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Parish Bulletin 23 October 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


23 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



Envelope Collection for the week ending 9th & 16th October €1,584.96


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Congratulations to Jake Andrews (Moulden Bridge), Hannah Burke (Milltree Park),


Sophie & Courtney Lawless (Clonkeen) and Matylda Gil (Dunshaughlin) who were baptised recently.



A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will take place on Tuesday 25thOctober at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.



A meeting of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives (for parishes in the area) will be held in the Parish Centre, Ashbourne at 7.30pm on Wednesday 26th October.



We thank all our existing readers, Eucharistic Ministers, cantors and choirs who assist us at the weekend Masses and we welcome the new readers, Eucharistic Ministers, cantors and youth readers who were commissioned at the 11.00am Mass today. They will join our existing teams over the weeks ahead.



This 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.


The collection taken up at Masses this weekend is for the work of the missions, so as to help the growth of the young churches throughout the world.



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.








23 Oct

Mission Sunday

30 Oct

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Lucy & Jack Browne

Miriam Browne

Michael Maher

7.  7.00pm

Patrick & Patrick Sr McCabe

Sean Glynn

1   9.00am    

Ursula Gormley

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Joe & Masie McCormack

Deceased members of the Brennan family (Cabinhill)

1  11.00am

John & Teresa McCann


Liz & John Barron

Eileen Fitzmaurice

1  12.15pm

Seamus Ennis

Tony & Ita Bennett



Monday        Aileen & Michael Conway; Maeve & Eithne Keane; Con Madden             
Tuesday        For all who sympathised with the Conway family on the death of Aidan Conway
Wednesday  Michael & Margaret Blake                                                                                                  Saturday       Mass in the Nursing Home11.00am



     Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for World Mission Day 23rd October 2016 
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which the Church is celebrating, casts a distinct light on World Mission Sunday 2016. On this World Mission Sunday, all of us are invited to "go out" as missionary disciples, each generously offering their talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to bring the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family. By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love. She “is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel” and to proclaim mercy in every corner of the world, reaching every person, young or old....
Mercy finds its most noble and complete expression in the Incarnate Word. Jesus reveals the face of the Father who is rich in mercy; he “speaks of [mercy] and explains it by the use of comparisons and parables, but above all he himself makes it incarnate and personifies it”. 
When we welcome and follow Jesus by means of the Gospel and sacraments, we can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, become merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful.
This merciful love, as in the early days of the Church, is witnessed to by many men and women of every age and condition. The considerable and growing presence of women in the missionary world, working alongside their male counterparts, is a significant sign of God’s maternal love. Women, lay and religious, and today even many families, carry out their missionary vocation in various forms: from announcing the Gospel to charitable service...
Together with the evangelizing and sacramental work of missionaries, women and families often more adequately understand people's problems and know how to deal with them in an appropriate and, at times, fresh way: in caring for life, with a strong focus on people rather than structures, and by allocating human and spiritual resources towards the building of good relations, harmony, peace, solidarity, dialogue, cooperation and fraternity, both among individuals and in social and cultural life, in particular through care for the poor....
In many places evangelization begins with education, to which missionary work dedicates much time and effort, like the merciful vine-dresser of the Gospel, patiently waiting for fruit after years of slow cultivation; in this way they bring forth a new people able to evangelize, who will take the Gospel to those places where it otherwise would not have been thought possible.
Faith is God’s gift and grows thanks to the faith and charity of evangelizers who witness to Christ. As they travel through the streets of the world, the disciples of Jesus need to have a love without limits, the same measure of love that our Lord has for all people. We proclaim the most beautiful and greatest gifts that he has given us: his life and his love.




We express our thanks to our Diocesan Advisors for Religious Education who visited Ratoath Senior and Junior National Schools and St. Paul’s National School during the week.




Situation Vacant: Sports Grounds Maintenance Person required in Dunshaughlin.  For information please contact Dunboyne C E on 01-8252864 or Danny on 087-2626727 or email: 
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Ratoath Garden Club: Meeting Monday 24th October at 8.00pm in the Ratoath Inn. 
Topic “Pots Planters and Small Gardens”. Speaker is Marie Staunton. All welcome
Ratoath Men’s Shed. Quiz night in the Ratoath Inn on Friday 28th October at 8.30pm.
Raffle and spot prizes. 

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