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Parish Bulletin - 21st May 2006

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


21st May 2006








01 8256207

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Congratulations to Saoirse Lynch (Jamestown Park), Ben Devine (Tara), Grace McTiernan (Coill Beag), Kathlyn Rispen (The Ward), Beibhinn Murphy (Meadowbank Hill) and Caitlin Callaghan (Coolmine) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Mary Phelan (The Glenties), mother of Eamonn Phelan (Lagore) who died recently. May she rest in peace.


National Centre for Liturgy: Diploma/ Higher Diploma and Masters in Liturgy Academic year 2006/07.One year program in liturgy, for more information call Rev Patrick Jones Director, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare. Tel 01 7083478


Meath Diocesan Choir resumes rehearsals shortly and is delighted to welcome those with even the slightest interest in singing to become members of the choir .Our rehearsals take place in Navan and Mullingar. The choir is particularly interested in acquiring more men to join them. For more information contact Phil at 01 6286931 or Marguerite at 01 8251009 after 6.30pm.


The new phone number for the Community Centre is 01-6895600



Ratoath Community Art Group (recently formed in the Community Centre) meet on Tuesdays from 8.30pm to 10.00pm and on Fridays from 10.00am to 1.00pm. All budding artists are welcome. Contact Doug Gibson on 087-9138080.


Ratoath Garden Club: Last meeting of the year on Monday 29th in the Rataoth Inn at 8.30pm.


Enjoy a Summer Evening Walk in Fairyhouse Racecourse on Wednesday 24th May at 7.30pm with members of Ratoath ICA. Bring a friend. All welcome.


Ratoath Parent & Toddler group is now running every Thursday from 10.00a.m. to 12noon in Ratoath Community Centre. Everybody welcome -contact Deborah on 086-1708208


Ratoath Active Club will meet on Friday 26th May in the New Community Centre




Tag Rugby in Ratoath Rugby grounds every Wednesday 7.30pm. Mixed teams. Adults only.




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21 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

28 May

Ascension Sunday


Padraig O’Malley and

James & Agnes Rooney


Margaret McGovern


Patrick & Mary Wall

Desmond & Julia Toole




Frank Mason


Owen Keogh


Dick Donnelly and

Nancy Ryan


Grace Flynn

& Michael Bowe




Monday              Andrea Johnson & Charlie & Nancy Moore

Tuesday              Special Intention 

“My dear people let us love one another since love comes from God.”

(from this Sunday’s Second reading)

“Love one another as I have loved you”

(from this Sunday’s Gospel)


From Pope Benedict’s Encyclical “Deus Caritas Est”  (God is Love)

Can we love God without seeing him? No one has ever seen God, so how could we love him? Moreover, love cannot be commanded; it is ultimately a feeling that is either there or not, nor can it be produced by the will. Scripture states: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen”      (1 Jn 4:20).

But this text hardly excludes the love of God as something impossible. On the contrary, the whole context of the passage quoted from the First Letter of John shows that such love is explicitly demanded. The unbreakable bond between love of God and love of neighbour is emphasized. One is so closely connected to the other that to say that we love God becomes a lie if we are closed to our neighbour or hate him altogether. Saint John's words should rather be interpreted to mean that love of neighbour is a path that leads to the encounter with God, and that closing our eyes to our neighbour also blinds us to God.

True, no one has ever seen God as he is. And yet God is not totally invisible to us; he does not remain completely inaccessible. God loved us first. He has become visible in as much as he “has sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him”. God has made himself visible: in Jesus we are able to see the Father. Indeed, God is visible in a number of ways. In the love-story recounted by the Bible, he comes towards us, he seeks to win our hearts, all the way to the Last Supper, to the piercing of his heart on the Cross, to his appearances after the Resurrection and to the great deeds by which, through the activity of the Apostles, he guided the nascent Church along its path.

Nor has the Lord been absent from subsequent Church history: he encounters us ever anew, in the men and women who reflect his presence, in his word, in the sacraments, and especially in the Eucharist. In the Church's Liturgy, in her prayer, in the living community of believers, we experience the love of God, we perceive his presence and we thus learn to recognize that presence in our daily lives.

He has loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love. God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has “loved us first”, love can also blossom as a response within us.

Acknowledgment of the living God is one path towards love. But this process is always open-ended; love is never “finished” and complete; throughout life, it changes and matures, and thus remains faithful to itself.


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