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Parish Bulletin 9th March 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

9 March 2014

        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 Cadhla Wall (Wilkinstown), Shane Daly (Jamestown Park), Olly Tormey (Somerville),
Emily Reilly (Meadowbank Hill) and Ellie King (Moulden Bridge) who were baptised recently.  
Congratulations to Helen Ryan and Richard Magnier who were married during the week.
This Sunday the 11.00am Mass will be broadcast by RTE Radio on medium wave.
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held on this Monday 10th March at 7.30pm.
First Confessions on Tuesday 11th for St. Paul’s and on Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th for Ratoath Junior National School. All ceremonies at 7.30pm

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 12that 8.00pm.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place every Wednesday in the family room of the church from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Why not make a special effort for the season of Lent to spend some time (however short ) in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament?
The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen - Sung Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 5:15 pm on the Sundays of Lent. Tea will follow in the monastery gatehouse. This initiative on the part of the Benedictines of the Diocese of Meath is a unique opportunity to enter more deeply into the grace of Lent.
St Patrick’s Day Masses at 9.00am and 11.00am. No Vigil or 12.15pm on the day.

                 Are you interested in deepening your understanding the Catholic faith?                                         In CATHOLICISM Fr Robert Barron through the DVD presentations gives us a vision of the Catholic Faith as has never been seen before.  Why not attend our Lenten series?                   MONDAYS at 7:30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Continuing this Monday March 10th at 7:30.            Each session lasts for 1 hour and is open to everyone!


1  9 March

    First Sunday of lent

5  16 March

     Second Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Louise Kelly (Months Mind)

Bridget & Noel McLoughlin

Brendan McDermott

Patrick Reilly & Patrick Moore

7.  7.00pm

Eileen, James, Patrick & Margaret Woods

1  9.00am    

Special Intention

1   9.00am


1  11.00am    

    Andrew, Lillian, Pudser & Tony Toole

1  11.00am

    Leigha McKeon

1  12.15pm    

    Dick & Christina Donnelly

    Jack & Tommy Maher

1  12.15pm 

    Seamus, Bridget, & Kit Ennis

K  Kay & Brendan Menton

     Baby Marcus Crawley 




Monday    Special Intention     Tuesday    Special Intention        Wednesday    Special Intention

Thursday  Deceased Members of the Hackett & Dempsey families

Saturday    Morning Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am


                   Theme of Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign 2014 - ‘Water’


This years Trócaire Lenten campaign is about the global water crisis. There are 1.1 billion people in our world who are living without access to a reliable source of water. Nine year old Enestina Muyeye (pictured), the young girl featured on this years Trócaire box, comes from a small rural community in Dedza, central Malawi. Enestinas community has relied for years on a contaminated river for drinking water, washing and irrigation. Trócaire, working in partnership with the Catholic Church in Malawi, has recently installed a drinking water pump and is working to support people in this strong and vibrant community as they strive to improve their lives. Across the developing world Trócaire is addressing the serious impact of water scarcity by helping people to access safe water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation. This work is made possible through the generous support of parishes across Ireland, which is greatly appreciated. To find out more about Trócaire's Lenten campaign visit Please bring home a Trócaire box this Lent.
Pope Francis’ Tweet of the Month: The Sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist, are privileged places of encountering Christ. Follow Pope Francis @Pontifex
The Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James is one of the most famous pilgrimage walks in the world.  Want to walk the Way of St. James on the Camino in 2014? Why not do it while raising much needed funds for Diabetes Ireland. Stretching over 800 km in total, this group will be completing the Camino Portugues of the rout (115km) from Tui to Santiago. If interested contact Gary on 01-8428118 or email 
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Ratoath College Uniform: Fitting for girls uniforms takes place in Blondells on Monday 
10th -14th March. For boys from 19th-22nd March. Current students requiring skirts or trousers can order at this time. Phone 825711
The Venue Players presentThe Seduction of Eddie Flynn’s Fatherby Eileen Kavanagh at The Venue Theatre on March 20th, 21st and 22nd at 8pm. Also featuring The Book Clubby Angela Lyons.   Tickets €12 from or from Box Office – 01/6895600.
Ratoath Community Text Alert. A public meeting to form a text alert system in conjunction with the Garda for Ratoath residents will take place on Tuesday March 11th at 8pm in the Ratoath Inn. Guest speaker: Sergeant Dean Kerins, Meath Crime Prevention Officer. For further details contact Nick Killian at 087 2596753
GAA Lotto numbers for this week 10, 15, 20 & 26. No winner. Draw in Clubhouse next week.
Ratoath GAA Club is now well up-and-running for 2014 with Football & Hurling/Camogie for all age groups.  The U6S (Ducks) Section and the U7s takes place every Saturday Morning on the Front Pitch (or indoors) at 10am, and is specifically designed to introduce Fun, Fitness and the Fundamentals of Football & Hurling/Camogie to the children. All older age groups vary in times with Football on a Saturday & Tuesday, and, Hurling on a Sunday & Thursday – refer to for training times and team contacts. Remember, it is never too late to start your child playing GAA! Otherwise, contact Darren Feldman (086-8210986). 
Tour de Meath on Saturday week - 60km/130km cycle. Contact Des on 086 8389905
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (Meath Branch) will hold the next Alzheimer Cafe on Monday, 10th March in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin from 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. for families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia in County Meath.  



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