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Sunday Bulletin 23rd July 2017

MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:                                                             

Sat Vigil: Ronnie & Joseph Heaney, Joe Murphy M.M.                                                         

Sun 9am: Eamonn Smith                                    

Sun 11.30am: Tom & Kathleen Sheridan, Vera & Christy Monaghan                                                        

Sat 10am: Jim Tuite                                                

Sat Vigil: Eamonn & Paul Cusack                                                       

Sun 9am: Betty Mc Govern                                          

WEEKDAY MASS:  Mon at 8am, Tues & Thurs at 7.30pm, Wed & Fri at 9.30am, Sat at 10am.      

MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (July 29th) Frank Holland 11.30am (July 30th) Ann Hoey

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (July 29th) Jacinta Farrell, Mary Kearney & Siobhan Kelly. 11.30am: (July 30th) Rita Ennis, Mary Finnegan, Jackie Leavy, Robert Gath & Anne Leavy.

COLLECTIONS: Athboy €715, Rathmore €185, Rathcairn €145. Your generous support is greatly appreciated.

ADORATION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: on Friday commencing after morning Mass and continuing throughout the day.                  

FEASTDAYS in the week ahead:     Mon July 24th – St Charbel Makhluf, St Declan.                                                                      

 Tues July 25th – St James, apostle                 

Wed July 26th – Ss Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary.                           

Sat July 29th – St Martha.

REST IN PEACE: Your prayers are requested for Eugene (Owen) Smyth, Dunderry (Eugene's father) and Tommy Mooney, Park View.

TROCAIRE EAST AFRICA HUNGER CRISIS: An Emergency Collection in aid of Trocaire’s work in East Africa takes place nationally this weekend 22nd-23rd July. Trocaire is reaching over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation. Needs are enormous – please support our appeal and help us reach more people with life saving aid. There are boxes at the back of all the Churches.                                                     

OFFERING DAY: Today Sunday is an Offering Day for the support of the priests of our parish. (Patron Day Offerings)                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

CHY 4 FORMS: if you have received a CHY4 form recently from the Parish Office, we would appreciate if you would return it as soon as possible. The Revenue Commissioners offer a tax rebate to charities for donations over €250 per year from any individual.                                                                                                                                        

BUS TO KNOCK on Wednesday 16th August - the week of the Novena to Our Lady of Knock. Bus leaving Church car park at 9am. For more information and booking phone Maureen 046 9432239 or Brigie at 086 8721015                                                                                                                           

BAPTISMAL MEETING: The next baptismal meeting for parents who wish to have their babies’ baptised takes place Monday September 4th 2017 at 8pm in the Parochial House. Please enrol in advance to the Parochial House.                                                                                     

BINGO in aid of Church funds takes place on Sunday August 6th at 3pm in the Darnley lodge Hotel.                                                                                                                                                 

SVP: Thank you for your generosity to Athboy SVP in the church gate collections last weekend. For assistance Freephone 1800 677 777                                                                                                                                                                     

ST JAMES’ FEST- FAIR GREEN 2017:  Fun filled family day for all ages on Sunday 23rd July in the Fair Green from 2pm.                                                                                                                                    

MEATH HERITAGE CYCLE TOUR   will be passing through the area of Athboy on Sunday July 30th from 12pm to 3pm approx. Cyclists have been advised to obey the rules of the road and show due care to all other road users. As residents in the area, we ask for your cooperation and apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.                                                                                                                                      

ATHBOY ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP meeting on Wed 26th July 2.45pm-5pm. Kurling on Thurs July 27th 2.30pm-4.30pm in St James’ Hall.                                                  

FREE 5 WEEK BASIC LAPTOP, iPhone, Smartphone or Tablet classes available – Meath Partnership. Please phone Angela on 046 9280790 for details.                                                                          

CHARITY CONCERT for the Ciaran Maree Cancer R & D Fund Headford Arms Hotel, Kells Thurs 3rd Aug. Tickets €25 available at the door.                                                                                  

CONCERT in aid of Andrew Brennan fight against Motor Neuron disease in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan Sunday 30th July 8pm. Tickets €20.

Catholic Schools Admissions Policies: Government Proposals                                                            

We are proud of the three Catholic primary schools in our parish. They provide an excellent education for children in a fun and caring environment. All the feedback we receive tells us that our schools are inclusive and welcoming places for all children. None of our schools wish to refuse any child.                                                                                                                                                                  

 Recent statistics from CPSMA show that, throughout the country 94% of Catholic schools enrol every pupil that applies for a place. There are less than a hundred over-subscribed Catholic schools in the whole country (out of 3,200 schools). In Dublin, where the problem is more acute, there are 42 oversubscribed schools and of these 42 schools only 17 have been in the regrettable position of refusing enrolment on the 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 Catholic schools experience over-crowding or “over-subscription,” younger siblings of existing pupils receive first priority. In no circumstances may schools enrol applicants who live outside the parish boundary while refusing a school place to any applicant from within the boundary, regardless of religious affiliation. The problem currently in public discourse is caused by a lack of school places, not inclusivity. The Minister for Education is blaming schools for a problem caused by a lack of Government investment in school places in a small number of locations primarily in Dublin. Rather than discriminating against Catholic schools – which is, in effect, what is proposed – the Minister could be committing additional resources to supply more school places where they are needed.





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