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Parish Bulletin 14th June 2013


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


16 June 2013


        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 
Congratulations to Kerry Ann Keane (Fairyhouse Lodge) and Roberts Jlicys (Woodlands) who were baptised recently. 
Please pray for Shirley McGrath (Dublin), sister of Brian McCabe (Park View) and James Stafford Smith (Chicago) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 17th at 8.00pm.
There will be a Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath on Tuesday 18th June at 6pm.




Meath Archaeological and Historical Society outing to Belvedere House, Clonmacnoise and Clonfert Cathedral, Saturday 22 June. Cost €50 per person (90 per couple). Contact Julitta 8259438


Step Out For Diabetes: Diabetes Ireland is holding their annual Dublin Lunar Walk on June 22nd as they fundraise to meet ever increasing demands on their services. This walk has 2 distance options (20km or 30km) and will be under the night of the June Full Moon. To register or for full details please visit or lo-call 1850 909 909


Joanne’s Art & Craft Summer Camp takes place in Ratoath Community Centre from 1st - 4th July, 10am to 2pm.Suitable for children between 6 and 12 years. Cost €60.  For registration contact reception at the Community Centre 01/6895600.


Dunboyne Community Employment have vacancies for people eligible to work under the CES Please contact Danny Gaughan on 087 2626727 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.


Kiltale Farm Camp: The Summer Camp with a difference. “Amuigh Faoin Speir”at Kiltale Farm, meet all the animals and pets – “A hands on Farm Experience” July/August. A few spaces still available. For details please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 086-1221589 or 046-9436679.




Midsummer Evening 21 June at Ratoath Garden Centre 7.30pm in aid of Ratoath Cardiac First Response. Admission €20.00. Finger Food, Glass of Wine + Music. Please support this worthy cause and help save lives in Ratoath. Contact Bernie on  01 8256678 for more information.






16 June

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 June

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time



John, Christina & Lily O’Connor

Mary & Joseph Elliott

Bobby, Annie & Michael Walls

Vigil 7.00pm

Martin McLoughlin

& Teenie, Patrick & Raymond Brennan & Kathleen & Akus Miranda








 Cathal Dunlop
& Mary & Joseph White


Thomas & Margaret Campbell and deceased members of the family

& David Colfer


Mary & James O’Neill

& Albert McAuley and deceased members of the family.






                                      Saturday      No morning Mass


A time to uphold the right to life: Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland


A time to reflect                                                                                                                                                  We are at a defining moment for our country. The Gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus.  The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of every human life are respected.


A time to uphold the right to life                                                                                                                      The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights; it is the foundation of all other rights.  No individual has the right to destroy life and no State has the right to undermine the right to life. Yet the Irish Government is proposing abortion legislation that will fundamentally change the culture of medical practice in Ireland.  For the first time legislation will be enacted permitting the deliberate and intentional killing of an unborn child.


This represents a radical change. Every citizen, not just people of faith, should be deeply concerned.             We value the skill and efforts of our doctors, nurses and other care professionals who have helped to earn Ireland’s place as one of the safest countries in the world for mothers and their babies during pregnancy.


Catholic Church teaching is clear: where a seriously ill pregnant woman needs medical treatment which may put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are ethically permissible provided every effort is made to save both the mother and her baby. This is different from abortion, which is the direct and intentional taking of the innocent life of the unborn.  No matter what legislation is passed in any country, abortion is, and always will be, gravely wrong.


A time for clarity and truth                                                                                                                              The Government is under no obligation to legislate for the X case.  People are being misled. We challenge repeated statements that this legislation is about saving lives and involves no change to the law or practice on abortion.  Legalising the direct and intentional destruction of the life of an unborn baby can never be described as ‘life-saving’ or ‘pro-life’.                                                                                                                            Contrary to clear psychiatric evidence, this legislation proposes abortion as an appropriate response to women with suicidal feelings during pregnancy.  It is even possible to envisage as a result of this legislation the deliberate destruction of a child, who could otherwise be saved, right up to and including the moment of birth.


Furthermore, we challenge assurances that the proposed legislation will provide limited access to abortion.  As published to date, the legislation will allow for a very wide margin of subjective professional assessment by which the deliberate destruction of an unborn baby can be legally justified. As we have learned from other countries, such legislation opens the door to ever wider availability of abortion. We remain convinced that enhanced medical guidelines, which do not envisage the direct and intentional killing of the unborn, could provide the necessary clarity as well as a morally, legally and medically acceptable way forward.  While good health can normally be restored, life, once taken, can never, never be restored.


A time for freedom of conscience                                                                                                             Freedom of conscience is a fundamental human right.  A State that truly cherishes freedom will respect the conscience of its citizens, including its public representatives, on such an important human value as the right to life. It is ethically unacceptable to expect doctors, nurses and others who have conscientious objections to nominate others to take their place.  Neither should any institution with a pro-life ethos be forced to provide abortion services.


A time to decide: a time to act; a time to pray                                                                                                  We call on citizens to exercise their right to make their views known respectfully to our public representatives and to leave them in no doubt about where they stand on this issue. We ask our public representatives to uphold the equal and inviolable right to life of all human beings, even if this means standing above other pressures and party loyalties.


We also invite our priests and people to pray that the dignity and value of all human life will continue to be upheld in this country. Some mothers today are facing difficult or crisis pregnancies. Other people who have had, or who have assisted with abortions, may be re-living what happened in the past.  They deserve to receive all the love, support and professional care that they need.  


Every human life is precious, every human life is beautiful, every human life is sacred. Choose life!



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