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Parish Bulletin 3rd December 2017
Holy Trinity Church Ratoath 3 December 2017 01 8256207   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Parish Office Hours: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Eucharistic Adoration: Every Wednesday 10:00 am. until 10.00 pm. All welcome. Friday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 8th December (Holy Day of Obligation) Masses at 11.00am and 7.00pm Congratulations to Aoife Deery and Bill Carpendale who were married during the week. Please note that in preparation for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, there will be no Mass at 12.15pm on Sunday 24th December. A meeting of the Board of Management of Raotath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on this Monday 4th December at 8.00pm Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards available now from the Parish Office. Envelope Collection for the week ending 19th & 26th November €1,536.81 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Youth 2000 Prayer Group: Meet every Friday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 7:30 p.m. All those in the senior cycle of secondary school and young adults are most welcome. Join us for prayer, reflections, adoration and music followed by food and refreshments Advent Holy Hour on Friday 15th December at 8.00pm concluding with Benediction. Confessions for Christmas will take place during this Holy Hour with a number of priests in attendance. This Holy Hour with Confessions will replace the penitential service normally held at this time of the year. Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat: 8th to 10th December in Newbridge College. 03 Dec First Sunday of Advent 10 Dec Second Sunday of Advent 7. 7.00pm Ciaran Kilcline Alan Rafferty 7. 7.00pm Paddy Donnelly Ben & Vonnie Cullen Bob & Joan Slattery & Thady Murray 1 9.00am Christy & Patsy Smith Frank & Anne O’ Reilly 1 9.00am 1 11.00am Gina Gillespie Angela Walsh The Brennan family (Skyrne Rd) Molly & Frank Maher 1 11.00am Bridget & Tom McGoldrick Joseph Gallagher 12.15pm Danny Ryan Lil & Tom Coyle Annie & Matt Browne Joe & Josephine McGuinness 1 12.15pm Sean Eiffe John & Tessy Ennis Paul & Tommy Ennis Monday Kay Finnegan Tuesday Sharon Friel Wednesday Special Intention Thursday Christy & Kathleen Martin & Ambrose Breheny Friday Kathleen Hartford (11.00am) and Mass also at 7.00pm Saturday Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home Excerpt from the homily of Pope Francis in Yangon at Mass on Thursday last with the Youth ...Let us listen once again to those words: “The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound” (Rom 10:15; cf. Is 52:7). Dear young people of Myanmar, you are good news, because you are concrete signs of the Church’s faith in Jesus Christ, who brings us a joy and a hope that will never die..... Some people ask how it is possible to speak of good news when so many people around us are suffering? Where is the good news when so much injustice, poverty and misery cast a shadow over us and our world? But I want a very clear message to go out from this place. I want people to know that you, the young men and women of Myanmar, are not afraid to believe in the good news of God’s mercy, because it has a name and a face: Jesus Christ. As messengers of this good news, you are ready to bring a word of hope to the Church, to your own country, and to the wider world. You are ready to bring good news for your suffering brothers and sisters who need your prayers and your solidarity, but also your enthusiasm for human rights, for justice and for the growth of that “love and peace” which Jesus brings.... How does our Lord send Saint Andrew and his brother Simon Peter in today’s Gospel? “Follow me!”, he tells them. That is what it means to be sent: to follow Christ, and not to charge ahead on our own! The Lord will invite some of you to follow him as priests, and in this way to become “fishers of men”. Others he will call to become religious or consecrated men and women. And yet others he will call to the married life, to be loving fathers and mothers. Whatever your vocation, I urge you: be brave, be generous and, above all, be joyful! ********************************************************************************************* The Pope’s Intention for December: That the elderly sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations. Next weekend is the St Vincent de Paul church gate Christmas collection. Today there are people in our community in crisis. No food in the cupboard. No heating in their home. No end in sight. At St. Vincent de Paul, we are asked for help with these things every day. Christmas is not the same for everyone. Even in an improving economy, it can still take one small problem to tip someone into crisis and poverty. But we know that a little help at the right time can change everything. This Christmas, over 140,000 people in communities across the country will ask SVP for help with food, fuel and basic clothing. Please support the SVP Annual Appeal next weekend. Ratoath Children’s Choir is proud to present the 10 Year Anniversary Concert on Saturday 9th December at 7.00pm in The Venue in Aid of Peter McVerry Trust. Tickets €10 on sale from the Venue Theatre Box Office or call 01-6895600 or on Dunshaughlin Choral Society is performing Christmas Choral Service on Sunday 10th December at 7.00pm at the Church of St. Patrick and Seachnells, Dunshaughlin in aid of the local branch of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Tickets from the Pastoral Centre Office. Info from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Christmas Present Programme: Gifts for underprivileged Dublin boys and girls (3-11years) can be given in to the Family Room, Ratoath Church after each Mass on Sunday 10th December. Phone Helen Hickey on 0857239149 or 8259286 In aid of MDS Cancer. Mulled wine and mince pies on Tuesday 5th December from 7.00pm to 10.00pm or coffee and mince pies on Wednesday 6th December from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Bring a friend, gifts to purchase, raffle at “Shramore”, Tankardstown, Ratoath. RSVP to Maria on 086 3322104 before Monday 4th pm December.

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