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PArish Bulletin 8th June 2008

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


 8 June 2008

( 01 8256207

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


 Envelope Collection for the week ending 25th May & 1st June €1,758

 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. 

The baptismal programme takes place on Wednesday next 11th June at 8.00pm

 in the Parish Pastoral Centre. 


Divine Mercy Conference: Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. 14th June 2008.10.00am-


5.30pm. Speakers

Fr Mariuz Bernys, priest from the Archdiocese of Warsaw and Eddie Stone from Emmanuel House Clonfert. Cost €10.00. Please contact 087 2349532  

Ratoath GAA Football Club Camp 2008 All girls & boys welcome, 6-12yrs- 5th - 8th August, limited spaces available. Closing date for applications 21st June. Application forms in Club House or contact Brian 086 171 3968 or Shane 086 609 8555. 

Ratoath GAA: Family bbq (Steak & burgers ). Kids disco(6.00pm to 7.30pm) &

 live music on Saturday 21st June. Mixed kids matches starts @ 4.00pm


  HSE-Meath are looking for all types of Foster Carers, single persons or couples from a wide range of cultural backgrounds that could care for a child or young person. At present we have a number of children of all ages, who have experienced trauma, loss and disruption, and would benefit from a stable and caring home. If you live in Meath and feel you could offer a home to a child, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Kay at 046 909 7830   

Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 10th June at 8pm in the



 Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! For information, please contact Doreen on 8257902.

Ratoath Musical Society presents a two day HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL workshop – June 21st and 22nd in the Venue Theatre. A professional production team will teach numbers from the show – boys and girls age 9 and upwards. Places limited. Further details please text 085)1608552 or mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


8 June

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

15 June

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time



Colm McCann



Thomas & Kathleen Madden

& John, Christine & Lily O’Connor


Dan & Nelly O’Sullivan & deceased members of O’Sullivan family


Thomas & Brendan Campbell


Angela Melia


Mick, Molly & Lizzie Mannering

& Sarah, Hugh & Gabriel Nolan


David Barry & Henry, George & Gladys Campbell


Margaret Masterson


        Monday            Michael Brady    

       Tuesday             Jack & Billy Byrne

       Wednesday       Special  Intention

    Excerpt of the press release from the Irish Bishops’ on their pastoral reflection


Fostering a Community of Values


 on the occasion of the referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1)
Speaking at the launch Archbishop Martin said, we welcomes this opportunity to comment, by way of a pastoral reflection, on the Treaty of Lisbon.

The interrelated themes addressed by Fostering a Community of Values are:

1. Promoting Active Citizenship
2. Europe: A Community of Values
3. Europe’s Christian Heritage
4. What kind of Europe do we want for our children?
5. Edith Stein (St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross): Co-Patroness of Europe

In summary Fostering a Community of Values reflects the following:
* We all have a responsibility to inform ourselves about the Lisbon Treaty and to vote.
* In deciding how to vote, recognition needs to be given to the distinctive roles of politics and religion and the legitimate autonomy of the political order.
* Those who seek to influence the outcome of the referendum either by offering misleading or patently incorrect advice or by introducing extraneous factors into the debate, ought to be condemned.
* The Lisbon Treaty referendum should not be used to register a protest vote.
* The Lisbon Treaty referendum should be about values: a community that is founded purely on economic self interest will not last. Europe is a civilization and at all levels needs to promote an ethic of global solidarity.
* While acknowledging the Christian humanist values at the heart of the Treaty, it is regrettable that there is no explicit recognition of the Christian heritage of Europe in the Treaty.
* It is a challenge to all of us today to discern how best we can contribute to a new and enlarged Europe based on shared values of which future generations will be proud. Challenges to this common vision will emerge in Ireland and from within the structures of the EU.
* The convictions, the vigilance and the responsible engagement of citizens will always be important to ensure that Europe continues to be built, as the late Pope John Paul II put it, “on the basis of authentic values, which are founded on the universal moral law written on the heart of every person.”

The Bishops’ publication also cites Pope Benedict XVI’s recent remarks on Europe’s Christian roots: The “European home”, as we readily refer to the community of this continent, will be a good place to live for everyone only if it is built on a solid cultural and moral foundation of common values drawn from our history and our traditions. Europe cannot and must not deny her Christian roots. These represent a dynamic component of our civilization as we move forward into the third millennium                                                  (Pope Benedict XVI – Vienna 7 September 2007).  

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