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Parish Bulletin 16th March 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

16 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. Gerry   
Congratulations to Collum Molloy (Steeplechase Green) who was baptised recently.  
Please pray for Kathleen Barry (Blackrock Co Dublin) sister of Derry O’Sullivan (Lagore Big)
who died during the week. May she rest in peace. 
St Patrick’s Day Masses at 9.00am and 11.00am. No Vigil or 12.15pm on the day.
Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls of 2nd Class who are preparing for their First Holy Communion in May. We welcome them along with their parents to the final Mass in the “Do This in Memory of Me” programme. In the past week the boys and girls have received the Sacrament of Confession and we thank their parents who have supported them and all their teachers who prepared them so well for the sacrament.
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?
We welcome the members of Diocesan Catechetical Team who are visiting the schools of the parish at the present time. Last Monday they were in Ratoath Senior N S. This Wednesday they will visit Ratoath Junior NS and Rathbeggan NS and on Thursday they will be in St. Paul’s NS.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 9th March €1,267.98 and the blue envelope collection on the weekend of 2nd March amounted to €2,228.75. Standing Orders for February €4,883.96
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Parish Liturgy Meeting will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday next 18th at 8.00pm
There will be a Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath on Tuesday 18th March at 4.30pm.

                                          From Pope Francis’ message for Lent
"Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”


1 16 March

    Second Sunday of Lent

2  23 March

     Third Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Dean Greer (Months Mind)

Eileen, James, Patrick & Margaret Woods

7.  7.00pm


1  9.00am    


1   9.00am


1  11.00am    

    Leigha McKeon

1  11.00am

    Maria O’Brien (Months Mind)

L   Luke &Margaret Ralph & deceased

     members of the family

1  12.15pm    

 S  Seamus, Bridget, & Kit Ennis

K  Kay & Brendan Menton

     Baby Marcus Crawley 

1  12.15pm 





Tuesday    John & Ellen Staunton        Wednesday    Thomas Byrne     Thursday   Youlanda Kelly

Friday       Kathleen Barry                  Saturday    Morning Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am

Legion Of Mary invite all Legionaries active and auxiliary to the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne on Sunday 23rd March at 2.00pm for the Legionary Consecration to 
Our Blessed Lady. For further information tel 087 7133 4872
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.
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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“The thing that the Church most needs to today,” Pope Francis tells us, “is the ability to heal wounds and warm the hearts of the faithful”


                 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  Monday week March 24th at 7:30.            Each session lasts for 1 hour and is open to everyone!

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.  Jack L on 29th March.  Tickets or Box Office – 01/6895600.
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. 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. Otherwise, contact Darren Feldman (086-8210986). 
 A thank you to all those who attended the annual GAA dinner dance in the club last week. 
Wanted - a suite of furniture for a needy family. Phone 087 6493639
Over 55's Exercise class in Ashbourne library. Gentle exercises to improve overall health. Every Tuesday morning at 10am Please call Catherine 0872883729
The Alzheimers Society Support Group will hold their meeting on Wednesday March 19th at The Venue, Ratoath at 8pm.  Families and Carers of Dementia sufferers welcome.
Ratoath St Patrick's Day Parade takes place at 1pm. Please note that traffic diversions will be place from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. The road from Jamestown roundabout through the village to the first roundabout at Steeplechase and from the Well Road at the Cemetery to the Tesco Roundabout. Come along and enjoy this great annual event for our village.
Patenting ToDay: a series of lectures commencing Monday 7th April at 8.00pm at Lismullin Hospitality Centre, Navan.Speaker will be Cora Molloy.  Fee per talk €12.00 Couple €20.00.  For more information Tel 046 9025099



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