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Parish Bulletin 20th January 2008



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

20 January 2008

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

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day of Migrants and Refugees


“Migrants contribute to their host country’s well being, and also because of this their human dignity must be r espected and their freedoms guaranteed: the right to a dignified life, to fair treatment at work, to have access to education, health and other social benefits, to grow in competence, and develop humanely, to freely manifest their culture and practice their religion.


But rights and duties go together. Therefore, at the same time, migrants have the duty to respect the identity and the laws of the country of residence, strive for proper integration into the host society and learn its language. They are to foster esteem and respect for their host country, even to the point of loving and defending it.” Archbishop Agostino Marchetto,

                                                              Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral care of Migrants Peoples.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18 – 25 January

The ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’ for 2008 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the inauguration of the ‘Church Unity Octave’ . The biblical text for this year’s week of Prayer for Christian unity is ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1Thessalonians). It stresses the essential role of prayer within the life of the Christian community as its members grow in their relationship to Christ and to one another. This text is one in a series of imperatives, statements in which   St Paul encourages the community to live out its God-given unity in Christ, to be in practice what is in principle: the one body of Christ, visibly one in that place.

Please pray for Willie Carey (Mooretown), and Kay O’ Loughlin (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) who died recently. May they rest in peace

20 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

27 Jan

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time



Noel & Teresa Scally

& Catherine Brady



Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

& Maurice Keogh


Dorothy Mates




Stasia Duffy (Ballybin)

& Peter Whelan


Winnie & Michael Mahon

& Michael & Elizabeth Mulvaney


Mary & Pat Reilly

& Patrick & Masie Kennedy


Michael Flinter






Monday            Special Intention                      Tuesday           Hugh Muldoon                

Wednesday      Special Intention                    Thursday             Special Intention                  

Friday              Special Intention                               

Saturday           Patrick, Catherine & Joseph White & Annie Clarke (11.00am)


Envelope Collection for the week ending 6th & 13th January €4,410.49

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 23rd January at 8.30pm


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath College will take place in the College on Thursday 24th January at 7.00pm


Ratoath Adult Camogie team are now recruiting for the 2008 season. Everybody welcome from the age of 16 up. Please contact Colum King on 0876858244


Flower Arranging Classes. 6 week course starting Thursday 24th January  from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. For more information ring Anne on 086 8054217



The AGM of the Dunboyne & District Credit Union will be held on Thursday 24th January in Dunboyne National School. All members welcome. We are looking for nominations for Directors and Supervisors. Nominations forms are available from the Credit Union Office.


Ratoath Active Age Group will meet in the Community Centre on Friday 25th January from 11.00am- 1.00pm all welcome.


Ratoath Garden Club: First meeting of the year will be held in the Community Centre on Monday 28th January at 8.15pm. Topic will be “Down Memory Lane” given by Evelyn Corrigan.


Art and Craft Classes for Children. An 8 week term begins Friday 25th January, 3:30 to 4:30 in Drumree. All materials are provided, €80 per child. Birthday parties also catered for. Please contact Laura Faherty on 8259965 or 087 9294938 for more information


 Leaving Cert History Lecture.  MAHS will host their annual lecture for students taking history in their L.C. exams this year; in St. Patrick's Classical School, Navan, on Wednesday night next, January 23rd. at 8.00pm.Dr. Patrick Callan, National Co-ordinator for L.C. History will review the syllabus, discuss with the students the most effective way to formulate answers and the procedures for selection, research, presentation and evaluation of potential projects.



Ratoath GAA wishes to invite all junior and senior infant boys to join our Ducks Hurling Team.   The Ducks meet every Sunday morning from 10:00am to 11:00am  indoors at Sean Eiffe Park, Brownstown.  To get started players just need trainers and shin-guards, hurleys and helmets will be provided.   Contact Paul at 087-948-0106


Coming to The Venue Theatre on Friday 25th January- The Andrew Sisters Show. Admission €25.00 Tickets available from the box office on 01 6895600


Assessment of Housing Need 2008. Meath County Council is currently updating the housing list and inviting new applications from persons or families who are in need of housing from either the Council of the 3 Town Councils i.e. Navan Trim and Kells. Application forms are available at the local Council Area Offices, Branch Libraries and the Town Council office directly. 


Person- Centred Counsellor, offering a confidential counselling service in South County Meath. Help with Relationships, Depression, Sexual Abuse, Bereavement, with particular interest and experience and training in the area of eating disorders. For more information call the parish office.


Dunshaughlin Players Drama Group. Reading of plays with a professional director in preparation for our Spring production on Wed. 23rd January at 8.30 in the Arch Bar Dunshaughlin. If you are interested in Acting please come along or call Ettie Philip 01 8011662 .


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