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Parish Bulletin 2nd July 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            2 July 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.



Please pray for Dominic Gogarty (Donore) brother of Patricia Ralph (Woodlands) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.



The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes in the coming week.



Standing Orders for April €4,871.07 and for May €4,372.73


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



                                      Dates for your Diary 2018
Confirmation                  All Schools                                  Friday 13th April 
First Communion            Ratoath Junior National School     Saturday 28th April
                                      St Paul’s National School              Saturday 19th May 
                                      Rathbeggan National School          Saturday 26th May     



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Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary 17th – 20th August.             16-35 year all welcome. Inspiring talks, great music, dramas, workshops, prayer, and healing service.       a great opportunities to meet new friends and enjoy themselves. Free buses organised by Youth 2000. Details on website or Tel 01 675 3690


Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday 13th August and will be led by Bishop Michael Smith.                


2 July

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

9 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

John & Margaret Johnson

Julia & Desmond Toole

Paddy & Mary Walsh

7. 7.00pm

John & Margaret Johnson; Pat Reilly,

Mary Gannon & deceased members

of the family

Deceased members of the Shevlin

& Joyce families

1 9.00am


1 9.00am


1  11.00am    

John Looney

1 11.00am

Deceased members of the Boshell family

Brigid & Tommy Dolan; Frank Reynolds


Thomas Shaw; Gerry O’ Reilly

Luke & Margaret Ralph & deceased members of the family

1 12.15pm





    Monday        Dermot Gallagher                                        Tuesday   Eileen Hand   & Special Intention


Wednesday  Special Intention                                            Thursday  Cathy Ryan & Special Intention


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


Saturday       No Morning Mass




A Summer Prayer                                                                                                                                  


Long warm days...the pace of life slows.... a time for picnics and rest in shade.


Help me to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence.


Lord, Slow down my restless heart and fill me with gentle compassion for all people. Amen


“Christian prayer is not about appeasing an angry God. It is centred on a person, Jesus, and through him we are invited into a living and saving relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that has consequences for how we live in this world and the next. In this relationship, nothing is wasted in our often complex lives. We are invited where we are, as we are, to grow and become even more. And when we feel distant from Jesus, guess who has moved away from whom? There is nothing that can ever, or ever will, stop God from loving us. It is never too late to make a return”                                                                                                                                                                                                  


                                                                                  from Why Bother Praying by Richard Leonard S.J.




                     To be a real disciple is to put the spirit of Jesus before all else.  


                                           (A reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel)                                                                         In today’s Gospel Jesus is explaining to us that we are called to be loyal resilient followers. This means we need to listen to Jesus when he explains to us what it takes to follow with all our hearts, minds and bodies. To love God is not a simple and easy thing. It takes years trying, years of refining our spirituality and always willing to live in the sunshine of the Gospel. There is no quick fix, nor is there a moment where we can say “That’s it I don’t have to try anymore” Following Jesus towards the kingdom of God is a worthy goal in our lives. However, we need to be aware of the kind of life journey this is and aware of our humanity as we journey together. For many, being a pilgrim follower of Jesus is what life is about. Always putting in the effort, some days more effort than others, but knowing nonetheless, that we are loved unconditionally and welcomed as wholeheartedly and lovingly as the prodigal son was. Jesus asks us to remind ourselves that we need to start with his love and then together, travel to a sense of faith, hope and love. Our Journey is not a journey alone, but one with and for each other.   




Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday, 5th July, from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  Guest speaker is Mary O'Brien, Life Balance Coach & Mindfulness Facilitator, who will give a talk on ‘5 Simple Steps to Overcome Stress'.  Music, tea/coffee and scones.  Admission is free. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007


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


Dunboyne Area Community Employment has the following three vacancies:  Cleaning Maintenance/Caretaker persons required in Dunboyne and Dunahaughlin. Eligibility is generally confined to persons over 25 years and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for more than one year. Contact Danny Gaughan in Dunboyne CE Office  087 2626727 / 01 825 2864 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."


ICA Day Trip to the Cooley Peninsula on Saturday 5th August. Cost €66.00 to include Tour Guide, tea/coffee break, and evening meal in Carlingford. If you are interested coming along contact Mary on 82856392/ 089 221 5450  or Liz on  8256810/  086 319 8532


Ratoath Tennis Club Open Day 2nd July 12-5pm Family fun, coaching tips bbq and face painting.                    Try out tennis. All welcome


Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock: Sunday, July 16th. Bus departs Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00a.m. and Dunboyne Church at 8.20 a.m. To book, please contact May Tuite 087 1334872 or 01 8250139.  All welcome!


Lough Derg Saturday 2nd September. One day retreat. No fasting or walking barefoot. For further details contact Stella at 0851677325 no later than 20th August. 




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