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Parish Bulletin 10th December 2017
Holy Trinity Church Ratoath 10 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. 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. Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards available now from the Parish Office. Congratulations to Kate Byrne (Milltree Park), Andrew McKenna (Streamstown) and Oisin Harvey (Meadowbank Hill) who were baptised recently. A Baptismal Meeting will be held on Wednesday next 13th December at 8.00pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre for parents who have children for baptism in the near future. There will be a Board of Management meeting in St. Paul’s National School, Ratoath on Tuesday 12th December at 6.30pm. An evening of Christmas Songs and Carols. Special evening of Christmas Songs and Carols in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin on Thursday December 14th at 7.30pm. Hosted by Teresa Carley and friends. All ages welcome. 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. 10 Dec Second Sunday of Advent 17 Dec Third Sunday of Advent 7. 7.00pm Paddy Donnelly Ben & Vonnie Cullen Bob & Joan Slattery & Thady Murray 7. 7.00pm Maura McLoughlin Kathleen & Jim Maguire John & Margaret Donnelly Ella Smyth Patrick & Joseph Everard Patricia McConville 1 9.00am Eileen & Michael Brady 1 9.00am Teesie Gorman (Months Memory) 1 11.00am Tom McGoldrick Joseph & Bridget Gallagher 1 11.00am Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & the deceased members of the family Pat Naughton Noel Walsh 12.15pm Helen Reilly (Months Mind) Sean Eiffe John & Tessie Ennis Paul & Tommy Ennis 1 12.15pm Bridie Lynch Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & the deceased members of the Carty & McAuley families Martin Kerrigan Eddie & Ian Smith Thursday Andy & Anne Hessman Saturday Rita Cusack- Mass at 11.00am in the Nursing Home The Tradition of the Christmas Crib “Following a beautiful and firmly rooted tradition, many families set up a crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the Birth of Jesus. Putting up the crib at home can be a simple but effective way of presenting faith, to pass it on to one’s children. The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in the poverty and simplicity of the Bethlehem Grotto. Saint Francis of Assisi was so taken by the mystery of the Incarnation that he wanted to present it anew at Greccio in the nativity scene, thus beginning an old, popular tradition that still retains its value for evangelisation today. Indeed the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who was rich, but he became poor for your sake (2 Co 8:9). His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angel’s words: And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger (Lk 2:12). This is still the sigh for us too, men and woman of the third millennium. There is no other Christmas”. Pope Benedict XV1 ********************************************************************************** Families are encouraged to have a small crib in their home for Christmas. There is a tradition that on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the figurines of the baby Jesus are brought to church for a blessing before been placed in the crib at home for Christmas. So next weekend at all Masses we encourage you to bring to Mass the figure of the Infant Jesus and we will bless them at all the Masses. ********************************************************************************** This 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 this weekend. Ratoath Athletic Club in aid of St Vincent De Paul Ratoath -Mile Run / Walk (4 laps of track) on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm sharp, Ratoath AC Track Jamestown beside Ratoath College. Mixed Group : adults / children : walk or jog (No dogs allowed). All welcome including members and non-members. Cost €2 children €5 Adults. (All donations welcome). Limited car parking available. Please walk to track if possible. Guitarist Ireland Roadshow in Aid of Crumlins Children’s Hospital on Thursday 14th December in the The Ratoath Inn. This fantastic fundraiser event includes many local musicians giving their time for the charity. Tickets costs just €10 in The Ratoath Inn. Contact Bee Flanagan on 086 8094924 for more information and to purchased tickets.

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