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Parish Bulletin 30th November 2008
Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath30 November 2008
( 01 8256207

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

     Congratulations to Benjamin Rooney (Porterstown Lane), Adam Daly (Woodlands Hall), Jack Clarke (Steeplechase Wood), Karolina Meagher (Mill Tree Park) and Thomas Mangan (The Old Mill) who were baptised recently. Please pray for Rita Whelton (Cork), sister of Mary McIntyre (Curragha Road) who died during the week. May she rest in peace The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their home on Thursday and Friday  Lectio Divina: On Mondays at 8pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All are welcome.  Ratoath Community Support Group (supporting parents of children with special or additional needs). The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th December at 8pm in the Community Centre (Boardroom). Newcomers very welcome! If you would like more information on the group or the meetings, please contact Doreen on 8257902. Gorta would like to thank everyone who supported their recent church gate collection which raised €1376.00. Many thanks. Latin Classes for Beginners required, contact Breda 087 2448743 Ratoath Conference of the St Vincent De Paul will hold their annual Christmas Church Gate collection on weekend 6th and 7th December. We ask you to be as generous as possible to their appeal, for the needy in our community. The Ratoath Folk Group has put together a CD for charity. The name of the CD is “Voices for Chifani” and all the proceeds will go to the Zambian Immersion Programme. This charity is building a training centre in Kasama for young girls. The CD is €15 and will be on sale on Sunday 14th December after all the Masses. Please put this on your shopping list. Your support will make a difference.  Christmas Fair in St Paul’s National School on Sunday 7th December 11.30am-3.00pm. Cake sale, Book sale, and Santa will also be there.  The Ratoath Junior Hurlers are playing in the Leinster Championship Final this Sunday November 30th against Naomh Barrog (Dublin), at the Sean Eiffe Park, Brownstown at 2.00pm. Please come along and support Ratoath GAA’s first Leinster Hurling Championship Final. All support very welcome. Ratoath Musical Society presents Aladdin - Pantomime in the Venue Theatre, opening Monday night until Sunday 7th December. Starring all local cast - booking on (01)6895600 GAA Annual Concert will present “Father Ted” to be held in the clubhouse at 8.00pm on4th, 5th, 6th December. Tickets €10.00 from club. P4P (People 4 people) Club would like to invite everyone to a chat and coffee in Ratoath Community Centre on Friday 12th December 10.30am to discuss what we need in Ratoath. Message from Bishop Smith on the sale of pre- signed Mass Cards The practice of having Mass offered for a deceased person is a praiseworthy tradition in this country. It is a practice that manifests the centrality of the Eucharist in our faith. It fulfils the scriptural invitation to pray for the dead as well as extending prayerful support to those grieving the death of a loved one. Unfortunately in recent times individuals and companies have exploited this traditional act of support by offering pre-signed Mass cards for sale in shops and commercial outlets. The impression given is that these are genuine Mass cards and that Masses will be offered. The evidence suggests otherwise. It is claimed that priests who sigh these cards live in third world countries and appreciate the support this involvement offers to them and other priests. An investigation was carried out some time ago into the priests whose names were on the cards. Not all the names could be deciphered or traced. With the co-operation of the Church in the countries where the priests identified were alleged to minister it was found that some were deceased while others were no longer priests in good standing in the church. In recent months there has been a major increase in such cards being offered for sale.  To take one example: some are being sold in the name of Rev. Joseph O’Carroll. In fact Rev. Joseph O’Carroll is Mgr. Jose Carolo, an Italian priest who worked in the Diocese of Quito in Ecuador, South America. Mgr. Carolo died two years ago. One assumes his name was changed to give the cards greater appeal in Ireland. These cards have no spiritual value. They abuse the Eucharist and trade on the faith and goodwill of people. It is a commercial operation with profit as its motive. Those who engage and facilitate this practice, including the shops that offer them for sale, seriously abuse the Eucharist and its sacred character. To give such cards to those mourning the death of a loved one is not only a meaningless act, it is also an insult to the memory of the deceased and to those who grieve over their passing.*****************************************************************************************                                                Prayer for Advent Lord Jesus you came to bring us the fullness of joy and to free us from all pale imitations of happiness. This Advent, remove any barriers we have put up to keep you out of our lives. Teach us to welcome your presence wherever we find it, even in the difficulties and the challenges of daily life. As we reach out in love to others, especially the poor and the needy, may we come to know in our hearts that we are welcoming you, our Lord and Saviour. Amen ***************************************************************************************** 
30 NovFirst Sunday of Advent 7 Dec Second  Sunday of Advent
Vigil 7.00pmJohn & Tom Reilly& Bernard & Josie GannonVigil 7.00pmFrank, Mary, & Frankie Gorman& Ben & Veronica Cullen & Carmel O’Connor (Months Mind)
9.00amKevin & Katie Darby& Tom & Rosemary Wallace9.00amKavanagh Family (Jamestown)
11.00am Christy Nulty& The Elliott Family (Cabinhill)11.00am  Angela Walsh& Frank & Anna O’Reilly
12.15pmFrank Maher & Killian McDonnell12.15pm Sean Eiffe & Sarah Brennan
  Wednesday        Michael Murphy                       Friday                 Mass for all those on the parish list of the dead                    Saturday     Alan Rafferty

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