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Parish Bulletin 28th May 2017


      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            28 May 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.




Congratulations to Charlotte Carey (Somerville), Raymond Murphy (Dunshaughlin Road)


and Saoirse Taaffe (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised during the week.






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


Envelope Collection for the weeks ending 14th & 21st May €1,759.70


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.







Cemetery Sunday takes place this Sunday beginning with Evening Prayer for the Dead in the church at 3.00pm.  This will be followed by the rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery. Thank to the men in the Community Employment Scheme who assisted in preparing the cemetery for Sunday. And thanks too, to all prepared their family plots for today.


Legion of Mary. By our Baptism, we are all called to advance in holiness and to spread the Good News. This we are wonderfully enabled to do in Mary's Legion. Meetings on Mondays at 7.00pm in Parish Pastoral Centre. Further information: Mary Hannigan, 086 083 9295


Rathbeggan National School are honouring the retirement of Principal Kiernan Rush and Deputy Principle Mary Devine. The pupils will be having an in-house celebration with staff in the morning of 16th June. Parents and past pupils are invited to an afternoon celebration on Friday 16th June from 4.00 -6.00pm in Rathbeggan School. In order to ensure safety for all, the afternoon session will be restricted to parents and past pupils only. RSVP to school email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless from the Hill of Tara to Newgrange on Saturday 24th June starting at12 noon. Half walk along the Boyne from The Ramparts in Navan to Slane 1.15pm . All proceeds in aid Fr Peter McVerry Trust. Contact Conor 086 8519707  or  Facebook  'Midsummer Walk for the Homeless'                                                                                       


28 May

The Ascension of the Lord

04 June

Pentecost Sunday

7. 7.00pm

Carmel & Edward McAuley

7. 7.00pm

John & Terry O’Rourke

1 9.00am

Ruairi & Pauline Henderson

1 9.00am

John, Christine, Lily & Sean Connors

1  11.00am    

Desmond & Julia Toole

Andy & Sean Eiffe

1 11.00am

Frank Mason


Patrick & Mary Wall

Rose Hickey

Mark Stanley

Eileen McDermott

Bridget & Con Colfer

1 12.15pm

Michael Walsh

Denis & Shelia Farrell

Alice & Michael Hatch



         Tuesday     Michael Ryan (Months Memory) and Special Intention


         Friday        Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead


         Saturday     No Morning Mass


Congratulations to the girls & boys in Rathbeggan National School


who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday



Ms Devine’s Class


Conor Clarke

Niall Dolan

Jake Grogan

Dylan McMahon

Conor McTigue

Darragh Mulvaney

Diarmuid O’Brien

Neil O’Connor

John O’Toole

Ben Rooney

Harvey Walsh

Saoirse Boyle O’Toole

Lauren Brady

Ruby Mai Doyle

Eva Donnelly

Sophie Donnelly

Catherine Drummond

Holly Halpenny

Rebecca Gilhooly

Chloe Grogan

Julia Harkin

Emily Jane Kirwan

Alice McCann

Lily Pinder

Megan Pinder

Emily Tierney

Alexa Wall




Today marks the 51st World Communications Day, and the theme for this year is


“Fear not, for I am with you” Communicating Hope and trust in our Time.



In his message to mark the occasion, Pope Francis urges us to engage in constructive forms of communication. In the communications industry which thinks that good news does not sell, and where the tragedy of human suffering and the mystery of evil easily turn into entertainment, there is always the temptation that our conscience can be dulled or slip into pessimism, he warns.“I ask everyone to offer the people of our time storylines that are at the heart good news”



For Christians, Pope Frances says, the lens through which we view life must be the Good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ: ‘In Christ, even darkness and death become a point of encounter with Light and Life... seen in this light, every new tragedy that occurs can also be a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way to draw near and to raise up sympathetic hearts, resolute faces and hands ready to build anew.



It is fitting that this day coincides with the Feast of the Ascension. In today’s Gospel, Jesus entrusts his disciples with the important task of spreading the good news- to make disciples of all the nations. The way we communicate, and the news we choose to share with others, is a vital part of our role as disciples.



The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone;


it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind, good wheat or worthless weeds.


Our minds are always grinding, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them.


                             Pope Francis’ message for the 51st World Communications Day 






Prayer for the Feast of the Ascension


Lord Jesus, in this Easter season we celebrate today your Ascension to God’s right hand as the goal of your resurrection from the dead.


We thank you that you have not left us orphans, because you remain with us to the end of time.


May we always be glad when we think of the many ways you are with us: in the Eucharist, in your Word, in one another, in your ministers.


May we respond to your presence by keeping your commandments, above all, to love one another as you have loved us. Amen.


*****************************************************************************************************Our Lady of the Rosary Rally: The Rosary will be said in honour of Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday 10th June at 4.00pm at the Sacred Heart Statue (opposite Centra)




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