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Parish Bulletin 28th July 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                 28 July 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.

We welcome Loughlin Joseph, Rian Taaffe, Leah Rice, Alexander Lynam Morgan, Fiada Flaherty,

Holly Moroney, Juliette Izaaka into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Envelope Collection for week ending 7th 14th  & 21st July €2146.70. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

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

                                                        Dates for 2020

Confirmation                                                            Friday 20th March

First Communion   Ratoath Junior National School      Saturday 9th May

                             St Paul’s National School               Saturday16th May

                             Rathbeggan National School          Saturday 23rd May

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 11th August.  Led by Bishop Tom Deenihan with the Meath Diocesan Choir. Confession 11.00am to 5.00pm, Anointing of the Sick 2.30pm, Pilgrimage Mass 3.00pm followed by Benediction, Rosary Procession to the Shrine and Blessing of Religious Objects. For further detail contact  For details of supports for elderly and invalids phone 094 9388100. A bus for Knock will leave Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00 am and Dunboyne Church at 8.15 am. To book a seat on the bus please contact May Tuite 087 133 4872 ( Dunshaughlin) or Peggy Thornton 087 784 6455 (Dunboyne)

Study Theology Online:  Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register now for Autumn 2019. Contact The Priory Institute at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01 404  8124

28 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 4 Aug

Eighteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Patsy, Rita & Agnes McCabe

Patrick O’Sullivan

May Hessman

7.  7.00pm

Liam McLoughlin

Jimmy Ralph

Thomas, Martin & Kathleen Madden

1  9.00am


1  9.00am

Deceased members of the Molloy family

1  11.00am

Frank & Molly Maher

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm

Michael Kelly (Months Memory)

Louise Kelly

Peg, Harry & Nan Everard

Jackie O’Sullivan

John Kellett

1  12.15pm

Conor Fogarty



    Tuesday    Maire Daly

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

    Saturday   Memorial Mass for Cormach Murrihy and his father Val at 11.00am in the Parish Church  

                       Columbarium in the Parish Cemetery
You may have noticed that we have erected a columbarium in the parish cemetery after the proposal was approved by the Parish Finance Committee.
A columbarium is a place for the interment of cremated remains.                         This is an option that more and more people are requesting. Initially we have erected a columbarium housing 30 niches. It is less costly to purchase a niche than a grave plot and there is no maintenance attached to them.                                                                 As a general rule each niche in the columbarium will have a maximum capacity of three urns (depending on the size of the urn).
Just as we would honour a person’s physical body by giving him/her a permanent resting place, so too we honour cremated remains by giving them a permanent resting place.  
When cremation is chosen, the preferred sequence is to have the body present for the celebration of the Funeral Mass, followed by cremation. The interment or entombment of the cremated remains takes place at a later date.   
The parish has devised a policy for the regulations that will govern the interment of cremated remains in Ratoath Parish Cemetery which will be made available to those who wish to purchase a niche. Niches cannot be purchased in advance. 
If, over time, there is a growing demand from parishioners for cremation, then we have the option of adding a further columbarium in the cemetery later. 
*****************************************************************************         Reflection on This Sunday’s Gospel – The Our Father
“Lord teach us to pray”. If someone asked this today of a faith leader, we might get a long list of possibilities based on different tastes, cultures and trends. Millions of books have been written on prayer, how to pray, what method, where, when, how to sit, what to wear, what attitude one should have, and so on. Yet, here, Jesus gives his disciples a very direct response, actual words in a formula, that they should recite.
In Jesus’ time there were many rabbis who would have certain prayers for their followers to say, almost as a way of identifying their group. 
The Lord’s prayer is the prayer of Jesus’ disciples, so it is our prayer too. It is among the first prayer we learn as children. It is a prayer of identify for Christians. When we are in a moment of crisis, when all other words fail us, it is often the “go-to” prayer. 
After teaching the Lord’s prayer, Jesus tells a story about a man whose friend goes to him at midnight looking for bread for another friend. It might appear to be a confusing story, but the emphasis is on the power of praying for another’s need. In the early church and today, this is seen as the work of the people of God, the baptised: to pray for the world and the needs of others. Then we go beyond ourselves and our own interests, reaching out and opening up, rather than being closed in on ourselves.                                           from Intercom 

          Jane Me


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