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Sunday Bulletin July 30th 2017

MASS INTENTIONS for the week ahead:                                                             

Sat Vigil: Eamonn & Paul Cusack                                                         

Sun 9am: Betty Mc Govern 

Sun 11.30am: Noreen Mc Goldrick                                    

Sat 10am: Terry Boylan  M.M.                                              

Sat Vigil: Patrick & Mary Devine                                                       

Sun 9am: Eamonn Mc Kiernan                                    

Sun 11.30am: Breda Matthews                                          

WEEKDAY MASS:  Mon at 8am, Tues at 7.30pm, Wed & Thurs at 9.30am, (no evening Mass on Thurs), Fri 8am & 7.30pm, Sat at 10am.      

MINISTERS OF THE WORD for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Aug 5th) Teresa Doherty 11.30am (Aug 6th) Bernie Sherrock

MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST for next weekends’ Masses are: Vigil (Aug 5th) Deirdre Mc Anarney, Madeline Bracken. 11.30am: (Aug 6th) Frances Walsh, Kathleen Nee, Rose Leavy, Paul Farrell & Don O’Doherty.

COLLECTIONS: Athboy €790, Rathmore €120, Rathcairn €265. Thank you for your generous support.

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

FEASTDAYS in the week ahead:     Mon July 31st – St Ignatius Loyola                   

Tues Aug 1st – St Alphonsus Liguori                 

Wed Aug 2nd – St Euebius, St Peter Julian Eymard                                                                     

 Fri Aug 4th – St John Mary Vianney, Cure d’Ars.

WELCOME: We welcome with great joy and congratulations Orlaith Colgan, Katie Mitchell-Kelly, Noah Henry, Aoibheann Byrne, Neitanas Danisevicius and Ciaran Sheridan. Many congratulations to their parents and godparents also.

FIRST FRIDAY – Friday August 4th -  Masses at 8am & 7.30pm.                                                        

COMMUNION CALLS   on Friday Aug 4th at the usual times.                                                                                 

TROCAIRE EAST AFRICA HUNGER CRISIS: Total collection amounted to €2,080.                                                                                  

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.                                                                                            

MEATH DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK takes place on Sunday 13th August. Confessions from 11am-5pm. Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm. Mass at 3pm.                                                                                                                                      

CEMETERY DEVOTIONS in the Abbey, Rathmore on Thursday 10th August at 7.30pm.                                                                                                                             

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.                                                                                                                                               

THE MONTHLY ST PADRE PIO MASS takes place on Wed 2nd August at 8pm in St. Mary’s Church, Navan. Blessing with St. Pio’s glove after Mass. Everyone welcome.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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 HIGH NELLY ANNUAL CYCLE presents “the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” which will take place on Sat Aug 5th. Registration on the Fair Green at 3pm - €5 for adults, children are free, leaving 3.45pm sharp. Fun for all the family, mad hats and outfits essential. Continue the craic in the Darnley Lodge Hotel with food and music by Bob Dylan Tribute band €5 starting at 8pm.                                                                                               

FR MURPHY A.C. are hosting their annual “Streets of Athboy” 5k road race and fun run on Friday 11th Aug at 8pm. Walkers, joggers and runners all welcome. Minimum age is 15. Register online or on the night from 6.30-7.30pm. Tea and refreshments served after the race and finishing medals for all participants. Check out our Facebook page for more details.                                                                                                                                                                                            

 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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