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Parish Bulletin 17 December 2006

      Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

17 December 2006


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Congratulations to Isabelle Taaffe (The Old Mill), Conor Daughton (Steplechase Wood),

Sophie Cranley (Drumree) and Daniel Kelly (Steeplechase Green) who were baptised recently.


Please pray for Nick Brady (New Jersey), uncle of Phyllis Morgan (Bodeen) and George Webb (Drumree), father of Pauline Reilly (Porterstown Lane) who died recently.

May they rest in peace.


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm


The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes next Wednesday for Christmas.



Penitential Services


A Penitential Service for Christmas will be held in Ratoath Church this Sunday evening at 8.00pm. A number of priests from our neighbouring parishes will be in attendance.

A Penitential Service will also be held  on Monday evening in Ashbourne and Skryne; on Tuesday in Dunshaughlin; on Wednesday in Dunboyne;

and on Thursday in Curragha.



Confessions on Saturday 23rd December from 11.30pm to 12.30pm


Carol Service. In the Church at 8.00pm on Tuesday 19th


The Diocesan Choir will lead us in a Carol Service on Tuesday 19th December at 8.00pm. This is the first time that the choir has come to Ratoath Church and they will be joined by pupils of Ratoath Junior and Senior National Schools, for a number of the carols. All are welcome and we hope you can join us.               






 17 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent

 24 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent


Maura McLoughlin

& Peter & Mary Moore

& David Mulvaney


Charles & Elizabeth Keogh

& Aubrey Mc Auley

& Mc Auley & Carthy Families


Raymond, Tennie & Patrick Brennan


Chrissie Furman


Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

Winnie & Michael Mahon



John & Margaret Donnelly

& Ella Smith



Eddie Smith & Maggie Donnelly

& Con Colfer (Month’s Mind)


O’Brien, Vidler & Glynn Families

Baby Killian McDonnell (Month’s Mind)




Wednesday        Martin Kerrigan

Thursday            Deceased Members of the Maher Family

Friday                George McAuley and Members of the Family





Mass in the Polish language will be held in Ashbourne  Church on Sunday 17th December at 4.30pm. Confession for Polish Residents from 3.00pm

Mass for the people from Kerala, India will be held in Ashbourne on Friday 22nd December at 8.00pm with confessions at 7.00pm


Ratoath Christmas Concert at the Venue Theatre on Sunday 17th December at 8pm.

All local artistes. Proceeds in aid of Ratoath Housing Initiative (independent living for people with disabilities). Admission €15


The Venue Theatre presents a Celebration of Light - songs & reflections in the spirit of Christmas, hosted by An Croi, on Thursday 21st December at 8.00pm. Tickets €12


Christmas Disco in the Ratoath GAA Club house on Friday 22nd December. Supervised.

8 to12 years from 6.30pm – 8.00pm   €5; 12 years and over 8.30pm to 11.0pm €7


SuperValu, Ratoath    St. Vincent de Paul Collection

 We are asking customers to donate non-perishable items purchased in our supermarket between now and Christmas Eve. The items donated can be placed in the shopping trolleys in our entrance lobby. The cash value of all items donated will be matched in a cash donation by Cunningham's SuperValu.

i.e. 1collected from customers + 1 donated by SuperValu = 2 cash to St. Vincent de Paul.


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Mass Times for Christmas


Christmas Eve:                                                  5.00pm;     7.00pm (Folk Mass);    9.00pm


Christmas Day                                         9.00am;    11.00am;             and 12.15pm


We understand why children are afraid of darkness but why are people afraid of light?'     Plato

Everyone lives in some shadow or darkness in life. It is hard to avoid difficulties and circumstances that don't go our way. They often come to us unexpectedly and at a time we least expect. But we don't have to live in these shadows for ever. The message of Christmas is all about light and a call towards light, hope and new beginnings in our own lives. We can be afraid of many things but there are no grounds to be afraid of God's light. The many Christmas lights on display are doing their best to brighten up our dark winter evenings. But only God's light can penetrate the darkest of corners. This Christmas the invitation is to be open to God's light, whether it's a little chink or a big beam. It's not about how much or how little, but all about being open to it.                                                                        







































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