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Parish Bulletin 7th January 2018
Holy Trinity Church Ratoath 7 January 2018 01 8256207   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Parish Office Hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory I warmly welcome the announcement today that Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Dermot Farrell, Vicar General and Parish Priest of Dunboyne, as Bishop of Ossory. Since his ordination in 1980, Monsignor Farrell has served the Diocese of Meath with exemplary dedication, pastoral zeal and an immense capacity for work. His ministry in the Cathedral parish of Mullingar, Tullamore and Dunboyne has been characterised by fidelity, energy and commitment. Following his arrival in Dunboyne and Kilbride as Parish Priest in 2007, Monsignor Farrell initiated new pastoral programmes and renewed the parish churches and schools in one of the largest and most rapidly developing parishes in the Diocese of Meath. He brought to the role of Vicar General his particular ability to discern calmly and clearly. He has been a great support to me personally and a well-respected brother to our priests. Monsignor Farrell’s comprehensive pastoral and administrative experience has prepared him well for Episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Ossory. He has already contributed significantly to the wider life of the Church in Ireland. During twenty years of involvement in Maynooth, he served first as a lecturer in Moral Theology, followed by a term as Vice-President and then eleven years as President. This coincided with considerable development on the Maynooth campus involving both the National University and the Pontifical University. In these responsibilities, Monsignor Farrell displayed competence and balanced judgment at a time when many challenging decisions had to be made. I have no doubt that the Episcopal Conference will benefit from his wisdom and insights. On behalf of the priests and people of the Diocese of Meath, I wish Monsignor Farrell every blessing as he prepares for his new role and I assure him of our prayers and support. 7 Jan The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 14 Jan Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 7. 7.00pm Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin Christopher & Christina Rooney Tom & Mary Gannon & the deceased members of the family & Special Intention 7. 7.00pm Noel & Teresa Scally & Baby Noel Packie, Frances & Catherine O’Brien Carmel O’ Connell Nina Madden 1 9.00am Cyril Brennan 1 9.00am 1 11.00am John & Brian Brazil 1 11.00am Dermot Gallagher Denis & Una Mc Loughlin 12.15pm Eileen Flinter George Courtney, and Eileen, Jack & John Courtney 1 12.15pm Tommy & Bride Dolan Jim McDermott; Declan Hoare; Paul Doyle; Lil, Christina & Christy Nulty, Lily Cullen and deceased members of the family Monday Special Intention Tuesday Special Intention & Sean and Fran Fitzpatrick Wednesday Redington O’Sullivan & the deceased members of the family Thursday Louis Knowles & Christopher Hartford Saturday Patrick, Catherine & Joseph Whyte & Annie Clarke - Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome. A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 10th January at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future. Congratulations to Monsignor Dermot Farrell (P.P. of Dunboyne Parish) who was appointed Bishop of Ossory on Wednesday last by Pope Francis. We wish Monsignor Dermot every blessing and we offer him our heartfelt prayers and support. Gless Club starts in Ratoath Community Centre on Friday 12th January at 6.00pm Dance singing and drama for children aged 4-12 yrs. If interested please call Danielle on 0852166274 Bright Stars Stage School is now enrolling for January 2018. Singing, dancing and acting. Classes are for children 4+. Contact Denise on 0857242481 Meath Alzheimer Cafe: Wednesday, 10th 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 to attend. Guest speaker is Clare Duffy, Social Policy Officer for Family Carers Ireland who will give a talk on ‘Rights & Entitlements of Family Carers in Ireland'. Tea/coffee and scones served. Admission is free. Contact: Day Centre at 046-9027007 Pilates classes running every Monday morning 10am in Ratoath Community Centre. Classes are pay as you go & ran by experienced qualified instructor. Phone Nicola for further info. 087 6975207. Operation Transformation National Walk taking place on Saturday 13th January at 10.00am in Ashbourne (meet at Garda Station). All ages and abilities welcome. Walk distance 4 km (along Sli na Slainte route). In the interest of safety, dogs are not allowed. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Anam Cara North Dublin, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 17th January from 7.30pm-9:00pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether this was recent or not. Ratoath Cardiac First Responders Christmas Tree Recycling Website To support us, please 1. Purchase a tag at Conway’s Spar, Cunningham’s Super Value, Sweeney’s Centra, Ratoath Community Centre, Caulstown Christmas Tree Farm or Ratoath Garden Centre. 2. Email your address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 3. Put the tag on your tree and put the tree outside your house by 9am on Saturday 13th January Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 1st January 2018 (part 11) We must also turn this contemplative gaze to the cities where we live, “a gaze of faith which sees God dwelling in their houses, in their streets and squares, ... fostering solidarity, fraternity, and the desire for goodness, truth and justice” – in other words, fulfilling the promise of peace. When we turn that gaze to migrants and refugees, we discover that they do not arrive empty-handed. They bring their courage, skills, energy and aspirations, as well as the treasures of their own cultures; and in this way, they enrich the lives of the nations that receive them. We also come to see the creativity, tenacity and spirit of sacrifice of the countless individuals, families and communities around the world who open their doors and hearts to migrants and refugees, even where resources are scarce. A contemplative gaze should also guide the discernment of those responsible for the public good,

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