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Parish Bulletin 15th February 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath15 February 2009
( 01 8256207

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

    Congratulations to Conor McCann (Seagrave Hall), Ella Newman (Glebe Lane),Catherine Drummond (Wilkinstown), Clodagh McHugh (Jamestown Park) and Beth Dyas (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently. Next Sunday is a blue offering day. If you have a child, whom you would like to enrol in St. Paul’s National School for September 2009, can you contact the school on 01-8257246 before Thursday 26th February.  Dessert Superb: Home made Cakes and Desserts delivered to your home small and large parties catered for phone Sue 087 2800264  School House Montessori, Fairyhouse Road, have some vacancies for September 2009. Ring Andrea 01 8256379 Irish Epilepsy Association would like to thank all who supported the recent Church gate collection which raised €672.92. Many thanks. 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 

                              Good News for St Paul’s National School.                     On Thursday last, the Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Batt O’Keeffe T.D. announced that St. Paul’s National School will now start architectural planning for a new 24-classroom school.                                                                                  This is very good news for parents, pupils and teachers in St. Paul’s. It is hoped that the project can move along speedily to design, planning, tendering and construction.                                                                                 We are grateful to all who have assisted the Board of Management to get the project to this stage, especially our local public representatives.

 15 FebSixth  Sunday in Ordinary Time  22 FebSeventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmBridgie Reilly & Bridget & Noel McLoughlin & Miriam Deering (Months Mind)Vigil 7.00pmDavid Lynch& Michael & Bridget Carey
9.00amHelen, Catherine, James & Terry Kavanagh9.00amJohn Timmons
11.00amLiam Morris& Michael & Elizabeth Mulvaney11.00am Emily Kirwan& Chris Donnelly
12.15James & Peggy Farrell& Fergus Haverty12.15Brian Gahan& Jim Brady
 [[[  Monday           George McAuley                                  Tuesday           Special Intention                              

Wednesday     Noel Blake & Johnny Monaghan         Thursday        Eugene Eiffe                                     Friday                 Kathleen Andrews                             Saturday         Jim & Angela Gallagher 

 Confirmation: Congratulations to the sixth class boys and girls in Ratoath Senior and Rathbeggan National Schools who were confirmed by Bishop Smith on Thursday. We thank the boys and girls for their involvement in the ceremony and their great co-operation in all of the preparation in the school and church, especially in the past few weeks. We are grateful to all the parents for their support in the Confirmation preparation Masses over the past few months. A special thanks to the sixth class teachers for their energy, dedication and commitment in preparing the children for the sacrament. We know that a lot of time was devoted by other staff members for the Confirmation day – art work, assisting in bringing the boys and girls to the church in the past few weeks, preparing the booklets etc.We thank too the choirs in both schools and their teachers who prepared them and all agreed that they enhanced the ceremonies with their beautiful singing. And finally, we express our sincere thanks to the principals of both schools for their unfailing courtesy, support and assistance to us and to the boys and girls as they prepared for Confirmation. Well done to all.  Mr. P. J. Moran: Congratulations to P. J. Moran who was conferred with the “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” medal by Bishop Smith on Thursday. P. J. has been deeply involved in Catholic primary education in Ratoath for the past 14 years. He was chairperson of Ratoath National School before the school was divided into Senior and Junior. He subsequently was chairperson of Ratoath Junior and Ratoath Senior National Schools and was the first chairperson of St. Paul’s National School. He is presently chairperson of Ratoath Senior National School. Under his leadership and guidance, the school going population in Ratoath has increased to its present figure of 1,550 pupils. We have been very fortunate in having such a wonderful gentleman who has devoted such an enormous amount of his time and undoubted talent for the benefit of the schools and the wider community of Ratoath.

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