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Parish Bulletin 30th March 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

30 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 Katie Moynihan (Woodlands), Adam Shinnors (The Village Green), 
Mike Gorman (Foxlodge Woods) and Emily Gaines (Milltree Park) who were baptised recently.  
Congratulations to Karen Preston & Jason Mulligan 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?
Congratulations to all the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday.    A special thanks to their teachers, the principals in the three schools, the choirs and all who assisted to make the day such a special occasion for all concerned.
A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will be held on Wednesday next 2nd April at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 16th &23rd March €2,298.58
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
The sick and housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday 
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 is a unique opportunity to enter more deeply into the grace of Lent.
Spring Choral Festival takes place in Sacred Heart Church, Laytown on Sunday 30th March commencing at 7 pm. 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

Continuing this Monday 31st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre, in CATHOLICISM Fr Robert Barron through the DVD presentations gives us a vision of the Catholic Faith as has never been seen before. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is open to everyone!


1 30 March

     Fourth Sunday of Lent

2  5 April

     Fifth Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             


7.  7.00pm


1  9.00am    

Thomas & Tommy Everard

1   9.00am

Christina Murphy

1  11.00am    

    Cecila & Albert Cudlipp

    Mary & Tony O’Shaughnessy

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm    

 S  Betty Colfer

     Jim, Elizabeth & Agnes Lowther & 

     Christina Wims

     Douglas & Gretta Pykett

1  12.15pm 

    Maura & John Harvey

B  Breda & Gerry Kenny

&George Kevin & Carmel Doody

& Mary & Owen Humpheries




Monday           Mass offered for all who sympathised with the family of Joan Slattery

Tuesday         Kitty, Joe Billy & Val Murrihy                     Wednesday     Laoise & Con Buckley              Friday             Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday         Morning Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am

In the Catholic tradition, active prayer - “saying our prayers”, as it’s often put  - is just the beginning or prayer, something analogous to the Samaritan woman’s dialogue with Jesus. The highest form of personal prayer is contemplative prayer: prayer in silence, prayer as “practicing the presence of God”. This form of prayer is not for gifted mystics only; it’s a way of praying available to all, if space is cleared in our lives for it.
Catholics who have rediscovered Eucharistic Adoration are practicing a form of contemplative prayer, the beauty and simplicity of which are captured in a story about St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. The Curé of Ars noticed that an elderly man in his parish spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament. Unable to restrain his curiosity one day, John Vianney approached the old man as he was leaving the church after a lengthy spell in front of the tabernacle.
“What are you doing ?” the curé asked the parishioner.                              “I look at him and looks at me,” came the reply.
That is the essence of contemplative prayer and it is available to everyone. More than fourteen centuries before John Vianney, St. Ambrose, unpacking  Jesus’s command to “go to your room and pray”  explained why: “By ‘room’ you must understand, not a room enclosed by walls.... but the room that is within you, the room where you hide your thoughts, where you keep your affections. This room of prayer is always a secret room, where only God can see you.”                                  (from Roman Pilgrimage by George Weigel)
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 next weekend  5th and 6th April to help with the cost of the defibrillator.
Ratoath Garden Club will meet in the Ratoath Inn on Monday 31st March at 8.00pm. Speaker will be Dan Synnott who will talk on “Ferns for Irish Garden”.  All welcome.
Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games Swimming Gala 2014 - Sunday, 6th April, 5pm at Coolmine Swimming Pool (near Powercity), D 15.  Registration from 4.30pm, 2euros to enter. Ages U8 to U16, swimmers of all levels welcome. Contact 086 8466495 with any queries. 
Ratoath Youth Choir is having their annual concert in the Venue Theatre, Ratoath on Friday 4th  April at 8 pm.  A great night of music and song is promised from a very talented group of young adults.  For further information and tickets call Sharon on 087 2320865 
The Annual General Meeting of St. Oliver’s Community Centre Ltd will be held in Ratoath Community Centre on Monday 7th April  at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in Ashbourne House Hotel on Monday and Tuesday 7th and 8th April from 4.30pm – 8.00pm.
Frank McGuinness's play the Factory Girls in The Solstice, Navan on 30th April, 1st, 2nd & 3rd May. Tickets available from the Solstice website



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