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Parish Ministry

Many groups are involved in the life of the Church.

Liturgy Committee

The members of this committee are drawn from the various ministries who are involved in the parish liturgies. They meet once a month to discuss different aspects of the liturgical life of the parish, to offer advice, to make recommendations and to assist in their implementation.

Ministers of the Word
Minister of the Word The readers read the Word of God at our liturgies. Each Mass has its own co-ordinator:
  • Jim Kelly (8257226) for the 7.00pm Vigil Mass;
  • Frances Mather(8254997) for the 9.00am Mass;
  • Marie Hackett (8256448) for the 11.00am Mass
  • Suzanne Scroope (8256090) for the 12.15pm Mass.

If you would like to be a Minister of the Word or have served in your previous parish, please let us know.

Minister of the Word
Ministers of the Eucharist
Eucharistic Minister The parish has approximately 100 Eucharistic Ministers who assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at the Masses in the Parish and on occasions bring Holy Communion to the sick. As a general rule Eucharistic Ministers assist once every 5 to 6 weeks. Each Mass has its own co-ordinator:-
  • Des Brady (8259512) for the 7.00pm Vigil Mass
  • Noreen Browne (8259386) for the 9.00am Mass
  • Tom Boshell (8259070) for the 11.00am Mass
  • Ann O’ Reilly (8350880) for the 12.15pm Mass.

If you would like to be a Eucharistic Minister or have served in your previous parish, please let us know.

Eucharistic Minister
Parish Choir
The Choir

The parish choir is an adult choir and sing at the 12.15pm Mass on Sundays and on other liturgical occasions during the year. The Choir’s rehearsal season runs from September to June on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. New members are always welcome. All enquiries to the Parish Office


Cantors The cantors lead the singing at the 11.00am Mass on Sunday. They are usually choir members, but others who cannot make a commitment to the choir often lead the congregation at this Mass.

Deirdre Kinsella is the co-ordinator of the cantors and she can be contacted on 8257572


Mary Hederington is our regular organist at the 11.00am Mass and she can be contacted on 8259662.

Joey Crosbie plays at the 12.15pm Mass and she can be contacted on 8250193.

Other organists who play in Ratoath are Sheila Ryan and Ciara Vaughan (8011571). They also play at weddings, funerals, anniversaries etc

Childrens' Choir

Chidrens' Choir Ratoath Children's Choir is the parish children's choir. We provide children with choral music instruction . Founded by Aisling Campbell in 2007, who was joined by Larry Farrell as co-director in 2009.

From simple singing games, modern pieces and the old favourite's we cover them all and create Fun.

We offer places for children ages 8 through 16. All classes and rehearsals are educational, child centred, and age appropriate. We believe in educating the whole child, and work with the human voice to teach not only music but also important life skills such as poise, self-confidence, focus and teamwork. Experts agree that singing in a choir has a remarkably positive impact on children. The Children simply say how much fun it is to be a part of the choir!

We practice every Wednesday at 7 pm and lead the singing at the Vigil Mass on alternate Saturdays. For further information please contact the parish office.

Folk Group
The Folk Group

The folk group rehearses on Thursday evenings from 8.00pm to 10.00pm and they lead the singing at the Vigil Mass on alternate Saturdays. For further information, contact the director, Caroline McNally on 8256753

Altar Servers

During September children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes in our parish schools are invited to serve at the weekend Masses. Each child serves at least once a month. They receive training and older children assist and accompany the younger children. Children attending schools outside the parish are welcome to serve. Children follow an agreed Code of Behaviour, which parents will be asked to sign.

TODO: Application form

Altar Servers

Our two sacristans are

Patsy Mannering
Patsy Mannering
Deirdre Mills
Deirdre Mills
Altar Society
The Altar

This group of parishioners is responsible for the upkeep of the altar area of the church. They take care of the flowers and the altar. A rota is organised on a monthly basis.

Anyone willing to help should contact the parish office or the co-ordinator of the rota – Josie Branigan on 8256277

Na Glantorí

Na Glantoirí are the cleaning group of about 20 parishioners who meet approximately once a month to clean the church. Theresa Murphy (8259552) is the group leader and she organises the rota. New volunteers are very welcome to help out.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary are very active in the parish and they meet every Thursday evening in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 8.00pm. New members are always welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul

Our local St. Vincent de Paul group can be contacted by phoning 086-2321268


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