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Parish Bulletin 12 July 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

12 July 2009

( 01 8256207

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



Congratulations to Finn Clarek (Jamestown Park) Conor Kelly (Mruigtuaithe)

Lauren Murray (Steeplechase Green) Lewis Keary (Foxlodge Woods) and

Oisin White (Woodlands) who were baptised recently.



Envelope Collection for the weeks ending 28th June and 5 July€2210.13

Standing Orders for June €6368.80. Many thanks for your continues support and generosity.



A Mass for the Chinese Catholic Community will take place in Sacred Heart Church, Laytown on Sunday 12th July at 2.15pm. The celebrant will be Fr. Anthony Xiao Xianbin. All welcome.


Eucharistic Adoration: Wednesday from 10.00 am to 10.00pm in the family room of the church.


Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 12 - 17 September.

For booking places and further information please contact Pilgrimages Abroad at 01 6359300

If anyone in your parish is interested in travelling to Lourdes with the Youth Section (18 - 30 years) please contact Fr. Mark English, Dunboyne. Tel: 01 8255342.

or see - youth page.   Cost €475.


Knock Youth Festival:  23 - 26 July:  for more details contact Patricia McKenna at 086 0849265 or see diocesan website.


Pathways an opportunity to participate in the Pathways Course All Hallows College, Drumcondra Dublin 9. No written work, no exams, just come along and enjoy. There is also a new Adult Learning BA for Personal and Professional Development which is validated and accredited by DCU. For more information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01-8520700  

A Prayer for Comfort and Hope

Almighty God, in time of darkness give us blessed hope, in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage; and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy, and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness, and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful, then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us, and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light; that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy, we may pass on through this our mortal life with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust, hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord – Amen.


12  July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

19 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Mary & Joseph Elliott




Dan Moore

& James & Annie Nolan

& Michael Barrett (Months Mind)


Dorothea Mates


John, Mary, Larry, & Mary Mooney


 John Butler & Deceased members of the Boshell Family


 Fintan Purcell


Sarah Browne


Mary Roche



            Monday           Eugene O’Neill                            Tuesday      Sheila O’Donnell

           Saturday          No morning Mass

Pope Benedict XVI publishes his new Encyclical Letter

Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth)


Pope Benedict’s first encyclical Deus Caritas Est (God is Love) explored the centrality of the Christian call to love in the life and mission of the Church.  Today’s encyclical highlights the inseparable connection between love and truth.   In Pope Benedict’s own words “without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality.  Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way.”  Some of the key issues raised by Caritas in Veritate are:

  • Love means the opting for engagement in the field of justice and peace.
  • Christians need to be ready to proclaim this love in society.
  • Truth is a necessary component of love because without truth the true meaning of love can be distorted, reducing it to an empty sentimentality.
  • The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church derives from the dynamic of love given and received through our relationship with God and our neighbour on both the micro and macro-levels.
  • Justice is inseparable from charity.  Charity goes beyond justice, but never lacks justice.
  • Promotion of the common good - of individuals, families, and groups in society - is a requirement of justice and charity.
  • The chief challenge facing society today is that of globalisation.
  • In a globalised society our understanding of the common good must be extended to the relations between nations.
  • We need to match the interdependence of nations with an ethical interaction of consciences and minds.
  • We need to share goods and resources, not only technical progress.
  • We need to ensure that, in the context of an ever more globalised labour market, measures taken by States to increase economic competitiveness do not militate against the fulfilment of their obligation to protect the poor and the most vulnerable (for example in pensions and child benefit payments).
  • We need to recognise that while the mobility of labour can produce significant benefits, it can also give rise to “psychological instability”, resulting in “situations of human decline” as a consequence of the negative impact on areas such as family life.
  • “The right to food, like the right to water, has an important place within the pursuit of other rights, beginning with the fundamental right to life.”  This has significant implications for the relations between developed and developing nations, in areas such as agrarian reform and overseas development aid.
  • The Church does not offer technical solutions or interfere in politics, but cannot renounce its mission of truth.
  • “The development of peoples depends, above all, on recognition that the human race is a single family working together in true communion, not simply a group of subjects who happen to live side by side.”
  • “The environment is God's gift to everyone, and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.”

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