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Parish Bulletin 25th March 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

25 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 Orlagh Kelly (Somerville) who was baptised during the week.
Please pray for Terence O’Rourke (Mooretown) who died during the week. May he rest in peace. 
Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm
A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will be held next Tuesday evening 27th at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Trocaire Boxes to be returned next weekend (Palm Sunday) to the box at the back of the church
                                Confirmation   Friday 30th March
We welcome Bishop Smith to Ratoath next Friday 30th March. 
Bishop Smith will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the boys and girls in Sixth Class in two ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm. 
Bishop Smith will be assisted by Mgr Eamonn Marron.
Parishioners, who are PAYE workers and who have received the form for tax relief for donations to eligible charities and approved bodies (CHY2 Form), are asked to return the completed forms to the Parish Office as soon as possible.
The Last Seven Words of Christ by Joseph Haydn (String Quartet Version) performed by The Alexander Jablokov Quarter in St. Patrick’s Church, Trim on Palm Sunday, 1st April at 8.00pm. No ticket required (voluntary offering welcome) 
The St Vincent de Paul Shop in Dunshaughlin  known as ' Worth a Glance' is now called 'Vincents'. This shop has supported both Ratoath and Dunshaughlin SVP Conferences for the last 22 years  It is managed by local volunteers who have given generously of their time and energy We need support from the local community with clothes, Bric-a-Brac etc .The Shop is located in Dunshaughlin on the Main St on the Right before the National School. Opening hours;10am –
 3- 30pm Tues, Fri and Sat  Ratoath SVP Mob No 0879875641
Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 26th March in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Speaker Christopher Heavey will give a talk on “Water Gardens Past and Present”. All welcome.
Community Education Service Co. Meath VEC is offering funding to community /voluntary groups for education activities please see or contact Esther on 046-906828 
Champion Camps: Multi-Sports Easter Camp at Ratoath College Monday 2th April to Thursday 5th 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. 
Contact Ciara Casey 087 7726644 or Eve McCartney 087 9142140
Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala is to be held 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.
Excerpts from the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation to Ireland
During their stay in Ireland, the Visitors were able themselves to see just how much the shortcomings of the past gave rise to an inadequate understanding of and reaction to the terrible phenomenon of the abuse of minors, not least on the part of various Bishops and Religious Superiors. ...
With a great sense of pain and shame, it must be acknowledged that within the Christian community innocent young people were abused by clerics and religious to whose care they had been entrusted, while those who should have exercised vigilance often failed to do so effectively. Indeed, “wounds have been inflicted on Christ’s body” (Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict of 19th March 2010). ...
For these faults, forgiveness must once more be asked: from God and from the victims. 
As Blessed John Paul II said: “there is no place in the priesthood and religious life for those who would harm the young”(23rd April 2002)....
At the same time the Visitators were able to verify that, beginning in the 1990’s progressive steps have been taken towards a greater awareness of how serious is the problem of abuse, both in the Church and society, and how necessary it is to find adequate measures in response....
The meetings with the victims of abuse helped the Visitators to understand better various aspects of the problem of the sexual abuse of minors that took place in Ireland. 
The Visitators and the church in Ireland are thankful for this contribution and want to assure them that their well-being is of paramount concern for the Church....
It has been recommended, that following the example given by Pope Benedict in his meetings with victims of abuse, the Irish diocesan authorities and those of the Religious Institutes continue to devote much time listening to and receiving victims, providing support for them and their families....
The Visitators were able to verify that the current norms of Safeguarding Children: Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland  are being followed...
It is recommended that the process of covering all Diocese and Religious Institutes by regular audits will be implements in a prompt manner....
The Visitators have been able to establish that, over and above the suffering of the victims, the painful events of recent years have also opened many wounds with the Irish Catholic community. ...

25 March

Fifth Sunday of Lent

1 April

Palm Sunday



Sean Hickey

 John & Ellen Staunton

Vigil 7.00pm



Christina Murphy

Tommy & Thomas Everard




 Nora & Michael Gilligan

Deceased members of the Digan family.


 Mary Walsh


Maureen Harold & Christopher Keys & Dick & Chris Donnelly

& Bridget Lane


Breda & Gerry Kenny



Thursday        Michael Maher
Friday             Confirmation Ceremonies at 11.00am and 3.00pm. No 9.45am Mass                                 
Saturday         Mass in the Nursing Home (11.00am)

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