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Parish Bulletin 16 August 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

16 August 2015

        01 8256207


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

Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry                   

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

Please pray for Roddy O’Neill (Glascarn) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

Lough Derg one day retreat on Saturday 5th September.  No fasting or walking barefoot.  Contact Stella at 0851677325 early booking essential.

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Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi (VC) will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Saturday  22nd August at 10.00 at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7 Tel. 01-868 9986  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock continues until 22nd August at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock on the theme ‘Faith and Family’.                                                              Daily ceremonies will be held in the Basilica at 3.00pm and 8.30pm and workshops will take place at 12noon and 6.00pm.                                                                                                                                                                           On Monday 17th Peter Sutherland will speak about “our responsibility towards the human family” and on Tuesday 18th, Ms Kate Liffey, National Director of the Bishops’ Council for Catechetics will speak about what family life teaches us about faith.                                                                                                  On Wednesday 19th August the speaker is Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House and on Thursday 20th the poet John F. Deane will speak on “Mass, bringing Mary home”.                                                                                            On Friday 21st Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Father Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock Shrine will preach about different aspects of Knock Shrine.                                Finally on Saturday 22nd August, Dan O’Connell will speak on “What is God doing in my family?”  For details of all the speakers and workshops visit

16 Aug

    Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 Aug

    Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm             

May Caffrey

7.  7.00pm

Johnny, Jack & Ella Staunton

9. 9.00am

John, Jane & Christy Mulvaney

& Maria Barry

1  9.00am

Mary Fox (Month’s Memory)

1 11.00am    

Betty & Jimmy Mannering

Molly & Frank Maher

Margaret Cahill

1  11.00am

Deceased members of the O’Neill family(Coldwinter)


Christopher & Ann Donnelly

1  12.15pm

Jacqueline Mannering

Patrick White & Fergal Ronan

Monday       Special Intention                            Tuesday      Special Intention                                                                          Thursday     Catherine & Patrick Cowley & John, Noel & George Cowley                                                    Friday          Patrick Coyne                                 Saturday      No Morning Mass (Wedding Mass at 2.00pm) 

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

Pope Francis has described the persecution of Christians in the Middle East as “atrocious, inhumane, and inexplicable”.

In a letter to Archbishop Maroun Elias Lahham, Auxiliary of Jerusalem and Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, where many Iraqi refugees fled from Islamic State’s depredations on the Niniveh Plain last August, the Pontiff said Christians were the victims of “intolerance and fanaticism” in the face of the “silence” of the international community. “They are the martyrs of today, humiliated and discriminated against because of their fidelity to the Gospel,” Pope Francis wrote, as he called for daily prayers for the refugees and gratitude for their witness.     

The Pope also thanked communities that did not “look the other way” but instead assisted the refugees. “Many times have I wanted to give voice to the unspeakable, inhuman and inexplicable persecution of those who in many parts of the world — especially among Christians — are victims of fanaticism and intolerance, often under the eyes and in the silence of everyone”, the Pope said.                

Elsewhere in his letter, the Pope expressed the hope that global public opinion “be ever more attentive, sensitive and engaged regarding the persecution directed against Christians and, more generally, against religious minorities. I renew the hope that the international community not remain silent and inert in front of these intolerable crimes, which constitute an alarming decline of the most essential human rights and impede the richness of cohabitation among peoples, cultures and faiths,” he stated.                        

Pope Francis at the General Audience on Wednesday last

We begin now a series of catecheses on three facets of family life: celebration, work and prayer. Let us turn first to celebrations which, as we see from the Story of Creation, are the invention of God, who on the seventh day rested from his work.                                                          It is God himself who teaches us the importance of dedicating time to contemplating and enjoying the fruits of our labours, not only in our employment or profession, but through every action by which we as men and women cooperate in God’s creative work, even in times of difficulty. In the workplace too, we celebrate – a birthday, a marriage, a new baby, a farewell or a welcome. True moments of celebration make us pause from our work, because they remind us that we are made in the image and likeness of God, who is not a slave to work, but the Lord of work! And so we must never be slaves to work but rather its master! Yet we know that millions of men and women, even children, are slaves to work. The obsession with economic profit and technical efficiency puts the human rhythms of life at risk.                                                                                 Moments of rest, especially on Sunday, are sacred because in them we find God.                    The Sunday Eucharist brings to our celebrations every grace of Jesus Christ: his presence, his love and his sacrifice; his forming us into a community, and his way of being with us.             Everything is transfigured by his grace: work, family, the joys and trials of each day, even our sufferings and death. May we always recognise the family as the privileged place to understand, guide and sustain the gifts which arise from our celebrations, especially the Sunday Eucharist.

Ratoath Community Centre with the support of LMETB will run the following courses from September -  flower arranging, paper crafts, IT Courses (all levels + Ipad) & Sugar Craft.  Participants should be unemployed, stay at home, lone parents, over 55s, schemed workers or others in need of social interaction within the community.  Cost approx. 30 - 50.                                                        Contact Ratoath Community Centre on 01 6895600 for details re dates and cost.


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