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Parish Bulletin 6 January 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              6 January 2019


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.



Please pray  for the repose of the souls of Patricia Clarke (Mill Tree Park)

& Tom Reilly (Jamestown Park) died during the week. May they rest in peace.

Congratulations to Alison Dalton & Jonathan Guy who were married recently.

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 9th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.
Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday 9th January from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  Guest Speaker is Sinead Grennan, Co-ordinator of the Alzheimer Café Donnybrook and CEO of Engaging Dementia.  Her topic is Communication and Dementia.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  Tea/coffee and scones served.  Admission is free. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007. 
The offices of Dowdstown Counselling Services are now located in the CYWS Hall, Fairgreen, Navan, Co. Meath. We offer affordable counselling covering a wide range of issues.  For more details ph: 0469020671 or email:
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Dunboyne College of Further Education offers a range of Adult Night Classes including: Hobby Courses /Fitness and Health, IT/Computer Classes, QQI Level 5 Courses and One Night Talks. Classes start 29th January 2018. Apply now on our website:


6 Jan

Epiphany of the Lord

13 Jan

Baptism of the Lord

7.  7.00pm

Noel & Theresa Scally & Baby Noel

Nina Madden

Packie, Katie & Francis O’Brien

Tom & Mary Gannon & the deceased members of the family

Margaret & Paul McDermott

7.  7.00pm

Tiney Gorman

Caroline Hynes

Willie, Lottie, & Linda McEvett

Margaret & Paul McDermott     

Paul Gillen

1  9.00am

Tom Murphy

Maria & Michael Murphy

1  9.00am

Helen O’Leary

Anthony & William Folard

Cyril Brennan

1  11.00am

John & Brian Brazil

Christy & Christina Rooney

Special Intention

1  11.00am

Dermot Gallagher

Paul Doyle

1  12.15pm

Eileen Flinter

1  12.15pm

Lilly Cullen & Christina & Christy Nulty

& Deceased members of the family

Declan Hoare

Jim McDermott




Tuesday   Sean & Fran Fitzpatrick

Friday      Mass at 9.45am  Christopher Hartford 

Saturday  Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am  Patrick, Katherine & Joseph White & Annie Clarke 

Job Vacancy Dunboyne Community Employment: Have the following 7 vacancies
1.     Cleaning & Maintenance Person to work in Ratoath. Duties to include general cleaning & maintenance within the grounds facilities, or as required by Manager
2.     Youth Support Worker: Dunshaughlin Community Area. Duties to include working with young people on a one to one & group basis. Assisting with trips & activities.  Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete Garda Vetting application
3.     Ground Maintenance Person:  Batterstown community area. Duties to include grounds keeping, pitch marking and maintenance, upkeep of common areas  
4.     Retail Assistants x 3 positions: Dunboyne SVDP Shop. Duties to include dealing with customers, stock control and arrangement of shop displays & general shop maintenance
5.     Ratoath Parish: Parish Grounds Maintenance/Cemetery Attendant -Duties to include grounds keeping, cemetery upkeep and maintenance and upkeep of all parish grounds and common areas.

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.
For further details on these positions please contact Danny Gaughan 
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  Mobile: 087-2626727 Office: 01 – 825 2864

Monday 7th January:   Meath Archaeological and Historical Society lecture – 
"The First Dáil, 1919, and its impact" by John Bruton, followed by "Eamon Duggan, first TD for South Meath" by Noel French at St Nicholas Primary School, Longwood, 8pm. 
All welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO, 01 8259438; website
GAA Lotto results no’s drawn: 10,18,19,26.  There was no Jackpot winner. €50 winners: Liz O'Connell (Online) & Conor O'Brien, Ratoath. Next draw in Auld Stand on Monday 7th January. 
Happy New Year to all our members, friends, families, sponsors and supporters from Ratoath GAA
Anam Cara North Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 16th January at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not . 
For information see or call 085-2888 888.
********************************************************************************************************             Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 1st January 2019 (part 11)

Jesus tells us that, “if anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”.      In the words of Pope Paul VI, “to take politics seriously at its different levels – local, regional, national and worldwide – is to affirm the duty of each individual to acknowledge the reality and value of the freedom offered him to work at one and the same time for the good of the city, the nation and all mankind”.    

Sadly, together with its virtues, politics also has its share of vices, whether due to personal incompetence or to flaws in the system and its institutions. Clearly, these vices detract from the credibility of political life overall, as well as the authority, decisions and actions of those engaged in it.. We think of corruption in its varied forms: the misappropriation of public resources, the exploitation of individuals, the denial of rights, the flouting of community rules, dishonest gain, the justification of power by force or the arbitrary appeal to raison d’état and the refusal to relinquish power....

When the exercise of political power aims only at protecting the interests of a few privileged individuals, the future is compromised and young people can be tempted to lose confidence, since they are relegated to the margins of society without the possibility of 


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