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Parish Bulletin 29 January 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                        29 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 Caroline Hynes (The Old Mill) and Kevin O’Farrell (Sutton), son-in-law of Joan Kelly (Woodlands) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.




The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.




Envelope Collection for weekend ending 15th & 22nd January €1,913.00


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Tuesday is the Feast of St. John Bosco. He was born in Piedmont in 1815. He founded the Salesians to educate boys for life. He was also involved in publishing catechetical material for youth. He is the patron saint of youth and of Catholic publishers.



Wednesday is the Feast of St. Brigid. She was renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick. She was born in around 454. When she was young, her father wished to make her a very suitable marriage for her, but she insisted in consecrating her virginity to God. She is the secondary patron of Ireland. The St. Brigid’s Cross, in legend used by Brigid to explain the Christian faith, remains a popular sign of God’s protection.



Thursday is the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. The feast is a remembrance of the Lord and Mary, the mother of the Lord. With candles in their hands, the people go to meet the Lord and acclaim him like Simeon, who recognised Christ as the “light to reveal God to the nations”.


At the Mass on this feast day, the candles used in church for the coming year are blessed.



Friday is the Feast of St. Blaise. Tradition states that he was a physician before becoming a bishop. Since the eight century he has been venerated as patron of those who suffer from disease of the throat. The blessing of St. Blaise is a sign of our faith in God’s protection and love for us and for the sick.










29 Jan

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

05 Feb

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

John Redmond

Tom Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

7.  7.00pm

Sue McDermott (1st Anniversary)

Joe Gorman

1   9.00am    

Pud O’Neill

Annie Lynch, Michael & Patricia Shortt

Brendan & Peter Farrell

1   9.00

Ita Gorman

Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan

1  11.00am    

James & Bridie Prenderville

Winnie & Pud Mahon

Peter Whelan & Peter Colin Whelan

1  11.00am

John Hickey


Luc & Juliette Dehaene

Pauline Lynch & deceased members of the family

Michael Eiffe

Martin Kerrigan

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

1  12.15pm

Tom Everard

Masie & Patrick Kennedy

Claire & Tom Kinsella

Fergus Haverty

Al Maroney









  Monday     Willie Coleman                           Friday      Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead.          


   Saturday   No Mass


Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly


The Irish bishops have made a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on the right to life of the unborn, as acknowledged in the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. In their submission, the bishops say that the Eighth Amendment celebrates the equality of the mother and the unborn child. They say: “We have an obligation to be at our most compassionate, our most merciful, if and when the expectant mother and father and their unborn child require support during a crisis pregnancy. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society”.


“There is no such thing as a human life without value. The deletion or amendment of Article 40.3.3, would serve no purpose other than to withdraw the right to life from some categories of unborn children. To do so would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.”


“We believe that every unborn child, irrespective of his or her medical condition or the circumstances of his or her birth, has the right to be treated equally before the law”.


“Where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional destruction of an unborn baby and is gravely immoral in all circumstances. It is not a medical treatment.”




The American Bishops have welcomed the US President’s decision “to withhold taxpayer funds from foreign non-governmental organisations that promote or perform abortions overseas (often in violation of the host country's own laws). This is a welcome step toward respecting the most fundamental human right—the right to life”.


***********************************************************************************************A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 31st January at 8.00pm


Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls of Sixth Class who are preparing for Confirmation in May. At this Mass the boys and girls will present their formal letter of application, addressed to Bishop Smith, requesting the bishop to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on them in May.



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




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



GAA lotto results: Numbers drawn: 9,15,18,21, no jackpot winner. €50 winners: Chris Rooney & Susan Bradshaw, Ratoath. Draw for €8,400 in Ryan’s next week.








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.



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