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Parish Bulletin 16th December 2007



   Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

16 December 2007

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



Congratulations to Charlotte Quigley (Donegal) and Ciara Giltinane (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently.



                            Confessions for Christmas


A Penitential Service for Christmas will be held in the Parish Church at 8.00pm this Sunday 16th December with a number of visiting priests in attendance.


                    Other Penitential services: all at 8.00pm

                            Ashbourne – Monday, 

                            Dunboyne -Tuesday,

                            Dunshaughlin – Wednesday,

                            Skyrne – Thursday.


























Children’s Choir Christmas carol service at 5pm.

All are welcome to attend.



An Croi Celebration of Light is an evening of inspirational songs by singer/songwriter Carmel Boyle, evocative reflections by Ger Holton and traditional carols in the true spirit of Christmas. All are invited to this evening that is sure to warm your heart on the Winter Soltice night at The Venue Theatre Ratoath 8pm on December 21st. Tickets at €15 are available from the box office 6895600. Proceeds in aid of TIP preventing trafficking of people, the “modern day slavery”.

Ceremony of Light in Dowdstown House, Dalgan Park, Navan, on Tuesday 18th December
at 7.30pm. This is a remembrance service of those who have died by suicide.

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16 Dec 

Third Sunday of Advent

23 Dec

 Fourth Sunday of Advent



Maura McLoughlin

& Eileen O’Sullivan



John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smith

& Charles & Elizabeth Keogh


Chrissie Furman


Raymond, Patrick & Teenie Brennan

& John & Elizabeth Ryan


Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

& John McCann (Month’s Mind)


Kevin White

& Teresa & Patrick Gorman


Eddie Smith

& Maggie Donnelly


Aubrey & Patrick McAuley

& McAuley & Carthy families





                                    Thursday          Martin Kerrigan

                                    Friday               George McAuley and deceased members of the McAuley family

                                    Saturday            No morning Mass



A Live Auction on Sunday 16th December in the Community Centre. Bring along furniture,  unwanted gifts, pictures, garden items or anything else you no longer and enjoy the extra cash from selling them. For further information phone Brady Fitzgerald Auctioneers on 8027000.


 Christmas Disco: Ratoath GAA Clubhouse on Friday 21st December. Fully supervised.

8 to 12 years 6.30pm to 8.00pm - €5 and 12 years and over 8.30pm to 11.00pm - €7



Excerpt from Pope Benedict XV1’s recent encyclical     “Spe Salvi”  (in hope we are saved)– on Christian Hope



Day by day, man experiences many greater or lesser hopes, different in kind according to the different periods of his life. Sometimes one of these hopes may appear to be totally satisfying without any need for other hopes. Young people can have the hope of a great and fully satisfying love; the hope of a certain position in their profession, or of some success that will prove decisive for the rest of their lives. When these hopes are fulfilled, however, it becomes clear that they were not, in reality, the whole. It becomes evident that man has need of a hope that goes further. It becomes clear that only something infinite will suffice for him, something that will always be more than he can ever attain. In this regard our contemporary age has developed the hope of creating a perfect world that, thanks to scientific knowledge and to scientifically based politics, seemed to be achievable. Thus Biblical hope in the Kingdom of God has been displaced by hope in the kingdom of man, the hope of a better world which would be the real “Kingdom of God”. This seemed at last to be the great and realistic hope that man needs. It was capable of galvanizing—for a time—all man's energies. The great objective seemed worthy of full commitment. In the course of time, however, it has become clear that this hope is constantly receding. Above all it has become apparent that this may be a hope for a future generation, but not for me.

And however much “for all” may be part of the great hope—since I cannot be happy without others or in opposition to them—it remains true that a hope that does not concern me personally is not a real hope. It has also become clear that this hope is opposed to freedom, since human affairs depend in each generation on the free decisions of those concerned. Hence, while we must always be committed to the improvement of the world, tomorrow's better world cannot be the proper and sufficient content of our hope.

Let us say once again: we need the greater and lesser hopes that keep us going day by day. But these are not enough without the great hope, which must surpass everything else. This great hope can only be God, who encompasses the whole of reality and who can bestow upon us what we, by ourselves, cannot attain. The fact that it comes to us as a gift is actually part of hope. God is the foundation of hope: not any god, but the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety. His Kingdom is not an imaginary hereafter, situated in a future that will never arrive; his Kingdom is present wherever he is loved and wherever his love reaches us. His love alone gives us the possibility of soberly persevering day by day, without ceasing to be spurred on by hope, in a world which by its very nature is imperfect.


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