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Parish Bulletin 30th July 2006

    Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

30 July 2006


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Congratulations to Ben Ronan (Sommerville) and Zara Power (Coill Beag) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Maura Tonge (Blanchardstown ) mother of the late Eamon Tonge (Mooretown) who died recently. May she rest in peace.


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday of this week.


Lithuanian  Mass on Sunday 30th July at 6.00pm in Ashbourne Parish Church.



Meath Archaeological and Historical Society are visiting the Hill of Uisneach on 

Sunday July 30th at 3pm. Meeting in the parking area at the foot of the hill on

Mullingar / Ballymore  Road,  8  miles  from  Mullingar  on  right  hand  side. 

Tour led by Ruth Illingworth (M.A.) Lecturer at  N.U.I.  Maynooth.


 Ratoath Harps Lotto Results   No Jackpot Winner.


30  July

Seventeenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

6 August

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Carmel & Edward McAuley


Frank & Mary Walsh and

Elizabeth Padian


Kathleen Byrne


Brendan Ralph


Margaret, Patrick & Mike King


Michael & Roseanne Nolan


Sarah Browne and

Molly Maher


Maeve & Eithne Keane



   Monday               Special Intention                                               Tuesday           Thomas Geraghty

   Wednesday          Sister Anne O’Shea                                              Thursday          Mary Fox

   Friday              First Friday. Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead


One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the Pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."

"Good morning, Pastor," the boy replied, still focused on the plaque. Then he asked, "Pastor, what is this?"

The pastor said, "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."

Soberly they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked:

"Which service: the 11.00 or the 12:15?"

Points of view from the Summer School………     Ireland's "shrinking of spiritual horizons”:

Speaking on the theme Secularisation and Loss of Religious Identity at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, Father Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, dean of theology faculty at the Gregorian University in Rome, said: “Secularisation is not just a question of the social decline of religion. It is part of a larger drama of the shrinking of spiritual horizons.

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, the Rev Ken Good, said that modern Ireland is like a teenager, appearing to throw off some of the long-established family values, boundaries and belief systems which it feels to be overly restrictive. It is opting for a more do-it-yourself system of individually-selected life choices, many of which are chosen for short-term gratification and expediency rather than longer-term social or corporate benefit.                                                                                                                                        "My personal conviction is that the main challenge to the Christian church today in this country is not from any external threat, be it secularism, materialism, consumerism or post-modernism. The main challenge is the internal one of ensuring that the integrity, the reality and the relevance of the church's life and worship, its teaching and communication, must strike a meaningful chord in a society that still has an appetite for spiritual reality."

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin contrasted communities of high participative activity at local level with an absence of participative democracy at national level.

There are parishes in the periphery of Dublin, he said, which have never been so active and participatory in their history. They show how church-inspired care and working together can turn the suburban 'social deserts' left by the planners and developers of the past into flourishing, hope-filled and forward-looking communities.

He defended his right as a Catholic bishop to present his church's position with vigour, even if this is said by others to be divisive. The church proposes but does not impose its position, even if it is counter-cultural.

He expressed surprise that a case has been made that a foetus not need not be constitutionally protected if there was an indication that its life after birth might be short.  He was concerned that a judge alone will have to make a decision on the constitutional significance of the human embryo in an almost total legislative vacuum and without broad public debate.                                                                                                 “Such decisions require a much more open, participative and broad debate. It is not simply a question of trying to find out what people think. It is to create a much more participative understanding of democracy, and if we do not do that on these issues and others, then our democracy will become empty and people will run away from their responsibilities."  

Recently he had heard somebody refer to what was called "the contentious issue of the right to life". He would see the right to life as the most uncontentious matter in a democracy.

 "Affirming the right to life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death is appealing to an ideal, a vision which is not unscientific, but an affirmation of the uniqueness of every human individual, which is not ours to play around with.”




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