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Parish Bulletin 29th May 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               29 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

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

Today is Cemetery Sunday. The ceremonies begin with Prayers for the Dead in the church at 3.00pm followed by rosary and blessing of the graves. We are grateful to all parishioners who have tended their family plots in recent days in preparation for Cemetery Sunday.  We are grateful too to the CES workers who look after the cemetery throughout the year. A collection will be held, at the end of the ceremony as you leave, to help with the ongoing upkeep of the cemetery. Apart from the annual costs associated with the skips and cutting of the grass, this year a number of paths were ungraded and two new seats were added in the centre of the cemetery.


Lough Derg The three daypilgrimage 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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The Annual Commemoration Ceremony of the Servant of God, Frank Duff, Founder of the Legion of Mary, will be held in Glasnevin Cemetery next Sunday 5thJune at 3.00pm
Envelope Collection for the week ending 15th May €1,161.96 
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Annual Government Services/BHAA 5 Mile Road Race on Tuesday 31st May at 8pm Registration at Dunboyne AC Rooske Road from 6.15pm. Paul Gorey. Dunboyne AC 

Motor Neurone Summer Gala Ballin the Millhouse Slane on Friday 3rd June.  Prosecco reception at 7.30pm followed by dinner.  MC on the night will be Ronan Collins of RTE.  Music by Ronan and his band.  Auction and Raffle with great prizes.  Tickets €75.  For booking call 086-3601338 or 08722485

GAA Lotto: No's drawn 4,9,19 & 25.€50 winners were Monica O'Brien and Ruairi O'Donoghue.


29 May

The Feast of the Corpus Christi

5 June

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Pat Naughton

Mark Stanley

Michael Brady

7.  7.00pm

Mary & Paddy Walsh

1   9.00am    

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Desmond & Julia Toole

Andy & Sean Eiffe

Brian Gahan

1  11.00am

Frank Mason


Maureen Moran

Eileen McDermott

Roseanna Hickey

Aidan O’Brien

1  12.15pm

Alice & Michael Hatch

David Colfer



Monday     Denis Slattery                            Thursday      Youlanda Kelly                                                                 Friday       Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead        Saturday   11.00am in the Nursing Home       


Pope Francis has decided that the World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin on 22nd to 26th August 2018 with the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.

The theme aims to take up the inspiration of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on ‘The Joy of Love’, the fruit of a Synodal Process which has been taking place in the Church since shortly after Pope Francis’ election.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is the host diocese for this event which takes place once every three years in different parts of the world. The Dublin Meeting will be prepared for by a process of catechesis – based on Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) and this will take place right across the Church in Ireland during 2017 and 2018.

“The World Meeting of Families in Dublin will hopefully be a festival of witness to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. The vocation of Christian couples, supported by the Sacrament of Marriage, is a call to witness to that love and to experience the joy of bringing the love of Jesus to those who are troubled and challenged,” said Archbishop Martin.

It is too early to know if Pope Francis will attend. His programme is normally announced just a few months prior to any event. Given the age of Pope Francis, a possible visit of the Pope in 2018 would inevitably have a more restricted programme than that of the papal visit of Pope St John Paul II in 1979.

The first of three national collections intended to help defray the cost of hosting the 9th World Meeting of Families in 2018 will take place in parishes across the country this weekend. This weekend’s collection will be followed by another national collection next year and a final one in 2018.

The actual Meeting will begin with a major Conference which will last for three days at which international speakers will address the challenges of the family. The principal events of the World Meeting of Families 2018 will be held in Dublin, but events will also take place in other centres around Ireland. It is hoped that alongside the events, gestures of solidarity will be fostered, especially with the setting up of a Pope Francis Fund for Homelessness.

The World Meeting of Families was first celebrated in Rome in 1994. Since then, meetings have been in Rio de Janeiro (1997), Rome (2000), Manila (2003), Valencia (2006), Mexico City (2009), Milan (2012), Philadelphia (2015) and now Dublin, Ireland (2018).

Each day will open with a major talk followed by break-out groups on a wide range of theological, spiritual, social and scientific questions on the place of the family in today’s word, and will conclude with Mass. On the evening of Saturday 25th August a larger function of testimonies will be held to celebrate the place of the family in the Church.  A final Mass will conclude the Meeting on the early afternoon of Sunday 26th August.............................................................................................................................

Meath Public Participation Network.  (PPN)  There is a meeting for all of the Community, Sports & Voluntary sector in Co.  Meath on Monday 30th May in Knightsbrook, Trim. Registration at 7pm.  This is the first Plenary Meeting for the Meath community for 2016 and it is important for representatives from the community groups to attend for an update on the work of Meath PPN

Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday, 1st June, 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 Kathy McCollum, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Later Life Psychiatry, who will give a talk on 'Life History'. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Fully funded health care related training is now available for job seekers in your area. This training is


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