Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath
5 August 2007
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm
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.
Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Sunday 12th August.
The Old Mill Montessori School Opening in September and now enrolling.
Contact Siobhan 0851316908
Ratoath College. Uniform sale day will be held on 14th August and 21st August 10.00am – 1.00pm. Please note change of venue from school in Jamestown to Fairyhouse.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 22nd & 29th July €2,000.62
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Ratoath Musical Society, auditions for ‘Oliver!’ on Sunday 26th August. Seeking teenagers and adults in particular. Details and registration at 085- 1608552/ 085-1608587 or
18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus, I give you what burdens me, trusting you will give me rest. Help me to seek the spiritual possessions of love, truth and heavenly wisdom. Give me the courage to grow with change and serve you no matter what the future holds.
Thinking a new….
The lesson of the Gospel today is obvious to all, and it is perhaps as difficult to put into practice as it is obvious. To be in this world and not of it, to collect the necessary goods of this world by honest labour and yet remain detached from them, to possess but not be possessed by worldly riches, is an ideal to which our weak human nature responds very reluctantly.
No one will be excluded from heaven because they lawfully possessed some of this world's wealth. But one could be excluded from eternal happiness if they let this world's wealth possess them to the exclusion of God.
The fate of the rich man in the parable need not, and should not, be mine. I still have time to stop building larger grain-bins and barns, and to turn my attention instead to collecting some treasure for heaven.
The week ahead…
Transfiguration of the Lord
In the transfiguration of the Lord there is a profound and sublime lesson for all times, and for Christians of all sorts and conditions. In this earthly life we must not expect every hour to offer us joy, pleasures and glory, even if we seek these with an honest and legitimate purpose.
Edith Stein was born of Jewish parents in 1891, becoming an influential philosopher following her extensive studies at major German universities. After her conversion to Catholicism she became a major force in German intellectual life, entering the Discalced Carmelites in 1933. Sister Teresa Benedicta was arrested by the Nazi regime in 1942, along with all Catholics of Jewish extraction and transported by cattle train to the death camp of Auschwitz. She died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz that same year
Congratulations to Amy Murray (Jamestown Park) Laura Russell (Lagore)
Joseph McCabe (Mill Tree Park) Thomas McCormack (Jamestown Park) and
Samantha Blackwell (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently.