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Parish Bulletin 31st August 2008
arOHoly Trinity Church, Ratoath31 August 2008
( 01 8256207

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

 Caring for our ChildrenParish Child Protection Policy and ProceduresValuing our young parishioners Children and young people have a very important place in our parish. We celebrate their faith at Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation; they are the life and focus of our parish schools; their energies and initiatives play a vital role in many of our parish activities.  We are always eager to encourage their active participation in parish life.  Towards this end, we are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe and welcoming environment for our young parishioners.  It is our parish policy to ensure that our young people will be protected and supported in all activities.   Over the past 10 years the Church has published a number of documents governing the issue of child protection.  This parish booklet is based on these documents and the State guidelines ‘Children First’.  Its aim is clear and simple – to help the parish meet its obligations to safeguard children and young people in all Church-related activities. At all our Masses this weekend, copies of ‘Caring for our Children’ are available for all families in the parish. It is also available on our parish website.  
Help Needed    New Readers: Over the next few weeks, we are looking for new Readers for our parish to complement our existing readers.                                                         Parish Choir: The parish choir will be resuming their practices on Tuesday 9th September after their Summer recess. They practice in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they lead the singing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions. New members are always welcome.                                                                                        Children’s Liturgy Group: We are looking for a few new members to assist the present team with the children’s liturgy.                                                                                                          If you are interested in any of the above groups, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.
  Congratulations to Miriam and Mark Ward (The Riggins) and Conor Murphy (St. Oliver’s Park) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Ann McLoughlin (Woodlands) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.   

31 Aug

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 7 Sept

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time



Noel & Marie Giles

& James Reilly



Carmel & Edward Mc Auley

& Edward Gannon


Michael & Annie Walls


Special Intention


Mary Carey


Jim & Lydia Everard


Aggie Walsh


Thomas Clarke

& Sarah McEvoy (Month’s Mind)

  Friday       Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead.           Saturday     No morning MassThe sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday and Friday this week. There will be no morning Mass on Monday and Tuesday this week in the parish. A 10.00am Mass will be held in Dunshaughlin church.  Next Sunday is a blue offering day. Envelope collection for the week ending 17th & 24th August €1,899.71 Many thanks for your support and generosity. 

Study Theology from Home! The Dominicans are offering a full programme through distance learning, supported by a network of centres around the country. For information call The Priory Institute, Tallaght on 01-4048127 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Meath Diocesan Choir is looking for new members.  New recruits can join at Dowdstown House, Navan on Tuesday 16 Sept at 8 pm and in St. Finian's College, Mullingar on Monday 22 Sept at 8 pm.  For information contact Marguerite at 01 8251009 or Marie at 046 9557701 after 6.30 pm. Ratoath GAA Golf Classic on Friday 5th September in the Black Bush, Dunshaughlin.Tee times from 8.30am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Contact Brendan at 087-6960823 

The Active Age resumes after the Summer on Friday next 5th September from 11.00am to 1.00pm in Ratoath Community Centre. All are welcome.


Dundalk I.T. Daily Service from Dunboyne, Ratoath, Ashbourne and Duleek to Dundalk I.T. resuming in September. Booking essential. If you wish to avail of the service contact Val Russell Coaches on 042 9667276 visit for details.

 Martin Mc Donagh's Lonesome West(on L.Cert English Course) is presented by Spiders Ankles theatre group at Venue Theatre from 3rd to 7th  of Sept at 8.00pm € 15 and €12.Box office 6895600. Kathryn Smith Academy of Singing & Theatre. Now enrolling for new term late September. Information and application forms –Tel 01 6303062 Mobile 087 251 9771 Ratoath Senior Citizen Annual Party will be held in Tattersalls later in the month. If you are new to the area and require an invitation please ring Ann Brady 01 8256150. A Church gate collection will be held this weekend to help fund the Senior Citizens party. 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 9th September at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! For more information, please contact Doreen on 8257902. Ratoath Athletic Club New track opening in Jamestown in September. Public Meeting
in Ratoath Community Centre on Thursday September 4th at 8.30 pm. Everyone welcome including Runners/Joggers/ Meet and Train/Coaches/Parents Contact :0876564966
 Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters public speaking club meet in Dunboyne Castle every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7.45pm beginning on 7th September. All adults welcome.  Foróige are delighted to announce the opening of a second club in Ratoath. Registration for both clubs will take place in Ratoath Community centre on Tuesday 9th September from 8 - 9.30pm. Parents are encouraged to accompany their young people. There will be a registration fee. The new junior club will cater for 12 – 14 year olds and the existing club will cater for 2nd years and upwards. Foróige is a National Youth Development Organization which aims to enrich the lives of young people. Contact Joe-Anne O’Brien, Regional Y.O., 041 9846817/  086 6579606, or by email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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