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Parish Bulletin 1 Janaury 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                            1 January 2017




        01 8256207


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





Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome.                              There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 4th January



Congratulations to Gemma Devlin (Seagrave Park), Cian Stafford (Milltree Park) and


Liam Fitzgerald (Somerville) who were baptised recently.



Congratulations to Mari-Claire Clarke and Ciaran Byrne who were married during the week.



Please pray for Joan Hillery (Doolin), sister of Maud Nally (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.



Friday is the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. Mass at 11.00am and 7.00pm in the Parish Church



Nollaig na mBan Concert in Moynalty Church on Friday 6th January at 8pm, featuring Deirdre Shannon (Gilsenan) Marina Cassidy, Majella Cullagh. Tickets €25 and are available in local shops, at the Parochial House, Moynalty, phone 046 924 4305 / text only to 087 625 5195 Fr. Joes mobile or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Envelope Collection for the week ending 18th December €4,023.20


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



Children due to start school 2017 in Ratoath Junior National School. If you have a child, or you know of a child who is due to start school in Sept 2017 please send the ‘Notification for Enrolment Form’ as soon as possible. The Form is available from the school office or on the school website






01 Jan

Mary, The Holy Mother of God

8 Jan

Baptism of The Lord

7. 7.00pm

Thomas & Mary Wall

7.  7.00pm

Paddy Donnelly (Months Memory)

Peggy & Joe Lynch

Margaret & James Nolan

Tom & Mary Gannon & deceased members of the family & Jemmy Boyle

1   9.00am    

1   9.00

Cyril Brennan

1  11.00am    

Deceased members of the O’Neill,

O’Brien & Fortune Families

1  11.00am

John, Brian & Mary Clair Brazil

Christina & Christy Rooney

Eileen Flinter


Anne Malone

Benny & Marie Wallace

Anne McCool

1  12.15pm

Denis & Una McLoughlin

Michael & Mae Carey



    Monday       Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home                 


Tuesday         Special Intention                                   Wednesday        Special Intention                                                    Friday          Masses - 11.00am and 7.00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           b


    Saturday       Patrick, Catherine & Joseph White & Annie Clarke (11.00am in the Nursing Home)



We wish all our parishioners a very happy New Year and God’s blessing in your lives in the coming year.


Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for World Day of Peace


1st January 2017 (Part 1)



At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity” and make active nonviolence our way of life.



On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life. When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promoters of nonviolent peacemaking. In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms.



While the last century knew the devastation of two deadly World Wars, the threat of nuclear war and a great number of other conflicts, today, sadly, we find ourselves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal. It is not easy to know if our world is presently more or less violent than in the past, or to know whether modern means of communications and greater mobility have made us more aware of violence, or, on the other hand, increasingly inured to it.



In any case, we know that this “piecemeal” violence, of different kinds and levels, causes great suffering: wars in different countries and continents; terrorism, organized crime and unforeseen acts of violence; the abuses suffered by migrants and victims of human trafficking; and the devastation of the environment. Where does this lead? Can violence achieve any goal of lasting value? Or does it merely lead to retaliation and a cycle of deadly conflicts that benefit only a few “warlords”?



Jesus himself lived in violent times. Yet he taught that the true battlefield, where violence and peace meet, is the human heart: for “it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come”. But Christ’s message in this regard offers a radically positive approach. He unfailingly preached God’s unconditional love, which welcomes and forgives. He taught his disciples to love their enemies and to turn the other cheek. When he stopped her accusers from stoning the woman caught in adultery, and when, on the night before he died, he told Peter to put away his sword, Jesus marked out the path of nonviolence. He walked that path to the very end, to the cross, whereby he became our peace and put an end to hostility. Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an instrument of reconciliation. In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi: “As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that you have greater peace in your hearts”


To be true followers of Jesus today also includes embracing his teaching about nonviolence. Love of one’s enemy constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution’”. The Gospel command to love your enemies  “is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian nonviolence.






Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  Wednesday 4th January from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m. in The Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome Guest speaker is Anne-Marie Bennett, Senior Dietician, St. Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park, who will give a talk on 'Nutrition & Dementia'.  Music, tea/coffee and scones. Contact:  Day Centre at 046-9027007




Ratoath Cardiac First Responders Christmas Tree Recycling.To support us, please purchase a tag at Conway’s Spar, Cunningham’s Super Value, Sweeney’s Centra or the Ratoath Community Centre Email your address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Put the tag on your tree and put the tree outside your house by 9am on Saturday 7th January Website



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