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Parish Bulletin 14th January 2018
Holy Trinity Church Ratoath 14 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. Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome. Envelope Collection for the week ending 31st December & 7th January €1,470.85 Standing Orders for December €3,185.29 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Meath youth volunteers attend Leadership Summit Five third-level students from the Diocese of Meath took part in the Student Leadership Summit in Chicago, USA on 2 – 5 January 2018.The conference, organised by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), was attended by over 8,000 international participants. The Meath participants included Neil Shevlin (Ratoath), Mark Caffrey (Ratoath), Sarah Kate Moynihan (Ashbourne), Alanna Bradley (Dunshaughlin) and Ivan Mather (Ratoath). FOCUS is an outreach that helps college and university students to deepen their relationship with Jesus and the Catholic faith. It aims to inspire and equip students for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. “It was a really positive experience” Mark Caffrey said. “The summit encourages us and helps us to bring the Gospel to our generation which so desperately needs to hear it. Almost 80% of those who leave the Catholic faith do so by the age of 23. There are many of us who are college students and faith means a lot to us. We are eager to deepen our faith and to share with it in a positive and fresh way with our contemporaries.” St. Paul’s National School has posted applications for enrolment for September 2018. If you were expecting one and didn’t receive one please contact the school office on 01-8257246. 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. 14 Jan Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 21 Jan Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 7. 7.00pm Noel & Teresa Scally & Baby Noel Packie, Frances & Catherine O’Brien Carmel O’ Connell Nina Madden 7. 7.00pm Dorathea Mates Caroline Hynes 1 9.00am 1 9.00am 1 11.00am Dermot Gallagher Denis & Una Mc Loughlin 1 11.00am James & Margaret & Jim Keogh & deceased members of the family Dympna Mills 12.15pm Tommy & Bride Dolan Jim McDermott Declan Hoare Paul Doyle Lil, Christina & Christy Nulty, Lily Cullen and deceased members of the family 1 12.15pm Willie Carey Evelyn Cullen Pat & Mary Reilly Saturday No morning Mass 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. Drogheda and North East Samaritans. Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer? If so, please come along to our information sessions to find out what is involved on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30pm or Saturday 27th January at 11.00am at No. 2 Leland Place, Stockwell St., Drogheda. Contact 041- 9843844(10.00am to 1.00pm) Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Third Level Course Information Morning @ DkIT. Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) is holding a Full Time and Part Time Course Information morning on Saturday 20th January between 10.00am and 1.00pm. The Course information morning is an opportunity for prospective students to find out more information on courses in DkIT as well as getting help and assistance with filling in their CAO application form. For more information please visit Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees - 14th January 2018 Dear brothers and sisters! “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34). Throughout the first years of my pontificate, I have repeatedly expressed my particular concern for the lamentable situation of many migrants and refugees fleeing from war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. This situation is undoubtedly a “sign of the times” which I have tried to interpret, with the help of the Holy Spirit, ever since my visit to Lampedusa on 8 July 2013..... Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future. This solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities. In this regard, I wish to reaffirm that “our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.... Welcoming means, above all, offering broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally. ... The second verb – protecting – may be understood as a series of steps intended to defend the rights and dignity of migrants and refugees, independent of their legal status.].... Promoting essentially means a determined effort to ensure that all migrants and refugees – as well as the communities which welcome them – are empowered to achieve their potential as human beings, in all the dimensions which constitute the humanity intended by the Creator. ........ The final verb – integrating – concerns the opportunities for intercultural enrichment brought about by the presence of migrants and refugees. ..... Dates for Your Diary 2018

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