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Parish Bulletin 9th July 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            9 July 2017




        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 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome.




Congratulations to Olivia Redmond (The Old Mill), Ross O’Brien (Foxlodge Manor),


Penny McEvoy (Foxlodge Manor) and Annabelle Zhao Kelly (Moulden Bridge)


who were baptised recently.   



Congratulations to Evanna McCormack and Joshua Brown who were married during the week.



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


Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 12th July at 8.00pm




Please pray for Patricia Ryan (St. Margaret’s), sister of Agnes Eiffe (Curragha Road) who died during the week.  May she rest in peace.



Envelope Collection for the week ending 18th & 25th June & 2nd July €2,091.85


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.




                                      Dates for your Diary 2018
Confirmation                  All Schools                                  Friday 13th April 
First Communion            Ratoath Junior National School     Saturday 28th April
                                      St Paul’s National School              Saturday 19th May 
                                      Rathbeggan National School          Saturday 26th May     


Rosary for Ireland: Will be held at the Sacred Heart Statue (opposite Centra) on Saturday 15th July at 4.00pm All Welcome


Meath Diocese Pilgrimage to Knock: Sunday 13 August: Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock takes place on Sunday 13th August 2017 and will be led by Bishop Michael Smith and the choir for the Mass is the Meath Diocesan Choir.  Confessions 11.00am to 5.00pm, Anointing of the Sick 2.30pm, Pilgrimage Mass at 3.00pm followed by Benediction, Rosary Procession to the Shrine and Blessing of Religious Objects.


9 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Pat Reilly,

Mary Gannon & deceased members

of the family

Deceased members of the Shevlin

& Joyce families

7. 7.00pm

Dorathea Mates

Patsy, Rita & Agnes McCabe

James & Annie Nolan

1 9.00am

Catherine Hanvey

1 9.00am

William Folliard & Gretta McLoughlin

1  11.00am    

Deceased members of the Boshell family

Brigid & Tommy Dolan; Frank Reynolds

Seamus McIntyre & deceased members of tf the family.

1 11.00am



Special Intention

1 12.15pm

Peader Malone & Peter & Bridget Malone

Sarah Browne




    Monday        Sheila O’Donnell                    Tuesday       Special Intention & Abbie Loughnane


    Thursday      Frank Reynolds                       Saturday     No Morning Mass


    Catholic Schools Admissions Policies


No Catholic school wishes to refuse a child. It would be contrary to their ethos to do so. Where there are sufficient spaces available, and a school has not reached capacity, it has always been Diocesan Policy that ALL applicants, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background should be admitted. Our Catholic Parish schools are exemplars of inclusion.


94% of Catholic Schools enrol EVERY pupil that applies for a place. 
There are less than one hundred over-subscribed Catholic schools in the whole country (out of a total of approx 3200 primary schools).


In Dublin, where the problem is most acute, there are 42 over-subscribed schools and, of these, only 17 schools have been in the position of refusing enrolment on grounds of religious affiliation. Even in those 17 schools non-baptised applicants have been prioritised ahead of the Catholic applicants (where they have an older sibling already enrolled).


Where schools of this Diocese experience ‘over-subscription’, it is recommended that;


(1)The younger siblings of existing pupils receive first priority.


(2)Thereafter all those resident within the parish boundary or school catchment area are prioritised.


(3)Thereafter those applicants who are resident outside the parish boundary/catchment area.


(4)In no circumstances may schools enrol applicants who live outside the parish boundary/school catchment area while refusing a school place to any applicant from within the boundary


The Minister for Education is blaming Catholic Schools for a problem caused by a lack of Government investment in school places in a small number of locations primarily in Dublin.


In Ireland, 23,000 dedicated members of Boards of Management of local schools, serve their local community in a selfless and voluntary capacity. Many such board members regret and reject the implicit impression given by Minister Richard Bruton in his recent contribution to a recent meeting of the Oireachtas Education Committee which would seem to infer that the Chairpersons and Boards of Management of Catholic Primary Schools are less committed to equality of access and require more regulation and oversight than the Board members in the other denominational/patronage sectors, a suggestion which is offensive to the many committed local board members of our local parish schools.


The issue of over-subscription has been exaggerated in certain sectors. Where over-subscription occurs, school boards deeply regret that they do not have the capacity to enrol all applicants. Nonetheless they strive, at all times, to process applications in an efficient, transparent and professional manner.


The Minister’s proposals seem disproportionate and suggest an innate distrust or lack of confidence in Principals and committed board members at local level. Furthermore the proposals seem entirely contrary to the principle of subsidiary. Schools which are over-subscribed will always have to prioritise pupils when they cannot accommodate all applicants. The Minister's proposals, may impact on how schools manage over-subscription and prioritise applicants but the schools will still be in the most unenviable position of refusing enrolment to some applicants. The minister’s proposals will not address the shortfall in school places in certain areas.




Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary 17th – 20th August.             16-35 year all welcome. Inspiring talks, great music, dramas, workshops, prayer, and healing service.       a great opportunities to meet new friends and enjoy themselves. Free buses organised by Youth 2000. Details on website or Tel 01 675 3690


Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday, 16thJuly.  Bus departs Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00a.m. and Dunboyne Church at 8.20 a.m. To book, please contact May Tuite 087 1334872 or 01 8250139


Lough Derg - Three Day Pilgrimages: until 13th August. No need to book. Daily boats to the Island from 10.30am until 3:00pm, 7 days per week.  Telephone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


GAA Lotto results. Numbers: 1,7, 16, 24. No jackpot winner. Next draw in Ryan's Monday 10th July.




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