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Parish Bulletin 14th October 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

14 October 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 Lily Rooney Coyne (Bodeen) and Jude Mulcahy (Steeplechase Hill) who were baptised recently.  


Please pray for who Frank McKenna (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) and Angela McMahon (Clare) mother of John McMahon (Powderlough) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


Next Sunday is Mission Sunday where we are urged to support missionaries working in some of the world’s poorest countries. The Mission Sunday collection is about supporting Young Churches and missionaries in meeting the spiritual and material needs of men, women and children in poorer countries overseas. The theme for Mission Sunday is “Growing in Communion”.


A meeting of the Child Protection Representatives will be held on Monday 15th October at 7.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held on Monday 15th October at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


The Liturgy Committee will meet on Tuesday 16th October at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held on Wednesday 17th October at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

The List of the Dead sheets is available at the back of the Church. Completed lists should be returned to the box at the back of the Church before 2nd November.


Rathbeggan Parents Association is having a Race Night on Friday 19th October in An Sibin, Dunshaughlin at 8.00pm. If you would like to advertise in our booklet or buy a horse please contact Suzanne O’Dwyer on 087 2382909.
Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 8th October. Numbers drawn 14,18,25, 28. No jackpot winners
€50 winner Donal O’Grady and Lisa Petherbridge. Next week’s jackpot €4,200




14 Oct

Twenty Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

21 Oct

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   (Mission Sunday)



Christy Donnelly

& Bridget & Sean Slattery

Vigil 7.00pm

Lizzy & John Madden
Miriam Browne Creighton

Michael & Margaret Hearne

Pamela Fagan






Deceased members of the Digan family


Joe & Masie McCormack


Mary & Peter Moore

Maureen Regan & Robert Davis


Michael Maher


          Wednesday    Deceased members of the Blake family

          Saturday       Declan Sweeney (11.00am)

The Year of Faith      11th October 2012 to 24th November 2013

The “door of faith” is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism, through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life.

Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ.

We cannot accept that salt should become tasteless or the light be kept hidden. The people of today can still experience the need to go to the well, like the Samaritan woman, in order to hear Jesus, who invites us to believe in him and to draw upon the source of living water welling up within him. We must rediscover a taste for feeding ourselves on the word of God, faithfully handed down by the Church, and on the bread of life, offered as sustenance for his disciples. Indeed, the teaching of Jesus still resounds in our day with the same power: “Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life”

In the light of all this, I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Moreover, the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops that I have convoked for October 2012 is “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”. This will be a good opportunity to usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith.                                         (Pope Benedict XV1)


The great desire, therefore, of the Catholic Church in raising aloft at this Council the torch of truth, is to show herself to the world as the loving mother of all mankind; gentle, patient, and full of tenderness and sympathy for her separated children. To the human race oppressed by so many difficulties, she says what Peter once said to the poor man who begged for alms: “Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give to thee. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, arise and walk”
In other words it is not corruptible wealth, nor the promise of earthly happiness, that the Church offers today, but the gifts of divine grace which, since they raise men up to the dignity of being sons of God, are powerful assistance and support for the living of a more fully human life.
(Pope John XX111    Address on the opening of the Second Vatican Council 11th October 1962)
***********************************************************************************The true meaning of Vatican 11 was and remains faith in Christ, the apostolic faith, animated by the inner desire to communicate Christ to individuals and all people, in the Church’s pilgrimage along the pathways of history. Jesus is the centre of the Christian faith. The Christian believes in God whose face was revealed by Jesus Christ. 
                                         (Pope Benedict XV1   excerpt from his homily on 11th October 2012)

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