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Parish Bulletin 27th November 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


27 November 16


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





Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome. 



This weekend we welcome the boys and girls of 2nd Class who are preparing for First Confession and First Holy Communion with their parents/guardians for their Do This in Memory of Me Mass.



Advent Youth Retreat: An evening of prayer, Taize chant, music, reflection and adoration led by young people will take place in Ratoath Church on Wednesday 7th December at 8:00 p.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation available. A perfect way to prepare for Christmas! All welcome  



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Junior N.S. will take place on Monday 28th November at 7.00p.m. and a meeting of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan N.S. will take place on Wednesday 8th December at 8:30 p.m. (in the Parish Pastoral Centre).



A meeting of the Parish Liturgy Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 29th November at 8.00pm



The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday this week.



Annual SVP Christmas Collection 10th – 11th December at the weekend Masses. If anyone needs help call 087 987 5641 (in strictest confidence).



St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 4th December from 11.00am to  2.30pm in the school hall. There will be a selection of cakes, gifts, plants, books and refreshments.  Children can meet Santa and his Elves in his magical workshop and enjoy face painting. The draw for our Annual Christmas Raffle will also take place.



Christmas Carol Service featuring the Tredagh Singers at St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, on Friday 9th December at 8.00PM. Tickets available from St. Columban’s or Pat (086 8297578) or Tom (086 2642796)







27 Nov

First Sunday Of Advent

04 Dec

Second Sunday Of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Ciaran Kilcline

Richard King & Bridget Wall

Christy & Patsy Smith

Frank & Anne O’Reilly

Liam Maher

7.  7.00pm

Pauline Fox

Ben & Vonnie Cullen

Alan Rafferty

Ann & Joe McGovern

Tom O’Malley & Matthew & Sarah Kelly

1   9.00am    

1   9.00

Christopher & Kathleen Hartford

1  11.00am    

Frank & Mollie Maher

Olive McCann

Rosemary & Tommy Wallace

1  11.00am

Kathleen, Billy & Liam Lynch

Gina Gillespie


Stephen Daly

Phil Shanley

1  12.15pm

Sean Eiffe

Angela Walsh



Monday          For all those buried in the Famine plot in Charleville, Co. Cork                                                                                                                   
Tuesday          Ray Hannigan (requested by the Rosary Group) 
Wednesday     Joe & Mary Bradley and Paddy & Tina Bradley                      
Thursday         Sean O’Grady & John, Nicky & Melinda Wynne
Friday             For all those on the Parish Altar list of the Dead           
Saturday         Maura Humphries  (Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am) 


Although the Extraordinary Jubilee Year has concluded, Pope Francis has said that in light of the “great graces of mercy” we have received during the Jubilee, our first response is to give thanks to the Lord for His gifts. But in going forward, we must also continue to celebrate mercy, especially in the liturgical celebrations of the Church, including in the Sacrifice of the Mass, and in the other Sacraments, especially in Reconciliation and in Anointing of the Sick, the two “sacraments of healing.” Pope Francis proposed a number of ideas to continue the celebration of mercy, including an annual day dedicated to making the Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. He also called on the faithful to restore the Sacrament of Reconciliation to a “central place in Christian life.”



Holy Father also extended a number of initiatives already begun in the Holy Year, asking the Missionaries of Mercy to continue their ministry. Pope Francis also extended the faculties of all priests to absolve the sin of procured abortion. “I want to insist as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin,” the Pope said, “because it puts an end to an innocent life.” But, he continued, “I can and I must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.”



Though the Jubilee is closed, Pope Francis said, “the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open.” He called on the faithful to continue to practice new works of mercy, and to find new ways to give expression to the traditional works. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy, he said, “continue in our own day to be proof of mercy’s immense positive influence as a social value.” In this vein, the Pope said the Church must continue to be vigilant and offer solidarity in the face of attacks on human dignity.



“This is the time of mercy,” the Pope concluded. “It is the time of mercy because no sinner can ever tire of asking forgiveness, and all can feel the welcoming embrace of the Father. As a final initiative for the future, Pope Francis asked the whole Church to celebrate, on the second last Sunday of the liturgical year, the World Day of the Poor.





Discernment Retreat for Young Adults (18-30) A great way to prepare for Christmas:


Eucharistic Adoration, Inspiring talks, Holy Mass, Testimonies. Saturday 10th December 9.30am-5.00pm Dalgan Park, Navan. Contact Fr Joe 086 603 6506 Sr Una 090 648 1666. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it A donation will cover the cost of lunch and tea-breaks



Annual Night Vigil in Knock for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Bus will leave Church Avenue, Blanchardstown Wednesday 7th December at 4.30pm. Contact Michael Frawley 086 865 0708



Irish Blood Transfusion Service: Ratoath GAA Club on Tuesday 6th December - 4.30pm – 8.00pm




Ratoath Garden Club will meet on Monday 28th November in Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm. Speaker will be


Jane McCorkell (gold medal designer) will talk on “Trees and Plants for the Small Garden”)



The AGM of Ratoath GAA Club will take place at the clubhouse on Friday 2nd December at  8pm.



Grounds Maintenance persons (2) required in Dunshaughlin.  For information please contact Dunboyne Community Employment on 01-8252864 or 087-2626727 or 
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Ratoath Boxing Annual Fundraiser on Saturday 10th December in Tattersalls. Tickets €10 adults,              €5 for Juveniles, €25 for family. Contact Fergus O'Riordan @ 0876472747 if you need more details.



Open Day for Rathbeggan National School on Wednesday 7th December at 1.00pm (for children starting junior infants in September 2017). Parents and guardians are invited to bring along the perspective junior infant on the day. Contact Margaret 01 8259891  
Dunboyne Flower Club Christmas Gala Wednesday 30th November at 8pm Dunboyne Castle Hotel




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