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Parish Bulletin 11th June 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            11 June 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 CJ Duffy (Stonebridge,) Ella Doyle (Foxlodge Manor),


Molly Crawley (Foxlodge Woods), Tadgh Maher (Glascarn Lane) and Sophie Keenan (Tankardstown) 


who were baptised during the week.



Please pray for Kathleen Reilly, (Carrickaboy), mother of Brian Reilly (Ballymacgillan) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.



The anointing of the sick will take place at the 11.00am and 12.15 Masses on next Sunday 18th June.

If you know of anyone who would welcome the anointing, you might inform them of this and if they are infirm and need assistance, you might arrange that they can be brought to either Mass on the 18th June.




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


Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 14th June at 8.00pm



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place on Monday 12th June at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre




A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will take place on Wednesday 14th June at 7.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.



D C U is offering an MA Degree in Theology that welcomes those who wish to begin/continue the study of theology for personal enrichment or with a view to being more active in their community. Each year, modules from scripture, systematic theology, ethics, and education are offered for study. Students are expected to complete the programme full-time in 1 year or part-time in 2 years. Students are granted a degree after successfully completing 6 modules and writing a thesis (guided by a supervisor). To accommodate busy students who usually work or have families, we offer 6-8 modules per year, on one or two evenings per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  For information, please contact the Director of the MA programme, Dr. Joseph Rivera, at Tel: 01-700-7053 or email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the Saturday evening terror attacks in London, as well as for the families of the victims. “May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the whole world. May He heal the wounds of war and of terrorism, which even this (Saturday) night, in London, struck innocent civilians: let us pray for the victims and their families”






11 June

The Most Holy Trinity

18 June

Corpus Christi

7. 7.00pm

John, Sean & Stephen Hayes

Michael Brady

7. 7.00pm

John Lundy (Months Memory)

Bobby, Michael & Ann Walls

Michael, James & Rose Doran

1 9.00am


1 9.00am

Dan Moore

1  11.00am    

Una Lee

1 11.00am



Davis Colfer

Paul & Margaret McGarry

1 12.15pm

Kevin White

Joan Moriarty

Maureen Moran





    Monday   John & Bridget Eiffe              Saturday            Brendan & Eileen Boylan & Edna O’Gorman  


Remembering Fr Ragheed Ganni, a Martyr for Christ: Fr Ragheed Ganni was a young seminarian who studied at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.  After his ordination, he spent several summers working in Ireland because it was too dangerous to go back to Iraq.  Eventually he returned home.  Ten years ago, on 3 June 2007, Fr Ragheed was murdered by Islamic terrorists after he had celebrated Sunday Mass in his parish. One of the assassins shouted at Fr. Ragheed, “I told you to close the Church. Why didn’t you do it? Why are you still here?” And he simply answered, ‘How can I close the house of God?’  Fr Rahgeed is venerated today by the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq as a “Martyr for Christ”.



Hymn for the World Meeting of Families: Ephrem Feeley from Ashbourne parish has written the principal hymn for the World Meeting of Families which Pope Francis is expected to attend next year in Dublin.  Entitled “A joy for all the world”, the hymn was composed by Ephrem Feeley, one of Ireland's most established composers of liturgical music, with over 200 pieces of music for use in Catholic worship. His wife, Giovanna Feeley, is also a composer of liturgical music.


Ephrem and Giovanna Feeley conduct the choir in Ashbourne.


The new hymn will be the theme tune for the international gathering of families, scheduled to take place on 21-26 August 2018.  On Thursday 1 June, the head of the Pontifical Council for Family, Laity and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, addressed a preparatory conference ahead of the World Meeting of Families.  The Cardinal spoke about the importance Pope Francis places on family life in the Church, urging parishes to support families and to find creative ways of helping young couples in particular to prepare for marriage and to grow in faith.



Vocation Retreat Day - ‘Come Holy Spirit' A retreat day for young adults (18-40) will take place in Dalgan Park, Navan on Saturday June 17 from 9:30 am - 5pm. The day will revolve around conversation and reflection on the Priesthood, Married Life, Religious Life and Single Life and include Prayer of the Church, Eucharistic Adoration, discernment talks, testimonies, an opportunity for confession and the celebration of Mass. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Joe Campbell (086 603 6506) or John Howard (087 247 8519) or Sr. Una Kearney (090 648 1666) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A donation will cover the cost of lunch and tea-breaks.



Rally For Life 2017: Join tens of thousands as we march to celebrate Life and in support of the 8th Amendment on Saturday 1st July in Dublin City Centre. Starting at Parnell Square at 2pm



Lough Derg - Three Day Pilgrimages: Begin on any day from 1st June until 13th August. No need to book. Daily boats to the Island from 10.30am until 3:00pm, 7 days per week.  Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: 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'                                                                                       


Garden Party in support of Cancer (MDS) on Saturday 17th June 2.30pm – 6.00pm. Please join us for Music in the afternoon, Strawberries and Cream. At “Sharmore”, Brennans Lane, Kilbride Road. Contact: Maria/Michael 01 8256885


Motor Neurone Summer Gala Ball in the Headfort Arms Hotel Kells on Friday 23rd June. Prosecco reception @ 7.30pm followed by Dinner. MC Miriam o Callaghan,  Music by Ronan and his band. Auction and Raffle on the night. Great prizes and lots of spot prizes. Bus from Drogheda via Slane For tickets or table bookings call 0863601338 / 0872248503



Mindfulness: Practices and Skills to maximise your daily experiences.  Starting Monday 12th June 10am to 12pm in Ratoath Community Centre. For information contact Carmel Dolan 085/7342924 or 01 6895600.




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