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Parish Bulletin 12 February 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                        12 February 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 Margaret Raftery (Tallaght) mother of Catherine Carroll (Clonkeen) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.



Envelope collection for the week ending 29th January & 5th February €1,907.09


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.





This 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”



Caretaker required for St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath, Co Meath. Replies with a CV and references to the school by the 24th February please.






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.







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.                                                Anam Cara is also holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 22nd February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Mullingar Park Hotel, Mullingar.  As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for event, please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tuesday 21st February or call 01 4045378.



Ratoath GAA Wed 15th Feb 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.





12 Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

19 Feb

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Leo Digan

Gordon Alford

7.  7.00pm

1   9.00am    

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Claire Butler (1st Anniversary)

Michael, Elizabeth & John Mulvaney

1  11.00am

Dermot Gallagher (Months Memory)

Renate Munnelly


Paul Doyle (Months Memory)

Louise Kelly

Damien Corr

Jimmy Brady

1  12.15pm

Michael & Bridget Carey and deceased members  of the family

Nuala Callaghan









  Monday                Tim & Matilda Burns and the deceased members of the family and Paddy Donnelly                                             


  Tuesday               Claire Butler                                Thursday         Kathleen Konnopka                                                                                                                                 Thur                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


  Saturday              No morning Mass 


Excerpt from message of Pope Francis for the World Day of the Sick –Saturday 11th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.


The theme of this year’s celebration is “Amazement at what God has accomplished: ‘The Almighty has done great things for me….’” . This Day is an opportunity to reflect in particular on the needs of the sick and, more generally, of all those who suffer. It is also an occasion for those who generously assist the sick, beginning with family members, health workers and volunteers, to give thanks for their God-given vocation of accompanying our infirm brothers and sisters.....


This celebration likewise gives the Church renewed spiritual energy for carrying out ever more fully that fundamental part of her mission which includes serving the poor, the infirm, the suffering, the outcast and the marginalized. Surely, the moments of prayer, the Eucharistic liturgies and the celebrations of the Anointing of the Sick, the sharing with the sick and the bioethical and theological-pastoral workshops to be held in Lourdes in those days will make new and significant contributions to that service....


On this World Day of the Sick, may we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health and the environment. May this Day also inspire renewed efforts to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues, the protection of the vulnerable and the protection of the environment....


I express my closeness to all of you, our suffering brothers and sisters, and to your families, as well as my appreciation for all those in different roles of service and in healthcare institutions throughout the world who work with professionalism, responsibility and dedication for your care, treatment and daily well-being. I encourage all of you, the sick, the suffering, physicians, nurses, family members and volunteers, to see in Mary, Health of the Infirm, the sure sign of God’s love for every human being. May you always find in faith, nourished by the Word and by the Sacraments, the strength needed to love God, even in the experience of illness....


On this Twenty-fifth World Day of the Sick, I once more offer my prayerful support and encouragement to physicians, nurses, volunteers and all those consecrated men and women committed to serving the sick and those in need. I also embrace the ecclesial and civil institutions working to this end, and the families who take loving care of their sick. I pray that all may be ever joyous signs of the presence of God’s love and imitate the luminous testimony of so many friends of God, including Saint John of God and Saint Camillus de’ Lellis, the patrons of hospitals and healthcare workers, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, missionary of God’s love.....        


Dear brothers and sisters – the sick, healthcare workers and volunteers – I ask you to join me in praying to Mary. May her maternal intercession sustain and accompany our faith, and obtain for us from Christ her Son hope along our journey of healing and of health, a sense of fraternity and responsibility, a commitment to integral human development and the joy of feeling gratitude whenever God amazes us by his fidelity and his mercy....


Mary, our Mother,
in Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts, succour us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things




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