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Parish Bulletin 1st February 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath1 February 2009
( 01 8256207

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

 Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games: Under 14s Junior Quiz Night will take place on 7th February  in the Community Centre, Summerhill at 5.30pm. Teams of 4 required made up of all girls, all boys or a mix of both.  €2 per child payable on the night. If you require further information please contact Eileen Doherty 087 2887217 or Deirdre McCormack 085 7283262. Are you between 35and 45? To meet other Catholic’s of your age for social and spiritual events, if so you are invited to meeting in the Trinity Capital Hotel Pearse Street, at 8.30pm on Friday 6th February. e mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or ring Declan on 087 7608268 .  Weight Loss Clinic. Loose 1 stone in 8 weeks. Tone up and feel better than ever. Starting in the Community Centre on February at 7.00pm. Phone Kevin on 0862235518 New Evening Pilates course commencing 11th February in Ratoath Community Centre. 8 - 9pm on Wednesday evenings for 8 weeks. Contact Nicola at 087 6975207 to book/get details.. Ratoath Community Support Group. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th February at 8pm in the Community Centre. For information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.  Flower Arranging Classes commencing Thursday 5th February for 6 weeks, from 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Parish Parochial Centre. Phone Ann on 086 8054217 The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday and Friday. The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday next 4th February at 8.00pm. The Children’s Choir will resume this Wednesday 4th February at 7.00pm in the church. Board of Management meeting for Ratoath Senior National School on Wednesday 4th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre Ratoath Active Age Group will meet on Friday 6th 11.00am-1.00pm in the Community centre. Ratoath ICA will meet on Tuesday 3rd February at 8.15pm in the Ratoath Community Centre. School of Adult and Community Learning All Hallows College. Continuing Education Spring 2009. For more information call 01 8373745 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Grinds Available from primary school to leaving cert. Experienced teacher. Phone 086 3770297  Congratulations to Tristan Beane (Somerville), Millie Kenny (Cairn Manor) and Aisling Smith (Woodlands) who were baptised recently.       
 1 FebFourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8 FebFifth  Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmMaurice Keogh & John Redmond& Michael Conway (Months Mind)Vigil 7.00pmJoe Gorman& Tom Everard
9.00amBrendan Whyte9.00amBob Slattery & Patricia Scally
11.00amNoel Walsh & Mary Geraghty11.00am Douglas & Gretta Pykett
12.15Martin Kerrigan & Ann Byrne12.15Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan& Jack O’Keefe
 [[[Monday           Special Intention         Tuesday          Special Intention (Feast of St. Blaise – blessing of throats after the morning Mass)Wednesday     Special Intention                      Thursday   Special Intention       Friday            Altar list of the Dead               Saturday     Pat Moorehead   Silver Jubilee of Bishop Michael Smith’s Episcopal OrdinationThe Diocese of Meath and local civil authorities will take part in a number of events to mark the Silver Jubilee of Bishop’s Smith’s Episcopal ordination.
The principal celebration will be a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar this Sunday 1 February at 3.00pm. Priests and parishioners from across the Diocese of Meath are expected to join in the celebration, together with members of the Bishop’s family from his native parish of Oldcastle. Both the Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD and the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza have been invited to the Jubilee Mass.

The Cathedral liturgy will include people from various aspects of Church life which are part of the Bishop’s ministry. The Scripture readings will be read by Colm O’Rourke, Principal of St Patrick’s Classical School in Navan and Agatha McPartland, Secretary of the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. These represent Bishop Smith’s commitment to Catholic education and to the care of the sick respectively. Lucia Cully was the first child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from the newly ordained Bishop on 5 March 1984 in Kildalkey and she will take part in the Prayer of the Faithful. Members of the Diocesan Youth Group who have accompanied Bishop Smith to World Youth Day events abroad will also have a special presence on the occasion.
  Bishop Smith has been deeply involved in the faith-life of the people of our diocese over these 25 years.  He has presided at over 1,300 Confirmation ceremonies and ordained more than 70 priests. The Bishop has opened our schools and dedicated our churches; he has accompanied the sick and led our youth on pilgrimage to places across the world.Bishop Michael Smith was ordained by Cardinal Tomas O'Fiach at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar on 29 January 1984. The last such celebration of the silver jubilee of a Bishop in the Diocese was that of Bishop Thomas Nulty in 1891. Coincidentally, both these bishops were natives of Oldcastle.

Speaking in advance of the celebrations, Bishop Smith points out that "the decision to become a priest was my own decision and one that I have never regretted making. The call to episcopacy is made by others and is primarily a call to total service in a portion of the Lord's vineyard. I give thanks to God that I have enjoyed both the health and energy to answer his call, with all one's personal limitations, to be best of my ability over the past twenty five years."************************************************************************** Ratoath Past and Present’Ratoath Heritage Group would like to thank all who attended the book launch. The book is on sale in Terry Brady’s,   Johnny Ryan’s, Tony Darby’s, The Community Centre and the Parish Office. **************************************************************************Ratoath Parish Youth TeamMeets every Tuesday evening 7.30pm- 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre(beside the                                                                                         Parochial House)Young people between the ages                                                                               of 16- 35 are invited   to join

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