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Parish Bulletin 11th February 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              11 February 2018

01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday    


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Congratulations to Eoin Colgan (Porterstown Lane) who was baptised recently.

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 14th February 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.


Lent begins on Wednesday.

Masses at 9.45am and 7.00pm with the blessing and distribution of ashes. In the readings for Ash Wednesday, there is a great consciousness of our sinfulness, as we pray “have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned”. There is also a sense that the time to repent and turn back is now. The Gospel tells us how to approach that renewal of our lives. It puts before us the remedy in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These three strands of Lenten observance are as ancient as Christianity itself.

For Lent: Every Friday beginning this Friday (16th February) at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre, a programme on Catholicism to help deepen our faith. All welcome.

Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the season of Lent.

Visit the church for Eucharistic Adoration between10.00am and 10.00pm on Wednesdays

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 12th February at 8.00pm

This week end, as part of the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme, we welcome the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for the sacraments of Confession and First Communion.

We welcome them along with their parents.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 28th January & 4th February €2,401.60.

Standing Orders for January €4,691.18 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Next week end is a blue offering.

0  11 Feb

Fi Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 Feb

Si  First Sunday of Lent


Helen O’Leary(Months Memory)

7. 7.00pm

Imelda Fitzmaurice (Months Memory)

Maureen Cooney

Deceased members of Kavanagh

family (Jamestown)

1  9.00am    

 Mick & John Shevlin

1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Claire Butler

Leo Digan

Al Maroney

1  11.00am

Michael & Brigid Carey

1 12.15pm    

Louise Helen Kelly

Damien Corr

1  12.15pm

Nuala Callaghan

Renate Munnelly

Mary Deegan


       Tuesday   Tim & Mitilda Burns & Kathleen, Danny & Eugene O’ Sullivan & deceased members of the family

       Wednesday   Ash Wednesday 9.45 am & 7.00pm

       Saturday        Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Visit

During pregnancy is one life more important than the other?

By virtue of their common humanity, a mother and her unborn baby have an equal right to life.

The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of a mother. This aspect of Catholic Church’s teaching on the right to life is often presented inaccurately.

If a pregnant woman becomes seriously ill and needs treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatment is always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion, by contrast, is the direct and intentional ending of an unborn baby's life.

Human Rights Law: Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”.

The right to life is a fundamental human right. Without it all other human rights, such as the right to education, food and shelter, free speech, are meaningless. The unborn child will grow and change in rapid ways during the nine months of pregnancy. Our basic needs as human beings are the same inside and outside the womb. Fundamental human rights belong to everyone by virtue of our inherent dignity and value as human beings.

The Christian message is a message of life. It is about how every human being is a reflection of the life of God. Each one of us is created in the image of God. Catholic teaching clearly affirms that every human life has unique and irreplaceable human dignity. Every human life has the right, from its very beginnings, to flourish and develop as God wants it to. Compassion and support for women in difficult situations also belongs to the essence of Catholic teaching. Any society which attempts to define certain lives as being of lesser worth and of lesser protection betrays the common good. All should be equal in the face of the law. That is a fundamental principle of our Constitution – and indeed of democracy – to be maintained and protected.”                                  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin


Vocation Retreat Day: A retreat day for young adults (18-40) in Dalgan Park, Navan on Saturday 24th February from 9.30am to 5.00pm. The day will revolve around conversation and reflection on the priesthood, married life, religious life and the single life and will include prayer of the church, Eucharistic Adoration, discernment talks, testimonies and an opportunity for Confession and the Celebration of Mass. If interested contact Fr Joe Campbell on 086-6036506 or Mary Ruane on 087-2478519 or Sr. Una Kearney on 0906481666 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A donation will cover the cost of lunch and tea-breaks.

The Venue Players present Drama At Inish by Lennox Robinson & directed by Eileen Kavanagh at The Venue Theatre on Thurs 1st, Fri 2nd & Sat 3rd March at 8pm.  Tickets €13 from Box Office 6895600 or

Dunshaughlin Players, by special arrangement with Samuel French Limited, present ‘There Came a Gypsy Riding' by Frank McGuinness - a witty and honest portrayal of family, grief and strength in the face of tragedy. Starring many familiar faces from previous productions and a few new ones, directed by Gerry Herbert, at The Venue Theatre, Ratoath from March 21st to 24th at 8pm: Tickets €16/€14 incl. booking fee., 01 689 5600.

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture: "Medieval Chant for Irish Saints - Recovering a Hidden European Heritage" by Dr Ann Buckley (TCD), at Ardboyne Hotel Navan, 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st February, following launch of the Society's Journal Riocht na Midhe 2018 by Most Rev Dr Michael Smith (Patron). All welcome, inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, at 01 8259438, website



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