Current Notices

The Advent of Christmas… a Nostalgic Reflection!

From the perspective of a happily unorganised housewife!

She woke, with a sensation of slight panic, to the sound of the morning media announcement of one hundred plus days to Christmas. A mid-September sun, beaming the promise of an unusually balmy day through the drapes, distracted her as she focused on the perceived pressures ahead.

She was approaching her fiftieth year as “facilitator of family festivities” she realised. Another period of frenzied crowds, cleaning, cooking and card writing loomed. Forward planning seemed the solution to this familiar seasonal shock. She would make an immediate and methodical attack on the house.

Later as she dealt impatiently with the duster defying debris in the recesses of a drawer, a crumpled yellowing piece of paper emerged. She read:

NOSTALGIA

There is a loneliness at Christmas time
That old folk often feel
When bells ring out in merry chime
And echo every peal.

As children chatter in delight
And romp and play with toys
A mist or memories mars their sight
And taints with tears their joys.

They listen as the tales are told
And watch the revellers in the snow:
They too, were merry, bright and bold,
And young, yes! years ago.

But now they strive to hide their tears,
Surrendering a sigh
for cherished friends of former years
And Christmasses gone by.

Her brother, blessed with an insight beyond his then sixteen years, penned the poem. Was Christmas less complicated in those days? Soon now the media would run features advocating this or that theme for festive food and colour scheme – the tried and tested traditionalist or the ultra modern minimalist.

She wished for a Christ conscious Christmas and a lived-in loved-in look for the house, with truly memorable memories such as He gave us long ago.

Ditching the duster she calmly went into the garden to enjoy another God given gift, that of the glowing Autumnal sun trusting all would be right on the night.

Written by EMG 2002/Original poem by SFG 1946.

At a Glance …

NEW CHRISTIANS: We welcome Donncha, Louie, Kai & Raya, who will join our community through the waters of Baptism. May they continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

CHRISTMAS MASS BOUQUET CARDS: will be available from the Parish Office from Mon. 19th Nov for €5.

TAÍZÉ PRAYER IN ADVENT: There will be Taízé Prayer service taking place in the Carmelite Monastery on each of the Friday’s of Advent at 8pm. The liturgy each week will be aimed at helping us to reflect on and prepare for the feast of the Nativity. All Welcome.

GIVE UP YOUR AULD SINS: The sacrament of Confession is available each Saturday evening from 5.30pm –6pm or by appointment during the week. We will have Reconciliation Service during Advent on Tuesday the 18th December in St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole at 8pm to help prepare us spiritually for the celebration of Christmas.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMETABLE CARD AND CHRISTMAS OFFERING ENVELOPES: Watch out for the new colourful Christmas Offering envelopes which will be delivered to homes throughout the Parish over the coming days. The envelope contains the Christmas Mass Timetable.  If you are thinking of making a Christmas Offering to the Priests of the Parish,  please re-use the envelope and drop it back into the Parish Office or Church Collections. We are in the process of updating the Parish Database. If you do not receive an envelope to your home, there will be plenty available at the back of the church over the coming weeks. Thank you for your support.

CHARITY TAX REBATE: A big thank you for all who have supported the parish this past year. We are completing our Charity Tax Rebate forms at the moment. I would kindly ask those who did receive a CHY3 form to please return them to the Parish Office as soon as is convenient. Thank You.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: The first group of Garda vetting applications should now have received their email. Please ensure you log on and complete the online vetting form. Please contact Liam McCabe or Louise Gaskin if you have any queries. Thank you for your cooperation.

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.

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

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.

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