Saturday, February 4, 2023
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baptism-cover-smallBaptisms are by prior arrangement with the Parish – please phone the Parish Secretary 01-283 1593. Prior booking is essential.

Members of our Baptism Team work in pairs and are responsible for meeting parents and assisting them in preparing 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 Pastoral Centre (beside the church). For upcoming dates for preparation for Baptism please contact our Parish Secretary, phone 01-283 1593 (9.00 am – 1.30 pm Tue – Fri) or use our Contact Form.

grace-ogormanOur Baptism Team is coordinated by Grace O’Gorman.

Baptismal candles are available at a cost €10. Parents and/or Godparents are invited to participate in the ceremony by doing a reading or prayer of the faithful.

do-this-in-memory-cropA carefully planned programme called Do this in Memory has been designed by our Archdiocese to meet the need for parish-based resources to give parents, children and the parish community the opportunity to prepare for First Holy Communion. On the first Sunday in October, at the Family Mass, boys and girls and their parents who are preparing for next year began this programme, with an active involvement in our Family Mass. The programme continues to run every month from October to April with 8 additional dates masses selected for those preparing for the sacrament.

First Communion students from Our Lady of Mercy National School, St. Mary’s National School, St. Andrew’s College and Booterstown National School are involved in this preparation.

If your child is not attending one of the above schools and you would like more information, please use our Contact Form We would be very happy to hear from you.

Since its introduction, some 40,000 children and their families annually use the above programme. Our experience has shown that parents and those involved in parish leadership welcome this invitation.

Stained Glass image with the Holy Spirit

Arrangements for administering the Sacrament of Confirmation are made between the Archdiocese of Dublin, our Parish and the primary schools located in our Parish.

If your child is not attending one of our Parish schools and you would like more information, please use our Contact Form We would be very happy to hear from you.

gemmaolly-01We need at least three months’ notice to help you arrange for the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage at our Parish Church. Please contact our Parish Secretary at 01-283 1593 (9 – 1.30 pm Tue-Fri) or use our Contact Form

Marriage Preparation Courses: A group called ACCORD is the official provider of Marriage Preparation Courses for couples choosing the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church in Ireland. The course is entitled Marriage is a Journey not a Destination. ACCORD recognises that couples who present for pre-marriage courses are already on a journey. It is a journey of discovery which began the first time you met. It is a journey that combines your two histories, your two families and your two distinct sets of expectations of marriage. You can find more details about this course on the ACCORD Website

Please make sure to complete the Archdiocese of Dublin Statement Concerning the Freedom to Marry before your meeting with the church.

wedding-flowersFlowers for your Wedding: If you wish, members of our Altar Society can assist you with flower arrangements for your wedding. Normally we make up two arrangements, one either side of the Tabernacle. If you wish, there can be small arrangements for the side altars, an arrangement on pedestals for either side of the altar, and one for the porch. Flowers or decorations for pew ends can be done if required. They are usually removed and taken away after your Marriage ceremony.

If you are supplying flowers yourself, please note that no nails, tacks, or adhesives are permitted.

If you are having a florist arrange your flowers, please advise our Altar Society in advance. If you would like to discuss your plans, please use our Contact Form 4-6 weeks in advance of the date arranged for your Marriage Ceremony at our Parish.

good-shepherd-smallOne of our priests is available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the following times:
Every Saturday after the 10 a.m. Mass.

Christmas and Easter: As a parish community, we have a special communal Sacrament of Reconciliation, with the opportunity for individual confessions, in the week before Christmas and the week before Easter. This is usually held on a Tuesday evening at 7.30 p.m. For details, watch the Coming Events panel on our Home Page.

In our parish, a public celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing of the Sick) takes place twice a year, usually during a weekend Mass. The first is usually held around the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/ World Day of the sick and the second  in September to coincide with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The Sacrament of the Sick is celebrated during weekend Mass so that those of us suffering in mind, body or soul, will have the prayerful support of the whole congregation.

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