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Parish Bulletin 20th December 2015

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             20th 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.

Please pray for Desmond Ball (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home) and Paddy Ruane (Rush) father of

Marie McDonald (Fairyhouse Lodge) who died during the week. May they rest in peace. 

20 Dec

     Fourth Sunday of Advent

27 Dec

      The Holy Family

7. 7.00pm             

Gerry Keogh (Months Memory)

Sean & Kathleen Murray

Raymond, Paddy & Teeney Brennan

Ella Smith, John & Margaret Donnelly

7.  7.00pm

Paddy Kelly

Deceased members of the Skelton family

9. 9.00am

Eileen , Wardie & Patrick O’Sullivan,

Liam Marlow & deceased members

of family

1  9.00am

1 11.00am    

Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased members of the family; Pat Naughton;

James, Kate, John & James Jr. Donnelly

1  11.00am

Olive McCann (Months Memory)


Deceased members of the Maher

& Kinsella families; Martin Kerrigan

Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & the deceased members of the McAuley & Carty families

1  12.15pm

Anne Malone

John & Paul Ennis


Wednesday: Jack & Elizabeth Ryan                     Saturday: 11:00 a.m. in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Christmas Mass Schedule: (All our Masses on Christmas Eve and Morning are offered Pro Populo)

Christmas Eve: 5:00 p.m. (Children’s Choir); 7:00 p.m. (Folk Group) & 9:00 p.m. (Parish Choir)

Christmas Day: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.

Penitential Service: The annual Christmas Penitential Service will take place this evening at 7:00 p.m. (Confessions also available after the 9:45 a.m. Mass on Tuesday & Wednesday morning).

Advent Vespers (Sung in Latin): with the Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory, Stamullen at 4 pm this evening with sermon and concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Men’s Shed: Next meeting 19th January in the Parish Centre at 11.00am. New members welcome.
The Robbie Byrne 5k Memorial Road Race & Fun Run: at Claremont Stadium, Navan on 27th December at 12 noon. Enter on line at Fee is €15 online or €20 on the day.
GAA LOTTO: Numbers drawn: 5, 10, 23 & 28. No jackpot winner. Draw in Ryan’s next week
Watch your favourite Christmas movies: at Tattersalls Country House from 27th to 31st December. Drive-in-Movies over the festive break. To book visit:
Pre-Signed Mass Cards: A number of local businesses sell pre-signed Mass Cards. It is proving difficult to confirm the authenticity of the signatories. In one instance a customer was assured that the masses were being offered in Trim. However, the signatory on the card is not known in Trim and does not have permission to minister in Trim Parish. In many instances no priest bearing the name on the card can be traced. In other instances the signatory has left the ministry, is suspended from priestly ministry or has been dismissed from the clerical state. It is recommended that you note the name of the priest, and ask when and where the Mass will be offered when purchasing Mass cards. You are encouraged to ask only priests who are personally known to you to celebrate Masses for your intentions and for the souls of your loved ones. 

A Word of Thanks for Christmas

We would like to thank all who assist us in the Parish during the year – our sacristans; the altar society and the church cleaners; our choirs including the parish choir, the folk group, the youth choir and the children’s choir; our cantors and choir directors; our organists; our readers and their co-ordinators; ministers of Holy Communion and their co-ordinators; our liturgy committee; the baptismal team; our ‘Do this in Memory of Me’ Committee; our parish safeguarding representatives; the offertory basket collectors; the Legion of Mary and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and those who participate in weekly adoration.

We also thank our grounds men Bill, Tony, Brian and Alan who look after the church grounds and the cemetery and Patsy and Maureen who work in the Parochial House and Parish Office.

We thank those who advise and assist us in the management and administration of the parish especially the Parish Finance Committee.

Thanks to Ratoath Garden Centre who donated the Christmas tree for our Church this year, and all in the altar society who prepared and decorated the church for Christmas.

At our Masses over the Christmas season we remember in a special way our parishioners who lost a loved one in the past 12 months, and we pray for our deceased parishioners.

We sent our best wishes and congratulations to the couples who were married here during the year; to the girls and boys who were confirmed in April; to the children who received their Holy Communion in May; and to all who were baptised during 2015.

We thank all involved in our four parish schools – the Principals and their teaching staff, and all other staff members; the Boards of Management and Parents Associations; and we wish continued success and happiness to all the pupils.

A warm welcome to those who are home from abroad and we think too of all our parishioners who are away from home this Christmas and we remember them in our prayers at this time.

And finally, to you our parishioners, we would like to thank you most sincerely for your kindness and support to us during the year. We wish you a happy and blessed Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.

                                                                                          Frs. Gerry, Brendan & Sylvester


                 May you have the gift of faith,

             the blessing of Hope

             and Peace of Christ’s Love this Christmas


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