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Parish Bulletin 3rd March 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               3 March 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.


Congratulations to Zoe Ryan who was baptised recently into the parish community.

Congratulations to Ciara Pykett and Jamie Donnelly who were married recently.

A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 5th March at 8.00pm

Lent begins on Wednesday

                             Masses at 9.45am and 7.00pm with the blessing and distribution of ashes.

In the readings for Ash Wednesday, there is a great consciousness of our sinfulness,

as we pray “have mercy on us, O Lord for we have sinned”.

There is also a sense that the time to repent and turn back is now. The Gospel tells us how to approach that renewal of our lives. It put before us the remedy in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

These three strands of Lenten observance are as ancient as Christianity itself.

Trocaire Boxes are available for collection at the back of the church.

Spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament during the season of Lent.

Visit the church for Eucharistic Adoration between 10.00am and 10.00pm on Wednesdays

Light the Fire 2019 – The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal invite you to join them at St. Patrick’s Parish Church in Slane, Co. Meath, to pray together for Ireland in the place where St. Patrick lit the Easter Fire. Event begins at 5:00pm, on the 18th March (Bank Holiday Monday). Mass celebrated by Bishop Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. For more information contact the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, 041 983 0441

3 Mar

Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 Mar

First Sunday of Lent

7.  7.00pm

Gordon Alford

Bridget Johnson

Cora McGuigan

7.  7.00pm

Paddy Moore

1  9.00am

Patrick & Colette Devenney

1  9.00am

Kay & Brendan Menton

1  11.00am

Catherine Williams (Months Memory)

Michael & Bridget Carey

1  11.00am

Michael Gilchrist

1  12.15pm


1  12.15pm

Cepta McNabb (Month’s Memory)

Seamus, Kit , Bridget & Noel Ennis

Baby Marcus Crawley

Leigha McKeon

John Checkley




Monday         Special Intention     

Wednesday    Ash Wednesday 9.45am  John McGowan                   Mass  7.00pm

Thursday        Bernadette Day                                     Friday      Pauline Vidler

Saturday        Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am  - Brendan Shields

We wish the Parish Folk Group every good wish when they lead the singing at Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh this Saturday evening 2nd March

Dunshaughlin Church: Life in the Spirit Seminars: Tuesday Nights - 5th March -9th April from 7.30pm-9.20pm. 5th March Theme “God’s Love” Speaker Don Devaney. All Welcome  

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    

Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lisbon ex- Dublin for Feast Day of Saint Anthony 9th/14th June. 

Also Pilgrimage to Rome and San Giovanni at Easter 15th /22 April. Contact 086 0572216

If you received a letter in early February from the parish office regarding to the CHY4 cert and you have not returned the form to the office, we would be grateful if you could do so as soon as possible.

Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday 6th March from 7.00pm - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  Guest speaker is Clare Duffy, Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Family Carers Ireland, who will give a talk on ‘Information Briefing on Rights and Entitlements for Family Carers’.   Tea/coffee and scones served.  Admission is free. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Ratoath College Uniforms: Fittings for girls uniforms takes place in Blondelles from 4th to 9th March  and for boys from 11th to 16th March. Current students requiring uniforms can order at this time. Phone 01-8257711

Learn to Jive & Keep Fit. Jiving lessons starting this Tuesday 5th March in St. Seachnall’s School, Dunshaughlin. Beginners at 7.30pm; improvers at 8.30pm Great exercise and fun. No partner required. For details, contact Declan from GetUp and Jive on 087 7557163

GAA Lotto results nos drawn: 4,19,21,23. There's no Jackpot winner. €50 winners: Declan Grall & Trina Gilchrist. The next draw is in the Auld Stand on Monday 4th March with jackpot of €2,600


Pope Francis suggests that the path to Easter demands that people renew their hearts as Christians through repentance, conversion and forgiveness, “so as to live fully the abundant grace of the paschal mystery”.

He underlines that Lent is a sacramental sign of this conversion. Lent invites Christians to embody the paschal mystery more deeply and concretely in their personal, family and social lives, above all by fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Fasting, he explains, is learning to change our attitude towards others and all of creation, turning away from the temptation to “devour” everything to satisfy our voracity and being ready to suffer for love, which can fill the emptiness of our hearts.

Prayer teaches people to abandon idolatry and the self-sufficiency of their ego, and acknowledge their need of the Lord and his mercy.

Almsgiving helps people escape from the insanity of hoarding everything for themselves in the illusory belief that they can secure a future that does not belong to them.

“May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” the Pope prays.

He urges the faithful to “Leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption”.






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