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Parish Bulletin 9th September 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              9 September 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.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All Welcome


Congratulations to Ellen Reilly (Dunboyne), Alfie Crotty (Skyrne Road), Ryan Sheridan (Stonebridge),

Mason Gallagher (Moulden Bridge), Ive Ferns (Blanchardstown) and Bobby Coyle (Park View)                                        who were baptised recently.

Please pray for the repose of the soul James McIntyre ( Ratoath)of who died during the week.

May he rest in peace.

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 12th September  8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 26th August & 2 September €826.00  

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity

Ratoath Active Age: Meet in the Community Centre on Friday 14th September at 11.00am.

All welcome.


New Group starting in Ratoath Community Centre on Monday 10th September at 11.30am. Knit & Natter.  Just bring wool & needles then knit and natter in a relaxed and social environment.

We have a few projects to work on, or you can do your own thing!   €2 donation per class.

Pilates classes returns to Ratoath Community Centre on Monday 10th September at 10am. 

Pay as you go class. Contact Nicola on 087 6975207.

Ashbourne Garda Station will be hosting their first ever open day, this Sunday 9th September from 12pm to 3pm. The station will be open to the public on the day. Guided tours of the station and its workings will be held. Specialist units such as the mounted and dog unit will also be present alongside the RSA and Meath Civil Defence.  Members of the Garda Band will play at the event.

Ratoath Rugby Club family fun day and opening of the new pitch takes place on Saturday 15th Sept from 10.30am to 6pm in the rugby club grounds on Curragha Road. Bouncy castles, display matches, cake sale, face painting and much more.  All welcome.

09 Sept

Twenty Second Sunday in O.T.

16 Sept

Twenty Third  Sunday in O. T.

7.  7.00pm

Peter Murray

Edward Gannon

John Foley

7.  7.00pm

Patrick White (Months Memory)

Liam Woods

Ann Murphy

Jim & Lydia Everard

1  9.00am

Kathleen Gunn

1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Eileen Fernandes

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm

Mary Carey

Deceased members of the Oakley family

Shelia Sexton (Months Memory)

1  12.15pm

Angelo Mulvaney (Months Memory)

Patricia McAuley



Wednesday     Catherine Vaughan                       Thursday        Patricia McAuley        

Saturday         No morning Mass

Excerpt of the Address by Bishop Tom Deenihan at the Mass of Ordination

I officiated at a wedding recently where I commented during the homily that there was a tendency to see a wedding more as the end of a journey than the beginning of one!  That quotation also came to mind when I was preparing these few words.

The last few weeks have been memorable in many ways. For the priests and people of the Diocese of Meath, they have signalled the end of the episcopacy of Bishop Smith.  There has been much affection, and justifiably, for Bishop Smith who served this Diocese faithfully as a bishop since 1984.  Today, I would like to thank him for his pastoral care of this diocese and for his kindness to me over the past few weeks.  May his retirement be long and happy and blessed with good health and I hope that he will always feel welcome here in the Cathedral and at Diocesan celebrations.  I know that I will be relying on his counsel too in the months ahead and I thank him for being one of my co-consecrators.

For me, this summer has been remarkable.  From my contact with the Papal Nuncio in June, until today, I have experienced a range of emotions: fear, unworthiness, apprehension and a certain calmness that comes from a combination of faith and the support of family, friends and colleagues in the priesthood both in Cork and in Meath.  The words in the Papal Bulla or Mandate of Appointment, ‘do not let undue anxiety deter you...’ have been a reassurance and important for me...

For fifteen years now, I have worked with Bishop Buckley in Education and as Diocesan Secretary in Cork and Ross.  He has been a remarkable pastor and I hope I will bring some of his pastoral concern for the people of the Diocese with me to the Diocese of Meath......

Since my appointment on 18 June, I have been blessed with the support, friendship and hospitality of Fr Padraig McMahon, Fr Paul Crosbie,  Fr Joe Campbell and Ms Irene Connaughton in Bishop’s House....

I want to welcome those who have travelled to Mullingar this afternoon.  Foremost, I want to welcome my own family, particularly my mother, sisters, brother, niece and nephews.  I am delighted that my mother, Phil, has been part of our celebration.  We are missing my father today but the communion and litany of the saints is a consolation.  I must acknowledge also the presence of my uncle, Brendan, who is a priest in South Africa and who is home on holidays.... 

I, and I hope you, have found today’s celebration to be joyful.  That word ‘joy’ is critical to what we are and to what we believe as Christians. Be it as Bishops, Priests or Deacons, our Ministry must be joyful.   Pope Francis referred to this in Evangelii Gaudium (85) when he stated that one of the more serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism that can turn us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses’!

As I begin my new Ministry as Bishop of Meath, pray with me and for me that I and all who minister in this diocese will treasure and foster that sense of Joy that transcends our own worries, failings and shortcomings and enables us to reach out to others.

I am particularly conscious of my role in supporting, as best I can, that spirit of joy in the priests of the Diocese.  They are the men who minister in so many different places, in so many different contexts and in oft difficult circumstances reaching out to those whom they minister to.  It is not always easy being a priest today, like the parable, the priests of Ireland have worked in the noonday sun. They deserve support from their Bishop and Parishioners.

I am reminded by a line in the address by Pope Francis to the Irish Bishops at the end of the World Meeting of Families last Sunday, ‘Whenever you and your people feel that you are a ‘little flock’ exposed to the apparently irresistible onslaught of a culture so often alien to our deepest beliefs and values, do not grow discouraged. As Saint John of the Cross teaches us, it is in the darkest night that the light of faith shines purest in our hearts.’

Can I conclude by quoting a sentence from Saint Augustine of Canterbury that was mentioned to me recently by a colleague, let us ‘take care of each other in love on th


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