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Parish Bulletin 6th May 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

                6 May 2018

01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday    


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Congratulations to Karen Geraghty and Conor Mc Ritchie who were married during the week.

Please pray for Patricia Smith (Glebe Park) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 9th May 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 22nd & 29th April €1,806.39  Thanks for your support

Darkness into Light – Fairyhouse 2018. This year marks the 10th year of Darkness into Light for Pieta House. The walk is dedicated to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Fairyhouse Racecourse is hosting the 3rd walk on Saturday May 12th at 4.15am. ALL registration will be done online at Contact Andrew Ralph on 085-1980987 or Caroline O’Rourke on 086- 2393527

Ratoath GAA DIL Breakfast: Ratoath GAA’s Health and Wellbeing section are providing a free healthy breakfast in the GAA Clubhouse, Brownstown / Dunshaughlin Road, to anyone participating in the Darkness Into Light Run / Walk on Sat 12th May 2018. All are welcome and breakfast will be served from 5.00am. While breakfast is free, we will be collecting voluntary donations for Pieta House.

Stand Up for Life: Final rally before the vote on Saturday 12th May at 2.00pm in Merrion Square.  A bus will leave Dunshaughlin Church at 12.30pm and Dunboyne Church at 12.45pm. To book a seat on the bus please call Noreen 085 827 4558 or May 087 133 4872 as soon as possible

This year was a huge success for Ratoath Foroige Club. Darragh Hynes, 17 was named overall national winner for his citizenship project which raised €2,140 for St Francis Hospice. He became the first individual winner of national awards in the last 50 years. Another group within foroige youth club claimed the silver medal. Foroige Junior Club is open on Thu from 7.30 to 8.30 till the end of the year.

6 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

13 May

Ascension of the Lord

7. 7.00pm

Mick O’Mahony

7. 7.00pm

Edward & Carmel McAuley

Nicholas & Catherine Kavanagh &

deceased members of the family

Yvonne Saul Fagan

1  9.00am


1  9.00am

James, Agnes & Kate Rooney

1  11.00am

Bridget, Michael & Seamus McIntyre &

the deceased members of the family

Daniel & Sarah Eiffe

1  11.00am

Noel Eiffe (Month’s Memory)

Pa & Julia Donnelly and the deceased

members of the family

Michael & Elizabeth Kavanagh

Edward & Mary Rafferty

1  12.15pm

Gerard Ralph; Kathleen Ryan;

Dick & Chris Donnelly;

Paddy Dolan & the deceased members

of the family; Noel & Phil Shanley

1  12.15pm

Tom Hennessy (Month’s Memory)

Jimmy Landy (Month’s Memory)

John Lundy

David Mulvaney



                   Monday         No morning Mass

                   Tuesday        Eileen & Gerry Walsh & Peter Daly                    Saturday        No morning Mass                         


“A Truly Compassionate Society Values All Life”

      Statement from Bishop Michael Smith on the forthcoming referendum

In a few weeks time, the people of Ireland must make a decision that will have a profound impact on the kind of society we will be in the future. We will be asked to decide on whether to retain the 8th amendment in our Constitution by voting ‘No’ or to remove it by voting ‘Yes’. I wish to share with you my conviction about why it is essential to vote “No” if we are to build a truly compassionate society that values all life.

The choice before us has become even starker in the light of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court which stated that the only legal protection the unborn child has at present is the 8th amendment. If this is removed the unborn child up to birth becomes a non-person in Irish law. Do we want to say that the child in the womb has no rights whatsoever in our Constitution? This, I am sure, every mother would find impossible to believe from her experience of her child moving in the womb as he or she grows and develops. The Supreme Court judgment means that the child in the womb would have no constitutional right to treatment or support.

Despite suggestions to the contrary, the Church asks that all necessary medical treatment be given to a mother in pregnancy even if this were to result in the unintended death of the child. Highly respected medical and legal experts have made it clear that under the present law the best standards of care are available to mothers in a crisis pregnancy. All involved in caring for the pregnant mother in Ireland have to take pride in the fact that Ireland is one of the safest countries in which to be pregnant.

A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby. The 8th amendment is a declaration of equality and respect for human life. It represents, at the very foundation and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life has to be cherished. Are we as a society to say to women experiencing a crisis in their pregnancy that the solution to their concern is to be found in abortion? Does this show compassion and care for women? The solution to a crisis pregnancy should be found in addressing the crisis, not in terminating the life of an innocent child. Abortion is a brutal act. There is no semblance of compassion involved in ending the life of the child in the womb. It is difficult to imagine how such an action could be compatible with the Catholic faith in any way.

The recent Supreme Court judgment means that, were the 8th amendment to be removed from the Constitution, the current government will legislate for unlimited abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, for unlimited abortion up to 24 weeks on the grounds of mental health, and for unlimited abortion up to birth in cases of life-limiting conditions. This prospect can only be described as horrifying. The appalling statistics of abortion rates in other countries should fill us with the dread of similar rates becoming normalised here. Are we to ignore the images, which technology makes available to us, of a child at 12 weeks who has a beating heart, a brain, eyes and ears, limbs, who is yawning, sucking the thumb, and who is clearly saying to us, “I want to live!”? To deprive the child of the right to life would be the gravest of injustices and by removing the 8th amendment we are doing just that.

It remains my hope that we can hand on to future generations a vision for society that is truly inclusive, which enshrines in its laws the equal right of every person to life, and which is capable of offering compassion and care to those in crisis. Our Constitution acknowledges that the right to life precedes all our laws, and our common humanity tells us that this is how it should be. The power to decide who lives and who dies should not belong to the individual. This can never be the foundation for a society that seeks to put compassion and care at its heart. Saving the 8th means that we do not have to choose between two competing rights. To choose life is to choose both.


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