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Parish Bulletin 1 December 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

              1 December 2019


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.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All welcome.

We welcome Rosanna & David Hoare, Rebecca Moore, Dylan Branagan, Oliver Mitchell, Grace Byrne,

James McAuley and Mia Tiernan into the Christian community. They were baptised recently.

Pease pray for the repose of the soul of Nicky O’Connor (Ballybin) who died during the week.

May he rest in peace.

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

Advent Holy Hour: You are invited to a holy hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, reflections and music for Advent concluding with Solemn Benediction on this Friday evening 6th December beginning at 7.30pm. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available during the holy hour. All are welcome.

Advent Vespers & Benediction (sung in Latin with Gregorian chant) at 5.00pm on each Sunday of Advent (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd December) in Silverstream Benedictine Priory, Stamullen, Co. Meath

Directions at

Envelope Collection for the week ending 17th & 24th November €1,565.40        

Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


01 Dec

First Sunday of Advent

08 Dec

Second Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Greg Campbell (Month Memory)

Ciaran Kilcline

Alan Rafferty

Frank & Anne O’Reilly

Patsy & Christy Smith

7.  7.00pm

Ben & Veronica Cullen

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Joan & Bob Slattery & Thady Murray

1  9.00am

Pauline Fox

Padraig Naughton

James Drummond

1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Breege McIntyre (Months Memory)

Richard King & Bridget Wall

Gina Gillespie

1 11.00am

Paddy Donnelly

Sadie & Michael Walsh

Thomas Gibbons

1 12.15pm


1 12.15pm

Sean Eiffe

Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & the deceased members of the McAuley & Carty family

Margaret,  Brendan & Paul McDermott  & the Reilly family

Angela Walsh




Monday          Noel, Eileen & Gerry Walshe; Peggy & Tom McMullen; & Aidan Butler

Wednesday    Deceased Members of the Butler family

Thursday        Christopher, Kathleen & Maoira Martin

Friday             Mass for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday         Pat Ryan (Months Memory) Mass in Ratoath Nursing Home 11.00am

Distribution of Parish Envelopes: We are grateful to all who distribute the parish envelopes for us at the end of November and early December every year. We are looking for a number of volunteers who could be available to assist in the distribution of envelopes to a number of areas in the parish. If you can spare an hour for this work, please contact Maureen at the Parish Office.

The parish is providing an Advent Catechesis for children aged 3-8 yrs. The Catechesis will be held in the Parish Pastoral  Centre for the Sundays of Advent starting after the 9am Mass and finishing in time for the 11am Mass. Parents are welcome to have a cup of tea and chat. (Special thanks to the Men’s Shed for the work they have done on Advent materials for us).

A Night of Music and Reflection with Ratoath Parish Folk Group in memory of Ronan Cahill R.I.P. on Thursday 19th December in the parish church at 8.00pm. Tickets €10 from the Parish Office or any member of the group. All proceeds in aid of Cystic Fibrosis, Ireland.

Christmas Carol Service at St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, with Kilmessan Church Choir and The Treble Children’s Choir on Friday 13th December at 8.00 pm. Tickets available at St. Columban’s or contact Pat 086 8297578, Tom 086 2642796 or Olivia 0868144489

The St Vincent de Paul annual church gate collection for Christmas will take place next weekend 7th /8th December. The Ratoath St Vincent de Paul Society appreciate your generosity in giving to this local worthy cause.
For the estimated 50,000+ homes who will contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) this winter the words of the popular song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” are totally at odds with their circumstances. For them Christmas can be the most worrying time of the year.
At the launch by Ryan Tubridy of the SVP Annual Appeal, Kieran Stafford National President said, Last year our volunteers visited 50,000 homes in the winter period and with the 2019 calls for help so far running ahead of the 2018 figures we expect that the figure for this year will increase.”
These are people who want to make Christmas as special for their children and families as everyone else but lack the financial resources to meet the additional costs this time brings, and are already struggling to pay for food, heating and rent,” he said.
This Christmas, SVP has again put children at the heart of its Annual Appeal and Kieran Stafford said that is because they are the most vulnerable and should not suffer because society has got things so wrong.
This year we hope to bring a happy Christmas to the many children living in poverty especially the 3,873 without a home and relying on emergency accommodation,” he said.

Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  The Meath Alzheimer Cafe Annual Christmas Party will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin on Wednesday 4th December from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.  All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  This will be a social evening with music, dancing and festive treats.  We look forward to an enjoyable evening.  There is no Charge for this service.  Contact: Whistlemount Day Centre at 046-9027007.

Support Cystic Fibrosis, Ireland. Coffee morning on Thursday 5th December from 11.00am to 1.00pm in Fitzgerald Hughes Estate Agents, Main Street, Ratoath

Santa will visit Ratoath GAA Club on Sunday 8th December 12-6pm. Free Admission. All Donations to CHI, Crumlin (formerly known as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital). Goodie bags and photo with Santa for all children. Face painting, mulled wine and mince pies.

Free Five Week Basic iPhone, iPad, Tablet and Smartphone class commencing in all areas in January 2020.  Please call Angela on 046 9280790 to book a place.

Ratoath Tidy Towns. Thank you very much for your generous donations at last week’s church 


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