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Ratoath Parish Bulletin 31st July 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


31 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 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome. 



Holy Hour: In the Nursing Home Chapel on Monday and Friday evening at 7.30pm. All welcome



The sick and housebound will be attended to on Thursday and Friday of this week



The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sunday 14th August. It will be led by Bishop Smith and accompanied by the Diocesan Choir. This year’s diocesan pilgrimage coincides with the opening of the Annual Novena to Our Lady of Knock – 14th to 23rd August. A bus will leave Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00am and Dunboyne Church at 8.15am. To book a seat on the bus please contact May Tuite 01 825 0139 / 087 133 4872 or Peggy Thornton 01 825 5425 / 087 784 6455 (



The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Mercy: August 19th – 27th led by Bishop Smith. 


                                                      Fr. Jacques Hamel
Rouen’s Archbishop Dominique Lebrun on learning the news of the death of Fr. Jacques Hamel by IS said “the only weapon the Catholic Church can take up are prayer and fraternity among people”.  As he broke off his pilgrimage to Krakow for World Youth Day to return to Rouen, he said to the young people he left behind “not to give up in the face of violence and to become apostles of the civilisation of love”




Lough Derg. One day retreat is on Saturday 3rd September. No fasting or walking barefoot.             For further information contact Stella at 0851677325.
GAA Lotto results: No’s drawn: 5,21,27,28 - No jackpot winner. 
Frankie Gavin & De Dannan in the Venue Theatre on Friday 12th August at 8pm.Tickets €20 (plus €2 booking fee) are available from the Box Office 01/6895600 or from
A brand new Blood Donation Clinic coming to Ratoath.  A blood donation clinic to take place on Tuesday 16th August  from 5.00pm – 8.00pm in the GAA Club house.  We already have clinics in Ashbourne and Dunshaughlin so this visit is to see if there is a population of donors in Ratoath who would commit to donating every 90 days, ie every three months. Our team who are based in Ardee will travel with equipment on our truck and a minibus full of Staff. Contact Catherine Hughes Area Manager on 041 685 9994.  
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31 July

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

7.  7.00pm

Liam McLoughlin

1   9.00am    

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

1  11.00am

Frank Reynolds (Months Memory)


Peg, Nan & Harry Everard

Jackie O’Sullivan

1  12.15pm

Jimmy Ralph



    Monday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home                      Thursday      Gerry Fitzgerald
    Friday        Mass for all on the Parish List of the Dead & Frank Reynolds 
   Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home  
                                                       God’s Holiday
God decided to take a holiday and sought advice as to where he could get away from the demands of the people. One angel suggested he go to the top of the highest mountain on earth but the other angels thought this a bad idea since people climb the mountain regularly these days. Another suggested the depths of the sea but again that was rejected because people could find him there.                                
Another suggested was to hide on the far side of the moon but humans are even now going to the moon.                                                                                                                                                      Than a wise a trusted angel said quietly: Go and hide in the human heart- people will never dream of searching for you there.                                                                                                                              We travel long distances to find God unaware that God is with and within us.        Anthony de Mello 


****************************************************************************************                                        Excerpt of the homily of Pope Francis on Thursday 28th July at the Shrine of Czestochowa, Poland on this visit to the shrine as part of World Youth Day


....It is particularly striking how the coming of God into history came about: he was “born of a woman”. There was no triumphal entrance or striking epiphany of the Almighty. He did not reveal himself as a brilliantly rising sun, but entered the world in the simplest of ways, as a child from his mother, with that “style” that Scripture tells us is like a rainfall upon the land, like the smallest of seeds which sprouts and grows. Thus, contrary to our expectations and perhaps even our desires, the kingdom of God, now as then, “does not come in a way that attracts attention”, but rather in littleness, in humility.


God always shows himself in littleness. And so we come to “the first of the signs that Jesus did”, in Cana of Galilee. There is no amazing deed done before the crowd, or even a word to settle a heated political question like that of the subjection of the people to the power of Rome. Instead, in a small village, a simple miracle takes place and brings joy to the wedding of a young and completely anonymous family.                                                                                            At the same time, the water that became wine at the wedding banquet is a great sign, for it reveals to us the spousal face of God, a God who sits at table with us, who dreams and holds communion with us. It tells us that the Lord does not keep his distance, but is near and real. He is in our midst and he takes care of us, without making decisions in our place and without troubling himself with issues of power.                                                                                          He prefers to let himself be contained in little things, unlike ourselves, who always want to possess something greater. To be attracted by power, by grandeur, by appearances, is tragically human. It is a great temptation that tries to insinuate itself everywhere. But to give oneself to others, eliminating distances, dwelling in littleness and living the reality of one’s everyday life: this is exquisitely divine.......


God saves us, then by making himself little, near and real. First God makes himself little..........    So he calls the simple and receptive to be his spokespersons; he entrusts to them the revelation of his name and the secrets of his heart. Our minds turn to so many sons and daughters of your own people, like the martyrs made the defenseless power of the Gospel shine forth, like those ordinary yet remarkable people who bore witness to the Lord’s love amid great trials, and those meek and powerful heralds of mercy who were Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina. Through these “channels” of his love, the Lord has granted priceless gifts to the whole Church and to all mankind.

Then too, God is near, his kingdom is at hand (cf. Mk 1:15). The Lord does not want to be


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