Archive Notices

Society of St Vincent de Paul Christmas Help

This year, the pandemic is presenting the Society of St Vincent de Paul with many challenges in distributing Christmas help.

As a result of the restrictions we will be unable to gather or distribute toys or food this year.

In place of this, we plan to send food vouchers and gift vouchers to people needing help.

If you need help this year can you please call 01 4362895 or text 089 4292769 and leave your name and contact details.

The Conference will do all it can to help you.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in all churches each Friday during November between 11am – 5 pm to pray for the souls of the dead.

All welcome.

Remembering Our Loved Ones

During the month of November we remember and pray for all those who have died.

Create a memorial space in your home with pictures of loved ones or memorial cards. It is an easy way of keeping them in our minds and hearts through the month of November.

From Sunday 1st November, you are invited to visit The Holy Rosary Church to the Sacred Space for Remembrance.

In addition, you are invited to include your loved ones name on the digital remembrance space here.

In St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole and in The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones, you are welcome to come and pray for the souls of those dearly departed this year.

Blessing of The Animals – Our Faithful Companions

This year, owners and companions were invited to join in a virtual blessing of the animals on Oct 4th – the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

Owners shared the love with us by sending in a photo or short video clip of their faithful friend.

Enjoy this compilation.

Celebrating Harvest This Weekend

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 Wednesday 21st 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 (2pm – 5pm, when there is a funeral mass at 1pm)

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 1pm.

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

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!

November is a time to Remember

During the month of November we remember and pray for all those who have died.

We invite your family members to come together to fill in the November Altar list for your deceased loved ones. The ones you remember may be your own family members, or friends of your family, or others you know who may have no one to pray for them.

Envelopes for the Altar list of the dead are available from the back of the church, please return them to the sacristy or office before the 1st November.

Mass will be offered on each 1st Friday of the month through the year for all those who names on the Altar List of the Dead.

Financial Report

Thank you to everyone who has donated and continues to support the Pastoral Area during this time.
Report from the Diocesan Finance Secretariat highlights the degree to which both the Common Fund and Share Fund Collections have been impacted in the past 6 month period.

A Blessing on The Feast of Our Lady of The Rosary

On the Feast of Our Lady of The Rosary, see below a blessing by Fr. Gerard Young.

Also see some photos below of the preparations of the new prayer space for the feast day.

Thank you to members of the Liturgy Group for preparing the Prayer Space.

The Prayer Space is open for private prayer each day from 11am – 5pm.

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