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Parish Bulletin 3rd January 2016

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              3 January 2016

        01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9.30a.m.– 4.00p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration: on Wednesday from after 11:00 a.m. (Epiphany) Mass until10.00 pm

Holyday of Obligation: Wednesday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Mass at 11.00am & 7.00pm

LMFM: Next Saturday’s Vigil Mass will be broadcasted on Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. on LMFM Radio.

Recently Married: Congratulations to Lisa Sommerfield & David Nolan and to Ciara Clinton & Wesley Magee, who were married during the week.

Recently Baptised: Congratulations to Niamh and Joshua O’Malley (Cabinhill), Oliver Lantry (Foxbrook), Kyle Tormey (Somerville) and Fía Donnelly (St Oliver’s Park) who werebaptised recently.

Please pray for Anne McCool, Ratoath Manor Nursing Home. May she rest in peace.

Envelope Collection: week ending 13th & 20th Dec. €2,989.13 Thanks for your continued support.

Fr. Sylvestre: would like to thank all parishioners who sympathised with him on the death of his mother Martha and to convey his gratitude to the parish for your prayers and messages of support.

3 Jan

     Second  Sunday after Christmas  

10 Jan

The Baptism of The Lord

7. 7.00pm             

Tom & Mary Gannon; Peggy & Joe Lynch

Benny Wallace; Tommy & Mary Wall;

Margaret & James Nolan

7.  7.00pm

Mary Lynch
James McCormack

9. 9.00am

Tom Murphy

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Christina & Christy Rooney

John & Brian Brazil

1  11.00am

John & Brian Brazil; Donal Wells

Lil, Christina, & Christy Nulty, Lily Cullen & the deceased members of the family


Stephen Daly (Months Memory); 

George & Albert McAuley & deceased members of the family;  Eileen Flinter

1  12.15pm

Denis & Una McLoughlin

Declan Hoare


Monday: Special Intention               Tuesday   Paddy Hickey & Special Intention

Saturday: Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Mercy: August 19th – 27th (including Angelus with Pope Francis, Visits to Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Catacombs, Colosseum, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Major Basilicas. Day trips to Assisi and Subiaco). Accommodation in the Irish College. Reservations: Mullingar Travel @ 044-9340587
Meath Alzheimer Cafe: 6th January, 7.00-9.00 p.m. in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin. All families/carers of those living with Alzheimer's/Dementia are welcome to attend. Guest speaker is Dr. Bill Burke, Geriatrician. Music, tea/coffee and scones.  Admission is free. Contact 046-9027007.
GAA Lotto: Numbers drawn: 4, 13, 20 & 23. No Jackpot winner. Next draw in The Ratoath Inn.
Christmas Tree Recycling:  Ratoath CFR is a voluntary group trained in Life Support and Defibrillator use who are contracted by the Ambulance Service to provide urgent assistance in cases of cardiac arrest, chest pain, choking and stroke (until the arrival of the ambulance crew). To support Ratoath C.F.R. please purchase a ‘Christmas tree recycling tag’ at Conway’s Spar, Cunningham’s Super Valu, Sweeney’s Centra or Ratoath Community Centre; then email your home address to 
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  and then place the tag on your tree and leave the tree outside your house before 9am on Saturday 9th January 2016.

Urbi et Orbi Message of Pope Francis 2015

Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant "day" which has dawned on the horizon of humanity. A day of mercy, in which God our Father has revealed his great tenderness to the entire world. A day of light, which dispels the darkness of fear and anxiety. A day of peace, which makes for encounter, dialogue and reconciliation. A day of joy: a "great joy" for the poor, the lowly and for all the people (cf. Lk 2:10)...

Where God is born, hope is born. Where God is born, peace is born. And where peace is born, there is no longer room for hatred and for war. Yet precisely where the incarnate Son of God came into the world, tensions and violence persist, and peace remains a gift to be implored and built. May Israelis and Palestinians resume direct dialogue and reach an agreement which will enable the two peoples to live together in harmony, ending a conflict which has long set them at odds, with grave repercussions for the entire region.

We pray to the Lord that the agreement reached in the United Nations may succeed in halting, as quickly as possible, the clash of arms in Syria and in remedying the extremely grave humanitarian situation of its suffering people. It is likewise urgent that the agreement on Libya be supported by all, so as to overcome the grave divisions and violence afflicting the country. May the attention of the international community be unanimously directed to ending the atrocities which in those countries, as well as in Iraq, Libya, Yemen and sub-Saharan Africa, even now reap numerous victims, cause immense suffering and do not even spare the historical and cultural patrimony of entire peoples. My thoughts also turn to those affected by brutal acts of terrorism, particularly the recent massacres which took place in Egyptian airspace, in Beirut, Paris, Bamako and Tunis.

To our brothers and sisters who in many parts of the world are being persecuted for their faith, may the Child Jesus grant consolation and strength. We also pray for peace and concord among the peoples of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and South Sudan, that dialogue may lead to a strengthened common commitment to the building of civil societies animated by a sincere spirit of reconciliation and of mutual understanding. May Christmas also bring true peace to Ukraine, offer comfort to those suffering from the effects of the conflict, and inspire willingess to carry out the agreements made to restore concord in the entire country. May the joy of this day illumine the efforts of the Colombian people so that, inspired by hope, they may continue their commitment to working for the desired peace.

Where God is born, hope is born; and where hope is born, persons regain their dignity. Yet even today great numbers of men and woman are deprived of their human dignity and, like the child Jesus, suffer cold, poverty, and rejection. May our closeness today be felt by those who are most vulnerable, especially child soldiers, women who suffer violence, and the victims of human trafficking and the drug trade. Nor may our encouragement be lacking to all those fleeing extreme poverty or war, travelling all too often in inhumane conditions and not infrequently at the risk of their lives. May God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the numerous migrants and refugees, helping them to build a dignified future for themselves and for their dear ones, and to be integrated in the societies which receive them. On this feast day may the Lord grant renewed hope to all those who lack employment; may he sustain the commitment of those with public responsibilities in political and economic life, that they may work to pursue the common good and to protect the dignity of every human life.

Where God is born, mercy flourishes. Mercy is the most precious gift which God gives us, especially during this Jubilee year in which we are called to discover that tender love of our heavenly Father for each of us. May the Lord enable prisoners in particular to experience his merciful love, which heals wounds and triumphs over evil. Today, then, let us together rejoice in the day of our salvation. As we contemplate the Crib, let us gaze on the open arms of Jesus, which show us the merciful embrace of God.


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