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Parish Bulletin 24th August 2008
 O   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath24 August 2008
( 01 8256207

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

 Congratulations to James Nugent ( Mill View), Turlough Mooney (Somerville),Emily Kirwan (Rackinstown), Connie Keating (Moulden Bridge), James Forde (Coill Beag), Harry Lawlor (Fairyhouse Lodge) and Eve Carroll (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently. 

The Legion of Mary meet every Thursday at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

All are welcome and for further information contact Des on 086-3802200


Study Theology from Home! The Dominicans are offering a full programme through distance learning, supported by a network of centres around the country. This programme is made up of

15-week modules which can be studied at you own pace, leading to either a certificate or a diploma or a degree in theology. Please call for further information: The priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Phone 01 4048127 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Help Needed New Readers: Over the next few weeks, we are looking for new Readers for our parish to complement our existing readers.                                                          Parish Choir: The parish choir will be resuming their practices in September after their Summer recess. They practice in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm and they lead the singing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sunday and at major liturgical occasions. New members are always welcome.                                                 Children’s Liturgy Group: We are looking for a few new members to assist the present team with the children’s liturgy.                                                                                   If you are interested in any of the above groups, please ring the parish office or let Fr. Gerry or Fr. Patrick know.

Meath Diocesan Choir is looking for new members.  The choir, formed in 1999 now comprises 120 members from the various parishes throughout the Diocese.  Rehearsals take place in Navan and Mullingar to facilitate both sides of the Diocese.  Rehearsals are conducted in a relaxed and easy manner, with rehearsals kept to a minimum.  The choir is particularly interested in acquiring young people to its ranks.  New recruits can join at Dowdstown House, Navan on Tuesday 16 September at 8 pm and in St. Finian's College, Mullingar on Monday 22 September at 8 pm.   For further information please contact Marguerite at 01 8251009 or Marie at 046 9557701 after 6.30 pm.


Table Quiz in the GAA Clubhouse, Brownstown at 8.00pm on Friday 29th August in aid of

Cancer Research. Please support a good cause.


Dundalk I.T. Daily Service from Dunboyne, Ratoath, Ashbourne and Duleek to Dundalk I.T. resuming in September. Booking essential. If you wish to avail of the service contact Val Russell Coaches on 042 9667276 visit for details.


Dunshaughlin Players Drama Group: Reading of plays in preparation for our autumn production on Thursday 28th August at 8.30 upstairs in the Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin. If you are interested in Acting or getting involved please come along on the night or call Ettie Philip 01 8011662 for details. New members are welcome

  21st Sunday in Ordinary Time 


 Jesus, the true Son of God, became man in order to make all people His brothers  and sisters and co-heirs with Him, to the divine, eternal kingdom. To carry on His divine mission on earth (after He had ascended into heaven), He founded the Church on the twelve Apostles. This Church was to be God's new Chosen People (hence perhaps the twelve Apostles take the place of the heads of the twelve tribes of the Chosen People of old). It was to be made up of all races from all parts of the world. As its mission was to bring the message of salvation to all people, it was to go on until the end of time. For this Church, this divinely instituted society of human beings, to carry out its mission of helping all people to reach their eternal kingdom, it was necessary to be sure of the road and the aids offered to its members. In other words, the Church should be certain that what it told people to believe and to practice was what God wanted them to believe and to practice.  Today's reading from St. Matthew tells us how Christ provided for this necessity. In making Peter the head of the Apostolic College, the foundation-stone of his Church, the guarantor of its stability in the symbol of the keys and the promise that all his decisions would be ratified in heaven, Christ gave him the power of freedom from error when officially teaching the universal Church. In other words, Peter received the primacy in the Church and the gift of infallibility in his official teaching on matters of faith and morals. As the Church was to continue long after Peter had died, it was rightly understood from the beginning that the privileges given to him and which were necessary for the successful mission of the Church, were given to his lawful successors-the Popes.  This has been the constant belief in the Church from its very beginning. The first Vatican Council solemnly defined this dogma and it was reconfirmed recently in the second Vatican Council. In giving these powers to Peter and to his lawful successors Christ was planning for our needs. In order to preserve and safeguard the right conduct of all its members He provided a central seat of authoritative power in His Church. Through the gift of infallibility He assured us that whatever we were commanded to believe (faith) or to do (morals) would always be what He and his heavenly Father wanted us to believe and to do. 

Father, help us to seek the values

that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world.

In our desire for what you promise

make us one in mind and heart.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 Please pray for Sean Begley (Dingle), father of Frank Begley (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week. May he rest in peace. 

24 Aug

Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

 31 Aug

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Agnes O’Hare

& Gretta Corcoran



Noel & Marie Giles

& James Reilly


Bridget & Thomas Nulty


Michael & Annie Walls


Maria O’Connor Howard,

 Paddy  O’Connor & Sean O’Carroll


Mary Carey


Jacqueline Mannering


Aggie Walsh


 Monday     Thomas Kiernan              Friday       Pat & Minnie Reynolds           Saturday     No morning Mass


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