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Parish Bulletin 11th December 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


11 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.



Please pray for Michael Fogerty (The Reask)and paddy Donnelly (Harlockatown) who died during the week. May they rest in peace.



The annual audit for Ratoath parish, in regard to safeguarding children, was completed this week by our parish safeguarding representatives and forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Children’s Committee at Bishop’s House, Mullingar.



There will be a Board of Management Meeting in St Paul’s National School, on Ratoath on Tuesday 13th December at 7.00pm


Penitential Service for Christmas – in Ratoath Church this Sunday 18th December at 7.00pm with a number of priests in attendance. Also there will be a penitential service in Ashbourne on Monday 19th and in Dunboyne on Tuesday 20th December. Both ceremonies are at 8.00pm



Monday is the Feast of St Finian, Patron saint of the Diocese of Meath. St Finian Studied in Idron (Carlow) and later in Wales. On his return he settled in Clonard, Co Meath around 520, where he established a famous school. His pupils, among whom were Canice, Colum Cille and Brendan, were the initiators of the great monastic expansion in Ireland. He died in 549 and is remembered as tutor of the Saints of Ireland.



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






11 Dec

Third Sunday Of Advent

18 Dec

Fourth Sunday Of Advent

7. 7.00pm

Geraldine O’Reilly (Months Mind

Bob & Joan Slattery & Thady Murray

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Margaret & John Donnelly& Ella Smyth

Sean Connor

Eileen & Michael Brady

7.  7.00pm

Maura McLoughlin

Paddy Kelly

Raymond, Paddy & Teenie Brennan and

deceased members of the family

Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & deceased

members of McAuley & Carty families

1   9.00am    

Victor Brophy

1   9.00

Patrick & Joe Everard

1  11.00am    

Tom McGoldrick

Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

Paddy & Sarah McEvoy

1  11.00am

Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased

members of the family

Tommy & Bridie Dolan & deceased

members of the family


Ray Hannigan (Months Memory)

Eddie & Ian Smith

George & Albert McAuley & deceased members of the family

1 12.15pm

Marie Wallace (Months Memory)

Pat Naughton

Tom & Lil Coyle

Deceased members of the Kinsella family

Martin Kerrigan

Christopher & Kathleen Martin

John & Paul Ennis



     Monday       Nan & Edward Freyne                      Tuesday Special Intention                                                                                                                                          Tuesday Special Intention


     Wednesday  Special Intention                             Saturday          No morning Mass




Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution. The Irish bishops have consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and men. The Irish Bishops’ Conference is currently finalising the text of its submission which will be published over the coming days.



Annual SVP Christmas Collection this weekend. If anyone need help call 087 987 5641(in strictest confidence)



To support Trocaire’s work this Christmas, donate at or by calling






Youth 2000 Christmas retreat in Newbridge College, Co Kildare from 16thto 18th  December for  yound adults between the ages of 16and 35. This weekend is organised by yhe yound 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


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.
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 21st December from 19:30 to 21:00 in B.A.S.E Brackenstown Road, Swords. This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
Children due to start school 2017 in Ratoath Junior National School. If you have a child, or you know of a child who is due to start school in Sept 2017 please send the ‘Notification for Enrolment Form’ as soon as possible. The Form is available from the school office or on the school website



Santa visits Ratoath GAA Club This Sunday 11thDecember 1pm -6pm. Free Admission. All donations will go to St. John’s Ward, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Goodies bags and photo with Santa for all children. Face painting, mulled wine and mince pies.



Apparition Hill - a film about Medjugorje will be in Showtime Cinema, Ashbourne Retail Park on Monday 12th December at 7pm. Tickets: €10, available from Ashbourne Parish Office / Damien


086 0644662 / Eileen 087 2305946. Included is your chance to win a Trip to Medjugorje (Courtesy of Marian Pilgrimages).All proceeds for Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish Youth Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.



Ratoath Garden Club: Gala Evening on Monday 12th December in the Ratoath Inn at 8.00pm in aid of St Vincent De Paul and local Charities. Theme “Christmas Cheer” All welcome admission €10.00 including supper.



Curraha GAA is holding a Monster Christmas Market in the local Parish Hall after Mass on Sunday 18th December. Get all your fresh Christmas vegetable, cakes, plants, surprises, and much more. 


Teas, coffees and refreshments available. Raffle with great spot prizes.



Dunshaughlin Players are having reading sessions in preparation for their Spring Production on the evenings of the 13th & 15th December at 8 pm upstairs in The Arch Bar, Dunshaughlin. Please come along if you are interested in participating in any way, either on stage or off. No previous experience required. Please ring or text 085 8368873 for more information




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