Archive Notices

Blessing for your Crib at Home

All who live in the house are invited to gather around the crib.

The eldest leading the blessing and the youngest blessing the crib with holy water after the prayer is offered.

Lord, we ask you to bless this crib, which gives us a picture of the truth of your becoming one of us.

May we who look on it learn the lessons of your humility and love, so that we may be filled with your holy light and peace.

May our wills be made strong to glorify you by our lives, so that we may shine as your lights in the world;

through him who lives and reigns with you Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Christmas Schedule 2018

Christmas Wishes and Invitation

The Pastoral Team of the Parish, wish all parishioners peace and joy this Christmas and invite you to join in the ceremonies in the Pastoral Area.

Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 16th December at 4pm in Holy Rosary Church.

Pastoral Area Sacrament of Reconciliation

Tuesday 18th December 8pm St Anthony’s Church Kilcoole

Confessions – see individual church noticeboards.

Journey to Bethlehem Carols

Monday 24th December 5.15pm St. Kilian’s Church

Christmas Mass Times

24/25 December 2018

Christmas Eve – Monday 24th December
5pm Holy Rosary, Greystones Family Mass Choir
6pm St. Kilian’s, Blacklion St. Kilian’s Choir
7pm St. Joseph’s, Newtown
7:30pm St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
8pm Carmelite Monastery, Delgany
8pm Holy Rosary, Greystones
8pm Holy Spirit Oratory, Newcastle
9pm St. Joseph’s, Newtown
10pm St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
Christmas Day – Tuesday 25th December
8:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
9:30 Carmelite Monastery, Delgany
10:00 St. Kilian’s, Blacklion
10:30 St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole
11:00 Holy Rosary, Greystones
11:30 St. Joseph’s, Newtown
12:00 St. Patrick’s, Kilquade
12:30 Holy Rosary, Greystones

Feast of Immaculate Conception

December 7, 2018 8:00 pm December 8, 2018 10:00 am

“Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing!”

December 8th is one of our feasts celebrating Mary – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

From the beginnings of the Church, spiritual writers and theologians have acknowledged the innocence and holiness of Mary. St. Irenaeus called her the “new Eve.”

Both faced with the pure freedom to accept or reject God, Mary began with work of redemption with her yes to Christ!

The Church began to celebrate the feast of Mary’s conception in the early Middle Ages. In 1854, Pope Pius IX infallibly declared that Mary was free of original sin from the first moment of her conception. On this feast day, we celebrate the beauty and goodness of Our Lady!

Mass will be celebrated on Friday 7th  at 8pm in St. Kilian’s and on Saturday 8th at 10am in Holy Rosary Church.

Advent Calendar of Prayer

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.

Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

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An Advent Calendar of prayer

(Images and prayers by kind permission of ‘The Prayer Trust’ www.theprayertrust.org.uk)

See other Seasonal Reflections available on this site

See Colouring Pages for the younger ones and young at heart!

Mass Times – A New Beginning

Mass Times

Mass times in the Parish of Holy Rosary and St. Kilian from the first weekend in Advent (Sun 2nd Dec) are as follows:

Saturday Vigil: 6pm – Holy Rosary Church
Sunday: 10.00am -  St. Kilian’s Church
Sunday 11.30am – Holy Rosary Church
Sunday 6.30pm – Holy Rosary Church

Mon – Fri: 10am – Holy Rosary Church

Wed: Liturgy of the Word 10am

Holy Days:
10am – Holy Rosary Church
8pm -  St. Kilian’s Church

Confession: Saturday 5:30 – 6pm – Holy Rosary Church.

Music Ministry

We are blessed with having a large number of people involved in music ministry in our parish.

The music and singing involved in supporting and enhancing the liturgies include but is not limited to the following:

Saturday Vigil: 6pm – Holy Rosary Church

1st and 3rd Weekend: Holy Rosary Choir
2nd and 4th Weekend: St Kilian’s Choir
5th Weekend: Alternates between choirs

Sunday: 10.00am – St. Kilian’s Church

1st Sunday: Family Mass Choir
3rd Sunday: Folk Group
Other Sundays: Quiet or Cantor

Sunday: 11.30am – Holy Rosary Church

1st Sunday: Irish Choir
3rd Sunday : Family Mass Choir
2nd and 4th Sunday: Folk Group
5th Sunday : Alternates between choirs

Sunday: 6.30pm – Holy Rosary Church

To be confirmed

Mon – Fri: 10am – Holy Rosary Church and Wed: Liturgy of the Word 10am

Congregational Singing

Holy Days:
10am – Holy Rosary Church
8pm -  St. Kilian’s Church

Congregational Singing

Shining Light on the Situation…

Holy Rosary Church will be closed from Monday 19th – Sat. 24th November, for essential Electrical Work on the lights.

Daily Mass in Kilian House Family Centre at 9.15am Mon – Fri.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Changes Impact us in Different Ways

Proposing change is always a challenge.

We understand that the proposed changes in the Masses impact each of us in different ways.

Being open to the changes facing us, taking steps together to enable action and building on what we already have, will help us sustain and grow our faith community.

See the full text of the message from the PPC about the proposed changes here.

Changes in the Pastoral Area – Message from the PPC

Over the past number of years the impact of the reducing number of priests has had its effect not only in the diocese of Dublin but also across the country. The number of priests reaching retirement age far exceeds the number in our seminaries preparing for the priesthood. Add into this those who become seriously ill and unable to minister, it is simple to see that the numbers of priests available to serve our needs will continue to reduce. As it is in this parish we are dependent on priests willing to work beyond their retirement age, for which we thank them.

The numbers of people participating in our weekend liturgies is reducing. We have seen a 40% decrease in regular attendance at our weekend Masses over the past 10 years. Over the past 12 months the Parish Pastoral Councils of Greystones and Kilquade have been considering how best to meet these challenges.

We worked on the basis
  • that there is a need to provide for our community who continue to attend mass and the Sacraments.
  • there is a need to create a welcome and an openness to those joining our community in the new homes blossoming across our area.
  • finally there is a need to consider ways of reducing the workload on our priests.

Our pastoral area consists of:

  • 7 Churches where there is at least one Mass each weekend giving us 12 Masses each week-end.
  • We have up to 6 Baptism Ceremonies each month.
  • There are weddings and funerals on Saturdays through the year.
  • In addition, there are the Annual Feast Days and First Communions and Confirmations.

This is a large workload for our current priests.

Looking towards the next 5 – 10 years, the diocese is working on the basis of providing no more than one active priest per parish. These are challenges we need to address, but it is not a bad news story.

We are a vibrant parish who come together in various ways and various times over the year to celebrate our faith in our living and active God. We have an increasing population in our parishes. We are seeing new primary and secondary schools being built and, importantly, we have enthusiastic priests and lay people available to help us as we move forward together.

As part of our planning over the past year, we have been asking questions and listening.  In the past months we have listened to those young families preparing for the sacraments in the coming year. We listened to them share on their experiences of church and their ideas on how to help them to engage more fully.

Some changes are already in place:

  • The words of welcome at our weekend Masses delivered by the minister of the Word.
  • Notices for the week ahead brought to our attention by lay people
  • There is a group of people who write our Prayer of the Faithful each week as a response from within our community to the readings we engage with on a Sunday.
  • We have a lay led Liturgy of the Word on Wednesday mornings in Greystones.
  • Our new Funeral Ministry teams are growing in confidence.
  • We have Children Liturgy of the Word groups operating every Sunday at two of our Masses with an average of 50 children taking part each Sunday.
  • We have had lay led liturgies of Word and Communion on occasional Sundays where there was a priest unavailable at short notice.
The next stage is to try to address the decline in our congregations at Sunday liturgies. Initially we intend to concentrate our resources on three of our Sunday masses, two in Greystones, and one in Kilcoole. With this in mind from the First Sunday of Advent this year, the 2nd December, we plan to change the weekend Mass schedule in the Pastoral Area:
  • Sunday Mass in St. Anthony’s, Kilcoole will be the 10:30am Mass.
  • The 11am and the 12:15pm Masses in Holy Rosary will be amalgamated into a single Mass with a new time of 11:30am
  • The Sunday evening 6:30pm Mass will move from St. Anthony’s in Kilcoole to Holy Rosary church, Greystones.
  • The 6pm Saturday evening mass in Holy Rosary and the 10am Sunday morning mass in Blacklion remain unchanged.

The purpose of these changes is to enable us to focus on and develop the liturgies of these specific Sunday Masses in order to include a wider group of participants, including families and youth, while continuing to meet the needs of our existing congregation.

We understand that these changes impact each of us in different ways. We will have an open meeting on the evening of Wednesday the 14th Nov. 8pm in Kilian House Family Centre, Greystones, to enable further discussion and clarification on this.

We intend to monitor the effectiveness of these changes regularly and modify as we go.  We will hold a review before Easter 2019 and report back to you after Easter on progress.

This is an opportunity that we have, as a people of faith, to deal with real problems that are likely to increase. Doing nothing is not an option.

We can develop our liturgies and build on our current foundations so as to grow our living church, confident in the certainty that these problems can be addressed.  We need to re-engage our youth with the great joy of the Christian message of love.

Let us will finish with a short quote from a prayer of Saint Oscar Romero. The full text is below:

“This is what we are about:

We plant seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.”

Liam McCabe & Rachel Kerrigan, Parish Pastoral Council Chairpersons

Romero Prayer – A Future Not Our Own

It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of

the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.

that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection.

No pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the church’s mission.

No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,

We may never see the end results,

We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

This is what we are about:

We plant seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further development.

We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying

an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.

but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.

Mass of Remembrance

November 2, 2018 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Masses will be celebrated at 8pm on Friday 2nd November, the Feast of All Souls.

This Mass is offered for all those who have died this past year, especially for those whose Requiem Mass was celebrated here in the parish.

If you would like a loved one, who died this past year, remembered and prayed for at this celebration please add their name to the List of the Dead in the parish office or sacristy.

Harvest Weekend

October 28, 2018

On the last weekend of the month (Sunday 28th October) we give thanks for the harvest of good things we enjoy in our community and country.

There are baskets placed in the sanctuary if you would like to donate non perishable foods over the next couple of weeks which will be forwarded to the FIVE LOAVES charity at the end of the month.

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