Many of our Parish Groups offer the opportunity to get involved and volunteer. We invite you to review the various parish groups below and if you would like to get involved please read our guide on how to volunteer in our parish. We would also ask you to review our Safeguarding policies and complete a Volunteer Application Form. If you would like additional information please contact one of our Safeguarding team through the Parish office at 01 2831593 or email email@example.com.
Safeguarding of children and of vulnerable adults who take part in our parish activities is of paramount concern for us. Adults involved in most of our parish activities are required to have Garda vetting and need to attend a Child Safeguarding information session. Those dealing directly with young people must also be Garda vetted and must attend a Child Safeguarding training session. Volunteers should check with activity coordinators regarding what is necessary.
The names of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives are on display both in the church porch and at reception in the Pastoral Centre; and these representatives can be contacted through the parish office.
Our policies are reviewed regularly and new elements added as necessary:
Booterstown Parish Groups
We have a wonderful group of Altar Servers, who are trained by Lorraine Leonard and our Sacristan, Paul Lyng.
We are always happy to welcome boys and girls – once they have made their First Communion – for this important service in our parish. The next recruitment will take place in late September, followed by training. Application forms are available in the parish centre.
Typically, children are called upon to serve every second week. Albs for use by our Altar Servers are provided by the parish.
We have a strict child protection policy in our parish.
One of the joys of Booterstown Parish is the beauty of the Church of the Assumption, often enhanced by wonderful floral arrangements. Members of our Altar Society take care of all the altars in the church and maintain a display of fresh flowers for Sundays and feast days.
They also offer help and advice to brides about floral arrangements and the requirements of the parish concerning these. If you have any questions, please contact our Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone 01-283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Mon-Fri) or use our Contact Form.
Altar Society members include Anne Marie Gordon, Phil Treacy, Grace Callanan, Peggy Patterson, Mona Nolan, Clare Fortune, Pat Mortimer, Audrey McVey, Marjorie Ronayne, Anne Loughnane, and Ann McMahon.
Baptisms take place on the third Saturday of each month. Prior booking is essential.
Members of our Baptism Team work in pairs and are responsible for meeting parents and assisting them in the preparation for the baptism of their child. The Team hosts a meeting at 8 p.m. on the Wednesday evening, ten days prior to the day of the Baptism Ceremony. This takes place in our Parish Centre (opposite Gleeson’s Lounge). To enquire about upcoming dates for preparation and Baptisms please contact our Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone 01-283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Mon-Fri) or use our Contact Form
Our Baptism Team is co-ordinated by Grace O’Gorman.
Baptismal candles are available at a cost €5. Parents and/or Godparents are invited to participate in the ceremony by doing a reading or prayer of the faithful.
When we have lost a loved one, it can be an invaluable comfort to have someone to talk to, or just to be there. Members of this group have received special training for this work. They are not professional counsellors but can recommend counsellors, if needed.
If you would like to meet with a member of our group, please contact the Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone +353 (0)1 283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Tues – Fri) or use our Contact Form.
It is helpful to let the group know when a parishioner goes into a nursing home or if there is someone who would like to be visited at home. New Volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to belong to this group, please contact the Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone +353 (0)1 283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Tues – Fri) or use our Contact Form.
The communications group aims to give parishioners and the wider community a positive awareness of the parish and the nature of its work. Our Parish Newsletter is published weekly throughout the year. As well as printed copies available in the church, it can be read on our website or downloaded. Other activities at our Pastoral Centre are also published weekly on our dedicated microsite and on our Parish Facebook page.
Our brief is to inform parishioners about issues facing the Church both locally and in the wider world; to provide information about the Masses, Eucharistic Adoration, and other ceremonies taking place in our parish church; to report on the work of the many and varied parish groups and to publicise events taking place here, such as special concerts, art exhibitions or sales of work.
We also publish reflective material. Being ‘techies’ we tend to swap ideas and material via email etc. We don’t have regular face to face meetings. But volunteers are needed throughout the year to help with particular tasks such as addressing and packing envelopes for the Christmas and Easter circulations or delivering the Quarterly.
Members of the Communications Group include Michael Rowan, and Nigel Baker. Our website content management is carried out by Caroline Liddy, Catherine Carroll, Susan Spain, Catherine Martin, Sister Isabelle Smyth and our Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue.
These are the first friendly faces to greet Mass-goers on arrival in the church porch. They help parishioners access and enjoy church services in a friendly and safe environment. Their work is particularly needed at busy times of the year – especially Christmas and Easter.
The stewards manage the indoor church collections during Mass. The group members include Paddy McMahon, Hylda Beckett, Ciaran Clancy and Eamonn Molloy.
If you are interested in joining our team of Stewards, please contact us.
This group organises a rota of parishioners who volunteer to take their turn at the weekly Eucharistic Adoration at our parish church each Tuesday. This is a time for silent prayer from 10.30 am to 10.00 pm. Regular volunteers come and pray for their committed period of one hour. Everyone is welcome to join in at any time.
New volunteers for our rota are very welcome, as a regular commitment enables us to ensure that the Church is never empty and that no-one is in the church without at least three others. If you are not in a position to make a regular commitment, you are still very welcome to come when you can and to sign in as a visitor. The group is co-ordinated by Liz McDermott.
Faith Formation & Spirituality
The aims of this group are:
* To assist young people as they progress in their sacramental life
* To provide opportunities for those wishing to deepen their knowledge of our Faith
* To encourage all to embark on a journey in exploring our shared Faith
* To reach out to those for whom the Faith may no longer seem a life-giving force.
* To promote the value of scripture study and meditation as means of encounter with Christ.
* Organising Prayer Friends for young people preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation
* Interacting with parents of the First Holy Communion children
* Engaging a varied selection of renowned speakers for lectures including:
– Open forum
– Providing evening meditations during Lent and Advent
– Alpha Programme on Wednesday nights
– Scripture Study Group for adults
– Scripture study for 5 – 11 year olds monthly
– Second Sunday of the month coffee morning from 10:30am in Cafe 67.
Please see our upcoming calendar for all current classes, activities and events at the Parish & Pastoral Centre.
Silent Meditation continues every Monday evening in the Parish Centre, 67 Booterstown Avenue, commencing at 7.30 pm and concluding at 8.00 pm (with the exception of bank holiday Mondays). Those attending are asked to be seated before 7.30 pm.
As a Registered Charity, No. CHY 7424, our parish is governed by the Charities Act 2009 and the Charities Regulatory Authority. Every parish is required by Canon Law to have a Finance Committee to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish.
This Committee is an advisory committee. Members are appointed by the Parish Priest and usually serve for a period of three years. The Committee meets monthly. Reporting to the committee are the Parish Secretary and the Parish Centre Manager.
Every year an account of the financial state of the parish is published and members of this group speak at Masses to explain this report to parishioners. The Chairperson is Michael Semple.
Our parish income is generated, in the main, by way of an Annual Appeal. We are deeply grateful to our parishioners who generously pledge regular contributions to the costs of running the parish.
A significant portion of our parish income is derived from the preparation and submission of CHY2 Revenue Forms and subsequent tax rebates.
Our appeal is supplemented by fund raising activities such as Cake Sales, Art Exhibitions, an Annual Golf Outing and the activities of the Parish Centre.
Expenditure is, in general, earmarked towards the upkeep, maintenance and day to day running costs of all parish buildings including the fabric of the church itself and the Youth Club. The retention of a Reserve Fund is deemed prudent to cater for future expenditure having regard for the age of the buildings under the stewardship of the committee.
Weekly collections taken at Masses, as well as contributions for Christmas and Easter dues, are sent to the Archdiocese for the upkeep of priests, both active and retired or ill, and the Share collection to assist parishes who are in need of assistance.
An up-to-date computer system has been installed to ensure accurate records of all income and payment systems or simply click on our donate button on the homepage.
If you would like to contribute to our parish, the following are our Bank details:
Account Name: Booterstown Parish
Bank of Ireland, Merrion Road, Dublin 4.
IBAN IE60 BOFI 9012 1258 0177 37 BIC BOFI IE 2D
Donors are asked to ensure they include their name in the payment reference for our administration purposes and so that we can acknowledge donations.
Co-ordinated by John McCarthy, there are eight people in our Funeral Support Team.
They usually work in pairs, and are present, with the Priest, at the door of the Church when the funeral arrives. With lighted candles they lead the cortège to the altar.
If the Reception is on the evening before the Funeral Mass, they will do a reading, lead a decade of the rosary and, of course, sympathise with the bereaved.
Bereaved families are helped by the Priest or the funeral team to choose readings for the funeral Mass.
If you would like to print a memorial booklet, we can send you a Template in MS Word. Funeral arrangements are posted on our website and if a family wishes to include a tribute to their deceased loved one, this can be added.
On a weekly basis this generous group devotes time to cleaning and maintaining the church and its furnishings, including the granite floors and pillars.
Members also prepare the Church for special functions, particularly at Easter and Christmas. The work is undertaken early on Saturday mornings.
In the Gospel story where Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha, Mary is shown sitting at the feet of Jesus, while Martha is busy with all the housework. Our group who dedicate time early on Saturday mornings to ensure our parish church is clean and welcoming are called the St. Martha Group.
The longest-serving member is Kitty McHale, who also takes care of the altar linen and vestments. Other members include Catherine Martin, John Dolan, Frances Taylor and Ann Simington.
New volunteers – men or women – who can spare an hour on Saturday mornings are most welcome! Please contact our Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone +353 (0)1 283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Tues – Fri) or use our Contact Form.
Our Parish Conference of the Legion of Mary meets at 10.30 a.m. each Wednesday in Room 3 of the Parish Centre. President of our parish Legionnaries is Louisa Dolan, pictured here with Nancy Costello.
Other members include Margaret Lynam, Vice-President, Angela McDermott, Madeline Ryan and Sister Theresa of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, who is Spiritual Director.
Activities include sale of Catholic Papers in the Church porch every Friday and Saturday after Mass. They also do home visits and when necessary hospital or nursing-home visits to people they have been visiting in their homes.
This group also acts as the centre for the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association.
New members are always welcome!
Frank Duff Prayer Group: Inspired by the founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff, they meet in the Parish Centre on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for prayer, at 3 p.m., followed by a cup of tea. All are welcome, whether as members or just dropping in for an occasional visit.
This Group oversees liturgical planning for the year. Working closely with the parish clergy, we are also constantly in liaison with the following parish groups:
- Altar Servers
- Altar Society
- Baptismal Team
- Children’s Choir
- Children’s Liturgy
- Adult Choir
We believe the integration of music and art into our liturgy is very important.
We prepare the Prayer of the Faithful for our Sunday Masses, including prayers related to the current the needs of our country and of the world. Prayer of the Faithful, for this week, may be viewed on the Home Page.
As well as preparation for the major liturgical seasons of the year, we are also called upon to prepare liturgies for special occasions such as Blessing of Schoolbags at the beginning of each school year, Anointing of the Sick, Advent and Lent Reconciliation Services, etc. Members of the group include Patricia Gillen, Catherine Carroll (both pictured here), also Catherine Martin, Sister Patricia Lynch, Maureen Boothman, Colette O’Daly, Statia Davey.
Current Ministers of the Liturgy Rosters
Maureen Boothman represents ecumenism in the liturgy group, maintaining strong links with the other Christian communities in the area. Highlights include World Day of Prayer, in March, and Ecumenical Prayer around the Cross, on Good Friday.
Ministers of the Eucharist
Each month a rota is prepared and published online or may be collected from the Sacristy or Parish Office. Current rosters
Ministers of the Eucharist attend an annual day of reflection to encourage and assist them in their Ministry.
Ministers of the Eucharist help distribute the Eucharist at all Masses and bring the Eucharist to people who are housebound or ill. They are commissioned by the Parish Priest for a period of three years. Each month a rota is prepared and published online or may be collected from the Sacristy or Parish Office. Current rosters are:
Ministers of Holy Communion Roster for December 2020 Sunday masses and Christmas
Ministers of the Eucharist attend an annual day of reflection to encourage and assist them in their Ministry.
Men and women from the parish are invited to serve as Ministers of the Word. They assist us by reading the Scripture at Mass on Sundays, weekdays and at special Masses.
They are commissioned by the Parish Priest for a period of three years.
Every eight weeks throughout the year, a rota is prepared and published online or may be collected from the Sacristy or Parish Office. At Christmas and Easter there are special rotas.
Members attend an annual day of reflection to assist and encourage them in their ministry.
The Parish Adult Choir leads the congregation in prayerful song at the 12 noon Mass each Sunday during school term Time. Practices are held in the Parish Centre at 11 a.m. on those Sundays. New members are most welcome. Contact Faye@firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Children’s Choir sings during the Family Mass at 11:00 am each Sunday in term time. Choir practices are held each Sunday before or after the Family Mass. All children who are Mass going, from first class upwards are welcome to join the choir.
The Children’s Choir is often accompanied by musicians Deirdre Dempsey, Angel Lejarza (see video clip below), Declan Kinsella, Geoffrey Porter and Killian Meagher.
To celebrate the Bi-centenary of our parish in 2013, our Children’s Choir produced a CD, some copies of which are still available.
We also enjoy the support of a number of soloists whose music enhances our liturgy.
Our NET Ministers have completed their term and currently no new team has been assembled.
We are blessed to have six communities of religious men and women located in our parish.
Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy have been in this parish since 1838 and since then have been part of the backbone of pastoral services provided in Booterstown. We continue to draw on their inspiration and assistance in many ways. Their work in the founding and management of Our Lady of Mercy primary school and other services in the parish is beyond measure. A number of Sisters serve on various parish teams.
The educational role filled by the Dominican Sisters since they first came to Sion Hill in 1840 is legendary. Many parishioners avail of their wide range of courses for adults in faith and human development throughout the autumn, winter and spring months each year. The Dominicans are the donors of the beautiful statue of Our Lady’s Assumption in our parish church.
Medical Missionaries of Mary
The house at Rosemount was the first property of the Medical Missionaries of Mary in Ireland. It was purchased by the foundress, Mother Mary Martin, in the year of their foundation, 1937. Today members of the Congregational Leadership Team live and work there when not travelling to overseas missions. A number of MMM Sisters serve on various parish teams.
Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary came to Booterstown from Killeshandra in 1969. The Congregational Leadership Team and a small supportive community is based at Cross Avenue, from where the administrative work of their overseas missions is co-ordinated. The participation of the Sisters in parish activities is greatly appreciated.
Order of St. Camillus (O.S. Cam)
The Camillian priests came to South Hill Avenue back in 1968. Today there are five priests in the community. With their special vocation of ministry to the sick, they provide chaplaincy to Dublin hospitals including the Mater, Beaumont, Blanchardstown, St. James’, St. Luke’s and The Hermitage. When their busy rosters permit, they are happy to help with parish Masses.
Spiritan Fathers (formerly known as Holy Ghost Fathers) have been in our parish since 1860 and managing their schools for boys at Willow Park and Blackrock College. We are frequently assisted for Masses and other services in our parish by priests from the Spiritan Community and we are always happy to collaborate in their ministry to the young people they serve.
Our Parish Spiritual Reading Group began in May 2013 under the direction of Deirdre Kinlen. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, 8 – 9.30 p.m. in the parish centre, and discuss the book we have read. Topics have included a new look at the radical Jesus of the Gospels, prayer and personal spiritual development, the 16th century Spanish Mystics (Ss Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross), 20th Century spirituality of suffering and the spirituality of ecology.
The Co-ordinator of the Group is Caroline Liddy. Once a year we welcome everyone in the parish and beyond to an interactive evening with an invited speaker to discuss a chosen book or topic. To date our speakers have included Prof Úna Agnew SSL on ‘Slow Transformative Reading’, Rev Brendan Comerford SJ on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Fr. Donal Dorr on ‘The Ecology Encyclical of Pope Francis: An Inspiring Call to Contemplation and Action’. Our next event will be on October 26th when a reflection and discussion of Pope Francis’ exhortation Amoris Laetitia will be facilitated by John and Elaine Cogavin. See the Coming Events panel on the Home Page for details.
We are currently working on plans to open a spiritual lending library in the former baptistry near the church porch… Watch this space!
New members of our group are always welcome! Please use our Contact Form
The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is the core group of the Parish, providing cohesion and support for all other groups. Its role is to ensure that the Parish Vision Statement is being carried into effect and to provide advice to the Parish clergy as appropriate.
Chairperson of the PPC is Marion Simpson. Meetings are held monthly. Members are consulted for their advice on all matters of importance in the parish. Members serve, usually, for a period of three years.
The priest Administrator of the parish and the parish Secretary are members of this Council along with parishioners who are drawn from different walks of life and are active volunteers in various parish groups.
Parish Pastoral Council Members:
Donal de Buitleir
Fr. Gerry Kane, P.P., President
Therese O’Donoghue (Secretary)
Marion Simpson (Chairperson)
Sr. Isabelle Smyth, M.M.M.
In the Pastoral Outreach Group we ask ourselves two questions: What does the parish mean for our people? What could it be?
We see our task as linking people with the parish, supporting, affirming and involving them. In this, we are especially inspired by the Gospel where it says: “Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” 1 John 3:18
This group takes responsibility for organising visits to approximately 400 homes in the parish each year. These visits are undertaken by volunteers working in pairs. We ask parishioners how they find the parish and how they would like to see the parish develop. Following our visits, a report is prepared for the Parish Pastoral Council and this report guides the work of the Council.
In doing our work we seek to remove any sense of isolation, give a sense of belonging and integration and promote the sharing of ideas and resources. We co-ordinate meetings which bring together all the Parish Groups as required. We also arrange an annual Mass for all those who volunteer their services through the various groups in the parish.
We extend the work of the Social Group by providing hospitality in the Parish Centre on the 2nd Sunday of each month after the 9 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Masses. We also provide hospitality for the parents and children preparing for First Holy Communion after their monthly family Mass in the “Do this in Memory of Me” programme.
At 9.40 every morning from Monday to Saturday, a small group recites the Rosary in our parish Church. The quiet, steady rhythm of their prayer can be heard as others are arriving in for the 10 o’clock Mass. The intentions of all those who have written in the Prayer Request Book at the church porch, or prayer intentions requested online, are remembered in the daily recitation of the Rosary.
This prayer is lead on Mondays by Kitsy Scanlon and Deirdre O’Connor, on Tuesdays by Mary Dundon, on Wednesdays by Caroline Farrell and Mary Daniels, on Thursdays by Brenda Keenan and Mary Jerym, on Fridays by Kitty McHale and Peggy Pearson, and on Saturdays by Deirdre O’Connor and Kitsy Scanlon.
All are welcome to join in this time of prayer.
Our parish Social Group helps our community spirit by bringing us together over a cup of tea or coffee in our Parish Centre.
The Group is formed of parishioners who are willing to give a small amount of time on a two-monthly rota. Members include Catherine Martin, Phil Treacy, Anne Marie Gordon, Ann McMahon.
On Thursdays, from September to June, teas and coffees are served after the 10 o’clock Mass. There is no charge. These mornings attract a regular number of retired parishioners who enjoy the chat.
Refreshments are also provided after Parish events throughout the year. A separate team takes care of refreshments on the 2nd Sunday of each month after the 10.30 a.m. Family Mass.
The Social Group helps to raise funds for the Parish through a Cake Sale twice a year – always very well supported as these cakes have a great reputation!
We are always on the look-out to welcome newcomers to these two teams! Being able to bake is not essential, although it is a plus! If we had more members, we could extend our services to the parish community.
If you would like to join, please use our Contact Form or contact the Social Group Co-ordinator, Catherine Martin, telephone 01-2881242.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is the largest voluntary charitable organisation of social concern, justice and action in Ireland. The 3 key strands of the work of SVP are offering friendship, compassion and support. Helping people achieve self sufficiency and independence while retaining their dignity and restoring their self worth; identifying structural causes of poverty and need and advocating for their elimination.
SVP Conference in Booterstown
The oldest reference to the SVP in Booterstown dates back to 1878 when a bazaar in the parish raised £400 for the work in August that year. Chairperson of our local Conference today is Peter Gilligan. Our aim is to reach out and offer a hand of friendship, compassion and support to help get people back on their feet and back on track and to bring hope for their future.
We help our clients with everything from basic assistance like food, fuel, utility bills to support with education, training and medical bills.
If there is anyone who needs help or knows someone who needs help, we are here to help.
There are three ways to make contact:
1) by approaching the priests of the parish
2) by contacting our parish secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, Telephone 01-283 1593 (9-1.30 Mon-Fri).
3) by contacting SVP head office on 01-8552222.
All requests are treated with the strictest confidentiality.
The purpose of this society is twofold – to promote vocations to the priesthood and to assist financially in the education of students. The parish branch meets on the last Thursday of every month at 10.30 a.m. in the Parish Centre. We pray for vocations and collect contributions from members.
New members are welcome. If you would like to join us, please contact our Parish Secretary, Therese O’Donoghue, telephone 01-283 1593 (9 am – 1.30 pm Mon-Fri) or use our Contact Form.