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

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

 Please pray for Helena Duffy (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.     Congratulations to Alanna White (Steeplechase Green) Marie Phelan (Milltree Park) Brogan Ryan (Jamestown Park) Harvey Walsh (Leigh Valley) Caoilinn Finlay (Moulden Bridge) Mason Jackson (Meadow Court) Ruby Doyle (Steeplechase Green) who were baptised recently.  The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday next 4th March  “Praying with the scriptures” resumes on Monday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre (beside the Parochial House) at 8pm. All are welcome.    Ratoath Parish Youth Team meets every Tuesday 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. Wednesdays in Lent: Eucharistic Adoration from 10.00am to 10.00pmOn Wednesday evening from 8.30pm -9.30pm. Taize prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.This week we pray for the young people of our parish and all who work with them. We remember all the clubs and societies and the many volunteers who run them. As we pray for them, we invite you to drop into the church during the hour of prayer, even if it is just for a few minutes.  The prayer ends with Night Prayer at 9.30pm      Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross after Morning Mass************************************************************************************************            Co. Meath VEC is launching the Mosney Volunteer Programme.  We are looking for people to share their time and skills on a volunteer basis.  If you or your community group is interested please call 087 6696576 or check out for more information.                                                            Ratoath ICA Charity Auction on Tuesday 3rd March at 8.45pm. Ratoath Rugby Club is holding a table quiz in the Auld Stand on Wednesday 3rd March at 8.30pm. Entry for team of four is €20. Please come along and support. Are you unemployed? What are your entitlements? Have a coffee and chat in the Community Centre on Tuesday 3rd March at 11.00am. For details contact 01-6895600 Trim Active Retirement Club is hosting a Dinner Dance in the Knightsbrook Hotel Trim on Wednesday 15th April 2009.  Tickets €17.00. For more information Tel Anne  01 8256150  Quiz night to be held in Ratoath GAA Club on Friday 13th March at 8.30 pm. €40.00 for table of 4. Proceeds will go to Bingo committee to ensure that our community bingo can continue to be  held. Contact Dara O’Neill 0851658650; Noel Martin 0872472967; Danny Gaughan 087 2626727 Ratoath GAA (Juvenile Section) is hosting a Table Quiz on Friday 6th March at 8.00pm in the clubhouse . All welcome. Cost per team €40.00 maximum 4 members on each team. For further information contact Kevin at 087-6659447 or Shane at 086-6098555 Lenten campaigns highlight: 'Lent is about doing'   ‘What are you giving up?’ is a question that was once synonymous with Lent. But Lent is no longer just about ‘giving up’ but also about doing.

This is evidenced in the annual Trócaire campaign which kicks off this weekend when packs are distributed after Masses all over Ireland. This year Trócaire aims to highlight the plight of the 26 million people who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict.

On Tuesday,  Rose of Tralee Aoife Kelly, putting herself in their shoes, was pictured carrying what she would take were she forced to leave home, never to return.  “Packing up this morning really made me think about what I need most to survive. Trócaire really made me think about how vulnerable I am without all my ‘things’ and how devastating it would be to lose everything,” said Ms Kelly. “We never really appreciate all that we have until it is taken away.” also has a Lenten campaign on the special website It offers nine options ranging from daily prayers, readings and reflections, a to-do-action and spotlight on a charity.

There is also a children’s section based on the Anne Marie Lee’s book Children in Lent (Columba Press), as well as a Lenten liturgical calendar, Stations of the Cross, articles for Lent, a Lenten Q and A (question and answer) and a page for viewers to leave their comments.

In Rome at the launch of the Pope’s Lenten message (with the theme: He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry) Josette  Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that one in six people on earth suffers hunger.

"This is not a problem of food availability. It is a problem of distribution - and of greed, discrimination, wars and other tragedies", she said.  "Today, a child dies every six seconds from hunger. The question is: Is there anything that can be done to alleviate the humiliation, pain and injustice of hunger? Are there solutions that help people break the hunger trap for themselves, once and for all? The answer is overwhelmingly 'yes'. We have the tools and technology to make this happen, and we have seen it happen in many places around the world".

She gave the examples of Darfur, where for less than fifty cents a day per person mass starvation was prevented. WFP buys food directly from the developing world for its programmes, helping break the cycle of poverty at its root.

Also at the launch Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes president, of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum said: “Year after year the Pope's words remind us of our duty to open our hearts and hands to those in need.... Aid - if it is not to sink to the level of an ideology or a purely mental exercise - must always be a concrete action, it must engage directly with situations of poverty".

In an age characterised by a concern for wellbeing and physical health, the Lenten Message seems to contradict social trends, said Cardinal Cordes: “The body can become a tyrant and the desire for wellbeing and pleasure can reduce freedom and become unmanageable by the human will.  Fasting aims to make a clean break in our lives.... It transcends the earthly dimension and pursues an objective that is beyond this world.

1 MarchFirst Sunday in Lent 8 MarchSecond Sunday in Lent
Vigil 7.00pmChristopher Smith& Vincent J. ByrneVigil 7.00pmAndrew & Lillian Toole& Vincent Geraghty
9.00amMichael Caffrey9.00amEugene Walsh
11.00amPaddy & Lily Connery& Michael & John Shevlin11.00am Joe Lynch
12.15Pud & Winnie Mahon12.15Jimmy & Elizabeth Lowter
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