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Parish Bulletin 17th July 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


17 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



Envelope Collection for weekend  3rd – 10th July €3418.09 


Standing Orders for June €4232.19. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



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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Retreat for young adults 18-40 at St Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan from 22nd-24th July. Cost: donation (at your own discretion). Single rooms, full board, set in magnificent grounds. Theme: “Rejoice Always in the Lord”. Contact: Sr Una 090 6481666. Email 
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Theology Matters: The Priory Institute, Join our supportive student community and study theology from home. Application deadline is 20th September 2016. Phone 01 404 8124                                                                                                                                                                      email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Web: 


Archaeological and Historical Society lecture this Sunday 17th July: "The Life and Death of Patrick McDonnell" (War of Independence in North Meath), by Frank Cogan (retired diplomat and historian) at Oldcastle Library, 3pm. All welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, tel 01 8259438;


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.
The An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour will be held over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July. The 11km family spin will take place on Sat 23rd at 5pm – register on the day from 2pm, €3 per person. The 50km, 100km & 160km distances are all taking place on Sun 24th. Early bird is available until 14th July – registration closes on the 20th July. Check out for further details or contact Meath LSP at 046 9067337.     








17 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Dorthea Mates

Patsy, Rita & Agnes McCabe

Louise Kelly & deceased members of

the Kelly & Reilly families 

7.  7.00pm

Mylie & Kathleen Byrne

1   9.00am    

Mary & Joseph Fox

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Rose McCarthy

1  11.00am


Sarah Browne

Peader, Bridget & Peter Malone

1  12.15pm

Patrick, Wardie & deceased members of the family



    Monday               Special Intention               Tuesday    Special Intention   
    Wednesday         Frank Reynolds                Friday    Eilish & paddy Everard          
    Saturday              No Morning Mass 


Meath Diocese Pilgrimage to Knock Sunday 14th August will be lead by Bishop Michael Smith and accompanied by the Diocesan Choir.  This year's Diocesan Pilgrimage will coincide with the opening of the annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock - 14th to 23rd August.


Prepare now for September:   Are over 21and on a Social Welfare payment for 12 months? You may be eligible to join Community Employment to work (19.5 hours per week) and train as a Care Assistant with Navan EDP Healthcare in Co. Meath.  Enquiries: Siobhán @ 0469071938/ 0863470263’


GAA SUMMER CAMP – The most popular camp of last year is back for 2016 from 2nd to 5th August, 10:30am – 3pm each day. For BOYS and GIRLS aged 5 years to 13 years - Are you a future star or just wish to come along, have fun, make friends and keep fit? End of camp gifts will be presented to all children by inter-county stars. Please fill out application form and return to Ratoath GAA Club Bar with the appropriate fee. Closing date for applications is Friday 22nd July. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Any queries, contact Deirdre: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 086 0573117. 


Meath Running Group’s training sessions will start back on Wednesday August 17that 7pm in Claremont Stadium Navan. This 10 week block will work on speed endurance which is ideal training preparation for a half marathon or those interested in the full marathon. However, if neither suits and you simply wish to increase your distance and enjoy the benefit of group training then why not come along to the Meath Running Group. Registration will take place on Aug 17th at the track at 6.45pm. This 10 week programme will cost just €45. For more details please contact David 046-9067337, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Find and follow Meath Running Group on facebook/meathrunninggroup.


Teen Musical Workshop for “Les Miserable” with Rob Vickers Saturday 23rd July in the Venue Ratoath, 12.00-3.00pm €25.00 per student. Call Aisling 085 758 1047.


*****************************************************************************************                                                                                                                                  The Host with the Most!


Martha or Mary...Which one are you? Its such a familiar story. Think of the last time you had friends or family over for a meal or a gathering. Were you more of a Mary or a Martha? Many of us fall more easily into one category than the other – the host with the most who is always up their eyes with the cooking, catering and table clearing; or the chatterer who is happy to leave the washing up until later?                                     


At face value, I don’t think Jesus is saying we shouldn’t be hospitable and look after our guests,             offering them food or drinks. Like many, I feel sorry for Martha in this story. She had welcomed Jesus into her home, was looking after him and busying herself serving him, while her sister was too busy listening to Jesus to offer to help. It is no wonder that Martha complained. After all, someone had to do the practical work. Martha may have wanted to spend time with her guest too - but then, who would have served him?


The key is in Jesus’ words. He does not criticise Martha for her efforts, but gently rebukes her for worrying and fretting about so many things. She is so distracted and bogged down in her work that she has forgotten to spend time with Jesus.


This is familiar territory for many of us. We are often distracted and busy. Do we make space to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen? Can we take time each day for prayer, meditation or Scripture reading?


Triona Doherty                                                                                                                             



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