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Parish Bulletin 15 April 2007

      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 April 2007


( 01 8256207


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


Message of Bishop Michael Smith on the occasion of

Pope Benedict XVI’s eightieth birthday



As Pope John Paul came close to death all the Cardinals who faced electing his successor must have reflected many times on whom they should choose. Cardinal  Ratzinger was one name that would come to the mind of all but many must have considered that at his age the burden would be too great. One Cardinal mentioned that they reflected on who among them could they elect that would not be overshadowed by his great predecessor. The manner in which Cardinal Ratzinger officiated at the Funeral Mass and the competence, knowledge and linguistic skill with which he presided each day over the meetings of the Cardinals in the days before the Conclave confirmed for many that age was not an obstacle.


Time has proved the wisdom of their choice. Apart from his four years as Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Ratzinger had placed his immense intellectual gifts, his theological and scriptural expertise and committed faith at the service of others in the Church, principally Pope John Paul. In the two years since his election age has not diminished his giftedness and he has become truly a blessing for the church. He is a profound teacher of the faith constantly seeking the face of Christ, a search that is at the heart of his book on Jesus Christ. The English edition of this book will be  published in a few weeks time. In word, in writing, in worship and prayer he seeks to draw all in the embrace of God’s infinity love for all of humanity. With courage and clarity he gives witness to the teaching of Jesus Christ. May our prayers be with him as he continues to fulfil his sacred call as the Vicar of Christ.  





15 April    

Second Sunday of Easter

22 April

Third Sunday of Easter


Tom Feehan & Eamonn Tonge


Matt & Roseann McKenna


Tommy Everard &

May & Tony O’Shaughnessy


Chrissie Furman


Katie Darby & Patrick & Mary Sherry


Anthony King & Bridget Boshell


Mick Flood & Joseph & Mary White


Tony Donnelly & O’Neill Family (Knockmarian)




      Monday              Michael & Nora Gilligan              

     Tuesday              Christy, John, & Ita Donnelly

     Wednesday         Pat & Minnie Reynolds               

     Thursday             Special Intention

     Friday                Michael & Nora Gilligan              

     Saturday            Pa & Julia Donnelly & Family                             



Please pray for John Kavanagh (Halltown) and for Oliver McCluskey (Rhode, Co. Offaly) brother of Marie Dempsey (Meadowbank Hill) who died during the week. May they rest in peace



Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the baskets at the back of the church as soon as possible. We thank you for your support for Trocaire and its continuing work.



Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). Next meeting will take place on Monday 16th  April at 8.00 pm in the Community Centre. For information on the group or meetings, contact Doreen on 8257902 or Lisa on 086 8726963.


World Youth Day Festival Sydney 2nd –27th July 2008. Including trips to Ayres Rock & Cairns. Book your seat for the largest gathering of young adults in the world. Cost €3,500 includes Visa, travel expenses, B&B accommodation and much more. Participants must be ages 18-35 by July 08. To book send €200 before July 2007 to- Fr Mark English, Youth Director, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Tel 044 9348338     email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Carers Association is a charity that assists family carers with information, support groups, home respite and advice. We are based in Blanchardstown village. Phone Jacqueline or Michelle for more information at 01 8119564


Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala 2007 will take place on Sunday 22nd  April 2007 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm in St Vincent de Paul Pool, Navan Road.  For further information please contact Humphrey on 087 2284150.


Coffee Morning: Breda Eiffe wishes to thank everyone who supported the Coffee Morning held in aid of an orphanage in Peru which raised €1,100.00. Many thanks.


Spring into Summer- Group Personal Training; 8 weeks fitness class and nutrition talk for ladies, beginners welcome. Monday evenings at 7.30pm or Wednesday mornings at 10.00am. Venue Ratoath GAA clubhouse. Starts this week so book now with Mary, tel 087 326 7417 cost €95.00


Pilates Classes resume Tuesday mornings in Ratoath Community centre on 17th April at 10.00am.

8 week course €90.00. Beginners welcome. Book your place with Nicola on 087 6975207.


Ratoath Act Age will meet on Friday 20th April in the Community Centre 11.00am -1.00pm




Navan Accord are holding a information evening on Thursday 19th April at 8.00pm, in St Anne’s Community Resource Centre, (in the grounds of St Mary’s Church) for those who are interested in working as Facilitators on Marriage Preparation Workshops.


Alzheimer’s Tea Day: in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home on Thursday May 3rd from 1.30pm-3.30pm  Make your Cuppa Count. All welcome.


The Annual General Meeting of the Ratoath Community Centre will take place on Wednesday 18th April at 8.00pm in the Lagore Room.


In your 30s? Looking to meet up with others your own age from parishes around Dublin. The Thirtysomethings organise walks, meals, evenings out etc and invite you to an information evening at IBOA House, Upper Stephen Street, Dublin 8 on Friday 27th April from 8.30pm. Phone 087 760 8268 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Exciting Volunteer opportunity. Our daughter is 10 years old. She loves dolls, reading, skipping  and laughing., she also has mild autism. We invite you to be part of our exciting and energetic in -home program for our special child. This child-centred program is based on the Option process described in the book and TV movie Son-Rise. No experience is necessary. If this volunteer opportunity appeals to you please call Sue on 086 067 7918.




























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