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Parish Bulliten 26th February 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                                                                                                        26 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.



This week end is a blue offering day




Congratulations to Luke Eglington (Woodlands Hall), Charlie Hayes Kennedy (Warrenstown),


Harry Lane (Milltree Park), Ewan Kidd (Moulden Bridge) & Louis Gibbons (Milltree Park)


who were baptised recently



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



Please pray for Maureen Cooney (Mullinam Lane) and for John Doyle Monamolin, Gorey, Co Wexford (father of Colm Doyle of Fox Lodge Manor) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.



Parish Liturgy Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre.



First Confession ceremony for Rathbeggan National School will be on this Thursday 2nd at 7.30pm



Ash Wednesday: Mass at 9.45a.m. & 7.00p.m, with distribution of ashes. As a season of conversion, Lent is a time to return to God with all our hearts and an opportunity to renew our friendship with God. It is truly a God-given moment of privileged grace to examine our lives, repent of our sin, receive God’s forgiveness and appreciate afresh our brothers and sisters around us. The ancient disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are gifts of Lent. They prepare our hearts for repentance and conversion.



‘Encounter’ - Lenten Series for Young People:


Any young people who are interested in exploring questions of faith in a informal atmosphere are encouraged to join us for the 'Encounter Series' which will take place every Friday during Lent (except for St Patrick's Day). The group will be gathering at 7:30pm in the parish Pastoral Centre with food and refreshments provided. All are welcome.







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.



Divine Mercy Conference takes place on 24th to 26th February in the RDS, Ballsbridge. The theme of the conference is “Have Mercy on us and on the whole world”. The speakers over the weekend are


minimum and we thank you for your understanding and patience at this time.




26 Feb

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 Mar

First Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm

David Lynch, Elizabeth & John Ryan & Brian Abraham & Margaret Hynes

7.  7.00pm

Patrick & Colette Devanney

Paddy Moore

1   9.00am    

Kay & Brendan Menton

1 9.00am


1  11.00am    

Edward McKeown, Maureen Byrne

1 11.00am




1 12.15pm

Mary Eiffe (Month’s Memory)


Tuesday     Gabrielle Norton                                                                                                                        Ash Wednesday: 9.45am Deceased members of the Blake Family & Jonny Monahan


Evening Mass 7.00pm                                                                                                                           Friday        Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead                                                          Saturday    Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


The next Meeting of Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters Club is on Monday 27th February in Dunboyne Castle Hotel.  Come at 7.45.  Meeting 8.00-10.00. All welcome.



Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday, 1st March, from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  Guest speaker is Susan O'Reilly, Dementia Nurse Specialist, Connolly Hospital, who will talk on 'Brain Health & Wellbeing'.  Music, tea/coffee and scones. Contact: Centre at 046-9027007.



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



Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 27th February at 8.00pm in the Ratoath Inn. Speaker


Chris Heavey will talk on “Gardening the Organic Way” All welcome.



Men’s Shed. Come along to our Physical Activity Class every Tuesday Morning at the Codless on the Skyrne Road. All Welcome. Contact Michael Flinter 087 646 9115



Ratoath College Uniforms. Fittings for girls uniforms takes place in Blondelles from 6th -10th March. For Boys from 20th -24th March. Current students requiring uniforms can order at this time.


Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for Lent (Part 1)


Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts”, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive.


Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Let us find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life. It exhorts us to sincere conversion.


The parable begins by presenting its two main characters. The poor man is described in greater detail: he is wretched and lacks the strength even to stand. Lying before the door of the rich man, he fed on the crumbs falling from his table. His body is full of sores and dogs come to lick his wounds. The picture is one of great misery; it portrays a man disgraced and pitiful.


The scene is even more dramatic if we consider that the poor man is called Lazarus: a name full of promise, which literally means God helps. This character is not anonymous. His features are clearly delineated and he appears as an individual with his own story. While practically invisible to the rich man, we see and know him as someone familiar. He becomes a face, and as such, a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast. Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. The parable first invites us to open the doors of our heart to others because each person is a gift, whether it be our neighbour or an anonymous pauper. Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ.


Each of us meets people like this every day. Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable. But in order to do this, we have to take seriously what the Gospel tells us about the rich man.




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