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Parish Bulletin 18th November 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

18 November 2012

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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 Elodie Curry (Moulden Bridge) who was baptised recently.  


The Parish Liturgy Committee will meet on this Tuesday 20th at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre


Envelope Collection for the week ending 11th November €1,749.70

Standing Orders for October €5,142.80 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


The Civil Registration Act 2004 requires all couples planning a marriage ceremony in Ireland to register their intent of marriage with the State at least three calendar months prior to their wedding date. This is currently done by setting up an appointment with a Civil Registration Service Registrar and attending together in person – currently, couples must telephone an office or call in person to set up an appointment.


From the 12th November 2012, the Civil Registration Service is launching a new online appointment booking system. This new and additional access channel will allow couples to book notification of intention to marry appointments in any Civil Registration Service office around the country provided they have access to the internet. When booking their appointment couples will be informed of what they need to bring, how long their appointment will last, and this will all be done online. For couples where one or both parties are resident abroad, they should contact the office by telephone to book their appointment. To notify the Registrar of your intention to marry you may book a Marriage Notification appointment at

For information about this or any of the services you can also visit:

Please support St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair, Sunday December 9th, 11.00-2.30 in the school hall. Come and meet Santa, enjoy face painting, cakes, gifts and book stalls, refreshments, games and lots more!

The Dunshaughlin Players stage 'Comedy at the Arch' from Thur 6th to Saturday 8th December.


18 Nov

Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time  

25 Nov

The Feast of Christ the King    



Frank, Mary & Frankie Gorman

Mary & Johnnie O’Brien

& Attracta Donnelly

& Audrey Kearney

Vigil 7.00pm

Tom Wheeler

& John McEnroe and deceased members of the family

& John & Mary Cunningham


Maura & Tom Geoghegan

Tommy & Rosemary Wallace


Katie & Kevin Darby

Phil Byrne


Anthony Donoghue

Patrick, Bridget, Nancy,

& Pat Mulvaney


Richard King

& Bridget Wall


Bernard Fitzgerald (Months Mind)


Paddy Regan & Jack Nulty



           Monday     Deceased Members of the Cunningham and Ryan families

          Tuesday     Joseph & Celia Gilchrist & Patrick & Ellen Connaughton

          Saturday    No Morning Mass

Good Luck to the Rathbeggan Boys team in the Division 3 Football final in Páirc Tailteann on Saturday 24th November at 2.15pm.  All support welcome.

Food and Craft producers wanted for Craft of Christmas’ - new premier indoor Christmas Markets at Tayto Park, Ashbourne. Supported by LEADER- takes place over 4 weekends starting 30th November. To secure a stand call Isobel on 0879794369

Table Quiz in aid of Early Intervention Home Teacher Programme, Down Syndrome Ireland, Louth & Meath Branch, Friday 30th November at 8.30pm Ratoath GAA Clubhouse. €10.00 per person with a maximum of 4 people per team. For details contact Susan O'Kane on 0863244503.


Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 12th November Nos Drawn: 2,11,13,21.  No Jackpot winner.

€50 winners: Christy Browne, Ratoath & Jim Birch (Please make contact with the Club)


Dunshaughlin Players. The local Drama Group seek new members. An open meeting will be held Upstairs in the Arch Bar on Wednesday 28th November. Join us from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Come along to meet us and see what we do. Contact The Committee at 085 8368873

Ratoath Garden Club Christmas Gala Flower arranging evening on Monday 10th December in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Guest flower arranger Jennie Murphy, Chelsea gold medallist 2012

Indoor Car Boot Sale in Ratoath Community Centre 24 November 10am-4.00pm


On12 November the Holy Father visited the Sant Egidio Community's "Viva gli Anziani" rest home for the elderly in Rome. In a brief address to the residents he said that he came among them "as Bishop of Rome, but also as an elderly person visiting his peers. I well know the difficulties and limitations of age, and am aware that for many people these difficulties are aggravated by the economic crisis".

"At times", he continued, "at a certain age, one turns to the past with regret for the loss of youth, its energy and plans for the future. At times our perspective is veiled with sadness, as we consider this phase as the twilight of life. This morning, ideally addressing all the elderly and aware of the difficulties that our age brings, I would like to say to you with profound conviction: it is good to be elderly! At every age it is necessary to know how to discover the presence and the blessing of the Lord, and the richness that this brings. We must not allow ourselves to be imprisoned by sadness! We have received the gift of long life. To live is beautiful, even at our age and despite infirmities or limitations. Let our faces always reflect the joy of being loved by God, and never sadness".

The Holy Father recalled that in the Bible, "longevity is considered as a blessing from God; today this blessing is widespread and must be seen as a gift to appreciate and value. Yet often society, dominated by the logic of efficiency and profit, does not welcome it as such; on the contrary, it often rejects it, considering the elderly as unproductive and useless". However, the Pope observed, the elderly are a source of wisdom and "a great resource. The quality of a society, of a civilisation, may also be judged by how it treats its elderly and by the place reserved for them in communal life. To give space to the elderly is to give space to life!"

"At our age", he observed, "we often experience the need for the assistance of others, and this also happens to the Pope. ... I would like to invite you to see in this too a gift from the Lord. It is a grace to be supported and accompanied, to receive the affection of others! This is important in every phase of life: no one can live alone and without help; humans are relational beings. … Never be discouraged: you are valuable to society, even in suffering and sickness. And this phase of life is a gift that also allows us to deepen our relationship with God.


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