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Parish Bulletin 10th February 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             10 February 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 soul of Cepta McNabb (Ballybin Turn) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 27th January & 3th February €2,250.78

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

This weekend, as part of their “Do This in Memory of Me” programme, we welcome to our Masses the boys and girls of Second Class who are preparing for their First Confessions and First Communion. We welcome them along with their parents.

Legion of Mary meetings are held each Tuesday at 7.00 pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. New members are very welcome. Further information Mary Hannigan 086 083 9295

Ratoath College Uniforms: Fittings for girls uniforms takes place in Blondelles on Monday 4th-9th March and for boys from 11th-16th March. Current students requiring uniforms can order this time.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: In Ratoath on Monday 18th February  in Ratoath GAA Club and in Ashbourne House Hotel on Monday 11th February and Tuesday 12th February  4.30pm-8.00pm

Meath Befriending Service aims to reduce loneliness and isolation within County Meath by a weekly visit from a trained volunteer, For further information or to avail of the service telephone Meath Volunteer Centre at 0469280790 or email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GAA Lotto results nos drawn: 8,10,15,24. There was no Jackpot winner. €50 winners: Deirdre Reidy (online) & Paul Flynn. Next draw in Ratoath Inn on Monday 11th February. Thanks to volunteers & supporters. Please support! For as little as €2 per week at

Anam Cara is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 20th February at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. Free event and open to all bereaved parents. Please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tuesday 19th February or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.





10 Feb

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Al Moroney

Mass for all who those who sympathised

with the family of  Ben Glynn

7.  7.00pm

Ben Glynn  (Months Memory)

Mary Deegan

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Annie Jackson

Leo Digan

1  11.00am

Claire Butler

James & Peggy Farrell

1  12.15pm

Michael Scannell (Months Memory)

Fergus Haverty

Louise Kelly

George McAuley

Marie Dempsey

1  12.15pm

Nuala Callaghan

Damien Corr

Renate Munnelly




Wednesday  Tim & Mitilda Burns & Special Intention               Saturday       No Morning Mass


Excerpt of the Homily of Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 5th February

Blessed: this is the word with which Jesus begins his preaching in Matthew’s Gospel. And it is the refrain he repeats today, as if to fix in our hearts, more than anything, an essential message: if you are with Jesus, if you love to listen to his word as the disciples of that time did, if you try to live out this word every day, then you are blessed. Not you will be blessed, but you are blessed; this is the first truth we know about the Christian life. It is not simply a list of external prescriptions to fulfil or a set of teachings to know. The Christian life, first and foremost, is not this; rather, it is the knowledge that, in Jesus, we are the Father’s beloved children.                        The Christian life means living out the joy of this blessedness, wanting to live life as a love story, the story of God’s faithful love, he who never abandons us and wishes to be in communion with us always. This is the reason for our joy, a joy that no one in the world and no circumstance in our lives can take from us. It is a joy that gives peace also in the midst of pain, a joy that already makes us participate in that eternal happiness which awaits us. Dear brothers and sisters, in the joy of meeting you, this is the word I have come to say to you: blessed!...

I have also come to say thank you for the way in which you live the Gospel we heard. People say that the difference between the written Gospel and the lived Gospel is the same difference between written music and performed music. You who are here know the Gospel’s tune and you follow its rhythm with enthusiasm. You are a choir composed of numerous nations, languages and rites; a diversity that the Holy Spirit loves and wants to harmonize ever more, in order to make a symphony. This joyful polyphony of faith is a witness that you give everyone and that builds up the Church.

To live the life of the blessed and following the way of Jesus does not, however, mean always being cheerful. Someone who is afflicted, who suffers injustice, who does everything he can to be a peacemaker, knows what it means to suffer. It is most certainly not easy for you to live far from home, missing the affection of your loved ones, and perhaps also feeling uncertainty about the future. But the Lord is faithful and does not abandon his people......The Lord is close.....

When faced with fresh sorrow or a difficult period, we think we are alone, even after all the time we have spent with the Lord. But in those moments, where he might not intervene immediately, he walks at our side. And if we continue to go forward, he will open up a new way for us; for the Lord specializes in doing new things; he can even open paths in the desert.

Dear brothers and sisters, I want to tell you that living out the Beatitudes does not require dramatic gestures. Look at Jesus: he left nothing written, built nothing imposing. And when he told us how to live, he did not ask us to build great works or draw attention to ourselves with extraordinary gestures. He asked us to produce just one work of art, possible for everyone: our own life. The Beatitudes are thus a roadmap for our life: they do not require superhuman actions, but rather the imitation of Jesus in our everyday life.

They invite us to keep our hearts pure, to practice meekness and justice despite everything, to be merciful to all, to live affliction in union with God. This is the holiness of daily life, one that has no need of miracles or of extraordinary signs. The Beatitudes are not for supermen, but for those who face up to the challenges and trials of each day. Those who live out the Beatitudes according to Jesus are able to cleanse the world. They are like a tree that even in the wasteland absorbs polluted air each day and gives back oxygen.

It is my hope that you will be like this, rooted in Christ, in Jesus and ready to do good to those around you. May your communities be oases of peace....


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