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Parish Bulletin 16 October 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


16 October 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 Rita Reid (Dunboyne), sister of Terese Eiffe (Leigh Valley) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.




After our Harvest Masses on the 1st/ 2nd October, some parishioners delivered all the our display of food, as well donations from parishioners, to Brother Kevin of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People on Monday 3rd October. We are very grateful to those people who transported the food to the Day Centre.


Brother Kevin has written “many thanks for your kind donation and gift of vegetables which will help us in our word with people in need. As you will no doubt have seen from the media, the situation for people in emergency accommodation is getting worse and the future is looking worse than ever.


While the politicians from all parties are making great promises, we can only hope that this time the situation will really change and families will have a proper place to call home this Christmas.


I pray for God’s blessing and sincere thanks to the parishioners of Holy Trinity, Church, Ratoath.


Every day I thank God for your kindness and it strengthens my own commitment to the work”.



We are living the gospel when we help the smallest and most vulnerable –

                                                                   tweet from Pope Francis @ Pontifex



Next Sunday is Mission Sunday and the theme for this year is “Every Christian is a Missionary”.     Since this year is also the Jubilee of Mercy, we might add that “every Christian is a missionary of mercy”, for the service of mercy is central to the church’s missionary outreach.


Pope Francis says “we need Christians who make God’s mercy and tenderness to every creature visible to people today”. He also has said that “we need lay people who take risks, who get their hands dirty, who are not afraid of making mistakes, who go forward. The Church needs people who dare to dream”.


The collection taken up at Masses next weekend is for the work of the missions, so as to help the growth of the young churches throughout the world. We ask you to be generous.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 












16 Oct

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 Oct

Mission Sunday

7. 7.00pm

Christopher Donnelly

Lizzie & John Madden

Willie Kissane & Sandra Buttner

7.  7.00pm

Lucy & Jack Browne

Miriam Browne

Michael Maher

1   9.00am    

Maureen Regan

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Bridget & Sean Slattery

Jack & Kathy Nulty

Thomas & Maria Nulty

Youlanda Kelly

1  11.00am

Joe & Masie McCormack

Deceased members of the Brennan family (Cabinhill)


Mella Everard

Aggie Donohue

1  12.15pm

Liz & John Barron



Monday        Special Intention                                                                                                                                    Saturday       Declan Sweeney Mass in the Nursing Home11.00am 
Words of Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday last,
reflecting on the Year of Mercy.
Dear Brothers and Sisters: During this Holy Year of Mercy, we have reflected on God’s mercy, revealed especially in the incarnation of his Son, and on our duty, as followers of Jesus, to be “merciful like the Father”. In Saint Matthew’s Gospel, the Lord tells us that we will be judged by the mercy we show to him, present in the least of our brothers and sisters. 
His words have inspired the seven traditional “corporal” works of mercy – feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, healing the sick, visiting the imprisoned and burying the dead. 
The Church’s tradition also adds seven “spiritual” works of mercy – counselling the doubtful, instructing the ignorant, admonishing sinners, comforting the afflicted, forgiving offences, bearing patiently those who do us ill, and praying for the living and the dead. 
As expressions of living faith, these works are often carried out quietly and with simple gestures. Yet, as Saints like Mother Teresa of Calcutta show us, they reveal the merciful face of Christ and can change the culture around us. Let us keep them always in mind and strive to practice them daily.



November is traditionally dedicated as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray in a special way for family members/ relatives/ friends who are no longer with us. By a long standing tradition, many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this sacrificial act for the benefit of their deceased loved ones and for the souls in Purgatory.


The sheets and envelopes for the Lists of the Dead are available at the back of the church. We ask you to please fill them in and return them to the box at the back of the church before early November.




Legion of Mary meetings are held in the Parish Centre, Ratoath on Mondays at 7.00pm. New members are very welcome. Further information: please contact May 087 133 4872




Standing Orders for September €3,365.17 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place on Monday 17th October at 8.45pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre



The Diocesan Advisers for Religious Instruction will visit St. Paul’s National School on Tuesday 18th;


Ratoath Junior National School on Wednesday 19th and Ratoath Senior National School on Thursday 20th. We welcome them to our schools.




Healthcare Assistants required for Homecare in the Ashbourne/Ratoath Area,  please contact Home instead Senior Care on 046 9483338 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 19th October from 19:30 to 21:00 in B.A.S.E, Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.



Situation Vacant: Sports Grounds Maintenance Person required in Dunshaughlin. This is Community Employment position where eligibility is generally confined to persons on an Irish Social Welfare payment for one year or more and over 25 years old.  For information please contact Dunboyne C E on 01-8252864 or Danny on 087-2626727 or email: 
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Book LaunchLords, Land and Labourers: The Big Houses and Landed Estates of Royal Meath, edited by Brian Casey is being launched in the Navan Library on Tuesday 18th October from 7.30 pm. It will be launched by Prof. Paddy Duffy, Maynooth University. Copies will be available to purchase and all are most welcome.

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