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Parish Bulletin 23rd December 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

23 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 Morgan Walsh (Woodlands Hall) and Aoife Ward (Lagore Road) who were baptised recently.


No Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 26th December and 2nd January


Envelope Collection for the week ending 2nd, 9th & 16th December €4,351.01.
Standing Orders for November €3,692.51 When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make it out to “Ratoath Development Fund” as the bank will no longer accept “Ratoath Parish”. Thank you for your continued support. 


Super Christmas Bingo Night on this Sunday 23rd at 8.00pm in the Ratoath Community Centre.


Ratoath GAA Lotto results for 17th Dec. Nos drawn : 7,10,12,22. No Jackpot winner. €50 winners: Katie Clarke & Anthony Kavanagh, Ratoath. Next week’s jackpot is €5200.00.

                                                           Christmas Masses                                                                                             Christmas Eve 5.00pm; 7.00pm and 9.00pm                                                                                                   Christmas Day 9.00am; 11.00am and 12.15pm                                                All Masses on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are offered for the people of the parish.

23 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent        

30 Dec

Feast of the Holy Family



Maura McLoughlin & Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & deceased members of Carty & McAuley family

Vigil 7.00pm

Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon

& James Walsh

&Tom & Mary Walls


Jack & Elizabeth Ryan


Special Intention


Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased members of the family


Ciaran Kilcline (Months Mind)

& Donal Wells


Kevin White & Patrick Kelly

& John & Paul Ennis


Peter & Mary Moore

& George McAuley and deceased members of the family




       Monday and Wednesday              No morning Mass          

       Thursday, Friday and Saturday       Morning Mass in the Nursing Home at 11.00am



“Christmas is the feast in which God comes so close to us as to share the very act of being born, showing men and women their most profound dignity: that of being children of God. Humanity’s dream which began in the Garden of Eden – we want to be like God – is realized in an unexpected way, not through the greatness of man, who cannot make himself God, but through the humility of God who came down among us in His humility, raising us to the true greatness of His being”.                               Pope Benedict XV1


“God’s sign is that he made himself small; he became a child; he let us touch him and he asks for our love”                                                                                  Pope Benedict XV1


                                                A Word of Thanks for Christmas

We would like to thank all who assist us 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; the basket collectors; 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.

We also thank our groundsmen Bill, Tony and Michael who look after the church grounds and cemetery, and 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 to Padraig for building the crib, to Dan and Joy who donated our Christmas tree and all in the altar society 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 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 2012.

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 you our parishioners, we would like to thank you most sincerely for your kindness and support to us during the year and we wish you a happy and blessed Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.                                                                                                                                                                                Frs. Gerry & Brendan


May the blessing and joy of Christmas

be with you and your family this holy season

and throughout the coming year.


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