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Parish Bulletin 23 December l 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath

             23 December 2018


01 8256207


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


There will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday 26th December or Wednesday 2nd January.


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Anthony Crean who died during the week.

May he rest in peace.

Envelop Collection for weeks 2nd 9th, & 16th December €3856.96. Many thanks for your continued support and generosity. Christmas is a Blue Offering day.

Ratoath Folk Group would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who supported a “Night of Music & Reflection on Thursday 13th December. We raised €5,000 for Brother Kevin.




30 Dec

Holy Family of Jesus Mary & Joseph

6 Jan 19

Epiphany of the Lord

7.  7.00pm

Tiney, Raymond & Paddy Brennan

& deceased members of the family

John & Margaret Donnelly & Ella Smyth

Sean Conheady

7.  7.00pm

John & Paul Ennis

James & Margaret Nolan

Joe & Peggy Lynch

Marie & Bennie Wallace

1  9.00am

John & Elizabeth Ryan

Oliver & Catherine Farrelly

1  9.00am

Deceased members of the McCrea & & Whelan families.

Eileen & Michael Brady (Brownstown)

1  11.00am

Elizabeth & Charles Keogh & deceased members of the family

Martin Kerrigan

1  11.00am


1  12.15pm

Paddy Kelly

Patrick Naughton

1  12.15pm

Ann Malone

George & Albert Mc Auley & deceased members of the family.




Monday 24th           No Morning Mass     Masses on Christmas Eve at 5pm; 7pm and 9pm

Tuesday 25th           Christmas Day         Masses at 9am; 11am and 12.15pm

Wednesday 26th      No Morning Mass                     

Thursday 27th         Mass 11.00am on Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Friday  28th           Mass 11.00am on Ratoath Manor Nursing Home

Saturday 29th          No morning Mass.

Monday 31st December    Wedding Mass at 12.30pm

Tuesday 1st January           Mass for the World Day of Peace at 11.00am in the Parish Church

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January        Mass at 9.45am

Friday 4th January             Mass at 9.45am for all those on the Parish List of the Dead

Saturday 5th January         No morning Mass               


                          A word of thanks for Christmas
We would like to thanks 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; those who assist us for the “Do this in Memory of Me” programme and the Confirmation Preparation programme; 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 and our accountant Theo Orton.
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 send our best wishes and congratulations to the couples who were married here during the year; to the boys and girls who were confirmed in May; to the children who received their Holy Communion this year and to all who were baptised during 2018.
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 new to our community, 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 and all your family a happy and blessed Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.                                                                                                      Frs. Gerry and Brendan
Silent Night, Holy Night originated in Austria in 1818 and was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 (200 years ago this year). It is known in more than 300 languages and dialects around the world. In 2011, the carol was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.
 “Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn”. In these plain and clear words, Luke brings us to the heart of that holy night: Mary gave birth; she gave us Jesus, the Light of the world. A simple story that plunges us into the event that changes our history for ever. Everything, that night, became a source of hope”.                Pope Francis – Christmas Eve 2017


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