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Parish Bulletin `13 April 2008
 O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath13 April 2008
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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

Vocations Sunday

The witness of a priestly life well-lived brings nobility to the Church, calls forth admiration among the faithful, and is a source of blessings for the community; it is the best way to promote vocations, the most authentic invitation to other young people to respond positively to the Lord’s call. It is true collaboration in building the Kingdom of God!”                                                                  Pope Benedict in Brazil, June 2007

Anointing of the SickThe annual anointing of the sick will take place at the 11.00am and 12.15pm Masses next Sunday 20th April. If you know of any elderly sick or infirm parishioners in your area perhaps you could assist in bringing them to one of the Masses on Sunday next.
 Cemetery Sunday will take place this year on Sunday 25th May at 5.00pm Envelope Collection for the week ending 30th March & 6th April €3,045.84Standing Orders for March €6,547.99 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 14th at 8.00pm. 

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 15th at 8.00pm.


 A Meeting of all the members of the parish Baptismal Team will be held on Wednesday 16th April at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Congratulations to Jamie Ormond (Riverwalk Court), Sarah McHale (Streamstown),

Chloe & Hannagh Carroll (Mill Tree Park), Kyle Pembroke (Leigh Valley) and

Niamh Colgan (Steeplechase Wood) who was baptised recently.


13 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

20 April

Fifth Sunday of Easter



Thomas Feehan

Vigil 7.00pm

John & Maura Harvey

& Pierce & Sean Glynn


Michael Flood & Mary Gaffney




Mick, Molly & Lizzy Mannering

& Ernest Devine


Bridget Boshell

& Tony Donnelly


Maureen Harrold

& John Barron


Eamonn Tonge

Donohoe & Mills Family

      Monday          Birthday Remembrance                                       Tuesday         Michael Caffrey Wednesday      Noel Hayes                                                           Friday            Pat & Minnie Reynolds        
Lectio Divina – (Sacred reading)For the Mondays of April – continuing this Monday 14th 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.
   Survey of parents on Factors Determining School Choice  The survey from the Council of Research and Development of the Irish Bishops’ Conference records the views of parents of children attending Catholic primary schools in Ireland.                                                                                                                 The primacy of parent’s rights in regard to the education of their children is well established in international instruments of human rights, and in Irish law, as well as in Church policy. It is evident from the survey that reasons governing choice of school are complex. It is therefore all the more important to have as much information as possible on factors influencing such choice and indeed to find the factor that best indicates the reason for the parents choice.                                                                                                              Key findings of this survey include:
  • 98.3% of respondents stated that they were aware when applying to enrol their child that the school choice was a Catholic school;
  • 95.1% of respondents stated that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their decision to send their child to the school they currently attend; 
  • 94% answered that education is a shared responsibility between parents and the school; 
  • 90% of parents stated that the school their child was attending was their first choice;
  • 81.2% of parents agreed that they are sufficiently involved in their child s preparation for First Holy Communion;
  • Between 76% and 80% of parents found it very easy to enrol their child;
  • 70% stated that the religious education provided by the school is important;
  • 67.9% of parents disagreed that the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation are best prepared for outside of the school setting;
  • 63% of respondents believe that the churches should continue to have a prominent role in the provision of primary schooling;
  • 60.3% of parents believe that the school s teachers should promote the religious life of the school;
  • 57.8% of parents believe it is important that a school is under the management of the Catholic parish;
  • 48% would choose a school under the management of a religious denomination.
Dunshaughlin Players  upcoming production of "I Do Not Like Thee, Dr Fell" a comedy by Bernard Farrell will play in The Venue Theatre, Ratoath on Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th at 8.00pmRatoath/Rathbeggan Community Games - Swimming  Sunday 20th April at 6.45pm, St Vincent de Paul Swimming Pool, Navan Road. Under 8s to under 16s events. Athletics on Sunday 27th April from 4pm onwards, Ratoath GAA Club - under 6s to under 16s events.  Registration on arrival €2 per child. Any queries, contact Deirdre McCormack 085 7283263 or Kieran Walsh 087 2823555. Navan Rotary Club present a Variety Concert in the Ardboyne Hotel on 16th April at 8.00pm.  A C il will be held in the GAA Club, Brownstown Friday April 18th  8 30pm till late! Tickets €10 available from Michelle 086 3788874, Anne 086 3113905 or Colum 087 6858244. Advance purchase of tickets recommended, but tickets available at the door. Live music and great fun.  An Croi are happy to welcome Kathleen Deignan CND PhD visiting from the US who will present a day on the Spiritual Legacy of the mystic Thomas Merton in St. Columbans, Dalgan Park on Saturday April 12th from 10am to 5.00pm. Kathleen is a scholar and musician 



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