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Parish Bulletin 26th February 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 February 2012

01 8256207


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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 Bobby Cannon (Moulden Bridge), Senan Fitzmaurice (Riverwalk Court),
Lydia Jordan (Steeplechase Hill), Michael & Emily Delaney (Somerville) who were baptised 
during the week.
Please pray for Sean McGuinness (Glasnevin) father of Alice Lynam (Leigh Valley) who died during the week. May he rest in peace. 
The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes this Thursday and Friday.
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will take place on Monday evening 27th February at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will take place on Tuesday evening 28th February at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
                                  Church Gate Collections
The Chief Superintendents Office of An Garda Siochana in the Meath division has amended the conditions on church gate permits as and from the 1st March 2012.                                                             (1) the remover of the after Mass times condition 
and the introduction of two new conditions                                                                         (1) the collection point is not less than 10 (ten) metres from each public entrance to the church grounds and                                                                                                        (2) that the collection or the collectors do not interfere with the free passage of people entering the church grounds to attend Mass.  
The collection points will be clearly marked on the church walls. 
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 20th Feb:  4,15,26,27. No Jackpot winner.  €50 winners: Gabriel & Monica O’Brien, Ratoath and Andrew Everard, Ratoath. Jackpot next week is €3,100.00.
Ratoath College School Uniform fitting for beginners 2012 will take place in Blondells from Mon 5th to Fri 9th March. Current students requiring skirts can also order at this time. Tel 8257711 

26 Feb

First Sunday of Lent

4 March

Second Sunday of Lent



David Lynch & Margaret Hynes

Alison O’ Farrell (Months Mind)

Vigil 7.00pm

Bridget & Noel McLoughlin

& Patrick & Colette Devaney


Elizabeth & John Ryan


Ita Doran (Months Mind)


Paddy & Detta Colfer

& Fergus Mooney


Michael Eiffe (Months Mind)

& Jim, Elizabeth & Agnes Lowther

& Christine Wims


Laura O’Connor & Jimmy Brady


Michael Brazil
& Leonard & Gerty Meagher



                Monday      Michael Eiffe
                Friday         For all those on the Parish List of the Dead
                Saturday    11.00 Mass in Ratoath Nursing Home 
To book for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin from 10th to 17th June
There are three ways to book for the Congress 
1. Telephone the booking office on 01-2981122
2. Book online on the Congress website
3. Download a paper booking form from the congress website and sent the completed form to CSSL, 3rd Floor, Paradigm House, Dundrum Office, Dundrum, Dublin 14 
Advance bookings are open until 9th May. After that date all bookings are on site at the RDS
You can register to attend for 1 day, 3 days or 7 days. If you register to attend for 3 or 7 days, you can also register to attend the final Mass on 17th June in Croke Park. 
However a one day registration, will not allow you to attend the final Mass. 
Volunteers will be given tickets for the final Mass in Croke Park.
If you only wish to attend the final Mass in Croke Park on 17th June
1600 tickets have been allocated to the Dioceses of Meath for distribution in the parishes for people who only wish to attend the final Mass. 
The number of tickets available to Ratoath parish is 40. If you wish to attend this Mass in Croke Park, please phone the parish office before Friday 9th March with your name, address and phone number. If more than 20 names come in, there will be an open draw at the end of11.00am Mass on Sunday 11th March. We will draw 20 names and those who are drawn can then nominate someone to go along with them.  A fee of €10.00 per person will be required from those who are drawn to cover the expense involved in staging the ceremony. 
The 40 people chosen will then be asked to fill in a form before 14th March agreeing to attend the final Mass. We must forward these forms to the Diocesan office before 16th March.
                                                                  Maurice Kearney
Maurice Kearney retires today as Principal of Ratoath Senior National School. 
Maurice was first appointed as principal in Ratoath in 1973 and in the past 38 years has devoted his entire working life for the education of the children in our community. 
When the history of Ratoath National School is written his input and achievements will rank second to none. Maurice oversaw the many extensions and developments of the school over many years and carried out this work with what seemed like effortless ease, although it added a considerable burden to his work load. 
He leaves Ratoath School in a very fine order - with excellent school facilities but more importantly with a teaching staff that he can be justly proud of and a commitment and example from him to good sound education that never flagged in his 38 years in Ratoath. Over the years Maurice embraced all the changes in educational teaching, learning and pedagogy wholeheartedly. Maurice always had the good of the pupil at heart and despite the multiplicity of tasks he had to do every day as Principal, he was happiest in front of a class, teaching the pupils in his care, encouraging and bringing out the best in them. 
It was a career, or rather a vocation that he loved so much and that was always evident in the enthusiasm, energy, dedication and good humour he brought to his work. 
Maurice was a brilliant educationalist, leader and teacher and a committed community person. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of all departmental circulars and regulations and was the first port of call for many a principal and teacher who needed advice when issues and difficulties would arise. 
By any yardstick, his is an outstanding record and we are all immensely indebted to Maurice for the giving of himself for the children in our parish over many decades. 
We wish Maurice health, happiness and joy as he leaves Ratoath Senior National School and we wish him every good wish as he set out to explore new roads and pastures in the area of writing. 

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