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Parish Bulletin 6th January 2008



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

6 January 2008

( 01 8256207

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








6 Jan

 The Epiphany of the Lord

13 Jan

 The Baptism of the Lord



Christy & Christine Rooney

& Paddy Hickey

& Ben Cullen (Month’s Mind)



Frank Moran

& Mary Walsh


Tom Murphy

 & Brian Brazil


Cyril Brennan


Maura & John Harvey


Elizabeth, Christina & Lily Cullen

& Nulty family


Mary & Alexander O’Neill

& Larry Fagan


Jack & Lucy Browne

& Noel Walsh






Saturday             No morning Mass




Study Theology from home, spend time learning more about the Faith, take up the study through distance learning either for its own sake or for a degree. The Priory Institute, under the care of the Dominicans, is offering a programme of theology especially for lay people, with a net work of student support services spread around the country. For further details call The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. (01) 404 8127 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Envelope Collection for weeks ending 23rd & 30th December €6,896.77.

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


Baptismal Programme will be held on Wednesday 9th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet on Wednesday 9th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.




Exam Success offers Junior and Leaving Certificate tuition subjects at Higher and Ordinary Level.  We offer intensive tuition aimed at achieving a top grade in the certificate examinations

Junior & Leaving Certificate Subjects:  For Information contact:  Exam Success Tuition, Junior and Leaving Certificate Tuition, Ratoath Community Centre, Main Street, Ratoath, Co.Meath., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    086 816 8120


Weight Loss Clinic: “Look Good and Feel even Better” starting on Thursday 15th January in Ratoath Community Centre. For more information ring Paul on 086 2235518


Pilates classes resume in Dunshaughlin Gaelscoil on Tuesday 15th January at 8.00pm.

Call Nicola on 087 6975207.


Ratoath ICA will meet on Tuesday 8th January in the Community centre at 8.15pm


Ratoath Active Age will meet on Friday 11th January in the Community Centre from


Excerpt for the message of Pope Benedict XV1 for the world day of peace on 1st January 2008 (Part 1)


At the beginning of a New Year, I wish to send my fervent good wishes for peace, together with a heartfelt message of hope to men and women throughout the world. I do so by offering for our common reflection the theme which I have placed at the beginning of this message. It is one which I consider particularly important: the human family, a community of peace. The first form of communion between persons is that born of the love of a man and a woman who decide to enter a stable union in order to build together a new family. But the peoples of the earth, too, are called to build relationships of solidarity and cooperation among themselves, as befits members of the one human family: “All peoples”—as the Second Vatican Council declared—“are one community and have one origin, because God caused the whole human race to dwell on the face of the earth; they also have one final end, God”.

The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes “the primary place of ‘humanization' for the person and society”, and a “cradle of life and love”. The family is therefore rightly defined as the first natural society, “a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order”.

Indeed, in a healthy family life we experience some of the fundamental elements of peace: justice and love between brothers and sisters, the role of authority expressed by parents, loving concern for the members who are weaker because of youth, sickness or old age, mutual help in the necessities of life, readiness to accept others and, if necessary, to forgive them. For this reason, the family is the first and indispensable teacher of peace. It is no wonder, therefore, that violence, if perpetrated in the family, is seen as particularly intolerable. Consequently, when it is said that the family is “the primary living cell of society”, something essential is being stated. The family is the foundation of society for this reason too: because it enables its members in decisive ways to experience peace. It follows that the human community cannot do without the service provided by the family. Where can young people gradually learn to savour the genuine “taste” of peace better than in the original “nest” which nature prepares for them? The language of the family is a language of peace; we must always draw from it, lest we lose the “vocabulary” of peace. In the inflation of its speech, society cannot cease to refer to that “grammar” which all children learn from the looks and the actions of their mothers and fathers, even before they learn from their words.






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