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Parish Bulletin 28th September 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath28 September 2008
( 01 8256207

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

      Congratulations to Nathan Roycroft (Streamstown), Ella Garrett (Streamstown), Layla Ryan (Somerville), Eva Manning (Foxlodge Manor), Ella Ryan (Tyrerellstown) and Ava Doran (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently. The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday. Envelope Collection for the week ending 14th & 21st September €1,975.42Standing Orders for August €5,100.23 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Viatores Christi wish to thank all the parishioners who contributed to their appeal at the Masses on the week end of 13th/14th September which raised €2,287.90 A meeting of the Board of Management of St. Paul’s National School will take place on Wednesday next 1st October at 8.000pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre Ratoath College Parents Association AGM in the college on Wednesday 1st October at 8.00pm followed by an educational talk for parents by a guest speaker Mr. Owen Connolly who will talk about parenting difficulties with teenagers. Mr. Connolly is a well known counsellor and family therapist. All very welcome. 
                                     Taize Prayer
Every Wednesday evening, as part of our Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays, during the months of October and November in the church there will be an opportunity for reflective prayer before the Blessed Sacrament between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
The hour will conclude with night prayer. All are welcome to attend even if it is just for a few minutes.
Lectio Divina
Have you ever wanted to understand the Sunday readings a bit more?
If the answer is yes, you are invited to join the Parish Lectio Divina group. The group gathers for an hour every Monday evening at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre to explore the Gospel of the following Sunday and to connect it with 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.
28 SeptTwenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time5 OctTwenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmLiam Woods &Ann McLoughlin (Months Mind)Vigil 7.00pmCharles & Elizabeth Keogh & Enda Mulvey
9.00amPaddy Walsh (Months Mind)9.00amAnthony & Michael Gaughan
11.00amJohn & Elizabeth Harmon11.00amMichael McIntyre& Carina McCabe
12.15pmPaddy Carroll12.15pmPeter & Mary Moore& Noreen Ni Chriosta
  Monday             Special Intention                                    Friday         Mass for all those on the parish list of the deadGood News for Ratoath Schools 
 All in our parish have welcomed the news that Ratoath Junior National School and Ratoath Senior National School have been given the go ahead for their extensions.                        The Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Batt O’Keeffe T.D. has given approval for a 10 classroom extension, 3 special education tuition rooms, as well as an extension to the G.P. room for Ratoath Junior National School.  A 4 class room extension and 4 special education tuition rooms has been granted for Ratoath Senior National School. He has also approved the redevelopment of the car park in the school grounds.                                                                        When completed, the site on the Fairyhouse Road will cater for 1,000 pupils in the very best of facilities. All projects will now go to tender immediately and to construction in the New Year. While we have waited for a few years to hear this good news, much thanks must be expressed to the principals of the schools and their teaching staff and to the Boards of Management of both schools who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the pupils, teachers and parents to see this project reach this stage. We thank too the parents association for their support and assistance at all times in helping us to progress the work to this point. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to our local public representatives for their constant representation on our behalf. In particular, we wish to thank Minister Mary Wallace T.D. who opened many doors for us with the Department, accompanied us on our many visits to the Planning  and Building Unit of the Department in Tullamore and who kept in contact with the Department on an almost weekly basis.
  PTAA Association Social Night:  St. Patricks Hall, Dunshaughlin, Friday Oct 3rd at 9.00pm.  Music by Michael & Friends and lots of local talent Adm: €10 Flower Arranging Classes will commence on 2nd October for 6 weeks Thursday Mornings in the Parish Pastoral Centre 10.30am – 12.30pm  Phone Ann 086 8054217  Ashbourne Comhaltas takes place in Gaelscoil na Cille on Fri evenings from 7.30pm -9.00pm .  Learn First Aid: For the home and workplace in Ratoath Community Centre on 6th October and 10th October. Course instructor is Cathering McDonagh R.M.R.N. For details phone 01 6895600. The Niall Mellon Township Trust: Fundraising night will be help on Friday 3rd October at 8.00pm in The Bell Pub, Blanchardstown. Tickets €15.00 Phone Margaret Darragh on 086 8010395

Four Forks Drama Group: Join us for the launch of the new Ratoath Drama Group in Sean Eiffe GAA clubhouse on Saturday 4th October at 8.00pm, Music Food and Craic. Great Raffle. Tickets available from the Venue Theatre or at the door on the night. Admission €10.00.   Ratoath Garden Club first meeting of the season will take place on Monday 29th September in the Venue Theatre at 8.30pm Speaker will be Sheena Veron on ”What can I do to improve my Garden ”Registration at 8.15pm. New members very welcome.   Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters public speaking club in Dunboyne Castle. Next meeting: Mondays 6th & 20th of October (then every 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month)

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