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Parish Bulletin 24th January 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              24 January 2016

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9.30a.m. – 4.00p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until10.00 pm

Legion of Mary: Each Monday at 7.00pm in the Pastoral Centre. Further information: 086 083 9295

Congratulations to Cooper O’Neill (Cabinhill), Sean Robertson (Glascarn Lane),

&Conor Murphy (Milltree Park) who were baptised recently

Please pray for Mgr. John Hanley P.P (Canaross)who died during the week.May he rest in peace.

24 Jan

     Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

31 Jan

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Dorothea Mates; Maurice Keogh;

Hugh Muldoon & deceased family members

7.  7.00pm

John Redmond

9.  9.00am

Deceased members of the Kavanagh Family

1   9.00am

Pud O’Neill; Ita Doran;

Michael, Elizabeth & John Mulvaney

1  11.00am    

Edward McKeown; Manuel Santillan

Peter Whelan & Peter Colin Whelan

1  11.00am

12.15pm

Pud & Winnie Mahon

1  12.15pm

Juliette Deheane (Months Memory)

& Luc Deheane; Martin Kerrigan;

Pauline Lynch & deceased members of the family; Michael & John Flinter & deceased family members

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Monday:  Anne Masterson    Tuesday:  Special Intention         Saturday: 11:00 Ratoath Manor

Envelope Collection for weekend 10th & 17th January €3471.08   Many thanks for your support.

Confirmation Preparation Mass: Next weekend we welcome the boys and girls who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in April. We welcome them and their families.

Eucharistic Congress 2016: The venue for I.E.C. 2016 is Cebu in the Philippines. Twenty six pilgrims from Ireland (including John and Margaret Howard from the Diocese of Meath) will attend. Please pray for the Irish pilgrims and for the success of the Congress. The ceremonies will be broadcast on EWTN

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Mercy: August 19th – 27th (including Angelus with Pope Francis, Visits to Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Catacombs, Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Major Basilicas. Day trips to Assisi and Subiaco). Accommodation will be at the Irish College. Reservations: Mullingar Travel @ 044-9340587
Computer, Tablet & Smartphone classes: are now available from Meath Partnership for beginners and improvers in various locations throughout Meath for those aged over 55. IT Training is also being provided for jobseekers who would like to improve their skills and prospects for entering employment. For more information please contact Tatiana or Colin on 046 9280 790
Do you want to help children reach their potential? Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older for a volunteer reading programme for primary schools based in Finglas, Dublin 11. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class, 2 or 3 times a week with 2 children on each visit (scheduled during primary school hours). For more information contact Suzanne Connolly on 01 7080431 or email 
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Ratoath GAA: Best wishes to our Intermediate footballers who face St Mary's Cahirciveen (Kerry) in the All-Ireland intermediate club semi-final today in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick @ 2 pm.

Dates for your Diary 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

Cemetery Sunday                                                    29th May

Men’s Shed: has expressed thanks for the use of the Pastoral Centre over recent months. Meetings will be held at the new premises on the Skyrne Road from Tuesday 26th January at 10.30am.

Dunboyne Toastmasters: Open/Visitors Night on Monday 25th January 2016 at 7.45 pm in Dunboyne Castle Hotel. Anyone who would like to develop and improve their communication skills this autumn is encouraged to attend. 
Church Unity Week  
Pope Francis reflects on Jesus encounter with the Samaritan Woman 
On his way from Judea to Galilee, Jesus passed through Samaria.  He had no difficulty engaging with Samaritans, who were considered by the Jews to be heretics, schismatics and separated.  His attitude teaches us that encounter with those who are different from ourselves can make us grow.
 
Weary from his journey, Jesus does not hesitate to ask the Samaritan woman for something to drink.  His thirst, however, is much more than physical: it is also a thirst for encounter, a desire to enter into dialogue with that woman and to invite her to make a journey of interior conversion.  Jesus is patient, respectful of the person before him...  His example encourages us to seek a serene encounter with others, to understand one another, and to grow in charity and truth...
The woman asks Jesus about the place where God is truly worshiped.  Jesus does not side with the mountain or the temple, but goes to the heart of the matter, breaking down every wall of division.  He speaks instead of the meaning of true worship: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth”. 
So many past controversies between Christians can be overcome when we put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us, namely, our call to share in the mystery of the Father’s love revealed to us by the Son through the Holy Spirit...  
Christian unity will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions.  We need to realize that, to plumb the depths of the mystery of God, we need one another, we need to encounter one another and to challenge one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who harmonizes diversities and overcomes conflicts...
Our human existence is marked by boundless aspirations: we seek truth, we thirst for love, justice and freedom... This mystery of love is the deepest ground of the unity which binds all Christians and is much greater than their historical divisions.  To the extent that we humbly advance towards the Lord, then, we also draw nearer to one another.
Her encounter with Jesus made the Samaritan women a missionary.  Having received a greater and more important gift than mere water from a well, she leaves her jar behind and runs back to tell her townspeople that she has met the Christ.  Her encounter with Jesus restored meaning and joy to her life, and she felt the desire to share this with others.  Today there are so many men and women around us who are weary and thirsting, and who ask us Christians to give them something to drink.  It is a request which we cannot evade.  In the call to be evangelizers, all the Churches and Ecclesial Communities discover a privileged setting for closer cooperation.  For this to be effective, we need to stop being self-enclosed, exclusive, and bent on imposing a uniformity based on merely human calculations. Our shared commitment to proclaiming the Gospel enables us to overcome proselytism and competition in all their forms.  All of us are at the service of the one Gospel!
 

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