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Parish Bulletin 5th December 2015

Holy Trinity Church,Ratoath

             5th December 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 Caitriona O’Brien and Brian Pentony who were married during the week.

Please pray for the Repose of the Souls of: Juliette Dehaene (Glascarn Lane) and Cecil Ross (Sonna, Co Westmeath) brother of the late Olive McCann (recently deceased) and Tom Moriarty (Annascaul) who died during the week. May they rest in peace. 

A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior School will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 7th December at 8.00pm

06 Dec

     Second Sunday of Advent

12 Dec

      Third Sunday of Advent

7. 7.00pm             

Joan & Bob Slattery & Thady Murray

Pauline Fox; Alan Rafferty;

Rosemary & Tommy Wallace

7.  7.00pm

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Maura McLoughlin

Patrick Murphy

Msg Seamus Heffernan

9. 9.00am

John & Kathleen Halford

Ben & Vonnie Cullen

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

John & Maureen Butler and deceased members of the family

1  11.00am

Deceased members of the McGoldrick

Family & Bridget & Joseph Gallagher


Sean Eiffe

Christy & Kathleen Martin

Patricia McAuley

1  12.15pm

Ian & Eddie Smith

Phil Eiffe


Saturday: Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Ratoath Manor 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.

Advent Vespers with the Monks of Silverstream Priory, Stamullen at 4 pm on each of the Sundays of Advent. Vespers are sung in Latin to the ancient melodies (known to St Patrick and the Saints of Ireland). There will be a sermon each week and in conclusion, Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) or Cavan General forchemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.
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: 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 Memories: a nostalgic look back at Christmas in rural Ireland will be performed by Spiders Ankles theatre group in Solstice Arts Centre on Tuesday Dec 8th .Contact 046-9092300 or log onto

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 
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.

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 results 10,15,16,19. No winner this week.

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

Grounds Maintenance person required in Dunshaughlin, for a Community Sports Grounds Facility & Cleaning/Maintenance person required in Ratoath.  These are Community Employment positions where eligibility are generally confined to persons on Irish Social Welfare payment for one year or more and over 25 years old.  For further information please contact Dunboyne Community Employment on 01-8252864 or 087 2626 727 or email 
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Be a signpost this Advent!
How is your Advent going? We’re beginning the second week already. Less than three weeks to Christmas and so much still to be done! Where to start?
If we have time to listen, there are some pointers in our readings today. Following the example of John the Baptist, our Advent task is to prepare a way for the Lord! Of course in these busy weeks we have shopping to do, presents to buy, parties and festive gatherings to organise; these are important parts of our Christmas celebrations. But how are we preparing to meet Jesus this Christmas? Can we create space amid the hustle and bustle? Not just in our own personal lives we are also called to be witnesses; to be the people who ‘cry in the wilderness’ announcing the good news to others. We must be signposts; our words and actions pointing towards Christ. Our task this Advent is to make Jesus known. In our dealings with others, as we prepare for Christmas, let us try to be like John the Baptist, pointing always towards Christ. Saint Paul’s prayer in today’s second reading is that our love for one another may increase more and more. Let love be your guide!

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