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Parish Bulletin 16th November 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath16 November 2008
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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

     Congratulations to Jack Cotter (Moulden Bridge) and Melissa Duffy (Woodlands Manor) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Audrey Kearney (The Old Mill) who died recently. May she rest in peace.   Taize prayer continues this Wednesday beginning at 8.30pm, concluding with Night Prayer at 9.30pm.  All are welcome to attend even if it is just for a few minutes. Lectio Divina: On Mondays at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.  Helplink South provides telephone alarms designed to help the elderly and disabled. This enables people to live an independent life in their own home and eliminates fear, isolation and loneliness.If you are 65 and over and would like your name submitted for a grant, please contact your Local Community Alert Group, Residence Association or Helplink at 090 644 5081 Next weekend the children who are to receive their First Confessions and First Communion next year will be attending the 7.00pm Mass and the 11.00am & 12.15pm Masses as part of their preparations in the Do This in Memory of Me Programme.The parents who are assisting with the Do This in Memory of Me Programme will meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th November. A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 17th November at 8.00pm The Parish Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday 18th November in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.30pm Meath Archaeological & Historical Society - Public lecture, this Sunday, 16th November at 3.00 pm. in St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Navan. Dr. Eamon Kelly, Nat. Museum of Ireland, will give an illustrated talk on the internationally renown "Meath Bog Body" also other important discoveries of preserved bodies and his current exhibition "Kingship and Sacrifice". All Welcome. A coffee morning in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will take place in Ratoath GAA Club on Thursday, 20th November at 10.00am.  The charity’s Christmas cards and 2009 Calendar will be on sale, together with a large range of merchandise, much of which is ideally suitable for Christmas “stocking fillers”. €5 admission includes tea, coffee and biscuits. For information contact local organiser, Ger O’Byrne, on 087-4194819.   The AGM of the Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games will take place on Thursday 27th November 2008, GAA Club Brownstown at 8.30pm.  We would particularly encourage new people to the area (and old!) to attend the meeting and become involved in our local community.  For further information regarding Community Games and list of events please go to  We look forward to seeing you on the night.  If you have any queries please contact Deirdre McCormack on 085 7283263                       Remembering our loved ones who have died
Two Remembrance Services will be held in Holy Trinity Church Ratoath, during the month of November.
On Thursday 20th November at 8pm we remember with love and celebrate the lives of babies who died before or around the time of birth and the short and precious lives of children who have died. It is for all parents, family members and friends who have had to cope with the tragic and untimely death of their infant, child, teenager or adult son or daughter.
On Friday 28th November at 8pm. our second Remembrance Service; ‘Light in Darkness’, is for all parents, family members and friends who have been bereaved by Suicide.
We extend a warm welcome to everyone and hope that they will find some comfort in coming together to remember their loved one in a special way at these Services.
  Year of Vocation The Catholic Church in Ireland is celebrating a Year of Vocation.                                 The aim of the Year of Vocation is to raise awareness of the common vocation that we all share through baptism as expressed through witness, love and service. Further information on the Year of Vocation is available at                                         The Year of Vocation runs from 13 April 2008 to Vocation Sunday 3 May 2009.           During this Year of Vocation, a special candle and cross is going from parish to parish in the diocese to remind all to pray for Vocations. The cross and candle will be in Ratoath Parish from next Saturday to the following Saturday. .....the Lord of the harvest will not allow His Church to lack workers for His harvest. Indeed, if hope is founded not on our predictions and calculations, which have often been betrayed by history, but “on your Word”, then we can and will believe in a renewed flowering of vocations for the Churches of Europe                                                         (In Verbo Tuo – New Vocations for a New Europe)  “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”            (St. Catherine of Siena)  Prayer for VocationsLord Jesus, You said to your disciples: “The harvest indeed is great but the labourers are few”. We ask that we may know and follow the vocation to which you have called us. We pray for those called to serve: those whom you have called, those you are calling now, and those you will call in the future. May they be open and responsive to the call of serving your people. Amen.*********************************************************************************** 
16 NovThirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 23 Nov Solemnity of Christ the King
Vigil 7.00pmTom & Annie O’Halloran& Mary & Johnnie O’BrienVigil 7.00pmPatrick, Bridget, Nancy & Pat Mulvaney
9.00am Tom & Maura Geoghegan9.00am Jack, Thomas & Maria Nulty
11.00am Anthony Donohoe11.00am  Richard King & Bridget Wall& Paddy Regan
12.15pm Theresa & John McCann12.15pm Con Colfer & Gretta Corcoran
Monday      Special Intention                                      Tuesday             Bernadette Halford                                                                           Saturday        James Bennett & Sean Maher   

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