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Parish Bulletin 10th February 2008



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

10 February 2008

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


At all Masses this week end we pray for residents of the following areas:

Fairyhouse Road, Porterstown, Kilbride Road, Cabinhill ,Mooretown, Rathbeggan/Growtown  Ratoath Village, St Olivers, Clonkeen and Meadow Bank Hill.

Residents of these areas are especially invited to the Hour of Prayer (8.30pm – 9.30pm) on Wednesday evening, even if it is only for ten minutes. All are welcome to the hour of prayer.



Monday is the 150th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our Lady first appeared to the 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous. Later Bernadette  was to learn that the mysterious  lady was the Blessed Virgin Mary and to hear from her lips ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’. In 1992 Pope John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. The diocese of Meath has produced commemorative prayer cards which are available at the Masses on the feast day.


Cemetery Sunday will take place this year on Sunday 25th May at 5.00pm


Meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior School will take place on Monday 11th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre




Ratoath Community Support Group meet on Tuesday 12th at 8pm in the Community Centre.



Ratoath Musical Society presents “Oliver” from 11th –17th February in the Venue Theatre. Tickets available from the Booking Office tel 01 6895600


Willkommen in Ratoath!  Volunteers required to give a big Irish welcome to a German school band who will be arriving in Ratoath on Sun 24th May. Contact Brian Kelly on 087 9737571 if you would like to be part of what will be a day/night to remember

Congratulations to Sophie Collins (Cabin Hill), Shona Conneely (Foxbrook) and

Lucy Maguire (Brownstown) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Mary O’Connor (Skryne), mother of  Margaret Woods

(Curragha Road) and Fergus Haverty (Fortune Court) who died during the week.

                  May they rest in peace. 







10 Feb

First Sunday in Lent

17 Feb

Second Sunday of Lent



Joe Gorman

& George McAuley



Bridget & Noel McLoughlin

& Bridget Reilly


Sean Wheeler


Christopher Smith


Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan

& Nelly Shanny


Luc Dehaene (Months Mind)

& Tom Kinsella


Jack Read


Michael & Bridget Carey

& Brian Gahan






Monday          Special Intention (for those whom sympathised with the Mills family)                         

Tuesday          Tom & Maura Geoghegan        

Wednesday    Gerry Lehane                                   Thursday        Special Intention      



Each year Lent offers us an opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful towards our brothers and sisters.
I want to bring to your attention the ‘3 step programme’ which is part and parcel of Lent –                  prayer, fasting and giving:

On prayer, I am asking parishes in Meath Diocese to give people more opportunities for prayer; I encourage parishes to provide courses on the Scriptures so that people can be more familiar with the Word of God.

On fasting, I wish to point out that, in a society that enjoys such plenty, all should make their own acts of self-denial; I am particularly pleased by the number of students who take part in the Trócaire 24 hour fast;

On giving, I am eager to promote this year’s Trócaire appeal; in addition the Diocese has supported a range of other Church projects during the past year in Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda & Zambia), Latin America (Haiti & Honduras) and Asia (Burma, China, India, Thailand & Vietnam).

Faith is ultimately about God and the joy that comes from our relationship with Him.  Lent sets time apart to deepen this relationship, to explore what the Gospel of Christ offers our world today and to see how together we can be part of the Christ’s mission in this new world.  A key aspect of this mission is to find the moral courage and strength to achieve ‘what we ought to do’ not just ‘what we can do’.
                                                                       extract of  Bishops Smith’s Lenten Message


Understanding our Faith.


                                                       Venue: The Parish Pastoral Centre (beside the Parochial House)


                                                        Date:    The Five Mondays of Lent 8.00pm-9.30pm

                The Workshops will be presented by Fr Patrick.


The programme will explore some central aspects of our Faith and an opportunity will be offered to help participants to pray using the “Word of God”.


                  Some of the workshops will include

v      The Bible in a nutshell

v     The Faces of Jesus

v     Understanding the Easter ceremonies


The programme will be presented in a friendly informal atmosphere.

All are welcome to attend


For the sake of the Climate: CHANGE


This year’s Trocaire Lenten Campaign has at its heart Climate Change. “Climate change affects everyone but not equally. Climate change is already a real issue for the world’s poorest people as they depend on rainfall to grow their food and make a living. This Lent your generosity will help to fund irrigation programmes and new farming practices that will help communities to adapt to climate change and reduce their vulnerability to drought”. Lord help us to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with you our God.


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