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Parish Bulletin 21st September 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath21 September 2008
( 01 8256207

Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

      Congratulations to Jacob Doherty (Somerville), Emily Ellison (Meadowbank Hill),Max McGuinness (Somerville), Aaron Jobus (Streamstown) and Aaron Crawley (Drumree) who were baptised recently.   A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm on Monday 22nd September The parents committee for the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme will meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre on this Tuesday 23rd September at 7.30pm The Parish Finance Committee will meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre on this Tuesday 23rd September at 8.30pm The social night for the altar society and for all who assist in cleaning the church during the year will take place on Thursday evening in the Parochial House, beginning with prayer at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. The children who are to receive their First Communion will be enrolled at the 7.00pm next Saturday and at the 11.00am & 12.15pm next Sunday Choirs: The parish choir practice on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. The Children choir practice on Wednesdays at 7.00pm in the Parish Church and the Folk group practice on Thursdays at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. The Legion of Mary meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursdays at 8.00pm Please pray for William Kavanagh (Castleknock) father of Andy Kavanagh (Steeplechase Wood) who died during the week. May he rest in peace. 
Lectio Divina
Have you ever wanted to understand the Sunday readings a bit more?
If the answer is yes, you are invited to join the Parish Lectio Divina group. The group gathers for an hour every Monday evening at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre to explore the Gospel of the following Sunday and to connect it with our lives. The group is made up of young and old, and is led in an informal, relaxed and reflective atmosphere.
All are welcome to attend.
  
21 SeptTwenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 28 SeptTwenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmMichael & Roseanna Nolan & Ann MurphyVigil 7.00pmLiam Woods &Ann McLoughlin (Months Mind)
9.00amJames ,Rose& Peter Brennan & Ann Cahill9.00amPaddy Walsh (Months Mind)
11.00amMichael & Patricia Reilly11.00amJohn & Elizabeth Harmon
12.15pm 12.15pmPaddy Carroll
 Monday                      The Deceased Members of the Cunny FamilyTuesday                      The Greer Family                          Wednesday            Christopher ConnellThursday                    Molly & Mattie Duffy                  Saturday                 Bernard Browne & Patrick HoeyPope Benedict in Lourdes: On Monday morning, in Lourdes, the pope celebrated Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows in the presence of sick people and pilgrims who had come to Lourdes for the occasion.  In his homily, the Holy Father offered the following reflection: “Christians have always sought the smile of Our Lady, this smile which artists were able to represent with such marvellous skill and to show to advantage. This smile of Mary is for all; but it is directed quite particularly to those who suffer, so that they can find comfort and solace therein".   "In Mary’s smile", he added, "is reflected our dignity as children of God, that dignity which never abandons the sick person. This smile, a true reflection of God's tenderness, is the source of an invincible hope. "Unfortunately we know only too well: the endurance of suffering can upset life's most stable equilibrium, it can shake the firmest foundations of confidence, and sometimes even leads people to despair of the meaning and value of life. There are struggles that we cannot sustain alone, without the help of divine grace.    "I would like to say, humbly, to those who suffer and to those who struggle and are tempted to turn their backs on life: turn towards Mary! Within the smile of the Virgin lies mysteriously hidden the strength to fight against sickness, in support of life. With her, equally, is found the grace to accept without fear or bitterness to leave this world at the hour chosen by God".*********************************************************************************************** The Diocese of Ossory invites you to visit its stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny, from 23 to 25 September next, situated at site L564.  Bishop Seamus Freeman, together with priests and people of the diocese, will be there to welcome you.  There will be a prayer time each day at 12noon and 3pm and you are welcome to visit the dedicated prayer room at any time, for private prayer and to write a petition.  Visitors to the diocesan stand may also avail of a one to one conversation in our "Listening Ear Space". There will be an introductory evening at An Croí for the Diploma in Spirituality accredited by Milltown Institute and the Heart of Spirituality Programme on Wednesday September 24th at 7.30pm. For further information please contact 01.8352156 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Ratoath Athletic Club. Training starts at the new athletic track in Jamestown on Tuesday night at 7pm for juvenile athletes. Adults train on Wednesday night at 7pm. New members welcome. Dunshaughlin Players Drama Group is currently reading plays with a view to casting an autumn production. If interested contact Ettie Philip on 01 8011662. New members welcome. PTAA Association Social Night:  St. Patricks Hall, Dunshaughlin, Friday Oct 3rd at 9.00pm.  Music by Michael & Friends and lots of local talent Adm: €10 Flower Arranging Classes will commence on 2nd October for 6 weeks Thursday Mornings in the Parish Pastoral Centre 10.30am – 12.30pm  Phone Ann 086 8054217 Ratoath Bridge Club: Play restarts on Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm in the GAA clubhouse. New members welcome. Pilates classes returns on Tuesday nights starting 30th September at 8.00pm in the Gaelscoil na Rithe Dunshaughlin. Phone Nicola 087 6975207. Tommy Fleming on Friday 26th September at 8.00pm in Venue Theatre. Admission €32 Ashbourne Comhaltas takes place in Gaelscoil na Cille on Fri evenings from 7.30pm -9.00pm .
 

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