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Parish Bulletin 29th March 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath29 March 2009
( 01 8256207

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

  Congratulations to Layla Byrne (Meadow Bank Hill), Josh Kiely (Foxlodge Manor), Darragh Whelan (Woodlands) and Sadie Prior (Steeplechase Wood) who were baptised recently. 
Trocaire Boxes should be returned next week end                   (Palm Sunday) in the boxes at the back of the church.
                                                 Parish Cemetery                                                           Work will be carried out in the Parish Cemetery over the next few weeks. We regret any inconvenience caused during this period.
 Our Lenten Cross: “Ours were the sufferings he bore, ours the sorrow he carried”.For the last two weeks of Lent, our Lenten cross is placed in the church as an aid to prayer, as we prepare for the Hoy Week ceremonies.You can place a peg on the cross to symbolise a worry, anxiety, suffering or illness you or your family carry at this time or you can remove one of the pegs from the cross, committing yourself to pray during the week for the needs of the person who placed the peg on the cross. “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.The hour of prayer ends with Night Prayer at 9.30pm  Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross after Morning Mass The sick and housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week. The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday 1st April at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre Please pray for Peggy Ryan (Limerick), sister of Brian Horan, Peacockstown who died during the week. May she rest in peace. 
29 MarchFifth Sunday in Lent 5 AprilPalm Sunday
Vigil 7.00pmJoe Ring& Sheila O’ConnorVigil 7.00pmEdward GannonEllen Fagan
9.00amTommy & Thomas Everard9.00amMichael Flood
11.00amDeceased members of the Donohue & Mills families & Marie Long & deceased members of the Long family.11.00am John & Maura Harvey
12.15pmJohn Brady  & John Kavanagh12.15pmLaoise & Con BuckleyEamon Tonge
     Tuesday           Special Intention                                 Friday              For all on Altar list of the DeadThe Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School meet on Monday 30th at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. The Board of Management of St Paul’s National School meet on Tuesday 31st at 7.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Ratoath Heart Safe Initiative: We are a voluntary group trying to set up a First Responder Service for Ratoath. This is a 24 hour service providing CPR and AED in an emergency before the ambulance arrives. We need volunteers to train in CPR and AED; to fund raise; to co-ordinate the Programme; to donate time and money. Please come to the meeting and find our more on Wednesday 1st April at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome.   [ Ratoath Ladies GAA Football. Are you looking to keep fit and have some fun with it, we are looking for ladies over 16 to join us. Contact Margaret on 086 1989774 4 Forks Drams Group: Pub Quiz in the Ratoath Inn on Friday 3rd April at 8.30pm Table of four €40.00. Great Raffle prizes. David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist and presenter of RTE television series, Families in Trouble, 21st Century Child and Teens in the Wild will give a lecture on pre-primary/primary school children on Thursday 2nd April at 8.00pm in Tattersalls. Wine reception at 7.30pm.  Tickets: Advance booking €20 or €25 at the door. Contact 01-8864300 Ratoath Musical Society is holding open auditions on this Sunday March 29th for our June production - 'Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance - A Musical Celebration!'. If you are over 16 and interested please call 085) 1608552 or 085) 1608587 for details and an audition slot.  Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Competition will take place on Sunday 5th April at St Vincent's Swimming Pool, Navan Road.  Start: 7pm - Finish 9pm.  Under 8s and Under 16s events.  All most welcome.  For further information please contact Deirdre McCormack 085 7283263 or Eileen Doherty 087 2887217 St. Vincent De Paul Shop – Dunshaughlin. The shop has a beautiful wedding dress and two brides maids dresses. All three are sizes 8/10. Anyone interested, please drop in and have a look. Ratoath Community Support Group is holding its annual fundraiser "The Ratoath Fashion Show" on Thursday 23rd April in The Venue, Ratoath Community Centre. Local Models, Surprise guests, Great Raffle prizes. Tickets €25 on sale at The Venue. Phone 6895600. Ratoath Garden Club; meeting on Monday 30th March in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. Speaker Frances McDonald (from Bay Garden) topic “The Making of our own Garden” Good Morning Programme: We offer a free telephone alert service to vulnerable people in our communities. We are rolling this service out across Co. Meath and hope to reach out to a lot of people by talking to groups who may know of a neighbour or friend who has little or no contact with others. The free alert service which we provide can be for many people their only contact with the outside world. By ringing clients we help reduce their feeling of solitude.  The main aim of the telephone call is to ensure our clients are safe and well in their own home and to help our clients with any enquiries they may have.  For further information please contact Carmel Hughes on 049-8550898 or 087-6953168.  City Theatre, Dublin presents “Mrs. Whippy” by Cecilia Ahearn at the Venue Theatre on Thursday 2nd April at 8.00pm. Adm€23. Concession €20. Booking at the box office 01-6895600 Please keep up to date with all the local GAA action on our new web site.

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