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Parish Bulletin 22 April 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 22 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.

Next Saturday is First Holy Communion Day for Ratoath Junior National School.

This Sunday is Vocations Sunday and the church throughout the world prays for vocations today.

The Diocese of Meath has four seminarians studying for the priesthood. Fergal Cummins who is in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth will be ordained a deacon in May. Tony Shannon is studying in the Irish College in Rome and Norman Allred and Colin Dunne are studying in the Beda College, Rome.

From Pope Francis for Vocations Sunday:

 “God comes silently. Nowadays listening is becoming more and more difficult, immersed as we are in a society full of noise, over stimulated and bombarded by information. This prevents us from pausing and enjoying the taste of contemplation, reflecting serenely on the events of our lives, going about our work with confidence in God’s loving plan, and making a fruitful discernment. Listen carefully to his word and the story of his life, but also to be attentive to the details of our own daily lives”.


Cemetery Sunday is Sunday 20th May beginning with prayers for the dead at 3.00pm in the church.

Registration for all World Meeting of Family events is open via

Envelope Collection for the week ending 8th & 15th April €1,736.82

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

This is the final request for the return of 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.

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website

22 April

 Fourth Sunday of Easter

29 April

 Fifth Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

Pierce Glynn

Mattie McCabe

7.  7.00pm

Charles Sommerfield (Months Memory)

Ella & Angelo Whyte

Ann, Tom, John & Bridget Reilly

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Brigid Boshell

Anthony King

1  11.00am

Oliver Carthy (Months Memory)

1  12.15pm

Ray McAndrew

Molly & Ernie Devine

Tony Donnelly

The Conway Family

1  12.15pm

James & Kathleen Cusack & the

deceased members of the family



        Monday          Special Intention                                    Tuesday        Nora & Michael Gilligan

        Wednesday    Special Intention                                     Friday           Detta Hannigan

        Saturday         First Holy Communion Ceremonies at 10.30am and 12.30pm

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

The unborn child is one of us

Advances in 4D ultrasound technology are a real window into the womb. By Day 21, a baby's heart is beating. Facial features are starting to form from week four. At just six weeks, the baby’s eyes and eyelids, nose, mouth and internal organs have developed in their basic form. From week eight the nervous system is beginning to respond. From week nine the baby can yawn and swallow and from week 12 the baby can suck its thumb. This is all happening before the mother's bump is showing.

Abortion rates in other countries

When abortion becomes legal in a country, it becomes more acceptable.

In England and Wales, 1 in 5 pregnancies end in abortion every year. Over 185,000 abortions were carried out in 2016 according to the Department of Health UK. France and Spain also have an abortion rate of 1 in 5. Italian and Portuguese Ministry of Health figures reveal a rate of 1 in 6. Sweden’s abortion rate is 1 in 4. There is every reason to believe that, if legalised, Irish abortion rates would rapidly rise as they have in other countries.


Ratoath Musical Society will host two workshops entitled 'An Introduction to Musical Theatre' in The Venue Theatre on the 22nd and 29th April from 10:00am to 5:00pm.  These are for children in the following age groups: 6-9 year olds, 10-12 year olds and 13-15 year olds. Children may only participate in one workshop (either the 22nd or the 29th - same workshop will be held on both dates).  For further information or to register your child's/children's  interest please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


On Thursday 26th April in Trim Library at 8pm - Meath Archaeological and Historical Society AGM followed by lecture "From the Wild Geese to Waterloo: Irish soldiers from Meath and beyond” by Dr Ciaran McDonnell (UCD). Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, 01 8259438; website

Ratoath Summer Art Camp from 30th July to 3rd August. Age Groups: 6 years and up.

Time: 10am- 2pm.  Cost: €75 per child. €70 for each additional sibling. Venue:  Ratoath Scouts’ Den
Please email Una for more information
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GAA Lotto Results, Monday 16th April - nos drawn: 4, 5, 8, 21 - no jackpot winner. €50 winners are John Murphy & Paul McDonnell. Next week's draw, Monday 23th  April in the Auld Stand, Ratoath.

A Midsummer Walk for the Homeless : From the Hill of Tara to Newgrange Sat 23rd June with a

10.00 am start. Half walk along the Boyne from Ramparts Navan to Slane 12 noon.  All proceeds in aid of Fr Peter Mc Verry Trust. Contact Conor 086 8519707 for details or sponsorship card or Facebook  'Midsummer Walk for the Homeless'. All support very welcome !

Job Vacancy: Dunboyne Community Employment has the following 4 vacancies for persons eligible to work under the Community Employment Scheme. These positions are part-time (19.5 hours).  Full training programme will be put in place for successful candidates. .  Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete Garda Vetting application.
1.    Cleaning/Maintenance Person: To work in Ratoath Community Centre, Ratoath. 
Duties to include general cleaning & maintenance within the centre or as required by Manager. 
2. Ground Maintenance Person: To work within the Ratoath Area. Duties to include maintenance of all common ground areas and other duties that maybe required by the unit manager.
3.Ground Maintenance Person: To work in Dunboyne Area. Duties as in number two.
4. Youth Support Worker: Dunshaughlin Community Area. Duties to include working with young people on a one to one & group basis. Assisting with trips & activities
For further details on these positions please contact Danny Gaughan. Mobile: 087-2626727


Office: 01 – 825 2864 or Email: 
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