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Parish Bulletin 26th September 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 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.Brendan
Congratulations to Bebhinn Ryan (Jamestown Park), Amy Rickard (Foxlodge Manor), 
Aoife Dwer (Steeplechase Hill), Sienna McCarthy (Foxlodge Manor), Lily Hickey (Mill Tree Park)
and Millie Kenney (Mill Tree Park) 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 Sixth class as they present their Confirmation Commitment Certificates as part of their preparation for Confirmation.
A special programme will be broadcast this Sunday evening, 26 September, at 7.30 pm on BBC1 television.  It will review Pope Benedict's visit to Britain through the eyes of Francis Campbell, Irish born Catholic and British Ambassador to the Holy See. The programme follows the excellent coverage afforded to the recent visit by the BBC and it will offer first hand and unique insight.
The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on this Thursday and Friday.
 A meeting of the Board of Management of St. Paul’s National School will be held on Wednesday 29th at 6.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th & 19th September €2,072.29
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
On Monday 4th October the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, these will be a blessing of animals in the church grounds at 10.15am.
The Altar Society would like to thank all who contributed so generously to their recent Church gate collection which raised €1,148.12
Rathbeggan National School are holding their family Funday this Sunday in the Dunshaughlin Community Centre from 3pm to 5:30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome

Pilates Classes starting in Ratoath Community Centre on Monday mornings beginning  27th September at 10.00am. 8 week course €90.00. To book your place contact Nicola on 087 6975207


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



” 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


The Annual Get Together in Tattersall for Senior Citizens is on Wednesday 29th September at 8.00pm. If you have not received an invite and would like to attend phone Anne Brady at 018256150



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


Dunboyne F.A.S Community Employment has a vacancy for a person who qualifies to work in community employment. This is for ground maintenance will be based in Kilbride. Contact Danny Gaughan on 087 2626727 or the office on01 8252864 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Excerpt of the homily of Pope Benedict in Birmingham last Sunday for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman (section one) 

This day that has brought us together here in Birmingham is a most auspicious one. In the first place, it is the Lord’s day, Sunday, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead and changed the course of human history for ever, offering new life and hope to all who live in darkness and in the shadow of death. That is why Christians all over the world come together on this day to give praise and thanks to God for the great marvels he has worked for us....

England has a long tradition of martyr saints, whose courageous witness has sustained and inspired the Catholic community here for centuries. Yet it is right and fitting that we should recognize today the holiness of a confessor, a son of this nation who, while not called to shed his blood for the Lord, nevertheless bore eloquent witness to him in the course of a long life devoted to the priestly ministry, and especially to preaching, teaching, and writing. In Blessed John Henry, that tradition of gentle scholarship, deep human wisdom and profound love for the Lord has borne rich fruit, as a sign of the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit deep within the heart of God’s people, bringing forth abundant gifts of holiness.

Cardinal Newman’s motto, “Heart speaks unto heart”, gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness, experienced as the profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God. He reminds us that faithfulness to prayer gradually transforms us into the divine likeness. As he wrote in one of his many fine sermons, “a habit of prayer, the practice of turning to God and the unseen world in every season, in every place, in every emergency – prayer, I say, has what may be called a natural effect in spiritualizing and elevating the soul.”....                  Newman helps us to understand what this means for our daily lives: he tells us that our divine Master has assigned a specific task to each one of us, a “definite service”, committed uniquely to every single person: “I have my mission”, he wrote, “I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do his work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place … if I do but keep his commandments and serve him in my calling” The definite service to which Blessed John Henry was called involved applying his keen intellect and his prolific pen to many of the most pressing “subjects of the day”. His insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilized society, and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education were not only of profound importance for Victorian England, but continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world.


26 Sept

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 Oct

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vigil 7.00pm

Thomas Clarke and deceased members of the family & Liam Woods

Vigil 7.00pm

Bridget & Sean Slattery

& May,& Christy Flynn & John Behan

Dan & Nellie O’Sullivan and deceased members of the family




David McKinney




Charles & Elizabeth Keogh & deceased members of the family


Paddy Carroll


O’Neill family & the O’Brien family Tankardstown



                Friday    Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead

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