Current Notices

Social, Hobby and Craft Afternoon

October 7, 2018 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Free Craft, Hobby and Social afternoon Sunday Nov 4th. 3pm to 5.30pm.

This will run every first Sunday of the month. Over 18’s only.

Great activities from flower arrangement, knitting, embroidery to art classes take place on the day.

Bring a friend or find a friend and enjoy learning a new skill.

Tea, coffee and biscuits available for nominal charge with all donations going to local charity.

Hope to see you there at this fun and very popular event.

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.

Photo Updates

Check out the Gallery for some photos of recent events…. you never know who you might recognise…

Put the kettle on, make a cuppa and sit back and enjoy the parish photo album!

See photos here

“Furry Friend” Photos in Honour of St. Francis

Blessing of the Animals took place on Sunday in the Grounds of Holy Rosary Church.

Many companions and their owners came together, the owners in prayer and thanksgiving for their furry friends.

See some photos here.

Church Flowers in Holy Rosary

The flowers in our church add so much life and beauty to our church.

We are looking to build a team to work on the flower arrangements in our church.

Please contact Jennifer (086 232 5148) if you would like to help out with the Church flowers.

Celebrating 100 Years of the The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association

Last weekend at the 6.30pm Vigil Mass, we celebrated the 100 year anniversary of The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association in Greystones.

Mass was celebrated by Mons. Enda Lloyd and Fr. John.

Many members were awarded medals for 25, 50 and even 60 years membership of the Association.

The president of the Association was on hand to hand out the silver and gold pins.

Congratulations and well done to all those involved.


The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart was founded in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St, Dublin on 28th December 1898 by Fr James A Cullen.

Fr Cullen was born in New Ross, Co Wexford, in 1841 and entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1901. Fr. Cullen was always concerned with social issues, and his motivation in setting up the Pioneers was to address the enormous damage that he saw excess alcohol was doing in the Ireland of his times. Many workers were heavy drinkers, and alcohol was the greatest drain on the weekly earnings of the family. From the beginning, members – who joined in their thousands – pledged three things: to abstain from alcohol for life (which Fr Cullen referred to as “The heroic sacrifice”); to say the Pioneer prayer twice a day; and to bear witness by wearing the pioneer pin at all times.

The PTAA has always been underpinned by devotion to the Sacred Heart, and its emblem reflects this. In 1905, after five years, there were 43,000 members. In 1906 there were 70,000, and by 1910 there were 100,000. In 1917, even though a considerable number had been expelled for failure to live up to the pledge, membership came to 250,000.

In the 1950s, as many as one in three Irish adults were members. And even though membership has declined considerably since then, there are still more than 100,000 Pioneers in Ireland today. The Pioneers have played a very important role in Irish society in the 20th century. The historian Ulick O’Connor claims that the two organizations that contributed most to the building of modern Ireland were the Pioneers and the GAA. Some influential members include: Venerable Matt Talbot (1856 – 1925), Venerable Edel Quinn (1907 – 1943), Servant of God Fr. John Sullivan SJ (1861-1933), and Servant of God Frank Duff (1889 – 1980).

Parish Safeguarding

If anyone engaged in parish ministry has not been recently Garda Vetted can you please pick up a Garda Vetting forms from the Sacristy, Parish office and Parish website.

All engaged in ministry who have yet to be vetted need to complete and return this form by all Friday 12th October.

Contact Louise Fenelon 087 2252527; Liam McCabe 086 0230233.

Email: for more details or click here for forms and further information.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Further information may be read at the Dublin Diocese website

Blessing of the Animals

October 7, 2018 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In honour of St Francis, whose feast day we celebrate 4th October, there will be a blessing of animals at Holy Rosary Church on Sunday 7th October.

Francis loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed them-selves to be displaced by a donkey.

Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures,an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” A pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from school and work to find a furry friend over-joyed at their return. Many a senior has enjoyed the constant companionship of a pet.

No wonder many people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. The blessing of animals will take place this Sun. 7th Oct at 3pm in front of the Holy Rosary Church.

All animals big and small are very welcome to come along. Please bring owners!!!

Church Altar Servers Required

We are looking to recruit boys and girls who have celebrated the 1st Holy Communion as new altar servers over the coming weeks.

Training will commence in October.

Please leave your name and contact details into Sacristy or Parish Office.

If there are any boys or girls aged 9 or over, who would like to become altar servers, please contact the parish office.

Training will be given by members of the community.

At a Glance …

NEW CHRISTIANS: We welcome Daisy, Leah, Sophie & Emma who joined our community through the waters of Baptism recently. May they continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

PREPARATION FOR FIRST COMMUNION OR CONFIRMATION IN 2019: If you have a child entering either 2nd or 6th class in school this September then please register for the preparation programme now.

SOCIAL HOBBY & CRAFT AFTERNOON: Free Craft social afternoon recommencing Sunday Oct 7th 3pm to 5.30pm.

NEW BEGINNING FOR FR. JOSEPH: We thank Fr. Joseph for all his work with us here in our Pastoral Area over the best year. His faith, humour and laughter have been a great gift to us. We wish him every success in Bray Parish and in his studies for his doctorate in Theology in Maynooth University. May God continue to bless him.

WELCOME FR. GERARD TYRRELL: We extend a warm welcome to Fr. Gerard who begins his ministry with us this coming weekend. We pray that he will make his home with us and bring joy and energy to our pastoral area.

CHURCH ALTAR SERVERS: We are looking to recruit boys and girls who have celebrated their 1st Holy Communion as new altar servers over the coming weeks.

CHURCH FLOWERS IN HOLY ROSARY:  We are looking to build a team to work on the flower arrangements in our church. Please contact Jennifer (086 232 5148).

PARISH SAFEGUARDING: If anyone engaged in parish ministry has not been recently Garda Vetted can you please pick up a Garda Vetting forms from the Sacristy, Parish office and Parish website.

NEW PARISH OFFICE GUIDELINES: Because of the new European legislation around data protection a copy of the Birth Certificate of the person requiring a Baptismal Certificate, Confirmation Certificate and a Wedding Certificate will now be required as ID before a copy of the Certificate can be issued from the parish office.

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

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