Mass                                                                                                                    Good Friday                          After the Stations of the Cross                                                                                                                                Saturday                               From 11.30am  to 12.30pm

Monday to Wednesday                    Mass at 9.45am

Wednesday                                                  Eucharistic Adoration from 10.00am to 10.00pm

Holy Thursday     Mass of the Lord’s Supper                         8.00pm

On Holy Thursday we recall the Last Supper the night before Jesus died             The Last Supper was the first Mass celebrated by Jesus when he                                 gathered with his friends and told them “do this in memory of me”

                              After the Holy Thursday ceremony, you are welcome to pray at the                                 Altar of Repose. Adoration will end with night prayer at 9.45pm.

Good Friday         Stations of the Cross                                  3.00pm

                              We will journey the Way of the Cross and pray and reflect at each                                       station.

                              Celebration of the Lord’s Passion              8.00pm

                              This is the main celebration for Good Friday.                                                                                             We hear again the story of Christ’s suffering and death.                                                          We venerate the Cross at the conclusion of this solemn but simple                                        service, we receive Holy Communion.  

Holy Saturday   Easter Vigil                                                 8.00pm   

                              On this Holy Night, we pass from the darkness of death on Good Friday                              to the empty tomb and joy of Christ’s resurrection. The light of Christ                              and blessing of new water remind us of our hope in the Risen Christ                                                  and a new born baby will be baptised. The Lord is risen, alleluia.                    

World Youth Day Krakow, Poland 2016! WYD is a gathering of young Catholics from around the


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