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Parish Bulletin 13th January 2008



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

13 January 2008

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


Congratulations to Joseph Hegarty (California), Kate McNally (Steeplechase Green),

Lara Gaughan (Porterstown Lane) and Adam Duffy (Seagrave Hall)

who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Rosalynn Kavanagh, mother of Shane Kavanagh (Meadowbank Hill),

Nora Heylin (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home),

Bridie McNally (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home), mother of Colette Hoare (Baltrasna),

Mary Buckley (Tralee), sister of Niall Buckley (Coill Beag),

Madge Wiley (Mitchelstown), mother of Donie Wiley (Meadowbank Hill)

and Maria Phillips (USA) aunt of Paul Flynn (Clonkeen) who died recently.

May they rest in peace.


Standing Orders for December €4,952.50 Many thanks for your support and generosity.



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 14th January at 8.00pm


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 .


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 Adult Camogie team are now recruiting for the 2008 season. Everybody welcome from the age of 16 up. Please contact Colum King on 0876858244


Flower Arranging Classes. 6 week course starting Thursday 24th January  from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. For more information ring Anne on 086 8054217


Coming to The Venue Theatre on Friday 25th January- The Andrew Sisters Show. Admission €25.00 Tickets available from the box office on 01 6895600


The AGM of the Dunboyne & District Credit Union will be held on Thursday 24th January in Dunboyne National School. All members welcome. We are looking for nominations for Directors and Supervisors. Nominations forms are available from the Credit Union Office.


Reel Fitness: The 'REEL' deal in getting fit this new year. Adult Irish dancing classes commencing in The Venue, Ratoath on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. Cardio, stretching and basic Irish Dance taught from beginner to advanced levels. Course Instructors are Laura Mulligan TCRG and Lorraine Gallagher, both members of Riverdance. Contact Laura on 086 8841239 or Lorraine on 087 9608197 for more details.

Excerpt from the message of Pope Benedict XV1 for the world day of peace 1st January 2008   (Part 2)

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State”. For its part, the Holy See sought to acknowledge a special juridic dignity proper to the family by publishing the Charter of the Rights of the Family. In its Preamble we read: “the rights of the person, even if they are expressed as rights of the individual, have a fundamental social dimension which finds an innate and vital expression in the family”. The rights set forth in the Charter are an expression and explicitation of the natural law written on the heart of the human being and made known to him by reason. The denial or even the restriction of the rights of the family, by obscuring the truth about man, threatens the very foundations of peace.

Consequently, whoever, even unknowingly, circumvents the institution of the family undermines peace in the entire community, national and international, since he weakens what is in effect the primary agency of peace. This point merits special reflection: everything that serves to weaken the family based on the marriage of a man and a woman, everything that directly or indirectly stands in the way of its openness to the responsible acceptance of a new life, everything that obstructs its right to be primarily responsible for the education of its children, constitutes an objective obstacle on the road to peace. The family needs to have a home, employment and a just recognition of the domestic activity of parents, the possibility of schooling for children, and basic health care for all. When society and public policy are not committed to assisting the family in these areas, they deprive themselves of an essential resource in the service of peace. The social communications media, in particular, because of their educational potential, have a special responsibility for promoting respect for the family, making clear its expectations and rights, and presenting all its beauty.

13 Jan

The Baptism of the Lord

20 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Frank Moran

& Mary Walsh



Noel & Teresa Scally

& Catherine Brady


Cyril Brennan

& Ted & Peg Gannon


Dorothy Mates


Elizabeth& Christina Nulty, the deceased members of  the Nulty family & Lily Cullen


Stasia Duffy (Ballybin)

& Peter Whelan


Jack & Lucy Browne

& Noel Walsh


Mary & Pat Reilly

&Patrick & Masie Kennedy






Monday            Norah Conway                                     Tuesday           Pat & Minnie Reynolds

Wednesday       Special Intention                                 Thursday           Sean Fitzpatrick & Fran Smith

Friday              Birthday Remembrance                      

Saturday         Declan Hoare & Special Intention (11.00am)


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