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Parish Bulletin 1st May 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 1st May 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

Congratulations to Karla & Katie Duff (Moulden Bridge) who was baptised recently.


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday.

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.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 17th & 24th April €1,237.86

Standing Orders for March €4,159.13 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 12th – 17th September 2016 led by Bishop Michael Smith.

For more information contact Lily Branagan 087 6978783

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. You 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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Cuan Mhuire Annual Fundraising Hillwalk:   Supporting Families Through the Turmoil of Addiction The Cuan Mhuire Annual Fundraising Hillwalk will take place on Saturday 25th June, encompassing some of Kerry’s most breathtaking sites. The 18km walk will include a loop of Kerry Head, along part of the North Kerry Way.  As a charitable organisation Cuan Mhuire depends on the support and generosity of friends, family and the general public. Sponsorship cards and walk details are available on request from 
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 . All funds raised will go towards continuing the work of supporting people suffering from addiction and their families rebuild their lives. Full details regarding the fundraising walk are available on registration, register on-line at or e-mail  
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 , any support will be much appreciated in these difficult times.


01 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

08 May

The Ascension of the Lord

7.  7.00pm

Gerard Ralph

7.  7.00pm

Mick O’Mahony

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

Paddy Dolan

9.  9.00am

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Bridget McIntyre

David Conmey

1  11.00am


Noel Ennis 

Henry & Norah Conway & deceased members of the family

1  12.15pm



Monday     Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home        

Friday      Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday    First Communion Mass for Ratoath Junior National School

The parable of the Good Samaritan was the subject of Pope Francis' address during Wednesday's general audience, held in St. Peter's Square and attended by more than 25,000 people.

....On the road from Jerusalem to Jericho the priest and the Levite encounter a dying man, who has been assaulted, robbed and abandoned by brigands. The Law of the Lord in situations of this type includes the obligation to assist, but they both pass by without stopping. Here the parable offers us a first teaching: it is not automatic that those who frequent the house of God and know His mercy know how to love their neighbour. It is not automatic. You can know all the Bible, all the liturgy, you can know all about theology, but knowledge does not transform immediately into loving. Loving is another road. It is not just intelligence, it is something else. … The priest and the Levite see, but ignore; they look, but they do not act. But true worship does not exist if it does not translate into service to one's neighbour. Let us nev

er forget this: faced with the suffering of so many people afflicted by hunger, violence and injustice, we cannot remain as spectators. Ignoring human suffering means ignoring God.

Instead the Samaritan, regarded with contempt, the one whom no-one would have counted on, ...when he saw the wounded man, did not pass by like the other two, but instead acted with compassion. Here is the difference. The other two saw, but their hearts remained closed and cold. Instead, the heart of the Samaritan was harmonised with the heart of God Himself.    

Indeed, compassion is an essential characteristic of God's mercy. … God has compassion for us; that is, He suffers with us. He feels our suffering. … Compassion means sharing with … and in the gestures and the actions of the Good Samaritan we recognise God's merciful action in the history of salvation. The same compassion with which the Lord comes towards each one of us. He does not ignore us; He knows our pain, He knows how much we need help and consolation … and He never abandons us. The Samaritan acts with true mercy: he dresses the man's wounds, he takes him to an inn, and he takes care of him.........

"This parable is a wonderful gift for all of us, and also a commitment. To each one of us, Jesus repeats what He said to the doctor of the Law: 'You go, and do likewise.' We are all called to follow the same path as the good Samaritan, who is the figure of Christ: Jesus stoops to us, He makes Himself our servant, and in this way He saved us so that we too can love each other as He loved us."


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.

Alzheimer's Tea Day at Fox Lodge, Ratoath on Saturday 7thMay from 10.30 to 1pm. All welcome.

Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday 4th May, from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend. Guest speaker is Dr. Ornaith Quinlan, Consultant Psychiatrist at HSE, who will give a talk on 'Alzheimer Related Depression'. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Ratoath GAA Lotto: Numbers drawn:  17,19,20,24. No jackpot winner. €50 winners : Pat & Rasher, Ratoath & Seamus Brennan, Ratoath  ...Draw in Ratoath Inn  next  week!

Recycling Day. All material accepted except garden clippings, concrete and hazardous waste. We will also have a Confidential Document shredding facility on site. Shredding to EN15713 standard. Usual small charges apply. Saturday 7th May. Ashbourne Retail Park. 8am - 4pm. Queries : Joe. 0879749563


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