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Parish Bulletin 18 March 2007

      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

18 March 2007


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



Congratulations to Cian Whelan (Woodlands), to Harry Carroll (The Road, Foxlodge Woods) and to Ciaran Dardis (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 25th February and 4th March  €3,126.21

Standing Orders for February  €5,39 2.80

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


                                                          First Confessions

Ratoath Junior National School on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Rathbeggan National School on Thursday evening. All ceremonies at 7.30pm in the Parish Church.



A meeting of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan National School will take place on next Wednesday 21st at 8.30pm the Parish Resource Centre.


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


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.


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. 


Ratoath Active Age meet on Friday 23rd from 11.00am to 1.00pm in the Community Centre.


Ratoath Athletic Club. The AGM of Ratoath Athletic Club will be held on Thursday 22nd March at 8.30pm at the GAA Clubhouse in  Brownstown. It is important that the parents of juvenile athletes attend this meeting.


Learn Computer Skills. Morning classes in the Ratoath Community Centre. Learn a new skill while the kids are at school. Small classes. Learn about the internet, word processing, using spread sheets.


The Venue Theatre Ratoath:

Dunshaughlin Players present “Drama at Inish” on Thursday 29th , Friday 30th & Saturday 31st  March at 8.00pm. Admission €15.00 & €12.00.

The Lambert Puppet Theatre presents “The Sleeping Beauty” on Sunday 1st April at 2.00pm & 4.00pm. Admission  €10.00. Tickets available from the box office, phone 01 6895600


A New Wine Club will commence in the Centre on 21st March. Christopher Sturzle, will animate the club and can be contacted on 01 8027831.


A Postnatal Group for new mothers will commence in the Lagore Room of the Community Centre on Monday 26th March at 11.00am. Come and meet your public health nurse. Contact the centre 01 6895600.




Quote from Pope Benedict XVI


“May Lent be for every Christian a renewed experience of God’s love given to us in Christ, a love that each day we, in turn, must “regive” to our neighbour, especially to the one who suffers most and is in need.”



“On the Development of Peoples.”


This week marks the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul V1’s encyclical Populorum Progressio “On the Development of Peoples.”

This encyclical was concerned about the relationships between rich and poor nations and emphasises that these relationships are the responsibility of all people. This encyclical inspired the founding of many organisations such as Trócaire.

Although written forty years ago, its message still has relevance today.


Here we quote some passages from this encyclical.



v     When we fight poverty and oppose the unfair conditions of the present, we are not just promoting human well-being; we are also furthering man's spiritual and moral development, and hence we are benefiting the whole human race. For peace is not simply the absence of warfare, based on a precarious balance of power; it is fashioned by efforts directed day after day toward the establishment of the ordered universe willed by God, with a more perfect form of justice among men.

v     God intended the earth and everything in it for the use of all human beings and peoples.

v     As St. Ambrose put it: “You are not making a gift of what is yours to the poor man but are giving him back what is his. You have been appropriating things that are meant to be for the common use of everyone”.

v     We are the heirs of earlier generations, and we reap benefits ffrom the efforts of our contemporaries…Therefore we cannot disregard the welfare of those who will come after us.

v     To put it in clearer words, is that our charity towards the poor, of whom there are countless numbers in the world, has to become more solicitous, more effective, more generous.

v     The progressive development of peoples is an object of deep interest and concern to the Church. This is particularly true in the case of those peoples who are trying to escape the ravages of hunger, poverty, endemic disease and ignorance; of those who are seeking a larger share in the benefits of civilization and a more active improvement of their human qualities; of those who are consciously striving for fuller growth.



18 March    

Fourth Sunday of Lent

25 March

Fifth Sunday of Lent




Eileen, Margaret, Jimmy & Patrick Woods


Aileen Conway


Luke & Eileen Ralph


Leigha McCann &

Andrew & Lillian Toole



Edward & Mary Rafferty &

Molly Gaffney



Seamus Ennis

& James Byrne


Michael & Brigid Carey




  Monday         Thomas Byrne  (11.00am) Nursing Home                             Wednesday    Margaret Doherty

 Thursday       Timmy Halligan, Nicholas & Margaret Moore, Nicholas Moore Jr & Nuala McKeever.





























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