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Parish Bulletin 23rd March 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

23 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 Oliver Foran (Steeplechase Green) and Brooke Hui (Milltree Park) who was baptised recently.  
Congratulations to Catherine Walsh and Garry Malone who were married during the week.  
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 wish all the boys and girls who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation next Friday every good wish and blessing for the day. We thank them for all their work in preparing so well for this day and thanks too to their parents who have supported them on their faith journey this year. A special thanks to all their teachers and all in the school who are worked to make this coming Friday such a special day for the boys and girls. There are two ceremonies – at 11.00am and 3.00pm

                                          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.”

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.
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

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


1 23 March

    Third Sunday of Lent

2  30 March

     Fourth Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Terry O’Rourke

7.  7.00pm


1  9.00am     


1   9.00am

Thomas & Tommy Everard

1  11.00am    

    Maria O’Brien (Months Mind)

L  Luke &Margaret Ralph & deceased

    members of the family

1  11.00am

    Cecila & Albert Cudlipp

& May & Tony O’Shaughnessy


1  12.15pm    



1  12.15pm 

    Betty Colfer




Monday   Kathleen Barry & Special Intention                            Tuesday   Eilish Kerins 

Saturday  Morning Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am

                                Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign
This year Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign is about the global water crisis. Worldwide, 783 million people do not have access to clean, safe water.
Drier climates across sub-Saharan African are leaving communities struggling without enough water for drinking, sanitation and growing food. 
Enestina (9) is the girl on this year’s Trocaire Box. She comes from a small community in rural Malawi that has relied on a polluted river for drinking and washing for many years. The community depends on the unpredictable rains to water their crops, meaning they never know what food they can produce. Trocaire is working to change this. 
In 2011 Trocaire reached out to over 450,000 people for life saving aid during the food crises there as a result of water shortages. 
In Kanyera the average person uses 24 litres of dirty, untreated water a day that is over a kilometre from their home.  
According to the UN figures 1.1billion people are “water insecure” with no access to clean water.
By 2020 it is estimated that water available for agriculture in the region will drop by 50%.
€2 a day will support a community to install an irrigation system or water pump. This will help families to increase their harvest from one to two a year and free up children’s valuable time from fetching water so they can attend school.
“Everything that is shared is multiplied, only when we are able to share do we become truly rich” (Pope Francis) 
Please support the work of Trocaire this Lent.
Mothers Prayers Annual Weekend in Knock:  Sat 29th/Sun 30th March.   For further information phone 087 6184110 or email 
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Spring Choral Festival 2014 - Cór Fhéile an Earraigh 2014 – will take place in Sacred Heart Church, Laytown on Sunday 30th March commencing at 7 pm. Choirs and music groups from the north-east -region will participate.  This festival of song will feature a wide range of traditional and contemporary choral music, folk music and Gospel music.  All music lovers are welcome to attend and participate in this unique event.

Members from the church lay ministers have been trained up on how to use a defibrillator and we hoping to have the defibrillator for use in the church soon.  We are asking parishioners to give a little extra in the basket collection on the weekend of 5th and 6th April to help with the cost of the defibrillator.
GAA lotto results: No. 6, 22, 24 & 27. No winners. Draw in Ryan’s next Monday night.



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