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

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

 Please pray for Marcus Crawley (The Lane, Fox Lodge Manor) who died during the week. May he rest in peace. Congratulations to Paul McConville (Seagrave Hall), Claire Rogers (Park View), Mya Quinn (Woodlands Hall), David Rohan (Corballis Demesne), Daniel Foster (Foxlodge Woods) and Eve Donnelly (Big Lagore) who were baptised recently 
St. Patrick’s Day: The Vigil Mass will be on Monday at 7.00pm and the Masses on Tuesday will be at 9.00am and 11.00am.  There will be no 12.15pm Mass
 Standing Orders for February €6,403.26 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity “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 our grandparents. They will be remembered in a special way at the hour of prayer this week and we extend a special welcome to come and pray for grandparents during this hour. The prayer ends with Night Prayer at 9.30pm          Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross after Morning Mass       
15 MarchThird Sunday in Lent 22  MarchFourth Sunday in Lent
Vigil 7.00pm Patrick, Margaret, Eileen, & James Woods & Lilian & Andrew TooleVigil 7.00pmKay & Brendan MentonThomas & Kathleen Madden& Gerry Hoare
9.00am 9.00amBridget Lane & Kathleen Armstrong 
11.00amDeceased members of the Brennan family & Leigha Mc Keon11.00am Cecelia & Albert Cudlipp
12.15Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis12.15Luke & Eileen Ralph & David Gannon
         Monday         Noreen Lawlor (Month’s Mind) Tuesday        (St. Patrick’s Day)    Elizabeth Coughlan (9.00am) and Caoimhe Hughes (11.00am) Wednesday   Thomas Byrne              Thursday     Muldoon Family              Friday    John & Ellen Staunton 
Message from the Holy Father
It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the murders of two young British soldiers and a policeman in Northern Ireland. As I assure the families of the victims and the injured of my spiritual closeness, I condemn in the strongest terms these abominable acts of terrorism which, apart from desecrating human life, seriously endanger the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland and risk destroying the great hopes generated by this process in the region and throughout the world. I ask the Lord that no one will again give in to the horrendous temptation of violence and that all will increase their efforts to continue building – through the patient effort of dialogue – a peaceful, just and reconciled society.                                                                                                                  
There are many kinds of service – helping someone with a meal, working in a shop with customers, working in the public service. Generally when we are serving we are involved in helping in some way. And maybe getting paid for it. The service of Jesus was different: his service of us was to redeem us, making us whole, repair the broken sides of humanity, bring God as close to humanity as possible. The quality of his service led to pain and suffering for him, and eventually his death. His was service to the end, like the parent spending the day and then a lot of the night looking after a child. In serving others with love, we share in the life of God.
                                                                                       Donal Neary SJ             Praying in Lent  
Ratoath Senior Foraige Club would like to thank all who supported their recent church collection which raised €1,213.49. Proceeds to go to the special need unit in Ratoath College. People 4 People Cake Sale on Mother’s Day 22nd March in the Community Centre 11.00am – 1.30pm. Cakes can be left in to the Centre on Saturday eve and before11.00am on Sun morning.  Table quiz in aid of Society of Saint Vincent De Paul on Friday 20th at 8:30 pm in the  GAA Clubhouse, Ashbourne. Teams of 4. Enquiries/donations to raffle. Phone John 085  7736424.   [[[ 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.   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! 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.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, 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 Thu 19th and 26th March; 2nd April from 10.00am to 1.00pmVolunteers in the Community Awards 2008: Meath County Council and Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with Meath Volunteer Centre recognise the role played by many individuals and groups in helping to create a strong and vibrant community.  By participating fully in their community, these people not only help in creating a better place but their efforts also encourage and benefit others.Nominate an individual or group within your community who you feel should be acknowledged for their contribution before Friday the 27th March 2009 in the following categories: 1.    Active Citizen 18+ – individual nominations 2.    Young Citizen 15-17yrs – individual nominations 3.    Community Project – individual or group nominations4.    Community IT Project – individual or group nominations5.    Sports – individual or group nominations For further information, guidelines and nomination forms, please contact Olivia at the Office of Community & Enterprise on 046-9097401 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information and nomination forms can also be downloaded on our website: Join 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 .  Dunshaughlin Players Present John B. Keane's play The Year of The Hiker in The Venue Theatre Ratoath from the 19th to the 21st March at 8.00pm

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