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Parish Bulletin 29th November 2015

Holy Trinity Church,Ratoath

             29th November 2015

        01 8256207


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Opening hours for the Parish Office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 9.30a.m.– 4.00p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 10.00am – 10.00pm in the parish church.

Congratulations to Charlie Glinchey (The Old Mill) Juliette Crowley (Clonkeen)

and Hannah Barry (Woodlands Hall) who were baptised recently.

Please pray for: Stephen Daly, (Tankardstown) and Evelyn Cullen, (Garlow Cross), daughter of Peig Carey, Mooretown and Olive McCann (Mooretown) whose funerals occurred during the week.

Envelope Collection for weekend 15th & 22nd November €1235.00. Many thanks for your support

29 Nov

     First Sunday of Advent

5 Dec

      Second Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm             

Kiaran Kilcline; Kathleen & Jim McGuire

Ann & Joe McGovern

Angela Walsh; Ann O’ Carroll

7.  7.00pm

Joan & Bob Slattery & Thady Murray

Pauline Fox; Alan Rafferty;

Rosemary & Tommy Wallace

9. 9.00am

1  9.00am

John & Kathleen Halford

Ben & Vonnie Cullen

1 11.00am    

Christy & Patricia Smith

Anna & Frank O’Reilly; Gina Gillespie

1  11.00am

John & Maureen Butler and deceased members of the family


Joan & Gerry Keating

Joe & Josephine Mc Guinness

Annie & Matt Browne; Tommy Reid

1  12.15pm

Sean Eiffe

Christy & Kathleen Martin


Monday    Kevin & Katie Darby                          Tuesday: Deceased members of the Legion of Mary                 Friday:     For all those on the Altar list of the dead                  Saturday: No Mass in Nursing Home

Feast of the Immaculate Conception - 8th December (Holy Day of Obligation): Mass at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. After the evening Mass, to mark the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy, there will be a Holy Hour with Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, chant, prayer and reflection concluding with devotions and sung Benediction. Confessions available during the Holy Hour.

Annual SVP Christmas collection: 4th/5th December collecting outside Supervalu, Spar & Centra and weekend Masses. If anyone needs help please call 087-9875641 in strictest confidence. 
St Paul’s N.S. Christmas Fair: Sunday 6th December at 11.00am – 2.30pm. Cakes, Toys, Plants & Bumper Christmas Raffle. 
Ratoath Garden Club: Meeting on Monday 30th November at 8.00pm. Speaker: Michael Higgins (Botanic Gardens). Topic: Lawn Care. Christmas Gala Flower Arranging Evening will be held on Monday 14th December at 8.00pm in The Ratoath Inn. Admission €10.00 including Supper. All proceeds to The Father Peter McVerry Homeless Trust. 

Christmas Concert: Ratoath Children’s Choir at the Venue Theatre on 11th December at 7.30pm

Supporting the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation and Aoibheann’s Pink Tie. Tickets €10.00. For ticket booking contact Susan 087-0532991

Christmas Carol Service Friday 11th December at 8.00pm in St Columbans, Dalgan Park, Navan
with the Ashbourne Parish Choir. Admission by ticket only. Contact 046-902 1525 

Ratoath/Rathbeggan Community Games AGM next Tuesday, 1st December in Ratoath GAA Clubhouse at 8.30pm.  New Volunteers always welcome. Any queries, contact 086 8466495
Children's Christmas Show: in Dunshaughlin Community College on Saturday 5th December at 7:30 p.m. An Irish dance, music and drama performance which follows the story of the elves race against time to save Christmas, featuring dancers and musicians from the local schools. Doors open at 7pm. Admission; Adults €10 and children €5.

Alzheimers Café will take place on Wednesday December 2nd from 7 p.m. until 9 pm at the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, with information, tea and scones, music and chat. All those experiencing dementia, their families and carers are welcome.

Santa visits Ratoath GAA Club; Sunday 6th December 2-6pm. Free Admission. Goodies bags and photo with Santa for all children. Face painting, mulled wine and mince pies. All proceeds in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

GAA Lotto: The lotto numbers were 11, 13, 16 & 23. Two €50 winners. Next week’s Draw in Ryan’s.

Ratoath Golden Gloves: Annual boxing show fundraiser. Tickets €10 for adults €5 for juveniles €20 for family. Contact Fergus O' Riordan @ 087-6472747 for further information.

Youth 2000: invites young adults between the ages of 16-35 to a weekend retreat taking place from 18th-20th December at Newbridge College, Co Kildare. There will be free buses available from various locations throughout the country. Booking is essential. For more information on the event or to book your place see, Youth 2000 Ireland Facebook or telephone 01 675 3690         


                                                          Pope Francis                Misercordiae Vultus

In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes which modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new! Let us ward off destructive cynicism! Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism...

We cannot escape the Lord’s words to us, and they will serve as the criteria upon which we will be judged: whether we have fed the hungry and given drink to the thirsty, welcomed the stranger and clothed the naked, or spent time with the sick and those in prison (cf. Mt 25:31-45). Moreover, we will be asked if we have helped others to escape the doubt that causes them to fall into despair and which is often a source of loneliness; if we have helped to overcome the ignorance in which millions of people live, especially children deprived of the necessary means to free them from the bonds of poverty; if we have been close to the lonely and afflicted; if we have forgiven those who have offended us and have rejected all forms of anger and hate that lead to violence; if we have had the kind of patience God shows, who is so patient with us; and if we have commended our brothers and sisters to the Lord in prayer. In each of these “little ones,” Christ himself is present. His flesh becomes visible in the flesh of the tortured, the crushed, the scourged, the malnourished, and the exiled… to be acknowledged, touched, and cared for by us. Let us not forget the words of Saint John of the Cross: “as we prepare to leave this life, we will be judged on the basis of love”.


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