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Parish Bulletin 28th December 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

28 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   

Congratulations to Sebastian Stafford (Foxlodge Manor), Pearse Connelly (Milltree Park),

Megan Walshe (Steeplechase Green), Caelan Grall (Clonkeen) and Sam Burke (Woodlands)

who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Sean Conheady (Whitehall) father of Fergus Conheady (The Mill Hill) and Moira Edwards (England) sister of Sonny & Noel Martin and Joe Mather (Maynooth) father of Eric Mather (Fairyhouse Lodge) who died recently. May they rest in peace.



There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 31st December.



    28 Dec

    The Feast of the Holy Family

4 Jan

    Second Sunday of Christmas

7. 7.00pm             

Benny Wallace & Pat Naughton

Carmel Chaney & Allie & Sean Duffy

7. 7.00pm

Christina & Christy Rooney

& Thomas & Mary Walls

1  9.00am    

Ann Byrne

1  9.00am

Tom & Mary Gannon

1 11.00am    

Elizabeth and Charles Keogh &

the deceased members of the family

1  11.00am

Brian Brazil

1 12.15pm    

Mary White (Month’s Memory)

John & Paul Ennis

Ann Malone

1  12.15pm

George McAuley & deceased members

of the family & Tom Murphy

& Thomas Shaw




Monday           Wedding Mass at 1.00pm          Tuesday    Special Intention      (9.45am)

Wednesday       John Weld (9.45am)                          Thursday   Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

Friday              For all those on the Parish List of the Dead (9.45am)

Saturday           No morning Mass

Bishop Michael Smith celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Nativity at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar. In his homily, Bishop Smith said that “Christmas pulls us in many directions.  However at its core is the fact of the birth of a child, not any child, but the fulfilment of a promise God made time and time again over the centuries to His people. There was no great proclamation of His birth.  All would have fou

nd it impossible to believe that the long promised Messiah would be born in a stable.  The only ones who received the message were the shepherds looking after the sheep in the fields.  The message they received was very simple but rooted in the language of expectation that ran through the Old Testament: ‘today a Saviour will be born to you, He is Christ the Lord’.  These words – Saviour, Christ, Lord – have deep meaning in the context of God’s relationship with His people.  This is who is he: the child Jesus is the One who saves; He is Christ the ‘anointed one’ of God; He is the Servant King of His people.”

The Bishop drew a parallel between the lowly circumstances of Christ’s birth and the suffering which many people endure in the Middle East still today. “The comment, earlier this week, of the Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem is thought provoking.  He said: ‘We are always moved in the Gospels to read that Mary and Joseph found no room in the Inn and that Jesus was born in a stable.  Today among the millions of refugees in the Middle East there are many children who desire to sleep in a stable or a shed like the one in which Jesus was born.  For them it would be a luxury’.  Let us remember these children and their families in our prayers this evening and always. 

We wish all our parishioners every good wish for the New Year

Message of Pope Francis for World Day of Peace (part 1)

At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity,     I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural disasters. I pray especially that, on the basis of our common calling to cooperate with God and all people of good will for the advancement of harmony and peace in the world, we may resist the temptation to act in a manner unworthy of our humanity.

The theme I have chosen for this year’s message is drawn from Saint Paul’s letter to Philemon, in which the Apostle asks his co-worker to welcome Onesimus, formerly Philemon’s slave, now a Christian and, therefore, according to Paul, worthy of being considered a brother. The Apostle of the Gentiles writes: “Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back for ever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother”. Onesimus became Philemon’s brother when he became a Christian. Conversion to Christ, the beginning of a life lived Christian discipleship, thus constitutes a new birth which generates fraternity as the fundamental bond of family life and the basis of life in society.

Fraternity  embraces variety and differences between brothers and sisters, even though they are linked by birth and are of the same nature and dignity. As brothers and sisters, therefore, all people are in relation with others, from whom they differ, but with whom they share the same origin, nature and dignity. In this way, fraternity constitutes the network of relations essential for the building of the human family created by God.

All those who responded in faith and with their lives to Peter’s preaching entered into the fraternity of the first Christian community. Jews and Greeks, slaves and free. Differing origins and social status did not diminish anyone’s dignity or exclude anyone from belonging to the People of God. The Christian community is thus a place of communion lived in the love shared among brothers and sisters

Jesus said to his disciples: “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you”

From time immemorial, different societies have known the phenomenon of man’s subjugation by man. There have been periods of human history in which the institution of slavery was generally accepted and regulated by law. This legislation dictated who was born free and who was born into slavery, as well as the conditions whereby a freeborn person could lose his or her freedom or regain it. In other words, the law itself admitted that some people were able or required to be considered the property of other people, at their free disposition. A slave could be bought and sold, given away or acquired, as if he or she were a commercial product.

Today, as the result of a growth in our awareness, slavery, seen as a crime against humanity, has been formally abolished throughout the world. The right of each person not to be kept in a state of slavery or servitude has been recognized in international law as inviolable.


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