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Parish Bulletin 10th February 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

10 February 2013

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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 Barra McGowan (Steeplechase Green), Sam McGrory (Moulden Bridge) 
Rhys Mooney (Steeplechase Green), Sean Foster (Foxlodge Woods) & Jacob Byrne (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Katie McIntyre & Brian Murray who were married during the week. 
                                        Sacrament of Confirmation 
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who were confirmed by Bishop Smith on Saturday. 
We thank their parents who have supported them on their faith journey this year. 
We are grateful to the teachers who have given so much of their time in preparing their classes for Confirmation.
We appreciate too all the work carried out by the school principals and other members of the staff and all who were involved with the art work and the choirs.
We pray that, in this Year of Faith, the Holy Spirit will renew and strengthen the faith, not just of the boys and girls, but also their families and the entire parish community.

Monday is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the world day of the sick.


A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 13th February at 8.00pm



Lent: This great season of grace is your gift to your people to renew us in Spirit.


Lent in Christian tradition is the season leading to Easter. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the death and resurrection of Christ, which recalls the events linked to the passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lenten period of 40 days represents the time that Jesus spent in the wilderness before the beginning of his public ministry.


Lent begins on Wednesday. The morning Mass is at 9.45am and the evening Mass will be at 7.30pm. The blessing and distribution of ashes will take place at both Masses.


8.00am morning Mass for Lent: The Parish Liturgy Committee has proposed that the parish would offer an 8.00am morning Mass during Lent (Mon to Fri). The existing Mass at 9.45am will also be celebrated. It is hoped that this earlier Mass time might be more suitable for number of our parishioners. This Mass will begin the day after Ash Wednesday right though the first week of Lent to see if there is an interest in this earlier time.


This year is Trocaire’s 40th Lenten campaign. We are very happy to welcome a representative of Trocaire who will speak at all the Masses next weekend,16th/17th February which is The First Sunday of Lent.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 27th January & 3rd February €3,308.39. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. Next Sunday is a blue envelope collection day.
When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make it out to “Ratoath Parochial Development Fund” as the bank will no longer accept “Ratoath Parish”. 

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 11th February at 7.30pm.


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 12th February at 7.00pm.

The Visit of the Relics of St. John Bosco to Navan will be on 3rd/4th March. Details to follow.


The National Parish Youth Conference – for young people (12 – 18 years old) takes place in Tullamore on Saturday 23rd February. The theme for is “Life is a Gift!”  Those involved will be drawn from parish youth councils, youth choirs, parish groups and RE departments.  Guest speaker this year will be Joan Freeman from Pieta House.  The day will offer music and workshops for those attending the NPYC. Details on  All are welcome.


The Ratoath Conference of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone who contributed to their annual Xmas collection. We really appreciate all the contributions and it will assist us in helping needy families in our parish. If you require our help we can be contacted on 0879875641.


Meath branch of the Alzheimer Society is opening an Alzheimer Café in Ashbourne, a safe and relaxed environment, with entertainment, to provide a social outlet for those who suffer from Dementia, their carers and family. Held in the Ashbourne Pillo Hotel from 2pm to 4 pm on Monday, 11th February. Anyone who is affected by dementia is welcome. For more phone 087 6600406


New Drama group? Anyone interested-xxploratory meeting in the Venue/Community Centre,
Wednesday 13th February at 8.00pm. Convened by Eileen Kavanagh Director, playright.

Ratoath Golden Gloves boxing club opening on Saturday 16th February in Ratoath Community Centre 12.30-2.30pm.  €6 per week. Run by Qualified Coaches - Members from aged 9 upwards welcome. 9 to 14 year olds training separately the first hour and 15 to adult training the second hour. Volunteers willing to assist in any way welcome. Please phone Fergus on 087 6472747

CES positions (1) Retail Assistant in Dunboyne (2) Childcare Assistant in Ratoath/Dunshaughlin     (3) Adult Carer in Dunboyne. Garda clearance required. For details contact Danny Gaughan on 087-2626727 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rataoth GAA Lotto results for 4th Feb 4,12,17,21, No Winner next week’s jackpot €5,900.00

10 Feb

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 Feb

First Sunday of Lent



Al Moroney

Catherine Brady

Celia Garrett (Months Mind)

Vigil 7.00pm

Brian Gahan

& Joe Gorman &

Bridget & Noel McLoughlin


For all those who sympathised with the family on the death of Ciaran Kilcline




Brendan Whyte

Deceased members of the Digan family & Patrick Connety


Nuala Callaghan

Thomas & Kathleen Madden


Thomas Everard

Russell McNabb


Denis Farrell





          Monday John Harris     Tuesday   Val Murrihy           Wednesday   Tim & Matilda Burns

          Thursday Pat Naughton                          Friday   Carmel Nulty  

          Saturday         Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


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