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Parish Bulletin 4th January 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 January 2015

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm





Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan   


Tuesday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Masses are at 11.00am and 7.00pm



Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm


Envelope Collection for the week ending 21st & 28th December €5,985.36

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.  When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make the cheque out to “Ratoath Parochial Development Fund” and for the blue it is “Ratoath Church”.


Scoil Rince Díolún Irish dance classes will recommence on Friday the 9th January from 5pm in Verve Gym Ratoath. New members welcome.  Contact Veronica on 0861797150


Over 55's Exercise Class starting  5th January.  Every Monday at 11am in the Community Centre. Gentle exercises and stretches. Open to all. Please call Catherine 0872883729


GAA lotto no’s drawn 1,12,14 & 19 No winner. €50 winners Kieran Calwell and Paddy Kennedy.

Draw in Ryans next week




    4 Jan

    Second Sunday of Christmas

11 Jan

    The Baptism of the Lord

7. 7.00pm             

Christina & Christy Rooney

& Thomas & Mary Walls

7. 7.00pm

Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin

1  9.00am    

Tom & Mary Gannon

1  9.00am

Cyril Brennan

1 11.00am    

Brian Brazil

1  11.00am

Peggy & Joe Lynch; Margaret& James Nolan

Lil, Christine & Christy Nulty

1 12.15pm    

George McAuley & deceased members

of the family & Tom Murphy

& Thomas Shaw & Eileen Flinter

& George & John Courtney

1  12.15pm

Michael Ryder (Month’s Mind)

Declan Hoare




Monday           Special Intention          Tuesday        Eta Doolan (11.00am)         Mass also at 7.00pm

Wednesday       Special Intention       Thursday      Special Intention

Friday              Special Intention           Saturday       No morning Mass

The Holy See released new figures on Monday showing almost six million people attended papal events at the Vatican in 2014. According to the Prefecture of the Papal Household an estimated 5,916,800 people attended gatherings led by Pope Francis. The figure is slightly lower than 2013, the year Pope Francis was elected, when 6,600,000 people attended papal events at the Vatican. These figures do not include those who attended papal events outside the Vatican, such the Pope’s visits to Turkey and the Middle East. Roughly 1,199,000 people attended the Pope’s general audiences, 567,100 attended special audiences, 1,110,700 attended liturgical celebrations, and 3,040,000 attended his Angelus addresses.

During the Great Jubilee Year 2000, attendance at papal events was 8,515,088; however, the number fell to 2,231,800 in 2004, the last full year of St John Paul II’s reign. In 2006, 4,078,600 people attended events led by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI during the first full year of his reign. Attendance in 2011 was 2,553,800.

Message of Pope Francis for World Day of Peace (part 11)

Yet, even though the international community has adopted numerous agreements aimed at ending slavery in all its forms, and has launched various strategies to combat this phenomenon, millions of people today – children, women and men of all ages – are deprived of freedom and are forced to live in conditions akin to slavery.

I think of the many men and women labourers, including minors, subjugated in different sectors, whether formally or informally, in domestic or agricultural workplaces, or in the manufacturing or mining industry; whether in countries where labour regulations fail to comply with international norms and minimum standards, or, equally illegally, in countries which lack legal protection for workers’ rights.

I think also of the living conditions of many migrants who, in their dramatic odyssey, experience hunger, are deprived of freedom, robbed of their possessions, or undergo physical and sexual abuse. In a particular way, I think of those among them who, upon arriving at their destination after a gruelling journey marked by fear and insecurity, are detained in at times inhumane conditions. I think of those among them, who for different social, political and economic reasons, are forced to live clandestinely. My thoughts also turn to those who, in order to remain within the law, agree to disgraceful living and working conditions, especially in those cases where the laws of a nation create or permit a structural dependency of migrant workers on their employers, as, for example, when the legality of their residency is made dependent on their labour contract. Yes, I am thinking of “slave labour”.

I think also of persons forced into prostitution, many of whom are minors, as well as male and female sex slaves. I think of women forced into marriage, those sold for arranged marriages and those bequeathed to relatives of their deceased husbands, without any right to give or withhold their consent. Nor can I fail to think of all those persons, minors and adults alike, who are made objects of trafficking for the sale of organs, for recruitment as soldiers, for begging, for illegal activities such as the production and sale of narcotics, or for disguised forms of cross-border adoption. Finally, I think of all those kidnapped and held captive by terrorist groups, subjected to their purposes as combatants, or, above all in the case of young girls and women, to be used as sex slaves. Many of these disappear, while others are sold several times over, tortured, mutilated or killed.

Today, as in the past, slavery is rooted in a notion of the human person which allows him or her to be treated as an object. Whenever sin corrupts the human heart and distances us from our Creator and our neighbours, the latter are no longer regarded as beings of equal dignity, as brothers or sisters sharing a common humanity, but rather as objects. Whether by coercion or deception, or by physical or psychological duress, human persons created in the image and likeness of God are deprived of their freedom, sold and reduced to being the property of others. They are treated as means to an end.

Alongside this deeper cause, there are other causes which help to explain contemporary forms of slavery. Among these, I think in the first place of poverty, underdevelopment and exclusion, especially when combined with a lack of access to education or scarce, even non-existent, employment opportunities.  Another cause of slavery is corruption on the part of people willing to do anything for financial gain. Slave labour and human trafficking often require the complicity of intermediaries, be they law enforcement personnel, state officials, or civil and military institutions. This occurs when money, and not the human person, is at the centre of an economic system, when the person is replaced by mammon, a subversion of values occurs.



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