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Parish Bulletin 3rd April 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 3 April 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.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 20th March €1,217.85

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee takes place on Monday 4th April at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

Divine Mercy Sunday: The Divine Mercy Ceremonies, including Holy Mass and Confessions, will be celebrated in Dunshaughlin Church on Sunday April 3rd at 2.30pm. Everyone welcome!

3 April

Second Sunday of Easter

10 April

Third Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

Edward Gannon

Laoise & Con Buckley

Nicholas Keogh

7.  7.00pm

Bryan McGlynn

9.  9.00am

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Brian Abraham (Months Memory)

Wardie & Patrick O’Sullivan &

the deceased members of the family

1  11.00am

Mick, Molly & Lizzie Mannering


Tommy & Thomas Everard

Dick & Chriss Donnelly

1  12.15pm

Berry & Breda Kenny

Molly Gaffney


Monday     Special Intention & Eileen Fernandes  Tuesday  Maura Humphries & Charlie Cummins

Saturday     11.00am in the Nursing Home


Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 13thApril from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Mullingar. The guest speaker is Peter Hanlon. All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents. Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for room set up, we would appreciate if you could RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tuesday 12th April or call us 01 4045378.

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

Ratoath GAA club takes part in its first ever senior football championship fixture as they play against Summerhill in Dunshaughlin on Sunday 10thApril with a 4.30 throw in. All support is welcome

Meath Age Friendly Alliance invite you to a consultation event to make Meath a better place to live for older people. If you are over 55 years of age and would like to have your say on what it is currently like for older people living in Meath, we would like to hear from you. Please come along to the Older Persons Consultation Event in Trim Castle Hotel, Trim, Co Meath on Wednesday 27th April from 10.30am to 1.15pm, (lunch to follow)and share your thoughts and opinions with us. For information or to book a place, please contact Mary McCarthy, Meath County Council on 046 9097400 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Wednesday 13th April.

Medical Supplies available anyone travelling to countries that would appreciate them.

Please contact Jackie on 01 8257164

                        Excepts from the Homily of Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil.

“Peter ran to the tomb”. What thoughts crossed Peter’s mind and stirred his heart as he ran to the tomb? The gospel tells that the eleven, including Peter, had not believed the testimony of the women, their Easter proclamation. Quite the contrary, “these words seemed to them an idle tale”. Thus there was doubt in Peter’s heart, together with many other worries: sadness at the death of the beloved Master and disillusionment for having denied him three times during his Passion.

There is, however something which signals a change in him: after listening to the women and refusing to believe them, “Peter rose”. He did not remain sedentary, in thought; he did not stay at home as the others did. He did not succumb to the sombre atmosphere of those days, nor was he overwhelmed by his doubts. He was not consumed by remorse, fear or the continuous gossip that leads nowhere. He was looking for Jesus, not himself. He preferred the path of encounter and trust. And so, he got up, just as he was, and ran towards the tomb from where he would return “amazed”. This marked the beginning of Peter’s resurrection, the resurrection of his heart. Without giving in to sadness or darkness, he made room for hope: he allowed the light of God to enter into his heart, without smothering it.

The women too, who had gone out early in the morning to perform a work of mercy, taking the perfumed ointment to the tomb, had the same experience. They were “frightened and bowed their faces”, and yet they were deeply affected by the words of the angel: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”

We, like Peter and the women, cannot discover life by being sad, bereft of hope. Let us not stay imprisoned within ourselves, but let us break open our sealed tombs to the Lord – each of us knows what they are – so that he may enter and grant us life. Let us give him the stones of rancour and the boulders of our past, those heavy burdens of our weaknesses and falls. Christ wants to come and take us by the hand to bring us out of our anguish. This is the first stone to be moved aside this night: the lack of hope which imprisons us within ourselves. May the Lord free us from this trap, from being Christians without hope, who live as if the Lord were not risen, as if our problems were the centre of our lives.

The Lord “is not here, but has risen!”. He is our greatest joy; he is always at our side and will never let us down.

This is the foundation of our hope, which is not mere optimism, nor a psychological attitude or desire to be courageous. Christian hope is a gift that God gives us if we come out of ourselves an open our hearts to him.

The Lord is alive and wants to be sought among the living. After having found him, each person is sent out by him to announce the Easter message, to awaken and resurrect hope in the hearts burdened by sadness, in those who struggle to find meaning in life. That is so necessary today. However, we must not proclaim ourselves. Rather, as joyful servant of hope, we must announce the Risen One by our lives and by our love; otherwise we will be only an international organization full of followers and good rules, yet incapable of offering hope for which the world longs.

Dear brothers and sisters, Christ is risen! Let us open our hearts to hope and go forth.


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