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Parish Buletin 8th March 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath8 March 2009
( 01 8256207

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

 Please pray who John Chekley (Navan Road), father of Ian Chekley (Meadow Bank Hill) and Mary Braley (Cornwell), sister of Owen O’Sullivan (Kilbride Road) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.  “Praying with the scriptures” 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 welcome. 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 all the families of our parish. They will be remembered in a special way at the hour of prayer this week and we extend a special welcome to families to join us 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 Baptismal Meeting Wednesday next 11th March in the Parish Pastoral Centre 8.00pm. First Confessions: The boys and girls in second class will make their First Confessions this week. Monday and Tuesday: Ratoath Junior National SchoolWednesday: St. Paul’s National SchoolThursday: Rathbeggan National School.All are at 7.30pm in the Parish Church. Envelope Collection for the week ending 1st March €1,588.84. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.      
8 MarchSecond Sunday in Lent 15  MarchThird Sunday in Lent
Vigil 7.00pmAndrew & Lillian Toole& Vincent Geraghty Vigil 7.00pm Patrick, Margaret, Eileen, & James Woods & Lilian & Andrew Toole
9.00amEugene Walsh9.00am 
11.00amJoe Lynch11.00am Leigh McKeon& Deceased members of the Brennan family
12.15Jimmy & Elizabeth Lowter12.15Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis
                                                     Wednesday            Special intention         [[[     
                                 Pope Benedict’s Message for Lent                                May every family and Christian community use well this time of Lent, in order to cast aside all that distracts the spirit and grow in whatever nourishes the soul, moving it to love God and neighbour. I am thinking especially of greater commitment to prayer, lectio divina, recourse to the sacrament of Reconciliation and active participation in the Eucharist, especially the Holy Sunday Mass. 
 Prophetic Words spoken by Pope Benedict nine years ago. At present, as hardly ever before, we can see clearly how people ruin their own lives by living only for the sake of what they own, for things, how they are destroyed by this and by making possessions their real god. Anyone, for instance, who lets himself be ruled entirely by the workings of the stock market will basically become incapable of thinking in any other way. We can see how the world of possessions takes powerful hold over people’s lives. The more they have, the more they are dominated and enslaved by what they have, because they have to be giving ever more attention to preserving and increasing those possessions.*********************************************************************************** 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.   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 bingo can continue to be  held. Contact Daragh O’Neill 0851658650; Noel Martin 0872472967; Danny Gaughan 087 2626727 Meath Branch of Spina Bifida Association wish to thank all who supported their church gate collection which raised €1650.00. Many thanks. Have you ever wanted to Sing? – The Kathryn Smith Academy Main St. Ratoath, now enrolling for New Term and introducing new classes due to popular demand.  Passtime/Professional or just for fun! Voice production/breathing & Singing techniques. Also, preparation for Junior/Leaving Cert & Audition. Exams available and purely optional.  Come enjoy our adult singing class in relaxed & informal surroundings, young or old – we all have a voice. Information & application forms  - Tel 0872519771 or (01 6303062)   or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tutors -Kathryn Smith and Miriam Mulrooney. A Celebration of St. Patrick: Concert on Thursday 12th March in Donaghmore Church at 8.00pm.An evening of uplifting and inspirational music celebrating our Irish heritage. Featuring 'Songs and Stories of Ireland' by local traditional performers and 'Chant and Early Polyphony from Irish Manuscripts' by Schola Gregoriana Maynooth (directed by Giovanna Feeley). Tickets €10 (€8 concessions) available at the door or from Catherine on 086-8966667. Presented by Ashbourne Church Choir - Celebrating Thirty Years 1979-2009. Please support this local event.Amen: Support Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. Open week March 11th - 13th. Presentations daily at 11am & 2pm in St Anne’s Resource Centre, Navan. Contact 046 9023718  Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th March at 8pm in the Community Centre. For more information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.New Volunteer Centre in County Meath! If you would like to volunteer in your community or you are involved in an organisation which needs volunteers, please feel free to contact Susan or Marjan at 046 9072280, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or log on to Active Citizenship Workshop: places still available on Thursday 19th March; 26th March; 2nd April from 10.00am to 1.00pmJoin Bóthar on a week long trek following the footsteps of Francis of Assisi this October. Bóthar use livestock in development aid projects throughout the developing world. For further details contact Bóthar on 071 20100 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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