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Parish Bulletin24th April 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 24 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 Mattie McCabe (Dunshaughlin Road) & Liam Lynch (England) brother of Maureen Butler Glascarn Lane who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Michael Maher (Steeplechase Hill) who was baptised recently.

Congratulations to Sally Anne O’Neill & Anthony Murray who were married during the week.

Congratulations to all the girls and boys who were confirmed by Bishop Smith on Friday.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 worked to make the Confirmation day such a special day in the parish.

Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 29th May beginning with prayers of the dead in the church at 3.00pm followed by rosary and blessing of the graves.

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.

This is the final appeal for the return of Trocaire boxes. We thank all parishioners who have contributed generously to this year’s appeal.

Lough Derg Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Season opens on Sunday 1st May with one day retreats which continue on 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30 May. Booking is essential.
The three day pilgrimage season begins on 1st June. Youo may begin the pilgrimage on any day between 1st June and 13th August. Pre-booking is not required for the Three Day Pilgrimage. Contact Lough Derg on 071-9861518; email 
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Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 25th April in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Nick Egan will talk on the “Allure of Fuchsia” 


24 April

Fifth Sunday of Easter

01 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

Noel Duggan (Months Memory)

Ellen & Angelo Whyte

Ann, Tom, John & Brigie Reilly

Pierce Glynn

7.  7.00pm

Gerard Ralph

9.  9.00am

Frank O’Leary

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Bridget Boshell

Anthony King & Eileen Wallace

1  11.00am

Bridget McIntyre

Davis Conmey


Ray McAndrew

Molly & Ernie Devine

1  12.15pm

Noel Ennis

Henry & Norah Conway & deceased members of the family



Monday     Michael Ryan          Tuesday      Special Intention             Wednesday     Special Intention                             Thursday   Detta Hannigan                            Saturday     11.00am Mass in the Nursing Home

The following quotes are taken from The Joy of Love – by Pope Francis published on 8th April

·        The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.

·        The family is the place where parents become their children’s first teachers in the faith.

·        The family is a good which society cannot do without, and it ought to be protected.

·        Our teaching on marriage and the family cannot fail to be inspired by the message of love and tenderness.

·        Open and caring families find a place for the poor.

·        The family is where we first learn to listen and share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another


     Trevi Fountain to turn red for persecuted Christians

One of Rome’s most famed tourist attractions will stage a significant gesture of solidarity with Christians persecuted in the Middle East next week. The water of the famous Trevi Fountain will be dyed red on Friday 29 April in order to draw attention to “the tragedy of anti-Christian persecution”. The event is being overseen by the international Christian charity, Aid to the Church in Need, in an effort to draw a “long-lasting concrete reaction” from the public. The charity has also organised for Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of the Syrian city of Aleppo to speak at the event.                                                                                                                                                                                       Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Recently, John Pontifex, a spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need appealed to the Irish government to recognise the genocide that is unfolding against Christians in the Middle East before it is too late.                                                                                                                             Speaking about his recent fact-finding visit to Syria, where he visited the destroyed city of Homs, Maaloula and Damascus, John Pontifex said the criteria for genocide under the UN Convention on Genocide had been met in Syria and Iraq against Christians and other faith groups.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Christians have been forced out of their homes, some of them have been killed, their churches and other places of worship have been desecrated and in some cases repeatedly, people have been in some instances given a choice to either convert or leave.”


Calling all Art enthusiasts Art Summer Camp to be held from 11th to 15th July in Ratoath Scouts Den. Time: 10.00am -2.00pm Price: €65 per child. Discount available for additional siblings. Please call

Una (primary school teacher) on 0876114982 for more information

Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala, this Sunday, 24th April, 5 - 6pm, Coolmine Swimming Pool, D.15 (near Powercity). Registration from 4.30pm. Competition for aged Under 8 to Under 16 years. €3.00 entry fee. 

Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Athletics, Track & Field events. Tuesday, 10th May at Ratoath AC Track, Jamestown, Ratoath. First race at 6pm. Registration from 5.30pm. Events for age group Under 4 to Under 16 years. €2.00 entry fee. Any queries, 086 8466495.


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