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Parish Bulletin 7th March 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

7 March 2010

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






Congratulations to Suzy Fitzpatrick (The Old Mill) who was baptised recently.


Please pray for Leonard Meagher (formally of Ratoath) who died during the week.

May he rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday from 10.00am ending with an hour of Taize prayer beginning at 8.30pm and ending with night prayer at 9.30pm. All are welcome.


First Confessions: The boys and girls in Second Class will make their First Confessions this week. Gillian Purcell and Siobhan McCann’s classes from Ratoath Junior School on Monday

Maurice  Mullins and Darragh Roe’s classes from Ratoath Junior School  on Tuesday; 

St. Paul’s National School on Wednesday and Rathbeggan National School on Thursday.

All ceremonies are at 7.30pm


The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre in preparation for the Children’s Liturgy next week end.


Meeting for the parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place on Wednesday 10th March at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Cheltenham Preview on 10th March at The Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. Expert Panel (Chairman Tony O'Hehir). Doors open @ 7.30 pm. €25.00 to include €30.00 free bets !
In aid of The Romanian Bread Basket Appeal


Older Adult Exercise Class beginning on 18th March in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin. Class €8. Phone Catherine on 087-2883729


Regina Doherty would like to thank all who so generously supported the recent church gate collection for “Meals on Wheels” which raised €1523.62. Many thanks.


Are you taking part in this year’s "Flora's Women's Mini Marathon" on June 7th?  Then why not run, walk or clawl your way to the finish line for "Aisling Group International". "Aisling" provides counselling services & help to young people, families, communities and all who have suffered with the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. Please phone  046-9074300 or 046-9075979 - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Website


Concert in aid of the Medugorje Youth Pilgrimage fund on the 21st March in the Ardboyne at 8.00pm and tickets are €10.. For tickets contact Ann Buchanan 087-2349532 or Amanda 087-9733988.


Physics Grinds required (Leaving Cert standard). Contact Monica 087-6493639


Ratoath GAA Drama group presents “Stars In Their Eyes” Fri 23rd/Sat 24th April @ 8pm. Tickets are €5 each and are available every wednesday between 8.30pm and 9.30pm at the Clubhouse.


An introductory FETAC accredited course in Child Care will run in the Ashbourne/Donaghmore GAA Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 1pm starting March 10th. This course is free to early school leavers and the unemployed or their dependents and also to medical card holders. Suitable also for parents of young children. Contact Imelda Prunty Meath VEC 046 9068284 for details.


Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign

“Give us this day our daily bread”

“I was hungry and you gave me to eat”


 “We have reached a shameful point in our history. More people than ever before now live in hunger and poverty.”                                                        Justin Kilcullen, Director of Trócaire.

“The world has more than enough food. Yet, today, more than one billion people are hungry. This is unacceptable”                                                                    UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon

Trócaire’s work on hunger                                                          Trócaire works primarily with rural communities in many parts of the developing world to help people increase the amount of food they grow and improve farming methods.

·         We provide credit schemes and help people get legal ownership of land.

·         Through farming cooperatives and training schemes, we help people market and process          their crops.

·         We support communities as they adapt to climate change, through irrigation, reforestation       and recovery of land damaged by erosion.

·         Given that women produce most of the food in the developing world, we pay particular  attention to the needs of women farmers.


Facts on hunger

·         1.02 billion people – that’s one in every six people - do not have enough to eat – more than    the populations of the USA, Canada and the European Union 

·         The number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40     million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices

·         907 million people in developing countries alone are hungry

·         Asia and the Pacific region is home to over half the world’s population and nearly two thirds     of the world’s hungry people

·         More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women

·         65 per cent of the world's hungry live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic      Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia

·         Every six seconds a child dies because of hunger and related causes 

·         10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and            hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths

7 Mar

Third Sunday of Lent

 14 Mar

Fourth Sunday of Lent



Eileen, James, & Margaret Woods

Eugene Walsh



Seamus, Bridget & Chris Ennis


Des Crofton


John & Eileen Staunton


Joe Lynch & John Checkley


Aileen Conway

Baby Marcus Crawley


Andrew & Lillian Toole

& Pudsar & Tony Toole


Jim & Elizabeth Lowther

 & Christine Wims


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