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Parish Bulletin 24th February 2008

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

24 February 2008

( 01 8256207

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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: Harlockstown, Dunshaughlin Road, Rackenstown, Skryne Road, Bog Road, Ballymore, Lagore, Growtown Estate, Curragha Road, Raynestown, Brownstown, and The Paddocks. 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.


3rd Sunday of Lent

The Woman at the Well

   The meeting of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman is one of the great stories of the gospels. It is the meeting of a noted man and a nameless woman with a past. It is the meeting of two individuals who represent two worlds, two peoples, two traditions, two sets of needs, two sets of hopes, and in a special way two sets of prejudices. It is a meeting across the divide of history. Long standing and deep rooted conflict is resolved at the level of personal contact.


Notice that interaction and reconciliation take place in the ordinariness of everyday life. The well in those days was the focal point for the community – it was the only source of water. Today it could be outside the school at 9am or 4pm, it could be the pub on a Saturday night, it could be the gym. Jesus and the Samaritan woman did not say “we will wait for the right time and right place”; they tackled each other there and then. We may have a tendency to avoid friends and neighbours when we fall out with them, or when we do bump into them we barely speak. The challenge for us is to follow the example of the woman in today’s Gospel, and to engage in conversation those we do not see ‘eye to eye’ with, to respectfully question and most importantly to listen to the other.



Congratulations to Emma Graydon & Jessica McCarthy (Jamestown Park)       

Kian Wall (Steeplechase Green) Eve & Lucy Heffernan ( Leigh Valley)

Sam Caffery (Milltree Park), and Jack Brazier (Castleknock)

who were baptised recently


. Please pray for Hubert Brady (Cork) brother of Des Brady (Ballymore),

Gerry Hart ( Birr) father of Mary Loughnane (Skyrne Road)and Castro Pascual

                 (The Phillipians) brother of  Jess and  Lanie Pascual who died during the week.

      May they rest in peace.







24 Feb

Third Sunday in Lent

2 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent



 Bobby Doran

& Willie Carey (Month’s Mind)



Fergus Haverty (Months Mind)

& Eugene Owen Walsh


John Timmins




Chris Donnelly


Kathleen O’Loughlin


Kay & Brendan Menton

Jim Brady

& Dymphna Mills (Month’s Mind)


Maurice Doyle





Wednesday      Special Intention (9.45)

Ratoath Scouts   This Sunday we welcome Ratoath Scouts to our 11am Mass.

The Scouts have been involved in Ratoath for 34 years and have 180 children between ages

of 6-21.This is a special year for Scouting in Ireland as it is 100 years old. Founder's Day (officially 22nd Feb.) celebrates the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the World Scout Movement, which has over 28 million members. His ethos was that nothing is impossible for those who are prepared to play their part in creating a better world. The day is an important opportunity to give thanks for the Founder's life and work and to celebrate the diversity in culture, colour and creed of the Scouting Organisation. 



Understanding our Faith.

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

  The programme continues (Monday 8pm–9.30pm), and this week the topic will be “The Faces of Jesus”. The programme will be presented in a friendly informal atmosphere. All are 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 March at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! For information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.


Pastoral Ministry Today: Do you want to be involved in parish pastoral work, chaplaincy in schools, hospitals, third level colleges or prisons, you need a professional qualification. Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies, two years full time, three years part time (one day a week) information and application forms on request from. Admissions Office, Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Tel 01 708 4772   email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


All Hallows Post Graduate Programme for 2008-09 available on



Ratoath Garden Club Monday 25th February at 8.30pm Speaker will be Carl Dacus. Topic “The Plantsman Garden”


County Meath VEC:Outreach Educational Roadshow Information Day Wednesday 27th February

2.00pm-4.00pm Venue Dunboyne College of Further Education, Dunboyne Industrial Estate.

For more information ring 046 906 8249 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Have You Ever Wanted To Sing? Kathryn Smith Academy of Singing & Theatre Ratoath & Dunboyne now enrolling for new term early March. Professional/Pastime or just for Fun!

All Levels catered for! – Also Adult Singing Classes. Preparation for Leaving/Junior Cert/Audition

Exams purely optional & available through the Academy from The Leinster School of Music & Drama, Griffith College Dublin. External Workshops on request. Phone 01/6303062 or 0872 519771



A First Aid Course for the general public will take place in the Ratoath Community Centre on Monday 3rd and Friday 7th March from 10.00am-1.00pm. Cost €45.00. Contact the Community Centre for more information Tel 6895600.


Coming to the Venue Theatre this week “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the Dublin City Theatre on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th February. Adm €20.00/€18.00. Booking office 01 6895600


Ratoath GAA Club: Renewal of Membership/Registration will take place on Saturday 1st March from 9.30pm – 4.00pm & Sunday 2nd March, Noon to 4.00pm at Sean Eiffe Park, Brownstown. It is compulsory for all players (Children & Adults, Male & Female) to be registered in order to be eligible to play for the coming year. New players/members always welcome.


Ratoath Badminton Club: Meeting on 6th March at 8.30pm in the Community Centre. New members  welcome.


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