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Parish Bulletin 6th January 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

6 January 2013

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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 Raphael Mancini (Canada), father of Anna Macari (Jamestown Park) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.


A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future takes place in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm on Wednesday 9th January


The Children’s Liturgy Committee meet on Wednesday 9th January in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm


When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make it out to “Ratoath Parochial Development Fund” as the bank will no longer accept “Ratoath Parish”. Thank you for your continued support. 


Would you like a hassle free way to dispose of/recycle your Christmas tree this season? Ratoath Cardiac First Response (CFR) group can help! As a fundraiser to buy vital life-saving equipment and supplies, Ratoath CFR is running a Christmas tree collection/recycling drive on Saturday January 12th 2013. We will call to your house, collect your tree and recycle it locally.

See for more details.


All at Ratoath Musical Society Pantomime "Red Riding Hood", with a cast of over 100 featuring all local talent, will be in The Venue Theatre. Next performances 6th, 11th,12th & 13th, Matinees on Sat & Sun at 2:30pm, Evening shows at 7:30pm.  Tickets are selling very fast. Contact or call 01 6895600 to book, tickets €15.00


Ratoath GAA Lotto results: 16,19,20,25. No Jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot is €5,400.00


Free child’s place has become available from January 2013. Should you be interested in this place for your child then please contact Andrea @ 085 7461644 @ The Schoolhouse Montessori.


06 Jan

The Epiphany of the Lord

13 Jan

The Baptism of the Lord



Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin,

& Christine & Christy Rooney

& Paddy Hickey

Vigil 7.00pm





Cyril Brennan


Eileen Flinter

& Brian Brazil


Elizabeth Cullen & Elizabeth, Christine & Christy Nulty

& deceased members of the family


Joan Slattery (Months Mind) and Bob Slattery & & Michael Eiffe

James & Margaret Nolan

Raphael Mancini


Declan Hoare

Ian Smith




       Monday        Special Intention                    Tuesday     Special Intention

       Wednesday   Nellie & Joss Morrissey           Saturday  No Morning Mass  

Excerpts from the homily of Pope Benedict at Evening Prayer on 31st December

The “Te Deum” that we raise to the Lord this evening, at the end of a calendar year, is a hymn of thanksgiving that opens with the praise - "We praise you, O God, we proclaim you to be the Lord" - and ends with a profession of faith - "You are our hope, we will not be confounded forever."

For all that came to pass over the course of the year, whether easy or difficult, barren or fruitful, we give thanks to God. The Te Deum, in fact, contains a profound wisdom, the wisdom that makes us say that, despite everything, there is good in the world, and this good is destined to triumph, thanks God, the God of Jesus Christ, who became incarnate, died, and rose again. Certainly, it is difficult, sometimes, to accept this profound reality, since evil makes more noise than the good: a brutal murder, the spread of violence, serious injustices make the news. Gestures of love and service, on the contrary, daily struggles endured with patience and fidelity are often left in the shadows.

And this is why we cannot rely solely on the news if we want to understand the world and life. We must be able to remain in silence, in meditation, in calm and prolonged reflection; we must know how to stop and think. In this way, our mind can find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life, can go deeper into the events that occur in our lives and in the world, and come to the knowledge that allows us to evaluate things with new eyes. Especially in the recollection of conscience, where God speaks to us, we learn to look truthfully at our own actions, even at the evil within us and around us, to begin a journey of conversion that makes us wiser and better, more capable of creating solidarity and communion, of overcoming evil with good.

The Christian is a man of hope, even and especially in the face of the darkness that often exists in the world, not as a consequence of God’s plans, but because of the wrong choices of man, because the Christian knows that the power of faith can move mountains: the Lord can brighten even the deepest darkness.

The Year of Faith, which the Church is living, should arouse in the heart of each believer a greater awareness that the encounter with Christ is the source of true life and a solid hope. Faith in Jesus allows a constant renewal of goodness and of the ability to rise from the quicksand of sin and to begin anew. In the Word made flesh is possible, to rediscover the true identity of man, who finds himself destined for the infinite love of God and called to a personal communion with Him. This truth, that Jesus Christ came to reveal, is the certainty that drives us to face with confidence the year we are about to begin.

The Church, which has received from her Lord the mission to evangelize, knows well that the Gospel is for all people, especially the younger generations, to quench that thirst for truth that everyone carries in his heart and that is often obscured by all those things that occupy life. This commitment is all the more necessary when the faith risks being obscured in cultural contexts which hinder its personal roots and its social presence.

Dear friends, on the last night of the year that is coming to an end, and at the threshold of the new, let us praise the Lord! In particular, we give thanks for the grace and truth that have come to us through Jesus Christ. In Him the fullness of all human time is placed. The future of every human being is kept safe in him. In Him, the fulfilment of the hopes of the Church and of the world comes true. Amen.


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