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Parish Bulletin 2nd December 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             2 December 2018


01 8256207


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    Opening hours for the Parish Office: 10.00am – 1.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday    


Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 10.00pm. All are welcome.

Holy Hour in the Nursing Home chapel on Monday and Friday evenings at 7.30pm. All Welcome.



We welcome Daniel Cummins, Molly Rose Ferguson, & Findley Macleod into the Christian community on the occasion of their baptism recently.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thomas McCarthy (Limerick), brother in law of Seamus Walsh who died recently. May he rest in peace.

Saturday is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is a holy day of obligation.

The Vigil Mass is on Friday evening at 7.00pm and the Mass on Saturday is at 11.00am

The sick and the housebound will be attended to in their homes on Thursday and Friday next


A meeting of the Board of Management of Ratoath Senior National School will be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Monday 3rd December at 7.00pm.


The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, County Meath warmly invite the clergy, religious, and lay folk of the Diocese to join them for Vespers, Homily, and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 5.00 pm on the first three Sundays of Advent December 2nd,9th, 16th and on December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Ratoath Folk Group presents A Night of Music and Reflection on Thursday 13th December at 8.00pm in Ratoath Church. Tickets €10 from the Parish Office or from members of the Folk Group.   All proceeds to Brother Kevin of the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People.


2 Dec

First Sunday of Advent

9 Dec

Second Sunday of Advent

7.  7.00pm

Alan Rafferty

Frank & Anne O’Reilly

Patsy & Christy Smith

Pauline Fox

Patrick & Patricia Murphy 

7.  7.00pm

Ben & Vonnie Cullen

Ann & Joe McGovern

Bob & Joan Slattery

Thady Murray

1  9.00am

Kathleen & Hugh Nally

1  9.00am


1  11.00am

Molly & Frank Maher

Gina Gillespie

Michael Byrne & deceased members of the family

Tom, Kathleen & Michael Brennan

1  11.00am

Tom McGoldrick

Bridget & Joseph Gallagher

1  12.15pm


1  12.15pm

Sean Eiffe 

Paddy Donnelly

Angela Walsh



Monday          Eithne Kelly               Tuesday      Sean & Maureen Mullen & Frank & Irene Regan

Wednesday     Joe & Mary Bradley & Tina & Paddy Bradley

Thursday        Kathleen Harford & Kathleen & Christopher Martin

Friday             Mass for those on the Parish List of the Dead (9.45am)

                      Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 7.00pm                                                                          

Saturday        Rita Cusack   11.00 am Mass in the Parish Church   

Christmas Mass Bouquets available from the Parish Office 

Envelope Collection for the week ending 18th & 25th November €1,183.09
Many thanks for your continued support and generosity.


St. Paul's Christmas Fair is this Sunday 2nd December from 11am to 2.30pm, with Toy Stall, Cake Stall, Plants, Gifts, Books, Tuck Shop, Face Painting, Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate served.  Bumper Raffle with over 75 prizes and Santa will be here to see the children in his Grotto.

Ratoath National Schools Parents Association is hosting a fundraising "Clothes for Cash" collection from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th December. Please drop off your unwanted clothes, footwear (in pairs), bedlinen (no duvets) & towels in a bag at the low wall beside the schools carpark from 9.20am to 3pm  Your support is very much appreciated as the school receives €4 per bag!

                             St Vincent De Paul Society 

Annual Church Gate Collection will be held on 8th & 9th December

As Christmas looms St Vincent de Paul Society is receiving an average of 1,000 calls a say seeking help. 

Last year our volunteers visited approximately 50,000 families over the winter and we expect to visit at least the same number this year. At the moment we are receiving over 1,000 calls a day to our offices around the country”, said SVP National President Kieran Stafford at the launch of the Society’s Annual Appeal.

Save someone from a life of poverty is the theme of the SVP Annual Appeal which emphasises the effect of poverty on children and their future.

Many of the families we visit will struggle to make ends meet this Christmas and some will consider borrowing money to meet the extra expenses they face at this time of year. Being able to access affordable credit, rather than loans with extremely high interest rates is essential if families are to avoid becoming over-indebted.  We would urge anyone who is struggling, particularly with the cost of education, fuel and food to come to SVP for help.”

This Christmas, SVP has put children at the heart of its Annual Appeal and Kieran Stafford said that is because they are the most vulnerable and should not suffer because society has got things so wrong.

Medjugorje Irish Centre Pilgrimages: April to October 2019. 7 nights B&B and Airport Shuttle service from Dubrovnik or Split for €279 per person sharing. Book any flight - any time and we provide guaranteed airport shuttle service. Call us for further info and book the dates that suit you. Tel. 01 4434510 or email 
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Ratoath Garden Club: Christmas Gala evening will be held in the Ratoath Inn on Monday 10th December at 8.00pm. 
Santa visits Ratoath GAA Club on Sunday 9thDecember 12-6pm. Free Admission. Goodies bags and photo with Santa for all children. Face painting, mulled wine and mince pies. All proceeds in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
GAA Lotto results: 1,5,20,28. There was no Jackpot winner.
Meath Alzheimer Cafe:  The Meath Alzheimer Cafe Annual Christmas Party will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin on Wednesday 5th December, from 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.  
All families/carers and loved ones living with Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia are welcome to attend.  This will be a social evening with music, dancing and festive treats.  We look forward to an enjoyable evening. Contact: Whistlemount Day Centre at 046-9027007       
                                          The First Sunday of Advent 
The exhortations “watch yourselves” and “stay awake” in today’s gospel are reminders that Advent is a time of preparation not only for Christ’s coming at Christmas, but also for his final Coming. Prayer is an important element in this preparation, but it must be accompanied by a quest for honesty and integrity in our lives. 


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