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Parish Bulletin 28th April 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                  28 April 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 Thomas Cusack (Belturbet), father of Aisling Ahearne                      who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


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

Trocaire Boxes can be returned from now onwards. Your contribution can be placed in the box that will be placed near the baptismal font (top right of the church). Please do not leave your contribution at the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity to this year’s Lenten appeal, which will make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives.

Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday, 1st May, from 7.00 - 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 Kathy McCollum, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Later Life Psychiatry, who will give a talk on ‘Life History’.  Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Ratoath Alzheimer Tea-Day: Maire Ryan will hold an Alzheimer’s Tea-Day in aid of Whistlemount Day Centre at Fox Lodge, Ratoath on Saturday 4th May from 10.30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.  All welcome and thank you for your support.

Ratoath Ramblers Walking Group is inviting new members. This group is available to everyone. We meet at the Ratoath GAA club each Monday at 7.50pm and walk starts promptly at 8pm.Various distances covered to accommodate all levels with various distances covered for all 1k, 3k or 5k.Tea and biscuits served free of charge in GAA club afterwards – an opportunity to meet new people and get fit.

 28 Apr

Second Sunday of Easter

5 May

Third Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

Gerard Ralph

Pierce Glynn

Mick O’Mahony

7.  7.00pm

May McNally

1  9.00am

Bridget Boshell

Frank O’Leary

1  9.00am

Una Brennan (Month’s Memory)

1  11.00am

Vincent McAuley (Month’s Memory)

Bill Mannering (Month’s Memory)

1  11.00am

Bridget, Michael & Seamus McIntyre  and deceased members of the family

1  12.15pm

Tony Donnelly

Detta Hannigan

Raymond McAndrew

Anthony King

Molly & Ernie Devine

Bryan McGlynn

1  12.15pm

Edward McAndrew (Month’s Memory)

Maura & John Harvey

Con & Bridget Colfer


Monday                Peggy & Tom McMullan                          Tuesday                Michael (Jack) Ryan       Wednesday           Special Intention                                    Thursday              May & Tom Clince Friday                   Mass for those on the Parish List of the Dead                                                                                                  

Saturday               No Morning Mass


From Pope Francis at Easter Vigil

The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening.  At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone: the beauty of creation against the tragedy of sin; liberation from slavery against infidelity to the covenant; the promises of the prophets against the listless indifference of the people.  So too, in the history of the Church and in our own personal history.  It seems that the steps we take never take us to the goal.  We can be tempted to think that dashed hope is the bleak law of life.

Today however we see that our journey is not in vain; it does not come up against a tombstone.  A single phrase astounds the woman and changes history: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” Why do you think that everything is hopeless, that no one can take away your own tombstones?  Why do you give into resignation and failure? 

 Easter is the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside.  God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness.  Human history does not end before a tombstone, because today it encounters the “living stone”, the risen Jesus. 

We, as Church, are built on him, and, even when we grow disheartened and tempted to judge everything in the light of our failures, he comes to make all things new, to overturn our every disappointment.  Each of us is called tonight to rediscover in the Risen Christ the one who rolls back from our heart the heaviest of stones. 

So let us first ask: What is the stone that I need to remove, what is its name?

 Often what blocks hope is the stone of discouragement. Once we start thinking that everything is going badly and that things can’t get worse, we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life.  We become cynical, negative and despondent.  Stone upon stone, we build within ourselves a monument to our own dissatisfaction: the sepulchre of hope. Life becomes a succession of complaints and we grow sick in spirit.  A kind of tomb psychology takes over: everything ends there, with no hope of emerging alive.  But at that moment, we hear once more the insistent question of Easter: Why do you seek the living among the dead? The Lord is not to be found in resignation.  He is risen; he is not there.



The 2019 Pride of Place competition is open for applications. Details and the application form from The Community Department, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan or by email or alternatively from our website: The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5.00pm Friday 7th June

Diabetes Prevention Programme: A Free Education Programme aimed at people with risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, overweight, or family history will take place in Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan on Monday 13th May and Monday 20th May

from 10.00am to 1.00pm. If you are interested please contact Mary Mc Nally on 046 942 0804.

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Community Recycling Day in Ashbourne Retail Park on Saturday 4th May from 8am to 4pm. Accepting all electrical and electronic goods, fridges, freezers cookers, washing machines dishwashers, driers, and white goods to anything with a plug, big or small including, tvs monitors, computers any size. All bulky household waste : beds, mattresses, couches, metals, garden furniture, paper, cardboard, clean plastics, books and toys. No garden clippings, concrete and hazardous waste accepted.

There is another stone that often seals the heart shut: the stone of sin.  Sin seduces; it promis


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