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Parish Bulletin 5th May 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 5 May 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 souls of Betty Sherry (Mooretown) and

Frances O’Kelly (Johnstown), sister of Patsy Boyle (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.

Zack Sullivan, Aoibhe Keane, Penelope Bryant, Ava Corbett, Isla Byrne, Saorla Concannon and

Amber O’Neill were baptised recently. We welcome them into the Christian community.

Congratulations to Gillian Darby & Stephen Dowling who were married during the week.

Next Sunday is Vocations Sunday and the basket collection is for vocations for the diocese.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 28th April €1,031.40 and blue envelopes for Easter Sunday €6,767.40 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 7th May at 8.00pm.

A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 8th May at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.
Cemetery Sunday is Sunday 26th May beginning with prayers for the dead in the church at 3.00pm, followed by rosary and blessing of the graves in the cemetery.


Trocaire Boxes should be returned as soon as possible. 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.

5 May

Third Sunday of Easter

12 May

Forth Sunday of Easter

7.  7.00pm

May McNally

7.  7.00pm

Paddy Dolan & the deceased members of the family

1  9.00am

Una Brennan (Month’s Memory)

1  9.00am

Ita & Oliver Doran

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

1  11.00am

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

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm

Edward McAndrew (Month’s Memory)

Maura & John Harvey

Con & Bridget Colfer

1  12.15pm

Bill Eiffe (Month’s Memory)

Patricia Smith


Monday                Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Nursing Home

Tuesday                Special Intention           

Wednesday           For all who sympathised with the McAuley family on the death of Vincent McAuley                      

Thursday              Special Intention                                 Friday         Special Intention

Saturday              First Communion Ceremonies for Ratoath Junior School 10.30am and 12.30pm

From Pope Francis at Easter Vigil


Let us return to the women who went to Jesus’ tomb.  They halted in amazement before the stone that was taken away.  Seeing the angels, they stood there, the Gospel tells us, “frightened, and bowed their faces to the ground”.  They did not have the courage to look up. 

How often do we do the same thing? We prefer to remain huddled within our shortcomings, cowering in our fears. It is odd, but why do we do this?  Not infrequently because, glum and closed up within ourselves, we feel in control, for it is easier to remain alone in the darkness of our heart than to open ourselves to the Lord.  Yet only he can raise us up. 

A poet once wrote: “We never know how high we are till we are called to rise”.

The Lord calls us to get up, to rise at his word, to look up and to realize that we were made for heaven, not for earth, for the heights of life and not for the depths of death: Why do you seek the living among the dead?

God asks us to view life as he views it, for in each of us he never ceases to see an irrepressible kernel of beauty.  In sin, he sees sons and daughters to be restored; in death, brothers and sisters to be reborn; in desolation, hearts to be revived. 

Do not fear, then: the Lord loves your life, even when you are afraid to look at it and take it in hand.  In Easter he shows you how much he loves that life: even to the point of living it completely, experiencing anguish, abandonment, death and hell, in order to emerge triumphant to tell you: “You are not alone; put your trust in me!”.

Jesus is a specialist at turning our deaths into life, our mourning into dancing (cf. Ps 30:11)



Lough Derg One Day Retreats begin on Saturday 4th May and continue on 5th, 6th, 11th,12th, 14th,19th, 21st, 25th, 26th and 27th May. Booking essential.

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The Navan Male Voice Choir, together with Athlone Choral Society, St Paul's National School Choir, Navan and A Few Bars More are presenting "An Evening of Choral Entertainment" in St Mary's Church of Ireland, Navan on Saturday 18th May at 7:30pm.  Proceeds will go to the Church of Ireland Restoration Fund.

Ratoath Summer Art Camp from 15th July to 19th July. Age Groups: 4 years and up.

Cost €75 per child. €70 for each additional sibling, from 10am to 2pm in Ratoath Scouts’ Den.

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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.

Anam Cara North Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 15th May at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

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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