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Parish Bulletin 29th June 2008
   O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath29 June 2008
( 01 8256207

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

 Congratulations Alice Shevlin (Curraha Road), Maebh McGlinn (Steephlechase Green), Samuel Steers (Seagrave Park), Katie Wright (Steeplechase Green), Sophie Coroner (Seagrave Hall), Molly Lyons (Leigh Valley) and Nicole Keogh (Dundalk)  who were baptised recently. The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the Parish Church 
You can visit the official website for the Year of St Paul  by logging on to
 An open air anniversary Mass will be held for Sarah Browne and Laura Donohue in St. Oliver’s Park on Thursday 3rd July at 8.00pm. All welcome. Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Clonmacnois, Co Offaly, Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th August 2008. For young people age 16-35, an opportunity not to be missed to experience the Catholic faith and meet many new friends. Donation only. Free buses available from around the country. To book a seat please visit the For more information contact 01 675 3690 Just bring a sleeping bag and wellies! Over 18’s may like to bring their own tent. Introduction to Photography A 3 day course for 15 - 18 year olds will run in Drumree from Monday June 30th to Wednesday July 2nd from 10:30am to 3:30pm. The cost including all materials and lunch is €175. For more information, please contact Laura Faherty on 087 9294938 or 01 8259965 Congratulations to the Ratoath Camogie U14 girls won File na nGael 2008 last weekend. Well done girls. Ratoath ICA: Meeting on Tuesday 1stJuly at 8.15pm in the Ratoath Community Centre. The Carers Association: Invites you to join the “Care in the Home Course” (accredited by City & Guilds Institute, London)  for family carers and those wishing to pursue a career in Caring. In the Carers Resource Centre Blanchardstown starting September 2008. cost to family carers €50.00 non family carers €475.00. For more information call Michelle or Jacqueline at 01 8119564  

29 June

Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

 6 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Anthony & Mary Rafferty

& Bobby Smithers (Month’s Mind)



John & Margaret Johnson

Tommy & David Lynch


Margaret & Ita Ralph


Mary Gannon


Christy & Christine Rooney


Boshell Family

& David Colfer (Month’s Mind)


Laura Donohue

& Michael & Agnes O’Hare


Stephen Armstrong

                  Tuesday           Special Intention                 Friday              Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead.                 Saturday          No Morning Mass      

                The Year of St. Paul  

28th June 2008- 29th June 2009 to mark the bimillennium of his birth


Originally named Saul, he was born at Tarsus. At first he persecuted Christians, even taking part in the stoning of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. 
On the road to Damascus, he was struck blind and experienced a vision that led to his conversion and the conviction that he was to bring Christianity to the Gentiles. He was baptized and went to Arabia for three years of prayer and reflection.  Returning to Jerusalem, the apostles were wary of him until St. Barnabas perceived his sincerity.  A tireless missionary and elegant writer, he led a dangerous and adventurous life on behalf of Christ.  He worked in Jerusalem, Antioch, Cyprus, Asia Minor, Greece, Ephesus (where he wrote I Corinthians), Macedonia, and Achaia (where he wrote Romans.)  Upon his return to Jerusalem, he was attacked and imprisoned for his preaching and invoked the privilege of his Roman citizenship to be tried in Rome.  On his way, he was shipwrecked at Malta.  Finally reaching Rome, he was kept in house arrest for two years awaiting trial and wrote the four "captivity" epistles.  Presumably acquitted, he returned to Ephesus, and may have gone to Spain.  According to tradition, he was beheaded in Rome during the persecution of Nero and is buried where the basilica of St. Paul's "outside the walls" now stands. Paul had a profound effect on the development of Christian theology including promulgation of the concepts of redemption through faith in Christ, the abrogation of the old Law and the beginning of the age of the Spirit, Christ as the eternal Son of God, His pre-existence before the Incarnation, His exaltation to God's right hand after the Resurrection, the Church as the mystical Body of Christ, and the belief that Christians live in Christ and will eventually be transformed at the final resurrection.  It would be difficult to overstate St. Paul's influence on Christian thought and history, not only through such figures as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin, but continuing on today through the reading of the Bible.  Incidentally, the image of Paul is thought to be fairly accurate.  He was described in contemporary documents as being small, bald, bow-legged, with a long nose and eyebrows that met.  He has consistently been depicted as having a long beard and face and deep set eyes      

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