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Parish Bulletin 15th December 2019

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             15 December 2019


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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.


Congratulations to Gillian Drake and Stephen Kelly who were married during the week.

Confessions for Christmas: Fr Gerry and Fr Brendan will hear Confessions after the Vigil Mass next Saturday 21st December and after the 9.00am and 12.15pm Masses next Sunday 22nd December.
                            Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve            5.00pm; 7.00pm and 9.00pm
Christmas Day           9.00am; 11.00am and 12.15pm

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.


15 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent

22 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Maura McLoughlin

John & Margaret Donnelly 

Ella Smyth

7.  7.00pm

Paddy Kelly

Tiney, Raymond & Paddy Brennan and deceased members of the family

Mary Smith

Sean Conheady

Colette & Patrick Devenney

1  9.00am

Patrick & Joseph Everard

1  9.00am


1 11.00am

Tom McGoldrick

Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

1 11.00am

Charles & Elizabeth Keogh and deceased members of the family

1 12.15pm

Julie Crowe (Months Memory)

Lil & Tom Coyne

Eddie, Patricia & Ian Smith

Mary Murphy

Dermot Branagan

1 12.15pm

Michael McIntyre (Months Memory)

Pat Naughton

Martin Kerrigan

George & Albert McAuley & deceased members of the family




Monday         Anne, Owen & Christy Murray 

Tuesday         Deceased members of the Blake family & Johnny Monaghan

Wednesday    Nora & Tommy Byrne and Eileen & Tommy Mooney  

Thursday        Paddy Ryan                                     Friday     Special Intention                            

Saturday       No Morning Mass

Excerpt of the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis given on              1st December on the meaning and importance of the Nativity Scene

The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder. The depiction of Jesus’ birth is itself a simple and joyful proclamation of the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. The nativity scene is like a living Gospel rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture. As we contemplate the Christmas story, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is his love for us that he became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with him

With this Letter, I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the nativity scene in the days before Christmas, but also the custom of setting it up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares. Great imagination and creativity is always shown in employing the most diverse materials to create small masterpieces of beauty. As children, we learn from our parents and grandparents to carry on this joyful tradition, which encapsulates a wealth of popular piety. ..

The origin of the Christmas crèche is found above all in certain details of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, as related in the Gospels. The evangelist Luke says simply that Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn”.

But let us go back to the origins of the Christmas crib so familiar to us. Fifteen days before Christmas, Francis of Assisi asked a local man named John to help him realize his desire “to bring to life the memory of that babe born in Bethlehem, to see as much as possible with my own bodily eyes the discomfort of his infant needs, how he lay in a manger, and how, with an ox and an ass standing by, he was laid upon a bed of hay”. ......This is how our tradition began: with everyone gathered in joy around the cave, with no distance between the original event and those sharing in its mystery. From the nativity scene of that Christmas in 1223, “everyone went home with joy”.

With the simplicity of that sign, Saint Francis carried out a great work of evangelization. His teaching touched the hearts of Christians and continues today to offer a simple yet authentic means of portraying the beauty of our faith. ..

Why does the Christmas crèche arouse such wonder and move us so deeply? First, because it shows God’s tender love: the Creator of the universe lowered himself to take up our littleness. The gift of life, in all its mystery, becomes all the more wondrous as we realize that the Son of Mary is the source and sustenance of all life. In Jesus, the Father has given us a brother who comes to seek us out whenever we are confused or lost, a loyal friend ever at our side. He gave us his Son who forgives us and frees us from our sins.

Setting up the Christmas crèche in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem. Naturally, the Gospels remain our source for understanding and reflecting on that event. At the same time, its portrayal in the crèche helps us to imagine the scene. It touches our hearts and makes us enter into salvation history as contemporaries of an event that is living and real in a broad gamut of historical and cultural contexts.


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

GAA Lotto results....nos drawn: 3,18,25,27.  No Jackpot winner.

€50 winners: Lee McCann & G. O'Brien. Draw in Ratoath Inn on Monday 16th December.

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