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Parish Bulletin 15th January 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                                                                                                          15 January 2017




        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.



Please pray for Jim McDermott (Clonkeen); Alan Geary (Steeplechase Court); Paul Doyle (Currragha Road) and John Walsh (Bellmullet), brother in law of Peter & John Carey (Ratoath) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.



Envelope Collection for the week ending 1st & 8th January €2,529.15


Standing Orders for December €2,719.10 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Bishop Smith and all the Irish Bishops have travelled to Rome this month for their Ad Limina visit to the Holy See. The bishop’s pilgrimage will include an audience with Pope Francis, meeting with senior members of the Roman Curia and visits to a number of holy sites. The bishops’ pilgrimage is historically known as the ad limina apostolorum visit – or “to the threshold of the Apostles” – a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make, and this takes place normally every five years.



St. Paul’s National School enrolment application forms have been posted. If you are expecting an application and didn’t receive one then please contact the school.



Enrolment in Rathbeggan National School. There are still places available for our Junior Infant Class in September 2017.  Anyone interested in enrolling their child in Rathbeggan should contact the school at 01-8259891 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it







In last week’s bulletin, we indicated the scope of the work that will be carried out in the church over the next number of weeks. We hope to keep the disruption to a minimum and we thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.








15 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

22 Jan

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Tiney Gorman

Nicholas & Catherine Kavanagh &

deceased members of the family

Carmel O’Connell

7.  7.00pm

Dorothea Mates

Maurice Keogh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Noel & Teresa Scally

Packie, Catherine & Francis O’Brien

Nina Madden and the deceased members

of the family

1   9.00am    

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Tommy & Bridie Dolan

1  11.00am

Noel Walsh

Elizabeth & Lil Cullen &

Christy & Christine Nulty & deceased members of the families


Declan Hoare

1  12.15pm

Mick & John Flinter & deceased members of Flinter & Leonard families

Pat & Mary Reilly

Willie Carey & Evelyn Cullen







     Friday         Dympna Mills                    Saturday      Mass in the Nursing Home


Excerpt of message of Pope Francis for World Day of Migrants and Refugees   


“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” . With these words, the Evangelists remind the Christian community of Jesus’ teaching, which both inspires and challenges. ...


On the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone. In doing so I ask everyone to take care of the young, who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves. I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families.


Migration today is not a phenomenon limited to some areas of the planet. It affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions. Not only does this concern those looking for dignified work or better living conditions, but also men and women, the elderly and children, who are forced to leave their homes in the hope of finding safety, peace and security. Children are the first among those to pay the heavy toll of emigration, almost always caused by violence, poverty, environmental conditions, as well as the negative aspects of globalization.....


Among migrants, children constitute the most vulnerable group, because as they face the life ahead of them, they are invisible and voiceless: their precarious situation deprives them of documentation, hiding them from the world’s eyes; the absence of adults to accompany them prevents their voices from being raised and heard.


How should we respond to this reality? ..While appreciating the issues, and often the suffering and tragedy of migration, as too the difficulties connected with the demands of offering a dignified welcome to these persons, the Church nevertheless encourages us to recognize God’s plan. She invites us with the certainty that no one is a stranger in the Christian community, which embraces “every nation, tribe, people and tongue”. Each person is precious; persons are more important than things, and the worth of an institution is measured by the way it treats the life and dignity of human beings, particularly when they are vulnerable, as in the case of child migrants.


To all I address a heartfelt appeal that long-term solutions be sought and adopted. Since this is a complex phenomenon, the question of child migrants must be tackled at its source. Wars, human rights violations, corruption, poverty, environmental imbalance and disasters, are all causes of this problem. Children are the first to suffer, at times suffering torture and other physical violence, in addition to moral and psychological aggression, which almost always leave indelible scars.


Legion of Mary: Meetings are held each Monday at 7.00pm upstairs in the Parish Pastoral Centre. New members are very welcome. Further information: Mary Hannigan 086 083 9295


The Priory Institute, Tallaght. Bringing theology home. Join our supportive student community and study theology by distance learning this Spring. Application deadline is 28th February. Phone 01-4048124 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or



Glee Club January term will be back in Ratoath on Friday the 20th of January at  6.00pm. This is a


12 week term. If you are interested in enrolling a child please contact Danielle on 085216627



Meath Archaeological and Historical Society: annual talk on the Leaving Cert History Syllabus, by Dr Patrick Callan, on Thursday 26th January in St Patrick's Classical School, Navan, at 8pm. Students, Teachers, Parents all welcome.  Inquiries: contact J. Clancy, PRO (01 8259438)


Family Carers Ireland is proving the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Support Award in your area based on demand in February 2017.  One Day Topic Specific workshops also available. Contact 0579322



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