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Parish Bulletin 4th March 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 March 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. Gerry  
Congratulations to Jessica Hynes (Steeplechase Green) who was baptised during the week.
Please pray for Madeline O’Connell (England) sister of Pat Ryan (Fox Lodge) and Lil Coyle (Batterstown) sister of Peg White (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week. 
May they rest in peace
First Confessions for the boys and girls in Second Class this week. 
On Monday and Tuesday - Ratoath Junior National School. On Wednesday - St. Paul’s National School. On Thursday - Rathbeggan National School. All ceremonies are at 7.30pm
Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th & 19th February €4,382.09
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
                                  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 removal 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 are clearly marked on the church walls. 
The Childrens Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday next 7th March at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre
Ratoath College School Uniform in Blondells from Mon 5th to Fri 9th March. 
Quiz Night in the County Club on Friday 9th March at 9.00pm in Aid of Haiti. For more information contact Joy Daly 086 3166 101
Dunboyne CE has a vacancy for a Coffee Dock Assistant in Dunshaughlin, must be eligible under the CE scheme. Contact Danny Gaughan 087 2626727. Email 
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Introduction to Drama classes commence on Tuesday 6th March at 11.30am in Ratoath Community Centre. Tutor – Eileen Kavanagh. Certificate on completion €80 for 10 classes. €50 for unwaged 

4 March

Second Sunday of Lent

11 March

Third Sunday of Lent



Bridget & Noel McLoughlin

& Patrick & Colette Devaney

Vigil 7.00pm

 Eileen, James, Margaret & Patrick Woods & Brendan McDermott & Patrick Reilly


Ita Doran (Months Mind)




Michael Eiffe (Months Mind)

 Jim, Elizabeth & Agnes Lowther

&  Christine Wims


 Joe Lynch

& Leigha McKeon


Michael Brazil
& Leonard & Gerty Meagher


Al Moroney (Months Mind)

Baby Marcus Crawley

& Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis



 Monday             Special Intention                 
 Wednesday       Mass for all those who sympathised with the Devine family on their bereavement
 Thursday          Special Intention       Saturday            11.00 Mass in Ratoath Nursing Home
                                          2012 Trocaire Lenten Campaign 
                              “Rebuilding Communities for lasting change”
Trocaire invites you to journey through this Lenten season in solidarity with the community of Bar Kawach in northern Uganda. Theirs is a unique story of returning home after conflict, and the struggles faced by them in order to rebuild their lives, families, livelihoods and community.
Uganda is a relatively small, predominantly agricultural landlocked country situated in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. It is famously known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ due to its many natural wonders, such as Lake Victoria on the southern border. The country is divided into three main areas – swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Uganda has shared the problems seen across much of Africa including poverty, HIV/AIDS and war. In the aftermath of a brutal conflict that affected northern Uganda for more than 20 years, many families have returned to their original homes to begin a new life. Conflict, child soldiers, sexual assault and political instability have plagued the people of northern Uganda. However, despite the horrific past and the challenges they meet daily, all that these families now want is to look ahead to building a better and brighter future for themselves. 
Trócaire’s work is about helping people in northern Uganda return to hope from the times of war and conflict, supporting them to achieve the potential of future generations and to fully recover after 20 years of violent conflict which caused much unnecessary death, massive internal displacement, destruction and trauma. 
Uganda is, and continues to be, a country scarred by war. It remains one of the poorest countries in the world, ranked 144 out of 177 countries in terms of human development. 31% of the population live in absolute poverty and 26% are chronically poor, the majority of which live in the north of the country. 
Message from Uganda Séan Farrell is the Country Representative for Trócaire in Uganda.
“Since I first came to Uganda some 4 years ago the north of the country has been transformed. When I first went there people were living in squalid, disease-ridden camps. These have now gone, and instead are replaced by people who have returned home, gone back to making their communities vibrant and full of life. 
Trócaire’s work is vitally important as people make this massive transition all across northern Uganda. In many ways our work says that hope is here. Our work in agriculture for example, helps people to rebuild their lives; providing them with the tools, seeds and technology to help improve their livelihoods and increase food production to tackle widespread malnutrition whilst our work in human rights funds local organisations to organise and rally local communities so that they can demand services from their government which had for the most part abandoned them to a war inflicted existence for 20 years. By helping people to rebuild their families and communities Trócaire is giving them the support to provide for themselves in the future, and take a stand against the injustice and corruption that threatens to keep the next generation poor”.
The International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin from 10th to 17th June
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 next 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.

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