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Parish Bulletin 18th /25th December

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

18/25 December 2011

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




Priest on Duty: Fr. Gerry 
There will be no parish bulletin next week end.
There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 28th December and Wednesday 4th January.
Congratulations to Isaac Robinson McCarthy (Steeplechase Green), George Ellison 
(Meadowbank Hill) and Aaron Somers (Foxlodge Manor) who were baptised recently.
Please pray for Joseph O’Brien(Kill) father of Donal O’Brien (Fairyhouse Lodge) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.
The Ratoath conference of the SVP would like to thank everyone who contributed to our Christmas collection and toy appeal. We raised the fantastic sum of €14,223 and the donations of toys exceeded expectations. We would particularly like to thank the staff and management of Supervalu Ratoath for all their help and assistance in collecting the toys and food on our behalf. 
Penitential Services
Ratoath -this Sunday evening; Ashbourne and Skryne on Monday; Dunboyne on Tuesday and Dunshaughlin on Wednesday. All services at 8.00pm.
Christmas Mass Times
                            Christmas Eve  5.00pm; 7.00pm and 9.00pm
                            Christmas Day 9.00am; 11.00am and 12.15pm
                         All Masses are offered for the People of the Parish. 
                                  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.



18 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent

1 Jan

Feast of Mary Mother of God



John & Margaret Donnelly

& Ella Smith & Maura McLoughlin

Vigil 7.00pm

Patrick & Catherine O’Brien

& Thomas & Mary Wall


Chrissie Furman

& Bridget & Joseph Gallagher


Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon


Attracta Donnelly (Months Mind) Elizabeth & Charles Keogh

& deceased members of the Keogh family & Rita Cusack


Margaret Nolan


Eddie & Ian Smith

Tom & Claire Kinsella


Mick Flinter



This Week      Monday        Martin Kerrigan & Kevin White      Tuesday    Special Intention
                        Wednesday   Mary Smith                          Thursday   John & Elizabeth Ryan
                        Friday       Aubrey McAuley & deceased members of the McAuley & Carty Families
                          Saturday    No morning Mass
Christmas Week     There will be no Mass on Monday 26th December
Masses Tuesday 27th to Saturday 31st inclusive will take place in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home 11.00am
Tuesday  Paddy Kelly  Wednesday Ben Wallace & Anne Byrne     Friday Mary Roche & Jack Boylan

 A Word of Thanks for Christmas 2011


Firstly, we would like to thank all who assist us here in the church during the year–  our sacristans; the church cleaners; the altar society; the altar servers; our choirs -the parish choir, the folk group, the youth choir, the children’s choir; our cantors and our choir directors; our organists; our readers and their co-ordinators; our Eucharistic ministers and their co-ordinators; our liturgy committee; the children’s liturgy committee; the baptismal team; the Do this in Memory of Me Committee; the Legion of Mary and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

And we also thank our groundsmen Bill and Willie who look after the church grounds and cemetery, Patsy and Maureen who work at the Parochial House and parish office.

We thank those who advise and assist us in the management and the administration of the parish, especially the Parish Finance Committee.


Thanks too for Padraic who for erecting the crib, for Dan who donated our Christmas tree and Josie, Rosemary and Lily who decorated the Church for Christmas.



At our Masses over the Christmas season we remember in a special way all our parishioners who lost a loved one in the past 12 months and we pray for our deceased parishioners.


We send our best wishes and congratulations to all the couples who were married here during the year; to the boys and girls who were confirmed in March ; to the children who received their First Confessions in March and their First Communion in May; and to all who were baptised during 2011.


We thank all involved in our four parish schools -the Principals and their teaching staff and all other staff members; the Boards of Management and Parents Associations; and we wish the very best to all the pupils.


A warm welcome to those who are home from abroad and we think too of all our parishioners who are away from home this Christmas and we remember them in our prayers on Christmas.


And finally to all of you, our parishioners, Brendan and I would like to thank you most sincerely for your kindness, and support to us during the year and on Brendan’s behalf and on my own behalf we wish you a happy and blessed Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.              Frs. Gerry & Brendan



May the peace of Christmas
touch your lives.
May Bethlehem’s
bright star of Hope
shine out for you.
And may the Christ child hold you always in His love. 

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