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Parish Bulletin 10th January 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

10 January 2010

( 01 8256207

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






 Congratulations to Nathan Connolly (Foxbrook) who was baptised during the week.


Congratulations to Linda Kenny and Karl Kane who were married during the week.


Please pray for Martin Flanagan (Carrick on Shannon) brother of Ann Killian and Dan Flanagan (Ballybin), Theresa Tallon (Walterstown) sister of Lily Mulvaney (Cabinhill), Margaret Dunlop (Kilkenny) mother of Frank Dunlop (Rathbeggan) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.


The Baptismal Programme for parents who have children for baptism in the near future takes place in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm next Wednesday 13th January


Study Theology from Home. The Dominicans are offering a theology programme specifically for lay people, offered by distance learning. For further information, please contact The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Phone 01-4048124/7 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit the website


The Kathryn Smith Academy, Ratoath, now enrolling for NewTerm.  Classes in Singing & Musical Theatre for all grades & standards.  Information & application forms  - Tel 0872519771 or (01 6303062)  or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Ratoath ICA meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 8.00pm


The Big Big Bazaar is coming to the Venue Ratoath on Sunday 10th January 2pm-5.00pm. The Big Bazaar is RTE’s The Den’s new series for young people which will travel the country bringing two teams from the community to compete to raise money for local causes. The two teams will be  Ratoath Scouts verses the Ratoath Tennis Club.

Night Classes in Ratoath College will be commencing soon. Enrolment will take place in the school on Mon 11th & Tue 12th January from 7.30-9pm (weather permitting). Please contact Caroline at 
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  or 086 1253661/01 8254102 for more information.
Pilates classes resume at Ratoath Community Centre on Monday 11th January at 10.00am. Contact Alicja on 086-8277310



10 Jan

Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

17 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Noel & Theresa Scally

& Miriam Deering



Joe Everard (Month’s Memory)

Theresa & Patrick Gorman

Alice Ladrigan


Tom Murphy


Cyril Brennan


Elizabeth, Christy & Christina Nulty& Deceased Members of the Family & Lily Cullen


Willie Carey

& Willie & Lottie McEvatt


Denis & Una McLoughlin

Mary Geraghty & Molly McLoughlin


Laurence Clifford (Month’s Memory) & Declan Hoare

& Jack & Lucy Browne





 Monday          Claire Kinsella                                    Wednesday        Sean Fitzpatrick & Fran Smith     

 Thursday       Pat & Minnie Reynolds

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

The ecological crisis shows the urgency of a solidarity which embraces time and space. It is important to acknowledge that among the causes of the present ecological crisis is the historical responsibility of the industrialized countries. Yet the less developed countries, and emerging countries in particular, are not exempt from their own responsibilities with regard to creation, for the duty of gradually adopting effective environmental measures and policies is incumbent upon all. This would be accomplished more easily if self-interest played a lesser role in the granting of aid and the sharing of knowledge and cleaner technologies.

To be sure, among the basic problems which the international community has to address is that of energy resources and the development of joint and sustainable strategies to satisfy the energy needs of the present and future generations. This means that technologically advanced societies must be prepared to encourage more sober lifestyles, while reducing their energy consumption and improving its efficiency. At the same time there is a need to encourage research into, and utilization of, forms of energy with lower impact on the environment and “a world-wide redistribution of energy resources, so that countries lacking those resources can have access to them”. The ecological crisis offers an historic opportunity to develop a common plan of action aimed at orienting the model of global development towards greater respect for creation and for an integral human development inspired by the values proper to charity in truth.

It is becoming more and more evident that the issue of environmental degradation challenges us to examine our life-style and the prevailing models of consumption and production, which are often unsustainable from a social, environmental and even economic point of view. We can no longer do without a real change of outlook which will result in new life-styles, “in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments”.

Protecting the natural environment in order to build a world of peace is a duty incumbent upon each and all. It is an urgent challenge, one to be faced with renewed and concerted commitment; it is also a providential opportunity to hand down to coming generations the prospect of a better future for all. May this be clear to world leaders and to those at every level who are concerned for the future of humanity: the protection of creation and peacemaking are profoundly linked! For this reason, I invite all believers to raise a fervent prayer to God, the all-powerful Creator and the Father of mercies, so that all men and women may take to heart the urgent appeal: If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.


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