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Parish Bulletin 13th February 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

13 February 2011



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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 Jamie Flynn (Hollystown), Aniela Uscilowska (St Oliver’s Park), 
Serena Conway (Jamestown Park), Luke Twyford (Milltree Park) and 
Chad Abrahamse (Woodlands Hall) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Mark Donnelly (Donaghmede), brother of Deborah Cleary (Clonkeen) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am-10.00pm in the Parish Church and a Holy Hour of prayer on Monday and Friday from 7.30pm - 8.30p in Ratoath Nursing Home. 
Legion of Mary meet each week in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday evenings at 8.00pm. All are welcome. For more information call Kevin 087 7970203  
St Vincent de Paul: Charity Shop in Dunshaughlin called “Worth a Glance” on the Main Street. Opening hours Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm. Contact 087 987 564 

Towards Healing, the new Counselling and Support Service for Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse has commenced providing services. The new service replaces the Faoiseamh Counselling Service, which has been in operation since 1997, and which has provided face-to-face Counselling to nearly 4000 persons during that time, as well as Helpline support to over 15000 survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse.                                                                                                                   The new “Towards Healing” service has been set-up following consultation between the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, CORI, the Irish Missionary Union and Faoiseamh, and with Survivor Groups, and is designed to ensure that Survivors of Clerical and Religious abuse receive Counselling and other support services in a more holistic manner than heretofore.

The new service is a One-Church response to Clerical and Religious abuse and is being co- funded by the Irish Catholic Bishops’  Conference , CORI and the Irish Missionary Union.   The service will be provided by lay, independent Counsellors and Psychotherapists.     Towards Healing can be accessed through it’s Helpline at    Freephone Ireland 1800-303-416;   Freephone  UK - 0800-0963315;  Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it                                       

13  Feb

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 Feb

 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vigil 7.00pm

Brendan & Sal Kelly

& Deceased members of the Shevlin & Joyce Families

Vigil 7.00pm

 David Lynch & Brian Gahan


Helen Kavanagh & deceased members of the Kavanagh family

& Sean Wheeler


John Timmins


Eugene & Ronnie Brannigan

& Douglas & Gretta Pykett


Jimmy Brady & Andy Peat


Michael & Winnie Mahon


Dinny Farrell & Nuala O’Callaghan


                    Monday   Special Intention                                 Tuesday   Mark Donnelly
The committee organising the centenary celebrations for Ratoath National School is looking for copies of any photos or material relating to the school over the century. Anyone willing to loan or allow copies to be made of material can contact the committee at 
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  or contact Claire Donnellon in Ratoath Senior N S at 01-825 4470
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held on Wedneday next 16th February at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre
Rathbeggan National School Parents Association is holding a Pub Quiz on Friday 18th February in the County Club at 8.30pm. A table of 4 coast €40. Do come and join us for an evening of fun. Contact Maria O’ Neill on 087 4155732 
Lectio Divina (Reading and Praying Scripture). A four week introductory course will be held in Dowdstown House, Navan on Wednesdays 16th, and 23rd February and 2nd March from 8.00pm to 9.30pm. 


Music Scholarships for boys and girls for September 2011. Auditions will be held in late February for music scholarships (boarding and day-pupils) at the Schola Cantorum, St Finian's College, Mullingar.  Details available at or the diocesan website.
Divine Mercy Conference in the Main Hall, R.D.S., Ballsbridge from 19th to 20th February. Theme: “Remain in My Love”. Live broadcast via


The Irish Youth Russian Ballet “Giselle” featuring Monica Loughman at the Venue Theatre on Thursday 17th February at 8.00pm Tickets €18/€15 from Ratoath Community Centre.
Four Forks Drama Group is seeking actors, director, stage manager, makeup artist, for their upcoming play in May 2011 in the Venue Theatre. Please email: 
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Electors should note that changes have been made in some cases to the place of polling. You are advised to read your Polling Card carefully, check online at or contact the Register of Electors section in Meath County Council (046-9097000) to confirm where you will be voting in the upcoming General Election. 
                                  St. Valentine’s Day
“God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us”         
                                                                                                                  (Fulton Sheen)
Monday, Valentine’s Day, is most certainly a day to feel loved and cherished by someone. Sometimes words like “I Love You” can make the world of a difference, lift our spirits and help us to feel loved and cherished. It’s a day to celebrate love as a precious gift from God, a gift to be nurtured and appreciated not just on Valentine’s Day but indeed every single day.                                             Valentine’s Day may have its critics and some will say it’s a gimmick but love is far from gimmick. Someone put it well when they said to love someone is nothing, to be loved by someone is something, but to be loved by the one you love is everything. We also celebrate today God’s unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.   

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