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Parish Bulletin 14th December 2014

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

14 December 2014

        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 Charlie Conaty (Woodlands), Bobby Beamish (Foxlodge Woods),

Georgina McMahon (Foxlodge Woods), Devlin O’Brien (Foxlodge Manor) and

Faye Foley Morrison (Rackinstown) who were baptised recently.




The call to renewal of our Christian life is a central part of our preparation for the season of Christmas.  The celebration of the Advent season should be an integral part of our preparation for the Feast of the birth of Our Saviour.  In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Penance), we receive the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

There will be a Penitential Service in Ratoath Church next Sunday 21st at 7.00pm with a number of priests in attendance. Penitential Services will also take place in Asbourne on Monday 22nd and Dunboyne on Tuesday 23rd both at 8.00pm


The 20 year old tradition of the Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin continues and this year is focused on the homeless. IFA president, Eddie Downey encouraged people to visit the Crib over the next fortnight and while visits to the crib are free, the voluntary donations would go to the homeless. Last year over €16,000 was raised for the Mansion House Fuel Fund. The Fund is one of the oldest of charities and raises funds for a number of charities including St. Vincent de Paul and Dublin Simon Community. The IFA Live Animal Crib will open every day from 11.00am to 6.00pm, closing on Christmas Eve at 2.00pm


The Redefinition of Marriage and the Rights of Children” by Breda O’Brien of the Iona Institute on Tuesday 16th December at 7.30pm at the Ardboyne Hotel, (The Tara Suite). All welcome.


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from September 2nd – 10th 2015 led by Fr. Gerry McCormack and Sr Concilio Rock.  The cost is €1,325 plus taxes and bookings can be made with MAP Travel, 36 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on 01 8783111 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it





5  14 Dec

    Third Sunday of Advent

21 Dec

    Forth Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm             

Patrick Murphy

Joan & Bob Slattery

Eileen, Wardy & Patrick O’Sullivan &

deceased members of the family

7. 7.00pm

Maura McLoughlin

Raymond, Teeney & Patrick Brennan

Aubrey & Patrick McAuley and deceased members of the McAuley and Carty family

1  9.00am    

John & Margaret Donnelly

& Ella Smith

1  9.00am

Patrick, Joe, & Margaret Everard

1 11.00am    

Brigid & Joseph Gallagher

& Tom McGoldrick

& Larry Clifford

1  11.00am

James, Kate, John, James Donnelly and deceased members of the family

& Mary Smith

1 12.15pm    

Peter & Mary Moore

Ian & Eddie Smith

Phil Eiffe

1  12.15pm

Susan Hennessy (Months Memory)

Paddy Kelly

Martin Kerrigan



 Monday         Special Intention                                                 Friday     Sean & Kathleen Murray  
 Saturday        Mass at 11.00am in Nursing Home for Rita Cusack

     The Season of Advent: comfort and balm for wounds

Pope Francis has said that Advent presents us with a hopeful message. Quoting from the Book of Isaiah "Comfort, give comfort to my people, the Pope explained this reading is about a time of joyful liberation and salvation, and a time of looking ahead with confidence to the future. He went on to say that Isaiah refers to people who went through a dark period, but now the time for comfort has come.

Sadness and fear give way to joy, said Pope Francis, because the Lord himself leads his people to the path of liberation and salvation.

But, the Pope also underlined that we cannot be messengers of God's comfort if we do not experience the joy of being comforted and loved by Him. This, he said, is especially the case when we listen to the Gospel, that people, the Holy Father stressed, need to carry in their pocket.

Pope Francis noted that Isaiah's message of comfort is a balm on our wounds and an incentive to diligently prepare the way of the Lord.

Many situations, said the Pope, require our comforting witness. “I am thinking about those who are oppressed by suffering, injustice and oppression, about those who are slaves to money, power, success, and worldliness. We are all called to console our brothers, testifying that only God can eliminate the causes of existential and spiritual dramas."

This prophet, he continued, speaks to our hearts today to tell us that God forgets our sins and comforts us if we entrust ourselves to Him a with humble and repentant heart. God, said Pope Francis, "will bring down the walls of evil, will fill the holes of our omissions, will flatten the bumps of pride and vanity, and will pave the way for our meeting with him.”


The Ratoath Folk Group would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us this year. Our charity concert for The Jack Kavanagh Trust and Down Syndrome Meath Branch was a great success. We raised over €4000 for these two charities and this was down to your much appreciated support. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas


Silent Night 1914 – movie in Venue Theatre on December 19th at 7.00pm to commemorate the Christmas Eve night when soldiers left their trenches in WW1 to exchange gifts, play football and bury their fallen comrades. Please support – Ratoath Film Club. Tickets €8 from the Venue Theatre.

GAA Lotto no. Numbers drawn were 2,12,17 & 20. No winner. €50 winners were Danielle Dalton & Sean Hare. Draw in Ryans next week.


Thank you for your generous support for Ratoath Tidy Towns Church Gate Collection.

Further donations gratefully received at 01- 8257164



Make a new start for the New Year with Navan Career Start. We are offering a part time course funded by LMETB for young unemployed people. Learners must be unemployed, aged 17-35, early school leavers or not have achieved as they hoped. Classes will run Monday to Friday afternoons in Claremont Stadium, Commons Road, Navan. Modules will include Communications, IT, Career Preparation, and Personal Effectiveness, and could lead to a full QQI award. Childcare places are available to eligible learners. Contact Marie on 046 9031418 or 086 8273857 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Irish Homecare are currently seeking Care Assistances for the local area; if interested  please contact Tanya Murtagh on 0818 776361 or visit our website for more details.


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