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Parish Bulletin 11th December 2011

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

11 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. Brendan  
Congratulations to Cara & Molly Murray (St. Oliver’s Park), Kyle Donohoe (St. Oliver’s Park) 
Isaac Donnelly (Cairn Court), Liam Kelleher (Moulden Bridge) and 
Caoimhe Massey (Steeplechase Wood) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Sr. Stella McCormack (Beaumont) sister of Patsy McCormack (Fairyhouse Road) who died during the week. May she rest in peace.
Envelope Collection for the week ending 27th November & 4th December €1,564.87
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
The Baptismal Programme for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held on this Wednesday 14th December at 8.00pm 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
Parish Carol Service
This Wednesday evening 14th December at 7.30pm in the Parish Church. 
An evening of carols and reflections in preparation for Christmas. 
All are welcome.
                                  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.



11 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent

18 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent



Kathleen Ryan (Month’s Mind)

Frank, Mary & Frankie Gorman

& Ben & Vonnie Cullen

Vigil 7.00pm

John & Margaret Donnelly

 & Ella Smith

& Maura McLoughlin


James Murphy

& Agnes O’Connor


Chrissie Furman

& Bridget & Joseph Gallagher


Peter & Mary Moore


Attracta Donnelly (Months Mind) Elizabeth & Charles Keogh

& Rita Cusack


John Paul Ennis & Jim McGrane & Angela Walsh


Eddie & Dean Smith

& Tom & Claire Kinsella



Thursday   Special Intention                                              Friday         Joe Everard & Kathleen Johnson    Saturday    No morning Mass
The Ratoath Conference of SVP would like to ask parishioners to support their Christmas appeal. The SVP can be contacted on 087-9875641.  Many thanks to the people of Ratoath for their continued support.
Ratoath Garden Club present their Christmas Gala Flower Arranging Evening in Ratoath Inn on Monday 12th December 8.00pm. €10.00 with food. All proceeds to Simon Community and 
St Vincent de Paul. Guest flower arranger will be Jenny from Moira Flowers Dunshaughlin. All welcome.
Ratoath GAA Lotto Results: For 5 December No winner, next week’s jackpot €2,000.
presents "Mrs. Brownstown" on 16th & 17th December at 8pm… For tickets contact Veronica @ 086 384 5933
Ratoath Heritage Group have copies of their book on Ratoath, entitled “Ratoath Past and Present” for sale at €25.00 this would make an ideal Christmas Gift for all those new to the community. Contact Frances 01 8256670
Patchwork and Quilting: in Ratoath Community Centre. It will suit beginners and those who have tried a little patchwork and like to learn more. Contact Christine Donoghue at 
086 0551795 The 10 week course will start on Monday Jan 16th 10.30am-1.00pm  Cost €150 
           The Tradition of the Christmas Crib.
Following a beautiful and firmly-rooted tradition, many families set up their crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those day full of trepidation that preceded the birth of Jesus. Putting up the crib at home can be a simple but effective way of presenting faith, to pass it on to one’s children. The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem Grotto. 
St Francis of Assisi was so taken by the mystery of the Incarnation that he wanted to present it anew at Grecio in the living nativity scene, thus beginning an old, popular tradition that still retains its value for evangelisation today. 
Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who “though he was rich he made himself poor” for us. His poverty enriches those who embrace it and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the Angel’s words:”Let this be a sign to you: in a manger you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes”
This is still the sign for us too, men and woman of the third millennium.
There is no other Christmas.                   Pope Benedict XVI 

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