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Parish Bulletin 19 February 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                                                                                                      19 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.



Next week end is a blue offering day.







If you have received a CHY4 cert from the parish office (tax relief for donations to eligible charities) and have not returned the completed form, we would be grateful if you would return the completed form as soon as possible.



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.



Dunboyne/Kilbride Parish is pleased to welcome a guest speaker from Feileachain who will present on the theme of dealing with infant loss. This celebration of life will occur at our regular Saturday morning Mass at 10 am on 25th February. The organization will have representatives available to liaise with anyone who may wish to talk at the end of Mass. Literature on the available services will be provided. Candles will be distributed during the liturgy, to recall in love, the flame of eternal life that now shines on the little ones we have lost.


Father you created each in of us in your own image. Yet yours is a world made glorious by its rich diversity. This we sometimes misunderstand, sometimes fear.                                                                Give us the patience to build on what unites us, to celebrate our differences and to learn from them. Grant us the wisdom to recognise your church, beyond the walls of a building, reaching out across all communities, countries and cultures.                                                                                                      Give us the courage to offer refuge to those in need, to challenge prejudice and seek justice for all. Help us see that you created us in your image. Neighbour or strangers, always our brother or sister.                                                                                           Amen                                                                                           Catholic Association for Radical Justice                            



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.









19 Feb

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 Feb

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Caroline Hynes (Month’s Memory)

7.  7.00pm

David Lynch

Brian Abraham

Elizabeth & John Ryan

Margaret Hynes

1   9.00am    

1   9.00

Kay & Brendan Menton

1  11.00am    

Dermot Gallagher (Months Memory)

Renate Munnelly

1  11.00am

Edward McKeown

Maureen Byrne


Michael & Bridget Carey and deceased members  of the family

Nuala Callaghan

Marie Dempsey

1  12.15pm









  Monday       Eugene Eiffe                            Thursday    Special Intention                                                                 


  Friday          Special Intention                      Saturday   No morning Mass


Talk by Marie Keaveney in Blanchardstown Church Extension on Tuesday 21st February at 8.00pm “Evangelisation and the call to conversion in a time of increasing secularism”. All welcome.



Eddie Stones in Blanchardstown Church on Friday 24th February at 7.00pm. All welcome. Prayer and healing ministry; Mass, Confessions and Rosary.


Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages:Tel. 01 4434510 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Limited amount of places left at The Schoolhouse Montessori on Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath. Please call Andrea @ 085 7461644.  Places are free under The ECCE Scheme.


LMETB Courses -Contact Dympna on 0879002615, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a place. Places are limited to 8 per class so book early!                                                                         Dunshaughlin 07/03/17  Healthy Eating on a budget, 10am-1pm; 24/04/17 Computers for Beginners, 10am-1pm; 08/05/17 Preparing your child for 2nd Level, 10am-1pm; 31/05/17 Preparing your child for 2nd Level, 7pm-9.30pm                                                                                                              Dunboyne 03/04/17 Computers for Beginners, 10am-1pm; 25/04/17 Preparing your child for 2nd level, 7pm-9.30pm                                                                                                                                  Ashbourne 13/04/17 Brush up on your Irish, 10am-1pm; 26/04/17 Brush up on your Irish, 7pm-9.30pm; 30/05/17 Preparing your child for 2nd Level, 7pm-9.30pm


Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday last 15th February


Dear Brothers and Sisters:  As children we were always taught that it is not good to boast. For when we boast about who we are or what we have, we disrespect those who are less fortunate. Yet, Saint Paul surprises us by twice telling us to boast.                                                              First, he tells us to boast of the abundant grace we receive in Jesus Christ through the gift of faith. God has created all things as a gift of love, through which he makes known his plan of salvation fulfilled in Jesus. He invites us to make this grace the cause of all our praise and joy. When we do this, we know God’s peace, which flows into our lives and relationships.


But Saint Paul also tells us to boast of our afflictions. For God’s peace is not the absence of fears, disappointments, or suffering. Rather, it reminds us that God loves us and is always with us. This peace, Saint Paul says, bears patience, for even in the most difficult moments, we know that the mercy and goodness of the Lord remain with us, that nothing can separate us from God. Christian hope then is not based on who we are or what we are capable of, but on God’s love for each one of us. May we be instruments of hope, so that our greatest boast will be of a Father who excludes no one, but opens his home to all. And may we be a people who sustain one another with this message of Christian hope.


Tuesday is the feast of St. Peter Damian (1007-72). He gave up teaching to become a hermit. Later he was bishop of Ostia. He was an outstanding reformer of church life and discipline.


Wednesday is the Chair of St. Peter. This ancient feast relates to early Roman custom at this time of year of remembering the ancestors of the family, those who presided over the family fortunes. The feast celebrates Peter as bishop of Rome and the focus of unity in the communion of one faith.


Thursday is the feast of St. Polycarp who was bishop of Smyrna or Izmir in modern Turkey. Born around 69 A.D., he was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. He was martyred in 155 A.D.




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