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Parish Bulletin 20th March 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

20 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. Brendan
Congratulations to Rebecca Comiskey (Steeplechase Court), Sophie Everard (Bradystown), 
Zoe Heffernan (Leigh Valley) and Pierce Ryan (Milltree Park) who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Karina McManus and Vincent McGuirk who were married during the week.
Please pray for Robert Philpott, father of Gerry Philpott (Jamestown Park) and Bridie Weir (Wicklow) sister of John Sheehy (Lagore Road) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 6th & 13th March €2,435.96
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
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. 
We welcome Bishop Michael Smith to the parish this Friday (25th March) when he will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the boys and girls in Sixth class of Ratoath Senior National School and Rathbeggan National School. 
The Confirmation ceremonies are at 11.00am and 3.00pm. 
The Sacrament of Penance will be available for children on Wednesday next (23rd March) during the Taize Prayer for 8.30pm to 9.30pm. This is an opportunity for the children and their family to prepare spiritually for the sacrament. 
We are grateful to the teachers who have given so much of their time in preparing their classes for Confirmation.         
We appreciate too the work carried out by other staff members and all who were involved with the art work and the choirs.
We pray that the Holy Spirit will renew not just the candidates for Confirmation but also their families and the entire parish community.

20 March

Second  Sunday in Lent

27 March

Third Sunday in Lent

Vigil 7.00pm

Gerry Hoare & Thomas Byrne

Vigil 7.00pm

Vincent Geraghty




Thomas & Tommy Everard


Deceased members of the Donohoe & Mills family


Christina Murphy

& Cecelia  & Albert Cudlipp


Tommy Maher and deceased members of the Maher family

& Dick & Chris Donnelly


Kay & Brendan Menton


Monday         Breda Lane             Tuesday      Muldoon family                   Wednesday     Special Intention               Thursday      Sean Hickey             Friday         Confirmation Ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm

Dunboyne Athletic Club would like to invite all parents and children to participate in our festival of athletics. Agility Challenge for U9 at 1-3pm on the green, 800m race for U12 and Mile Challenge for U15 at 2pm.Save €5 by pre-entering for 4 mile Road Race & Fun Run on Walkers, joggers and runners all welcome. Tel 01 8869933
Ratoath Rathbeggan Community Games. The Community Games swimming trials will be held in Coolmine Pool on Sunday March 27th at 5pm. Please be there by 4.45pm to register. Entry fee €2.00 per competitor. Events for all ages under 6 to under 16years. All children who reside in the Parish are eligible to enter. Any queries please phone Eileen Doherty on 087 2887217
Champion Camps. Multi-Sports Easter Camp at Ratoath College from Monday 18th April to Thursday 21st April 10.30am to 3.00pm. Boys & Girls 5 to 12 Years. Indoor and Outdoor Facilities
Price €69 - Family Discount Available. Experienced & Dedicated PE Teachers - Fully Insured
Free T-shirt. Contact Ciara Casey 087 7726644 or Eve McCartney 087 9142140
Host Carers Required: Host carers are required i.e. families or individuals who are available and committed to sharing some of their free time and their home with an adult who has a Learning Disability. While previous experience is always beneficial, it is not essential to apply to become a “Host Carer”, as training and support will be provided. Ph 046- 9066710 between 9.30am and 5.00pm 

The first anniversary of the publication of the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland occurs on 19 March 2010.  To mark this anniversary Irish bishops wish to bring the following three important initiatives to the attention of the faithful: the publication of their pastoral response Towards Healing and Renewal; the new Catholic counselling and support service for survivors of abuse; and, the progress of listening and consultation exercises which have been taking place.


To mark this first anniversary bishops have published the pastoral response Towards Healing and Renewal.  This outlines different undertakings that the bishops are making on the journey emphasised by the survivors of abuse.  These steps include: Prayer for the Survivors of Abuse, including a commitment on the part of bishops to dedicate each First Friday to prayer and fasting in reparation for abuse and the failure to address it adequately; a commitment to listening with sensitivity and care to the experiences of those who suffered abuse; spiritual support to survivors of abuse who wish to avail themselves of it, including the opportunity for spiritual direction; ongoing commitment to creating a safer future for children in the Church in accordance with Safeguarding Children; a review of Dioceses, Religious Congregations and Societies by the National Board for Safeguarding Children; and ongoing financial support for the work of safeguarding and care.  Towards Healing and Renewal also includes ways in which parish communities can play their part in assisting the process of healing for survivors of abuse.


In February 2011 bishops, the Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union have launched a new Catholic counselling and support service.  This counselling service, which continues the important work of Faoiseamh, supports survivors of abuse in a professional and caring environment by providing a wide range of services, including Helpline and face-to-face Counselling.  Healing Meetings, Group Work, Practical Workshops and a Social Worker/Bridging service designed to link survivors of abuse to other services relevant to their needs, such as the health, local authority, educational and social welfare services.


Over the last year, and prompted by Pope Benedict’s Pastoral Letter, listening and consultation exercises have been taking place in dioceses.  These are continuing and are an important step on the journey of healing and renewal for the Church in Ireland.


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