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Parish Bulletin 7th August 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


7 August 16


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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



Please pray for Joe Fernandas (Mooretown) and Kay Curry (Ashbourne) sister of


Pat McAuley (Woodlands) and Sheila Butler sister of Mary Gubbins (Glebe Park) who died during


the week. May they rest in peace.



Congratulations to Hannah O’Hara (Seagrave Park), Emma Coulter (Woodlands),


Zara Fay (Leigh Valley) and Ana O’Leary (Meadowbank Hill) 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 10th August at 8.00pm



Envelope Collection for week ending 17th, 24th & 31st July €1989.86


Many thanks for your support and generosity.



The Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place next Sunday 14th August. 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 contact May Tuite 01 825 0139 / 087 133 4872 or Peggy Thornton 01 825 5425 / 087 784 6455


Lough Derg. One day retreat is on Saturday 3rd September. No fasting or walking barefoot.             For further information contact Stella at 0851677325.
Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture:"The Importance of the Country House in Political and Social Life", by Dr P McCarthy on Sunday 14th August at 3pm in Headfort House, Kells.
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. 






7 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

14 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Liam McLoughlin

7.  7.00pm

Patricia Murphy

Margaret Grimes

1   9.00am    

Conor Fogarty

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Frank Reynolds (Month Memory)

1  11.00am

Pudsar Toole

& Roger & Elizabeth Corcoran

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

Carmel Chaney


Jimmy Ralph

1  12.15pm

Christopher & Ann Donnelly

Ray Donnelly

Roderick O’Neill

Rose Larkin

Ann Kerrigan



    Monday     Special Intention           Tuesday      Frank Reynolds                       Thursday    Des Kelly 
   Friday        Margaret Everard          Saturday      Frank Reynolds 
Excerpt from the homily of Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Krakow last Sunday


Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a man named Zacchaeus, in Jericho. His encounter with Jesus changed his life, just as it has changed, and can daily still change, each of our lives.  But Zacchaeus had to face a number of obstacles in order to meet Jesus.  It was not easy for him; he had to face a number of obstacles. At least three of these can also say something to us.


The first obstacleis smallness of stature.  Zacchaeus couldn’t see the Master because he was little.  Even today we can risk not getting close to Jesus because we don’t feel big enough, because we don’t think ourselves worthy.  This is a great temptation; it has to do not only with self-esteem, but with faith itself.  For faith tells us that we are “children of God… that is what we are”.  We have been created in God’s own image. That is our real “stature”, our spiritual identity: we are God’s beloved children, always....He loves all of us with a special love; for him all of us are important: you are important!  God counts on you for what you are, not for what you possess.  In his eyes the clothes you wear or the kind of cell phone you use are of absolutely no concern.  He doesn’t care whether you are stylish or not; he cares about you, just as you are!  In his eyes, you are precious, and your value is inestimable.


Zacchaeus faced a second obstacle in meeting Jesus: the paralysis of shame. Zacchaeus was public figure, a man of power, but deeply hated.  He knew that, in trying to climb that tree, he would have become a laughingstock to all.  Yet he mastered his shame, because the attraction of Jesus was more powerful. ...The paralysis of shame did not have the upper hand.  The Gospel tells us that Zacchaeus “ran ahead”, “climbed” the tree...He took a risk, he put his life on the line. 


Dear young friends, don’t be ashamed to bring everything to the Lord in confession, especially your weaknesses, your struggles and your sins.  He will surprise you with his forgiveness and his peace.  Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him!  Don’t let your soul grow numb, but aim for the goal of a beautiful love which also demands sacrifice.  Say a firm “no” to the narcotic of success at any cost and the sedative of worrying only about yourself and your own comfort.


After his small stature, after the paralysis of shame, there was a third obstacle that Zacchaeus had to face.  It was no longer an interior one, but was all around him.  It was the grumbling of the crowd, who first blocked him and then criticized him: How could Jesus have entered his house, the house of a sinner!  How truly hard it is to welcome Jesus, how hard it is to accept a “God who is rich in mercy”!  People will try to block you, to make you think that God is distant, rigid and insensitive, good to the good and bad to the bad. God demands of us real courage: the courage to be more powerful than evil by loving everyone, even our enemies.  People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy.  But do not be afraid.  That day the crowd judged Zacchaeus; they looked him over, up and down.  But Jesus did otherwise: he gazed up at him.  Jesus looks beyond the faults and sees the person. 

Finally let us listen to the words that Jesus spoke to Zacchaeus, which are meant for us today, for each one of us: “Come down, for I must stay at your house today”.  “Come down, for I must stay with you today.  Open to me the door of your heart”.  Jesus extends the same invitation to you: “I must stay at your house today”.  We can say that World Youth Day begins today and


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