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Parish Bulletin 23rd November 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath23 November 2008
( 01 8256207

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

     Congratulations to Jessica Dempsey (Coill Beag), Harry Brady (The Old Mill), Ryan Walsh (Moulden Bridge), Harriett Hayes (Glebe Park) and Aoife Williams (Foxlodge Manor)who were baptised recently.   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. Envelope Collection for the week ending 9th & 16th November €2,500.14Many thanks for your support and generosity. Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th December at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! If you would like more information on the group or the meetings, please contact Doreen on 8257902. A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 23rd November at 8.00pm 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 Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 24th November in the Venue Theatre at 8.15pm. Speaker will be Valerie Keegan from The Alpine Society. Topic “Small is Beautiful”  The Gallery, Supple House, Main St., Dunshaughlin. Join us for a wine reception on our opening day, Sunday 23rd November, 1pm to 8pm. The Gallery will exhibit the work of local artists Jacinta Eiffe Faherty and Marguerite Dolan and will remain open until Tuesday 23rd December.Please contact Jacinta on 086 8653126 for more information. Latin Classes for Beginners required, contact Breda 087 2448743 Ratoath Athletic Club AGM on Monday November 24th at 8pm in the Glascarn Room in the Community Centre. We hope that the meet and train athletes and parents of Juvenile athletes can attend the AGM. Ratoath Rugby Football Club: Following the tragic and mindless murder of Shane Geoghegan RIP, captain of Garryowen 3rd XV,  Ratoath RFC have opened a book of condolences in Cleggs Locksmith’s and shoe repair shop which is available till Wednesday for anyone wishing to sign. Ratoath Ladies GAA AGM in Clubhouse on Monday 24th of November at 8.30pm.  The club would welcome all players, potential players, parents and anyone else who would like to get involved so we can build on what has been a very successful 2008 on all fronts for the club.        Remembering our loved ones who have died
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 this Service.
 Year of Vocation Each of us is called to holiness, to be followers of Christ, the Holy One. This basic call is lived out most commonly in the married state but also in the single state or as clergy or religious.  God knows and wants what is best for each of us and for the common good of all. Each is urged to discern prayerfully and respond positively to God's specific call. If we desire to know God's call for each of us, we can be consoled that he will make it known to us. But each would do well to ask: Am I responding to God's basic call to holiness? Am I striving for holiness in my particular state of life?
The Year of Vocation
 (April 13th 2008 - May 3rd 2009) is an opportunity to highlight the need for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Religious vocations do not fall from the heavens. Vocations are born into families and parish communities where prayer and the faith life of young people is nurtured. All of us are challenged to create an environment in our homes, parishes and workplaces where openness to, and trust in, the possibility of a vocation in the Church is encouraged. We all have a part in this mission: mothers and fathers, teachers, guidance counsellors, coaches, leaders of organizations, friends, clergy and religious. “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”            (St. Catherine of Siena)  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 this Saturday to the following Saturday. 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.*********************************************************************************** 
23 NovSolemnity of Christ the King 30 Nov First Sunday of Advent
Vigil 7.00pmPatrick, Bridget, Nancy & Pat Mulvaney& Ilana BrennanVigil 7.00pmJohn & Tom Reilly& Bernard & Josie Gannon
9.00am Jack, Thomas & Maria Nulty9.00amKevin & Katie Darby& Tom & Rosemary Wallace
11.00am Richard King & Bridget Wall& Paddy Regan11.00am  Christy Nulty& The Elliott Family (Cabinhill)
12.15pm Con Colfer & Gretta Corcoran12.15pm Frank Maher & Killian McDonnell
 Monday              Tom Wheeler                                     Tuesday      Charlie & Mary Moore & Marie LynchWednesday        Tommy McLoughlin                            Thursday     Phil ByrneFriday                 James & Peggy Farrell                         Saturday      Michael Murphy

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