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Third Sunday of Advent 17th December 2023

Our Advent Wreath


This weekend we light our Third Candle.  The third candle on the Advent wreath represents Joy.  The third candle is Pink and takes us back to the joyful anticipation of the shepherds who journeyed to see Jesus in Bethleham, even before the wise men.  On this third Sunday of Advent, we light the candle and rejoice like the shepherds.  The candle is sometimes called the Shepherds Candle.  Pink is the liturgical colour for Joy.


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 Liturgies


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

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


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

Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 9:30 pm in St. Patrick’s


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


Please invite your family and friends to come along and participate in our Christmas Liturgies.  All are very welcome.



Parish Office

Our Parish Office will close on Thursday, 21st December at 12 pm and re-open at 10 am on Wednesday, 3rd January.

Our Parish office will not be open to the public on Fridays from January 5th.



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 are expecting a box but do not receive one, please call into the Sacristy to pick yours up.


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.


Thank you to all who contribute to our Parish.  Your support is very much appreciated.


Supporting our Parish

Total Offertory:                           €     965.00

November Offering:  Stamullen      €     260.00

Julianstown    €     265.00

We are sincerely grateful for your continued support.


If you wish to contribute to our Parish, please use the following Account details:   BIC:  BOFIIE2D IBAN:IE85BOFI90354175356829.  Please state your name in the reference.  Thank you for our consideration.



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.


Sacraments in our Parish


Confirmation and First Communion

Allocation of tickets for our Parish Confirmation and First Communion Ceremonies will be advised during this week.


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 on the Notice Board)



St. Patrick’s GFHC Lotto

Jackpot € 1,600 drawn on 12th December.  Numbers drawn: 2,7,11,12.  No Winner.  No Match Three Winner.  Next week’s Jackpot:  €1,700.  Thanks to all our Supporters.


Julianstown Bowls Club

Julianstown Bowls Club are now recruiting new members. Please come along to experience the game of bowls and have a very enjoyable evening, on Monday or Thursday from 8 to 10 pm in Julianstown Community Hall Contact Sean  on 086-8438803 or Marie 086-1525413.


St. Vincent DePaul Annual Collection

Thanks to all who contributed to the recent Annual St. Vincent DePaul Church Gate collection.

All donations received will be distributed locally.


Mass Schedules 


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

AV.     Frank Kavanagh

AV.      George & Della Crawley

St. Mary’s              7:00 pm

MM     Oliver McKenna

AV.      Tom & Nora Wiseman & DFM

AV.       Martin McDonnell


AV.      Alfie & Mary Cooney

AV.      Cormac O’Kelly


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

AV.    Barry Barrable

AV.    Tom & Nora Wiseman & DFM

                              St. Mary’s             11:30 am

AV.    George & Margaret Balfe




Tuesday           St. Patrick’s      10:00 am   RD.      Naseem Akhtar

Wednesday      St. Mary’s           10:00 am   RD.      Frank Keegan

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

Friday            St. Mary’s        10:00 am    RD.     Edmund (Eddie) O’Kelly



Saturday, 23rd       St. Patrick’s      5:45 pm   

AV.     Michael & Mary Boshell, Sean Tracey  and Josephine & Tony Byrne

AV.       Paddy & Maureen McAuley   and Seamus and Nicky McAuley


                        St. Mary’s           7:00 pm



Sunday, 24th          St. Patrick’s

10:00 am  


Christmas Eve   

St. Mary’s                             Family Mass at 5 pm

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

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

St. Patrick’s                         Vigil Mass of the Nativity at 9:30 pm

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

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