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Parish Bulletin 8th December 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             8 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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Norman Colfer (Kilbride Road) and

Joan Moore (Naas), mother of Pamela Carberry (Ballybin) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.

A meeting, for parents who have children for baptism in the near future, will be held on Wednesday next 11th December at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Confessions for Christmas: Fr Gerry and Fr Brendan will hear Confessions after the Vigil Mass on Saturday 21st December and after the 9.00am and 12.15pm Masses on Sunday 22nd December

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).

Christmas Mass Bouquets available now from the Parish Office.

A Night of Music and Reflection with Ratoath Parish Folk Group in memory of Ronan Cahill  will be held 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.

Since the 8th December falls on a Sunday this year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is moved to Monday 9th December but this year it is not a holy day of obligation.


08 Dec

Second Sunday of Advent

15 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Ben & Veronica Cullen

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Joan & Bob Slattery & Thady Murray

7.  7.00pm

Maura McLoughlin

John & Margaret Donnelly 

Ella Smyth

1  9.00am


1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Paddy Donnelly

Sadie & Michael Walsh

Thomas Gibbons

1 11.00am

Tom McGoldrick

Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

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

1 12.15pm

Julie Crowe (Months Memory)

Lil & Tom Coyne

Eddie, Patricia & Ian Smith

Mary Murphy

Dermot Branagan




Monday          Pat Ryan  & Special Intention                      Tuesday     Special Intention

Saturday         Mass in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home 11.00am

The Tradition of the Christmas Crib

Pope Benedict XVI

Following a beautiful and firmly rooted tradition, many families set up a crib immediately after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the Birth of Jesus.

Putting up the crib at home can be a simple but effective way of presenting faith, to pass it on to one’s own children. The crib helps us to contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem Grotto.

St Francis of Assisi was so taken with mystery of the Incarnation that he wanted to present it anew at Greccio in the living nativity scene, thus beginning an old, popular tradition that still retains its value for evangelisation today.

Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true family because it speaks of the secret of Christmas because it speaks of the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who was rich, but he became poor for your sake. His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angel’s words: And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

This is still the sign for us too, men women of the third millennium.

There is no other Christmas.     


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

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

Directions at

You can listen to the weekly faith podcast, Faithcast on

The St Vincent de Paul annual church gate collection for Christmas will take place this weekend 7th /8th December. The Ratoath St Vincent de Paul Society appreciate your generosity in giving to this local worthy cause.

Santa will visit Ratoath GAA Club on this 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.

Anam Cara North Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 18th December at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, Co. Dublin. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not. Please contact us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 085 2888 888 for any queries


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