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Parish Bulletin 10th August 2008
 O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath10 August 2008
( 01 8256207

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


Congratulations to Marc Morrisson (Steeplechase Green), Charlie Peake (Steeplechase Green),

Alex Browne (The Old Mill), Ava Hennissey (Foxlodge Manor), Cillian Conway (Foxbrook),

Jake Flynn (Athlone) and Aine Fitzgerald (Meadowbank Hill) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Kevin Morgan (Bodeen) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


The parish baptismal team will meet the parents of children who are due to have their children baptised in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 13th August at 8.00pm


                                 Friday is the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.                                               It is a holy day of obligation. The Vigil Mass is at 7.00pm on Thursday and the Masses on Friday are at 9.00am & 11.00am. There is no 12.15pm Mass on Friday.


Envelope Collection for the weekending 20th & 27th July €1,805.08

Standing Orders for July €6,533.08 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


Uniform sales for Ratoath College will take place in the school on Tuesday 12th  August and Tuesday 19th  August from 10.00am to 12 noon on both dates  All 2nd, 3rd,  4th  and 5th  year students will return to school on Tuesday the 26th  August at 9.00am and all incoming 1st  years will commence on Wednesday 27th August at 2.00pm.

For more information ring Karen on 01 8254102 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 Ratoath RFC new seasons training commences on Sat 23rd August at 12:30 at the rugby pitch. Please arrive early to accommodate registration paperwork etc. We look forward to seeing old members returning and welcoming new members. All welcome all ages between 6 years old and 17 years old. County Meath VEC would like to invite all students and their parents to our 3rd level grants workshops to be held at VEC Head Office, Abbey Road, Navan, Co Meath. On Tuesday  19th August from 11.00am to12.30pm and on Wednesday 20th August from 7.00pm to 9.00pm  The workshops are to give assistance to students and parents on completion of Third Level Grant applications forms for the 2008 academic year. Phone 046 9068228/ 9068206  

10 Aug

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 17 Aug

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time



James Kate John & James Junior Donnelly

& Maureen & Michael O’Driscoll



John & Elizabeth Boylan

John & Elizabeth Padian




John, Jane & Christy Mulvaney


Paddy Melia

& Mike Ormond


Betty & Jimmy Mannering

& Christopher Donnelly


Ann Kerrigan



                   Wednesday      Gerry Smith                                       Thursday       Special Intention

Friday       For all who sympathised with the Purcell and Pilkington  families on the death of Mary (11.00am)              

Saturday    No Morning Mass

  Excerpt from the address of Pope Benedict XV1 to the young people attending the 23rd World Youth Day at Barangaroo, Sydney Harbour on 17th July.  Dear Young People,What a delight it is to greet you here at Barangaroo, on the shores of the magnificent Sydney harbour, with its famous bridge and Opera House…Together we stand in our world as God’s family, disciples of Christ, empowered by his Spirit to be witnesses of his love and truth for everyone!… Almost two thousand years ago, the Apostles, gathered in the upper room together with Mary and some faithful women, were filled with the Holy Spirit. At that extraordinary moment, which gave birth to the Church, the confusion and fear that had gripped Christ’s disciples were transformed into a vigorous conviction and sense of purpose. They felt impelled to speak of their encounter with the risen Jesus whom they had come to call affectionately, the Lord. In many ways, the Apostles were ordinary. None could claim to be the perfect disciple. They failed to recognize Christ, felt ashamed of their own ambition, and had even denied him. Yet, when empowered by the Holy Spirit, they were transfixed by the truth of Christ’s Gospel and inspired to proclaim it fearlessly. Emboldened, they exclaimed: repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Spirit. Grounded in the Apostles’ teaching, in fellowship, and in the breaking of the bread and prayer, the young Christian community moved forward to oppose the perversity in the culture around them, to care for one another, to defend their belief in Jesus in the face of hostility, and to heal the sick.  And in obedience to Christ’s own command, they set forth, bearing witness to the greatest story ever: that God has become one of us, that the divine has entered human history in order to transform it, and that we are called to immerse ourselves in Christ’s saving love which triumphs over evil and death. Saint Paul, in his famous speech to the Areopagus, introduced the message in this way: “God gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone … so that all nations might seek God and, by feeling their way towards him, succeed in finding him. In fact he is not far from any of us, since it is in him that we live and move and have our being” And ever since, men and women have set out to tell the same story, witnessing to Christ’s truth and love, and contributing to the Church’s mission. Today, we think of those pioneering Priests, Sisters and Brothers who came to these shores, and to other parts of the Pacific, from Ireland, France, Britain and elsewhere in Europe. … Today, it is my turn. For some of us, it might seem like we have come to the end of the world! For people of your age, however, any flight is an exciting prospect. But for me, this one was somewhat daunting! Yet the views afforded of our planet from the air were truly wondrous. The sparkle of the Mediterranean, the grandeur of the north African desert, the lushness of Asia’s forestation, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, the horizon upon which the sun rose and set, and the majestic splendour of Australia’s natural beauty which I have been able to enjoy these last couple of days; these all evoke a profound sense of awe. It is as though one catches glimpses of the Genesis creation story - light and darkness, the sun and the moon, the waters, the earth, and living creatures; all of which are “good” in God’s eyes . Immersed in such beauty, who could not echo the words of the Psalmist in praise of the Creator: “how majestic is your name in all the earth?”.   

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