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Parish Bulletin 9th November 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath9 November 2008
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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

     Congratulations to Ryan Creighton (St Oliver’s Park), Lucy Cameron (Foxlodge Manor), Andrew Doran (Fairyhouse Road), Charles Duffy (Blanchardstown) and Aimee Walsh (Foxlodge Wood) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Carmel O’Connor (Fairyhouse Lodge) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.   
                                    List of the DeadPlease 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 a few minutes. Lectio Divina: On Mondays at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All are welcome. Baptismal Programme on Wednesday 12th October at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre Envelope Collection for the week ending 26th October €1,652.40Standing Orders for October €5,168.28Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.  The Venue Theatre presents Liam Lawton in concert on Friday 14th November at 8.00pm. Tickets €32. Booking from Ratoath Community Centre Box Office 016895600 Helplink South provides telephone alarms designed to help the elderly and disabled. This enables people to live an independent life in their own home and eliminates fear, isolation and loneliness.If you are 65 and over and would like your name submitted for a grant, please contact your Local Community Alert Group, Residence Association or Helplink at 090 644 5081 Athlone Institute of Technology is holding an Open Day on 14th & 15th November. Open day commences at 9.30pm. Further information is available on  or Tel 090 6424400 Meath Youth Federation “Drugs Awareness” information evening will be held in Unit 135, Ashbourne Industrial Estate on Tuesday 11th November from 7.45pm-9.45pm. Guest speakers from South Meath Response Project, Addiction Counselling and Outreach Services and North East Drugs Task Force and Garda Siochana. For more information contact Mark Roche 01 8353656]]]  
9 NovDedication of the Lateran Basilica 16 Nov Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmColm & Mary Keogh & Denis McLoughlin& John Tyrrell (Months Mind)Vigil 7.00pmTom & Annie O’Halloran& Mary & Johnnie O’Brien
9.00am Margaret Campbell  & Helen Byrne9.00am Tom & Maura Geoghegan
11.00am John McCarthy11.00am  Anthony Donohoe
12.15pm Seamus Ennis & Elizabeth Brady12.15pm Theresa & John McCann
Monday         James & Mary Keogh                Tuesday  Special Intention         Wednesday     Margaret Blake                      Friday            Agustine Ogurabaka 10.00am (Please note the change of time for this Mass)                  Saturday        No Morning Mass               The Lateran Basilica                                                                                            Whenever the ninth of November falls on a Sunday, many churchgoers are surprised to learn that the regular Mass has been replaced by one for the Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran. Christmas, Easter, even All Souls Day we understand. But St John Lateran? The feast nearly resembles Independence Day on the national calendar. It celebrates the freedom to worship and the dedication of a place to gather for it.Early in the fourth century the persecution of the Christians came to a close with the conversion of the emperor Constantine who granted the followers of Jesus the right to public worship. Constantine offered Pope Sylvester the First some property owned by the  Lateran family, which became the site of the first Christian basilica, dedicated on November 9th 324 A.D. In time, the church was placed under the patronage of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist. The popes lived in a palace adjoining the church, which underwent several renovations over the centuries. Several councils were held in the building, including the ones legislating celibacy for priest and communion once a year for the faithful.Even though the popes moved to Avignon France for a century and eventually to a residence in the Vatican palace, the Lateran basilica remains the cathedral church of Rome. When we speak of the pope as bishop of Rome, this is his cathedral, not St. Peter’s. Since the pope is the shepherd of the universal church, the Lateran basilica of St. John is the cathedral church of the world.Each year the dedication of this building is celebrated in every Catholic parish in the world on November 9th. It proclaimed the original freedom of Christians to worship, the dedication of our ancestors to worship, the perseverance of our faith, and the universal nature of our community. By commemorating the dedication of the basilica of St. John Lateran, we pass on that faith to new generations.  ***********************************************************************************                     Words of Wisdom from the Young !!!After the christening of his baby brother in church,   
Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.   
His father asked him three times what was wrong.   
Finally, the boy replied, 
'That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,   
and I want to stay with you guys.' 

A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they   
were on the way to church service, 
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?'   
One bright little girl replied, 
'Because people are sleeping.' 

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