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Parish Bulletin 4 March 2007

      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 March 2007


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Opening Hours for the Parish Office

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.00pm


                    Second Sunday of Lent

Today's Mass places before us the transfigured Lord and the model toward whom we must tend, and our own transfiguration as the goal we must attain. We attain this goal by a profound realization of our sinfulness and need of a Redeemer; by preserving purity of body and soul, by observing the commandments and most importantly by participating in the Mass.

 "Listen to Him!": everything God wishes to say to humanity he has said through Christ, now that the fullness of time has come



What an astounding moment for these three disciples as they experienced the transfiguration of Jesus! They knew him, for a brief time, in a radically different way. Prayer involves going apart, if not physically, at least mentally. It means being present to God as the three disciples were. The difficult part of praying is that our lives are usually so rushed and busy that we rarely call a halt and just look intently at our life with God. When we do stop, our minds are still racing and we can easily get discouraged because “nothing happens” It takes time and practice to contemplate.


Jesus, Lord and Master,

It is indeed wonderful for us to be here.

You are with me now, true God and true Man.

Though the form of presence is certainly different,

you are just as really present in the Eucharist 

as you were on the holy mountain of Tabor.

God our Father, help us to hear your Son.

Enlighten us with your word, that we may find a way to your glory.


4 March

Second Sunday of Lent

11 March

Third Sunday of Lent


Joan & Dominick Casey & June Carwood

& Jim & Elizabeth Lowther


Mick O’Hare


Deceased Members of the Cullen & Fitzpatrick Families


Thomas Everard

& Robert Doran


Joe Lynch


Deceased Members of the Brennan Family  & Patrick Kerrigan


Joe Moore


Deceased Members of the McFrederick Family & Jim Walsh & David Gannon




                      Wednesday       Briege Walsh



Congratulations to Emma Gilhooley (The Commons), Mia Colley-Kenny (Mill Tree Park)

and Sean Twyford (Jamestown Park) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Kathleen Bourke (Johnstown) mother of Billy Bourke and Joan Slattery

(Mullinam Lane) and for Margaret Doherty (Longford), mother of Eileen Doherty (The Paddocks) and Peter Doherty (The Old Mill) who died during the week. May they rest in peace. 


Forward in Faith -  A Course for Lent 2007.                                                                 

The topic this year is “ Who is Jesus?” an opportunity to help participants to pray using Scriptures presented in a friendly informal atmosphere in Dowdstown House, Dalgan Park, Navan for 5 Tuesdays from 6th March to 3rd April from 8.00pm-10.00pm.                                               

It is designed with the following groups in mind Readers & Eucharistic Ministers, members of parish committees, parents preparing their children for First Communion & Confirmation, Primary School teachers, people involved in Eucharistic Adoration and parishioners interested in deepening their understanding of Catholicism.  An internal review of the 69 parishes found that there are 2,119 Readers and 2,072 Eucharistic Ministers, with 1,036 involved in various parish committees. This is a significant number of people participating directly in parish activities. It is hoped that better faith formation will enable people to take on greater responsibility in parish life. Another key group of people are involved the 191 parish primary schools, which have over 27,000 pupils, with several thousand teachers and parents involved in handing on faith, which is a top priority for every parish      To register contact Dowdstown House Tel 046 9021407. 10.00am-1.00pm Cost €30.00

A meeting of the Children’s Liturgy Committee will take place on Monday 5th March at 8.00pm in the Parish Resource Centre 


Ratoath ICA will meet in the Community Centre on Tuesday 6th March at 8.00pm.

Auction Night in aid of the Meath Hospice.


Old Mobile Phones: The Jack & Jill Foundation need them. Please leave in a box at the back of the Church, and also in the Community Centre. Thank You.


Ratoath Active Age meet on Friday 9th March in the Community Centre from 11.00am-1.00pm.


The Louth/Meath Branch of Irish Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus would like to thank all who contributed to their recent church gate collection which raised €1, 556.80.


Interested in Childcare in Meath, Meath County Childcare Committee invite you to a series of discussion evenings where you can have your say on the development of childcare in Co Meath.  All are welcome. Venues  Ardboyne Hotel 7th March at 8.00pm. Dunboyne Castle, 12th March at 8.00pm. Trim Castle 14th March at 8.00pm.


Ratoath / Rathbeggan Community Games Art & Model making competition will take place on Saturday  24th March. Time 10.00am-12.00noon Where: The Venue, Community Centre Ratoath.  For more information contact Deirdre McCormack on 085 7283263.




Ratoath Community Support Group (Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs)

Next meeting will be held on Monday 5th March at 8pm in the Community Centre. If you would like to know more about the group, please contact Doreen on 8257902 or Lisa on 086 8726963


The Ratoath National School Parents Assoc has invited the Aisling Group to run their “Safe Passage Programme” in the school. The programme’s aim is to “give parents the resources, the knowledge, confidence and skills to get their children through adolescence to adulthood drug free, responsible and independent”. The programme will be run in the Senior School over four Wednesdays in March, 7th, 14th, 21st& 28th at 7.30pm to 9.30pm each evening.
The cost of the programme is €20 payable to the Ratoath National School Parents Assoc. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come – first served basis If interested, please contact Sandra on 8254470 asap.













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