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Parish Bulletin 26th December 2010

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

26 December 2010



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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Brendan
The Parish Office will be closed until Tuesday 4th January.
Congratulations to Grace Delaney (Steeplechase Green) and Troy Farrell (Foxlodge Woods) who were baptised recently
Please pray for Rita Cusack (Raystown) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
No Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 29th December or Wednesday 5th January
Envelope Collection for the week ending 12th & 19th December €3,525.18
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
For all you U tube fans – why not look up The Digital Story of Nativity (or Christmas 2.0)
Due to the inclement weather, The Three Tenors Christmas Show scheduled for Tuesday 28th December in the Venue Theatre has been postponed to Saturday 26th February at 8.00pm
Ratoath Musical Society and its local and talented cast from Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin and Ratoath present Sleeping Beauty – Panto from 7thto 9th January and from 14th to 16th January at the Venue Theatre, Ratoath. Tickets from the box-office 01-6895600. Book now to avoid disappointment. 
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results for 20th December. Numbers drawn 11-15-16-2. No jackpot winner €50 winners -Barry Donnelly..Well Road; John Mulvaney...c/o Ryan's Pub
Next week jackpot €5,000. Draw Monday 27th Ryans Pub 9.00 .If you're not in you can’t win




26 Dec

The Feast of the Holy Family

2 Jan

Second Sunday after Christmas

Vigil 7.00pm

No Vigil Mass

Vigil 7.00pm

Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon

Tommy & Mary Walls

& John,& Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smith




Paddy & Mary Cassidy


Elizabeth & Charles Keogh and deceased members of the family


James & Margaret Nolan, & Patrick & Paudie Kelly

& Christina & Christopher Rooney 


Paddy & Claire Kelly

& Thomas & Gretta Butterly


John & Gerry Keating

& Tom Murphy





                       Monday        No morning Mass

                       Masses from Tuesday to Saturday will be in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home at 11.00am

                       Tuesday        Ann Byrne

                       Wednesday   Benny Wallace

                       Thursday      Mary Roche



We wish all our parishioners a very happy New Year                                                                                                                                                                                             Sa                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Monday Kev=                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wednesday                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     T


In particular, when we see the streets and squares adorned with dazzling lights, let us remember that these lights call us to another light, one invisible to the eyes but not to the heart. As we admire them, as we light the candles in church or the lights on the nativity scene or the Christmas tree in our homes, let our souls open to the true spiritual light, which was brought to all men and women of good will 

                                                                                                      Pope BenedictXV1  


May each Christmas find us more and more like Him, who at this time became a little child for our sake, more simple minded, more humble, more holy, more affectionate, more resigned, more content, more full of God                                                          

                                                                                    Blessed John Henry Newman 


In the gospel we hear “The Word became flesh” we see the Word came down from its silence and what was hidden came among us         St. Agnatius of Antioch 


When all things were in quiet silence and the night was in the middle of its course Your all-powerful Word leaped down from Heaven from His Royal Throne into the midst of the land                                                                      Book of Wisdom


Christmas brings us all back to the crib of life to start over again; aware of what has gone before, conscious that nothing can last, but full of hope that this time, finally, we can learn what it takes to live well, grow to full stature of soul and spirit, and get it right                                                                    Joan Chittister                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      n


Some of the Church fathers compared Jesus to a singer with a strong voice and a perfect pitch who joins a discordant choir and completely transforms it. It is not that Jesus gives us a different set of songs to sing, but helps us instead to perform our standard repertoire in an entirely new and more beautiful way.  

                                                                                                     Richard O’Brien                                                                                                                                                       R                                                                                                                                                       R                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


The incarnation does not mean that God saves us from the pains of this life. It means that God-is-with-us. For the Christian, just as for everyone else, there will be cold, lonely seasons of sickness, seasons of frustration and a season within which we will die. Christmas does not give us a ladder to climb out of the human condition. It gives us a drill that lets us burrow into the heart of everything that is and, there, find it simmering with divinity.                                       Avery Dulles


Looking for God these days requires the willingness to investigate the small

                                                                                                            Astec Poem

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