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Parish Bulletin 6th March 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              6 March 2016

        01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9.30a.m. – 4.00p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until10.00 pm. All welcome.

Please pray for Martha Callanan Galway (cousin of the Cusack family, Raystown) and

Ann Glavey (Ballyhaunis and late of Glascarn Lane) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

This weekend the boys and girls in Sixth Class who are preparing for Confirmation in April will join us for their final Mass of preparation. We welcome them with their parents.

First Confessions for the boys and girls of Rathbeggan National School will take place on Tuesday 8th March and for St. Paul’s National School on Thursday 10thMarch – both ceremonies at 7.30pm

Next weekend 12th/13th March there will be a mission appeal on behalf of the St Patrick’s Missionary Society, better known as the Kiltegan Fathers.                                                           We welcome Father Sean Cullen to our parish.                                                                                     St Patrick’s Missionary Society was founded on St Patrick’s Day 1932, by Father Patrick Whitney, a priest from the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. Since then, Kiltegan Priests, together with volunteer priests and lay people from different Irish Dioceses including Meath, have worked firstly in Nigeria, and later in Kenya, Central & South Africa, Brazil and the West Indies.                                Today there are 281 Kiltegan priests of whom 28 are African. They have 58 students in Africa preparing for the priesthood. That seed sown by the Irish church has grown in surprising ways.
Through this visit, Fr Cullen will recall how missionary work is central to our faith and thank you for your generous support in the past.

                                   Today’s gospel story of the Prodigal Son 
In reflecting upon the parable of the Prodigal Son, the spiritual write Henri Nouwen once wrote: “Perhaps the most radical statement Jesus even made is “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate”. God’s compassion is described by Jesus not simply to show us how willing God is to feel for me or to forgive my sins and offer me new life and happiness, but to invite me to become like God and to show the same compassion to others....I am destined to step into my Father’s place and offer to others the same compassion that he offered me. The return to the Father is ultimately the challenge to become the Father”.

6 Mar     

   Fourth Sunday of Lent

13 Mar

Fifth Sunday of Lent

7. 7.00pm             

Teresa Berry

Brendan McDermott

Patrick & Margaret Reilly

7.  7.00pm

Eileen, James Margaret & Patrick Woods

9.  9.00am

Patrick & Colette Devenny

1   9.00am

Kay & Brendan Menton

1  11.00am    

Leah Cooke Halligan

1  11.00am

Leigha McKeown


Mary Brazil (Months Memory)

& Michael Brazil

1  12.15pm

Sue McDermott (Months Memory)

Seamus, Kit & Bridget Ennis

Andy, Lillian Pudser & Tony Toole

Baby Marcus Crawley



Monday         Pat Reynolds                            Tuesday     Special Intention    

Thursday       Special Intention                        Friday       Leo Digan (Months Memory)

          Saturday       Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00a

A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the

Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 9th March at 8.00pm

Envelope Collection for the week ending 21st & 28th February €1,639.10                                         Many thanks for your continued support and generosity

Do something amazing – Do a Catholic Gap Year. See

                                           Support Trocaire’s Lenten Appeal.

For the past 43 years, through the support of the Irish people, Trocaire has helped to transform the lives of people throughout the world. By supporting Trocaire you have helped ensure that families can earn an income and have enough to eat, you have helped communities to rebuild their lives after disasters and conflict and you have defended the rights of people under threat.

Your contributions help make a difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our global community.

€5 would provide 15 kg of maize flour to make porridge, feeding 50 children for a day in Malawi.

€10 would provide tools and seeds for a family in Sierra Leone.

€30 would provide a school kit, to pay for school fees, books and pencils for children in Somalia.

€65 would pay for food, shelter and community support for refugees fleeing conflict in Middle East.

€100 would ensure a young mother can deliver her baby safely with the help of a midwife in Somalia.

€250 would provide training in small business management for women in Ethiopia allowing them to develop other sources of income and take control of their lives.

                                                       Prayer for Mother’s Day
Thank you Lord for all our mothers.
On this day let us think of them, whether they are with us or gone to their heavenly reward.      We think of their kindness, their compassion, and their care for us and above all their unconditional love.                                                                                                                                       We pray that you will watch over them and support them in the joys and struggles of their daily lives.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen

World Youth Day Krakow, Poland 2016! WYD is a gathering of young Catholics from around the world with Pope Francis. It is for young people (18-35) who wish to deepen, share and celebrate their faith. From18th July to 2nd August the youth of the Diocese of Meath will be participating in this amazing event. Please find information and booking forms available

Ratoath College Uniforms. Fittings for 1st year girls takes place in Blondells from 7th -11th March. For boys from14th– 18th March. Current students requiring skirts and trousers can also order at this time. Phone 01 8257 711
GAA Lotto Results: No's drawn were 10,14,16 & 22. No winner.
Membership Renewal: Ratoath GAA want to play its part in facilitating the coaching and development of all local children by provision of structured football, hurling and camogie  for males and females. If your child wants to be part of the club and participate in 2016, membership is a necessary requirement and now due. It is €100 for under 7’w; €150 for all other single membership and €300 maximum for a family. A €20 additional payment from members entitles all over 16’s to use the club gym. New members are welcome. Find out more or renew online at 
Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath on Wednesday the 9th of March at 6.30pm

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