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Parish Newsletter 19 July 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

19 July 2009

( 01 8256207

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



Congratulations to Ava Duffy (Jamestown park) Molly Bizzell (Foxlodge Manor)

 Eve Brazil (Park View) and Adam Callaghan (Corbillis Demense)  who were baptised recently.


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 phone  01-8520700


Meath County Enterprise Board will run an Employment Assistance Course in the Ratoath area addressing how to prepare a professional Curriculum Vitea. The free course will take place in the training room of the Ratoath Community Centre on Tuesday 21st July from 10.00am-4.00pm. To enrol please contact the Community Centre on 01 6895600


Mick Lagan (Glascarn Lane) wishes to thank everyone for their generous support for his cycle Dublin to Paris in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation of Ireland which raised €5,500.00. The cycle will start on Sunday Morning with the first leg of the journey Dublin to Wexford. Many thanks for your support. 


There was no winner of this week’s Community Clubs Lotto. The numbers drawn were Next week’s jackpot will be €830.00.


Dunshaughlin & District Historical Society are having a talk at The Crannog, Dunshaughlin (between Dunshaughlin & Ratoath) on Sunday evening 19th July, 2009.  Meeting at Mc Enteggarts car park in Dunshaughlin at 6.30pm and then driving  to The Crannog. The talk will be given by Mickey Kenny.


19 July

Sixteenth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

26  July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Dan Moore

& James & Annie Nolan

& Michael Barrett (Months Mind)



Eileen Boylan (Months Mind)

Miley & Kathleen Byrne

& Edward & Carmel McAuley


John, Mary, Larry, & Mary Mooney




 Fintan Purcell

& Deceased members of the Cowley family


Patrick & Josephine Muldoon


Mary Roche


Margaret Everard

& Jackie O’Sullivan


            Tuesday           Rita Lynch                               Wednesday     Agnes McCabe                             

             Thursday        John Carter


Extract of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s homily

for the Festival Day of St Oliver Plunkett


St Oliver Plunkett returned to Ireland to lead a community in difficult times.  The history of the Church is a history of encountering difficulties and ambivalence.  The Church is always a community of dedicated believers who pray and celebrate the mysteries of our redemption, who are supported by the sacraments, who prayerfully meditate the Word of God, who teach the faith from one generation to the next, who witness to the love of Jesus in hidden yet remarkable ways.    But the Church is also a community of the weak, of those who betray their faith and the trust that is placed in them, who divide the community, who are compromised through human weakness, who take the easier way, who seek their own notoriety.

In the face of his challenge, Saint Oliver took the only path that is open to a true Pastor, that of renewal in the faith.  Whenever the Church faces challenges either from the outward culture or through the inward weakness of its own members, the only reaction that is open is that of renewal, or re-finding in an authentic way what is demanded by the message of Jesus Christ. 

Renewal in the Church does not consist in creating new structures, but in returning to the very roots of the Christian faith and allowing the perennial newness of the Gospel to set aside in our hearts what is not essential or what is even harmful and to re-find that hope which the second reading mentioned as the driving force of our Christian lives and our witness

Faith requires a basic disposition and openness to the action of God.  God’s action always surprises and is always counter conventional.  A faith which seeks to align itself with a culture which is not open to understanding the true nature and the activity of God ends up just as an ideology or a veneer.  

Renewal is opening ourselves to living that hope which our faith brings and seeking to understand what that hope says about our own lives.  Faith cannot be lived superficially. Faith is not routine.   Unless we daily seek a genuine understanding of the reasons for our hope we run the risk of simply transmitting formulae and norms which have no roots in the realities of our lives......

The Church today is called to renewal so that it can witness authentically to Jesus in our world.  This makes some fearful.   But it is not something we do on our own through our pastoral strategies and plans.  The Gospel text of the Good Shepherd has certainly been an inspiration to many good priests and bishops and leaders in the Church.  But it is always necessary to remember that, no matter how many times we speak of saints of the past or of good priests of today as good shepherds, the one Good Shepherd is Jesus himself and that it is he who is with the Church and who unites us and calls us to be one with him.

As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Oliver Plunkett we pray for the Church in Ireland and especially for our young people that they will encounter through our witness a Jesus who brings them hope and who redefines hope for them, away from what is superficial to what is deepest in their search for the meaning of life.

We pray, through the intercession of Saint Oliver, reformer and renewer of the Church in his time though his ministry and his martyrdom, that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, may accompany the Church in Ireland on the painful yet liberating path of real renewal and true hope.

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