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Parish Bulletin 5 January 2020

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                5 January 2020   


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.

Monday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It is a holy day of obligation.

Masses will be at 11.00am and 7.00pm

We welcome Joshua Barry, Harriet Twomey, Estelle Zsigalov, Dylan Canavan and James Hopkins into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Congratulations to Teresa Hackett and Francis Sheridan; and to Grace Moloney and Brian Moore      who were married recently.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 22nd and 29th December €4,328.67

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


Act Out Youth Theatre. New 12 week course in Dunshaughlin, every Monday for 12 Weeks (Starting 13th January 2020) – 6.30pm-8.30pm in St Patrick’s Hall, Main St, Dunshaughlin. Cost: €80 Facilitator: Mark O’Reilly (Actor/Director). Registration open to any young person in the Meath area of secondary school age. Places are limited so please express your interest as soon as possible by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information, check out Facebook at & Twitter @ActOutYT

Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday, 8th January from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  Guest speaker is Mr. Ronan Bunting, TASK Community Care, who will give a talk on ‘Medical Security and Telecare Products and Funding Available’.  Tea/coffee and scones served.  Admission is free. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007.

GAA Lotto results....nos drawn: 9,10,14,28 No Jackpot winner


€50 winners: Noreen Hayes & Kieran Caldwell. Draw Auld Stand on Monday 6th January



5 Jan

Second Sunday of Christmas

12 Jan

Baptism of the Lord

7. 7.00pm

7.  7.00pm

Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

Tiny Gorman

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Norman Colfer ( Months Memory)

Christine & Christy Rooney

Ben Glynn

John & Brian Brazil

Special Intention

1 11.00am

Brian, John, Mary & Michael Brazil

Christopher Hartford

Paul Doyle

1 12.15pm

Eileen Flinter

Michael Scannell

Noreen O’Rourke

1 12.15pm

Declan Hoare

Lily Cullen

Christy, Christina, Lil & Emma Nulty




        Monday          Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord – Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm

        Tuesday         Special Intention                              Wednesday      Special Intention

        Saturday         No morning Mass

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

1st January 2020 ( part two)

The Bible, especially in the words of the Prophets, reminds individuals and peoples of God’s covenant with humanity, which entails renouncing our desire to dominate others and learning to see one another as persons, sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters. We should never encapsulate others in what they may have said or done, but value them for the promise that they embody. Only by choosing the path of respect can we break the spiral of vengeance and set out on the journey of hope.

We are guided by the Gospel passage that tells of the following conversation between Peter and Jesus: “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven” . This path of reconciliation is a summons to discover in the depths of our heart the power of forgiveness and the capacity to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters. When we learn to live in forgiveness, we grow in our capacity to become men and women of peace.

What is true of peace in a social context is also true in the areas of politics and the economy, since peace permeates every dimension of life in common. There can be no true peace unless we show ourselves capable of developing a more just economic system. As Pope Benedict XVI said ten years ago in his Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate, “in order to defeat underdevelopment, action is required not only on improving exchange-based transactions and implanting public welfare structures, but above all on gradually increasing openness, in a world context, to forms of economic activity marked by quotas of gratuitousness and communion” . ....

The journey of reconciliation calls for patience and trust. Peace will not be obtained unless it is hoped for.

In the first place, this means believing in the possibility of peace, believing that others need peace just as much as we do. Here we can find inspiration in the love that God has for each of us: a love that is liberating, limitless, gratuitous and tireless.

Fear is frequently a source of conflict. So it is important to overcome our human fears and acknowledge that we are needy children in the eyes of the One who loves us and awaits us, like the father of the prodigal son. The culture of fraternal encounter shatters the culture of conflict. It makes of every encounter a possibility and a gift of God’s generous love. It leads us beyond the limits of our narrow horizons and constantly encourages us to a live in a spirit of universal fraternity, as children of the one heavenly Father.

For the followers of Christ, this journey is likewise sustained by the sacrament of Reconciliation, given by the Lord for the remission of sins of the baptized. This sacrament of the Church, which renews individuals and communities, bids us keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, who reconciled “all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross”. It requires us to set aside every act of violence in thought, word and deed, whether against our neighbours or against God’s creation.

The grace of God our Father is bestowed as unconditional love. Having received his forgiveness in Christ, we can set out to offer that peace to the men and women of our time. Day by day, the Holy Spirit prompts in us ways of thinking and speaking that can make us artisans of justice and peace. May the God of peace bless us and come to our aid.


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