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Parish Bulletin 26th October 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath26 October 2008
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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

      Congratulations Rebecca Fenlon (Clonkeen) and Tristan Brennan (Woodlands) who were baptised recently.  

Remembrance Mass

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for all our dead will be held on Sunday 2nd November (The Feast of All Souls) at 12.15pm

                                    List of the DeadPlease take home a list of the dead sheet and return the completed list of the dead to the box at the back of the church as soon as possible. All our dead are remembered in our Masses during the month of November (the month of the Holy Souls) and in the First Friday Masses throughout the year.
  Taize prayer continues this Wednesday beginning at 8.30pm, concluding with Night Prayer at 9.30pm. All are welcome to attend even if it is just for s few minutes. Lectio Divina: No meeting this Monday. Continues on Monday 3rd November at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All are welcome. Next Sunday is a blue offering day.Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th & 19th October €2,224.70Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.Saturday is the Feast of All Saints. It is a holy day of obligation. The Vigil Mass is on Friday 31st October at 7.00pm and the Masses on Saturday are at 9.00am and 11.00am. The altar society will hold a Church Gate Collection next weekend. They look after the flowers in the church, the altar linen and they decorate the altar for special liturgies and feast days and tend to the altar area. Your support will greatly assist them.  
26  OctThirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time2 Nov Commemoration of All Souls
Vigil 7.00pmLizzy Madden& Sean & Pierce GlynnVigil 7.00pmWillie & Hella Vogelaar& Fergus Feelin
9.00am Patrick Campbell9.00am Jack & Alice Mannering
11.00amWilliam Dunne& Patrick & Margaret King and Mike King11.00amJohn O’NeillMichael Ward & Margaret Tonge
12.15pmMichael Maher& John McEnroe12.15pm Remembrance Sunday 
Monday     Mass at 11.00am in the Ratoath Manor Nursing Home (Bank Holiday)                              Saturday    Pat & Patrick McCabe (11.00am Mass in the Parish Church for Feast of All Saints) All Saints Day – 1st November - Reflection on the Saints The true bearers of light within history, for they are men and women of faith, hope and love.God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 Jn 4:16). These words from the First Letter of John express with remarkable clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and the resulting image of mankind and its destiny. In the same verse, Saint John also offers a kind of summary of the Christian life: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us”. Let us consider the saints, who exercised charity in an exemplary way. Our thoughts turn especially to Martin of Tours († 397), the soldier who became a monk and a bishop: he is almost like an icon, illustrating the irreplaceable value of the individual testimony to charity. At the gates of Amiens, Martin gave half of his cloak to a poor man: Jesus himself, that night, appeared to him in a dream wearing that cloak, confirming the permanent validity of the Gospel saying: “I was naked and you clothed me ... as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:36, 40). Yet in the history of the Church, how many other testimonies to charity could be quoted! In particular, the entire monastic movement, from its origins with Saint Anthony the Abbot († 356), expresses an immense service of charity towards neighbour. In his encounter “face to face” with the God who is Love, the monk senses the impelling need to transform his whole life into service of neighbour, in addition to service of God. This explains the great emphasis on hospitality, refuge and care of the infirm in the vicinity of the monasteries. It also explains the immense initiatives of human welfare and Christian formation, aimed above all at the very poor, who became the object of care firstly for the monastic and mendicant orders, and later for the various male and female religious institutes all through the history of the Church. The figures of saints such as Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, John of God, Camillus of Lellis, Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, Giuseppe B. Cottolengo, John Bosco, Luigi Orione, Teresa of Calcutta to name but a few—stand out as lasting models of social charity for all people of good will. The saints are the true bearers of light within history, for they are men and women of faith, hope and love. ENCYCLICAL LETTER of Pope Benedict XVI
DEUS CARITAS EST Notice for all residents of Ratoath - Opening of Inner Relief RoadThe Inner relief road (Jamestown/Meadowbank) will open this weekend (24th October’ 08).         All safety Measures as per the planning permission granted for the opening of this road have been adhered too - Pedestrian lights, traffic lights, double yellow lines, pedestrian railings, raised ramps. The speed limit for this road is 50kph.                                                                         Replacement of the Broadmeadow Culvet at Tescos                                                     Notice has been given that Meath County Council has made an order closing a section of the Fairyhouse Road, R155, in Ratoath Village to through traffic from the junction with the roundabout at Tesco to the junction with the Inner Relief road.  Please note that these works will commence on Monday 28th October until Tuesday 9th December inclusive, a period of six weeks.      Diversion signs will be in place.

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