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Parish Bulletin 8th January 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

8 January 2012

01 8256207


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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry   
Please pray for Allison O’Farrell (Portrane) daughter of Joan Kelly (Woodlands Park) 
John Mannering (Canada) brother of Joe and Martin Mannering and  Carmel Walsh (New Ross) sister of Pat Ryan (Fox Lodge) who died during the week. May they rest in peace. 
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 9th at 8.00pm.
A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 11th January at 8.00pm
The Children’s Liturgy Committee will meet at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 11th January
Study Theology by distance learning 2012.  The Dominican Order is offering this programme from certificate to full honours degree. Contact The Priory Institute, Tallaght Village Dublin 24. 
Tel 404 8124 
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Toastmasters: Resolve to improve your communication and interview skills in 2012. Visit a Phoenix-Tara Toastmasters meeting free of charge, on Monday 9th January, in Dunboyne Castle Hotel at 8 pm sharp. For further details see
A comedy night in the Venue theatre on Thursday night the 26th of January in aid of PULSE. Tickets on sale in the community centre for €20 with comedians like Jason Byrne, Joe Rooney, John Henderson & Greg Marks & other guests
Ratoath Heritage Group have copies of their book on Ratoath, entitled “Ratoath past and Present” for sale at €25.00. Contact Frances 01 8256670 
The Blood Bank will be in the Pastoral Centre Dunshaughlin today (Sunday) 11.30am -3.00pm
Ratoath GAA Table Quiz Fri 13th January at Clubhouse from 8.30 pm.

8 Jan

The Baptism of Our Lord

15 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Eileen Flinter

Noel & Teresa Scully & Nina Madden

Vigil 7.00pm

Frank Moran


Cyril Brennan & Eileen O’Sullivan


Deceased members of the Kavanagh Family 


Paddy McEvoy (Month’s Mind)

Elizabeth, Christina, & Christy Nulty

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

& Tom Murphy


Willie Carey

& Pat & Mary Reilly


Denis & Una McLoughlin

& Thomas & Gretta Butterly

& Christina & Christopher Rooney


Declan Hoare

& Alex & Mary O’Neill



Monday              Special Intention                            Tuesday            Fran Smith & Sean Fitzpatrick                          
Wednesday        Special Intention (9.45am)               Wednesday      Gerard Liebrechts (7.00pm)           
Thursday            Dr. Thomas & Carmel Walsh          Thursday         Special Intention     
 Saturday             No morning Mass
Excerpt of Pope Benedict message for Word Day of Peace1st January (Part 2)

I would also like to address a word to those in charge of educational institutions: with a great sense of responsibility may they ensure that the dignity of each person is always respected and appreciated. Let them be concerned that every young person be able to discover his or her own vocation and helped to develop his or her God-given gifts. May they reassure families that their children can receive an education that does not conflict with their consciences and their religious principles.

Every educational setting can be a place of openness to the transcendent and to others; a place of dialogue, cohesiveness and attentive listening, where young people feel appreciated for their personal abilities and inner riches, and can learn to esteem their brothers and sisters. May young people be taught to savour the joy which comes from the daily exercise of charity and compassion towards others and from taking an active part in the building of a more humane and fraternal society.

Education is concerned with the integral formation of the person, including the moral and spiritual dimension, focused upon man’s final end and the good of the society to which he belongs. Therefore, in order to educate in truth, it is necessary first and foremost to know who the human person is, to know human nature. Contemplating the world around him, the Psalmist reflects: "When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars which you arranged, what is man that you should keep him in mind, mortal man that you care for him?".This is the fundamental question that must be asked: who is man? Man is a being who bears within his heart a thirst for the infinite, a thirst for truth – a truth which is not partial but capable of explaining life’s meaning – since he was created in the image and likeness of God. The grateful recognition that life is an inestimable gift, then, leads to the discovery of one’s own profound dignity and the inviolability of every single person. Hence the first step in education is learning to recognize the Creator’s image in man, and consequently learning to have a profound respect for every human being and helping others to live a life consonant with this supreme dignity. We must never forget that "authentic human development concerns the whole of the person in every single dimension", including the transcendent dimension, and that the person cannot be sacrificed for the sake of attaining a particular good, whether this be economic or social, individual or collective.

Freedom is a precious value, but a fragile one; it can be misunderstood and misused. "Today, a particularly insidious obstacle to the task of educating is the massive presence in our society and culture of that relativism which, recognizing nothing as definitive, leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self with its desires. And under the semblance of freedom it becomes a prison for each one, for it separates people from one another, locking each person into his or her own self. With such a relativistic horizon, therefore, real education is not possible without the light of the truth; sooner or later, every person is in fact condemned to doubting the goodness of his or her own life and the relationships of which it consists, the validity of his or her commitment to build with others something in common."


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