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Parish Bulletin 9th December 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

09 December 2012

       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 Noah McLoughlin (Foxlodge Manor), Jack McGuinness (Milltree Park),

Ella Bracken (Milltree Park), Harrison Keogh (Ashbourne) and Callum Boyle (Steeplechase Green)

who were baptised recently.  


Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am to 10.00pm


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm on Monday 10th December.


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th December.


A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm on Wednesday 12th December.


                                                Confessions for Christmas


A penitential service for Christmas will be held in the Parish Church on next Sunday 16th December at 8.00pm. A number of priests from the neighbouring parishes will be assisting us.

We encourage you to avail of this opportunity to seek the mercy and forgiveness of God.


Parish Carol Service led by the Children’s Choir will be held on Wednesday 19th December at 7.00pm. An evening of Carols and Reflection in preparation for Christmas. All welcome.



St. Vincent De Paul will hold their annual Church Gate Collection this weekend 8th-9th December. We ask you to be as generous as possible.  

Gifts for Christmas: Why not give a Trócaire Global Gift for Christmas? For € 20, you can purchase an olive tree for farmers in Palestine.  Olive trees are a valuable and sustainable way for families to have an income in that troubled part of the world.   To check out this and more ideas go to

09 Dec

Second Sunday of Advent        

16 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent



Ben & Vonnie Cullen

Eileen & Michael Brady

Vigil 7.00pm

John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smith & Patrick Murphy &

Raymond, Patrick & Teeny Brennan




Bridget & Joseph Gallagher


Billy & Kathleen Lynch


Chrissie Furman

Tom & Lil Coyne


Angela Walsh & Paddy McEvoy

& Sean Eiffe


Joe Everard & Eddie Smith

& Eileen Fernandes




        Monday       Michael & John Caffrey

         Friday           Padraig Naughton

        Saturday         Rita Cusack

Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat will be holding their annual Christmas youth retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from Friday 14th -16th December. Over 500 young people aged 16-35 are expected to attend this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome. The weekend consists of a action packed programme including prayer, workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, music , games and chill out time. It’s a great time to learn more about your faith and meet other young people. Please book online if you are interested and bring a sleeping bag if you wish to avail of on- site accommodation. All are welcome to attend at any time over the weekend. Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. Free buses are available. For more information check out or see us on facebook.


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


The Meath Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society support group will meet in the board room of the Community Centre in Ratoath at 8pm pm Wednesday the 12th December. This support group is for the families of loved ones suffering with dementia. All are welcome. For further information contact 046-9023719 or 087-6600406

Ratoath Folk Group Gala Concert on Friday 14th December at 8pm at The Venue Theatre. Tickets €20 with complimentary Wine Reception in "As You Like It" from 7.15pm. Proceeds will support the BMX Track and Rainbows. Ticket enquiries 087-1274248

Ratoath Garden Club Christmas Gala Flower Arranging evening “ The Joy of Yuletide” on Monday 10th December in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Guest flower arranger Jennie Murphy, Chelsea gold medallist 2012. Admission €10.00 includes supper. Proceeds to Bernardo’s and Enable Ireland.

GAA Lotto results for 03 December No winner. Ratoath GAA presents “Royal Grease” on 14th & 15th December at 8.00pm. Tickets €10 Contact Veronica 086- 3845933

Meath Archaeological and Historical Society talk – on Sunday 9th December “Unionism in Meath, 1912-14' by Ruth Illingworth in St Mary's Church of Ireland Hall, Navan, at 3 pm. 018259438

Craft of Christmas at Tayto Park- this Sunday 9th at 6pm Rachel Allen will be hosting "Entertaining with Rachel" an intimate cookery demonstration. Call 01 8351999 for more information.

PULSE is now open a month and is proving a very popular place for Ratoath's teenagers. We are short of volunteers needed to supervise the growing numbers of teenagers that are availing of the youth cafe facility. We need supervisors who can give a couple of hours of their time once a month. Unfortunately without sufficient volunteers we will not be able to open the premises given the youth cafe guidelines we are obliged to meet. We are currently open Friday (7-10pm) and Sunday nights(6-9) but would hope to open on Saturday night if we get the requisite number of volunteers.

If interested please ring Fergus O'Riordan @ 0876472747 or Paul Conroy @ 087 7522201



Ratoath Heritage Group has copies of their book, entitled “Ratoath Past and Present”, for sale around Ratoath now. Price €25. Contact Frances at 01 8256670.


Ratoath Tidy Town Committee would like to say a Big Thank You to Pauline Gleeson from Glascarn Nursery’s for their sponsorship of all the flowers in the village over the Summer.


"Faith in a God who is love, who makes Himself close to man by incarnating Himself and by giving Himself on the Cross, who saves us and opens the doors of Heaven to us once again, clearly indicates that man's fullness consists solely in love.  This must be unequivocally reasserted today when the cultural transformations underway display so many forms of barbarity, passed off as 'conquests of civilisation'.                                                                       Pope Benedict, October 17, 2012)


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