Archive Notices

A Community Praying For Each Other

If you have a prayer petition, you are welcome to submit it via this link or by clicking on the dove image. (This will redirect you to the Kilquade website where this is processed).

Your prayer will be included in our night prayer gathering.

As we are unable to gather in community, this is the opportunity to make a prayer request through here and this is brought to night prayer

Those who gather for night prayer thought it would be a lovely addition to our prayer to include not only our own petitions but those of the broader community.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)

One Experience…

What’s my Story?
There I was… wondering what I could do.
With lockdown, I couldn’t visit my dad in a nursing home or support him in the way I was used to.
The separation for us both was tough (as it was for many others too.)

I drummed up the courage to ask for prayers at our night prayer gathering.
With total acceptance of my worries, those there, took my prayer into their hearts.
Knowing that my request for prayer was heard, lifted a weight I didn’t realise I was carrying.
I didn’t know whether my prayer would be answered in the way I had hoped.

In time I realised an answer would present itself, I just needed to open my eyes and heart to what that would be. Sharing my prayer helped me twofold: an understanding that my worry was shared and the joy of knowing the prayer became the group’s prayer.

Prayer, written, spoken or unspoken brings us graces we never realise or expect when we are in that moment.
Engaging with and seeing my dad, although through a screen, was better than not seeing him at all

Night Prayer

Of course you are very welcome to come along (via zoom) and be with us. Over 60 people gather for Night Prayer each evening from Monday to Friday at 8pm. Some people come along and join only by audio, others join by video – the choice is entirely yours.  Details here.

Everyone agrees it is a lovely prayerful way to draw a close to the day.

We use the format of Compline each night with the exception of Friday nights when we use a more contemplative approach. You are most welcome to join us…

You never know where prayer might lead you!

Pastoral Area Message and Census

Many of you will have received the Pastoral Area Christmas Message, however we are aware that it didn’t reach everybody.

The items included are available here to have a look at.

Census Online

As part of the communication we are asking parishioners to complete a census so we have your household details up to date.

Regardless of whether you are registered or not, we are asking all to complete it.

This process may be completed:

  • online here (preferable approach)

or by

  • printing out the form here and returning it to the parish office.

Christmas Offering

We are grateful too, to all those who have contributed to the Christmas Offering at this time.

For anyone wishing to make a donation, this can be made by

  • including it in with the census and returning both to the office by post;
  • calling the parish office on (01) 287 40 25 or (01) 281 9658  to make an offering over the phone or
  • by making a contribution online through the Greystones Paypal page or Kilquade Paypal page.

Christmas Message

Click on the image below to read the Christmas messages.

Confirmation Preparation Programme for Parents

You are invited to explore Life’s Big Questions

Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year to you.

Following on from the Service of Light in December, the next part of our preparation for Confirmation this year is for you, the parents.

We are excited to announce the upcoming Alpha series to support you in your preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation with your child.

It provides an opportunity for you to explore your Christian faith in an open, relaxed environment.

Each session is a great chance to get to know other parents better and features a short video and gives time for small group discussion.

For a short introduction to the Alpha programme have a look at this video

Christmas Liturgies

As we continue to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas you may like to revisit some of our Christmas liturgies. These were streamed from St. Patrick’s Church Kilquade, Co. Wicklow.

Christmas Carols

Christmas Eve Mass

Christmas Day Morning Mass

Wishing you a blessed New Year.

Protect Each Other… Pray For Each Other

Guidelines for Access to Churches for Private Prayer

Which church buildings will be open?

All of the churches where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved will continue to be open for private prayer from 11am until 5pm,  These are:

  • St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
  • St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
  • St. Joseph’s, Newtownmountkennedy
  • St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
  • The Holy Rosary, Greystones (1pm – 5pm, when there is a funeral mass at 12noon)

On Sundays: all of the churches will open from 1pm to 5pm.

The later opening of The Holy Rosary Church is to allow for continued streaming of morning Mass at 10am, praying the Rosary at midday and funerals at 12 noon.

A reminder on how to manage ourselves….

5 simple messages to keep each other safe:

  • Only 4 people at a time inside a Church
  • USE the hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit
  • STAY 2 metres apart
  • WEAR face masks
  • KEEP to designated areas

What Does Level 5 Mean for Our Faith Community?

As we strive to keep each other safe and well, these are our Church arrangements under Level 5 effective from until further notice:

Masses will continue to be online

  • Weekday Mass (M-S) 10am from The Holy Rosary Church
  • Sunday Mass 11.30am
  • Both are available by clicking here. It will direct you to which screen to watch. Be sure to scroll down on that page!

Churches will continue to remain open for private prayer from 11am to 5pm.

Night Prayer on zoom continues Monday to Friday at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to join in. A restful moment with our  community at the end of a day. Details here.

Funerals up to 10 mourners only permitted at funerals

Weddings can have up to 6 guests.

Baptisms, Confessions, First Holy Communion and Confirmation Ceremonies are all suspended until further notice.

Keeping in touch with each other and with God, and bringing him into the midst of all we do, will give us the strength  – mental, emotional, physical, spiritual – to take each day as it comes…

We have been here before – let us support each other and come together, although virtually, as a faith community.

Keep an eye on the websites for updates.

Thank you.

Are you with us?

Reconciliation for Christmas

Individual confessions will be available from

Monday 21st Dec to Thursday 24th December from 10.30-11.30am

in The Holy Rosary and St. Anthony’s churches and on
Monday and Wed evening from 7-8pm in The Holy Rosary Church.
Booking will not be required on those days. Details on the websites.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – Appointment Process

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available each Saturday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

It takes place in St. Kilian’s Church in Greystones parish and St. Patrick’s Church in Kilquade parish. You are welcome to attend at either location.

It will be by appointment only. This may seem strange but it is in order to avoid a gathering of people in the church and also assures those who are anxious about being in an area where people gather that there will be a minimum number of people present.

You can book for this coming Saturday, in either location by clicking on the relevant link below.

If there are no times showing in the drop down list, then that means that all of the times are allocated.  Forms for each Saturday open up on the  previous Sunday

To see available times and to reserve one click on either of the following links:

St. Patrick’s Church, Kilquade

St. Kilian’s Church, Blacklion

For those who do not have access to the internet, they can make a booking through either of the parish offices, Greystones on 01-2874025 or Kilquade on 01-2819658.

Please pass the word on to those who you know who may not be receiving the Stay Connected e-Letter and or may not have access to the internet.

You can, of course, reserve a space online, for someone who does not have that access if they ask you to do so.

Service of Light

December 10, 2020 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Our service of  Light for those preparing for Confirmation in 2021 takes place on-line on Thursday 10th December at 7:30pm.

Access it here.

Christmas Celebrations 2020

Come join in this Advent and Christmas season on the journey to Bethlehem

Churches will be open each day for prayer and a visit to the crib

Christmas Masses will be live-streamed online from St. Patrick’s Church, Kilquade.

Christmas Carol Service

Sunday, 20th December

Live-streamed at 4pm

A traditional singing of carols and Advent readings

Christmas Eve Mass

Thursday, 24th December

Live-streamed at 7:30 pm

Celebrate the Nativity

Christmas Day Mass

Friday, 25th December

Live-streamed at 11.30am

Rejoice with the shepherds

Feast of The Holy Family

Sunday, 27th December

Live-streamed at 11.30 am

Blessing for the New Year

Friday, 1st January 2021

Mass and Blessing Live-streamed at 12 noon

A blessing as we begin a New Year

Confessions

Availability will be dependent on the HSE Covid-19 guidelines

See the church noticeboards, Stay Connected e-letter or the parish websites for details of times and locations

Pastoral Message of the Bishops of Ireland

See below a message included from the Pastoral Message of the Bishops of Ireland:

The Bishops address the challenges linked with the celebration of Mass during the Christmas period.  The thoughts are the same as our diocesan policy.

Clearly it will be impossible for our usual large congregations to assemble for Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  We wish to remind Catholics that the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days remains suspended during the pandemic.  But Christmas is about more than just one day.  Families are welcome to attend Mass at some point during the twelve days from Christmas Eve to Epiphany. Christmas Masses will also be widely available over webcam and we strongly encourage families to “tune in” from the “domestic churches” of their living rooms and join with those who are gathering in their local churches in welcoming the birth of the Christ-child.

It is possible to experience the spiritual richness of this special season in many ways. Our homes can become “little churches” where we invite the Christ-child in.  The age-old tradition of having a Christmas crib in the home and gathering there as a family to pray or to sing a carol will be especially meaningful this year. We also invite families or “household bubbles” to pay a visit to their local church at some time during the twelve days to offer a Christmas prayer at the crib and pray together for their families and for those particularly impacted by the pandemic”.

Please see the full statement from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.


Copyright 2011 Greystones Parish. All Rights Reserved.
Design by acton|web