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Parish Bulletin 1st January 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 January 2012

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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry 
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 4th January.
Friday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It is a holy day of obligation. 
Masses will be at 11.00am and 7.00pm on Friday
Congratulations to Chloe McGovern (Steeplechase Green), Eli Emmanuel (Jamestown Park),
Katelyn Flanagan (Glebe Park) and Sebastian Gilchrist (New Jersey)who were baptised recently.
Congratulations to Kevin McGuane and Deirdre Reynolds who were married recently.
Please pray for Hannah Scanlon (Belmullet) mother of Phelan Scanlon (Mooretown), Joe Rooney (Glencar, Leitrim) father of Michael Rooney (Fairyhouse Grove) and Mary McNamee (Kilcloon) sister of Anne Nolan (Mruigtuaithe) who died recently. May they rest in peace.
                                  Church Gate Collections: 
The permits issued by the Gardai to all organisations in the Meath division now stipulate, that collections take place after Mass only.  All organisations are asked to observe this stipulation.  The designated permit collection points will be issued shortly.



1 Jan

Feast of Mary Mother of God

8 Jan

The Baptism of Our Lord



Patrick & Catherine O’Brien

& Thomas & Mary Wall

Vigil 7.00pm

Eileen Flinter

Noel & Teresa Scully & Nina Madden


Tom, Mary, & Edward Gannon


Cyril Brennan & Eileen O’Sullivan


Margaret Nolan


Paddy McEvoy (Month’s Mind)

Elizabeth, Christina, & Christy Nulty

And deceased members of the Nulty & Maher family & Lily Cullen & Tom Murphy


Donal Wells


Denis & Una McLoughlin

& Thomas & Gretta Butterly

& Christina & Christopher Rooney



                    Monday        Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home at 11.00am
                    Tuesday to   Thursday Masses at 9.45am in the Parish Church.
                     Friday         Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm
                   Saturday     No morning Mass
We wish all our parishioners 
a very happy New Year
Excerpt of Pope Benedict message for Word Day of Peace1st January (Part 1)

With what attitude should we look to the New Year? We find a very beautiful image in Psalm 130. The Psalmist says that people of faith wait for the Lord "more than those who watch for the morning"; they wait for him with firm hope because they know that he will bring light, mercy, salvation. This waiting was born of the experience of the Chosen People, who realized that God taught them to look at the world in its truth and not to be overwhelmed by tribulation. I invite you to look to 2012 with this attitude of confident trust. It is true that the year now ending has been marked by a rising sense of frustration at the crisis looming over society, the world of labour and the economy. It seems as if a shadow has fallen over our time, preventing us from clearly seeing the light of day.

In this shadow, however, human hearts continue to wait for the dawn of which the Psalmist speaks. Because this expectation is particularly powerful and evident in young people, my thoughts turn to them and to the contribution which they can and must make to society. I would like therefore to devote this message for the XLV World Day of Peace to the theme of education: "Educating Young People in Justice and Peace", in the conviction that the young, with their enthusiasm and idealism, can offer new hope to the world.

The concerns expressed in recent times by many young people around the world demonstrate that they desire to look to the future with solid hope. At the present time, they are experiencing apprehension about many things: they want to receive an education which prepares them more fully to deal with the real world, they see how difficult it is to form a family and to find stable employment; they wonder if they can really contribute to political, cultural and economic life in order to build a society with a more human and fraternal face. The Church looks to young people with hope and confidence; she encourages them to seek truth, to defend the common good, to be open to the world around them and willing to see "new things"

Where does true education in peace and justice take place? First of all, in the family, since parents are the first educators. "It is in the family that children learn the human and Christian values which enable them to have a constructive and peaceful coexistence. It is in the family that they learn solidarity between the generations, respect for rules, forgiveness and how to welcome others." The family is the first school in which we are trained in justice and peace. We are living in a world where families, and life itself, are constantly threatened and not infrequently fragmented. Working conditions which are often incompatible with family responsibilities, worries about the future, the frenetic pace of life, the need to move frequently to ensure an adequate livelihood, to say nothing of mere survival – all this makes it hard to ensure that children receive one of the most precious of treasures: the presence of their parents. This presence makes it possible to share more deeply in the journey of life and thus to pass on experiences and convictions gained with the passing of the years, experiences and convictions which can only be communicated by spending time together.


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