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Parish Bulletin 11th September 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


11 September 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



Envelope Collection for weekend 28th August €919.72 Many thanks for your continued support




Congratulations to Jack Lane (Somerville) who was 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 14th September at 8.00pm




                                                 Your  Assistance Required


The Parish Choir will be back to lead the congregation in music and song at the 12.15pm Mass beginning this Sunday 11th September. We always welcome new members. We rehearse on Tuesday nights at 8.15pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

Parish Youth Choir beginning this Sunday at the 11.00am Mass. New members welcome. Rehearse on Monday nights at 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Contact the Parish Office.

We are looking for new cantors to lead the singing at the 11.00am Mass on Sundays.                                      If you are willing to lead the singing, please contact Fr. Gerry or Fr. Brendan.

If you would like to be a Minister of the Word (reader) at one of our weekend Masses, please contact Fr. Gerry or Fr. Brendan. As a general rule, a reader is required to read once in every seven to eight weeks. Please give it consideration. 




Bishop Smith will lead our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 12-17 September.




Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 25th September. A bus will leave Ratoath Church at 8.15am, Dunshaughlin Church at 8.25am To book a seat, contact: Ray 087 263 0166 (Ashbourne), May 087 133 4872 (Ratoath, Dunshaughlin) or Peggy 087 784 6455 (Dunboyne).  Organised by the Legion of Mary



In association with LMETB, Ratoath Community Centre will run training courses from 20th Sept....... Beginners & Intermediate Laptop, Beginners & Intermediate I-Pad, Stress Management, Paper Crafts. Participants must be unemployed, Over 55 etc.   For more information contact 01-6895600



Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 21s September from 19:30 to 21:30 in B.A.S.E, Brackenstown Road, Swords. The guest speaker for the evening is Peter Hanlon. So as to confirm numbers please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tuesday 20t September or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.








11 Sept

Twenty-Forth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 Sept

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Joe Keogh

Edward Gannon

7.  7.00pm

Ann Murphy & Liam Woods

Jim & Lydia Everard

1   9.00am    

Kathleen Gunn

1   9.00am

1  11.00am    

Maura O’Flaherty (Months Memory)

1  11.00am

Grace Jordan


Deceased members of the Oakley family

1  12.15pm

Joseph & Mary White



Tuesday      Patricia McAuley                                                                                                                Saturday     Kathleen & James Cusack & deceased members of the Cusack & Hynes family 



Excerpt from the homily of Pope Francis at the Canonization of


Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in St. Peter’s Square, Rome last Sunday



....On many occasions the prophets proclaimed what was pleasing to God. Their message found a wonderful synthesis in the words “I want mercy, not sacrifice”. God is pleased by every act of mercy, because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see. Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God. In a word, we touch the flesh of Christ.



We are thus called to translate into concrete acts that which we invoke in prayer and profess in faith. There is no alternative to charity. The Christian life, however, is not merely extending a hand in times of need. If it is just this, it can be, certainly, a lovely expression of human solidarity which offers immediate benefits, but it is sterile because it lacks roots. The task which the Lord gives us, on the contrary, is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ’s disciples puts his or her entire life at his service, so to grow each day in love.



Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded. She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that “the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable”. She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime – the crimes! – of poverty they created. For Mother Teresa, mercy was the “salt” which gave flavour to her work, it was the “light” which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.



Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God’s closeness to the poorest of the poor. Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness! I think, perhaps, we may have some difficult in calling her “Saint Teresa”: her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continual to spontaneously call her “Mother Teresa”.


May this tireless worker of mercy help us increasingly to understand that our only criterion for action is gratuitous love, free from every ideology and all obligations, offered freely to everyone without distinction of language, culture, race or religion.    


                                                                                                                                                         Mother Teresa loved to say, “Perhaps I don’t speak their language, but I can smile”. Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we will open up opportunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness.





Part time volunteers required for St. Vincent de Paul shop in Dunshaughlin. Opening Hours – Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 3.30pm. Call 087-9875641 for more details.



MGM Academy of Dance fully registered with an Coimisiun le Rince Gaelacha -dance classes on Monday evenings in Ratoath starting 12th September for children. Contact 086 8841238 or 086 3168792

“Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path


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