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Parish Bulletin 11th January 2009
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath11 January 2009
( 01 8256207

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

 Please pray for Miriam Deering (Curragha Road) who died on Friday. May she rest in peace. Congratulations to Croiagh McDade (Fairyhouse Road), Caitlin Blake (Foxlodge Manor), Sean Browne (Leigh Valley) and Orla Rahill (Singapore) who were baptised recently. The Baptismal meeting  for parents of children who are soon to be baptised will take place this Wednesday 14th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. Envelope Collection for the week ending 28th December and 4th January €7,285.14Many thanks for your continued support  and generosity. Ratoath Heritage Group present their book “Ratoath Past and Present” which will be on sale from 19th January 2009. For more information see Pilates classes commencing in Ratoath Community Centre on Wednesday mornings 28th January at 10.00am for 8 weeks.  To suit beginner - intermediate levels.  Amen: Support  Service for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. Weekly support group meetings – Tuesday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Contact 046-9023718 for further information. Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting on Tuesday 13th January at 8pm in the Community Centre. Rathbeggan National School will be holding their Annual Open Day on Wednesday, 14th January 2009 at 12:45pm.  All parents and children are welcome.  Enquiries to 01-8259891 Four Forks Drama Group  present  “Lorraine Bailey” by Eileen Kavanagh on Friday the 23rd, and Saturday 24th January in the Venue Theatre at 8pm. For tickets phone 01-6895600. Ratoath College Adult Education: Evening classes enrolling on Monday 12th January and Tuesday 13th January from 7.30pm-9.00pm. Classes start Monday 2nd February. Contact the school for further details on  01 8254102 Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters public speaking club, are having an open evening on Monday 26th January. Admission: Free to visitors and guests in Dunboyne Castle.  Ratoath Community Centre invite you to a public awareness evening on the use of CPR and Defibrillation for the community on Thursday 15th January at 8.00pm in the Community Centre. Information from the Irish Heart Foundation will be available on the night. Would you be interested in assisting Accord, as a Counsellor, or a Facilitator of their Marriage Preparation Courses? If so, please contact the parish office for more information.   
Dates for your Diary Confirmation :               12th February at 11.00am and 3.00pmFirst Holy Communion:   9th,16th and 23rd MayCemetery Sunday:          24th May at 5.00pm
A short excerpt from Pope Benedict address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps on ThursdayAt the dawn of this year 2009, I think with affection of all those who have suffered – whether as a result of grave natural catastrophes, particularly in Vietnam, Myanmar, China and the Philippines, in Central America and the Caribbean, and in Columbia and Brazil; or as a result of violent national or regional conflicts; or again as a result of terrorist attacks which have sown death and destruction in countries like Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Algeria. Despite so many efforts, the peace we so desire still remains distant! Faced with this reality, we must not grow discouraged or lessen our commitment to a culture of authentic peace, but rather redouble our efforts on behalf of security and development....To build peace, we need to give new hope to the poor. How can we not think of so many individuals and families hard pressed by the difficulties and uncertainties which the current financial and economic crisis has provoked on a global scale? How can we not mention the food crisis and global warming, which make it even more difficult for those living in some of the poorest parts of the planet to have access to nutrition and water? There is an urgent need to adopt an effective strategy to fight hunger and to promote local agricultural development, all the more so since the number of the poor is increasing even within the rich countries. On a deeper level, bolstering the economy demands rebuilding confidence. This goal will only be reached by implementing an ethics based on the innate dignity of the human person. I know how demanding this will be, yet it is not a utopia! Today more than in the past, our future is at stake, as well as the fate of our planet and its inhabitants, especially the younger generation which is inheriting a severely compromised economic system and social fabric...As a way of reaffirming the lofty contribution which religions can make to the struggle against poverty and the building of peace, I would like to repeat in this assembly, which symbolically represents all the nations of the world, that Christianity is a religion of freedom and peace, and it stands at the service of the true good of humanity. ...                                     I also express my hope that, in the Western world, prejudice or hostility against Christians will not be cultivated simply because, on certain questions, their voice causes disquiet. For their part, may the disciples of Christ, in the face of such adversity, not lose heart: witness to the Gospel is always a “sign of contradiction” vis-à-vis “the spirit of the world”! If the trials and tribulations are painful, the constant presence of Christ is a powerful source of strength. Christ’s Gospel is a saving message meant for all; that is why it cannot be confined to the private sphere, but must be proclaimed from the rooftops, to the ends of the earth. 
11 JanThe Baptism of the Lord 18 Jan Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Vigil 7.00pmNoel & Theresa Scally& Maureen WalshVigil 7.00pmTommy & Mary Wall& Catherine Brady & Michael Brady (Months Mind)
9.00amDeclan Hoare& Cyril Brennan9.00am 
11.00amElizabeth, Christina & Christy Nulty & Deceased Members of Nulty Family& Lily Cullen 11.00am Willie Carey& Peter Whelan
12.15Mary & Pat Reilly& Willie & Lotty Mc Evatt12.15Lucy & Jack Browne& Eileen Fernandes
 [[[[Monday               Sean Fitzpatrick & Fran Smith    Tuesday       Special Intention     Wednesday         Frank Moran                               Thursday    Special Intention                              Friday                 For all who sympathised with the Daly family on the death of James DalySaturday             No morning Mass

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