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Parish Bulletin 29th December 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             29 December 2019


01 8256207


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    Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All welcome.

There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 1st January.

The Parish Office will reopen on Thursday 2nd January 2020

Irish Blood Transfusion Service: Ashbourne House Hotel on Thursday 2nd January from 3.30pm-7.00pm and Friday 3rd January from 11.30am-3.00pm.



29 Dec

Holy Family of  Jesus, Mary & Joseph

5 Jan

Second Sunday of Christmas

7. 7.00pm

Nicky O’Connor (Months Memory)

Peggy & Joe Lynch

Margaret & James Nolan

Ann Malone

Marie & Bennie Wallace

Tom & Mary Gannon and the deceased members of the family

Jemmy Boyle

7.  7.00pm


1  9.00am

Frank & Ann McCool

1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Kathleen Hartford

Brendan Hall

1 11.00am

Christine & Christy Rooney

Ben Glynn

John & Brian Brazil

Special Intention

1 12.15pm

John & Tessie Ennis

& sons Paul & Tommy Ennis

Tom Murphy

Michael & Maria Murray

Helen Reilly

Patricia Clarke

1 12.15pm

Eileen Flinter

Michael Scannell




Monday 30th December         Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Tuesday 31st December       Wedding Mass at 1.00pm

Wednesday 1st January                    Mass for World Day of Peace in the Parish Church at 11.00am

Thursday 2nd January             Mass at 9.45am Special Intention

Friday 3rd January                  Mass at 9.45am for Ellen Lynam & all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday 4th January               No morning Mass


We wish all our Parishioners

every joy and blessing

in the New Year

Excerpt of the Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace

1st January 2020 ( part one)

Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family...

Our human community bears, in its memory and its flesh, the scars of ever more devastating wars and conflicts that affect especially the poor and the vulnerable. Entire nations find it difficult to break free of the chains of exploitation and corruption that fuel hatred and violence. Even today, dignity, physical integrity, freedom, including religious freedom, communal solidarity and hope in the future are denied to great numbers of men and women, young and old. Many are the innocent victims of painful humiliation and exclusion, sorrow and injustice, to say nothing of the trauma born of systematic attacks on their people and their loved ones.

The terrible trials of internal and international conflicts, often aggravated by ruthless acts of violence, have an enduring effect on the body and soul of humanity. Every war is a form of fratricide that destroys the human family’s innate vocation to brotherhood....

We need to pursue a genuine fraternity based on our common origin from God and exercised in dialogue and mutual trust. The desire for peace lies deep within the human heart, and we should not resign ourselves to seeking anything less than this. ...

Setting out on a journey of peace is a challenge made all the more complex because the interests at stake in relationships between people, communities and nations, are numerous and conflicting. We must first appeal to people’s moral conscience and to personal and political will. Peace emerges from the depths of the human heart and political will must always be renewed, so that new ways can be found to reconcile and unite individuals and communities.

The world does not need empty words but convinced witnesses, peacemakers who are open to a dialogue that rejects exclusion or manipulation. In fact, we cannot truly achieve peace without a convinced dialogue between men and women who seek the truth beyond ideologies and differing opinions. Peace “must be built up continually”; it is a journey made together in constant pursuit of the common good, truthfulness and respect for law. Listening to one another can lead to mutual understanding and esteem, and even to seeing in an enemy the face of a brother or sister.

The peace process thus requires enduring commitment. It is a patient effort to seek truth and justice, to honour the memory of victims and to open the way, step by step, to a shared hope stronger than the desire for vengeance. In a state based on law, democracy can be an important paradigm of this process, provided it is grounded in justice and a commitment to protect the rights of every person, especially the weak and marginalized, in a constant search for truth. This is a social undertaking, an ongoing work in which each individual makes his or her contribution responsibly, at every level of the local, national and global community....

As Saint Paul VI pointed out, these “two aspirations, to equality and to participation, seek to promote a democratic society… This calls for an education to social life, involving not only the knowledge of each person’s rights, but also its necessary correlative: the recognition of his or her duties with regard to others. The sense and practice of duty are themselves conditioned by the capacity for self-mastery and by the acceptance of responsibility and of the limits placed upon the freedom of individuals or the groups.


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