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Parish Bulletin 16th July 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            16th July 2017




        01 8256207


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New Parish Office Hours: from Monday 31st July 2017 the parish office will open from            10.00am – 1.00pm  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday.






Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome.




Congratulations to Donnahadh & EiIín Fernandes (Mooretown) who were baptised recently.   



Congratulations to Regina McCaghy & Henry Cleary who were married during the week.





Please pray for: Tommy Carberry, Ballybin who died during the week.  May he rest in peace.



Meath Diocese Pilgrimage to Knock: Sunday 13 August: Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock takes place on Sunday 13th August 2017 and will be led by Bishop Michael Smith and the choir for the Mass is the Meath Diocesan Choir.  Confessions 11.00am to 5.00pm, Anointing of the Sick 2.30pm, Pilgrimage Mass at 3.00pm followed by Benediction, Rosary Procession to the Shrine and Blessing of Religious Objects.


16 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Dorathea Mates

Patsy, Rita & Agnes McCabe

James & Annie Nolan

7. 7.00pm

Mary & Joseph Elliott

1 9.00am

William Folliard & Gretta McLoughlin

1 9.00am


1  11.00am    

Sarah Browne

Peader Malone & Peter & Bridget Malone

1 11.00am

Rose McCarthy

Desmond Kelly


Funeral Mass of Tommy Carbery

1 12.15pm

Paddy O’Connor & Maria O’Connor Howard & deceased members of the O’Connor & Campbell families




    Monday       Special Intention                                                     Tuesday    Louise Kelly  


    Saturday     No Morning Mass                           



Special National Church collection will take place in all parishes at Masses on 22nd/23rd July across all Irish dioceses in aid of 25 million people facing hunger crisis in East-Africa: Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.


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


St. Camillus Nursing Centre, Killucan, Co. Westmeath: Feast of St Camillus - Patron of the sick and carers. Sunday 16th July: - Outdoor Mass at 10.30am. Main Celebrant: Most Rev. Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. Night Vigil of Thanksgiving in the evening (Holy Hour, Candle light procession and Mass) from 10.00 p.m. to 2.00 a.m.



Stamullen/Julianstown pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi: from August 11th -16th, including audience with Pope Francis. Limited places remaining. For information phone 057 9355050.


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


GAA Lotto results:  4,24,26 & 27 No jackpot winner. Next draw in Auld Standon Monday 17th July.




Prayer... may seem like going through the motions. But it’s not wasted time. Its usefulness doesn’t depend on the feel-good factor. In the gospels we read of the man at the Pool of Bethseda. Every day he dragged himself there, hoping to be cured of his disability. But he had no one to help him. When the healing spring bubbled up, he couldn’t get into the water in time. Yet, day after day, he kept going, even though it seemed hopeless. Because he was there, Jesus saw his need and offered him his own healing. Keeping going, even in small steps, is part of getting well.  (Fay Sampson from Prayers for Depression)




The Deep End


Can you picture it? I love the image of Jesus sitting in the boat, addressing the crowds on the beach. He certainly knew how to hold their attention. And he knew they would understand him more clearly if he used the language of stories. Those listening would have been familiar with the cycle of planting seeds and waiting for them to produce a crop. One of the purposes of parables is to challenge the hearers to reflect and respond with faith. So this parable of the sower requires Jesus’ audience to decide what kind of soil they are. There is a message of judgement for those who are hardened like the rocky soil, and a message of hope for those who are receptive like the rich soil.


The figure of the sower is important too.  The sower does not confine the seeds to soil that is fertile and ready for growth. Rather, the seeds are scattered everywhere – on the path, patches of rock, among thorns. Jesus does not discriminate. His love is given out for all. He knows that some of it may be rejected, or accepted only on a superficial level, but he offers it anyway.                             The offer of love is never withdrawn. It might take a while to bear fruit, but it is always there.                                                                                                                  


                                                                                                                            Triona Doherty


There are always doors that are not closed. Look for the doors that are at least a little bit open,                              enter and talk about common things and go on, step by step.                                                                                          Pope Francis







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