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Parish Bulletin 27th March 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

27 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 Joseph Hatch (Leigh Valley), Dylan Eade (Seagrave Park) and
Annabell Ryan (Ashbourne)  who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Tom Scimia (New York), brother in law of Maura O’Flaherty (Crushen Road) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.
The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday.
Next week end the final Mass in the “Do this in Memory of Me” programme for the boys and girls in Second Class who are preparing for First Holy Communion takes place. We welcome them and their parents.
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. 
Congratulations to all the boys and girls in Sixth class of Ratoath Senior National School and Rathbeggan National School who were confirmed by Bishop Smith on Friday. 
Days of Prayer April 12th & 13th in  Dowdstown House, Dalgan Park, Navan.  Ph 046 90 21407.

                       Third Sunday in Lent: Water welling up to eternal life

‘Thirst’ is something everybody experiences. Water quenches and satisfies physical thirst. The soul can suffer thirst too and our relationships with God and our neighbour can become dry and meaningless. A strange irony exists in our world: people in one part of the world suffer drought and famine, they are spiritually alive, conscious of their neighbour, dependent and grateful to God; they do not turn their backs on the Creator. In another part of the world, those who want for nothing in material terms live with a spiritual drought; the Creator is made redundant; manufactured goods, technology and comfort eating fill the emptiness. Let this Eucharist unite us in our endeavours to relieve the thirsts of the world.


27 March

Third Sunday in Lent

3 April

Fourth Sunday in Lent



Vincent Geraghty

Vigil 7.00pm

Laoise & Con Buckley


Thomas & Tommy Everard


Tom Roche


Christina Murphy

& Cecelia  & Albert Cudlipp


Nicholas Keogh

& Tom Coyle


Kay & Brendan Menton


Maureen Harold & Eileen Fernandes

      Monday   Vincent McGowan                         Thursday        Jacqueline Brazil
      Friday      Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead
World Youth Day: Join young people (18-35) from the diocese for this international Catholic youth festival with Pope Benedict in Madrid from 15th to 22nd August. The final date for reservation is 16th April. Cost €650. For more information contact 
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Upcoming workshops at Mount St. Anne's Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington:-

Lenten Series: Only two Lenten presentations remaining.  There is no charge, donations welcome at your own discretion.  From 7.30pm - 9.30pm each evening.

Tuesday 5th April - Facilitated by Mr. Ned Prendergast, Director of Faith Development CEIST  Tuesday 12th April - Facilitated by Fr. Mark Hederman OSB - Glenstal Abbey

 On Saturday 2nd April,  - Pottery Workshop.  10am - 4.30pm. A one day workshop of creative exploration in clay, learning different techniques.  Individuals will have an opportunity to work alone making personal pieces and to work in partnerships. Ideal for beginners and those with a little experience.  Participants can bring home their own creations.  Please bring an apron to protect clothing. Cost is €50 and includes clay, lunch and tea/coffee breaks. Facilitated by Ms. Lucy Dolan.

 Sacred Dance Weekend - 1st - 3rd April. A weekend of relaxation and sacred dance. Facilitated by Sr. Maureen Miley and Ursula Mullan Residential €180 and non-residential €110.

St. Oliver’s Community Centre (Ratoath Community Centre) AGM will take place on Monday 28th March at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. All welcome.
A charity table quiz/auction in aid of Outreach Moldova and Chernobyl Children's Trust takes place in the Ratoath Inn on Friday April 1st at 9pm. Price is €40 for a table of 4 (€10 per person). There will be a raffle as well on the night. Also, there are two TakeThat tickets, a Meath jersey signed by the football team and a Dublin jersey signed by the hurling team being auctioned.
Pilates classes continues in Ratoath Community Centre Monday Mornings at 10am.  €!0.00 per class.  Class size limited so please book your place.  Phone Nicola on 087 6975207.
Ratoath Garden Club: Meeting on Monday 28th March at 8.30pm in the Ratoath Community Centre. Talk on “Growing Exotic and unusual Vegetables” by Brian Russell. 
Volunteer for Happy Heart weekend this year and help the Irish Heart Foundation fight Heart disease and stroke. Happy Heart weekend is 12th to 14th May this year and we are asking for volunteers to help us sell our happy hearts in your local shopping centre on these dates. If you are interested in getting out and about this weekend to help support the Irish Heart Foundation and have some good honest fun at the same time, please call Mairead on 086-2679852 or e-mail 
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  to register.
ITB in conjunction with the National Learning Network will launch a FREE Work Analysis Course on Thursday 31st March at 10.00am  The programme has been developed to help match people to their ideal type of work or training course and is aimed at people over 23, who are unemployed and not currently involved in education.  The “Work Analysis Programme” is a six weeks course, and will run over six Thursday mornings from 10am to 1pm. If you would like sign up for the programme please contact 
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  or call 01-885 1530
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
Ratoath Musical Society Variety Show from 16th to 18th June at the Venue Theatre. “Have you something for everyone in the audience” – can you act; dance; play an instrument or sing? Come to our workshop – audition on Sunday 27th March at the Venue Theatre from 1.30pm. Fee €10, bring a passport photo.  Details if required from RMS, phone Gillian on 086- 2441973
AGM for Pulse is on Wednesday 30th March at 8.00pm in Ratoath Community Centre. 

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