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Parish Bulletin 4th December 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


4 December 16


        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 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome.



Congratulations Jake Madden (Rackenstown), Aimee Igoe (Coill Beag), Zara McGrath (Foxlodge Manor)


and Matilda Chaney (The Village Green) who were baptised recently.



Please pray for Phonsie Rooney (Glancar, Leitrim) brother of Michael Rooney (Fairyhouse Grove) who died during the week. May he rest in peace.




Thursday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception- 8th December (Holy Day of Obligation).


Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm 




A meeting of the Parish Finance Committee will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 5th December at 8.30pm



Envelope Collection for the week ending 20th & 27th November €1,461.86


Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.



A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior N. S. will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Tuesday 6th December at 8.00pm and a meeting will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre of the Board of Management of Rathbeggan N.S. on Thursday 8th December at 8.30pm



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  



The Bishops’ Conference has prepared an online Advent calendar with an audio thought for each day.  The calendar will shortly be available at




Annual SVP Christmas Collection 10th – 11th December at the weekend Masses.


If anyone needs help call 087 987 5641 (in strictest confidence).








04 Dec

Second Sunday Of Advent

11 Dec

Third Sunday Of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Pauline Fox

Ben & Vonnie Cullen

Alan Rafferty

Ann & Joe McGovern

Tom O’Malley & Matthew & Sarah Kelly

7.  7.00pm

Geraldine O’Reilly  (Months Memory)

Bob & Joan Slattery & Thady Murray

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Margaret & John Donnelly & Ella Smyth

Sean Connor

1   9.00am    

Christopher & Kathleen Hartford

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Kathleen, Billy & Liam Lynch

Gina Gillespie

1  11.00am

Tom McGoldrick

Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

Paddy & Sarah McEvoy


Sean Eiffe

Angela Walsh

1  12.15pm

Eddie & Ian Smith

George & Albert McAuley & deceased members of the family




Monday           Special Intention         Tuesday          Ellen Fanning & Special Intention
Wednesday     Ambrose Breheny       Thursday         Kathleen Hartford Mass 11.00am
Saturday        Rita Cusack (Mass in the Nursing Home 11.00am)


Pope Francis tweet of last Tuesday @ Pontifex


“Jesus calls us to be bearers of joy and consolation as his merciful witnesses”



Christmas in Haiti. It will be a difficult Christmas for many people in Haiti whose lives have been devastated by last month’s Hurricane Matthew.  900 people were killed and multitudes are homeless. Bishop Smith sent a donation of € 25,000 to the Church in Haiti to help with recovery.  Very many thanks to parishioners who gave generously.  A 5 minute video update from Haiti is available at                                                                                                                               Roy Hattersley (UK Labour Party), following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, pointing out that almost all of the charitable groups involved in the disaster relief were religious - “Notable by their absence” he said “are teams from rationalist societies, free thinkers’ clubs and atheists associations, the sort of people who not only scoff at religion but also regard it as a force for evil”



Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare from 16th to 18th December- for young adults between the ages of 16 and 35. This weekend is organised by the young people themselves. Parental consent is essential for all those under 18. All meals and accommodation is on site. Booking is essential. For information or to book your place see, Youth 2000 Ireland Facebook page or phone 01-6753690



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



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



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




St. Paul's National School Christmas Fair will this 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 etc. The draw for our Annual Christmas Raffle will also take place.



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  
Maryvale Institute (International Catholic College) will conduct a 6-month distance-learning course on Marriage and the Family to be delivered in Dunshaughlin in 2017.



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




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.




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