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Parish Bulletin 11th March 2007

      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

11 March 2007


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

There are no more distinctions between slave and free, male and female, but all are one in Christ Jesus”

Gal. 3:28

Trócaire’s Lenten campaign for 2007 focuses on equal rights for women and men around the world. By helping to promote gender equality we can improve the lives of many. While great strides have been made towards gender equality in the developed world, in large parts of the world women have still not achieved full equality. In order for this to happen, men and women must work together to ensure that both have equal opportunities and rights.

This campaign is not about women’s rights – it’s about equal rights for men and women.


Consider the facts:

v      70 per cent of people living in poverty and 66 per cent of those who can’t read or write are women.

v      Worldwide, women earn 69 per cent of male wages. There is no country where women earn the same as men.

v      A total of 70 per cent of refugees and displaced people are women.

v      Women produce nearly 80 per cent of the food on the planet, but receive less than 10 per cent of agricultural assistance

v      In 2006, more than twice as many young women were living with HIV as young men .

“A fundamental element of building peace is recognising the equality of human persons springing from their common dignity. Equality is a good that cannot be ignored or scorned without causing serious repercussions, which put peace at risk. Inadequate consideration for the condition of women helps to create instability in the fabric of society. I think of the exploitation of women who are treated as objects, and of the many ways that a lack of respect is shown for their dignity; I also think  - in a different context – of the mind set persisting in some cultures, where women are still firmly subordinated to the arbitrary decisions of men, with grave consequences for their personal dignity and for the excuse of their fundamental freedoms. There can be no illusion of a secure peace  until these forms of discrimination are also overcome, since they injure the personal dignity impressed by the Creator upon every human being.”

Pope Benedict XVI Message for World Day of Peace 2007



Third Sunday of Lent

18 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent


Mick O’Hare


No Vigil Mass


Thomas Everard

& Robert Doran



Aileen Conway


Deceased members of the Brennan Family & Patrick Kerrigan


Leigha McCann &

Andrew & Lillian  Toole



Deceased members of the McFredrick family & Jim Walsh

& David Gannon


Seamus Ennis &

James Byrne




                      Friday        Thomas Maher & Bridget Meehan

          Saturday    Andrew & Lillian Toole (9.00am)  Caoimhe Hughes & Patrick & Mary Smith,          

                                                                                     Sr. Josephine, St Ursula Traynor (11.00am)





Congratulations to Sarah Forde & Isobel Lawlor (Steeplechase Wood) Jack Lundy & Hannah Murphy (Somerville) Eithan Styles ( The Old Mill) Rebecca Eack (Seagrave Park) Gilby Fitzsimons (Foxlodge Woods) and Ealaidh O’Neill ( Glascarn) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Devina McCullock (Kells) Childcare Worker Ratoath Child Care Centre who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


Envelope Collection for weeks 25th Feb and 3rd March was €3126.21. Many thanks for your continued support.


    St Patrick’s Day.

The Vigil Mass is at 7.00pm on Friday

The Masses on Saturday are 9.00am and 11.00am

There is no 12.15p.m Mass on St Patrick’s Day

      and no Saturday evening mass.



Fashion Show. In Community Centre in aid of Ratoath Community Support Group will be held on Thursday 22nd March at 8.00pm. Clothes by Blondell’s & McGeever  Menswear, local models. 



Rathbeggan  National  School: Enrolment week. Open Day will take place on Tuesday 13th March from 12.45pm2.00pm (September Enrolment) For further information Tel 01 8259891.


Coffee Morning to raise funds for  children under 5 with special needs in an orphanage in Molupe, Peru, will be held in the community centre on Friday 16th March 10.00am-12.00 pm Cake Sale, Raffle, donations of cakes will be gratefully received. Contact Breda Eiffe, Lee Valley Ratoath.  



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.


Juvenile Disco GAA clubhouse Friday 16th March 6.30-8.00pm 8-12 yrs and 8.30pm-11.00 12s & over





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


Special Need Assistant required for Play School in Ratoath from Sept 07. Three days per week for one child only. Ring Martina 087 814 7135. 

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.                                                                                                                    To register contact Dowdstown House Tel 046 9021407. 10.00am-1.00pm Cost €30.00















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