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Parish Bulletin 30th March 2008

   Holy Trinity Church,

 Ratoath     30 March 2008
( 01 8256207
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm     
Parish notes
 The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week. We welcome Bishop Smith to Ratoath on Saturday for the Confirmation ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm. Meeting of the Board of Management of St Paul’s National School will take place on Wednesday evening in Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm The Children’s Choir will resume their practices on Wednesday next 2nd April at 7.00pm  Trocaire Boxes should be returned to the baskets at the back of the church as soon as possible Envelope Collection for the week ending 16th March €2,921.08Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.   
Lectio Divina – (Sacred reading)Have your ever found the readings at Mass boring?Have you ever wanted to understand the Sunday readings a little bit more?Would you like to learn a new method of prayer? If the answer is yes you are invited to the Parish Pastoral Centre (beside the Parochial House) on the Mondays of April – beginning Monday 7th April at 8pm, to join our Lectio Divina Group which was begun last February. The group gathers for an hour to explore the readings of the following Sunday and to see what the readings says to us in our lives. The group is made up of young and old, and is led in an informal, relaxed and reflective atmosphere. All are welcome to attend. “The basic principle of Lectio Divina is that Bible reading is a personal encounter with God. In Lectio Divina, we love the text, we linger over it, read it over and over. We allow the text to speak to our imagination….We allow God-alive-in-the bible to lead us into wisdom , humbly, gratefully and with awe. The wisdom of God gives us his perspective on every aspect of life.”
   Congratulations to Roisin Whyte (The Village Green) who was baptised recently.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     [    

30  March

Second Sunday of Easter

6  April

Third Sunday of Easter



David Lynch (Months Mind) &

Gerry Hoare & Bridget Lane &

Nora & Michael Gilligan

Vigil 7.00pm

Rosie & Jackie Rafferty

& Elizabeth Murphy


Tommy & Thomas Everard

 & Helen, Catherine, James & Terry Kavanagh


Thomas Roche

& Edward Gannon


Birthday Remembrance


Breda & Gerry Kenny

& John Kavanagh


Laoise Buckley & Con Buckley


Ellen Fagan & Katie Darby

& Patrick & Mary Sherry

    Monday           Jacqueline Brazil                                                          Tuesday            Brian BrazilWednesday      Special Intention                                                           Thursday          Wanda Lopresti      Friday             Mass for all those on the Altar list of the dead  Saturday          Confirmation at 11.00am and 3.00pmExcerpt from the homily of Pope Benedict XV1 in St. Peter’s, Rome at the Easter Vigil on 22nd March In the early Church there was a custom whereby the Bishop or the priest, after the homily, would cry out to the faithful: “Conversi ad Dominum” – turn now towards the Lord. This meant in the first place that they would turn towards the East, towards the rising sun, the sign of Christ returning, whom we go to meet when we celebrate the Eucharist. Where this was not possible, for some reason, they would at least turn towards the image of Christ in the apse, or towards the Cross, so as to orient themselves inwardly towards the Lord. Fundamentally, this involved an interior event; conversion, the turning of our soul towards Jesus Christ and thus towards the living God, towards the true light. 
Linked with this, then, was the other exclamation that still today, before the Eucharistic Prayer, is addressed to the community of the faithful: “Sursum corda” – “Lift up your hearts”, high above all our misguided concerns, desires, anxieties and thoughtlessness – “Lift up your hearts, your inner selves!” 
In both exclamations we are summoned, as it were, to a renewal of our Baptism:  Conversi ad Dominum – we must always turn away from false paths, onto which we stray so often in our thoughts and actions. We must turn ever anew towards him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We must be converted ever anew, turning with our whole life towards the Lord. And ever anew we must withdraw our hearts from the force of gravity, which pulls them down, and inwardly we must raise them high:  in truth and love.  At this hour, let us thank the Lord, because through the power of his word and of the holy Sacraments, he points us in the right direction and draws our heart upwards. Let us pray to him in these words: Yes, Lord, make us Easter people, men and women of light, filled with the fire of your love.  Amen.*************************************************************************************** Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs) The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 8th April at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! For more information contact Doreen on 8257902. 
The Garda Siochana Band will be in concert at the Venue Theatre, Ratoath Community Centre on Tuesday 8th April at 8.00pm. This concert is being organised by the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School as a fund raising project towards a professional library for the school. Tickets available at the Community Centre on 6895600

Ratoath Community Support Group is holding it's annual fundraiser "The Ratoath Fashion Show" on Thurs 10th April in The Venue, Ratoath Community Centre. Local Models, Surprise guests, Great Raffle prizes. Tickets 25 on sale at The Venue Tel no: 6895600


Baby Massage Classes: Learn to massage your baby while being guided through a step-to-step massage routine, It can also help to relieve pain, e.g. colic, wind & constipation. Above all baby massage is mutually enjoyable Courses run over 4 consecutive weeks, Tuesday mornings 11.45, The cost includes all oils & materials, so all you need to do is come along with your baby. For more information contact: Ruth 087-6459922


Ratoath Garden Club Monday 31st March in Ratoath Community centre at 8.15pm speaker

Denise Gill on “Garden Preparation for Spring & Summer”


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