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Parish Bulletin 8th January 2017


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


                                                                                                                 8 January 2017




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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.                             



Congratulations to Ethan Jordan (Steeplechase Hill) who was baptised recently.




Dundalk Institute of Technology is hosting a CAO and Course information morning on Saturday 14th January between 10am and 1pm in the Muirhevna Building in DkIT



Glee Club January term will be back in Ratoath on Friday the 20th of January at  6.00pm. This is a


12 week term. If you are interested in enrolling a child please contact Danielle on 0852166274



Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 18th January from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. The guest speaker is Brid Carroll. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for event, please RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before Tuesday 17th January or call 085 2888 888.



Work will commence in the church this coming week.                                                          

The work will involve the removal of the baptismal font for repairs and then it will be brought back and relocated to where the candle shrine is at present. As part of this work, the sanctuary area will be extended on both sides, so a small section of seating will be removed.                                                                

An ambry will be placed in the wall where the icon of Our Lady of Tenderness is at present.                                                                   

The Candle shrine will be relocated to the confessional area on the left as you enter the church and a figure of Our Lady with the infant Jesus will be placed in a pedestal in the area.                                            

The other confessional area will be refurbished.                                                                                                                 

The entrance porch will be revamped (timber work, painting and lighting etc) and a digital screen will be installed.

The sanctuary area will be re- carpeted (the current carpet was placed there in 1985).                             

Some work will also be carried out in the sacristy area.

In all this work should take about five to six weeks. We hope to keep the disruption to a minimum and we thank you for your understanding and patience over the next number of weeks.







8 Jan

Baptism of The Lord

15 Jan

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

7. 7.00pm

Paddy Donnelly (Months Memory)

Peggy & Joe Lynch

Margaret & James Nolan

Tom & Mary Gannon & deceased

members of the family & Jemmy Boyle

7.  7.00pm

Tiney Gorman

Nicholas & Catherine Kavanagh &

deceased members of the family

Carmel O’Connell

1   9.00am    

Cyril Brennan & Tom Murphy

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

John, Brian & Mary Clair Brazil (1st Anniv)

Christina & Christy Rooney

Eileen Flinter

1  11.00am

Tommy & Bridie Dolan


Denis & Una McLoughlin

Michael & Mae Carey

1  12.15pm

Declan Hoare






   Tuesday     Sean & Fran Fitzpatrick                                    Wednesday  Christopher Harford


   Saturday      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home


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


1st January 2017 (Part 2)



Nonviolence is sometimes taken to mean surrender, lack of involvement and passivity, but this is not the case. When Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, she clearly stated her own message of active nonviolence: “We in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace – just get together, love one another… And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world”. For the force of arms is deceptive. “While weapons traffickers do their work, there are poor peacemakers who give their lives to help one person, then another and another and another”; for such peacemakers, Mother Teresa is “a symbol, an icon of our times”. Last September, I had the great joy of proclaiming her a Saint. I praised her readiness to make herself available for everyone “through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded… She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crimes – the crimes! – of poverty they created”. In response, her mission – and she stands for thousands, even millions of persons – was to reach out to the suffering, with generous dedication, touching and binding up every wounded body, healing every broken life.



The decisive and consistent practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results. The achievements of Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the liberation of India, and of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in combating racial discrimination will never be forgotten. Women in particular are often leaders of nonviolence, as for example, was Leymah Gbowee and the thousands of Liberian women, who organized pray-ins and nonviolent protest that resulted in high-level peace talks to end the second civil war in Liberia.



Nor can we forget the eventful decade that ended with the fall of Communist regimes in Europe. The Christian communities made their own contribution by their insistent prayer and courageous action. The peaceful political transition was made possible in part “by the non-violent commitment of people who, while always refusing to yield to the force of power, succeeded time after time in finding effective ways of bearing witness to the truth”. Pope John Paul went on to say: “May people learn to fight for justice without violence, renouncing class struggle in their internal disputes and war in international ones”.



The Church has been involved in nonviolent peace building strategies in many countries, engaging even the most violent parties in efforts to build a just and lasting peace.



The Jubilee of Mercy that ended in November encouraged each one of us to look deeply within and to allow God’s mercy to enter there. The Jubilee taught us to realize how many and diverse are the individuals and social groups treated with indifference and subjected to injustice and violence. They too are part of our “family”; they too are our brothers and sisters. The politics of nonviolence have to begin in the home and then spread to the entire human family.



“All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers”. In 2017, may we dedicate ourselves prayerfully and actively to banishing violence from our hearts, words and deeds, and to becoming nonviolent people and to building nonviolent communities that care for our common home. “Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace”.




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