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Parish Bulletin 24th February 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

24 February 2013

       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 Adam Sherlock (Steeplechase Green), Isabelle O’Neill (Steeplechase Green), 
Conor Casey (Dunshaughlin), Max McCormack (Milltree Park), Lalya Kane (Steeplechase Green), Sophie Tspon (Foxlodge Manor) and Adam Vogelaar (Mooretown) who were baptised recently.



Masses for Lent (Monday to Friday) 8.00am and 9.45am. Saturday Mass 11.00am in the Nursing Home.


The sick and the housebound will be attended to on Thursday and Friday of this week.


Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls and their parents to the third “Do This in Memory of Me” Masses in preparation for their First Confessions the following week. The parents who are assisting should come to the Parish Pastoral Centre for 7.30pm on Tuesday 26th February.


A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will take place at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 26th February.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 10th February €1,504. 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”. Many thanks for your support and generosity.

Pontifical University St Patrick’s College Maynooth; Master Degree in Theology specialising in Pastoral Theology. A two year full time or three year part time course begins on Monday 9th September 2013. Closing date for receipt of application forms is 12th April. For more information tel 01 708 4772 E; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


                        The Visit of the Relics of St. John Bosco to St. Mary’s Navan

Sunday 3rd March 7.30pm Welcome of the relics and evening prayer of the church

8.00pm Individual veneration of the relics until 11.00pm concluding with Night Prayer

Monday 4th March 7.30am Early Mass; 8.00am Veneration of the relics until 9.30am

10.00am Concelebrated Mass 3.30pm Closing ceremony and departure of the relics.


This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign which focuses on an isolated community in rural India. The community in Odisha, in the east of India, lives in real poverty.                                47% of people in Odisha live below the rural state poverty line of 28 cents per day.                  Odisha has the second highest rate of infant mortality among states in India: 77 per live 1,000 births compared to the national average infant mortality rate of 57 per 1000 births.                           The drop out ratio from primary school stands at 60%.                                                           The most recent census in 2011 shows literacy rates in Odisha as a whole to be 74%.             The female literacy rate in Odisha is 61%, compared to 80% for males                                         57% of Odisha’s population suffer from chronic energy deficiency due to poor nutrition.              But with Trócaire’s help, and working through their partners, the community is being built up and empowered to work together towards a brighter future. Because of this help they can live lives of dignity and potential. Trócaire invites you to be in solidarity with this community this Lent; praying for them and supporting them in whatever way you can.

Table Quiz Fundraiser for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade run by Ratoath Chamber of Commerce in Ratoath Inn on Friday next 22nd February at 8.30pm,Team of 4 at €50 per team. Further details from Nick Killian or Valerie Healy. Please support.


Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 25th February in The Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm.

Speaker Kate Flood. Topic “Spagnum & Sundew” The flora & fauna of Girely Bog Co. Meath.


Ratoath College Uniform: Fittings for girls uniforms takes place in Blondells on Monday 4th- 8th March. For boys from 19th-22nd March. Current students requiring skirts or trousers can order at this time. Phone 01 8257711.


Kick off St. Patrick’s weekend with a Ceili Mor in the Venue Theatre on Friday 15th March at 8.00pm. All proceeds to Ratoath Active Age Group. For tickets and details contact 6895600


Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala – Sunday 3rd March, 5pm - 6pm at Coolmine Swimming Pool (near Power City Store, Dublin 15). Events for U6 to U16 years. All levels welcome.  Registration at 4.30pm. €3 entry fee. Contact Catherine 086 8466495


Ratoath Community Centre: Work Shop for New Drama Group on Saturday 2nd March

3.00pm-6.00pm. with a view to staging a play later in the year. All welcome no fee.


Bingo in the Ratoath Community Centre every Sunday 8.00pm. Great prizes.


Ratoath GAA lotto results for 18th February 6,12,16,24. No jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot €6,100


GAA pre- Chelthenham preview 6th March at 8.00pm in the club with Partrick mullins; Nina Carberry; Noel Meade; Robbie Hennessy; Robbie Power; Ross White; Kevin Blake; Gordon Elliott with compere James Griffin. Tickets €20


Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancies for people eligible to work under the CES. (1) Coffee dock assistant – Dunshaughlin. (2) Retail assistant-Dunshaughlin/Dunboyne .

(3) Adult carer – Dunboyne. (4) Childcare assistant – Dunshaughlin/Ratoath. All require Garda clearance. Phone Danny Gaughan on 087-2626727 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Open Information Evening to highlight the awareness of Stammering on Wednesday 6th March in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan from 7.00pm to 8.00pm.


Ratoath GAA club will be hosting their 2nd Annual “Tour de Meath” on Saturday the 16th of March. All participants will have a choice of two routes, either a 60k or 130k cycle.

Contact Des on 086 8389905



24 Feb

Second Sunday of Lent

3 March

Third Sunday of Lent



David Lynch

Margaret Hynes

Vigil 7.00pm

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty


Marie Mulvaney
Elizabeth & Jack Ryan


Deceased members of Maguire & Brogan family


Ed McKeon (Months Memory)

Winnie & Pud Mahon


Andrew & Lillian Toole

& Pudser & Tony Toole


Laura O’Connor & James Brady


Paddy Moore

Leonard & Gerty Meagher






Monday           Michael, Margaret & Noel Blake        Tuesday Special Intention

Thursday        Mass offered for Pope Benedict on his last day as pope (8.00am and 9.45am)

Friday           Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday       11.00am in the Nursing Home Kathleen Kinsella (Months Mind)


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