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PArish Bulletin 20th July 2008

   Holy Trinity Church,



Ratoath 20 July 2008

( 01 8256207

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.  

Envelopment Collection for week ending 6th July & 13th July €2164.14Standing Orders for April & May €5864.83. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity 

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. 

 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 

Photography. A 3 day course for 14 - 18 year olds will run in Drumree from Monday July 28th to Weds July 30th, 10:30am to 3:30pm. The course will be an introduction to black & white film and digital photograph with the use of a fully equipped darkroom and photographic studio. The cost including all equipment, materials and lunch is €175. Places are very limited! For more information, please contact Laura Faherty on 087 9294938   or 01 8259965 

School of Piano. Well-known pianist and composer, Frank McNamara (formerly of The Late Late Show) is starting up his new School of Piano in September.  All grades, styles and ages (from 5 upwards).  As well as individual piano tuition, there will be Pre-Instrumental Classes (to introduce 5 and 6 year olds, in a fun way, to music), Music Theory classes and Music Appreciation classes. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 086-668 0759 for details.   

Congratulations to Michael Cooper (Steeplechase Green) Amber Lane

(Mill Tree Park)

Niall Dolan (The Commons) Daragh Nolan (Mill Tree Park) Grace Cassidy (Foxlodge Manor) Who were baptised recently.

Please pray for Mick Naughton (England) brother of Pat Naughton (Fairyhouse Rd) &Paddy Mooney (Pipes) Ashbourne, who died recently. May they rest in peace. 

20 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 27 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



James & Annie Nolan

& Myles & Kathleen Byrne





John & Mary Mooney

& Larry & Mary Mooney


Patrick & Josephine Muldoon & deceased members of Muldoon family


Tom & Kathleen Cowley


Jackie O’Sullivan


Frank & Elizabeth Kellett


Margaret Everard

& Harry & Mary Foran


Monday             Rita Lynch                          Tuesday        Agnes McCabe

Friday                Molly Talty                         Saturday            No morning Mass             

 Sunday 20 July 2008

XXIII World Youth Day 

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses.” Acts 1:8

Theme for the XXIII World Youth Day Sydney 2008  This weekend Pope Benedict concludes the World Youth Day events in Sydney with the Vigil and Mass at Randwick Racecourse. An estimated 200,000 young adults, including Bishop Smith and a group of 45 flying the flag for the Meath Diocese, are attending these celebrations.

For the past week they have participated in workshops, discussions, prayer, festivals and concerts which have enabled young Catholic adults to share their faith, lives and cultures and to realise how much they have in common despite their diverse backgrounds and the challenges they have to face at home in the different parts of the world. Today we join with them and offer our prayers for the young people of our parish and all the young people of the Catholic Church.


 World Youth day: a moment in the History of Australia. 

Because of its location, Australia is often referred to as “the end of the earth”. Since its discovery in the seventeenth century by European explorers, it has also been referred to as Terra Australis del Espiritu Santo. It was Pedro Fernandez del Quiros, the Portuguese captain in the service of Spain, who landed in the New Hebrides and the region Australia del Espiritu Sancto. There, on the day of Pentecost, 1606 he spoke of the destiny of Australia almost a hundred years before it was discovered by the Englishman, Captain James Cook…….  The connection between Australia and the Holy Spirit predates not only predates the lands first permanent European settlers, but even of its first visitors. The indigenous peoples of Australia, among the oldest surviving native peoples on earth, possess a culture that is both ancient and deeply rooted in the spiritual value of the land. For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the land and waters are sacred; they are formed by the power of the Great Spirit. As most indigenous Australians became Christians, they came to understand that this was the Holy Spirit who hovered over creation at the dawn of time. The young people of the world are invited to set out on a pilgrimage that will bring them to this Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, so that the same Spirit may empower them to be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ and his Church…….  While the Christian faith has an honoured place and history in the life of modern Australia, increasing secularisation of society gives and even more urgent thrust to the need for young people to be witnesses to the truth of the Gospel, empowered by the Holy Spirit. As the World Youth Day prayer for Sydney implores, we pray that this time may herald a new Pentecost for the young people of the world, resulting in “conversion of life, a deeper faith, and love for all”.


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