Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath
29 July 2007
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm
The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.
New Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. Over the next few weeks, we are looking for new Eucharistic Ministers and Readers for our parish, to complement our existing Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. If you are interested in either of these ministries, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.
Baptism: We are hoping to introduce a baptismal programme for parents who wish to have their child baptised in our church. This programme is now the norm in most parishes. As a first step we need the assistance of a number of parishioners who would be willing to present the programme. You don’t have to be an expert, as you will be given the necessary training. The programme will run once a month and those who volunteer to run the programme will be asked to present the baptismal programme only a few times during the year.
We are hoping to introduce a children’s choir in the Autumn. It is proposed that the choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on every second Saturdays. They will alternate with the Parish Folk Group. We are looking for a number of people who would be willing to prepare the choir and direct them at the Mass. If you are interested in helping with the children’s choir, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.
Parish Choir: The parish choir will be resuming their practices in September after their Summer recess. They practice in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they sing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions.
New members are always welcome and if you are interested please ring the parish office or let
Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.
Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 12th to 17th September. Some places still available. Contact 01-8731444.
Navan Career Start: This programme is there to help lone parents to get back into education and the workforce. Phone 086 885 2241 Email:
The Old Mill Montessori School Opening in September and now enrolling.
Contact Siobhan 0851316908
A vacancy exists for a Childcare Assistant to work as part of the childcare team in the Happy Days Childcare, Ratoath Community Centre. This is a FAS Community employment post and applicants must qualify under the CE scheme. Applications in writing only to Ms Deirdre Carroll, Happy Days Childcare, Ratoath Community Centre, Ratoath.
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
God our Father and protector, without you nothing is holy, nothing has value.
Guide us to everlasting life by helping us to use wisely
the blessing you have given to the world.
The Gospel is from St. Luke, 11:1-13 in which we hear Luke's rendition of the "Our Father" and Jesus' teaching on prayer.
The Our Father is certainly the most sublime formula possible and contains the whole essence of the most elevated mental prayer. However, Jesus gave it as a formula for vocal prayer: "When you pray, say- “Our Father, who art in heaven…….” This is enough to make us understand the value and importance of vocal prayer, which is within the reach of everyone even children, the uneducated, the sick, the weary.... But we must realize that vocal prayer does not consist only in the repetition of a certain formula. If this were true, we should have a recitation and not a prayer, for prayer always requires a movement, an elevation of the soul toward God. In this sense, Jesus instructed His disciples: "When thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret.... And when you are praying, speak not as the heathens do" (Mt 6:6-7). It is interesting to note that in St. Matthew these prescriptions concerning the exterior and interior dispositions necessary for well-made prayer immediately precede the teaching of the Our Father.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil
Congratulations to Kayla Tyrrell (The Village Geen), Katie Keenan (Fox Lodge Manor),
Arraon Bizzell (Fox Lodge Manor) and Cian Campbell (Speeplechase Hill) who were baptised recently.