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Parish Bulletin 8th April 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                8 April 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 Siobhan Lyons & Gerald McCullagh who were married during the week.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 25th March €1,626.45 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


This Sunday 8th April, the Divine Mercy Ceremonies with Confessions and Mass will be held in Dunshaughlin Church starting at 2.30pm. 

We welcome Bishop Smith to our parish this Friday for the Confirmation Ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm. We wish the boys and girls, who are receiving the Sacrament, every good wish and blessing. We thank them for all their work throughout the year in preparation for the Sacrament. We thank their parents who have supported them on their faith journey this year. And a special thanks to their teachers and all in the school community who have assisted the sixth class boys and girls this year.

A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 10th April at 8.30pm

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 11th April at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.
Cemetery Sunday is Sunday 20th May

Registration for all World Meeting of Family events is open via

We ask you to return your Trocaire boxes to the box that is placed at the altar (near the baptismal font). Please do not leave your box at the back of the church. We thank you for your generosity to this year’s Lenten Appeal, which will make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.

The Poor Clares in Galway are hosting a Cloister day on Saturday 21stApril  from 10am to 5pm to help young women between the ages of 21 and 40 to find out more about the Poor Clare way of life with a view to vocation discernment. Contact: Sr. Faustina at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

8 April

Second Sunday of Easter

15 April

Third Sunday of Easter

7. 7.00pm

Bridget Johnson (Month’s Memory)

Edward Gannon

Nicholas Keogh

7. 7.00pm


1  9.00am

Eileen & Liam Wallace

1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Patsy Phelan

Andy, Lilian, Pudsar & Tony Toole

1  11.00am

Mick, Molly & Elizabeth Mannering

1  12.15pm

Tommy & Thomas Everard

Maura & John Harvey

1  12.15pm

Byran McGlynn



       Monday        Special Intention                               Tuesday        Andy & Anne Hessman                                                               

       Wednesday   John & Bridget Eiffe                           Thursday        Special Intention

       Friday           Confirmations Ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm              

       Saturday       Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home       Karen Vidler

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

A fundamental Human Right: The right to life is not given by the Constitution of Ireland or by any law. Catholic teaching is expressed well by Saint Teresa of Calcutta in a 1994 letter to the US Supreme Court on Roe v Wade. She wrote: “Human rights are not a privilege conferred by Government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of our humanity”.

Life before birth: At the moment of conception, 23 chromosomes from the mother and 23 chromosomes form the father combine to create a new, unique human life. The combined 46 chromosomes contain the entire genetic blueprint of a new human life including gender, fingerprints, freckles, eye colour and blood type.

By day 21, a baby's heart is beating. Facial features are forming from week four. At just six weeks, the baby's eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth and internal organs have developed in their basic form.

The first movements occur at seven weeks. From week eight the nervous system is beginning to respond. From week nine the baby can yawn. From week 12 the baby can suck its thumb.


He is not here... he is risen! This is the message that sustains our hope and turns it into concrete gestures of charity. How greatly we need to let our frailty be anointed by this experience! How greatly we need to let our faith be revived! How greatly we need our myopic horizons to be challenged and renewed by this message! Christ is risen, and with him he makes our hope and creativity rise, so that we can face our present problems in the knowledge that we are not alone. 

To celebrate Easter is to believe once more that God constantly breaks into our personal histories, challenging our “conventions”, those fixed ways of thinking and acting that end up paralyzing us. To celebrate Easter is to allow Jesus to triumph over the craven fear that so often assails us and tries to bury every kind of hope.   (Pope Francis from his homily at the Easter Vigil)


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Positive and Practical Training for Family and Carers of Loved Ones with Dementia Whistlemount Day Centre, Navan, starting Tuesday April 10th from 7p.m. to 9.30p.m. - 6-week course. For further details contact Christine Carr 01 2073834

Diabetes Prevention Programme: A free education programme aimed at people with increased Risk factors (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, overweight,  or family history) will take place in Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan on Wednesday 2nd May from 10.00am – 1.00pm. If you are interested in attending contact Mary McNalley on 046 942 0804. Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society - Mass in Mullingar Cathedral in celebration of the centenary of the founding of the Society at 11.00 am on Sunday 8th April.  Celebrant: Most Rev Dr Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath. Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, at 01 8259438, website

Dunshaughlin Choral Society seeks Interim Musical Director to cover Leave of Absence

(Duration: 3 September - 9 December 2018).  If you are interested please contact Tony Lawlor (Secretary) for further information: (086) 053 8684

The Ceili Club in Dunshaughlin invite all ages to a free Workshop on 12th April at 7.00pm in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin. This is a chance to learn the Ceili steps from scratch and brush up on what you know already. No experience necessary, nor partners needed. For more information contact Monica on 087 273 4446


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