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Parish Bulletin 17th March 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

17 March 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 Abigail Winston (Mruigtuaithe) who was baptised recently.
Standing Orders for the month of February €4175.22. 
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



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




                                                 Trocaire Lenten Campaign

Throughout the world, poor and marginalised communities have a shared and common goal: to have control over their own lives and the decisions affecting them. The communities Trocaire works alongside, like those in India, ultimately want to be able to live a dignified life where basic needs are met and human rights realised.

“....the world has witnessed the vast resources that governments can draw upon to rescue financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”. Surely the integral human development of the world’s poorest people is no less important. Here is an enterprise....that is truly too big to fail”.

                                                             (Pope Benedict, Westminster Hall, London – Sept 2010)


Trocaire boxes can be returned to the church, beginning next Sunday, Palm Sunday.



17 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent

24 March

Palm Sunday



Eileen, James, Patrick & Margaret Woods & Gerry Hoare

Vigil 7.00pm

Sean Hickey

& James Brennan






Caoimhe Hughes

& Terry O’Rourke


Christina Murphy


Maura & John Harvey

Tommy Maher & deceased members of the Maher family


John Harris (Months Mind)

Luke & Margaret Ralph and deceased members of the Ralph family


Monday   Bank Holiday Mass in the Nursing at 11.00am     

Thursday         Bridget Lane                            Saturday          Mass In Nursing Home 11.00am



                                                 St. Patrick’s Day

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me,

Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts in all that love me.         Prayer of St Patrick



This prayer is one that we could hold close to us, not just today, St Patrick’s Day.                      It’s a prayer that reminds us how God is present in the very heartbeat of life.        

God is close and near to us, not just occasionally, but in every moment of every single day.

St Patrick proudly shared this good news with so many Irish people.

Sometimes we take for granted our faith and we take for granted so much good news around us.

St Patrick’s Day is an occasion to be proud of who we are and what we believe in.

Like St Patrick we need to concentrate more on the good news around us and less on the negative stuff.

         Prayer for the New Pope, Pope Francis

O God, who chose your servant Francis in succession to the Apostle Peter as shepherd of the whole flock look favourably on the supplication of your people and grant that, as Vicar of Christ on earth, he may confirm his people and that the whole Church may be in communion with him in the bond of unity, love and peace, so that in you, the shepherd of souls, all may know the truth and attain eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


A Board of Management meeting for Rathbeggan National School will be held on Tuesday 19th March at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Monastic Weekend 22nd-24th March for single woman aged 22-40 discerning a vocation to religious life. Apply to St Joseph’s Carmelite Monastery, Tallow, Co Waterford. Tel 058 56205.

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Meath Branch of the Alzheimer Society will hold a support meeting for the carers of families at the Community Centre, Ratoath on Wednesday, March 20th at 8pm. Contact 087 6600406.



Family Fun Day Ratoath GAA Club St Patrick’s Day after the parade.


Ratoath Foroige Youth Club need more adult leaders 1 hour per week on Tuesdays at 8pm. Full training and courses will be provided. Our club will be open to young people 1st year to 6th year Sept 2013. For further information contact Roseina Murphy 086 8271196 or Joe Anne or Brien, Regional Youth Officer 086 6579606


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




Champion Camps: Multi-Sports Easter Camp at Ratoath College, from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th March 10.30am to 3.00pm. Boys & Girls 5 to 12 Years. Experienced & Dedicated PE Teachers - Fully Insured. Contact Ciara Casey 087 7726644 or Eve McCartney 087 9142140


Ratoath Happy Days Community Childcare has a new Drop In Service in Ratoath Community Centre offering hourly child care service for children from 2-5 years old (toilet trained only).

Service runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm (max 2 hours per child). Hourly rate €5 per hour. For further information contact Elaine or Debbie on 6895600


The Old Mill Montessori School. No. 1The Old Mill. Now enrolling for September 2013. Morning session available 9.30am - 12.30pm. Within walking distance of Ratoath National School. Contact Siobhán on (085) 1316908 or 8027997.


Suicide Awareness Benefit Concert in the Pillo Hotel on Saturday 24th March in aid of

“Turn the Tide of Suicide” charity organisation. Tickets €10.00. Contact Aoife 087 2800152


Ratoath Garden Club: Monday 25 March 8.00pm In Ratoath Inn Speaker David Robinson


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