O Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath27 April 2008
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm Cemetery Sunday will take place this year on Sunday 25th May at 5.00pm The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.
Lectio Divina – (Sacred reading)For the Mondays of April – concluding this Monday 28th April at 8pm, to join our Lectio Divina Group which was begun last February. The group gathers for an hour to explore the readings of the following Sunday and to see what the readings says to us in our lives. The group is made up of young and old, and is led in an informal, relaxed and reflective atmosphere. All are welcome to attend. Envelope Collection for the week ending 13th & 20th April €3.947.09Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. You are invited to attend an Information Evening in the DeafHear.ie offices in Dundalk on13th May. Address, 14, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk.Phone 042 9332010 email:
Alzheimer’s Tea Day is a lifeline for people with dementia and their families. Make this the “Biggest Brew” ever by registering to host a party in your home or work place on Thursday 1st May. Call 01 284 6616 or visit www.teaday.ie to make a difference.
Alzheimer’s Tea Day at Fox Lodge on Saturday May 3rd from11.00am to 1.00pm.
Please come, all welcome. Maire Ryan. Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 28th April at 8.15pm in the Ratoath Community Centre. Speaker will be Yvonne Ferguson “Summer Tubs and Baskets” Garden Tour will take place this year on 7th June and must be paid in full this month.
Meath Archaeological & Historical Society will visit Gormanston Castle on Sunday, April 27th by kind permission of the Franciscan Order. A Guided tour of the Castle and the history of the Preston family will be given by Brendan Matthews. Assemble at main entrance gate at 2.50pm. Members, friends and intending members are welcome
Congratulations to Charlotte McGovern (Clonkeen), Mia Grattan (Foxlodge Woods),
Liadh O’Connor (The Old Mill), Thomas Brennan (Glascarn Lane),
Leah McLoughlin (Leigh Valley), Eve Griffin (Meadowbank Hill),
Sam Lennon (Leigh Valley) and Joseph Lyons (Seagrave Hall) who were baptised recently. [
Monday Rene Nunn Tuesday Special IntentionWednesday Cullen & Fitpatrick Families Friday Mass for all those on the parish list of the deadSaturday No morning Mass. CONGRAUTLATIONSCongratulations to the boys and girls from Gillian Purcell’s class and Siobhan McGann’s class from Ratoath National School who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday.Connell Ahearne, Ryan Barker, Peter Barry, Anna Branagan, Enda Byrne, Rachel Clarke, David Collins, Ruairi Crawford, Lana Donnelly,Gemma Donnelly, Joseph Doyle, Alex Dunphy, Ciara Fennessy, John Foley, Andrew Gerrard, Martin Guerrero, Darragh McGonigle, Aynsley McLoughlin-Cuzner, Aoife McMorrow, Darragh McPartlin, Melina O’Meara, Michael Power, Sarah Roche, Catriona Shanley, Laura Shannon, Cara Sheehan, Hannah Talbot, Cathal Tormay, Luke Ward.
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Matt & Roseann McKenna
& Dymphna Mills
Chrissie Furman &
Eddie & Christy Nulty
& Maureen Carroll
& Sarah Kate Somerville
& David Conmey
& Bernadette Hannigan
& Daniel & Sarah Eiffe
Jamie Byrne, Ailbhe Caprani, Robert Carroll, Sarah Connolly, Georgina Coyle, Leon Curley, Adam Davis, David Dorney, Jody Duggan, Leah Farrell, Rory Fleming, Gemma Flinter, Orla Hayes, Rebecca Mahon, Daman Mannering, Sean Marks, Alison McMorrow, Lauryn Murray, Cameron Nolan, Claire Nolan,
Matthew Puszczewicz, Joey Roche, Ellen Roche, Ryan Samson, Emma Wills, Kayleigh Wilson. CHRIST OUR HOPE POPE BENEDICTS VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAExtract of his address at meeting with young people and seminarians “Have you noticed how often the call for freedom is made without ever referring to the truth of the human person? Some today argue that respect for freedom of the individual makes it wrong to seek truth, including the truth about what is good. In some circles to speak of truth is seen as controversial or divisive, and consequently best kept in the private sphere. And in truth’s place – or better said its absence – an idea has spread which, in giving value to everything indiscriminately, claims to assure freedom and to liberate conscience. This we call relativism. But what purpose has a “freedom” which, in disregarding truth, pursues what is false or wrong? How many young people have been offered a hand which in the name of freedom or experience has led them to addiction, to moral or intellectual confusion, to hurt, to a loss of self-respect, even to despair and so tragically and sadly to the taking of their own life? Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ’s very being for others (cf. Spe Salvi, 28). At times, however, we are tempted to close in on ourselves, to doubt the strength of Christ’s radiance, to limit the horizon of hope. Take courage! Fix your gaze on our saints. The diversity of their experience of God’s presence prompts us to discover anew the breadth and depth of Christianity. Let your imaginations soar freely along the limitless expanse of the horizons of Christian discipleship. Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic Christian discipleship is marked by a sense of wonder. We stand before the God we know and love as a friend, the vastness of his creation, and the beauty of our Christian faith. Dear friends, the example of the saints invites us, then, to consider four essential aspects of the treasure of our faith: personal prayer and silence, liturgical prayer, charity in action, and vocations…….. Your personal prayer, your times of silent contemplation, and your participation in the Church’s liturgy, bring you closer to God and also prepare you to serve others”. Saint Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, New York
Saturday, 19 April 2008