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Parish Bulletin 30th November 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

30thNovember 2014

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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 Lily Rickard (Foxlodge Manor)  Alfie McCormack (Somerville)

Anna Shevlin (Curragha Road) and Elsie Mae Wallace (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Ann O’Carroll (Porterstown Lane) and John Butler (Birmingham) brother of Michael & William Butler (Glascarn Lane) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.


This weekend the boys and girls of Sixth Class who are to receive Confirmation next year join us as they continue to prepare for the Sacrament. We welcome them along with their parents.


At all Masses this weekend, John Martin, Director of Foster Care Services will speak about the service and hand out some literature to those who might be interested in following up on foster care.


A Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School on Tuesday 2nd December at 4.30pm.


Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosing their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Newbridge from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th December. Free buses available. On line booking necessary, see or phone 01 67536690


The Ratoath Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will be holding their annual Christmas collection on 5th/6th/7th Dec. They will be collecting outside local supermarkets and after all Masses. All contributions will be gratefully received. SVP helpline is 0879875641.


St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair will be held next Sunday 7th from 11.00am - 2.30pm


Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings. Sage will provide FETAC training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see


Ratoath Men’s Shed: Tuesday Morning’s at 11.00 in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All welcome.

Guest speaker on 2nd December Derek Maguire from Financial Services will talk on

“Finances in your Senior Years”.  For more information contact Michael Flinter on 01 8256059






5  30 Nov

    First Sunday of Advent

7 Dec

    Second Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm             

Ciaran Kilcline

Patrick Boylan

7. 7.00pm

Tom & John Reilly

1  9.00am    

Christy & Patsy Smith

1  9.00am

Christopher & Kathleen Harford

& Ben & Veronica Cullen

1 11.00am    

 Richard King & Brigid Wall

1  11.00am

 Michael, Peg & Russell Barrett

1 12.15pm    

For all who sympathised with the family of Thomas Shaw

Angela Walsh & Frank Maher

1  12.15pm

 Sean Eiffe




 Monday       Katie & Kevin Darby        Tuesday       Edward, Ann, Patrick & Raymond Freyne
Wednesday  Ellen Fanning                     Thursday      Frank Cahill
Friday           Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead    
Saturday       Mass at 11.00am  Alan Rafferty

Pope Francis to European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday


Pope Francis called on a “haggard” and “lonely” Europe to recover its role as a world protagonist, its identity as a defender of the transcendent dignity of man, the poor, the migrant, the persecuted, the old and the young, to recover its soul: Christianity.



In a lengthy address– the first of two on his one day visit to the heart of Europe – he told members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg that a two-thousand-year-old history links Europe and Christianity, “not free of conflicts or errors, but driven by the desire to work for the good of all”. This “is our present and our future. It is our identity”, he said


“Dignity” he said was the pivotal concept in the process of rebuilding which followed the Second World War and led to the European project. Today it remains central to the commitment of the European Union. But Pope Francis warned, often the concept of human rights is misunderstood and misused. He pointed to tendency to uphold the rights of the individual, “without regard for the fact that each human being is part of a social context wherein his or her rights and duties are bound up with those of others and with the common good of society itself”.


Transcendent human dignity – the Pope continued - means regarding human beings not as absolutes, but as beings in relation. He spoke of a Europe rampant with the disease of loneliness a direct result of the trend towards individualism. He said the economic crisis has worsened this pervasive loneliness and nourished a growing mistrust in people towards institutions considered aloof and bureaucratic.


The Pope spoke of the unsustainable opulence of selfish lifestyles amid indifference to the poorest of the poor, where technical and economic questions dominate political debate, to the detriment of genuine concern for human beings. This – the Pope noted –reduces human life to being a “cog in a machine” which, if no longer useful, can be “discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb”. This – Pope Francis said quoting Benedict XVI - is the great mistake made “when technology is allowed to take over”; the result is a confusion between ends and means”.


The future of Europe – added Pope Francis - depends on the recovery of the vital connection between openness to God and the practical and concrete ability to confront situations and problems. The Pope said Christianity is not a threat to secular Europe but rather an enrichment. He said religions can help Europe counter “many forms of extremism” spreading today that are often “a result of the great vacuum of ideals which we are currently witnessing in the West”.


Here he decried the “shameful and complicit silence” of many while religious minorities are being “evicted from their homes and native lands, sold as slaves, killed, beheaded, crucified or burned alive”.


Pope Francis went on to observe that the motto of the European Union is United in Diversity, but unity, does not mean uniformity. Keeping democracy alive in Europe means avoiding the many globalizing tendencies to dilute reality.


Keeping democracies alive is a challenge in the present historic moment. It means nurturing the gifts of each man and woman; investing in families, the fundamental cell and most precious element of any society; in educational institutes; in young people today who are asking for an education to help them to look to the future with hope instead of disenchantment.


On the issue of migration Pope Francis called for a united response decrying the lack of a coordinated EU wide effort to adopt policies that assist migrants in their countries of origin and that promote a just and realistic integration: “We cannot allow the Mediterranean to become a vast cemetery!” he decried to lengthy applause.


Pope Francis concluded: “The time has come for us to abandon the idea of a Europe which is fearful and self-absorbed, in order to revive and encourage a Europe of leadership, a repository of science, art, music, human values and faith as well. A Europe which contemplates the heavens and pursues lofty ideals. A Europe which cares for, defends and protects man, every man and woman. A Europe which bestrides the earth surely and securely, a precious point of reference for all humanity!


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