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Parish Bulletin 17th February 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             17 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 David Nelson (Rathbeggan) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

Congratulations to Mya BrowneThorpe and Molly Murray who were baptised recently.

This Sunday is a blue offering day.

You are warmly invited to a one-day Lenten Retreat in Trim Parish Centre, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 2nd March, preached by Fr. Columba Mary Toman O.P. Theme: "What if this was your last Lent?" Day includes Mass, Holy Hour, Confession, Talks, Rosary and light lunch. Cost: €10.

All welcome but advanced booking is essential. Phone Keith: 086-8899123.  

Divine Mercy Conference: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan, Co.Meath on March 2nd 11a.m to 5:30p.m. Guest speaker: Brendan Walsh. For more information contact Ann Buchanan on 085-8021382

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: April 24th for 7 nights, half board for €689. Contact Ann Buchanan on 085-8021382

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: on Monday 18th February in Ratoath G.A.A. Club

Ratoath Active Age: Will meet in the Community Centre on Friday 22nd February at 11.00am.

New Members welcome.

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 046-9280790 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Anam Cara is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 20th February at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. This is a free event open to all bereaved parents. Please R.S.V.P. 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.





17 Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 Feb

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Ben Glynn  (Months Memory)

Mary Deegan

Michael Caffrey

7.  7.00pm

Maureen Cooney

David Lynch

Margaret Hynes

1  9.00am

Michael & John Shevlin

1  9.00am

Elizabeth & John Ryan

1  11.00am

Claire Butler

James & Peggy Farrell

1  11.00am

Maureen Byrne

Isme Browne

1  12.15pm

Nuala Callaghan

Damien Corr

Renate Munnelly

Marie Dempsey

1  12.15pm

James Brady

James Cogan




Monday         Pauline Vidler                              Tuesday: O’Sullivan & Burns Families & Josef Gryson

Wednesday:  Bridget Cleary & Jackie Sweeney   Saturday: No Morning Mass


There is no “I” in the Our Father (Pope Francis)

In his ongoing catechesis on the “Our Father”, Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered on Wednesday last, that “true prayer is made in the intimate depths of a heart visible only to God. “It is a silent dialogue”, he said, with love at its core. “To look at God and to let oneself be looked at by God is to pray”. The Pope commented that in this way, the Christian does not forget the world, but rather brings its people and its needs into his or her prayer. He continued by saying, that the person who prays, tells God about the pain of someone he or she met that day.

“If you don’t realize that there’s so many people who suffer”, the Pontiff underlined, then that means one’s heart is withered. “Feeling compassion” is “one of the key verbs of the Gospel”. “Let us ask ourselves”, said the Pope, “when I pray, do I open myself to the cry of so many people near and far? Or do I think of prayer as some kind of anaesthesia so you can relax?”

He stressed that “Jesus doesn’t want hypocrisy. “True prayer is that which is accomplished in the secret of conscience, of the heart: inscrutable, visible only to God… It avoids falsehood: with God it is impossible to pretend”. Before God, he said, tricks have no power.

Pope Francis noted that in the Our Father there is the absence of the word “I”. Jesus, he explained teaches us instead to pray: “your kingdom come, your will be done”. The second half of the prayer then moves from “your” to “our”: “give us our daily bread; forgive us our trespasses”. “This use of the plural, he added, shows us that Christian prayer never asks bread for just one person, but always on behalf of others.” There is no room for individualism in dialogue with God!”


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