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Parish Bulletin 3rd august 2008

 O   Holy Trinity Church,

Ratoath3 August 2008

( 01 8256207

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

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.    

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 Faye Barrett (Carraig Na Gabhan), Noan Brien (Steeplechase Green) and Amelia Brien ( Steeplechase Green) 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


Part three of Pope Benedict XVIs homily on St Paul “I would like to conclude with words St Paul spoke near the end of his life. It is an exhortation to Timothy from prison while he was facing death, "with the strength that comes from God bear your share of hardship which the Gospel entails", the Apostle said to his disciple (2 Tm 1: 8).  The task of proclamation and the call to suffer for Christ's sake are inseparable. The call to become the teacher of the Gentiles is, at the same time and intrinsically, a call to suffering in communion with Christ who redeemed us through his Passion. In a world in which falsehood is powerful, the truth is paid for with suffering. The one who desires to avoid suffering, to keep it at bay, keeps life itself and its greatness at bay; he cannot be a servant of truth and thus a servant of faith. There is no love without suffering - without the suffering of renouncing oneself, of the transformation and purification of self for true freedom. Where there is nothing worth suffering for, even life loses its value.  The Eucharist - the centre of our Christian being - is founded on Jesus' sacrifice for us; it is born from the suffering of love which culminated in the Cross. We live by this love that gives itself. It gives us the courage and strength to suffer with Christ and for him in this world, knowing that in this very way our life becomes great and mature and true. In the light of all St Paul's Letters, we see how the prophecy made to Ananias at the time of Paul's call came true in the process of teaching the Gentiles: "I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name". His suffering made him credible as a teacher of truth who did not seek his own advantage, his own glory or his personal satisfaction but applied himself for the sake of the One who loved us and has given himself for us all”.  

'One World One Dream'

  "One World One Dream" fully reflects the essence and the universal values of the Olympic spirit -- Unity, Friendship, Progress, Harmony, Participation and Dream. It expresses the common wishes of people all over the world, inspired by the Olympic ideals, to strive for a bright future of Mankind. In spite of the differences in colors, languages and races, we share the charm and joy of the Olympic Games, and together we seek for the ideal of Mankind for peace. We belong to the same world and we share the same aspirations and dreams. "One World One Dream" is a profound manifestation of the core concepts of the Beijing Olympic Games. It reflects the values of harmony connoted in the concept of "People's Olympics", the core and soul of the three concepts -- "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics and People's Olympics". While "Harmony of Man with Nature" and "Peace Enjoys Priority" are the philosophies and ideals of the Chinese people since ancient times in their pursuit of the harmony between Man and Nature and the harmony among people, building up a harmonious society and achieving harmonious development are the dream and aspirations of ours. It is our belief that peace and progress, harmonious development, living in amity, cooperation and mutual benefit, and enjoying a happy life are the common ideals of the people throughout the world. "One World, One Dream" is simple in expressions, but profound in meaning. It is of China, and also of the world. It conveys the lofty ideal of the people in Beijing as well as in China to share the global community and civilization and to create a bright future hand in hand with the people from the rest of the world. It expresses the firm belief of a great nation, with a long history of 5,000 years and on its way towards modernization, that is committed to peaceful development, harmonious society and people's happiness. It voices the aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese people to contribute to the establishment of a peaceful and bright world. The English translation of the slogan is distinctive in sentence structure. The two "One's are perfectly used in parallel, and the words "World" and "Dream" form a good match. The slogan is simple, meaningful, inspiring, and easy to remember, read and spread.In Chinese, the word "tongyi", which means "the same", is used for the English word "One". It highlights the theme of "the whole Mankind lives in the same world and seeks for the same dream and ideal". 


Please pray for Margaret Mannion (Galway), mother of Mary Brazil (Porterstown Lane) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


3 Aug

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 10 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time






James Kate John & James Junior Donnelly

& Maureen & Michael O’Driscoll


Mary & Frank Walsh




Molly Maher & Mick Naughton


Paddy Melia




Ann Kerrigan

                      Monday         Mass in Nursing Home (11am)                        Tuesday       Jill Jones    Wednesday   Anna Maria Goni                                               Saturday      No Morning Mass

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