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Parish Bulletin 13th July 2008
  O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath13 July 2008
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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

 Knock Summer Youth Festival: 24th– 27th July. 18 – 35 years of age. For information phone 094 9388100 or 087 6927850  or check out Benefit Concert in aid of St Bakhita’s Fund for Ethiopian Children on 20th July at 8.00pm in the Cathedral of Christ The King, Mullingar. Performers, Schola Gregoriana St Patrick’s College Maynooth, Grainne Conroy, International Soprano, with special guest Liam Lawton.  St Vincent de Paul: Holy Trinity Conference in Ratoath are holding their mid year church gate collection on weekend of 19th & 20th July. Please help your local community and give generously.  Local Area plans for Ashbourne and Ratoath. The public is invited to attend informal public consultation  re the plans in the Community Centre on Thursday 17th July from 6.00pm to 8.00pm   Have you ever wanted to sing? Kathryn Smith Academy of Singing & Theatre Ratoath and Dunboyne. Information & application forms -Tel 01/6303062 – Mobile 087 251 9771 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 
World Youth Day Bishop Michael Smith is leading a delegation of 48 people to attend the
World Youth Gathering in Sydney, Australia. On the way to Australia, the group is making a short visit to the Columban Fathers mission in Hong Kong.
Upon arrival in Australia, the Meath pilgrims are hosted by the
Diocese of Bathurst, during which time they will participate in a number of parish
activities. On 14 July, the group arrives in Sydney and joins other international pilgrims at various events. Pope Benedict XVI will preside at gatherings from 17 July until the Final Mass on Sunday 20 July.
The world youth gathering helps young people to share their faith and to learn from the experience of other people from different backgrounds. It is hoped that the event will prepare the volunteers so that, in the future, they may play a more active part in the life of the church at home. Please remember the Meath diocesan youth pilgrims in your prayers.

Congratulations to Eva Casey (Mooretown), Ruby Coatsworth (Jamestown Park),

 Darcey St Ledger (Woodlands Manor) who were baptised recently. Please pray for John Butler (Dublin), father of Michael & Willie Butler (Glascarn Lane), for Micheal Clarke (Rathfeigh), father of Ann Byrne( Fairyhouse) and DD Slattery (Killarney) brother in law of Joan Slattery ( Mullinam) who died recently. May they rest in peace. 

13 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 20 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Bobby Wall (Months Mind)

& Michael, Rose, & James Doran



James & Annie Nolan

& Myles & Kathleen Byrne


Molly & Paddy O’Neill

& Bridie Dolan


John, Mary & Larry Mooney


Dorothy Mates & John Looney

Rose Hickey (Months Mind)


Tom & Kathleen Cowley


Sarah Browne

& Jim Coss


Frank & Elizabeth Kellett

                  Tuesday             Leslie Andrews                          Saturday            No morning Mass           

The Year of St. Paul

 Excerpt of the homily of Pope Benedict XV1 on Saturday 28th June in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the Walls for the opening of the Year of St. Paul  We have gathered near the tomb of St Paul, who was born 2,000 years ago at Tarsus in Cilicia, in present-day Turkey…. Who was St Paul? At the end of his journey he was to say of himself: "For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle... a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth" (1 Tm 2: 7). A teacher of the Gentiles, an apostle and a herald of Jesus Christ, this is how he described himself, looking back over the path of his life. But this glance does not look only to the past. "A teacher of the Gentiles" - these words open to the future, to all peoples and all generations.                                                   For us Paul is not a figure of the past whom we remember with veneration. He is also our teacher, an Apostle and herald of Jesus Christ for us too…
Thus we are not gathered to reflect on past history, irrevocably behind us. Paul wants to speak to us - today. That is why I chose to establish this special "Pauline Year": in order to listen to him and learn today from him, as our teacher, "the faith and the truth" in which the reasons for unity among Christ's disciples are rooted. It is a cause of deep joy to me that the opening of the Pauline Year has acquired a special ecumenical character through the presence of numerous delegates and representatives of other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, whom I welcome with an open heart. I greet first of all His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I and the members of the Delegation that accompany him. I greet the Fraternal Delegates of the Churches which have special ties with the Apostle Paul - Jerusalem, Antioch, Cyprus, Greece - and which form the geographical environment of the Apostle's life before his arrival in Rome. I cordially greet the Brethren of the various Churches and Ecclesial Communities of the East and the West, together with all of you who have desired to take part in this solemn initiation of the "Year" dedicated to the Apostle to the Gentiles.
Thus, we are gathered here to question ourselves on the great Apostle to the Gentiles. Let us not ask ourselves only: who was Paul? Let us ask ourselves above all: who is Paul? What does he say to me? At this moment, at the beginning of the "Pauline Year" that we are inaugurating, I would like to choose from the rich testimony of the New Testament, three texts in which his inner features, his specific character appear. In the Letter to the Galatians, St Paul gives a very personal profession of faith in which he opens his heart to readers of all times and reveals what was the most intimate drive of his life. "I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me" (Gal 2: 20). All Paul's actions begin from this centre. His faith is the experience of being loved by Jesus Christ in a very personal way. It is awareness of the fact that Christ did not face death for something anonymous but rather for love of him - of Paul - and that, as the Risen One, he still loves him; in other words, Christ gave himself for him. Paul's faith is being struck by the love of Jesus Christ, a love that overwhelms him to his depths and transforms him. His faith is not a theory, an opinion about God and the world. His faith is the impact of God's love in his heart. Thus, this same faith was love for Jesus Christ…..                               

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