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Parish Bulletin 11th March 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                11 March 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

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

Please pray for John McGowan (Growtown) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


We send our best wishes and prayers to Monsignor Dermot Farrell P.P. of Dunboyne, who will be ordained Bishop of Ossory in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, this Sunday.


First Confessions for the two classes in Ratoath Junior National School that was cancelled last week is now rescheduled for this Tuesday evening 13th March at the earlier time of 7.00pm

A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday evening 13th March at 8.00pm


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

This weekend at the 7.00pm Mass and the 11.00am Mass we welcome the boys and girls of Second Class will attend as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme, in preparation for their First Holy Communion We welcome them along with their parents.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 25th February & 4th March €1,064.97

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday. There will be Masses on the day at 9.00am and 11.00am.

There will be no Vigil Mass on the Saturday evening of St. Patrick’s Day.

Light the Fire! St. Patrick’s Day 2018 – at 5:00pm on 17th March on the Hill of Slane; Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Smith at 5:30pm followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please dress warm. Feel free to bring a chair. Contact the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, 041 9830441.


A Holy Hour for Lent will be hosted by the local Youth 2000 group for the parish community on this Friday evening 16th March at 8.00pm. All are welcome to take some time out to pray, accompanied by music and biblical readings. The evening will conclude with Benediction.


0 11 March

Si  Fourth Sunday of Lent

18 March

Si  Fifth Sunday of Lent

7   7.00pm

Gerry Hoare & Michael Farrington

Sue McDermott

Paddy Moore

7.  7.00pm

No Mass this evening

1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    

Michael Brazil

1  11.00am


1 12.15pm    

Seamus, Kit, Bridget & Noel Ennis

Marcus Crawley

1  12.15pm






         Monday             Special Intention

         Wednesday       Peter Cowley; Catherine & Patrick Cowley and their sons John, George and Noel

         Thursday          Christopher & Kathleen Hartford      

         Saturday           Caoimhe Hughes; Eileen & David Conmey (11.00am)         

‘Our Common Humanity’ - statement from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

As pastors we are aware that the conversation about unborn life is sensitive, delicate and, indeed, painful for many.  We offer our reflections with the greatest of respect for everyone while wishing to make some points clearly and unambiguously.

Fundamental right

Every one of us has a right to our life.  It is not given to us by the Constitution of Ireland or by any law.  We have it ‘as of right’, whether we are wealthy or poor, healthy or sick.  All human beings have it.  For us as a society to now declare that any category of human being should have that right taken from them would be a shocking step.  It effectively says that unborn children do not exist or, if they do, they do not count.  That is a manifest injustice.

Life begins at conception

At every point, from conception on, the baby has the potential to realise the fullness of life that God intended.  All that is needed is time and nurturing.  Today we see more clearly that human life begins at conception.  There is no later stage in a baby’s development where we can say; ‘up until now the foetus was not a person and now it has become a baby’. 

Are we allowing ourselves to be desensitised?

Making abortion freely available desensitises people to the value of every human life.  The scientific evidence about the beginning of human life has never been clearer.  It is, therefore, a great irony that we in Ireland are for the first time in our history losing our clarity about the right to life of the unborn.  Knowledge about the mysterious workings of DNA and the stunningly vivid evidence of ultrasound images of little persons in the earliest weeks in the womb should be making us more committed than ever to the protection of unborn life.

Choose life

The child in the womb has life and potential.  However, like all babies, before birth or in the early years, she or he has no choice.  Powerless to defend themselves they rely on the rest of us to protect their lives and vindicate their rights.  By using the word ‘choice’ we need to remember that, for the baby waiting to be born, the choice we make can be a matter of life or death.

Two lives, one love

An expectant mother needs and deserves the care and support of everyone around her, particularly if her pregnancy poses a serious crisis for her and her family.  A mother may be informed that her baby faces serious challenges or is perhaps terminally ill.  She might be pregnant as a result of rape.  Especially in those tragic cases both the mother and her unborn child can - and must - be loved and cherished. 

A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby, and encourage responsible support from fathers.  This vision of life makes sense to people of all faiths and none.  While it is enriched by our Catholic faith, it is our common humanity that convinces us of the right to life of every human being.

A declaration of equality

Article 40.3.3 is a declaration of equality and respect for human life.  It represents, at the very foundations and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life is worth cherishing equally.  To repeal this Article would leave unborn children at the mercy of whatever permissive abortion laws might be introduced in Ireland in the future.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We invite people of faith to pray earnestly that Ireland will “choose life” and that the lives of all women and their unborn children will always be loved, valued, welcomed and respected in this country.

Prayer on Mother’s Day

Thank you Lord for all mothers. On this day let us think of them, whether they are with us or gone to their heavenly reward. We think of their kindness, their compassion, their care for us and above all their unconditional love. We pray that you will watch over and support them in the joys and struggles of their daily lives. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Piano Lessons for children and adults: All ages and abilities. Playing for pleasure or exam preparation. 


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