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Parish Bullletin 19th September 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

19 September 2010 


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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry
Congratulations to Lara White (Steeplechase Green), Liam Wade (Steeplechase Wood), 
Luke Farrell (Coill Beag), Kevin Tspon (Foxlodge Wood), Eabha Temple (Foxlodge Manor),
Conor Gipson (Foxlodge Wood) and Nicola Doherty (Fairyhouse Road) 
who were baptised recently.
Next weekend at the 7.00pm Vigil Mass and at the 11.00am and 12.15pm Masses we welcome the boys and girls of Second class for their first “Do This in Memory of Me”  Masses. The sub committee of parents who have volunteered to help will meet at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre this Tuesday evening 21st September.
The Annual Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Knock takes place on Sunday the 26th of September. A bus will leave the parish church Ashbourne at 8.00am on the Sunday morning, returning for 11.00pm. The cost for travel is €38 and this price covers an evening meal on the return journey. People proposing to travel with this group should contact the members of the Legion of Mary from the parish, any day after the morning Masses at Ashbourne or after the 11.00am Mass on Sunday morning. Further details from (01)8010675
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will take place on this Monday 20th September at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
All members of the Altar Society and Na Glantori  are invited to a short prayer service in thanksgiving for their work in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday 23rd September at 7.30pm. This prayer service will be followed by supper in the Parochial House.
Ratoath Rugby Club are looking for new players for the senior squad, as it is the first year that the club can enter this level of the game.  Please contact David Rowland 086 8525831 [team captain]or Michael Farrington 0862368414[coach] or Jason O Neill 083 4234920[coach] Training is held every Tuesday and Thursday night at 7.30 - 9.00 on the Curragha Road pitch.

Pilates Classes starting in Ratoath Community Centre on 27th September at 10.00am. Eight week course €90.00. To book your place contact Nicola on 087 6975297


Bridge for Beginners: Classes commencing Thursday 30th September for 10 weeks in the Ratoath GAA clubhouse. Contact Mary on 087 1236786



Monday 27th September Frances McDonald “ Borrowing from Gardens” Ratoath Garden Club will resume its gardening year in Ratoath Community Centre at 8.30pm. New members welcome. Non members €6.00. email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Rathbeggan National School will be holding their annual Family Funday in the Community Centre, Dunshaughlin on Sunday 26th September from 3pm to 5:30pm.  All are welcome to come and join in the fun. (Admission free).


The Venue Theatre presents Liam Lawton in concert on Sat 2nd October at 8pm. Adm €20. Tickets available from Ratoath Community Centre.

        Blessed John Henry Newman


John Henry Newman was born in London in 1801. He was for over twenty years an Anglican clergyman and a fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. As a preacher, theologian and leader of the Oxford Movement, he was a prominent figure in the Church of England. His studies of the early Church drew him progressively towards full communion with the Catholic Church. With his companions he withdrew to a life of study and prayer at Littlemore outside Oxford where in 1845 Blessed Dominic Barberi, a Passionist priest, received him into the Catholic Church.


In 1847 he was himself ordained priest in Rome and, encouraged by Blessed Pope Pius IX, went on to found the Oratory of St Philip Neri in England.  He was a prolific and influential writer on a variety of subjects, including the development of Christian doctrine, faith and reason, the true nature of conscience, and university education. In 1879 he was created Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. Praised for him humility, his life of prayer, his unstinting care of souls and contributions to the intellectual life of the Church, he died in Birmingham Oratory which he founded on 11th August 1890.


Pope Benedict XV1 will beatify John Henry Newman this Sunday in Birmingham and will announce that his feast day will be celebrated every year on the 9th October.


Prayer: O God, who bestowed on the priest Blessed John Henry Newman the grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church; graciously grant that, through his intersession and example, we may be led out of the shadows and images into the fullness of your truth. We may this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.



Among Newman’s famous quotes are these:


“To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often”


“A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature”


“We should conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend”



Blessed Newman wrote many hymns and below is the opening lines of two of his most famous hymns.

Lead Kindly Light                                               Praise to the Holiest
Lead, kindly light, amid th’encircling gloom                              Praise to the holiest in the height
lead thou me on;                                                                 and in the depth be praised,
the night is dark and I am far from home,                                in all his words most wonderful                 
lead thou me on.                                                                 most sure in all his ways.
keep thou my feet, I do not                                                   
ask to see the distance scene; one step enough for me.

19 Sept

Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 Sept

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vigil 7.00pm

Johnny Staunton (Month’s Memory) & Ann Murphy

Vigil 7.00pm

Thomas Clarke and the deceased members of the family & Liam Woods


Nick & Nan Killian




Mary O’Connor




James & Peggy Farrell

Patrick McNamee


Paddy Carroll



                                                       Saturday       Paddy McDermott


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