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Parish Bulletin 11th March 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

11 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. Brendan  
Congratulations to Abigail O’Gorman (Cabinhill),  Jacob Garner (Milltree Park), 
Freya Jordan (Milltree Park), Tyler Farrelly (Dunshaughlan), Conor Doyle (Woodlands) 
and Clodagh Kinsella (Meadowbank Hill)  who were baptised during the week. 
Congratulations to Mary Ellen O’Neill and Paul Moore who were married during the week.
Please pray for Paddy Moore (Steeplechase Green), Leah Cooke-Halligan (Kilbrew) and 
Marion Lally (Limerick) niece of Aggie Donohue who died during the week. May they rest in peace
Standing Orders for February €4,432.77 
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. 
                                 Mass Times for St Patrick’s Day : 
Vigil Mass on Friday 16th at 7.00pm and Masses on 17th are at 9.00am and 11.00am. 
There will be no 12.15pm Mass on St. Patrick’s Day. 
The Vigil Mass for the 4th Sunday of Lent will be held on Saturday 17th at 7.00pm
                                      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. 
A meeting for parents who have children for baptism will be held in Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 14th March at 8.00pm

11 March

Third Sunday of Lent

18 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent



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

Vigil 7.00pm



Mary Roche




 Joe Lynch & Leigha McKeon


 Thomas Byrne

Andrew & Lillian Toole

 Pudsar & Tony Toole



Al Moroney (Months Mind)

Baby Marcus Crawley

& Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis






 Monday        Madeline O’Connell                            Tuesday      Vincent Donnelly         
Wednesday    Special Intention                                 Thursday    Special Intention                                  
Saturday         Luke & Eileen Ralph (11.00am)        
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
Excerpts from the statement from the Catholic Communications Office on the       importance of the faith significance of the celebration of the Sacraments

In light of the public debate today on the celebration of the Sacraments, and the commercial costs facing families, the Catholic Communications Office has published the following statement:

The primary focus of First Holy Communion is the reception of the Body of Christ by the child for the first time; and, on the continued growth of the spiritual life of the child. 

 The First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies are important days - landmark days - and should be memorable, proud and happy occasions for the child, her/his parents, grandparents, sponsor, brothers, sisters, classmates and school.  However all the pressure of trying to make these sacramental days special for the child can cause parents a lot of stress. 

Bishops, priests and schools are very concerned about the cost issue facing parents with children for First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation and have discussed this matter in parishes.  If the emphasis for sacramental preparation is placed on commercially related concerns, rather than on the spiritual significance of the sacrament, then it is not a good preparation for Catholic children. 

The Church’s role is limited to sacramental preparation - in cooperation with parents, schools and parishes - and responsibility relating to social celebrations rests with parents.  To experience that authentic celebration of a sacrament, those celebratory aspects which take place outside of the sacramental ceremonies ought to be balanced and appropriate for the occasion. Simplicity ought to characterise the social celebration of these sacramental occasions so that their faith significance is not lost.


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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Community Education Service Co. Meath VEC is offering funding to community /voluntary groups for education activities please see or contact Esther on 046-906828 
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 5th March 2012:  1,2,13,27. No Jackpot winner. €50 winners: Ian Boshell, and Marie O’Neill, Jackpot next week is: €1,100.00.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ashbourne House Hotel on Monday and Tuesday 12th and 13th March from 4.30pm-8.00pm. For more information phone 01 8256 697  
Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala 2012 is to be held on Sunday 25th March, at Coolmine Swimming Pool (near Powercity Store), D. 15 from 5pm to 7pm. Under 6 to Under 16 age groups. Swimmers of all levels welcome. Registration on the day at 4.45pm, registration fee €2.  Contact Catherine 086 8466495.

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