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Parish Bulletin - 28th May 2006

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


28th May 2006








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Congratulations to Sinead Cooke (Meadowbank Hill) and to Oisin Cashman (Woodlands) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Alicia O’Byrne (Finglas) sister of the late Kevin White who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 14th & 21st May €1,988.86

Many thanks for your continued support.


Baptism Times:


At a recent meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee it was decided that as and from 1st August next, a change will be made to the time of baptisms. 


From the 1st August 2006, baptisms will take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 4.30pm and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1.15pm.


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on this Thursday and Friday


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


Thanks to all who supported the Alzheimer Tea Day at Fox Lodge which raised €1,400


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.


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





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Ascension Sunday

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Pentecost Sunday


Margaret McGovern


Colin McCann

& David Mulvaney






Owen Keogh


Andy Eiffe

& John O’Rourke


Grace Flynn

& Michael Bowe


Brendan Boylan, Edna O’Gorman

& Alice Beggy (Month’s Mind)




"The Media: A Network for Communication, Communion and Cooperation"

In the wake of the fortieth-anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, I am happy to recall its Decree on the Means of Social Communication, which in particular recognized the power of the media to influence the whole of human society. The need to harness that power for the benefit of all mankind has prompted me, in this my first message for World Communications Day, to reflect briefly on the idea of the media as a network facilitating communication, communion, and cooperation.

Technological advances in the media have in certain respects conquered time and space, making communication between people, even when separated by vast distances, both instantaneous and direct. This development presents an enormous potential for service of the common good. Yet, as we all know, our world is far from perfect. Daily we are reminded that immediacy of communication does not necessarily translate into the building of cooperation and communion in society.

To inform the consciences of individuals and help shape their thinking is never a neutral task. Authentic communication demands principled courage and resolve.  It requires a determination of those working in the media not to wilt under the weight of so much information nor even to be content with partial or provisional truths.

The call for today's media to be responsible - to be the protagonist of truth and promoter of the peace that ensues - carries with it a number of challenges. While the various instruments of social communication facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and mutual understanding among groups, they are also tainted by ambiguity. Alongside the provision of a "great round table" for dialogue, certain tendencies within the media engender a kind of monoculture that dims creative genius, deflates the subtlety of complex thought and undervalues the specificity of cultural practices and the particularity of religious belief. These are distortions that occur when the media industry becomes self-serving or solely profit-driven, losing the sense of accountability to the common good.

Accurate reporting of events, full explanation of matters of public concern, and fair representation of diverse points of view must, then, always be fostered. The need to uphold and support marriage and family life is of particular importance, precisely because it pertains to the foundation of every culture and society. In cooperation with parents, the social communications and entertainment industries can assist in the difficult but sublimely satisfying vocation of bringing up children, through presenting edifying models of human life and love. How disheartening and destructive it is to us all when the opposite occurs.                                   Do not our hearts cry out, most especially, when our young people are subjected to debased or false expressions of love which ridicule the God-given dignity of every human person and undermine family interests?


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