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Parish Bulletin 5th June 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


               5 June 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 Maia Kelly (Somerville), Cian McGowan (Steeplechase Green) and


Aoibheann Clarke (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently.




A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the


Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 8th June at 8.00pm



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place in the


Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday 9th June at 7.45pm



Thanks to all who prepared their family plots for Cemetery Sunday. Many have commented on how well the parish cemetery looks. A particular thanks to the CES workers who look after the cemetery throughout the year. The collection on the day raised €3,170. Many thanks for your generosity.










Lough Derg The three day pilgrimage season began 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 this Sunday 5thJune at 3.00pm
Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Courses begins on 19th September next. The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry and who may be called to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. Visit
Anam Cara is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 15thJune from 19:30 to 21:00 in Applewood Community Centre, Castleview Lawn/ Bunbury Gate Road, Swords.  All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents 
Cuan Mhuire Annual Fundraising Hillwalk:   Supporting Families Through the Turmoil of Addiction takes place on Saturday 25th June, encompassing some of Kerry’s most breathtaking sites. Full details on registration, register on-line at or e-mail  
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5 June

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

12 June

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Mary & Paddy Walsh

7.  7.00pm

John & Terry O’Rourke

Bobby, Michael & Nan Walls

1   9.00am    

1   9.00am

James, Michael & Rose Doran

1  11.00am    

Frank Mason

1  11.00am

Christy Hanley


Alice & Michael Hatch

David Colfer

1  12.15pm






Monday     Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am                        Thursday      Denis Slattery                                                                       Friday       John & Bridget Eiffe                  Saturday        Croinne O’ Sullivan (11.00am in the Nursing Home)       





                       Homily of Pope Francis for the Feast of Corpus Christi


“Do this in remembrance of me”. Twice the Apostle Paul, writing to the community in Corinth, recalls this command of Jesus in his account of the institution of the Eucharist. It is the oldest testimony we have to the words of Christ at the Last Supper.


“Do this”. That is, take bread, give thanks and break it; take the chalice, give thanks, and share it. Jesus gives the command torepeat this actionby which he instituted the memorial of his own Pasch, and in so doing gives us his Body and his Blood.


“Do this”. Jesus on a previous occasion asked his disciples to “do” what was so clear to him, in obedience to the will of the Father. In the Gospel passage that we have just heard, Jesus says to the disciples in front of the tired and hungry crowds: “Give them something to eat yourselves”. Indeed, it is Jesus who blesses and breaks the loaves and provides sufficient food to satisfy the whole crowd, but it is the disciples who offer the five loaves and two fish. Jesus wanted it this way: that, instead of sending the crowd away, the disciples would put at his disposal what little they had. And there is another gesture: the pieces of bread, broken by the holy and venerable hands of Our Lord, pass into the poor hands of the disciples, who distribute these to the people. This too is the disciples “doing” with Jesus; with him they are able to “give them something to eat”. Clearly this miracle was not intended merely to satisfy hunger for a day, but rather it signals what Christ wants to accomplish for the salvation of all mankind, giving his own flesh and blood. And yet this needs always to happen through those two small actions: offering the few loaves and fish which we have; receiving the bread broken by Jesus and giving it to all.


Breaking: this is the other word explaining the meaning of those words: “Do this in remembrance of me”. Jesus was broken; he is broken for us. And he asks us to give ourselves, to break ourselves, as it were, for others. This “breaking bread” became the icon, the sign for recognizing Christ and Christians. We think of Emmaus: they knew him “in the breaking of the bread” .We recall the first community of Jerusalem: “They held steadfastly… to the breaking of the bread” From the outset it is the Eucharist which becomes the centre and pattern of the life of the Church. But we think also of all the saints – famous or anonymous – who have “broken” themselves, their own life, in order to “give something to eat” to their brothers and sisters. How many mothers, how many fathers, together with the slices of bread they provide each day on the tables of their homes, have broken their hearts to let their children grow, and grow well! How many Christians, as responsible citizens, have broken their own lives to defend the dignity of all, especially the poorest, the marginalized and those discriminated! Where do they find the strength to do this? It is in the Eucharist: in the power of the Risen Lord’s love, who today too breaks bread for us and repeats: “Do this in remembrance of me”.


Ratoath Tennis Club is opening their gates on Sunday 12th June from 12pm-6pm, for their annual Open Day. Free coaching tips from resident coach, Darren McComiskey, kids competitions, face painting and a BBQ. A tuck shop will be available. It's a great opportunity for all the family to give tennis a go in a fun and friendly environment. Membership deals on the day.


Outing to Waterford City Treasures: Some places available on the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society all-day coach outing to historic sites in Waterford City on Saturday 25th June. Coach picking up at Kells, Navan, Ross Cross and Dunshaughlin. Cost: €55 (includes coach, morning coffee, entry to sites, guided tours  and evening meal; lunch not included). Bookings (asap) to Julitta Clancy, PRO, tel 01 8259438; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see for booking form.



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