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Parish Bulletin 9th September 2007


   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

9 September 2007

( 01 8256207

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


New Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. If interested in either of these ministries, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.


Baptism: We are looking for a number of parishioners who would be willing to present the programme, for parents who wish to have their child baptised in our church. This programme is now the norm in most parishes. 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 it will be asked to present the programme a few times during the year.


Congratulations to Sophie Fennessy (Leigh Valley), Kellin McCarthy (Steeplechase Green),    Finn Mooney (Somerville), Caoimhe McDonnell (Seagrave Park), Mark Tatten (Seagrave Hall), Aoibhinn Gibson (Fox Lodge Woods) and Jason Byrne (The Village Green) who were baptised recently.


The Parish Finance Committee meet on Wednesday 12th in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.30pm


Children’s choir Registration.

We are starting up a children’s choir this month. Children from second class and upwards are welcome to join. For practical reasons we have to limit the choir. The first 35 children to register will be accepted and others will be placed on a waiting list. If your child is interested in joining the choir, please phone the parish office in the next few days.

The choir will sing at the Vigil Mass on every second Saturday. Rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm in the Church, beginning on Wednesday 19th September.






The parish choir have resumed their practices in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm beginning.  New members are welcome to come along and join.


New Spirituality Courses commence in late September at An Croi, Baltrasna, Ashbourne            1. The Heart of Spirituality: (Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm 10 wks) will nourish your soul and awake

your spirit by exploring a spirituality of the heart that is passionate, challenging and grounding.

2. The Creative Way.(Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm 10 weeks) will explore a creative spirituality that recognises the role of creative expression and imagination at the heart of spirituality since ancient times. . Phone 01-8352156. email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Pastoral Liturgy and Ministry: A 20 week course from September 07 to April 08. For those involved in parish liturgy and those who wish to learn more about the Church’s worship. Contact National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. 01 708 3478 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Also offered  Diploma/Higher Diploma and Masters in Liturgy academic year 2007/2008


Ratoath Altar Society: A BIG thank you to all the helpers, supporters and knitters at the Society’s Fundraiser last weekend which raised €1,300.00. Many Thanks.



9 Sept 

23rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 Sept

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vigil 7.00pm

Jim McNally and deceased members of the O’Neill and McNally family.



Ann Murphy & Paddy O’Neill


Edward Gannon




Michael & Patricia Reilly &

Kathleen Mc Burney


Jim & Lydia Everard & Peter Murray


John Kavanagh & Connie Keating


Jack Donnelly




Friday       Deceased Members of the Oakley Family.      



Excerpt from Fr. Patrick’s email from Ethiopia!!!!!! -

Arrived in Addis Ababa- the capital city and am currently in a parish for 7 days working with the parish priest. The other 11 are out in the bush somewhere. I got a city parish!  Places are very poor and some places not too bad. The parish I am in is wealthy enough, the youth wear the same clothes as we do, a good lot speak English etc. The church, offices house etc is in a compound. While things are a good bit behind they have the essentials. The parish has 30 lay people working in offices for youth, finance, social, pastoral etc all paid for by the parish, so in some ways they are ahead of Ireland. 

Was away with the youth of the parish Saturday and Sunday which involved a 6 hour bus journey to Awasa in the south where we stayed in a Catholic compound. It was only 300 km but the bus wasn't the best and the road was bad and the driver drove in 3rd gear all the time!!!! Sat night we had a camp fire and ate a goat which we slaughtered a few hours before and cooked over the fire. The next day we had Mass at 6.30am which lasted over 2 hours. This Mass was in the Latin rite. In the arch diocese Addis Ababa, where I am staying, the Mass is in the Ethiopian rite. A week day Mass in this rite lasts 45 minutes.

We take part in the Great Ethiopian run on Sunday along with 30,000 others- I’ll be trampled on!                                                                                          Abba Patrick!!



Ratoath Senior Citizens Autumn Party in Tattersalls: If you are new to the parish and would like to join us this year will you please give your name and address to Ann Brady  tel 01 8256150


At the Venue Theatre, Ratoath Community Centre on Saturday 15th September, The Showband Legends featuring Dickie Ray. Show commences at 8.00pm. Adm. €22


A special meeting to explore the possibility of forming a Tennis Club for Ratoath will be held on Tuesday 18th Sept at 9.00pm in the Glascarn Studio of Ratoath Community Centre. Anyone interested in having a tennis club at the Community Grounds in Jamestown is welcome to attend.


Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs)The group meets once a month on the second Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 11th September at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardoom). Newcomers very welcome! If you would like more information on the group or the meetings, please contact Doreen on 8257902 or Lisa on 086 8726963.


The Foroige Youth Club has been running successfully in Ratoath for 3 years catering for teenagers from 13-18 years. We are looking for adult volunteers to join us on one evening a week. Training will be provided. Contact Roseina on 086 8271196 for details. The Club will start back on Tue 11th Sept at 20:00 for existing members only in 'The Venue' in the Community Centre.



New Website for Meath Mothers Featuring information on issues relating to parenting, guides to activities and local events, a shopping directory and a Discussion Forum where mums can network with each other and provide mutual friendship and support.


Uni Slim every Wednesday in Ratoath Community Centre from 7.00pm-8.00pm


Little Achievers Montessori School, Powderlough, Dunshaughlin, from 3 years upwards. Phone Avril on 086 3015008


Ceili Dance Classes in Gaelscoil Na Cille Ashbourne starting 11th September 8.30pm-10.00pm


Return to Education: if you would like to improve your literacy and numeracy skills why not join our return to education course. The subjects covered are English, Maths, and Basic Computers. For more information ring 01 8011787 all calls are confidential.

Tutor Training Course: Tutors requires to help adults with reading and writing. No qualifications necessary, but a good standard of English is requires. Ring 01 8011787

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