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Parish Bulletin 17th April 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 17 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. 

Holy Hour: In the Nursing Home Chapel on Monday and Friday evening at 7.30pm. All welcome

Please pray for Peggy Martin (Slane), mother of Maria McCabe (Mruigtuaithe) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to Joseph Rooney (Dublin) who was baptised recently.

We welcome Bishop Smith to our parish this Friday for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We wish all the girls and boys who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation every good wish and blessing for the day. We thank them for all their hard work in preparing so well for this day and thanks also to their parents who have supported them on their faith journey this year. A special thanks to their teachers and all in the school who are working to make this coming Friday such a special day for the girls and boys. There are two ceremonies on Friday - 11.00am and 3.00pm

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 18th April at 7.45pm

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 19th April at 7.00pm

This Sunday is Vocations Sunday. The collection at Masses is taken up for vocations.

If you received a CHY4 form (Tax Relief for Donations to Eligible Charities) from the Parish Office and have not returned the completed form, we would be grateful if you could return it as soon as possible.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 3rd & 10th April €1,279.69

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Youth 2000 Leinster weekend Retreat will take place in Ashbourne Community School, Ashbourne, from the 22nd to 24th April. For ages 16-35 year. Info on or phone 01 6753690

All Trocaire boxes should be returned as soon as possible. We thank all parishioners who have contributed generously to this year’s appeal.

17 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

24 April

Fifth Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

7.  7.00pm

Noel Duggan (Months Memory)

Ellen & Angelo Whyte

Ann, Tom, John & Brigie Reilly

Pierce Glynn

9.  9.00am

Nicholas & Margaret Moore & deceased members of the family

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Eileen Conmey (Months memory)

Michael Lischka

1  11.00am

Bridget Boshell

Anthony King & Eileen Wallace


Tony Donnelly

Aisling Skelton & Michael Flood

1  12.15pm

Ray McAndrew

Molly & Ernie Devine



Monday    Martin Brady                                     Thursday   Nora & Michael Gilligan                                      Friday      Confirmation  11.00am 3.00pm         Saturday     No morning Mass in the Nursing Home

The Letter by Pope Francis, “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love), was published on Friday 8th April

“Amoris Laetitia” seeks to affirm not the “ideal family” but the very rich and complex reality of family life. Its pages provide an openhearted look, profoundly positive, which is nourished not with abstractions or ideal projections, but with pastoral attention to reality.                                       In chapter 8, the Pope states “the Church’s task is often like that of a field hospital”. Here he grapples with the findings of the Synods on controversial issues. He reaffirms what Christian marriage is and adds that “some forms of union radically contradict this ideal, while others realise it in at least a partial and analogous way”. The Church therefore “does not disregard the constructive elements in those situations which do not yet or no longer correspond to her teaching on marriage”.

As far as “irregular” situations are concerned, the Pope states: “There is a need ‘to avoid judgements which do not take into account the complexity of various situations’ and ‘to be attentive to how people experience distress because of their condition’”. And he continues: “It is a matter of reaching out to everyone, of needing to help each person find his or her proper way of participating in the ecclesial community, and thus to experience being touched by an ‘unmerited, unconditional and gratuitous’ mercy”. And further: “The divorced who have entered a new union, for example, can find themselves in a variety of situations, which should not be pigeonholed or fit into overly rigid classifications leaving no room for a suitable personal and pastoral discernment”.

In this line, gathering the observations of many Synod Fathers, the Pope states that “the baptized who are divorced and civilly remarried need to be more fully integrated into Christian communities in the variety of ways possible, while avoiding any occasion of scandal.  Such persons need to feel not as excommunicated members of the Church, but instead as living members, able to live and grow in the Church.  This integration is also needed in the care and Christian upbringing of their children”.

The overall sense that Pope Francis wishes to impart is summed up in the closing words: “I encourage the faithful who find themselves in complicated situations to speak confidently with their pastors or with other lay people whose lives are committed to the Lord. They may not always encounter in them a confirmation of their own ideas or desires, but they will receive some light to help them better understand their situation and discover a path to personal growth.”

In the final paragraph the Pope affirms: “No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love.  All of us are called to keep striving towards something greater than ourselves and our families, and every family must feel this constant impulse. Let us make this journey as families, let us keep walking together. May we never lose heart because of our limitations, or ever stop seeking that fullness of love and communion which God holds out before us.”

GAA Lotto Results: No’s drawn 1,2, 7, 23. No jackpot winners. Draw in Ryans next week.

Thank you to all who donated to the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day  in our area which raised €5,953.00

Situations Vacant: Grounds Maintenance persons required for Community Sports Facilities and Parish in Ratoath. For further information please contact Dunboyne Community Employment on 01-8252864 or 087-2626727 or email 
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