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Parish bulletin 1st July 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 July 2012

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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 Seren Connolly (Foxlodge Manor), Samuel Talbot (Meadowbank Hill), Lynn Williams (Steeplechase Hill), Jacob Shore (Bodeen Lane) and James Lane (Milltree Park)  who were baptised recently.


Congratulations to Ursula Ryan and Adrian Rath who were married during the week.



The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday and Friday


Please pray for Anne Hayes O’Reilly(Galway) sister of Teresa Wallace (The Paddocks) who died during the week


Summer Rugby Camp at Curragha Road from 13th -17th August from 10.00am – 1.30pm for boys and girls age 6 – 13. €65.00 per child €60.00 for siblings. Full contact and Tag. Register your child’s details at 
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  or contact David 087 6262149 or Nicola 087 6772883.
Fun Irish Dancing Summer Camp for boys and girls from 9th July-13th July in Ratoath Community Centre. Ceili Dancing, Drama, Modern Dancing, Singing and lots more. Contact Veronica on 086 1797150 


Summer Camps in Ratoath Community Centre from the first week in July, to include art, science, modern and Irish dance, glee camp, lego camp and many more. Phone 01-6895600


Titanic Exhibition, Belfast Castle, Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon’s Rose Garden. Bus on Sunday 8th July Ratoath Inn 7.30am €48 Contact Helen Hickey 085-7239149 or 01-8259286



Nursing or Hospitality Studies Fetec level 5 courses 2012-2013 at Lismullen Hospitality Centre, Navan. Ph 046 9025009 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Ratoath Tennis Club: Open Day is on 7th July from 12pm-5pm. Events will include face painting and entertainment and our coaches will be giving free advice and tips. There is a special offer for membership.  Please join us on the day as we promote health and fun in our community.
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 25th June:  8,9,15,24.   No Jackpot Winner. €50 winners:
 Jim Gorman, Ratoath & Lisa Hennessy, Ratoath. Next week’s jackpot is €2700.00.




1 July

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Noel & Marie Giles

& Christopher & Christina Rooney

Vigil 7.00pm

Mary, Tom & Edward Gannon

& John & Margaret Johnson

Julia & Desmond Toole


Michael, Rose & James Doran

Maureen McCormack




Margaret & Ita Ralph


Deceased Members of the Boshell family & John Looney


Sarah Browne & Albert McAuley
& deceased members of the family


Bridie & Tommy Dolan

& Gerry O’Reilly





Friday    Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead              Saturday         No morning Mass

Excerpt from words of Bishop Frank Caggiano, auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Brooklyn, USA, on 16th June at the Youth Space in the RDS during the Eucharistic Congress on The Immense Beauty of Encountering the Word of God


To begin our reflection, I wish to share with you a brief story in my own life that demonstrates the power that a single word can have. The year was 1982 and I found myself working as a sales representative for one of the world’s largest media companies. It was a Friday morning and I was filled with joy because I had been accepted into the seminary earlier that week to begin my studies for the priesthood. The only task remaining was to tell my clients that I was leaving.


I began by sharing my news with my most important client. She was a person who often did not pay me much attention, since I was “only a salesman”. On this particular morning, as we were walking through the hall of her school, I finally had the opportunity to tell her of my decision to leave. She immediately stopped, glanced towards me and laughed. She said: “I knew you could not succeed in this job. Who would hire you?” My response was a single word- Jesus.


Her reaction was both immediate and unexpected. Her face turned ashen white, her lips began to tremble, she asked me into her office and for the first time spoke to me face to face. She opened her heart and shared the many burdens of her life with me. On that day, I understood the power of a word, not just any word but the one word, Jesus!


My friends, I share this story with you because we are here today, what you and I are celebrating, is far greater than any word you or I can ever speak. Rather, what calls us together is the living Word of God. Saint John, in the first chapter of his Gospel, teaches us:

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”


He who brings us together today is this same eternal, divine Word, who along with His Father and Holy Spirit, is the one true God who reveals Himself as a mystery of infinite love. He is the same Word through whom all things have been created, including you and me, who made us into his divine image and likeness and who has written upon our hearts a natural law that refers everything about us, including our hopes and dreams, back to God who is the answer to every human desire.


Today we remind ourselves that the word of God comes to us through the community of believers that is the Church. In fact, Pope Benedict teaches us that “the Church is built upon the word of God; she is born from and lives by that word.” He goes on to say that the Church is the “home of the Word.” Why is this so? It is true because the Church is Christ’s Living Body in the world. He remains present in our midst, “until the end of the age” as we hear in the last words of the Gospel of Saint Matthew. This means that each time we gather for Mass, we just don’t remember the history of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection but we celebrate the fact that the Lord is really alive in you, in me, in our community through the power of the Holy Spirit and offer us his sacred Body and Blood. He walks with you and me every step of our lives, with his power and grace. In short, “she [the Church] is a community that hears and proclaims the word of God.”


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