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Parish Bulletin 15th December 2013

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

15 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. Brendan
Please pray for Tom McGoldrick (Porterstown Lane) who died during the week. 
May he rest in peace.
                                             Christmas Penitential Service                                                    Ratoath this Sunday 15th December at 7.00pm with a number of priests in attendance.            Ashbourne Monday 16th at 8.00pm;  Dunboyne Tuesday 17th at 8.00pm and                            Dunshughlin Wednesday 18th at 8.00pm
Envelope Collection for the week ending 1st & 8th December €1,881.09
Standing Orders for November €3,402.77 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.
Lasting joy is a hallmark of a Christian. Where can you bring joy this week? Find your strength in God’s promise. If you think God is calling you to be a priest, visit our website at


The Alzheimers Support Group will hold a meeting on Wednesday 18th December at 8pm, in the Venue , Ratoath. All Carers and families of those suffering from Dementia welcome.
SOSAD Meath: Suicide Awareness/Prevention & Bereavement Support.  "You don't have to cope alone".  Free confidential counselling service to people of all ages. Contact No. 24/7 on 046-9031855/083-3712622.
Dunboyne Community Employment has the following vacancies for people eligible to work under the CES (1) Ground Maintenance in Ratoath. (2) Ground Maintenance in Ratoath. (3) Clearing Maintenance in Dunshaughlin. For further details on the above position please contact Danny Gaughan 087-2626727 
Office 01-8252864  email:
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1 15 Dec

Fi Third Sunday of Advent

8   22 Dec

S   Fourth Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm

J J John Mulvany (Months Mind)

    James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

    Frank, Mary & Frankie Gorman

L  Larry Clifford

7.  7.00pm

   Raymond, Patrick & Teeny Brennan

   Ella, Margaret & John Donnelly

   Elizabeth & Charles Keogh

9. 9.00am

    Joseph & Celia Gilchrist

P  Patrick & Ellen Connaughton

9.  9.00am

    Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

    Michael Coakley

1  11.00am    

    Lil & Tom Coyle

M Mary McMahon

D Dorothy Gilroy Stromp

1  11.00am

F  Pat Naughton

    Mary Smith

    Martin Kerrigan

1  12.15pm

    Maura McLoughlin

J   John & Paul Ennis

    Eddie and Ian Smith


 J  Phil Eiffe & Kevin White              

    Eileen Fernandes & Paddy Kelly

    Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & deceased

    members of the McAuley & Carthy



                 Wednesday       Patrick & Joseph Everard                                                                                   

                 Saturday           Rita Cusack   (Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home)

 €274,968 donated in appeal for The Philippines and Syria from the Diocese of Meath                                                                 It is only 4 weeks since the Super Typhoon Haiyan caused devastation in The Philippines and almost 3 years since unrest began in Syria, leading to one of the deadliest civil wars in decades. In response to these events, Bishop Michael Smith launched a Church appeal to take place in each of the 69 parishes in the Diocese of Meath.

“Just as the scale of these tragedies is enormous, so too the generosity of people has been extraordinary” Bishop Smith explains. “With less than a few weeks to go to Christmas, it is clear that people’s sympathy for the victims in The Philippines in particular is not dampened by their own domestic needs”. On Friday 5 December, it was reported by Bishop Smith’s office that 60 parishes have already returned a total of € 274,968.00. Fundraising events, such as non uniform days in schools, are planned for a number of the 9 parishes that have not yet completed their returns. Bishop Smith is very grateful to all who have played a part in the fundraising appeal, from children to the elderly, clergy and lay people. He wishes to assure the public that every cent is accounted for and destined as intended.

The Bishop explained that donations received to date have already been distributed in order to maximise their effect. The amount of €224,768 was sent directly to the Typhoon Response Office of the Archdiocese of Manila in The Philippines in two separate transactions while the remaining €50,000 was assigned to the Church agency Trocáire’s work among the victims of the Syrian civil war. Any remaining donations will also be sent to The Philippines.

The Catholic Archbishop of Manila in The Philippines, Cardinal Luis Tagle, has thanked the people of the Diocese of Meath for their great generosity. He explained that “the humanitarian response is now moving forward from relief work to rehabilitation work, then soon hopefully to developmental programs. At this point, different agencies of government and the Church are looking into laying out plans for the rehabilitation of the affected areas. Rebuilding of houses, schools, hospitals and churches are some of the primary concerns."

*********************************************************************************************                                                                                                                                                          Time Magazine has selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013 citing his focus on compassion and his role as a new voice of conscience.  “What makes this Pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all,” the Time editor states on the magazine’s website.             “In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very centre of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalisation, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power. At a time when the limits of leadership are being tested in so many places, along comes a man with no army or weapons, no kingdom beyond a tight fist of land in the middle of Rome but with the immense wealth and weight of history behind him, to throw down a challenge.         The world is getting smaller; individual voices are getting louder; technology is turning virtue viral, so his pulpit is visible to the ends of the earth. When he kisses the face of a disfigured man or washes the feet of a Muslim woman, the image resonates far beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church. And yet in less than a year, he has done something remarkable: he has not changed the words, but he’s changed the music. Tone and temperament matter in a church built on the substance of symbols—bread and wine, body and blood—so it is a mistake to dismiss any Pope’s symbolic choices­ as gestures empty of the force of law.”


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