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Parish Bulletin 30th December 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             30 December 2018


01 8256207


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


There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 2nd January.


Envelope Collection for the week ending 23rd €3,040.07

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

Congratulations to Sinead Murphy & James Robinson who were married recently.


Free basic iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Tablet, Class starting in Ashbourne Parish Hall on Monday 7th January from 10 – 12 Noon. To book a place please call Angela on 046 9280790



30 Dec

Holy Family of Jesus Mary & Joseph

6 Jan

Epiphany of the Lord

7.  7.00pm

John & Paul Ennis

James & Margaret Nolan

Joe & Peggy Lynch

Marie & Bennie Wallace

7.  7.00pm

Noel & Theresa Scally & Baby Noel

Nina Madden

Packie, Katie & Francis O’Brien

Tom & Mary Gannon & the deceased members of the family

1  9.00am

Deceased members of the McCrea

& Whelan families.

Eileen & Michael Brady (Brownstown)

1  9.00am

Tom Murphy

Maria & Michael Murphy

1  11.00am

Frank & Anne McCool

1  11.00am

John & Brian Brazil

Christy & Christina Rooney

Special Intention

1  12.15pm

Ann Malone

George & Albert Mc Auley & deceased members of the family.

George, Jack, Eileen & John Courtney

1  12.15pm

Eileen Flinter




Monday 31st      Wedding Mass at 12.30pm

Tuesday           Mass for the World Day of Peace at 11.00am in the Parish Church

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd      Mass at 9.45am

Friday 4th          Mass at 9.45am for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday 5th      No morning Mass  


“Let us go now to Bethlehem”. With these words, the shepherds set out. We too, Lord, want to go up to Bethlehem. Today too, the road is uphill: the heights of our selfishness need to be sur
mounted, and we must not lose our footing or slide into worldliness and consumerism.
I want to come to Bethlehem, Lord, because there you await me. I want to realize that you, lying in a manger, are the bread of my life. I need the tender fragrance of your love so that I, in turn, can be bread broken for the world. Take me upon your shoulders, Good Shepherd; loved by you, I will be able to love my brothers and sisters and to take them by the hand. Then it will be Christmas, when I can say to you: “Lord you know everything; you know that I love you” 
                                                                                       (Pope Francis on Christmas Eve Mass)

We wish all our parishioners every good wish

and blessing for the New Year


Excerpt from the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace 1st January 2019 (part 1)

“Peace be to this house!

In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you”.

Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. The “house” of which Jesus speaks is every family, community, country and continent, in all their diversity and history. ....                                                                        So let this be my greeting at the beginning of the New Year: “Peace be to this house!”

The challenge of good politics

Peace is like the hope which the poet Charles Péguy celebrated. It is like a delicate flower struggling to blossom on the stony ground of violence. We know that the thirst for power at any price leads to abuses and injustice. Politics is an essential means of building human community and institutions, but when political life is not seen as a form of service to society as a whole, it can become a means of oppression, marginalization and even destruction.

Jesus tells us that, “if anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all”.      In the words of Pope Paul VI, “to take politics seriously at its different levels – local, regional, national and worldwide – is to affirm the duty of each individual to acknowledge the reality and value of the freedom offered him to work at one and the same time for the good of the city, the nation and all mankind”.

Political office and political responsibility thus constantly challenge those called to the service of their country to make every effort to protect those who live there and to create the conditions for a worthy and just future. If exercised with basic respect for the life, freedom and dignity of persons, political life can indeed become an outstanding form of charity.

Charity and human virtues: the basis of politics at the service of human rights and peace

Pope Benedict XVI noted that “.....

Man’s earthly activity, when inspired and sustained by charity, contributes to the building of the universal city of God, which is the goal of the history of the human family”. This is a programme on which all politicians, whatever their culture or religion, can agree, if they wish to work together for the good of the human family and to practise those human virtues that sustain all sound political activity: justice, equality, mutual respect, sincerity, honesty, fidelity...........

Every election and re-election, and every stage of public life, is an opportunity to return to the original points of reference that inspire justice and law. One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace. It respects and promotes fundamental human rights, which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations.


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