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Parish Bulletin 13th March 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

13 March 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 Emily Flynn (Raystown), Sophie Butler (Coill Beag), Lucy Gallagher (Milltree Park), Daisy Browning ( Fleenstown), Jacob Brady (Jamestown Park), Jack Coole (Jamestown Park) and Declan Byrne (Steeplechase Green)  who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Fiona Monahan and John Kelly who were married during the week.
Please pray for Michael Brazil (Porterstown Lane), Collette O’Reilly (The Old Mill) and 
Mary Collins (Phibsboragh), mother of Eileen Creagh (Ballymore) who died during the week. 
May they rest in peace.
Standing Orders for February €4,888.38. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Lent: This great season of grace is your gift to your people to renew us in spirit.
Every Wednesday during Lent, the day of Eucharistic Adoration will end with an hour of Taize prayer from 8.30pm and ending with night prayer at 9.30pm. All are welcome to drop during that hour even if it is just for a few minutes. 
A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will meet in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 15th March at 8.00pm
St. Patrick’s Day: Vigil Mass on Wednesday at 7.00pm and the Masses for the feast day are at 9.00am and 11.00am. No 12.15pm Mass.
“Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet and in danger. Christ in hearts of all that love me”      Prayer of St. Patrick
Ratoath St. Patricks Day Parade starts at 12noon on Thursday March 17th at Corballis. 
Please note traffic diversions in the village between 10.00am and 1.30pm.
Special St Patricks Day Bingo will take place in Ratoath Community Centre at 8 pm on Thursday 17th March. €4,000 in prize money.
Part time receptionist required – evenings. Applications must qualify under the Community Service Programme. Applications in writing only to Nick Killian, Ratoath Community Centre.
A Naoinra playgroup (A playgroup through Irish) opening in September 2011 in the Ratoath area. Limited places available. Contact Sharon at  0851463123 or email  
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Upcoming Workshops at Mount St. Anne's Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois 
Lenten Series: A series of four presentations on "Why Remain Catholic Today?"  There is no charge, donations welcome at your own discretion.  From 7.30pm - 9.30pm each evening. Next presentations Tuesday 22nd March - Facilitated by Bishop Willie Walsh
Tuesday 5th April - Facilitated by Mr. Ned Prendergast, Director of Faith Development CEIST
Tuesday 12th April - Facilitated by Fr. Mark Hedderman OSB - Glenstall Abbey
Two places left for this coming September in The Schoolhouse Montessori. Please contact Andrea at 085-7461644.
St. Patrick's Themed Arts and Crafts Workshops, in preparation for celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Saturday12th March from 2pm to 4pm. Only €5 per child!  Please book in advance by ringing the Community Centre Dunshaughlin on 01 8258863. 
Dunshaughlin Players, celebrating 10 years of Drama, present Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron in The Venue Theatre, Ratoath on Thursday 24th Friday 25th and Sat 26th March at 8pm sharp. 
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results Numbers drawn 1-7-9-21 No Jackpot winner, next week €6,100. €50 winners Adrian Mc Cullagh c/o Ratoath GAA Stephen Rafferty  Cabinhill

                Trocaire    -     Lenten Appeal


“We must make sure that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people do not pay for the global economic crises by sacrificing their future and even their lives. The reality is that the world’s poor, who have contributed least to this crisis, are the most vulnerable and are suffering the most in today’s situation”. (Justin Kilcullen, Director of Trocaire)

To find out more about Trocaire, visit www.trocaire .org

Our Lenten journey is our 40 days to pause, reflect – to become more aware of our need for God. Lent is a time of conversion, we become more aware of God’s forgiving love and we embrace it.  ‘Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.’ Let us journey into the desert with Christ, reflect on our own lives, our selfishness and sin. This is about becoming more aware of what we need to change so that we are better able not just to renew our baptismal promises at Easter, but to live them on a daily basis.

Digna – the girl on our Trócaire box - lives in the community of La Confianza, Honduras. In her poverty and lacking of a safe place to live, her family and others have come together in a type of cooperative,building a real community, the community of La Confianza, meaning ‘trust’ in English. Trócaire is working to support them and their future. Trócaire is helping the people to realise that the solution is within themselves, supported by the world community. This Lent we are invited to join them in becoming part of the solution.

“When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child – that is what is when we become truly wise” (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Trocaire Boxes are available at the back of the church

13 March

First  Sunday in Lent

20 March

Second  Sunday in Lent

Vigil 7.00pm

Eileen, James, Margaret & Patrick Woods

Vigil 7.00pm

Tommy Maher and deceased members of the Maher family Gerry Hoare & Thomas Byrne






Leigha McKeown

Lillian, Andrew, Pudser & Tony Toole


Deceased members of the Donohoe & Mills family


Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis

Marcus Crawley


Dick & Chris Donnelly



                             Thursday  Caoimhe Hughes (11.00am)


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