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Parish Bulletin 23rd August 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

23 August 2015

        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                   

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.

Congratulations to Emily Hurley (Woodlands), Katelyn Bric (Foxlodge Manor),

Ben Murray (Leigh Valley), Louis Moore (Coill Beag) and Ella Doherty Harte (Clonkeen)

who were baptised recently.

Congratulations to Laura Murphy and Tony Creighton who were married during the week.

Please pray for Matthew Douglas (Killeen), uncle of Jean Donnelly (Lagore) and for Mary O’Connor (Limerick), mother of Tom O’Connor (Fairyhouse Lodge) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 9th & 16th August €1,947.97

Standing Orders for July €3,900.03 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


A short prayer service will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre for the members of the Altar Society and the Cleaning Groups of the church on Thursday next 27th August at 7.30pm.          This will be followed by supper and get together in the Parochial House.

Lough Derg one day retreats on 24th, 25th ,29th, 30th and 31st August. And 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th , 19th and 20th September.  Contact 0719861518 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Irish Wheelchair Association Meath is looking for Volunteers to help out with their bag-pack in Tesco, Navan on the 28th and 29th Aug from 10am-6pm. If anyone has one or two hrs free to offer please contact Sean on 087-6264709.

Ratoath Community Centre with the support of LMETB will run the following courses from September -  flower arranging, paper crafts, IT Courses (all levels + Ipad) & Sugar Craft.  Participants should be unemployed, stay at home, lone parents, over 55s, schemed workers or others in need of social interaction within the community.  Cost approx. 30 - 50.                                                        Contact Ratoath Community Centre on 01 6895600 for details re dates and cost.

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society conducted visit to Lough Crew/Sliabh na Caillíghe passage tomb at Carnbane East, with Lynda McCormack (NUIG) on Sunday 30th August. Assemble at car park at1.30pm; followed by lecture at Oldcastle Library, 3pm. All Welcome. Inquiries to J. Clancy, PRO (tel 01 8259438)

23 Aug

    Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

30 Aug

    Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Johnny, Jack & Ella Staunton

7.  7.00pm

Paul Phillips

9. 9.00am

Mary Fox (Month’s Memory)

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Deceased members of the O’Neill family(Coldwinter) & Molly Talty

1  11.00am

Mary Carey


Jacqueline Mannering

Patrick White & Fergal Ronan

1  12.15pm

Padraig Halton


      Monday        Linda Reynolds & Special Intention                 Tuesday       The St Louis Sisters (Rathmines)                                 

      Wednesday   Special Intention                                            Thursday    Val Murrihy     

       Saturday       Sheila Moorehead (in the Nursing Home at 11.00am)

Grow in Love   -      New religious education curriculum for Catholic schools

Grow in Love is a new Religious Education series for Catholic primary schools in Ireland. It will be introduced in a phased basis and will eventually replace the Alice-O series which has been in use since 1996. 
The Junior and Senior Infants programme have been piloted in over one hundred schools and it will be introduced this September in all schools.  The rest of the programme will be implemented in a phased basis as follows – First and Second classes in September 2016;     Third and Fourth classes in September 2017 and Fifth and Sixth classes in September 2018.
The new series offers parents and families effective ways to be actively involved in the child’s religious education. The core principle is that this should happen from the very first day that children are enrolled in Catholic schools, rather than placing the emphasis on parents’ involvement solely around times of sacramental preparation and celebration. 
The principle is underpinned by the National Directory of Catechesis in Ireland, Share the Good News, which states that “in the religious education of children, co-operation between home, parish and school is essential in encouraging young children in coming to know who they are and to whom they belong...The school and its teachers support parents/ guardians and their parish in the Christian initiation of children, not the other way around”.
To this end, the children’s book for Junior and Senior Infants begins with a letter to parents, explaining to them their “irreplaceable” role in their child’s faith development, and encouraging them to be involved. Therefore each week, parents and families are assigned a small task to do with their young child: to draw a picture, complete an activity, to read a story together etc., and to chat together and pray together. The programme believes that by taking small steps like this in the Infant classes, and by gradually encouraging a deeper involvement as children more towards immediate preparation for the sacraments, it is hoped that parents will see that their role in their child’s religious education is vital. 
                 Words of Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday last
We continue our catechesis today by reflecting on work, which complements our moments of celebration and which is also a part of God’s creative design. Through work, the family is cared for and children are provided with a dignified life. So too the common good is served, as witnessed by the example of so many fathers and mothers who teach their children the value of work for family life and society. The Scriptures speak of this in the Holy Family, describing Jesus as the son of a carpenter and a carpenter himself. As Christians we know that work and the spiritual life are not opposed, but in harmony, as work expresses the dignity of the person, created in God’s image. When we engage in work, we share in creation by caring for the earth and cultivating it. If, however, we reduce work to profit and disregard its effects on humanity and the world, the environment and our lives suffer. This especially hurts the poor and families. God has given Christian families the challenge and mission to make present the foundations of his creation: a true understanding of the identity of man and woman and the bond they share, their call to bring children into the world, and the gift of work in making the world ever more fruitful and hospitable. May God help us to embrace this call in joy and hope, especially amidst the many challenges we face today.
Ratoath Men’s Shed continues to meet every Tuesday mornings at 11.00am in Ratoath Parish Pastoral Centre. Call in for a chat and Tea. Guest speakers. Tel 087 259 6753 for further details

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