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Second Sunday in Advent 10th December 2023

Our Advent Wreath


This weekend we light our Second Candle.  The second candle on the Advent wreath represents Peace.  Like the first candle, it is also purple.  Often called the “Bethlehem Candle.” The second Advent candle reminds us of Mary and Josephs’ Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Mary gave birth to Jesus.  Building on the meaning of the Prophecy Candle, this second candle recalls that after all of the division, destruction and dispersion of the kingdom in the Old Testament, there might finally be peace on Earth – Jesus is coming and so is his Kingdom of Peace.


Our Parish Mass Schedule 2024

As previously advised, from 6th & 7th January, the first weekend of 2024, our new mass schedule will commence.


Our thanks to all our parishioners who participated in the ten-week consultation process via letter, e-mail and phone calls regarding our new Mass timetable.  This input made this decision very clear.  The parish committees will review the new timetable after three months.


Vigil Mass:                St. Mary’s Church at 7 pm

Sunday Morning:    St. Patrick’s Church at 10am and St. Mary’s Church at 11:30 am






Christmas Mass Schedule


Sunday 24th December

10 am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church

No 11:30 am Mass in St. Mary’s Church


Christmas Eve

Family Mass at 5 pm in St. Mary’s Church

Family Mass at 6:30 pm in St. Patrick’s Church


Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 8pm in St. Mary’s

Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 9:30 pm

in St. Patrick’s Church


Christmas Day

Mass of the Nativity at 10 am in St. Patrick’s

Mass of the Nativity at 11:30 am in St. Mary’s




Your prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Olive Whelan whose funeral took place during the week.

We ask parishioners to remember the bereaved in your prayers.


List of the Dead

You can return your List of the Dead Envelope in any of the boxes provided in both churches.

For security, please leave envelopes during Mass times only.  You can also drop them into the Parish Office.


Christmas Cards

We have a selection of Christmas cards available in the Sacristies and Parish Office.  Christmas Cards are €5 each.  These Christmas card intentions will be offered at Christmas morning masses in our Parish.



St. Pauls Missals

A limited number of St. Pauls Missals are available in the Sacristies and our Parish Office.  Missals are € 7.   We invite all Ministers of the Word to pop into the Sacristy to collect their Missal.


Parish Weekly Envelopes

Boxes of envelopes will be distributed shortly.  If you would like to receive a box of envelopes, please contact Carol in our Parish Office.  You can also contribute by standing order or bank transfer.  Standing order forms are available beside the Newsletters in both churches.



Supporting our Parish

Total Offertory:                           €     1155.00

November Offering:  Stamullen      €      445.00

Julianstown    €      305.00

We are sincerely grateful for your continued support.



If you wish to contribute to our Parish, please use the following Account details:   BIC:  BOFIIE2D


Please state your name in the reference.

Thank you for our consideration.


Sacraments in our Parish

First Communion

Congratulations to all the children who enrolled for First Communion.

Allocation of tickets for the First Communion Ceremonies will be decided soon.


Holy Week Pilgrimage

Led by Fr. Derek Darby, Camino De Santiago Holy Week Pilgrimage: Sarria to Santiago.  From 22nd to 29th April.  4 nights Lugo – 3 nights Santiago.   Cost €1150 includes Flights, Transfers, Hotel and 5 walk days. (Please see posters beside Newsletters)




St. Patrick’s GFHC Lotto

Jackpot € 1,500 drawn on 5th December.  Numbers drawn: 2,9,20,28.  No Winner.  One Match Three Winner: Baxter Family  Next week’s Jackpot:  €1,600.  Thanks to all our Supporters.



Mass Schedule 

Saturday, 9th         St. Patrick’s   5:45 pm      

AV.     Madeline Whyte

AV.     Marie McWalter

AV.      Patrick Gilligan


                        St. Mary’s         7:00 pm

AV.     James & Margaret McGovern

AV    Kathleen O’Donnell

AV     Robert Russell and DFM

AV     Raymond Callan


Sunday, 10th          St. Patrick’s     10:00 am    

AV.     Mary Cooke

AV.      Joan & Jack McDermott

                               St. Mary’s         11:30 am

AV.     Margaret McHugh

AV.      Vera Rafferty

Tuesday           St. Patrick’s      10:00 am               Celebrants’ Intention

Wednesday      St. Mary’s           10:00 am               Celebrants’ Intention

 Thursday           St. Patrick’s      10:00 am                Celebrants’ Intention

Friday            St. Mary’s        10:00 am    RD.    Mary O’Mahony


Saturday, 16th        St. Patrick’s        5:45 pm

AV.    Frank Kavanagh

St. Mary’s             7:00 pm

MM    Olive McKenna

AV    Tom & Nora Wiseman & DFM

AV.     Martin McDonnell


AV    Alfie & Mary Cooney


Sunday, 17th         St. Patrick’s           10:00 am

AV.    Barry Barrable

AV.    Tom & Nora Wiseman & DFM

                              St. Mary’s             11:30 am

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