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Parish Bulletin 12th October 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath12 October 2008
( 01 8256207

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

      Congratulations Harry Ryan (Mill Tree Park), Ronan McElvaney (Seagrave Hall),David Maher (Mount Merrion), Amelia Walsh (Jamestown Park) and Ben Ward (Rackenstown)who were baptised recently. 
                                     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.
  The boys and girls who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next February will be making their Confirmation Commitments at the 7.00pm Mass and the 11.00am and 12.15 Masses next weekend. Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. Next week marks the annual worldwide Catholic celebration of Mission Sunday. Our prayers and donations on Mission Sunday help to support missionaries and those they reach out to in countries where the Church is new, young or poor. Our support allows Catholic communities throughout the world to become self-sufficient and progress according to their own needs and traditions. The collection taken up at the Masses next weekend is in aid of our brothers and sisters currently on mission allowing them to continue their difficult but vital work reflecting the theme for Mission Sunday 2008: ‘Go and Tell’.   A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will take place on Tuesday next at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.  
12 OctTwenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time19 OctMission Sunday
Vigil 7.00pmChristy Donnelly& Michael McIntyreVigil 7.00pmWilliam Kissane& Sandra Buttner
9.00amRoy Barcley9.00amBrendan Whyte& Fiachra O’Neill
11.00amWilliam & Anne Kavanagh& Suzanne Sutton11.00amJoseph & Masie McCormack& James Gray
12.15pmEileen Fernandes (Months Mind)12.15pmEamon & Mary White and deceased members of White family& Michael & Margaret Harron
     Monday                Patrick Campbell                                         Thursday     Special Intention Saturday               Declan SweeneyA short excerpt from the homily of Pope Benedict XV on October 5th at the Basilica of      St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls at the beginning of the Synod of Bishops on The Word of God The Word of God alone can profoundly change man's heart so it is important that individual believers and communities enter into ever increasing intimacy with his Word. The Synodal Assembly will focus attention on this fundamental truth for the life and mission of the Church. To draw nourishment from the Word of God is her first and fundamental task. In fact, if the Gospel proclamation is her raison d'être and mission, it is indispensable that the Church know and live what she proclaims. In this Pauline Year we hear the cry of the Apostle to the Gentiles resounding with special urgency: "Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!", a cry that becomes for every Christian a pressing invitation to serve Christ. It is, becoming indispensable for Christians on every continent to be ready to reply to those who ask them to account for the hope that is in them, joyfully proclaiming the Word of God and living the Gospel without compromises. We all know how necessary it is to make the Word of God the centre of our lives, to welcome Christ as our one Redeemer, to ensure that his light may enlighten every context of humanity: from the family to the school, to culture, to work, to free time and to the other sectors of society and of our life. In taking part in the Eucharistic celebration we are always aware of the close connection that exists between the proclamation of the Word of God and the Eucharistic sacrifice. This is why "the Church", as the Second Vatican Council highlights, "has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord, in so far as she never ceases, particularly in the sacred liturgy to partake of the bread of life and to offer it to the faithful from the one table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ". ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­***********************************************************************************************Ratoath Musical Society is due to stage Aladdin Panto, at the Venue theatre from December 1st  to 7th . Rehearsals Thurs and Sun. Over 16s please. If interested please call 085 - 1608552.Many Thanks for your generous support for the Hospice Coffee Morning held recently in the GAA clubhouse which raised €3,743.40.  Ceili, 17th October, 8.30pm in Ratoath GAA club. Admission €8. Great fun for all. Tickets available at the door or call 086 3788874. Meath Archaeological & Historical Society - public lecture in Ashbourne library at 8.00pm on Thursday 16th.  "The RIC in Meath & the Ashbourne Ambush". Renowned lecturer, Jim Herlihy, will review the history of the RIC in Meath, their locations, activities and genealogy. All welcome. An Evening of Sparkling Melodies from the worlds of popular Opera, Operetta & Musical Theatre presented by “Serenade Suite” Soprano Kathryn Smith & Antoinette Heery Tenor Paul Kelly and Baritone Pat Doherty. At Trim Castle Hotel on Sunday 19th October at 8.00pm Tickets €20.00 Booking 046 948 3000 & 086 8371456. The Salesian College of Horticulture in Warrenstown is having an Open Day on Thursday October 16th. Registration, tea and coffee at 10.30am with guided tours of the college and our facilities starting at 11am followed by a talk on our courses and careers in horticulture, with an opportunity for questions and answers afterwards.. Everyone is welcome, particularly prospective students, their parents and Careers and Agricultural Science teachers. Please advise Ann Smith on 01 8259342 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it of your attendance.[Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs) The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 14th at 8pm in the Community Centre Newcomers very welcome! For information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.

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