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Parish Bulletin 5th February 2017

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                                          5 February 2017


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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 Mary Eiffe (Rakenstown); for Fr. Tom Colreavy (Ayrfield and late of Leitrim) brother of John Colreavy (Skyrne Road) and for PJ Nolan (Kilcock), father of Lelia Byrne (Twenty Park) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Gemma Devlin (Seagrave Park), Luke Milne (Clonkeen) and

Tyler Meagher (Woodlands Park) who were baptised recently

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the

Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 8th February at 8.00pm

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 6th February at 8.00pm

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 7th February at 7.00pm

There will be a Board of Management meeting of St. Paul’s National School, in the school on Tuesday 7thFebruary at 7pm.


Next week end, as part of their “Do This in Memory” programme, the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for First Confessions in March will join us. We welcome them with their parents. 

Pope Francis prayer intention for February: “that all who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees and marginalised, may find welcome and comfort in our communities”

This Sunday 5th February at 3pm, Dalgan Park will be hosting an ‘Evening of Celestial Sounds’ from the Scholae Cantorum, Mercy Convent, Navan and Ashbourne Parish, under the direction of Ephrem and Giovana Feeley, with solo performances from organist David Burke.  Tickets (available on the day) cost €15, students €5. Proceeds go to the Columban Missions.


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.

05 Feb

 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 12 Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Sue McDermott (1st Anniversary)

Joe Gorman

7.  7.00pm

Leo Digan

1   9.00am    

Ita Doran

Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan

1   9.00


John Hickey

1  11.00am

Claire Butler (1st Anniversary)


Tom Everard

Masie & Patrick Kennedy

Claire & Tom Kinsella

Fergus Haverty

Al Maroney

1  12.15pm

Louise Kelly

Damien Corr

Jimmy Brady



  Monday                John Richards                                Thursday        George McAuley

  Saturday              Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home  

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 15th February 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.

Meath Partnership has been granted a contract to teach basic internet skills under the government’s new Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme.  The Scheme aims to give people the confidence, motivation and skills to take their first steps online, so that they can play their part in an increasingly digital. Classes are free. For information or to schedule classes, contact Geraldine at 046-9280790.

Ratoath GAA Wed 15th Feb 2017 7.30pm - Clinical Psychologist and author of “How to Cope – The Welcoming Approach to Life’s Challenges” Dr. Claire Hayes, will deliver a talk on Coping Skills for Mental Health Challenges. Using her unique techniques such as the ‘Coping Triangle’, ‘Coping Sentences’ and ‘Tapping’, Dr. Hayes will demonstrate how to proactively manage life’s challenges, such as pressure, stress, rejection, loss, failure, success and change. This talk is organised as part of Ratoath GAA’s Health and Wellbeing program and all are welcome to attend.


Actions taken by US President Donald Trump to block refugees and asylum seekers from entering the United States have been strongly criticised by the U.S. bishops.

                                                                                                                                                                                              “We strongly disagree with the Executive Orders halting refugee admissions. We believe that now more than ever, welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Texas, who is chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Migration.  

“We will continue to engage the new administration, as we have all administrations for the duration of the current refugee program, now almost 40 years. We will work vigorously to ensure that refugees are humanely welcomed in collaboration with Catholic charities without sacrificing our security or our core values as Americans, and to ensure that families may be reunified with their loved ones.” 

Regarding the ban on Syrian refugees and the prioritisation of refugees belonging to religious minorities, Bishop Vásquez said: “The United States has long provided leadership in resettling refugees. We believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion. This includes Christians, as well as Yazidis and Shia Muslims from Syria, Rohingyas from Burma, and other religious minorities. However, we need to protect all our brothers and sisters of all faiths, including Muslims, who have lost family, home, and country. They are children of God and are entitled to be treated with human dignity. We believe that by helping to resettle the most vulnerable, we are living out our Christian faith as Jesus has challenged us to do”.

“Today, more than 65 million people around the world are forcibly displaced from their homes. Given this extraordinary level of suffering, the US Catholic Bishops will redouble their support for, and efforts to protect, all who flee persecution and violence, as just one part of the perennial and global work of the Church in this area of concern.”      


Separately, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, said “The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. These actions give aid and comfort to those who would destroy our way of life. They lower our estimation in the eyes of the many peoples who want to know America as a defender of human rights and religious liberty, not a nation that targets religious populations and then shuts its doors on them”.


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