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Parish Bulletin 17/24 December 2017
Holy Trinity Church Ratoath 17/24 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. There will be no Eucharist Adoration on Wednesday 27th December or Wednesday 3rd January There will be no Mass at 12.15pm on Sunday 24th December. The sick and house bound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday 21st December. Congratulations to Charlie Reilly (Ballymagillen) who was baptised recently Christmas Mass Bouquet Cards available now from the Parish Office. Envelope Collection for the week ending 3rd & 10th December €2,056.91 Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. 17 Dec Third Sunday of Advent 24 Dec Fourth Sunday of Advent 7. 7.00pm Maura McLoughlin; Patricia McConville Kathleen & Jim Maguire John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smyth Patrick & Joseph Everard 7. 7.00pm David Hanley and deceased members of the family; Paddy Kelly Teeny, Raymond & Paddy Brennan & deceased members of the family 1 9.00am Teesie Gorman (Months Memory) 1 9.00am 1 11.00am Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & the deceased members of the family Pat Naughton & Noel Walsh Laurence Clifford 1 11.00am George & Albert McAuley 12.15pm Bridie Lynch; Eddie & Ian Smith Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & the deceased members of the Carty & McAuley families Martin Kerrigan 1 12.15pm No 12.15 pm Mass This Week 17th to 23rd December Tuesday John & Kathleen Murray Wednesday Mary Smith, Phil Eiffe & John & Elizabeth Ryan Thursday Robert & Raymond Murra¬y Friday Patrick Dunne & Sean Conheady Saturday Michael Ryan -Mass in Nursing Home 11.00am The Week of 24th -30th December Tuesday 26th No morning Mass Wednesday 27th Wedding Mass at 12.30pm Thursday 28th Mass at 11.00am in Ratoath Manor Nursing Home Friday 29th Mass at 9.45am in the Parish Church (Special Intention) Saturday 30th No morning Mass There will be no parish bulletin published next weekend. 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 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 May; to the children who received their Holy Communion in May; and to all who were baptised during 2017. 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 “Tonight, let us be touched by the tenderness that saves. Let us draw close to God who draws close to us. Let us pause to gaze upon the crib, and relive in our imagination the birth of Jesus. With the shepherds, let us enter into the real Christmas, bringing to Jesus all that we are, our alienation, our unhealed wounds, our sins. Then, in Jesus, we will enjoy the taste of the true spirit of Christmas: the beauty of being loved by God. With Mary and Joseph, let us pause before the manger, before Jesus who is born as bread for my life. Contemplating his humble and infinite love, let us simply tell him: Thank you. Thank you because you have done all this for me”. Pope Francis - Christmas 2016

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