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Parish Bulletin 2nd December 2007



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

2 December 2007

( 01 8256207

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



Congratulations to Sam McCord (Clonee), Ciaran Francisco (Steeplechase Green),

Emily Pullen (Moulden Bridge), Grace Tansley (Foxbrook), Darragh Doody (Milltree Park) and Matthew Kavanagh (Steeplechase Green) who were baptised recently.


Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holy day of obligation.

The Vigil Mass is on Friday at 7.00pm and the Masses on Saturday are at 9.00am & 11.00am


The sick and the house bound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday.


For Christmas: The parish choir are looking for parishioners who are willing to join them in the run up to Christmas. Practice on Tuesday at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.


Ratoath Garden Club present The Magic of Christmas. Enjoy a magical evening of Floral Arranging with Marie Laird (Floral Arrangers Association) Light food served after demonstration Venue, Brownstown GAA. Time: 8.00pm. Non members €10.00.  Everyone welcome.




Ratoath GAA Presents The Father Ted Variety Show on 7th  & 8th December at 8.00pm in the Clubhouse at Tickets are €10.00 and can be obtained from Jane Coyne on 086 344 5443.


Older Adults Festive Fun Day for older adults in Meath on Thursday 6th December at 10am in Simonstown GAA Centre, Navan. If interested please confirm attendance to Meath LSP

on 046-9067337.


The Management of Ratoath Manor Nursing Home would like to ask all Mass goers who park their cars in the Nursing Home grounds, to please have consideration for the residents and staff by parking cars appropriately. Please do not block entrance to the front or back of the Nursing Home. These exits must be kept clear at all times in case of emergency. Thank you for your co-operation.


Gorta would like to thank all who so generously supported their recent church gate collection which raised €1,379.00.


Rathbeggan National School’s Family Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 9th December in Dunboyne Community Centre at 2.00pm. We would be delighted if you and your family could come and enjoy a fun day with games and prizes for everyone along with the fantastic wheel of fortune and raffle for superb prizes. Santa will be visiting all the boys and girls on the day!!


Christmas Youth Retreat:14th –16th December 2007 in St Paul’s Secondary School Greenhills, Dublin 12. Contact Kevin on 086 3025442 No cost, donation only, bring a sleeping bag.


The Venue presents The Three Tenors Christmas Concert on Friday 7th December at 8.00pm and on Saturday 8th December The Legend of Luke Kelly. Tickets available from box office

Tel 01 6895600 





1st Sunday of Advent

O Come O Come Emmanuel!



Today the Church celebrates the First Sunday of Advent. This is the beginning   

of a new liturgical year and the readings will be taken from Cycle A.

The  Advent liturgy  opens with that great yearning cry of the  prophets of Israel 

to  the Messiah and  Redeemer whose advent they awaited. "Come!" God is not deaf to His people's cry.  Fulfilling the promise of salvation made to our first parents at their fall He sent His Son into the world. And the application to all generations of humanity of the redemption that the Son of God made Man obtained for us by His passion continues until the end of time: it will conclude with the end of the world when the Messiah comes to complete His work and lead us into His kingdom. The history of the Church occupies the period between these two great events.

In the Mass of this Sunday the whole work of redemption is set before us, from its preparation in Israel's expectancy and its effect on our present lives down to its final fulfilment. The Church, in preparing us to celebrate at Christmas the birth of Him who came to snatch our souls from sin and transform them into the likeness of His own, invokes upon us and on all people the complete accomplishment of the mission of salvation that He came to perform upon this earth.



 “The season of Advent gives voice to the yearning for God, so profoundly inscribed on the history of humanity. In Advent the Church renews her commitment to tell all the world about God’s approach. That message, he said, will strike a chord with all of the people who hope for a more just and fraternal world.

It is natural to long for peace, and believers recognize that peace is one of the most beautiful names of God. During Advent, Christians should unite themselves to all those who are thirsting for peace and justice, for the rule of God to ease the suffering of a troubled world. I urge Christians to revive their own longing for the God Who comes, and redouble their prayers that his name may be hallowed, that his kingdom of justice and peace may come, and that his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican, Dec. 4, 2006


The St Vincent de Paul Society is holding their annual Christmas Collection this weekend - 1st & 2nd December.                                                                                        This collection is for the support of the local community and your generous support would be appreciated once again.                                                                           The Ratoath Conference would like to recruit new members.

Are you interested in joining the conference? Please call 01 8256375 or 01 8259549. 


2 Dec 

First Sunday of Advent

9 Dec

 Second Sunday of Advent



Anthony Donohue




William & Mary Donnelly

& Eileen Brady


Patrick, Bridget, Nancy & Pat Mulvaney


Frank & Ann O’Reilly


Bridget Wall & Sarah Brennan


Kathleen & Christopher Harlford


Frank Maher

& Lily Brady (Months Mind)


Sean Eiffe &

Kathleen, John & Robert Murray





 Monday             Michael Murphy        

 Tuesday            Agnes Dorney

                         Friday                Mass for all those on the Parish list of the Dead (9.45am)

                                                   Patrick & Katie O’Brien (Vigil- 7.00pm)

                         Saturday             Christy & Kathleen Martin (9.00am)

                                                   Angela Walsh (11.00am)


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