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Parish Bulletin 19th August 2007


   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

19 August 2007

( 01 8256207

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


Help needed….

New Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. Over the next few weeks, we are looking for new Eucharistic Ministers and Readers for our parish, to complement our existing Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. If you are interested in either of these ministries, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.


Baptism: We are hoping to introduce a baptismal programme for parents who wish to have their child baptised in our church. This programme is now the norm in most parishes. As a first step we need the assistance of a number of parishioners who would be willing to present the programme. You don’t have to be an expert, as you will be given the necessary training. The programme will run once a month and those who volunteer to run the programme will be asked to present the baptismal programme only a few times during the year.

Children’s Choir:

We are hoping to introduce a children’s choir in the Autumn. It is proposed that the choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on every second Saturdays. They will alternate with the  Parish Folk Group. We are looking for a number of people who would be willing to prepare the choir and direct them at the Mass. If you are interested in helping with the children’s choir, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.

Parish Choir: The parish choir will be resuming their practices in September after their Summer recess. They practice in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they sing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions.

New members are always welcome and if you are interested please ring the parish office or let

Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.


Congratulations to Laura Carolan (Coill Beag), Oran Byrne (Milltree Park),

Emilie Molone (Coill Beag) and Bobby Corr (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently.


19 Aug  

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 Aug

Twenty First  Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vigil 7.00pm

Mary & Joseph Elliott

& Grace Gray



Agnes O’Hare

& James Reilly


Thomas & Brigid Nulty


Michael & Annie Walls


John, Jane & Christy Mulvaney



Mary Carey

& Sean O’Carroll


Paddy O’Connor and Maria O’Connor Howard.

Joan & Jerry Keating

Paddy Everard 

& Eilish Everard (Months Mind)


Jacqueline Mannering




Monday           The Ryan & Cunningham Family        

Thursday         Birthday Remembrance                           

Friday             Thomas Kirwan

Saturday           St Louis Nuns



A once off opportunity to participate in All Hallows “Pathways” course in Emmaus Retreat Centre. Have you ever thought about exploring your faith.. or wished you could broaden your understanding of your faith…or found yourself longing to search for some kind of deeper meaning in a life. Best of all there are no exams on this course, no written work. Just come along and enjoy! For more information contact the Pathways Office, All Hallows College at 8373745


We welcome Rev. James Crofton to our parish. James is from the parish of Dunboyne and will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Smith for the Diocese of Meath on 30th September.

James, will be with us for the next number of weeks before he is ordained. We hope you will give him a warm welcome and pray for him as he prepares for his ordination day in September.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 5th & 12th August €2,270.28

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Ratoath College: Uniform Sale on Tuesday 21st August at 10.00am will take place in Fairyhouse Racecourse and not Jamestown as previously advised. The school jacket for incoming first years will not be available until after 1st September.


The Priory Institute: You can study theology, either for its own sake or for a degree, from the comfort of your own home! The Dominicans in Tallaght are offering a full programme through  distance learning-following the method of the Open University consisting of fifteen week modules and supported by a network of centres around the country. For further information  contact, The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Tel 01 404 8127 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Maryvale Institute Birmingham are offering part time and studied courses from home with support of study days in Catechesis, Theology, and Scriptural Studies, eg Ministry to the Sick, a course from home carers, hospital visitors and all who minister to the sick, a certificate in New Testament Studies. Affordable course fees. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Kids Summer Dance Fest in Ratoath Community Centre from Monday 20th August to Friday 24th August. 4 to 7 year old from 10.00am to 11.00am and 8 to 16 year old from 11.00am to 2.00pm. learn Hip Hop. Latin American etc. To book a place phone 8827903


The Cosmopolitan Club will meet on Saturday 25th August at 10.00am in the Ratoath Community Centre. This is an informal gathering for people from all countries and cultures. For further information contact Ginger Nally at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Dunshaughlin Community College: Microsoft School of the Future

Now enrolling for Full Time Post Leaving Cert Courses. All Courses are Fetac Level 5

1.      Childcare (Including Module on Special Needs Assisting)

2.      Applied Social Care (Community & Health Services)

3.      Business Studies / Secretarial

Fees information available upon request. Students may be eligible for fee waiver and grant assistance may be available. Mature Students over 23 who do not hold a Leaving Certificate are welcome .Commencing September 2007. For further details phone:          01 8259137

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Meath Archaeological & Historical Society. Outdoor lecture  "History of the Boyne Canal and Environs" on Sunday 19th  August at 3.00pm. Assemble at Tiernan's (Tidal) Lock, under the M1 suspension bridge, on the south side of the canal, beside Oldbridge Concrete.


Thinking anew…


So often we can look at faith as the minimal obligations we need to fulfil in order not to go to Hell. Come to Mass. Don’t commit any mortal sins. Try not to set bad example. To be faithful, in this mindset, means not to betray God. Not to cheat on God. There’s some real good here. People who are faithful in this way are good people who gain our respect. And surely their efforts not to do evil and to remain faithful to Jesus’ words do please Jesus. But Jesus does want more, he wants the fire of love and zeal. The difference between this type of faithful Catholic and a Catholic on fire is the difference between a husband who is faithful to his wife and would never cheat on her and one who burns with love for his wife and is constantly trying to please her. The first man is a good man; the second man is a God-ly man, the type of man Jesus can make us and wants us to be. Jesus wants to enkindle in us the Flame given to us on the day of our baptism. He is the Light of the World and he wants to light our wicks so that we burn with his love. He can do this. He wants to do this. All we have to do is say yes to him.







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