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Parish Bulletin 3rd July 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


3 July 16


        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




Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College Roscrea, Co Tipperary from 7th-10th July for young people 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to meet many new people, with over 1200 from all corners of Ireland attending last year.  The festival is donations only. Free buses from all round Ireland. For more information book online, see www.youth2000 or phone 01 675 3690
Young adults are invited to attend Evangelium 2016. The conference theme is explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world and it takes place in Maynooth on July 8th, 9th & 10th. To register and find out more visit


                                                   Dates for your Diary 2017
             First Communion            Ratoath Junior National School       6th May 
                                                   St Paul’s National School               20th May
                                                   Rathbeggan National School          27th May
             Confirmation                  11.00am and 3.00pm                     12th May   



The annual procession of the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett will take place in Drogheda on this Sunday 3rd July.  Starting at 3.00pm at Holy Family Church, Ballsgrove, pilgrims will process to Saint Peter’s ChurchDrogheda, where the Mass will be celebrated at 4.00pm by Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh. The homilist will be Fr. Sean Henry P.P., Trim. The procession and Mass will commemorate the 96th anniversary of the beatification of Saint Oliver Plunkett by Pope Benedict XV (23 May 1920), and the 41st anniversary of his canonisation as a martyr by Blessed Pope Paul VI (12 October 1975).  Pilgrims will have the opportunity to enter through the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s, which is a designated Jubilee Church during this Holy Year of Mercy


Lough Derg The three day pilgrimage from now until 13th August. Pre-booking is not required. Contact Lough Derg on 071-9861518; email 
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3 July

Fourteenth   Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Desmond & Julia Toole

Anthony & Mary Rafferty

John & Margaret Johnson

Gerald O’Reilly

7.  7.00pm

Mary & Joseph Elliott

James & Annie Nolan

Tom, Mary, Ted, & Peg Gannon

Jemmy Boyle

1   9.00am    

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Michael Walsh (Month’s Memory)

John Looney

Deceased members of the Boshell


1  11.00am

Seamus McIntyre

Brigid & Tommy Dolan

Henry & Mary Foran &

the deceased members of the family


Thomas Shaw

Daniel Delaney

1  12.15pm

Sheila O’Donnell



  Thursday               Tommy Mc Quillan                    Saturday Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am 
                               “Peace to this house” (in today’s gospel)
“God save all here” is a traditional Irish blessing, spoken on entering someone’s home or arriving at a gathering. It was also used as a general greeting when entering a public house, and is often heard in films depicting life in early 20th century Ireland. Other variations traditionally spoken on crossing a threshold include “God bless all here” or “God bless all in this house”. While not in use as much these days, such greetings serve to set the tone for a visit. They indicate that the visitor has come in peace, with good wishes for all present – he or she bears no ill will to anyone.
Today in the gospel Jesus recommends a specific greeting for his disciples to use on entering a home: “Peace to this house”. Whatever house the disciples go into, this should be their greeting. Like the traditional Irish blessings, these words set a tone. Jesus explains that if a person of peace lives in that house “your peace will go and rest on him”. The peace blessing offered by the disciples will spread to those they meet. As the first reading says, I send peace flowing like a river” 
Peace should be our number one consideration in our dealings with others.  In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace”      
                                                                                (excerpt from Intercom)
If God is present in our life, the joy of bringing the Gospel will be our strength and our happiness                                                (recent tweet of Pope Francis)
The Annual Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine is on Sunday 17th July. A bus will leave Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00am and Dunboyne Church at 8.15am. To book a seat, contact May Tuite 087 133 4872 / 01 825 0139 (Dunshaughlin) or Peggy Thornton 087 784 6455 / 01 825 5425 
Retreat for young adults 18-40 at St Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan 22-24 July. Cost: donation, own room, full board, set in magnificent grounds. Theme: Rejoice Always in the Lord
Contact Sr Una 090 648 1666. Email 
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Family Carers Ireland is providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area based on demand in September 2016.  All modules will be provided separately one day a week for five weeks.  For more information contact our training department on 0579370221.
Ratoath Village enhancement- a Community space in the centre of our town- your suggestions! Public meeting, Tuesday July 5th at 8pm in Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath. Contact Gillian- 086-0891221 or email 
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Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday 6th July 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 Mr. Jim Cullen, Senior Clinical Psychologist, HSE, who will give a talk on 'Building Resilience to Stress'.  Music, tea/coffee and scones.  Admission is free.                  Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007. 

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