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Parish Bulletin 2 January 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

2 January 2011



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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan
Congratulations to Rebecca Kenny (Seagrave Park) and Jamie Campbell (Steeplechase Hill) who were baptised recently
No Eucharist Adoration next Wednesday. Resumes again on Wednesday 12th January
Thursday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It is a holy day of obligation. The Vigil Mass on is Wednesday at 7.00pm and Mass on Thursday is at 11.00am
Children’s Liturgy Committee meet on Wednesday 5th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Ratoath Musical Society and its local and talented cast from Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin and Ratoath present Sleeping Beauty – Panto from 7thto 9th January and from 14th to 16th January at the Venue Theatre, Ratoath. Tickets from the box-office 01-6895600. Book now to avoid disappointment. 
Tai Chi Classes commencing in Ratoath Community Centre on Wed 12th January at 9.30am till 11.00am.  Beginners all welcome.  Contact Suzanne on 0863011915. 
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results 27th December Numbers Drawn 8-15-18-19 No Jackpot winner. Next week €5100. €50 winners..Pat & Gina O Neill....Glascarn Lane; Siobhan O Sullivan...Foxlodge Woods.  Draw Monday 3rd January in Auld Stand...9.00 








2 Jan

Second Sunday after Christmas

9 Jan

The Baptism of our Lord

Vigil 7.00pm

Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon

Tommy & Mary Walls

 John & Margaret Donnelly 

Ella Smith

Vigil 7.00pm

Noel & Theresa Scally

& Joe Gorman


Paddy & Mary Cassidy


Cyril Brennan


James & Margaret Nolan,  

Patrick & Paudy Kelly

& Christina & Christopher Rooney 


Elizabeth, Christina & Christy Nulty and deceased members of Nulty family  & Lily Cullen


John & Gerry Keating

& Tom Murphy


James McGrane (Months Mind)

& Alice & Mary O’Neill





 Monday         No morning Mass   Wedding Mass

 Wednesday   Brian Brazil (9.45am)      Vigil for Epiphany (7.00pm)

Thursday        Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany (11.00am)

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

Saturday         No Mass



“We spend the early days of January walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws but potential “                   Ellen Goodman

 Excerpt from the message of Pope Benedict XV1 for the World Day of Peace on 1st January 2011   -  Religious Freedom, the path to peace  (part 1)

At the beginning of the new year I offer good wishes to all for serenity and prosperity, but especially for peace. Sadly, the year now ending has again been marked by persecution, discrimination, terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance.

My thoughts turn in a special way to the beloved country of Iraq, which continues to be a theatre of violence and strife as it makes its way towards a future of stability and reconciliation. I think of the recent sufferings of the Christian community, and in particular the priests and over fifty faithful were killed as they gathered for the celebration of Holy Mass. In the days that followed, other attacks ensued, even on private homes, spreading fear within the Christian community and a desire on the part of many to emigrate in search of a better life.

I offer heartfelt thanks to those Governments which are working to alleviate the sufferings of these, our brothers and sisters in the human family, and I ask all Catholics for their prayers and support for their brethren in the faith who are victims of violence and intolerance. In this context, I have felt it particularly appropriate to share some reflections on religious freedom as the path to peace. It is painful to think that in some areas of the world it is impossible to profess one’s religion freely except at the risk of life and personal liberty. In other areas we see more subtle and sophisticated forms of prejudice and hostility towards believers and religious symbols. At present, Christians are the religious group which suffers most from persecution on account of its faith. Many Christians experience daily affronts and often live in fear because of their pursuit of truth, their faith in Jesus Christ and their heartfelt plea for respect for religious freedom. This situation is unacceptable, since it represents an insult to God and to human dignity; furthermore, it is a threat to security and peace, and an obstacle to the achievement of authentic and integral human development.

Religious freedom expresses what is unique about the human person, for it allows us to direct our personal and social life to God, in whose light the identity, meaning and purpose of the person are fully understood. To deny or arbitrarily restrict this freedom is to foster a reductive vision of the human person; to eclipse the public role of religion is to create a society which is unjust, inasmuch as it fails to take account of the true nature of the human person; it is to stifle the growth of lasting peace of the whole human family.

For this reason, I implore all men and women of good will to renew their commitment to building a world where all are free to profess their religion or faith, and to express their love of God with all their heart, with all their soul and with all their mind. This is the sentiment which inspires and directs this Message for the World Day of Peace, devoted to the theme: Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace.

The right to religious freedom is rooted in the very dignity of the human person. God created man and woman in his own image and likeness. For this reason each person is endowed with the sacred right to a full life, also from a spiritual standpoint. Without the acknowledgement of his spiritual being, without openness to the transcendent, the human person withdraws within himself, fails to find answers to the heart’s deepest questions about life’s meaning, fails to appropriate lasting ethical values and principles, and fails even to experience authentic freedom and to build a just society.


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