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Parish Bulletin 1st December 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

1 December 2013

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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.30am– 4.00pm

 

 

 

Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan
 
 
Congratulations to Katie Murphy (Steeplechase Green), Finn Friswell (Fairyhouse Lodge) and
 Darragh Fuller (Clonkeen) who were baptised recently.
 
Congratulations to Hilary Collins and Anthony McAtamney and to Ginalyn Bolo and Jason Donnelly who were married during the week.
 
Please pray for Patrick Molloy (Castleknock) brother of Jimmy Molloy (Park View) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.

 

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

 

Envelope Collection for the week ending 17th & 24th November €1,352.60

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.

 

The St. Vincent de Paul Society hold their annual church gate collection for Christmas on the 7th and 8th December. We ask you to support their work for the needy in our community.

 

This year the Society of St Vincent de Paul gave €40m in direct assistance to those in need, an increase of €16m on 2007. Meanwhile, calls for assistance to the SVP have increased by over 104% since 2009.These are some of the stark figures the SVP revealed as 2fm’s Colm Hayes launched the organisation’s annual appeal entitled, ‘We can’t do it alone.’

 

The appeal takes place over Advent in the run up to Christmas and is the SVP’s most important fundraising campaign of the year.

 

According to the SVP vice president, its 11,000 volunteers are making as many as 400,000 home visits a year to families hit by the recession. Tom MacSweeney said the profile of those seeking assistance has radically changed in recent years. “The families we visit are not just those on social welfare, they include people in low-paid employment, the self-employed and people in good employment with debts that they cannot handle.” He said most of the assistance went towards helping families with food, education and energy bills, the costs of which have tripled in recent years. Statistics show that there are roughly 734,120 people or 16% of the population living in poverty.

 

 

 

 
 

1 1 Dec

Fi First Sunday of Advent

8   8 Dec

S   Second Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

P  Pauline Fox

    Ciaran Kilcline

7.  7.00pm

    Ben & Vonnie Cullen

J   John,Christy, & Marian Foran

    Tony Converie

& Colette & Patrick Devanney

9. 9.00am

P  Patrick Molloy

9.  9.00am

 

1  11.00am

    Anna & Frank O’Reilly

P  Patsy & Christy Smith

1  11.00am

F   Frank Maher

Bi  Billy & Kathleen Lynch

&  Christopher & Kathleen Martin

1  12.15pm

     Eamonn & Margaret Tonge

A   Alan Rafferty

    12.15pm

 J  Joan & Bob Slattery

& Sean Eiffe & Angela Walsh

    

Monday       Kevin & Katie Darby                                               Tuesday      Special Intention

Friday         Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead.            Saturday     No morning Mass

Stay awake! The Lord is coming. Be ready! If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit our website at www.dioceseofmeath.ie/vocations

Pope Francis topped the list of names most mentioned on the internet so far this year, with his twitter account also receiving a high ranking.  His twitter handle is @Pontifex 

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held at 7.30pm on Monday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, Co. Meath warmly extend a general invitation to attend Sung Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays of Advent: December 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 4:00pm  in the afternoon. Tea will follow in the monastery gatehouse. This initiative on the part of the Benedictines of the Diocese of Meath is a unique opportunity to enter more deeply into the mystery of Advent.
 
This weekend the boys and girls who are to receive Confirmation in March will join us as they continue to prepare for the Sacrament. We welcome them along with their parents.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland will undertake a review of safeguarding practice in the Diocese of Meath on 9 - 11 December. The review will examine the handling of complaints in the Diocese of Meath, as well as the policy and procedures in place for safeguarding children.  The Diocese of Meath welcomes the review which was requested by Bishop Michael Smith in compliance with the diocesan safeguarding children policy.  Any survivors of abuse by Church personnel who have not already come forward are invited to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Fr Sean Henry, at 086 1574774 or to contact the HSE or An Garda Siochana. Contact details on the Meath diocesan safeguarding website (www.meathsafeguarding.ie).

If you are interested in become a reader at any of our weekend Masses please contact Fr. Gerry or Fr. Brendan or ring Maureen in the parish office.

 

Ratoath Church Children's Choir, Christmas Concert, Friday 6thDecember at 7:30pm in The Venue Theatre. Tickets €8, available for purchase from Susan 087 053 2991.  All proceeds to the Laura Lynn House. Please support.

 

St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 8thDecember from 11.00am - 2.30pm in the school hall. There will be a wonderful selection of cakes, gifts, plants, books and refreshments. Children can meet Santa and the Elves in his magical workshop and enjoy face painting.

 
GAA Lotto Results. Numbers 13,20,21 & 22 .No jackpot winner. Santa will be visiting Ratoath GAA on Sunday 8th Dec from 12 to 5pm. Admission is free but all donations will go to Our  Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin.
 
Ratoath Garden Club: Christmas Gala Flowering Arranging evening “Deck the Halls” on Monday 9th December in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Guest flower arranger Stephen May from Freda’s Florist Ashbourne. Admission €10.00 includes supper. All proceeds to the local St Vincent De Paul Society. Raffle will be all Stephen’s lovely arrangements made on the night.   
 
Ratoath Community Centre will kick off the holiday season with festivities on Friday 6th December starting at 5.30pm. We will have singing from the Happy Days Montessori Choir, some local children will be on hand to sing carols and Santa will be there to help James Scully, our bronze medal Paralympian, turn on the Christmas Tree lights at 6pm. 
 
Ratoath Bingo every Sunday Night in the Community Centre at 8.00pm. Helping to raise funds for the upkeep of the centre
 

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