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Parish Bulletin 8th December 2013


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

8 December 2013

        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
Please pray for Tommy McWilliams (Navan Road), father of Fiona Newe (Meadowbank Hill)  Eithne Hederington (Dunshaughlin) mother of Mary Hederington and Sheila Mayiley ( Letterkenny) mother of Maire O’Connor (Foxlodge Wood) who died during the week. 
May they rest in peace.
Congratulations to Helen Gahan and Ivan Fleming who were married during the week.
Since the 8th December falls on a Sunday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated on Monday 9th December and this year will not be a holy day of obligation
Christmas Penitential Service in Ratoath next Sunday 15th December at 7.00pm with a number of priests in attendance.
A meeting for parents who have children for baptism in the near future will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Wednesday next 11th at 8.00pm

Youth 2000 Ireland hosts their annual Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th December. Over 500 young people from across Ireland (aged 16-35) are expected at this donation only event, with all newcomers welcome.  Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. Free buses available.  Online booking necessary, see  Check out our website, phone 01 675 3690 or join us on facebook (youthtwothousandIreland)

Christmas Carol Service at St. Columbans, Dalgan Park, Navan, with the Tredagh Singers on Friday 13th December at 8.00 pm. Admission by ticket only. Contact Dalgan 046 902 1525

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1 8 Dec

Fi Second Sunday of Advent

8   15 Dec

S   Third Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

P  Martin Cahill (Months Mind)

    Ben & Vonnie Cullen

J   John,Christy, & Marian Foran

    Tony Converie

& Colette & Patrick Devanney

7.  7.00pm

    John Mulvaney (Months Mind)

    Frank, Mary & Frankie Gorman

    Larry Clifford

    James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor


9. 9.00am

P  Eileen & Michael Brady

& Christopher & Kathleen Hartford

9.  9.00am


1  11.00am

F   Frank Maher & Paddy McEvoy

Bi  Billy & Kathleen Lynch

&  Christopher & Kathleen Martin

1  11.00am

F   Lil & Tom Coyle

     Mary McMahon


1  12.15pm

 J  Joan & Bob Slattery

& Sean Eiffe & Angela Walsh


 J  Maura McLoughlin

J   John & Paul Ennis

    Eddie and Ian Smith


Monday            Maura Humphries                     Tuesday      Martin Cahill (Birthday Remembrance)      

Wednesday       Special Intention                       Thursday    Special Intention                      

Saturday            Morning Mass at 11.00am

                                                The Season of Advent

The present season is one of particular importance. It is a sacred season. As the Holy Spirit says, it is a time of the Lord’s favour, the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation. The patriarchs and prophets longed and prayed and yearned with all their hearts for this time. That just man Simeon at long last saw this time and his joy was boundless. And the church has always kept this season in a special way.  So we too must continue to celebrate it fittingly, giving praise and thanks to the eternal Father for the mercy he has shown us in this mystery of the coming of his Only-begotten Son.
The Father sent his Son out of his immeasurable love for us sinners. He sent him to free us from the tyrannical power of the devil, to invite us to heaven and lead us into its innermost sanctuary. He was sent to show us truth itself, to teach us how we should live, to share with us the source of all goodness, to enrich us with the treasures of his grace. Finally, he was sent to make us sons of the Father and heirs to eternal life.                                               St. Charles Borromeo


The Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium(The Gospel of Joy) is written around the theme of Christian joy in order that the Church may rediscover the original source of evangelization in the contemporary world. Pope Francis offers this document to the Church as a map and guide to her pastoral mission in the near future. It is an invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality without ignoring the current challenges. Pope Francis instils courage and urges us to look ahead making the cross and the resurrection of Christ once again our “the victory banner.

The Pope commits to paper not only his previous pastoral experience, but above all his call to seize the moment of grace in which the Church is living in order to embrace with faith, conviction and enthusiasm a new phase in the journey of evangelization. He emphasizes the centrality of the person of Jesus Christ, the first evangelizer, who today calls each and every one of us to participate with him in the work of salvation.


The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, Co. Meath warmly extend a general invitation to attend Sung Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the Sundays of Advent: December 8, 15 and 22 at 4:00pm  in the afternoon. Tea will follow in the gatehouse.

St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 8thDecember from 11.00am - 2.30pm in the school hall.

Ratoath Garden Club: Christmas Gala Flowering Arranging evening “Deck the Halls” on Monday 9th December in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Guest flower arranger Stephen May from Freda’s Florist Ashbourne. Admission €10.00 includes supper. All proceeds to the local St Vincent De Paul Society. Raffle will be all Stephen’s lovely arrangements made on the night.   
Ratoath GAA lotto numbers weekending 30 November numbers drawn 6,16,22 & 27. No winner
The Alzheimers Society hold their Alzheimers Café in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, on Monday, December 9th from 2 - 4 pm. All coping with Dementia, their carers and families welcome.

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