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Parish Bulletin 20th August 2017

Holy Trinity Church Ratoath

                                         20 August 2017


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New Parish Office Hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday &  Friday.


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

Envelope Collection for the week ending 30th July, 6th & 13th August €2,386.52

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Please pray for Mary Halligan (Castlebar), mother of Patricia O’Malley (Foxbrook) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


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.

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

Rathbeggan National School will reopen on Thursday 31st August.

Meath Partnership. Free 5 week Basic Laptop, iPhone, iPad, SmartPhone or Tablet Classes available in all areas. Please phone Angela on 046 9280790

20 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 Aug

Twenty First  Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm


7. 7.00pm

James & Patricia Reilly

Johnnie, Jack & Ellen Staunton

1 9.00am

Catherine, Patrick, John, George, Noel

& Peter Cowley & deceased members

 of the family

John & Mary Mooney

Larry & Mary Mooney

1 9.00am

Oliver Doran

1 11.00am    

Noeleen Crowley (Months Memory)

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

Deceased members

of the O’Neill family (Coldwinter)

May Caffrey

1 11.00am

Jacqueline Mannering

Fergal Ronan

Carmel Chaney & Cherry Finn


Margaret Cahill

1 12.15pm

Val Murrihy

Michael Carey

Padraig Halton & deceased members of Halton & Harton families

Paddy White


          Monday Special Intention                                Saturday              No morning Mass

Excerpt from the homily of Bishop Smith at Knock last Sunday

Welcome to all who have come to share these moments at this Shrine graced with the presence of Mary..... By our presence we echo that beautiful image we find in the Acts of the Apostles, telling us that the Apostles and the infant Church community were joined in prayer with Mary the Mother of Jesus.

In its silence and its symbols – the altar, the cross and the lamb – Knock is especially an invitation to pray and an invitation to reflect. We are invited to reflect on our faith and on our living of that faith both in the context of our own individual lives but in the wider context of family and society.

Coming on pilgrimage does indeed invite each of us not only to pray but to ponder and reflect on our own individual journeys of faith; to reflect on what Jesus meant by inviting us to be courageous witnesses to that faith. Jesus never promised that living our faith in Him would be an easy or simple journey. Several times in very clear terms He made it clear to the Apostles and to us the challenge fidelity would bring......

The readings of our Mass today offer much food for reflection and offer much hope and reassurance. Those beautiful words in our first reading about Elijah’s wish to meet God are among the  most evocative found in the Old Testament. God was not in the fire or the storm or the earthquake. He was in the still gentle breeze. They echo in many ways the experience with the apparition here in Knock in its stillness and gentleness. The symbolism of the lamb, the altar and the Cross point to what is at the very heart of living our faith – the abiding and supportive presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the Christ whom St. Paul affirms in our second reading who is God forever blessed......

Our Gospel recounts an incident from His engagement with his disciples as He prepared them for mission. ...Peter’s strong faith in Jesus, along with his weakness, reflects our faith – at times fragile and impoverished, anxious yet victorious as we find the strength to walk with the risen Lord amid the storms and doubts that can come upon us. Very few people go through life without experiencing difficult and dark moments. Faith is always challenged and we too can merit those gentle words of rebuke to Peter ‘Man of little faith, why did you doubts’. It is an incident that the Church has to keep ever in mind. Calm returned when Jesus joined them in the boat. Faith gives us the certainty of Jesus’ presence.


Actors Required! Ratoath GAA presents "A Night at the OsKaRs".  If you are interested please come along to an information meeting at Ratoath GAA on Thursday 24th August at 8pm.

Ratoath to Commemorate Polish Pilot:                                                                                         A special 75th anniversary ceremony will be held outside the Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd at 7.30pm in honour of the young pilot Boleslaw Josef Sawiak who tragically lost his life on Sunday 23rd August 1942 when his spitfire crash landed in Ratoath following an aerial battle with a German Junker. 

It is intended that the commemoration will also reflect the close ties that exist between Ireland and Poland today. The Polish Ambassador to Ireland, Mr Ryszard Sarkowicz together with local TD and Government Minister Regina Doherty will attend and lay a wreath in honour of Flight Officer  Sawiak.

Great credit is due to the local Ratoath Heritage Group who began some years ago to record for posterity the tragic incident that befell a young 24 year old from the city of Przemysl ,situated near the Polish border with modern day Ukraine. A special exhibition giving detailed accounts of that fateful day in August 1942 will be open for public viewing for 5 days commencing on Aug 23rd through to Sunday Aug 26th and anyone with an interest in history and in learning about the day that World War II came to Ratoath are sure to find some of the content fascinating and informative. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony and view the exhibition.



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