Current Notices

Taizé on Fridays

Once again this week, we offer a Taizé style liturgy based on the format we use on the Friday’s in Lent.

It lasts about 25 minutes.

To use it, create a comfortable space for yourself. Keep the lighting low and use candlelight.

If possible follow it at 8pm on Friday night so that we as a community are gathering together in our different spaces.

When you are ready click on the screen below to begin the prayer service.

Friday 3rd April:

Friday 27th March:

Friday 20th March:

Come Together & Pray

Our family is our first church and where our faith was nourished.

Our faith community is where we can sustain this.

These days offer us a great opportunity to come together and pray.

See some of the resources available through this website.

Daily Mass:

To help us in our prayer and solidarity as a faith community daily Mass will be streamed each day at 10am Monday to Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday morning. It is available to view on the Greystones Parish website by clicking here.

Angelus and Rosary at Midday

Each day we will gather at noon to say the Angelus and The Rosary together via our webcam.

Night Prayer

We will have night prayer of the church taking place each evening from at 8pm using Zoom Video Conferencing. You are invited to join and listen each evening at 8pm. Details here.

Resources for Reflection on Sunday’s Gospel,
for Children and Grown-ups:

On these weekends of Lent we offer you resources for reflecting on the Gospel either individually or as a group. Here you will find resources provided by the Children’s Liturgy of the Word group for parents to use with their children. In addition you will find resources aimed at ‘grown-ups’. Click here.

Taizé Liturgy:

Each Friday evening during Lent, we offer a Taizé style liturgy. It lasts about 25 minutes. Join us at 8pm or catch up later in your own time. Click here.

The Pope Video:

In a special edition of “The Pope Video”, the Holy Father asks us to pray for the sick and the suffering, while thanking all those who, united and regardless of their religious tradition or convictions, pray for those affected. Click here

Community Connected in Spirit:

As our gatherings in person are restricted at the moment, we can still take this opportunity to gather together in Spirit. For each day that we cannot gather together physically as a faith community, a new spiritual contribution will be posted here.

Mindful Moments – Taking it Step by Step with God

Being mindful as we engage in everyday tasks, duties and events is a practice where we enjoy the awareness of our actions and are open to God’s revelation. See some here.

Pray As You Go:

Pray As You Go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time. Click here.

3 Minute Retreats:

These 3 minute retreats by Layolapress invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Click here.

Night Prayer

We will have night prayer of the church taking place each evening at 8pm using Zoom Video Conferencing.

All are invited to join in on any or every evening.

To join in, please install the Zoom App. To do so you will need to download this app onto your device prior to the evening gathering.

See the instructions here. The code you need to access the Night Prayer service from your Zoom application is: 779 326 577

Below are answers to some questions you may have about this gathering.

We look forward to seeing you and praying with you.

What is it?

It is a prayer service that will follow the format for Night Prayer of the church.  It will include Psalms, Reading of Scripture, Quiet time, some music and an opportunity for shared prayer.

Who can attend?

Anyone who wishes to take part can do so.

Do I have to go to the Church?

No, it is accessible from your home on a computer, tablet, iPad or smart phone.

Is it on the Web Camera like the Mass is?

No, it is accessible using software called Zoom.

Why is it using Zoom instead of the Web Camera?

The Web Camera is one directional only. You view what is taking place.  With Zoom, you will be able to see and hear everyone who is joining in, and you will be able to share a prayer if you wish during the shared prayer part.

What do I need to do to access it?

Before the gathering begins, you will need to install Zoom on your computer, tablet, iPad or smart phone. See the instructions on installing it here. You only need to install it once and then access it each evening to join the meeting.

How do I join in?

Once you have Zoom installed then you will use it to join in with the prayer by entering the following number: 779 326 577 See the instructions on installing it here.

How can I access the prayers?

You are invited to join and listen each evening at 8pm.

If you would like to access Night Prayer, it is available through this Compline Reflections Document which gives you Compline for each day of the week all in one place.

The current day is also accessible directly through the Night Prayer page on the Universalis website. Other hours of the day are available here too.

What if I cannot manage it?

Let us know by sending an email to us and give a contact number and we will arrange for someone to phone you to help.  We will email you in advance to tell you the name of the person who will call you.

We look forward to seeing you and praying with you.

Ubi et Orbi Blessing

See a short 1 minute video or the full broadcast coverage and the full text below.

A short video-summary of the Pope’s Urbi et Orbi Blessing on 27 March, for a world suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.

The full broadcast from the Sagrato of St Peter’s Basilica, Moment of Prayer and the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, presided over by Pope Francis. The full text is below the video.

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica on Friday evening. Here is the full text (From the Vatican News website).

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves. In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7)

Community Connected In Spirit

As our gatherings in person are restricted at the moment, we can still take this opportunity to gather together in Spirit.

For each day that we cannot gather together physically as a faith community, something new will be posted here.

Join the Faith Community in Spirit.

All contributions of a spiritual nature are welcome.

If you have: a refection, a piece of music, a prayer, a hymn, an inspirational/spiritual quote, an inspirational photo/picture

- please email it to [email protected] so we can share it with others.

It would be nice to acknowledge the person who sent it in, but if you prefer not please state this on your email.

Let’s make this an opportunity to build further connections with each – if not physically, we can certainly do so virtually and spiritually!

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Saturday 4th April

Everything Seems Just The Same To Me.

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

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Friday 3rd April

Be Still for the Presence of The Lord

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Thursday 2nd April

Heart Warming Statements – Charlie Chaplin

Entry contributed by Roisin Long

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Wednesday 1st April 2020

We Come to Your Feast – Michael Joncas

Entry contributed by Maura Walsh

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Tuesday 31st March 2020

Frontline Prayer

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan


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Monday 30th March 2020

Isolation Angel

Entry contributed by Rachel Kerrigan


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Sunday 29th March 2020

I Will Be With You by Kathryn Crosweller

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Saturday 28th March 2020

Psalm 27-5

Entry contributed by Marian Farrell


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Friday 27th March 2020

Serenity Prayer

Entry contributed by Fr. Eamonn Clarke


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Thursday 26th March 2020

Christ Has No Body Now But Yours
Words based on Teresa of Avila

Entry contributed by Paula McNamara


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Wednesday 25th March 2020

Ignatian Wisdom for Covid-19

Entry contributed by Damon McCaul

As the Covid-19 virus continues to cause chaos around the world, Belgium Jesuit and author Nikolaas Sintobin SJ has been reflecting on what wisdom St. Ignatius might want to share with us regarding our response to this pandemic.

Click here to read what Nikolaas thinks the founder of his order would write in a letter from heaven which contains down-to-earth advice.

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Tuesday 24th March 2020

A Prayer for Peace of Mind

Entry contributed by Paula McNamara


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Monday 23rd March 2020

I Watch the Sunrise by Kathryn Crosweller

Entry contributed by Karen Purcell

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Sunday 22nd March 2020

Mother’s Day Wishes

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien


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Saturday 21st March 2020

The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This

Entry contributed by Barbara Thomas

Musical Video: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

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Friday 20th March 2020

Prayer

Entry contributed by Marie O’Byrne

“Christians have a power because we have a presence who is always with us.

We are happy because we possess the only source of real joy.

We are serene because we live in the changeless one.

We are strong in our weakness because we give room for

Infinite strength to work  through HIM.

Amen”

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Thursday 19th March 2020

The Four Candles

Entry contributed by Roisin Long

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Wednesday 18th March 2020

So Beautiful by Pope Francis

Entry contributed by Cecilia O’Neill

“Tonight before falling asleep

think about when we will return to the street.

When we hug again,

when all the shopping together will seem like a party.

Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.

We think about when it will be all a memory but normalcy will seem an unexpected and beautiful gift.

We will love everything that has so far seemed futile to us. Every second will be precious.

Swims at the sea, the sun until late, sunsets, toasts, laughter.

We will go back to laughing together.

Strength and courage

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Tuesday March 17th 2020

I Arise Today

Entry contributed by Elaine O’Brien

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Monday March 16th 2020

Act of Spiritual Communion

Entry contributed by Ann Corrigan



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Sunday March 15th 2020

In My Garden
from a book called Circle of Life

Entry contributed by Mel Murphy

Last night after sunset
I put my flowers to bed
Covered their cheery pink faces
With blankets towels and sheets.
Said I to them…..

Goodnight… stay warm
Don’t let the frosty bugs bite
Hoping when I arose today
The cold night had not nipped
Their spring noses and
Frightened them to death

How carefully I care
For my flower garden.
Protecting all I can from harm.
Yet
When the green shoots of my own inner growth push their way out
I seem to leave all to chance
And little to care.

Keep warm take care of yourself through these strange days.

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Saturday March 14th 2020

3-Minute Retreats
by Loyolapress

Entry contributed by Anne McElheron

These 3 minute retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer

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Friday March 13th 2020

Lockdown
By Brother Richard, Franciscan Capuchin

Entry contributed by Anne McElheron

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

Updated Pastoral Area Arrangements Covid 19

Dear Parishioners in the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade,

As a result of the Taoiseach’s statement on Friday evening afternoon (27th March 2020) these are the updated arrangements within the Pastoral Area.  As a Pastoral Area we want to ensure that we are following the guidelines laid down by the government and the HSE and protect the health and safety of all our parishioners.

During this time it is important that we pray for a quick resolution to this crisis and for those most vulnerable within our community.

PRAYER:

All Churches will be closed to the public. Streaming of the Sanctuary Area from The Holy Rosary Church will continue for private prayer. We are delighted to say improvements have been made to the streaming facility.

MASS:

However, following the government and diocesan guidelines there will be NO public celebrations of Mass or any other liturgies for the period in question in any of the churches in the parish of Greystones and in the parish of Kilquade.

The situation will remain under continuous review in line with Government and Public Health Authorities’ advice.

LIVE STREAMING OF MASS:

I know that this will be a great disappointment to many who attend daily and weekly Mass.

To help us in our prayer and solidarity as a faith community daily Mass will be streamed each day at 10am Monday to Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday morning. It is available to view on the Greystones Parish website by clicking here

Daily Mass is available on television on the EWTN channel at 1.00 pm, 6.00 pm and 11.00 pm. RTÉ will air Mass every weekday at 10.30am from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, on RTÉ News Now.

Bookings for Mass Intentions will be rescheduled and parishioners will be advised.

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

Due to the latest announcements, there will not be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in any church in the Pastoral Area. Streaming of the Sanctuary Area from The Holy Rosary church will continue for private prayer.

PRAYERS FOR HOME AND FAMILY:

Our family is our first church and where our faith was nourished.  These days offer us a great opportunity to come together and pray as a family.  See the home page of the website for available resources.

BAPTISMS:

Baptisms have been suspended during this period.

FUNERALS:

Funeral masses will be celebrated with immediate family only.

CONFESSIONS:

Confessions will be available by appointment with the priests of the Pastoral Area.

PARISH PASTORAL CENTRE:

All activities in St. Kilian House Family Parish Pastoral Centre are suspended until further notice.

PARISH OFFICES:

The parish offices will operate by phone and email contact only during this period.

Kilquade parish office on 01 2819658 & [email protected]
Greystones  parish office on 01 2874025 & [email protected]

Finally, thank you for your support and cooperation during this period.  Please keep an eye out for your neighbour especially those most in need at this time.  We are disciples of Christ, let us work together to bring His Word to life in these days.

Below is the prayer of St. Patrick which he used in time of crises.  I feel it will give us strength and hope in these days.

Keep an eye on the website for further updates.

Thank you for your prayers and cooperation.

Fr. John Daly, P.P.

These local arrangements are based on the instructions that take into consideration the new norms issued by the Irish Government to be in force at 18.00 on 12th March 2020.

Full details are available https://www.dublindiocese.ie/


Prayer of St. Patrick

In words and song through the video below:

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.
I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me
Afar and a near,
Alone or in a multitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

Consecrating Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

A video from Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of all Ireland, inviting all of us to participate in the consecration. It’s happening right after the 12 noon Angelus on the 25th of March. We can all participate by saying the consecration prayer together at that time. The Prayer is below the video:

Consecration Prayer

Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick, At this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus, we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and diocese, and the people of Ireland.

O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress, and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow; be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.

We renew the promises of our baptism and confirmation, and ask your intercession, that we may be always faithful to Christ and to his Church.

Bring under your mantel of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs, as your Son implores us to do for one another.

O Loving Mother, at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith, your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.

You know what we need during these difficult days.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will, and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows, to bring us through the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection.

O Blessed Mother, Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope, we wish that this consecration be for the glory of God, and that it lead us safely to Jesus your son.

A Naomh Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis. Áiméin.

Prayers and Thoughts for Mother’s Day

View a video montage of wishes from our families, preparing for the sacraments this year, to the ‘mothers’ that they cannot visit because of current restrictions.

Join us in celebrating and honouring all mothers.

Supporting the 1st & 2nd Sunday Collections

Some people have asked us how they can continue to contribute in some financial way to the usual Sunday collections for the Diocese and indeed to our own Parish at this time.

Your financial support at this time is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to donate, please click here.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Come and See…

REMINDER OF LIVE STREAMED MASSES: Mass from The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones will be streamed at 10am Monday to Saturday and 11.30am on Sundays for the foreseeable future. Please click onto the Greystones Parish Website

SCRIPTURE READING Each week we suggest a piece of Scripture to use in your prayer. Light a candle and read slowly the pas-sage, re-read it a couple of times and reflect on it and listen to what God is saying to you. This week’s is John 11:1- 45

TAIZE PRAYER THROUGH LENT: We are offering this online at the moment. Click on the link on our parish websites to view.

INVITATION TO THE JOY OF LENT: If we truly give our time, energy, and attention to the practices of Lent, we will discover a new sort of joy. In fact, starting these practices during Lent can often change our habits in lasting ways that carry over to the rest of the year. Next week we will look at prayer.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: We are hoping to have a pilgrimage to Lourdes for our pastoral area. Place will be limited so if you are please see the details below, a €200 deposit (non refundable is required) Travelling Wednesday 9th September 2020 to Monday 14th September 2020. Cost is €800.00 p.p. sharing, including full board in a local Hotel, plus all airport transfers included. Anyone interested in joining us should contact Úna McGrath by email ([email protected]) or by telephone 01- 281 9658 for more information. Limited availability.

HOSPITAL VISITATION: If you know of anyone who is sick in hospital or at home and would like a visit, please don’t hesitate to call one of the priests of the parish or the parish office.

CHARITY TAX REBATE: A big thank you for all who support the parish through the Planned Giving Collection. This is the only collection that stays in the parish. You can further support the parish by completing a CHY3 form. This permits the parish to claim the tax back on your donations to the parish. It is a simple process that can yield extra funds to support parish initiatives. Contact the parish office for further details. Thank you.

BECOMING A CATHOLIC?: Are you or someone you know interested in finding out more about the Christian Faith and the Catholic Church. If so please contact Fr. John after Mass or make enquiries to the Parish Office. We will begin our preparation for Adults wishing to be baptised or indeed make their 1st Communion or be Confirmed in the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil next Easter soon during the month of September.

All this news and more, available and in further detail on the Parish Information Sheet.

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