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Parish Bulletin 15th July 2007


   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 July 2007

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

Congratulations to Tadhg Neal (Moulden Bridge), James Hughes (Foxlodge Manor),

Sean Gaughan (Porterstown Lane), who were baptised recently.


Baptisms take place in the church on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 4:30pm., and on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 1:15pm. Please contact the parish office.


Wedding Bells

The Church honours and treasures the married life of two people. Love is a wonder beyond all telling when it is experienced, and an inexpressible tragedy when betrayed.

At their best, love and marriage give us an image of what God is like. Couples intending to marry must give 3 months notice to Church & State.


Happy Days Childcare

 A vacancy exists for a Childcare Assistant to work as part of the childcare team in the Happy Days Childcare, Ratoath Community Centre. This is a FAS Community employment post and applicants must qualify under the CE scheme. Applications in writing only to Ms Deirdre Carroll, Happy Days Childcare,  Ratoath Community Centre, Ratoath, Co Meath.


Happy Days Summer Camp for children age 3 –5 years of age will take place in Ratoath Community Centre from 16th – 20th July inclusive, 10.00am – 2.00pm. For further details phone Deirdre on 086 106 7614.


Diocese of Meath Pilgrimage to Lourdes :12th to 17th  September 2007

Youth section (18-30)

In recent years many young people have travelled to Lourdes seeking to find out more about this famous Shrine, to lend a hand to the pilgrims who are sick or infirmed, to look for some prayer space in busy lives and still to have a good time! You may know people who have been to Lourdes or you may have no idea at all about it; no matter what, this is a trip that will make a difference to you and create new friendships. Lourdes is a sacred place where people have come to since 1858 now it s your turn. We stay at the Youth Village and total cost for flights etc is € 450.00 More details to follow and there will be a gathering of the group in mid August, which will provide a get-to-know-you chance! Booking Form is available on Diocesan Website - Further information from: Fr. Mark English, Youth Director, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Tel: 044-9348338 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



15 July  

Fifteenth Sunday in ordinary Time

22 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


James & Annie Nolan

 & Dorothy Mates


Violet Tobin

& Myles & Kathleen Byrne


Leslie Andrews


Michael, Rose & Jimmy Doran


John Looney

& Margaret, Patrick & Mike King


Tom & Kathleen Cowley


Frank & Elizabeth Kellett &  deceased members of the Kettett  family

& Christy Devine (Months Mind)



Sarah Browne


                                Saturday           Rita Lynch (11.00am)           


15th Sunday in Ordinary Time


But a Samaritan traveller who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him (Luke 10:33-34).


In the parable Jesus offers his Jewish audience the paradoxical image of the enemy as teacher, the outcast as hero, the religious vagabond as saviour. Jesus passes over the temple functionaries in the story as quickly as they pass by the victim in the ditch, inviting his listeners to make up their own judgement. The journalist Clifford Longley catches the scandal of an outcast Samaritan as Jesus’ choice and how we often misunderstand that choice, when he writes;

“In tabloid culture, the Good Samaritan has come to symbolise anybody who does

anybody else a favour, especially when they need it badly. So someone who gives

a pound to a beggar is called a Good Samaritan. WRONG.

The Good Samaritan is the beggar”.


As a beggar and outsider himself, the Samaritan has a point of ready identification with the casualty in the ditch. Both of them are victims of violence; both of them have been wounded, in different ways both of them have been passed over by representative of the Temple. In this parable it is one victim who goes to the help of another victim, it is the overlooked that befriends the overlooked; it is the wounded that restores the wounded


We know from our own experience the weight of inherited hostility against people who belong to the wrong crowd, an outlook that is often supported by a magical confidence in one’s own crowd. We know that to accept some people in their difference is not only an act of love but also an act of defiance against the bigotry that sometimes passes for religion.

Jesus tells us that we must be disloyal to those who would educate our hate. If religion needs hate to nurture it, who needs that kind of religion? Jesus comes to challenge our hate and promote our love.

                                                                                                                       The parables of Jesus by Denis McBride



                 Prayer for fine weather

All powerful and ever living God,

We find security in your forgiveness; give us the fine weather we pray for so that we may rejoice in your gifts of kindness and use them always for your glory and our good. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.



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