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Parish Bulletin 2nd June 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               2 June 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.

Ava Farrelly, Matthew Cummins, Beah Pascual, Henry Lipczynski, and Oscar Byrne were baptised recently. We welcome them into the Christian community.


Please pray for the repose of the souls of Michael Murphy (Fairyhouse Lodge) and Dick Whitty, (Skerries) father of Richard Whitty, Wilkinstown, who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday & Friday next week

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 4th June at 7.00pm.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 19th & 26th May €

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Young Adult Retreat (18-40): 21st to 23rd June (Fri eve - Sun. afternoon):

Theme: “I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” at Mount St. Joseph Abbey Roscrea. Cost: Donation (full board, own room).

Contact: Sr Úna 090 6481666. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We thank all our parishioners who tended to and prepared their family plots so beautifully for Cemetery Sunday. We are grateful to Jim and the other members of the CES who assisted during the past week to prepare the cemetery. Our aim is to keep the cemetery looking well throughout the year. The collection at the gates last Sunday, which goes toward the upkeep of the cemetery, raised €2,130. We thank you for your generosity.

2 June

Ascension of The Lord

9 June

Pentecost Sunday

7.  7.00pm

Michael Walsh

7.  7.00pm

Mary & Paddy Walsh

Bobby, Annie & Michael Walls

Alice & Bobby Doran

Rose, James & Michael Doran

1  9.00am

John, Christina, Sean and Lily O’Connor

1  9.00am


1  11.00am

John Shevlin; Mark Stanley

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm

Betty Sherry (Month’s Memory)

May Duffy nee Donnelly (Month’s Memory)

Pa & Julia Donnelly & the deceased members of the family

1  12.15pm

Deceased members of the Conway family

Joan Moriarty



            Monday                Mass in Ratoath Nursing Home at 11.00am                                                                                                         


         Tuesday                Alicia & Michael Hatch                             Wednesday  Finbarr O’Mahony

         Friday                   Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead           

         Saturday               No Morning Mass. Wedding Mass at 1.00pm

Ratoath National School Parents Association is holding a "Clothes for Cash" collection from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th June. Please drop your unwanted clothes, footwear (in pairs), bags, bed linen (no duvets) & towels in a bag at the low wall beside the schools car park from 9am to 3pm  Your support is very much appreciated as the school receives €4 per bag!

Meath Alzheimer Cafe on Wednesday 5th June, 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.  Guest speaker is Jim Cullen, Senior Clinical Psychologist, who will give a talk on ‘Building Resilience to Stress’.   Tea/coffee and scones served.  Admission is free. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Job Vacancy: Dunboyne Community Employment has the following three vacancies:
1 Groundsman/Maintenance Person: To work in Batterstown Area & Blackhall Gaels Grounds, Batterstown. Duties to include groundswork, upkeep & maintenance within the centre or as required by Manager.
2 Groundsman/Maintenance Person: To work in Dunshaughlin Pitch & Putt, Dunshaughlin. Duties to include groundswork, upkeep & maintenance within the centre or as required by Manager.
3 Retail Assistance: To work in SVDP Shop in Dunboyne. Duties to include stock rotation, customer service, stock control and general shop duties as required by the Manager.
For persons eligible to work under the Community Employment Scheme.  These positions are part-time (19.5 hours). Full training programme will be put in place for successful candidates. For further details on these positions please contact Danny Gaughan Email: 
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Mobile: 087-2626727 or Office: 01 – 825 2864
Blood Transfusion Service: Blood Donation Clinic in Ashbourne House Hotel Monday 10th June & Tuesday 11th June from 4:30 pm to 8:00 p.m. Please become a blood donor.


Church Cleaning Group requires volunteers:  only once every three months to help with the cleaning of the parish church: Contact 086 343 2484 or the parish office.


                                            Reflection on the Ascension of the Lord

The final scene of the movie, Dead Poets Society, is one of the most moving in modern cinema. Beloved  teacher, Mr Keating (played by the late Robin Williams), is saying a final farewell to his students, who have been inspired by his unorthodox teaching methods and his encouragement  to make “your lives extraordinary”. As he leaves the classroom, the students, in defiance of their strict headmaster, stand on their desks and salute him with words, “O Captain! My Captain!” – referring to a poem he taught them.

Goodbyes are often emotional, particularly if we know we might not see the other person again for a long time, if ever. In films and TV programmes, a farewell scene can be a pivotal moment, or even the climax of the drama. Sometimes, when characters say goodbye to each other, we see a shot of one of them left behind, bereft, gazing into the distance after their loved one.

In this context, one line in today’s reading always grabs my attention: “They were still staring into the sky”. The apostles had just witnessed Jesus being “lifted up” and taken from their sight.

They had lost him once with his death, and now they are losing him a second time, after precious time spent with him following his resurrection.

But the scene in today’s first reading for the Ascension is no ordinary goodbye. It is not a dramatic scene written for a film script. In fact, Jesus does not seem to say goodbye at all.

His last words are a promise to the disciples: the Holy Spirit will be with them as they set out on their mission. They have not been left alone.                             Triona Doherty (from Intercom)


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