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Parish Bulletin 30th December 2012

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

30 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. Gerry  

Congratulations to John Donnelly (Glascarn Lane) who was baptised recently.


Please pray for Pat Naughton (Fairyhouse Road) and for Bridie Clarke, mother of Joe Clarke (Porterstown Lane) and Betty Mooney (Dunshaughlin Road) who died during the week.

May they rest in peace.


No Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 2nd January


Envelope Collection for the week ending 23rd December €3,925.17 When writing cheques for the White Envelope Collection please make it out to “Ratoath Parochial Development Fund” as the bank will no longer accept “Ratoath Parish”. Thank you for your continued support. 


Would you like a hassle free way to dispose of/recycle your Christmas tree this season? Ratoath Cardiac First Response (CFR) group can help! As a fundraiser to buy vital life-saving equipment and supplies, Ratoath CFR is running a Christmas tree collection/recycling drive on Saturday January 12th 2013. We will call to your house, collect your tree and recycle it locally.

See for more details.


All at Ratoath Musical Society were delighted by the generous response from the community following the destruction of our costume by fire. Thank you for your kind donations.  Our Pantomime "Red Riding Hood", with a cast of over 100 featuring all local talent, will be in The Venue Theatre over two weekends beginning Thursday, Jan 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 11th,12th & 13th, Matinees on Sat & Sun at 2:30pm, Evening shows at 7:30pm.  Tickets are selling very fast. Contact or call 01 6895600 to book, tickets €15.00


Free child’s place has become available from January 2013. Should you be interested in this place for your child then please contact Andrea @ 085 7461644 @ The Schoolhouse Montessori.


30 Dec

Feast of the Holy Family

06 Jan

The Epiphany of the Lord



Tom, Mary & Edward Gannon

& James Walsh

&Tom & Mary Walls

Vigil 7.00pm

Tom, Catherine & Tommy McLoughlin,

& Christine & Christy Rooney

& Paddy Hickey


Special Intention




Ciaran Kilcline (Months Mind)

& Donal Wells & Benny Wallace


Eileen Flinter

& Brian Brazil


Peter & Mary Moore

& George McAuley and deceased members of the family


James & Margaret Nolan

& Michael Eiffe




       Mass in the Parish Church on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

       Monday   Mary Roche & Jack Boylan             Tuesday   Mass 11.00am in Nursing Home

       Friday      For all those on the Parish List of the Dead

       Saturday Patrick, Catherine & Joseph Whyte & Annie Clarke 11.00am in the Nursing Home.

                                                Quotes from Pope Benedict XV1


“The light of Bethlehem has never been extinguished. In every age it has touched men and women, "it has shone around them".”                           


“The glory of the true God becomes visible when the eyes of our hearts are opened before the stable of Bethlehem”.                                           

“God’s sign is simplicity. God’s sign is the baby. God’s sign is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come with power and outward splendour. He comes as a baby – defenceless and in need of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child”.                                                         

“God crossed the threshold of heaven to enter our planet as man, so that we might meet him and listen to him”                                                          


“What we believe is important, but even more important is the One in whom we believe”                                                                                                                                        

“In Jesus Christ, God took on a human face and became our friend and brother”


Excerpt from Pope Benedict’s message for World Day of Peace (1st January)


Each new year brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.


Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church’s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity’s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.


In effect, our times, marked by globalization with its positive and negative aspects, as well as the continuation of violent conflicts and threats of war, demand a new, shared commitment in pursuit of the common good and the development of all men, and of the whole man.


It is alarming to see hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism. In addition to the varied forms of terrorism and international crime, peace is also endangered by those forms of fundamentalism and fanaticism which distort the true nature of religion, which is called to foster fellowship and reconciliation among people.


All the same, the many different efforts at peacemaking which abound in our world testify to mankind’s innate vocation to peace. In every person the desire for peace is an essential aspiration which coincides in a certain way with the desire for a full, happy and successful human life.



A Happy New Year to All Our Parishioners.


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