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Parish Bulletin 27th July 2008

Holy Trinity Church,

Ratoath27 July 2008

( 01 8256207

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

 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.  

Headstrong - The National Centre for Youth Mental Health in partnership with Health Service Executive - Meath LHO have approved County Meath as a pilot site for their Jigsaw programme. The purpose of this programme is to promote the positive mental health of young people in our communities aged between 12 - 25years.In order to progress with this development, consultation meetings throughout the county are being held. The purpose of these consultation meetings are to raise awareness and engage the communities throughout the county from the onset of this development. The scheduled date for the Ratoath area is the 31st of July at 8PM in Ratoath Community Centre. If you require further information please contact Kathryn Morris, HSE, 046 - 9097846. 

Pilgrimage  to  Medjugorge: Departs from Dublin on Sunday 28th September for 1 week. Cost €649.00 inclusive, limited seats remaining, contact Kathleen Quinn 046 955 7084 or 087 083 0703  

Congratulations to Orla Peate (Woodlands) Jamie Colgan (Milltree Park)

Sara Byrne (Coill Beag) Maivi Tracy (Porterstown Lane) Who were baptised recently.


Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the Parish Church, and a Holy Hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Monday and Friday

7.30pm-8.30pm in Ratoath Nursing Home Chapel


Please pray for Sarah McEvoy (Crushen Road) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


20 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 3 Aug

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time








Patrick & Josephine Muldoon & deceased members of Muldoon family


Mary & Frank Walsh


Jackie O’Sullivan


Molly Maher


Margaret Everard

& Harry & Mary Foran


                  Friday   Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead              Saturday      No Morning Mass



 Dear Friends,……..In these days I too have come, as the Successor of Saint Peter, to this magnificent land of Australia. I have come to confirm you, my young brothers and sisters, in your faith and to encourage you to open your hearts to the power of Christ’s Spirit and the richness of his gifts. I pray that this great assembly, which unites young people “from every nation under heaven” (cf. Acts 2:5), will be a new Upper Room. May the fire of God’s love descend to fill your hearts, unite you ever more fully to the Lord and his Church, and send you forth, a new generation of apostles, to bring the world to Christ! Empowered by the Spirit, and drawing upon faith’s rich vision, a new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. A new age in which love is not greedy or self-seeking, but pure, faithful and genuinely free, open to others, respectful of their dignity, seeking their good, radiating joy and beauty. A new age in which hope liberates us from the shallowness, apathy and self-absorption which deaden our souls and poison our relationships. Dear young friends, the Lord is asking you to be prophets of this new age, messengers of his love, drawing people to the Father and building a future of hope for all humanity The world needs this renewal! In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading: an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair. How many of our contemporaries have built broken and empty cisterns (cf. Jer 2:13) in a desperate search for meaning – the ultimate meaning that only love can give? This is the great and liberating gift which the Gospel brings: it reveals our dignity as men and women created in the image and likeness of God. It reveals humanity’s sublime calling, which is to find fulfilment in love. It discloses the truth about man and the truth about life. The Church also needs this renewal! She needs your faith, your idealism and your generosity, so that she can always be young in the Spirit! In today’s second reading, the Apostle Paul reminds us that each and every Christian has received a gift meant for building up the Body of Christ. The Church especially needs the gifts of young people, all young people. She needs to grow in the power of the Spirit who even now gives joy to your youth and inspires you to serve the Lord with gladness. Open your hearts to that power! I address this plea in a special way to those of you whom the Lord is calling to the priesthood and the consecrated life. Do not be afraid to say “yes” to Jesus, to find your joy in doing his will, giving yourself completely to the pursuit of holiness, and using all your talents in the service of others! RandwickRacecourse
Sunday, 20 July 2008


Part two of Pope Benedict XVI homily on St Paul  .…………..Paul is presented by many as a pugnacious man who was well able to wield the sword of his words. Indeed, there was no lack of disputes on his journey as an Apostle. He did not seek a superficial harmony. In the First of his Letters, addressed to the Thessalonians, he himself says: "We had courage... to proclaim to you the Gospel of God in the face of great opposition... In fact, we never spoke words of adulation, as you know" (1 Thes 2: 2, 5). The truth was too great for him to be willing to sacrifice it with a view to external success. For him, the truth that he experienced in his encounter with the Risen One was well worth the fight, persecution and suffering. But what most deeply motivated him was being loved by Jesus Christ and the desire to communicate this love to others. Paul was a man capable of loving and all of his actions and suffering can only be explained on the basis of this core sentiment. It is only on this basis that we can understand the concepts on which his proclamation was founded………


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