O Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath17 August 2008
Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm
Congratulations to Sasha Stevens (Glascarn Lane), Mark Sheils (Leigh Valley) and Megan Murray (Coill Beag) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Ann McCabe, sister of Dick Donnelly (St. Oliver’s) and Paddy Donnelly (Harlockstown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
The Legion of Mary meet every Thursday at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
All are welcome and for further information contact Des on 086-3802200
Envelope Collection for the week ending 3rd & 10th August €1,818.83
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Help Needed New Readers: Over the next few weeks, we are looking for new Readers for our parish to complement our existing readers. Parish Choir: The parish choir will be resuming their practices in September after their Summer recess. They practice in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they lead the singing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions. New members are always welcome. Children’s Liturgy Group: We are looking for a few new members to assist the present team with the children’s liturgy. If you are interested in any of the above groups, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.
Uniform sales for Ratoath College will take place in the school on Tuesday 19th August from 10.00am to 12 noon. All 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year students will return to school on Tuesday the 26th August at 9.00am and all incoming 1st years will commence on Wednesday 27th August at 2.00pm. For more information ring Karen on 01 8254102 or email:
Table Quiz in the GAA Clubhouse, Brownstown at 8.00pm on Friday 29th August in aid of
Cancer Research. Please support a good cause. Ratoath RFC New seasons training commences on Saturday 23rd August at 12:30pm at the rugby pitch. Please arrive early to accommodate registration paperwork etc. We look forward to seeing old members returning and welcoming new members. All welcome all ages between 6 and 17 years old. County Meath VEC invite all students and their parents to our 3rd level grants workshops at VEC Head Office, Abbey Road, Navan, on Tuesday 19th August from 11.00am to12.30pm and on Wednesday 20th August from 7.00pm to 9.00pm Phone 046 9068228/ 9068206
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
John & Elizabeth Boylan
John & Elizabeth Padian
& Gretta Corcoran
John, Jane & Christy Mulvaney
Bridget & Thomas Nulty
Betty & Jimmy Mannering
& Christopher Donnelly & Ann
Maria O’Connor Howard
& Sean O’Connor
Monday Mick Naughton Thursday Pat Coyne Part 2 of the address of Pope Benedict XV1 to the young people attending the World Youth Day on 17th July. Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose. Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth. Christ offers more! Indeed he offers everything! Only he who is the Truth can be the Way and hence also the Life. And the entrance to this life, to the Christian way, is Baptism. This evening I wish therefore to recall briefly something of our understanding of Baptism. On the day of your Baptism, God drew you into his holiness. You were adopted as a son or daughter of the Father. You were incorporated into Christ. You were made a dwelling place of his Spirit. Indeed, towards the conclusion of your Baptism, the priest turned to your parents and those gathered and, calling you by your name, said: “you have become a new creation”. Dear friends, in your homes, schools and universities, in your places of work and recreation, remember that you are a new creation! As Christians you stand in this world knowing that God has a human face - Jesus Christ - the “way” who satisfies all human yearning, and the “life” to which we are called to bear witness, walking always in his light. The task of witness is not easy. There are many today who claim that God should be left on the sidelines, and that religion and faith, while fine for individuals, should either be excluded from the public forum altogether or included only in the pursuit of limited pragmatic goals. This secularist vision seeks to explain human life and shape society with little or no reference to the Creator. It presents itself as neutral, impartial and inclusive of everyone. But in reality, like every ideology, secularism imposes a world-view. If God is irrelevant to public life, then society will be shaped in a godless image. When God is eclipsed, our ability to recognize the natural order, purpose, and the “good” begins to wane. What was ostensibly promoted as human ingenuity soon manifests itself as folly, greed and selfish exploitation…
Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises. Our hearts and minds are yearning for a vision of life where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth, and where identity is found in respectful communion. This is the work of the Holy Spirit! This is the hope held out by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is to bear witness to this reality that you were created anew at Baptism and strengthened through the gifts of the Spirit at Confirmation. Let this be the message that you bring from Sydney to the world!