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Parish Bulletin 8th February 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath8 February 2009
( 01 8256207

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

    Congratulations to Sophie Cooke (Somerville) and Emanuel Shobande (Ongar) who were baptised recently. Confirmation Day on 12th February: We welcome Bishop Smith to Ratoath on Thursday when he will confirm the sixth class boys and girls at two ceremonies - 11.00am and 3.00pm Baptismal Meeting at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre A Board of Management meeting for Ratoath Junior National School takes place on Monday 9th at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Envelope Collection for the week ending 25th January & 1st February €5,887.67Many thanks for all your support and generosity.  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  Dessert Superb: Home made Cakes and Desserts delivered to your home small and large parties catered for phone Sue 087 2800264  Amen: Support Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. Weekly support group meetings – Tuesday 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Contact 046-9023718 for further information. 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 at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. For information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.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        
 8 FebFifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 15 FebSixth  Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmJoe Gorman& Tom EverardVigil 7.00pmBridgie Reilly & Bridget & Noel McLoughlin & Miriam Deering (Months Mind)
9.00amBob Slattery & Patricia Scally9.00amHelen, Catherine, James & Terry Kavanagh
11.00amDouglas & Gretta Pykett11.00am Liam Morris& Michael & Elizabeth Mulvaney
12.15Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan& Jack O’Keefe12.15James & Peggy Farrell& Fergus Haverty
 [[[ Monday          Marie Pinder               Tuesday       Edward & Mary Rafferty & Michael & Elizabeth KavanaghWednesday    Special Intention          Thursday      Confirmation Ceremonies at 11.00am & 3.00pmFriday            Lucy Keogh                 Saturday       No morning Mass.Bishop’s Smith Silver Jubilee Celebrations on 1st February

Transport minister Noel Dempsey and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza were the attendance at a Mass to celebrate the silver jubilee of Bishop Michael Smith’s of Meath at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar on Sunday.

A message of congratulations from Pope Benedict offered the bishop his “sincere and well-deserved congratulations” and hoped for “a just reward from our Saviour”.

Speaking during the ceremony, Bishop Smith, who was joined by 150 priests for the event, thanked clergy and laity for their support and friendship over his twenty-five years as bishop.

“You have eased my journey and lightened the burden that fulfilling the call to ministry as a bishop often entails, in our age no less than in ages past,” he remarked.  Dr Smith praised the priests of his diocese for their friendship and support and “their dedication and commitment to their ministry in times that are often demanding and difficult”.

He said faith was being challenged “in these times as it was in times past” and one of the central challenges for the Church was the “betrayal of trust and the wounding of many.  Healing these wounds must continue to be at the heart of the mission of the Church,” the bishop said.

And, he said, there were many people in every community “on the side of the Lord, those who continue to live out their faith even if the ambience in which they live it is not as supportive or enhancing as in previous times. Every generation is given guardianship of this legacy - we are all called to ‘fan into a flame' the faith we have received."

Dr Smith revealed that he had resolved to become a priest at an early age and it was a decision he never came to regret.

Ordination to be a bishop,  he said, was a commitment of one’s life into the hands of others and an invitation to model one’s life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.  “There will always be an element of the cross in the living out of one’s priestly vocation; even more so the call to be a bishop,” he remarked.

“It is not for decoration that a bishop is invited to wear a cross – it is primarily a call to service, a call to spend one’s life in complete service of the Lord”.

As bishop, he has ordained more than seventy priests and officiated at an estimated 1,300 Confirmation ceremonies.  His diocese has seen a rapid growth in population during the  last quarter century with consequent pressure on infrastructure. In the last two years alone, thirty schools of which he is patron have undergone renovation or extension.

Transport minister Noel Dempsey, who is a TD for Meath West, praised the bishop for his “enormous dedication and focus” and said his work was “greatly appreciated by his community at large”.

We welcome Ms Kathleen Keaney to the Parish.
Kathleen is a student undertaking the Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies at
St Patrick’s College Maynooth and is taking up placement here in the parish until May.  Since September she has been ministering in her home parish of Glenfarne, Co Leitrim. While here in Ratoath,  Kathleen  hopes to work closely with some of the second and third classes in Ratoath Junior and Senior schools, and will spend some time in Ratoath College each week. She also hopes to visit Ratoath  Mannor Nursing Home from time to time.

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