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Parish Bulletin 24 February2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              24 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 Joline Henchey (England) sister of Pat Dennehy,  (Greenpark) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.

Congratulations to Aimee Mulvenna who was baptised recently.


Envelope Collection for the weeks ending 10th & 17th February €1,806.95

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity

The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on this Thursday and Friday

We welcome the boys and girls of Sixth Class to the 7.00pm Vigil and 12.15pm Masses next weekend in their final Mass of preparation for Confirmation. We welcome them along with their parents.

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 2ndMarch from 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


Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 9-14 September. Bookings can be made with Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2. Tel 01-6359300. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it     

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





24 Feb

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 Mar

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Maureen Cooney

David Lynch

Margaret Hynes

7.  7.00pm

Gordon Alford

Bridget Johnson

1  9.00am

Elizabeth & John Ryan

1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Esme Browne (Months Memory)

Maureen Byrne

1  11.00am

Catherine Williams (Months Memory)

Michael & Bridget Carey

1  12.15pm

James Brady

James Cogan

1  12.15pm





Monday        David Nelson                              Wednesday         Special Intention   

Friday          Mass for all those on the Parish Altar list of the Dead

Saturday      Special Intention

English Conversational Classes for migrants: this Thursday at 7pm in Ratoath Training Centre (over Tesco). Contact Liam at Failte Isteach: 089-4252100 or email 
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Ratoath Garden Club: meeting on Monday 25th February in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Speaker will be Doreen Thornton. All Welcome
GAA Lotto Results, Numbers drawn: 1,11,18,22. No jackpot winner. €50 winners: Shane Kelly and Declan Grail.  Next week's draw takes place in the Ratoath Inn with a Jackpot of €2,500
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Cardinal Newman declared a Saint
On Tuesday 12th February, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonisation of the much-loved educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman.
The Pope received Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorised him to promulgate two decrees on miracles for sainthood, a decree on martyrdom and five on heroic virtues.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has warmly welcomed the news that Cardinal Newman will be declared a saint.
Following the announcement, Cardinal Nichols said:
"This is wonderful news which will be greeted with thanks to God by people across the world. Newman’s exploration of faith, depth of personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity make him a deeply admired follower of Christ. He brings together so many of the best of Catholic traditions shared well beyond the Catholic Church. His canonisation will be welcomed especially in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion.
For me the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint.
During his life the people of Birmingham recognised his holiness and lined the streets at the time of his burial. I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint."
Cardinal John Henry Newman was beatified - declared a 'Blessed' - by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his historic state visit to the UK in September 2010
                                     The Deep End: Freely Giving
“Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do your holy will”.
The “Prayer for Generosity”, which many of learned as children, is associated with St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, yet it is unclear whether he actually composed it. 
One of the earliest references to it comes from 1910, when it began to be used as a prayer for the France scouting movement. To this day it is often known as “The Scout Prayer” and is used by many Scout groups as a blueprint for the work they do. 
The prayer perfectly sums up the generous spirit of the many volunteer organisations and charities whose members give their time and energy so freely and generously to help others. 
There are thousands of volunteers all over the country who put love into action by visiting those who are lonely, listening to those who are struggling , providing food and other supplies for those in need, and fundraising for all sorts of worthy causes. 
Week in and week out, they give without ever counting the cost. 
These volunteers are living the message of today’s Gospel which can in summed up in one short sentence: Go the extra mile. 
Thank you Lord, for volunteers. Make us even more generous with our time, energy, and resources.  Help us to be compassionate, as you are compassionate.    



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