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Parish Bulletin 25th June 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            25 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 Sarah Flaherty (Mooretown), James Curry (Moulden Bridge)


and Jackson Rice (Rackenstown) who were baptised recently.




The annual Peter Pence collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend. Peter’s Pence is the name given to the financial support offered by the faithful to the Pope as a sign of their sharing in the concerns of the Pope for the many different needs of the world and for the relief of those most in need.



Lough Derg - Three Day Pilgrimages: 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


Annual Mass in honour of St. Oliver Plunkett in Loughcrew on Sunday 2nd July at 3.00pm


Meath Diocese Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 13th August and will be led by Bishop Michael Smith and the choir for the Mass is The Meath Diocesan Choir.


Irish Blood Transfusion Service: Ratoath GAA Club on Tuesday 27th June -4.30pm – 8.00pm




Meath Volunteer Centre with the support of the local community hopes to establish a face-to-face befriending service in Co Meath. All interested in such a service should come to our free event at the Ardboyne Hotel on June 28th from 10am to 12.30pm. Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be provided. To book a place contact Sally-Ann or Emma at 0469280790 or Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it







25 June

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02 July

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Agnes & Mick O’Hare

Anthony & Mary Rafferty

7. 7.00pm

John & Margaret Johnson

Julia & Desmond Toole

Paddy & Mary Walsh

1 9.00am

Mary & James O’Neill

1 9.00am


1  11.00am    

Cathal Dunlop

Christopher & Christine Rooney

1 11.00am

John Looney


Laura Donohoe

Daniel Delaney

Kathleen Kenny

Bernard Fisher

1 12.15pm

Thomas Shaw

Luke & Margaret Ralph & deceased members of the family

Gerry O’Reilly








Monday       Ray Hannigan   & Special Intention


                   Graduation Mass for 6th Class Rathbeggan N S in the school at 1.00pm   


Tuesday       Deceased members of the Carter & Reilly Families 


Wednesday  Special Intention       


Thursday     Dessie Haydon


                   Graduation Mass for 6th Class Ratoath Senior N S in the church at 11.00am                 


Friday          Gene McMahon


Saturday       No Morning Mass






             Reflection for this Sunday – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time


                      The Deep End. Even the Hairs of your Head are Counted


Today’s Gospel is an affirmation for all those who feel persecuted in any way because of their beliefs or because people are speaking badly about them, or those who feel alienated from their community, their families or even from God. During such times it can be extremely lonely to the point where one can lose their sense of purpose in this world. While we might want to shout from the rooftops, as Jesus suggests, there is a message here to speak out, to talk it out


Today, spend time on the beautiful words of Jesus in this Gospel- “Even the hairs on your head are all counted, so do not be afraid: you are of more value than many sparrows!”                                    The sparrow, one of the smallest of birds, is cared for and loved by God. This is a reminder that no matter how insignificant we might feel or how challenging the circumstances get, God is with us.                                                                                                                                      Once again, we are being told how sacred each and every person is and how much we are loved by God. In his eyes, each of us is precious. Today, recall the times or places where you felt God’s supporting presence. 


“When we travel through those wilderness places of our lives where we feel lost, insecure, lonely, frustrated, discouraged, or overcome by busyness: Help us to trust in you, God of the journey.                                        When we catch a glimpse of the tremendous love you have for us and experience a deep, loving connection with others: Help is to trust in you, God of the journey”.                       Joyce Rupp                                                                                                                  


********************************************************************************************* Words of Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday last 21st June


“Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now look to the saints, to “those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith”. The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of the saints as “a great cloud of witnesses” who support us on our pilgrim way through this present life. In the sacraments of baptism, marriage and ordination, we pray the Litany of the Saints to implore their intercession and help in the particular vocation we have received.                                                                                                                                         The lives of the saints remind us that the Christian ideal is not unattainable. Despite our human weakness, we can always count on God’s grace and the prayers of the saints to sustain us in faith and in hope for the transfiguration of this world and the fulfilment of Christ’s promises in the next. May the Lord enable all of us to become saints, to be living images of Christ in our time. May he strengthen us to be his witnesses and to bring the Gospel to all our brothers and sisters, especially the suffering and those most in need of its message of undying hope”.




Mhuire’s Annual Fundraising Hillwalk will take place on Saturday 1st July, encompassing some of Wicklow’s most breathtaking landscapes. The 15km walk, will set off from Riverside Business Centre, Tinahely and will include the Ballycumber Walking Loop. All are welcome! Cuan Mhuire is Ireland’s largest provider of specialised residential treatment for people suffering from addiction, including alcohol, drugs and gambling. Inspired by the belief that each person is of eternal value, some 600 residents are cared for at any one time, with close to 3,000 people being admitted for treatment every year.  Treatment programmes not only addresses the individual's addiction, but also the recovery of the whole person and the restoration of their dignity, self-respect and sense of responsibility.




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