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Parish Bulletin 18th March 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                18 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. All are welcome.

Congratulations to Sharon Cullen and Shane Flaherty who were married during the week.

Congratulations to Sive Flanagan (Jamestown Park), Luke Fleming (Steeplechase Hill) and

Leo Ahern (Milltree Park) who were baptised recently.

Standing Orders for February €3,642.51 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

From next weekend onwards, you can return your Trocaire boxes. Please place your box in the container next to the baptismal font. Do not leave your box at the back of the church.

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Courses to masters, higher diploma & diploma. Contact 01 7083478; email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;

Legion of Mary: All active and auxiliary members are invited to the Acies, a special consecration to Our Blessed Lady. This ceremony will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 25th March in Robinstown Church and in Kentstown Church. Further information, May Tuite 087 133 4872

Rosary for Life and Faith will take place on the Hill of Tara beside St. Patrick’s statue at 2:30 pm. on 18th March. All are welcome to attend.

Annual coffee morning in aid of St. Francis Hospice Blanchardstown will be held in Ratoath Training Centre on Tuesday 27th March 11am to 1pm. Please come enjoy a cup of coffee and take part in much needed fundraiser for the excellent work provided in end of life care to this part of County Meath.

Failte Isteach – Volunteers Required Want to join an interesting and rewarding project? Become a volunteer for Failte Isteach and teach English to people from all around the world who have come to live in Ratoath! Come to our open evening on Wednesday 21st March at 7.30pm in Ratoath Training Centre, Riverwalk Court (over Tesco) and find out more!

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: An opportunity to give blood on Tuesday 20th March from 4.30pm to 8.00pm in Ratoath GAA Club house.

Football Memories Reminiscing Group: All People with Dementia and their Carers are welcome. First group takes place in Ashbourne Parish Hall on Saturday 24th March 2018 (2:30pm - 4pm). Tea & Coffee provided. Any queries please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 083-0543516.


0 18 March

Si  Fifth Sunday of Lent

25 March

Si  Palm Sunday

7   7.00pm

No Mass this evening

7. 7.00pm


1  9.00am    


1  9.00am


1 11.00am    


1  11.00am

Leigha McKeown

1 12.15pm    


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Noel Duggan & Betty Colfer





         Monday   Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home                 Tuesday    Special Intention

         Wednesday  Michael Barrett                                            Saturday  Tom Farrell

Support Trocaire this Lent:

This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign highlights the story of Kumba, a seven-year-old girl from Sierra Leone who six months ago narrowly survived a mudslide.  Over 1,000 people in her community lost their lives in the space of just four minutes when the mudslide hit after heavy rains.  Kumba and her family escaped unharmed but their home was destroyed, along with all their belongings. 

The campaign focuses on the growing number of people being affected by humanitarian crises around the world, from those displaced by violence to families facing threats from climate change and natural disasters.

Trócaire’s work is increasingly focused on supporting people who have been forced from their homes.

Trocaire supports project in 20 counties.

Families, schools and parishes, all over Ireland, raised €8.5m, an increase of €1.1m on 2016, towards last year’s Lenten appeal.  The money raised each Lent allows Trócaire to support over two million people in the developing world and the Irish bishops have asked people to give generously again to this year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign.

“God created mankind to be one family; when any of our brothers and sisters suffer, we are all affected”

                                                                                                                               (Pope Francis)

“ Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”


“Love is the only light which can constantly illuminate a world grown dim”        (Pope Francis)


Poverty is a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity... It means not having enough to feed and cloth a family, not having a school or clinic to go to, not having the land on which to grow one’s food or a job to earn one’s living, not having access to credit. It means insecurity, powerlessness and the exclusion of individuals, households and communities. It means susceptibility to violence, and it often implies living on marginal or fragile environments, without access to clean water or sanitation.                                 (UN Statement, June 1998 – signed by the heads of all UN agencies)


Cultúr Migrant Centre:  Anti-Racism Event to mark the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination & European Action Week against Racism 'Diversity - Never Enough!  will take place in The Parish Hall, St Anne’s Resource Centre, Navan Co. Meath on 29th March 2018 (10.00 am –2pm).  Guest speaker Minister David Stanton; Workshops delivered by Cultúr and Show Racism the Red Card; Food from a variety of Cultures and Refreshments, Everyone is Welcome!

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.

Stroke Support Group: An information evening for Stroke survivors and their families in the Ardboyne Hotel on Thursday 22nd March at 6.30 pm. to give information on stroke, offer support and advice to people post stroke and their carers, discuss plans for a weekly stroke support group in Navan. All stroke survivors, family, carers, friends, health care workers and anyone would like to volunteer are welcome to attend. Phone the group coordinator Seamus Casey 086 130 0238 email tegan@irishheart.

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture on Wednesday 21st March, "The 1918 Election" by Dr Peter Connell (TCD). Navan Library, 8pm. All welcome, inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, at 01 8259438, website


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