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Parish Bulletin 22 January 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            22 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 Dick Mannering (Kilbride), brother of Joe, Martin & Bill Mannering who died during the week. May he rest in peace.



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




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 0579322920








Work continues to be carried out in the church over these weeks. We hope to keep the disruption to a minimum and we thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.








22 Jan

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

29 Jan

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Dorothea Mates

Maurice Keogh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Noel & Teresa Scally

Packey, Catherine & Francie O’Brien

Nina Madden and the deceased members

of the family

7.  7.00pm

John Redmond

Tom Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

1   9.00am    

Catherine Brady

1   9.00

Pud O’Neill

Annie Lynch, Michael & Patricia Shortt

Brendan & Peter Farrell

1  11.00am    

Noel Walsh

Elizabeth Cullen & Lil

Christy & Christine Nulty & deceased members of the families

1  11.00am

James & Bridie Prenderville

Winnie & Pud Mahon

Peter Whelan & Peter Colin Whelan


Pat & Mary Reilly

Willie Carey & Evelyn Cullen

George Courtney

1  12.15pm

Luc & Juliette Dehaene

Pauline Lynch & deceased members of the family

Michael Eiffe

Martin Kerrigan

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







    Monday         Special Intention                    Tuesday     Anthony Lawlor          


    Wednesday   Special Intention                     Thursday  Hugh Muldoon & deceased members of the family                                                              


   Saturday        Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home



                         Dates for your Diary 2017




Ash Wednesday                                                                       1st March
First Confessions                             Rathbeggan National School    2nd March
                                          Ratoath Junior National School       6th & 7th March
                                          St Paul’s National School                 9th March
Easter Triduum                                                                       13th to 15th April
Easter Sunday                                                                          16th April
First Communion                Ratoath Junior National School        6th May 
                                          St Paul’s National School               20th May
                                          Rathbeggan National School           27th May
Confirmation- Ceremonies  11.00am and 3.00pm                     12th May 
Cemetery Sunday                3.00pm                                         28th May
Pentecost Sunday                                                                    4th June
The Feast of the Holy Trinity                                                  11th June
The Feast of Corpus Christi                                                   18th June


The unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbour is emphasised in the gospel of John. One is closely connected to the other that to say that we love God becomes a lie of we are closed to our neighbour or hate him altogether. St. John’s words should be interpreted to mean that love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God.  
                                                                                     (Pope Benedict in Deus Caritas Est)
This message of Jesus is so simple. He reveals a vision of love, where the rejected and the weak have the central place. It is they who call us to act. Their cry for love and justice awakens a new force within us. Perhaps today if we work together with the rejected and the weak, we can all rise up to create a new world together. So it is they, the weak and the rejected, who are our prophets. It is they who are a presence of God among us.
                                                                                (Jean Vanier from the Gospel of Relationship)
Grant me, O Lord, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, a life that is pleasing to you, perseverance to wait for you and a loving trust that will lay hold of you at last. 
                                          (St. Thomas Aquinas whose feast day in next Saturday 28th January)                                
It is always necessary to react strongly to what dehumanises society. It is necessary to join forces together to defeat all forms of marginalisation.
                                                                                                                  (Pope Benedict)
Despite real differences and difficulties between Churches, the ecumenical glass is half full and not half empty. The fact is that the words of the Gospel are unique and for all times.
                                  (Bishop Brendan Leahy – this week is the week of prayer for Christian Unity)

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