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Parish Bulletin 16 December 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             16 December 2018


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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.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret McDermott (Ratoath Manor Nursing Home), mother of Miriam Fox who died during the week. May she rest in peace.


We welcome Isla Healy and Leo O’Meara into the Christian community on the occasion of their baptised recently.

Christmas Mass Bouquets available from the Parish Office 



The Benedictine Monks of Silverstream Priory, Stamullen will have Vespers, Homily, and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 5.00 pm on this Sundays16th. All are welcome.

                     Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve: 5.00pm       7.00pm      9.00pm
Christmas Day: 9.00am      11.00am   12.15pm

Anam Cara North Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Wednesday 19th December at 7:20pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords.


16 Dec

Third Sunday of Advent

22 Dec

Fourth Sunday of Advent

7.  7.00pm

James Murphy & Agnes O’Connor

Maura McLoughlin

Paddy Duff     

Paddy Donnelly

7.  7.00pm

Tiney, Raymond & Paddy Brennan

& deceased members of the family

John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smyth

Sean Conheady

1  9.00am

Joe, Margaret & Pat Everard

& deceased members of the family

1  9.00am

John & Elizabeth Ryan

1  11.00am

Philomena Eiffe

The Deceased members of the Harding Family

Michael & Sadie Walsh

1  11.00am

Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased members of the family

Martin Kerrigan

1  12.15pm

Aubrey & Patrick McAuley & deceased members of the McAuley & Carty  families.

Lil & Tom Coyle

Eddie, Ian & Patricia Smith

1  12.15pm

Paddy Kelly

Patrick Naughton




Monday           For all who sympathised with the family of Kathleen Bolger on the death of their   


Tuesday           Andy & Ann Hessman                         Wednesday      Special Intention                       

Thursday         Maria Edwards                                     Friday            Mary Smith

Saturday          No morning Mass. Wedding Mass at 1.30pm   

                               December 21st    A Reflection
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. On those who lived in a land as dark as death, a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:1)
December 21st is the Winter Solstice and it’s a hugely significant day. 
It is a day that has fascinated people for thousands of years. Before science gave us proper explanations on the way the planet tilts and changes its axis with the seasons, people feared the dark days of winter and that the world was going to end. 
But people began to understand that today marked the turning point. 
Darkness would lose its grip to give way to increasing light. 
Every single one of us has our dark corners. On our own such darkness could overwhelm us. We need support, love, companionship, friendship, hope and light to guide us on our daily journey. 
At Christmas we mark the birth of Jesus who was the greatest light. 
Christmas can be summed up in many ways but the invitation is to invite Jesus into our own struggles and darkness. 
December 21st reminds us that in the depths of darkness there is great hope. Christmas is a celebration of this hope. Without it we have absolutely nothing. 
Daylight might be scarce on 21st December but God’s light and love are to be found in abundance particularly as we edge ever so close to Christmas”  
                                                                                       from a Year in Reflection
                                 Another angle on Christmas
In his book” Christmas Spoken Here”,  John Killinger describes how one day he was staring through the window of a beautiful little Christmas shop, it was packed with Christmas items. There were elves, a colourful Santa, sleighs, reindeers, bells, trees and music boxes. There were candles, electric lights, angles, wise men, drummer boys, stars, snowmen, and so much more. The little shop was bursting with Christmas. It was infectious. Down in the corner of the front door, where no one could miss it, was the neatest touch of all. It was a small sign that said “Christmas Spoken Here”.
In the final run to Christmas it could be easy to lose sight of what it’s all about. 
But whenever we speak the “language of Christmas” we are in touch with the heart of it all. It is the language of love, a language that speaks about God who became a little child born into our world, born into our darkness, our fears, our heartaches. Because of this child we have a sense of purpose, hope, direction and meaning to all of life’s complexities. May the “language of Christmas” be ours too in the coming days.  
                                                                                          from a Year in Reflection
Coolmine Drama Circle production of "A 1940's Radio Christmas Carol" playing in The Venue Theatre Ratoath on December 20th at 8pm. The current production comes from successful runs in Dunboyne and Clonsilla. A Christmas comedy that's not to be missed
Free basic iPhone, iPad, Smartphone, Tablet, Class starting in Ashbourne Parish Hall on Monday 7th January 2019 from 10 – 12 Noon.  To book a place please call Angela on 046 9280790.


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