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Parish Bulletin 18/25 December 2016


Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath


18/25 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.                              There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 28th December and Wednesday 4th January



Congratulations to Lily Potter (Seagrave Hall) and Oscar Morrison (Rackenstown)


who were baptised recently.




Congratulations to Mary Foley & Marcus Morrison who were married during the week.


Penitential Services for Christmas – The call to our renewal of our Christian life is a central part of our preparations of the season of Christmas. In the sacrament of Reconciliation we receive the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness. Advent is a good time to avail of God’s love in confessions.


Ratoath Church this Sunday 18th December at 7.00pm with a number of priests in attendance.           Confessions will also be held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings after the 9.45am Mass.


Also, there will be a penitential service in Ashbourne on Monday 19th and in Dunboyne on Tuesday 20th and in Dunshaughlin on Wednesday 21st December. These ceremonies are at 8.00pm.



Standing Orders for October €4,565.07 and for November €3,354.42. Envelope Collection for weekending 4th & 11th December €2,195.99 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Christmas Day is a blue offering day.





18 Dec

Fourth Sunday Of Advent

1 Jan

Mary, The Holy Mother of God

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

7.  7.00pm

1   9.00am    

Patrick & Joe Everard

1   9.00

1  11.00am    

Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased

members of the family

Tommy & Bridie Dolan & deceased

members of the family

Laurence Clifford

1  11.00am


Marie Wallace (Months Memory)

Pat Naughton ; Tom & Lil Coyle

Deceased members of the Kinsella family

Martin Kerrigan

Christopher & Kathleen Martin

John & Paul Ennis

1  12.15pm

Anne Malone

Benny & Marie Wallace



     Monday       Billy & Rena Waters and son Pat Waters            Tuesday     Kathleen Murray                                                                                                                           Tuesday Special Intention


     Wednesday  Phil Eiffe and Mary Smith                                    Thursday   Special Intention            


     Friday          John & Elizabeth Ryan                                        Saturday    No morning Mass



                                          The week of 26th December to 31st December

    Monday 26th         No morning Mass                          Tuesday 27th      Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home

   Wednesday 28th 9.45am – the Parish Church         Thursday 29th     Mass at 9.45am – the Parish Church

   Friday 30th          No morning Mass. Wedding Mass at 1.00pm           Saturday 31st     No morning Mass



                                         There will be no bulletin published next weekend.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               


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’ group; 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 Eucharistic adoration.


We also thank our grounds men Bill and Michael 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 2016.


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 and Brendan



Masses for Christmas

Christmas Eve                   5.00pm; 7.00pm and 9.00pm

Christmas Day                  9.00am; 11.00am and 12.15pm

All Masses are offered for the intentions of our parishioners




“I invite you to pause before the Nativity scene, for there God’s tenderness speaks to us. There we contemplate divine mercy, made flesh so that we may gaze tenderly upon it.


Jesus did not simply appear on earth and did not dedicate just a little of His time with us, but rather came to share our life and to receive our desires, as He wanted and still wants to live here, along with us and for us. Our world, which at Christmas becomes His world, is important to Him. The crib reminds us of this: God, in his great mercy, descended to us to stay with us”                                                              Pope Francis



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