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Parish Bulletin 5th July 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

5 July 2015

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan   

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.

Please pray for Danny Delaney (Kilrue Lane) and for Bernard Fisher (The Lane, Fox Lodge Woods) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

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

Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 8th July at 8.00pm

05 July

    Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

12 July

    Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Julia & Desmond Toole

Margaret & John Johnson

Mary & Paddy Walsh & deceased

members of the Walsh & Nulty Families Gerald O’Reilly

7.  7.00pm

Dorothea Mates

Thomas, Mary, Ted and Peg Gannon

Jemmie Boyle

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

John Looney

Seamus McIntyre

Deceased members of the Boshell family

1  11.00am

Bridie & Tommy Dolan

12.15pm

Denis & Sheila Farrell

Thomas Shaw

1  12.15pm

Sarah Browne

     Monday    Special Intention     Wednesday  Simone Howells   Friday Sheila O’Donnell       

     Saturday        Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am 

Lough Derg Pilgrimage season: You can make the three day pilgrimage any day up to13th August. Pre –booking not required. Contact Lough Derg 071 9861518 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lough Derg one day retreat on Saturday 5th September.  No fasting or walking barefoot.  Contact Stella at 0851677325 early booking essential.

Knock Pilgrimage 19thJuly Pioneer / Matt Talbot / Apostleship of Prayer Pilgrimage to Knock. Everyone welcome! Bus leaves Dunshaughlin Church at 8.00am and Dunboyne Church at 8.30am. Please contact May on 825 0139 / 087 133 4872 or Peggy on 825 5425 / 087 784 6455

                                        Important Dates for 2016

Confirmation             All Schools                              22nd April

First Communion       Ratoath Junior National School   7th May

                                 St. Paul’s National School          14th May

                                                  Rathbeggan National School                 21st May

Groundsperson required for Dunshaughlin area. The position is for person eligible to work under the Community Employment Scheme.  For details contact Danny Gaughan in Dunboyne CE Office 087 2626727 or email 
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 . Closing date for receipt of applications is 17th July
Ratoath GAA “Street Leagues” every Wednesday. These are great fun nights for all kids (members and non-members) from 2nd to 6th class. See www.ratoathgaa.ie for more information.
From the opening words of the encyclical letter “Laudato Si” 
of Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home
“Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that your common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother earth, who sustains and governs us and who produces various fruit with colourful flowers and herbs.
This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor she “groans in travail”. We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
                                                                    St. Francis of Assisi
I do not want to write this Encyclical without turning to that attractive and compelling figure, whose name I took as my guide and inspiration when I was elected Bishop of Rome. I believe that saint Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived our joyfully and authentically. He is the patron saint of all who study and work in the area of ecology, and he is also much loved by non-Christians. 
He was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his open heartedness. He was a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society and interior peace.
 
Francis helps us to see that an integral ecology calls for openness to categories which transcend the language of mathematics and biology, and take us to the heart of what it is to be human. Just as happens when we fall in love with someone, whenever he would gaze at the sun, the moon or the smallest of animals, he burst into song, drawing all other creatures into his praise. He communed with all creation, even preaching to the flowers, inviting them “to praise the Lord” just as if they were endowed with reason. His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection. That is why he felt called to care for all that exists. 
His disciple Saint Bonaventure tells us that “from a reflection on the primary source of all things, filled with even more abundant piety, he would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of “brother” or Sister””. Such a conviction cannot be written off as naive romanticism, for its affects the choices which determine our behaviour. If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.
What is more, Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness. “Through the greatness and the beauty of creatures one can come to know by analogy their maker”; indeed, “his eternal power and divinity have been made known through his works since the creation of the world”. For this reason, Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty.
 

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