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Parish Bulletin 7 December 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

7th December 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  



Please pray for Gina Gillespie (Loughlinstown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


Monday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holy day of obligation. The Masses are at 11.00am and 7.00pm on the day.


A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held on Tuesday next 9th December at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Envelope Collection for weekending 30th November €1,812.25. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity 


A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future takes place in the Pastoral Centre on Wednesday 10th December at 8.00pm



Youth 2000 will be hosing their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, from 12th – 14th December. Free buses available. Online booking: or phone 01-67536690


The Ratoath Conference of St. Vincent de Paul will be holding their annual Christmas collection this weekend. They will be collecting outside local supermarkets and after all Masses. All contributions will be gratefully received. SVP helpline is 087-9875641.




Ratoath Garden Club: Christmas Gala Flower Arranging evening “ Christmas Cheer”on Monday 8th December at 8.00pm. Guest flower arranger Marguerite Dolan. Admission €10.00 including supper. All proceeds to the local St Vincent de Paul Society.


Men’s Shed will meet on Tuesday 9th December in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 11.00am. Speaker will be Pat Gleeson (Solicitor). All welcome.


Ratoath GAA:  Santa’s annual visit to the Club is this Sunday 7th Dec from 12pm to 5pm. Donations to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin. 

Family Carers Information Morning in The Venue Theatre, Tuesday 9th December 10.00am-12.00pm







5  7 Dec

    Second Sunday of Advent

14 Dec

    Third Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm             

Tom & John Reilly

Michael Brady & Eileen Brady

7. 7.00pm

Patrick Murphy

Joan & Bob Slattery

Eileen,Wardy & Patrick O’Sullivan & Deceased members of the family

1  9.00am    

Christopher & Kathleen Hartford

Ben & Veronica Cullen

1  9.00am

John & Margaret Donnelly

& Ella Smith

1 11.00am    

 Michael, Peg & Russell Barrett

1  11.00am

Brigid & Joseph Gallagher

& Tom McGoldrick

1 12.15pm    

 Sean Eiffe

1  12.15pm

Peter & Mary Moore

& Ian & Eddie Smith

& Phil Eiffe



 Monday       Christopher & Kathleen Martin (11.00am)    Tuesday       Special Intention
 Wednesday  Special Intention                                         Friday          Msgr Seamus Heverin
 Saturday       Mass at 11.00am  Brendan Kearns



Pope Francis speaking to the Council of Europe

Pope Francis on last Tuesday week told European leaders that the development of today’s societies and their peaceful coexistence require constant reflection on the tenets that form the basis of Europe: human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Like a tree, Europe also needs care and nourishment for healthy growth. The Pope’s remarks came shortly after his first speech of the day, to the European Parliament.



The Council of Europe was established in 1949, on the heels of two world wars, with the dream, the Pope recalled, for unity and “to rebuild Europe in a spirit of mutual service which today too, in a world prone to make demands than to serve, must be the cornerstone of the Council of Europe’s mission on behalf of peace, freedom and human dignity.” Peace, he added, must be “continually attained” and requires “constant vigilance.”


Peace, the Pope stressed, is also tested by other forms of conflict such as religious and international terrorism, which show a disdain for human life. Terrorism, he added, is “bankrolled by a frequently unchecked traffic in weapons” and the “arms race is one of the greatest curses on the human race.” The Pope also lamented the “new slavery of our age,” or human trafficking, as yet another interconnected phenomenon affecting peace.


While the European Parliament acts as the EU’s legislative body, the Council of Europe acts in an advisory capacity. Its 47 member states, representing 820 million citizens, commit to common initiatives and conventions on social, justice and other issues such as combating human trafficking. It’s also home to the European Court of Human Rights which the Pope described as in some way representing the “conscience of Europe.” He said he hoped “this conscience will continue to mature…as the result of efforts to build on those deep roots which are the bases on which the founders of contemporary Europe determined to build.”


In fact, in his speech, the Pope likened Europe to a poplar tree: its branches reaching up to the sky, its trunk firmly rooted in the earth. Historically, Europe has reached for the heights in an insatiable thirst for knowledge, progress, peace and unity, Pope Francis said. But the advance of thought, culture and scientific discovery, the Pope stressed, is entirely due to the solidity of the trunk and the depth of the roots which nourish it. Once the roots are lost, the trunk withers and the branches fall to earth and the tree dies. Europe’s roots need to be “sought, found and maintained by a daily exercise of memory, for they represent the genetic patrimony of Europe,” said the Pope, and “continual creativity” is needed to ensure that “the roots continue to bear fruit” to face the challenges of today.


Today, society is at risk of an “individualistic conception of rights” the Pope asserted, which leads to a “lack of concern for others and favours that globalization of indifference born of selfishness.” “This cuts off the nourishing roots on which the tree grows,” he added, and leads to “the cult of opulence reflected in the throwaway culture all around us.” “We have a surfeit of unnecessary things, but we no longer have the capacity to build authentic human relationships.”


Europe today, the Pope observed, appears “hurt,” “a bit tired” and “pessimistic” by its past ordeals but also by its present crises and “the winds of change coming from other continents” and “which it no longer seems capable of facing with its former vitality and energy.”


“Christianity can contribute to the cultural and social development of Europe today, the Pope asserted, “within the context of a correct relationship between religion and society.”


“In the Christian vision, faith and reason, religion and society are called to enlighten and support one another, and whenever necessary, to purify one another from ideological extremes,” said the Pope. “European society as a whole cannot fail to benefit from a renewed interplay between these two sectors, whether to confront a form of religious fundamentalism which is above all inimical to God, or to remedy a reductive rationality which does no honour to man.”


The Catholic Church, he stressed, can cooperate through its institutions with the Council of Europe “for mutual enrichment,” particularly in the area of human rights and the protection of human life.


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