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Parish Bulletin 29th November 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

29 November 2009

( 01 8256207

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




Dublin Report- excerpt from Archbishop Martin’s Statement

The Report of the Commission gives us some insight into the crimes that took place.  But no report can give an indication of the suffering and trauma endured by the children, and indeed the suffering also of their family members. 

The Report highlights devastating failings of the past...

The sexual abuse of a child is and always was a crime in civil law; it is and always was a crime canon law; it is and always was grievously sinful. 

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the Report is that while Church leaders – Bishops and religious superiors - failed, almost every parent who came to the diocese to report abuse clearly understood the awfulness of what has involved.  Almost exclusively their primary motivation was to try to ensure that what happened to their child, or in some case to themselves, did not happen to other children.  Their motivation was not about money or revenge; it was quite simply about that most basic human sense of right and wrong and that basic Christian motivation of concern for others.   The survivors of abuse who courageously remained determined to have the full truth heard by all deserve our recognition and admiration. ... 

How did those with responsibility dramatically misread the risk that a priest who had hurt one of those whom Jesus calls “the little ones” might go on to abuse another child if decisive action was not taken?   Excuses, denials and minimisations were taken from priest abusers who were at the least in denial, at worst devious in multiple ways, and decisions were taken which resulted in more children being abused. 

Efforts made to “protect the Church” and to “avoid scandal” have had the ironic result of bringing this horrendous scandal on the Church today.

The damage done to children abused by priests can never be undone.  As Archbishop of Dublin and as Diarmuid Martin I offer to each and every survivor, my apology, my sorrow and my shame for what happened to them.   I am aware however that no words of apology will ever be sufficient.... 

The hurt done to a child through sexual abuse is horrific.  Betrayal of trust is compounded by the theft of self esteem.   The horror can last a lifetime.  Today, it must be unequivocally recalled that the Archdiocese of Dublin failed to recognise the theft of childhood which survivors endured and the diocese failed in its responses to them when they had the courage to come forward, compounding the damage done to their innocence.  For that no words of apology will ever be sufficient



Congratulations to Harry Lyons (Tankardstown), Ben McAvinchely ( Steeplechase Court),

Conor Dickenson (Steeplechase Wood), Evan Kay (Milltree Park) and Jack O’Hara (Blanchardstown) who were baptised recently.


Congratulations to James McCabe and Lesley McCormack who were married on Saturday.


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 15th & 22nd November 2,059.43

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



St Vincent de Paul: Church Gate collection on 5th -6th December and a collection at the local supermarkets on Saturday 12th December. You can contact St Vincent de Paul on 087 987 5641.


Ratoath Meals on Wheels: If you would like to avail of this service please contact

Regina Doherty on 087 2680182


St. Paul's National School. The school will hold its Christmas Fair on Sunday the 6th of December from 11.30am - 2.30pm in the school hall. There will be a cake stall, book stall, face painting, the children can visit Santa, a raffle and lots more. Please come and join us.


Ratoath ICA: Christmas Party Night in “As You Like It” at 8.00pm



Christmas Youth Retreat: (16 -35 years) 18th – 20th December Newbridge College, Co Kildare. Contact Youth Office 01 6753690  email:  for more information. Bring a sleeping bag no charge donation only, free buses.


Ratoath Garden Club: Monday 30th November in the Community Centre at 8.00pm. Topic “Introduction to Herbal Medicine” Speaker Peter Daly. Note change of time. December 7th Sylvia Kavanagh “Christmas Gala Festivities in Foliage and Flowers” in the GAA Clubhouse at 8.00pm Ratoath Garden Club Christmas Special, all welcome.


Volunteer Missionary Movement would like to thank all who supported their recent church collection which came to €2,333.27. Many thanks.


Ratoath GAA Drama Group are staging their Christmas Play Mama Mia on Friday 11th & Saturday 12th December at 8pm. Tickets €10 available from Veronica. Phone 086 3845933.



Story Telling Night: Sunday 29th November at 8.00pm in the Dunshaughlin Community Centre.. Admin €7.00 with refreshments. This will be a monthly event from January 2010.


Gorta would like to thank everyone who contributed to their recent church gate collection which raised €1,634.00. Many Thanks.


A Budget Breakfast in association with the Ulster Bank in As You Like It, Ratoath Community Centre at 8.00am on Thursday 10th December. A leading economist from Ulster Bank will give an overview of the 2010 budget.  All proceeds in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. Admission €20.

Tickets available from the Community Centre  6895600


Ratoath Annual GAA Dinner Dance in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday 5th December at 8.30pm. Inquiries to Monica on 087-6493639 or Ger Dowd on 8027744




29 Nov

The First Sunday of Advent

6 Dec

The Second Sunday of Advent



Des Crofton (Months Mind)

& Deceased members of the Elliott family (Cabinhill)



Ben & Veronica Cullen

& Sean Walsh


Kevin & Kate Darby

& Helen Kavanagh and deceased members of the Kavanagh family


Eileen & Michael Brady


Richard King & Brigid Wall


Angela Walsh & Pat & Margaret King & deceased members of the family


Frank Maher & John McEnroe


Sean Eiffe & Kevin White






                                                Monday          Special Intention                                              Tuesday      Special Intention

            Wednesday    Natalia Stein                                                Thursday    Michael Murphy

            Friday            Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

            Saturday        Alan Rafferty


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