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Parish Bulletin 18th August 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

               18 August 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 Sophia Rapadas, Charlie Curtis, Laya McLoughlin & PennyRose O’Neill, into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Congratulations to Nicola Gannon & David Wilson who were married during the week.

Envelope Collection for week ending 28th July, 4th & 11th August €2,450.30

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

The annual Young Adult Catholic Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Dublin on Saturday August 31ST and Sunday September 1ST. This weekend is packed full of interesting events for young Catholics. Prices range from €25-€50, accommodation also available. For further details visit our website or contact Lucy 087 9959803.

Discovering God's plan. Explore how the Lord is be calling YOU -  married life, priesthood, single life, or religious life? An invitation to Young Adults (18-40)   Saturday 7th September ( 9.45am - 5pm )
La Verna, Franciscan Sisters, Ballinderry, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

Dowdstown Counselling Services Ltd. CYWS Hall, Fairgreen, Navan, Co. Meath.

Phone 046 9031196 or email dowdstownhouse@ or visit


An Autumn Day in the Columban Ecological Institute, St Columbans, Dalga, Navan with Dr John Feehan on Saturday 7th September from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Topic: Where have all the flowers gone? The wonderful and unseen world of seeds, berries and fruits. If you wish to attend, please contact Elizabeth Mc Ardle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Places for this day are limited and early booking is advised. The cost is €20, payable on the day. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch. Suitable footwear and outdoor clothes are recommended, and the day will go ahead whatever the weather.

18 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 Aug

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7.  7.00pm

Mary Hickey

Mylie & Kathleen Byrne

7.  7.00pm

Jacqueline Mannering

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

1  11.00am

Deceased members of the O’Neill Family

1  12.15pm

Margaret Cahill

1  12.15pm

Peggy  Flood

Paddy & Linda O’Connor &

Marie O’Connor-Howard

Harry, George & Gladys Campbell & deceased members of the family

Fergal Ronan



  Monday         Denis Murphy        Tuesday  Catherine & Patrick Cowley           

    Wednesday  Margaret, Paddy & Eilish Everard                          Saturday        No morning Mass   

         Gospel Reflection - Three against two and two against three

Sadly, many people are no strangers to family feuds. In past generations, things like land and inheritance were major causes of family disagreements, causing parents to fall out with sons or daughters, or siblings to stop speaking for years. We may have heard other stories from our own families- secrets that were not talked about, relatives who were shunned for ‘shaming’ the family. These attitudes are dying away, and that is good. We are less concerned with keeping up appearances, and more focused on ensuring children feel loved and supported.

Yet, there will always be conflicts in family life. Differences of opinion can arise over beliefs or choices, sometimes causing immense hurt on both sides. Often these disagreements are between generations. Parents who have raised their children in the faith can feel hurt when a son or daughter drifts away, or decides not to pass on the faith to their own children. Grandparents often carry this burden too. 

Some conflict is unavoidable as we navigate these situations, but we have a choice- do we allow anger and hurt to shape our interaction with loved ones or do we listen with respect and try to understand and find common ground?

Perhaps these inevitable conflicts are what Jesus refers to in today’s Gospel- father divided against son, mother against daughter. It’s a surprising statement given its usual focus on peace.

But then, following Jesus is not a smooth path. Peace can be hard - won, particularly where there are so many different personalities and opinions. Let us pray for wisdom and patience to navigate the tougher times.

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Ratoath Community Centre in conjunction with the Polish Embassy will host a special evening of music and dance to celebrate Irish-Polish Friendship in The Venue Theatre on Friday 23rd August at 8pm.   The Supertonic Orchestra, Catherine McEvoy, Tegan Rodden & other guests will perform.  

Tickets €10  available from Box Office 01/6895600 or can be purchased on the night.   

A special Exhibition will also take place from 7pm.

HSE-Free Diabetes Education Course “Desmond” for all patients with type 2 Diabetes, will be starting in Ashbourne in Autumn 2019. This is a free course that will run for 2 mornings (3 hours  each session) You will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of your diabetes care and we will help you develop a plan to manage it. If interested in attending please contact Joanne on 041 6860 766


Take a book, Share a Book is a new initiative organised by Ratoath Tidy Towns in conjunction with Ratoath Community Centre. Please feel free to pop into the centre and take a book from the book shelf located inside the front entrance, or share a book by leaving it on the shelf for others to enjoy.

Talk for Parents of Incoming 1st Year Students. Insights from a Career Coach about how to Smooth the Transition from Primary to Secondary.Venue Theatre, Ratoath. Tuesday 20th August at 8.15pm.Contact  Joe at (086) 4076495 for more details.



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