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Parish Bulletin 27th December 2009

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

27 December 2009

( 01 8256207

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





The Parish Office will be closed this week and will reopen on Monday 4th January.


 Congratulations to Peter Hickey (Clonkeen), Issy McGrovern (Steeplechase Green),

Danielle Madden (Flemingstown) and Rhys Mulreaney (Leigh Valley) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Fr. Con Moynihan (Nottingham Diocese), brother of Artie Moynihan (Sutherland), Claire Kinsella (Dunboyne), mother of Frances Maher (Fairyhouse Road) and Elizabeth Jenkinson, sister of Gina Gillespie (Mullinhan Lane) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


There will be no Eucharist Adoration on Wednesday 30th December


Envelope Collection for the week ending 13th & 20th December €2,629.92

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


Ballet in Ratoath: The Academy of Russian Ballet comes to Ratoath Community Centre in January. Monica Loughman, Ireland’s most famous ballerina and artistic director of Irish Youth Ballet, will commence classes in the centre this January. For further details phone 086-8012246


Senior Help Line: Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential service for older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland. LoCall 1850440444. Senior Help Line is open every day from 10am to 4pm and from 7pm to 10pm, 365 days a year.



27 Dec

The Feast of the Holy Family

3 Jan

Second Sunday after Christmas



Elizabeth & Charles Keogh

& John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smith



Ann Byrne

&Thomas & Mary Wall

& Jeremiah Dalton


Benny Wallace

Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon




Margaret & James Nolan

Frankie & Anna O’Reilly


Michael Conway

& Patsy Smith (Months Mind)


Paddy Kelly


Alec & Mary O’Neill

& Christy & Christine Rooney






Monday  Mass at 9.45am                                             Tuesday         Wedding Mass at 1.30pm

Friday    New Year’s Day Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday                               No morning Mass

We wish all our parishioners every blessing and good wish for the New Year

Excerpt from Pope Benedict XV1 message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace 1st January 2010 (Part 1)

For this World Day of Peace I have chosen the theme: If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation. Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because “creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works”, and its preservation has now become essential for the coexistence of mankind. Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and to authentic and integral human development – wars, international and regional conflicts, acts of terrorism, and violations of human rights. Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect – if not downright misuse – of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”.

The environment must be seen as God’s gift to all people, and the use we make of it entails a shared responsibility for all humanity, especially the poor and future generations.                                                                                                  Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul 11devoted his Message for the World Day of Peace to the theme: Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation. He emphasized our relationship, as God’s creatures, with the universe all around us. “In our day”, he wrote, “there is a growing awareness that world peace is threatened … also by a lack of due respect for nature”. He added that “ecological awareness, rather than being downplayed, needs to be helped to develop and mature, and find fitting expression in concrete programmes and initiatives”.

The Church is concerned, as an “expert in humanity”, to call attention to the relationship between the Creator, human beings and the created order. In 1990 John Paul 11 had spoken of an “ecological crisis” and, in highlighting its primarily ethical character, pointed to the “urgent moral need for a new solidarity”. His appeal is all the more pressing today, in the face of signs of a growing crisis which it would be irresponsible not to take seriously. Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change, desertification, the deterioration and loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions? Can we disregard the growing phenomenon of “environmental refugees”, people who are forced by the degradation of their natural habitat to forsake it – and often their possessions as well – in order to face the dangers and uncertainties of forced displacement? Can we remain impassive in the face of actual and potential conflicts involving access to natural resources? All these are issues with a profound impact on the exercise of human rights, such as the right to life, food, health and development.


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