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Parish Bulletin 30th August 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

30 August 2009

( 01 8256207

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


Please pray for Kathleen McDonnell (Dunshaughlin) mother of Joe McDonnell (Killester) and for  Mary Callan (Artane) mother of Maureen Smith (Leigh Valley) and Roisin Collins (Cabinhill)  who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


Congatulations to Aoife Doyle (Woodlands), Ave Clancy (Foxlodge Wood),

Harrison Yardley (Moulden Bridge), Aidan Foley (Rackinstown), Vivienne Jenkins (The Old Mill), Robyn Mulcahy (Steeplechase Hill) and Charlotte McGrath (The Old Mill) who were baptised this week.


Congratulations to Maria Reynolds and David Butler who were married during the week.


There will be no Mass on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Eucharistic Adoration will not take place this Wednesday.


Next Sunday is a blue offering day.


Study Theology from Home. The Dominicans are offering a theology programme specifically for lay people, offered by distance learning. You can study for a certificate, diploma or degree in theology from the comfort of your home. Please contact The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Tel 01 404 8124/7 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Creative Approaches to Personal and Faith Enrichment: Short courses for autumn 2009.This series of short courses is part of All Hallows’ ongoing commitment to produce quality programmes in Personal and Faith enrichment. Explore aspects of Spiritually in a living Faith context. Enhance and enrich your own journey in a relaxed, informal and welcoming environs of all Hallows’. For more information Phone 01 852 0702 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Ratoath Rugby Registration Day Saturday 5th September: Registration for all players U-7 to U19 (new members welcomed) will be Saturday the 5th September from 12 noon.  A copy of their birth certificate, two passport sized photographs.  All Players must wear a gum shield when playing matches or training.   If you have any other queries or questions please speak to club administrators on the day. Training will be as normal on Saturday. Visit


Gymboree Play and Music will hold an open week at their Play Centre at Fairyhouse Racecourse, commencing on Monday Sept 7th. Please call us on 01-8259402 to arrange your free class and experience the fun filled benefits of the program. Classes cover children from age 0-5.


The Ducks Football (age 4 - 6 year olds) training starts back for the new season at 9.30am on Saturday 12th September in Sean Eiffe GAA Club Ratoath.


Would you like to play In Door Bowls? For more information Contact Michael on 087 2045582


Purse found in Village on Saturday 15th August. Phone 086 0772057


Irelands Biggest Coffee Morning - Thursday September 17th in Ratoath GAA Club from

9.30 to 12noon. Raffle and Cake sale on the day. Cake donations welcome on the morning. Please come and support this great cause. All monies go the Hospice Care in Meath



Studying for the Priesthood

The Diocese of Meath has seen its number of seminarians almost double as the new term at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth begins.   This brings to nine the number of Meath diocesan candidates for the priesthood.  The seminary term for first year students began last Sunday 23 August at Maynooth College.

 The new seminarians are Robert McGivney (Navan), Barry White (Rathkenny) and Noel Weir (Tullamore) while Kevin Heery (Mullingar) comes back to the seminary after a period of discernment.

Bishop Smith said,  “I am delighted to welcome Noel, Robert, Barry and Kevin and I thank them for their generosity in considering the call to priesthood.  I wish them every blessing as they begin their studies.

As I have often said before, vocations to the priesthood come from among the community.  They reflect the prayer and openness the local faith community.  I wish to thank the students’ families, friends, local clergy and parishioners, as well as all who have journeyed with them to date.   Vocations are always a sign of hope and a source of encouragement.  They remind us, if we need reminding, that the faith of many young people is very much alive and an important part of their lives.

 Speaking to students for the priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI pointed out that “the seminary years are a time of journeying, of exploration, but above all of discovering Christ. It is only when the student has a personal experience of Christ that he can truly understand the Lord’s will and consequently his own vocation”.  I pray that all our young people, especially those currently discerning their future, may encounter Christ and discover their true vocation in life, whatever that might be.”

For further information on vocations to the priesthood in the Diocese of Meath please contact: Fr Mark English, Parochial House, Dunboyne. Tel 01-8255342

Can You Help?



Liturgy Committee and Children’s Liturgy Committee: We are looking for new members for our parish Liturgy Committee and for the Children’s liturgy committee. If you are interested in joining either group please let Fr Gerry or Fr Patrick know or contact the parish office this week.


The Parish Choir will resume shortly. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre and the choir sing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sundays and on the major liturgical events during the year. New members are always welcome. If interested, come to the first rehearsal of the new session on Tuesday 8th September at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.



30  Aug

Twenty Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time

6 Sept

Twenty Third  Sunday in Ordinary Time



Michael & Roseanna Nolan



James, Rose, & Peter Brennan

& Nan Cahill


Michael &  Annie Walls




Paddy Walsh


Michael & Patricia Reilly

& Jimmy & Betty Mannering


Mary Carey

& Joseph Morton (Months Mind)


Thomas Clarke and deceased members of the Clarke family

& Suzanne Sutton


            Monday; Tuesday; Wednesday            No morning Mass

           Friday                                                  First Friday Mass for those on the Parish List of the Dead

            Saturday                                             No morning Mass


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