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Parish Bulletin 13th May 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 13 May 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 Fiona Woods and Kieran Gaughan who were married during the week.

Standing Orders for April €5,489.83 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Next Sunday is Cemetery Sunday. We begin with prayers for the dead at 3.00pm in the church followed by rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery. We thank all families who are preparing and have prepared their family plots for next Sunday.

A meeting of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday 17th May at 8.30pm

Registration for all World Meeting of Family events is open via Details for parish choirs and volunteers who wish to take part in the World Meeting of Families have been added to

Radio Maria Ireland, is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, Catechesis, Uplifting music, Talks, Interviews and Testimonies all commercial free listen via FREE App “Radio Maria Ireland”, streaming on or via phone  get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277 (no extra charges apply).

Ratoath Credit Union is now open 6 days a week. Tel: 018257055; fax: 018257173; Website; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Facebook:

Monday; Tuesday; Thu and Friday 9.15am- 4.30pm; Wednesday 9.15am- 7pm;  Saturday  9.15am- 1pm   

Free 5 week Basic  iPhone, iPad, SmartPhone or Tablet Classes starting on the 16th May from

13:45-15:45 in Ratoath Community Centre. Please contact Angela Meath Partnership on 046 9280790.

13 May

Ascension of the Lord

20 May

Pentecost Sunday

7. 7.00pm

Edward & Carmel McAuley

Nicholas & Catherine Kavanagh &

deceased members of the family

Yvonne Saul Fagan

Bernadette Carey

7. 7.00pm

Padraig O’Malley

Vonnie & Ben Cullen

Mary & Patrick Wall

1  9.00am

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

1  9.00am

Ita & Oliver Doran

Con & Bridget Colfer

1  11.00am

Noel Eiffe (Month’s Memory)

Pa & Julia Donnelly and the deceased

members of the family

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

1  11.00am

Desmond & Julia Toole &

deceased members of the family

Michael McMahon

1  12.15pm

Tom Hennessy (Month’s Memory)

Jimmy Landy (Month’s Memory)

John Lundy

David Mulvaney

1  12.15pm

Nancy Ryan


                   Monday         Andy Hessman & Louise Kelly                 Tuesday        Dymphna Mills

                   Saturday       First Communion Ceremonies for St. Paul’s National School


Pope Francis on the Right to Life

“Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this........Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the church cannot be expected to change her position on this question......It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life....”                                                          (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium #213-214)

“Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of the Lord. Who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And ever elderly person ... even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” suggests!” –

                                  (Speech to Catholic healthcare professionals and gynaecologists. 20th September 2013)

“It is necessary to reaffirm our solid opposition to any direct offense against life, especially when innocent and defenceless, and the unborn child in its mother’s womb is the quintessence of innocence”

                                                                         (Audience with Italian Movement for Life 11th April 2014)

“All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters harming no one. Amen”                                                                                          (Prayer of Pope Francis in Laudato Si)

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

“This referendum on the right to life of the unborn child will challenge us as a society to look at our basic moral vision and to examine our attitude towards the value of every human life. Defending the right to life of the unborn child in the womb is the most important social justice issue of our time. The coming weeks will shape the kind of Ireland we live in for years to come.

As a society, we proclaim our belief in equality as one of our fundamental values. So how can we reconcile that value with removing the equal right to life of the unborn child from our Constitution? Advances in science have made it clear to us for some time now that the unborn child is undeniably one of us. Unborn children are not potential human beings but are human beings with potential. We can no longer talk about the unborn child as a ‘bunch of cells’. Often, before a woman even knows that she is pregnant there is a beating heart and a rapidly developing baby, a little boy or a little girl.

The right to life is the first and most fundamental of all human rights, without which there can be no others. We cannot exercise any other human right if we are not allowed to exercise the right to live. We cannot say this often enough. Without being allowed to be born, one can have no civil rights, no free speech, no right to bodily integrity.

Removing this constitutional protection will result in a very inconsistent version of equality is being granted to those who can make their voices heard – but denied to those who cannot. This is the first time in Irish history that a constitutional right may be taken away.

At every stage of development, life is sacred. Commitment to our beliefs takes remarkable courage, no more so than at this time.” 

                                                 (Finola Bruton is chair of the Parish Pastoral Council of Dunboyne & Kilbride)


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