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Parish Bulletin 4th December 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

4 December 2011

01 8256207


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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry   
Congratulations to Matthew Meagher (Milltree Park), Hannah Reynolds (Foxlodge Manor), 
Leo Brady (Elgarstown), Finn Higgins (Milltree Park) and Roslyn Naughton (Dunsany) 
who were baptised recently.
Thursday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holy day of obligation. 
Mass will be in the Parish Church at 11.00am and at 7.00pm 
A few new members have joined the Parish Choir in the lead into Christmas. If you would like to join them, even for this month of December, you would be most welcome to come to the practises on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
“O Sacrament Most Holy”. The Palestrina Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin directed by Blanaid Murphy with a new CD. To order visit
For your diary: Parish Carol Service on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm in the Parish Church. An evening of carols and reflections in preparation for Christmas. All welcome
The Ratoath Conference of SVP would like to ask parishioners to support their Christmas appeal. We currently have a trolley in Supervalu where non perishable goods can be donated. Supervalu is also supporting the Ryan Turbidy 2fm toy appeal . Donated new toys can be left at Supervalu Ratoath and will be distributed by SVP to needy families in our area. The SVP can be contacted on 087-9875641.  Thank the people of Ratoath for their continued support.
The Diocesan Youth Group are hosting an evening "Prepare your Hearts" in St. Anne’s Parish Centre, Navan, on Friday 9th December. It will be a space for reflection and preparation for the season of Advent and is open to people aged between 18 and 35. People are asked to gather between 6pm and 6.30pm. Starting at 6.45pm, the evening will conclude at 10.30pm. For more information or to confirm your attendance, please email: 
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Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: will take place from Monday 15th- Wednesday 24th October 2012 led by Bishop Michael Smith. Cost €1,389.00.  For details contact Fr Gerry McCormack on 042 966 7314 or MAP Travel O’Connell St. Dublin 1. 01 8783111

4 Dec

Second Sunday of Advent

11 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent



Eileen & Mick Brady  & Raymond, Patrick & Teeny Brennan

Vigil 7.00pm

Kathleen Ryan (Month’s Memory)

Frank, Mary & Frankie Gorman

& Ben & Vonnie Cullen


John McEnroe & deceased members of the family


James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor


Billy & Kathleen Lynch


Peter & Mary Moore


Alan Rafferty & Sean Eiffe & Sarah Brennan


John Paul Ennis & Jim McGrane & Angela Walsh



Thursday   Christy & Kathleen Martin 11.00am            Christopher & Kathleen Hartford  7.00pm 
                                        Saturday       No morning Mass
                                  Church Gate Collections: 
The permits issued by the Gardai to all organisations in the Meath division now stipulate, that collections take place after Mass only. 
All organisations are asked to observe this stipulation. 
The designated permit collection points will be issued shortly.
A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm this Tuesday 5th December.
The annual Christmas Fair, organised by Ratoath Community Centre and Ratoath Chamber of Commerce takes place this Sunday 4th December. Santa arrives at 11.00am. Festival Stalls in the Community Centre and Car Park. Free puppet show. Food and crafts. Fun all day.
Please support St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair, this Sunday December 4th, 11.30am-2.30pm in the school hall. Come and meet Santa, enjoy face painting, cakes, gifts and book stalls, refreshments, games and lots more! 


Santa coming to Ratoath GAA on Sat 10th from 2pm to 5pm and Sun 11th Dec from12noon to 5pm.  No Charge…All donations to Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin!
This Christmas please give a thought to Aisling Group Charity which provides counselling & information, training & education to children, families, schools etc, in relation to drug & alcohol prevention & recovery. If you would like to organise a fundraising event or make a donation, please contact 0469074300. web: 
Adult Literacy Classes: Names are now being taken for classes in maths, spelling, writing, family literacy and basic computers, which will start in January. All classes are held locally and are free of charge. Contact Dympna 018011787 for further details.
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results 11;14;17;18 No jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot €1,900. Winner of €50 Michaell Barron, Ratoath, if you are not in you can’t win. Next week’s draw Monday 5th December at 9.00pm in the Auld Stand
The voice of John the Baptist was a lonely voice which many of his contemporaries ignored.
There are many lonely voices in our world. Somewhere at this moment a child is crying-crying for love or maybe simply for bread.
Somewhere a young person is crying-crying for a listening ear or an understanding heart.
Somewhere an old person is crying-crying for a visit or a word from his/her children.
There are thousands of unheard cries in our world, coming from the victims of injustice and neglect.
Lord, help us to listen to these voices. 
Above all, help us to listen to your voice, whispering to us in the wilderness of our hearts, telling us that we are loved by you, and that we are to love one another. 

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