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Parish Bulletin 13th August 2017

Holy Trinity Church Ratoath

                                          13 August 2017


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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 Noah Kaye (Woodlands), Sadie O’Brien (Foxlodge Woods),

Lulu Murray (Main Street, Ratoath), Ciara Cosgrove (Leigh Valley) and Ryan Fitzpatrick

(Steeplechase Woods) who were baptised recently.

Tuesday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Masses for the Feast Day will be at 11.00am and 7.00pm

Standing Orders for July €3,463.02 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

You can listen to the weekly faith podcast, Faithcast on


The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will be held from 14th to 22nd August. It will have family and life as its focus. See

The World Meeting of Families 2018 invites you and all your family to come along to the launch of the one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018, which will take place at the Knock Shrine on Monday 21st August, the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady. The WMOF2018 Official Prayer will be announced on this occasion. This day of celebration will include the celebration of the Eucharist, workshops and faith and fun activities for all the family. The WMOF2018 Icon will be presented at Mass in the Basilica at 3.00pm and then begin its journey around the Dioceses of Ireland.


13 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 Aug

Twentieth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Patrick O’Sullivan

Thomas, Kathleen & Martin Madden

7. 7.00pm


1 9.00am

Margaret Everard

1 9.00am

Catherine, Patrick, John, George, Noel

& Peter Cowley & deceased members

 of the family

John & Mary Mooney

Larry & Mary Mooney

1 11.00am    


1 11.00am

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

Deceased members

of the O’Neill family (Coldwinter)

May Caffrey

Carmel Chaney & Cherry Finn


Tommy Carberry (Months Memory)

Christopher & Ann Donnelly

Pudsar Toole & Rodger & Elizabeth Corcoran

1 12.15pm

Margaret Carroll


    Monday               Michael O’Connor                Tuesday        Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm

    Wednesday         Special Intention


    Saturday              No morning Mass

Young Adults (18-40) An invitation to come apart from your everyday concerns to reflect on the meaning of life. Retreat at St Columban's, Dalgan Park, Navan, 25th to 27th August ( Fri eve - Sun afternoon).Theme: 'I have come that you may have life and have it to the full'. Peace, Holy Mass, joy in the faith, uplifting talks, adoration, walks in beautiful grounds, friendship. Cost: donation (own room, all meals). Contact: Sr Úna 090 6481666   Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps has their annual pilgrimage in Knock on 27th August. The Navan unit of Order of Malta is providing a bus for pilgrims from the greater Navan area to attend the pilgrimage. Bus will leave Navan Fairgreen at 8:30am. Scheduled stop on route - pilgrims will have the opportunity to have dinner (at their own expense). There is no fee for the trip. Pre-booking is essential. Contact Edwina 086 3505613 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GAA Lotto Results: numbers drawn:3,4,6,20. No jackpot winner. €50 winners- Tommy Reilly & Frank McDonald. Draw in the Clubhouse next week on Monday 14th August for €11,200


The Deep End- Back to the Mountain Top-   Reflection on Sunday’s gospel

Jesus once again goes to the mountain-top to pray. We too are encouraged to carve out space and time out in our everyday lives for quiet, for reflection for prayer or meditation; for whatever it is that we do to nourish that deeper spiritual heart of ourselves. It is so important.

The famous story of Jesus walking on the water follows in the Gospel today. What a shock the disciples must have received! Initially Peter is so brave and enthusiastic. Peter is able to walk on the water until he notices the wind, then fear takes over and he begins to sink.

If you have read the book The Shack, you might remember the scene where the main character, Mack, is lead onto the water by Jesus and they walk together on the lake. Mack, like Peter in today’s Gospel, is full of fear, mostly about what might happen in the future. Jesus is clear to Mack that he lives in the present and that we waste time trying to play God and control what might happen in the future.  ‘You neither believe I am good nor know deep in your heart that I love you. You sing about it, you talk about it, but you don’t know it’ (The Shack, p.151)

Jesus’ message for Mack in the story; for Peter in the Gospel and for all of today is ‘Why did you doubt? What eliminates our awareness of the love of God? We are urged to keep our eyes fixed on him. It is in the present that Jesus lives, not in our fears about the future or worries about the past.                                                                                                             From Intercom

Pope Francis at the General Audience last Wednesday 9th August

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis, we now consider God’s mercy as the driving force of Christian hope.  When Jesus forgives the sinful woman, his action causes scandal, because it overturns the dominant attitude of the time.  Instead of rejecting sinners, Jesus embraces them, those who are outcast, “untouchable”.  With a compassion that literally causes him to tremble in his depths, he reveals the merciful heart of God.                                                   This astonishing attitude to those in desperate situations, even those who have made many mistakes in life, marks our Christian identity with the stamp of mercy, and gives a sure foundation to our hope.  We who have experienced God’s forgiveness should avoid the danger of forgetting that this mercy was purchased at a great price: Christ’s death on the Cross.  Our Lord died not because he healed the sick, but because he did what only God can do: forgive sins.  This divine mercy both transforms us and renews our hope.  Our Lord, who rejects no one, graciously bestows upon us the mission to proclaim his mercy to the wo


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