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Parish Bulletin 21st October 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

21 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. Gerry 

Congratulations to Aoibheann Colgan (Porterstown Lane) who was baptised recently.  


Please pray for Bernard Fitzgerald (Somerville) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


This 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”.


The Parish Safeguarding Children Committee will meet on Monday 22nd at 7.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre to prepare for the parish annual audit.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 7th & 14th October €2,548.45

Many thanks for your continued support.

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.
A meeting of the Board of Management of St Paul’s  National School will be held in the school on Thursday 25th October at 7.00pm
The Schoolhouse Montessori on the Fairyhouse Rd is Est. 1999 .   A few limited Free Child Places available for September 2013. Contact Andrea @ 085/7461644 to book your child’s place.

Men's Shed - Information Night Dunshaughlin Community Centre Thursday 25th October at 8pm. The project is in an all-male environment, and gives an opportunity for friendship, learning, skills exchange, chat and reminiscence. Presentations will be given by existing groups.


Sunday October 28th in Trim Castle, Trim – Meath Musical Societies (including Ratoath M.S.) and Meath Youth Musical Society perform as a 5 star Cabaret – 4 course dinner and musical entertainment €35 per person Tickets from Gillian on 086-2441973. 
Ratoath Garden Club Monday 22nd October in Ratoath Inn 8.00pm “Planting Bulbs for Spring”




21 Oct

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   (Mission Sunday)

28 Oct

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time    



Lizzy & John Madden
Miriam Browne Creighton

Michael & Margaret Hearne

Pamela Fagan

Vigil 7.00pm

Kathy Nulty (Month’s Mind)

Pat & Patrick Junior McCabe

Kathleen & Patrick Boylan




Sean & Pierce Glynn


Joe & Masie McCormack


Maurice Brennan (Month’s Mind)

Brendan Whyte


Michael Maher


Seamus Ennis & Des Crofton


          Monday                  Deceased members of the Hessman family

          Wednesday            William Dunne                 Thursday                Emily Murphy

          Saturday               No morning Mass

The Year of Faith      11th October 2012 to 24th November 2013   
Excerpt from the homily of Pope Benedict for the Year of Faith on Thursday 11th October

Jesus is the centre of the Christian faith. The Christian believes in God whose face was revealed by Jesus Christ.

Blessed John XX111 in his opening speech at Vatican 11, presented the principal purpose of the Council in this way: “The principal purpose of this Council is not the discussion of this or that doctrinal theme… a Council is not required for that… [but] this certain and immutable doctrine, which is to be faithfully respected, needs to be explored and presented in a way which responds to the needs of our time”

In the light of these words, I believe that the most important thing, especially on such a significant occasion as this, is to revive in the whole Church that yearning to announce Christ again to contemporary man. But, so that this interior thrust towards the new evangelization neither remain just an idea nor be lost in confusion, it needs to be built on a concrete and precise basis, and this basis is the documents of the Second Vatican Council, the place where it found expression. The Council concerned itself with seeing that faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change. The Council Fathers wished to present the faith in a meaningful way; and if they opened themselves trustingly to dialogue with the modern world it is because they were certain of their faith, of the solid rock on which they stood.

If today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelization, it is not to honour an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago!. In the Council’s time it was already possible from a few tragic pages of history to know what a life or a world without God looked like, but now we see it every day around us. This void has spread.

But it is in starting from the experience of this desert, from this void, that we can again discover the joy of believing. In the desert we rediscover the value of what is essential for living; thus in today’s world there are innumerable signs, of the thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life. And in the desert people of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive. Living faith opens the heart to the grace of God which frees us from pessimism. Today, more than ever, evangelizing means witnessing to the new life, transformed by God, and thus showing the path. The first reading spoke of the wisdom of the wayfarer, the journey is a metaphor for life, and the wise wayfarer is one who has learned the art of living, and can share it with his brethren – as happens to pilgrims along the Way of Saint James or similar routes which, not by chance, have again become popular in recent years. How come so many people today feel the need to make these journeys? Is it not because they find there, or at least intuit, the meaning of our existence in the world? This, then, is how we can picture the Year of Faith, a pilgrimage in the deserts of today’s world, taking with us only what is necessary: neither staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money, nor two tunics – as the Lord said to those he was sending out on mission, but the Gospel and the faith of the Church, of which the Council documents are a luminous expression.


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