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Parish Bulletin 21 July 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

21 July 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. Brendan  
Congratulations to Joe Jordan( Milltree Park) Ailson McLean (Moulden Bridge)
Sophie Donnelly (Dunboyne) Brayden Boggans (Woodlands) Lily O’Neill (Steeplechase Wood)
Paige & Jack Ducie (Jamestown Park) and Harry O’Connell (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.
Please prey for Lily Lawless (Dublin mother of Elaine Moran (Foxbrook) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Denise Duffy & Anthony O’Shea who were married during the week.
Eucharistic Adoration, every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All welcome
There will be no 12.15pm Mass on Sunday 4th August


The World Youth Day is taking place this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Young people (+18years) of the Meath Diocese are invited to gather in Mullingar, on Saturday next 27th July at 7pm at Bethany Centre (beside the Cathedral, Mullingar). The evening will begin with Mass, followed by refreshments and the live broadcast of the Vigil from Rio.

The international pilgrims have begun their journey to Rio de Janeiro. Pope Francis will leave Rome on Tuesday for this, his first apostolic pilgrimage abroad since being elected successor of St. Peter. We are asked by Pope Francis to keep the young people (18-35 years) and himself in our prayers as they meet to celebrate the Faith we share in Jesus Christ. We especially invite people from Brazil now living in our diocese to come and celebrate with us..


Ratoath Credit Union is pleased to announce the issue of New Student Loans for 3rd level colleges. Please contact the office on 01 8251 112 or check out our website on


Glee Club Summer camp takes place in Ratoath community centre . The camp runs from 6th - 9th August from 10am-2.30pm each day. This is a fun filled week consisting of dance, drama and singing. For more information contactl Danielle on 0852166274


Sunday, July 28:  Meath Archaeological and Historical Society outing to Ballyboggan Abbey and Ballinabrackey Church led by Noel French. Meet at Ballyboggan at 3.00 p.m. (Ballyboggan  is on the R401 road between Kinnegad and Edenderry, about 6km from Kinnegad). For further information contact: J. Clancy, 01 8259438

21 July

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 July

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



 Ryan & Cunningham Families

Carmel, Edward & Albert McAuley

Vigil 7.00pm

James & Annie Nolan

& The Digan Family & Mary McCarthy


 John, Jane,Christy & Marie Mulvaney




Rose McCarthy

& Molly & Frank Maher


Conor Fogarty

& Peter & Mary Moore


Ben White


Peg Everard & Sheila Farrell

& Jackie O’Sullivan



                                       Saturday       Jim & Angela Gallagher

                              Pope Francis On Grace and Forgiveness

“The Lord never tires of forgiving — never! It is we who tire of asking his forgiveness. Let us ask for the grace not to tire of asking forgiveness, because he never tires of forgiving. Let us ask for this grace.” – Homily, March 17

“Sometimes it may seem as though God does not react to evil, as if he is silent. And yet God has spoken. He has replied, and his answer is the cross of Christ: a word that is love, mercy, forgiveness.” – Address, Good Friday, March 29

“This is the invitation which I address to everyone: Let us accept the grace of Christ’s resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy; let us be loved by Jesus; let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives, too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” – Urbi et Orbi Message, Easter

************************************************************************************Excerpt from the Homily of  Archbishop Charles J Brown - Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland at Mass for Saint Oliver Plunkett - Saint Peter’s Church, Drogheda

Principles are indeed important.  They are the “first things” from which all else follows.  If we abandon the principle which teaches that innocent human life is inviolable, which is to say, that is it is sacred and must be protected by law, if we relinquish that principle, and begin to allow for the deliberate and direct destruction of human life, what basis will we have to object when the situation shifts further and other categories of vulnerable human beings are under threat?  We will have none or very little, because we will have sacrificed the foundation, the basis, the principle: every human life is to be respected, because it is of inestimable value.  This recognition is at the origin of every human society and community.  It is not per se a religious truth; it is a human truth.

As Pope John Paul II taught in another context: “Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Human life at every stage of its development, from conception to natural death is sacred and deserving of protection under our laws; the right to life is the most basic of all rights.  It is the foundation of all the others.

Here in Ireland, the Constitution explicitly states that freedom of conscience is guaranteed to every citizen (cf. 44.2.1).  Ireland is a nation with a long and radiant history of men and women of conscience, who have preferred to suffer rather than deny what their conscience tells them is right.  That history continues in our present moment.  It is persons of conscience who shape the world; it is they who will triumph in the final analysis.  

Yes, they may seem for a time to be, as Jesus says in the Gospel today, like “lambs among wolves”, but let us never forget that the way of Lamb is the way of victory, because it is the way of truth. Human history is marked by those women and men who have the courage to be true to what we as human beings know in our hearts is right.  We instinctively recognize such people and we admire them.





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