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Parish Bulletin 21 June 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

21 June 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   

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the church.


Congratulations to Isla Shally (Fairyhouse Lodge), Daniel Kealy (Rathbeggan Lane), Mia Meighan (Woodlands) and Alex Hayden (Rathbeggan) who were baptised recently.

Congratulations to Natalie Dixon & Liam Inglis who were married during the week.

Envelope Collection for the week ending 7th & 14th June €1,351.30

Standing Orders for May €3,295.94 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Sixth Class Graduation Masses: On Wednesday next 24th June for Ratoath Senior National School at 11.00am and for St. Paul’s National School at 1.00pm. Both ceremonies in the church. Rathbeggan National School’s graduation Mass will be held in the school on the same day.


Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes led by Bishop Smith from 12th to 17thSeptember.      Return flights, 5 nights hotel full board, insurance & taxes €719. There is a special section for sick pilgrims requiring assistance with accommodation and medical supervision in the Accueil Notre Dame. There is a special youth section, 18- 30 years. Fare €350.

To book, contact: Pilgrimage Abroad Ltd, 69 Upper O Connell St., Dublin 1. Tel: 01-6359300

The annual Mass for St. Oliver Plunkett takes place in Loughcrew on Sunday 5th July at 3.00pm

Next weekend is the Annual Peter’s Pence collection, which is a special charitable collection that is taken up worldwide  and is intended for use by the Pope in his worldwide humanitarian efforts

Educational Grants for Community and Voluntary Groups: The Community Education Service of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board provide support to community groups and voluntary organisations through the provision of educational grants. Applications are now invited from community groups and voluntary organisations for support regarding the delivery of educational programmes in Autumn 2015. For an application form and details call 046-9068247 or


21 June

    Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 June

    Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

Patrick & Mary Moore

Bobby, Alice, James, Rose & Michael

Doran & Bobby, Michael & Annie Walls

7.  7.00pm

Teeney & Raymond Brennan

Michael & Agnes O’Hare & deceased members of the family

1  9.00am    

Mary, James & Pud O’Neill

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Cathal Dunlop

Kathleen Kenny

1  11.00am

Christy & Christina Rooney


Eileen McDermott (Months Memory)

Jean McGuigan

Paddy O’Connor & Marie O’Connor


Henry, Gladys & George Campbell & deceased members of the family

1  12.15pm

Laura Donohue

Alice Etherington

      Monday       Vera Martin                                        Tuesday  Special Intention

      Saturday      Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, ‘Laudato Si’ (Blessed Be) was published on Thursday.

In it, the Pope calls for action at local, national and international levels to combat ecological destruction, and in particular the future threat and current reality of climate change.

“The Encyclical, which is addressed to ‘every person who lives on this planet’ clearly aligns the Catholic Church with the growing movement calling for urgent changes to lifestyles and energy consumption in order to safeguard the future of the planet,” says Trócaire.

Pope Francis presents a heartbreaking analysis of the various dramatic environmental situations facing the world today – from the terror of climate change, to biodiversity loss in every habitat, to the growing inequality of finite resources, against a backdrop of over-consumption and waste, which results in many people being regarded as disposable, explains Dr Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Trócaire.

Speaking in the strongest terms yet in defence of the environment as “our common home” he warns of the unprecedented destruction of ecosystems as a result of human activity, clearly outlining the threats to future generations as a result of our actions. Calling for an “integral ecology” Pope Francis underscores the human roots of the current ecological crisis in social, political and economic structures.

He points to the need for a radical shift in direction in political and economic priorities in order to meet the needs of the poorest, while also warning that our current lifestyles and consumption patterns are unsustainable.

Eamonn Mehan of Trocaire, describes the 184 page document as “a powerful wake-up call to a world sleep-walking into disaster”. Pope Francis had “clearly aligned the Catholic Church with calls for urgent political action to reduce carbon emissions and set the world on the path to a sustainable future.”

Dr Gold said you could not read this encyclical and “not be deeply moved”. “This is perhaps the most far reaching Church document in a generation. It is both deeply political in its content and in its timing, deeply contemplative and deeply practical.”

In terms of what we can do, Dr Gold said the encyclical pointed to some very practical pathways for action. “First, we each need to believe that simple actions make a big difference. We need to start by re-evaluating our own understanding of our place in the environment. Pope Francis reminds us that we are made from the elements of the natural world. Reconnecting with our place in nature and refinding that ‘affectionate’ relationship is the unavoidable starting point of an ‘ecological conversion’.”

In the letter, Pope Francis places a special focus on families and the role of parents. He calls on families to start again to practice grace before meals as a sign of their appreciation of nature, and dependence on God’s creation. He also asks people to consider the Sunday day of rest – as a restorative day for nature and themselves. Pope Francis calls for an ecological spirituality and asks people to consider how they consume. Each act of consumption is a “moral and political act”, he says.

Reminding people of the power of boycott campaigns, he says there is a need to create a counter-culture based on ‘less is more’ and a new contemplation of nature.

At a political level, the Encyclical highlights the way in which international finance controls politics – at a national and international level, and how this is limiting and distorting the capacity to address common challenges. There is need for a new way of governing the “global commons” with stronger, effective international agreements to combat environmental degradation, including climate change.

Laudato Si has been widely welcomed. Well known Vatican commentator, John Allen, said the encyclical “seems destined to go down as a major turning point, the moment when environmentalism claimed pride of place on a par with the dignity of human life and economic justice as a cornerstone of Catholic social teaching.”

Throughout the Summer, we will publish extracts of the Encyclical in the parish bulletin.


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