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Parish Bulletin 19th August 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

19 August 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 Kate & Emma Hiney (Fairyhouse Lodge), Erik Gilsenan (Mooretown)

& Odhŕan Phelan (Steeplechase Green) who were baptised recently.



Congratulations to Samantha Sheldon & Gary Donohoe who were married during the week.


Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.


Lough Derg One Day Retreat on Saturday 1st September (No fasting or walking barefoot)

Please contact Mary Crowley (01)8259596



Meath Diocese, Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12 – 17th September Youth Section (ages 18-30)

In recent years many young people have travelled to Lourdes seeking to find out more about this famous Shrine: to lend a hand to the pilgrims who are sick or infirmed, to look for some prayer space in busy lives and still to have a good time. Cost €450. If you are interested in travelling this September, contact Fr. Mark English, Dunboyne 01-8255342 or see www.dioceseofmeath/youth.


A meeting of the child protection representatives will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next at 8.00pm


We are looking for a few new members to join our parish liturgy committee. We meet about 8 times a year. If you are interested, would you please contact the parish office in the near future.



                                     Church Gate Collections  - a reminder
We wish to remind all those who have permits for collections at the church gates from An Garda Siochana to abide by the conditions of the permits which stipulate clearly that                                                                                              
(1) the collection can take place before and after Mass
(2) the collection point is not less than 10 (ten) metres from each public entrance to the church grounds and (3) 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. 






19 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 Aug

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time



Martin Madden

Vigil 7.00pm

Thomas Kirwan

&  James Reilly & Fergal Ronan




Ann McLoughlin


 Deceased members of the O’Neill family (Coldwinter)

& Tom & Lil Coyle


 Mary Carey



Christopher & Ann Donnelly

& Martin McGovern & Sarah McEvoy


Sheila Farrell (Months Mind)

& Jacqueline Mannering

& Marie & Paddy O’Connor


Monday        Pat Coyne              Tuesday        Sean O’Carroll         Thursday     Special Intention

Friday           Donal Ralph            Saturday       Morning Mass at 11.00am

Table Quiz- Friday 24th August in Ratoath GAA Club in aid of Street Children of Calcutta.

Niall Turley from Glascarn Lane is a 5th year student who will be travelling to Calcutta in November as part of Belvedere College’s social justice programme. The students fundraise to support a number of projects and then work for two weeks in those projects. All of the money raised goes directly to the poor of Calcutta and does make a difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Clodagh Turley-087-6694913 regarding Table Quiz.

Trim Walled Town Festival Castle Car Park, Sunday 19th August 1.30 to 5.00, Free fun for all the family. Falconry, Magician, Puppet Show, Face painting and lots more.

Naíonra na Ríthe  Domhnach Seachnaill Co na Mí. For more information on spaces available for Sept 2012 please contact Caitlín  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 0879027382

Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 13th August:  Nos drawn: 2,6,19,21. No Winner €50 winners: Ray Conway, Ratoath & Killian McGuinness, Ratoath.  Next week’s Jackpot: €3,400. 
Girley Harvest Festival Sun 26th Aug from 12 Noon on the Kells / Athboy Rd (new site)
Adm €10 children FREE Great Family Day (Tractor Pulling )0862522757

A Creative Writing course will commence in Ratoath Community Centre in September. Classes will run on Monday evenings at 7.30pm  and on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am.  For more information contact Valerie on 087/8170047

 Volunteers needed for our new charity shop opening soon in Ashbourne .Can you spare an hour or two a week for the Irish Deaf Society? Make a difference with your spare time Contact: Janette 086 785 1713 or our office 01-8601878 Or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Summer Chaos Disco for 4th – 6th Class in Ratoath Community Centre on Friday 24th August Admittance  €5.00. Time: 7.00pm-10pm.

A homecoming reception is being organised for our local Olympian Cian O'Connor to celebrate his winning of a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in London. The reception will take place at Brady's Garage, Ratoath at 8.00pm this Sunday evening. Olympian Natalyia Coyle from Curragha will also be honoured.


One day a small boy was trying to lift a heavy stone, but he couldn’t budge it. His father passing by stopped to watch his son’s efforts. Finally he said to his son: “Are you using all your strength?” Exasperated, the boy cried “Yes I am” “No you’re not said the father calmly, you haven’t asked me to help you.” Sometimes we try and deal with problems and worries all by our self. It’s not an easy thing to do and nearly always an impossible task. But with the help of someone it can become so manageable. So if there is something bothering or upsetting us, it might be good to share it with someone else. Like the father in the story we might be called to be there for someone and sometimes we need to take the initiative. Our presence can be the greatest gift to someone and its impact often goes way beyond what we might ever think.   


I realized that there were occasions when I need to be able to learn to be alongside people without being able to do anything that would make them better or happier. There are times when presence is all you have to offer.                                                                                     Angela Tilby


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