Current Notices

Hold A Space For Me – Pre-booking for Mass

As a faith community, we are delighted to welcome you back to Public Masses in the Pastoral area.

These will resume from the weekend of 4th/5th July – for a maximum of 50 people at any one Mass.

Pre-Booking

To assist in managing the numbers attending and for contact tracing purposes, pre-booking is required which is available HERE

You are encouraged to pre-book through the website, however some may not have this facility and in these cases only you may pre-book by phoning Paul on 085-1259753.

If you are booking for someone else, please use their name followed by their contact number (e.g. John Smith 01 12345678) and if they do not have an email address, please enter your email address so to receive a confirmation email. The contact number is required for contact tracing purposes.  Thank you.

Guidelines

Remember the obligation for Sunday Mass is suspended at the moment and we can only have 50 people in a Church at any one Mass.

We are asking that we all think and act as a community, so to facilitate everyone’s desire to return to celebrating the Eucharist as a community.

Therefore, you are encouraged to:

  • Attend during a weekday if you can, rather than a Sunday
  • Attend once during the month of July
  • As we have been doing, continue to join with us in prayer online.
  • If vulnerable, please continue to join in prayer from home via the webcam
  • All those attending must pre-book.

The churches where Mass will be celebrated are:

  • The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole
  • St. Joseph’s Church, Newtownmountkennedy

Masses will be as follows:

  • Saturdays 6pm in The Holy Rosary Church and 7.30pm in St. Anthony’s Church
  • Sunday morning, 10am in St. Anthony’s Church and 11:30am in The Holy Rosary Church
  • Sunday evening. 6.30pm in The Holy Rosary Church
From Monday 5th July, weekday Masses for a maximum of 50 people at any one Mass, all at 10am as follows:
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: The Holy Rosary Church
  • Tuesday and Thursday: St. Anthony’s Church
  • Friday:  St. Joseph’s Church (9.30am)
  • No Saturday morning Mass

Opening for Public Celebrations

This is an exciting time for us as a faith community.

A time where we will have the opportunity to regather in our churches as a community…

In the best interest of everyone, there will of course be compromise, so things can be managed in a way to keep people safe.

Our challenge is think and act as a Community… so we can step forward.

Remember the obligation for Sunday Mass is suspended at the moment and we can only have 50 people in a Church at any one Mass.

So thinking and acting as a community, to facilitate everyone’s desire to return to celebrating liturgies as a community, you are encouraged to:

  • Attend during a weekday if you can rather than a Sunday
  • Attend once during the month of July
  • As we have been doing, continue to join with us in prayer online.

The churches where Mass will be celebrated are:

  • St. Joseph’s Church, Newtownmountkennedy
  • St. Anthony’s Church, Kilcoole
  • The Holy Rosary Church, Greystones

The plan is:

Week 29th June What will happen
Monday: Volunteers will receive a text or email on Monday as to when and where you are to gather for preparations.
Mid week: We will begin celebrating Mass with volunteers ONLY so they become familiar with the processes we are putting in place.
Thursday: Details of the booking systems will become available on the websites, noticeboards and outside churches.
Weekend of 4th July/5th July: Resume public Masses for a maximum of 50 people at any one Mass.

Accommodating and being mindful of each other is important during these coming weeks.

Listen to Fr. John’s homily and announcement below.

The announcement begins at 6:45 minutes (it may take a moment to load… please be patient).

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Let Us Remember – A Prayer and Blessing


This weekend, as you visit loved ones buried in our Pastoral Area, take time to pray this Blessing Prayer for Graves.

Hear our prayers this day as we come to this holy place of burial.

With reverence, we visit here where the sacred bodies of our loved ones have been placed in the womb of the earth to await the final day of glory. We pause in silence to be united with our loved one…….(name your loved ones).

Lord, we have come on this pilgrimage of prayer in order to keep the flame of love alive in our hearts. As we bless this grave with our prayers and with holy water, we give thanks that the names of our loved ones buried here have been written for all ages in the palm of your hand.

May this pilgrimage remind us of what our faith teaches us – that our souls do not die, but rather are transformed into new life through Christ. Holy are these resting places. Holy is this earth that has held in gentle embrace the bodies of our loved ones and all who are buried in this cemetery.

Lord, with reverence, we leave our prayers and our love at this graveside, and we remember in faith the reality of that final day when all the holy dead shall rise in the splendour of your glory.

Until that day, eternal rest be to those whose graves we visit today, and to all the holy dead. We place this prayer before you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Below is the video of Fr. John and Fr. Gerard blessing the graves in the Pastoral area.

The blessing begins at 3 mins 46 secs.

We Have A Challenge Ahead – Volunteers Needed!

All of the news of progress and lifting of restrictions is really encouraging but it also means that we have a challenge which, as a community, we need to address.

As we resume community gatherings in our Church building, we need people to help.

  • We need people to help gather others, to ‘Welcome & Guide’ them at each Mass as they arrive and as they leave.
  • We also need people to ‘Protect & Prepare’, to clean and sanitise the space after each Mass in order to prepare it for the next liturgy taking place.

We need YOU, a lot of you, to put your names forward to be part of this team who will enable us as a community to gather, to pray together, to live out the Eucharist, not only in that moment but in how we as a community grow and care for each other.

At the moment with our duty of care to all of the faith community, we ask that volunteers are under 70 years of age.

Please complete this form and we will be in touch with you.

We are used to queuing and social distancing…
We are used to being guided where to stand and where to go….
We go into places where we are confident that they are taking the time and effort to ensure the place is cleaned and sanitised regularly.

The action of entering and leaving Church is not going to be any different for us than going into the shops.

It is going to be different for everyone since the last time we were in this church building.

Where we sit,
where we stand,
where we go will all be different.

We have been doing extraordinary work in supporting each other in the past months we need to continue this as we continue growing in love and understanding of God in our every moment.

Please complete this form and we will be in touch with you.

Together, we can meet this challenge! Thank you.

Ode To Joy – A Tribute

Late on Sunday afternoon 21st June, there was the sound of music coming from the lawn outside Holy Rosary Church…

For European Music Day on Sunday June 21, there was an initiative that encouraged musicians and singers to participate in “Ode to Joy A Nation Performs” – celebrating all  frontline crew.

We, in the Pastoral area of Greystones and Kilquade took up the mantle with our instruments and voices to perform a tribute to Ireland’s frontline workers, by giving a rendition of Ode to Joy (Óid don Lúcháire) and some other pieces.

We paid tribute to all the frontline workers in the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade, Co. Wicklow.

Thank you from us to YOU!

Take some time to check out our efforts here.

Following 15 weeks of little or no singing or playing, it came together! There was such joy in playing and singing a few tunes again!

Elsewhere On The Day

President Michael D Higgins launched a nationwide musical tribute to the country’s frontline workers at 6pm on Sunday 21 June, European Music Day.

Four musicians joined President Higgins on the steps of Áras an Uachtaráin to perform Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (Óid don Lúcháire), the European Anthem, before the musical salute continued with a larger group of musicians and singers led by the acclaimed soprano Mairéad Buicke from the auditorium of the National Concert Hall, Dublin.

Once this was finished, it was our turn to perform our musical tribute to all our frontline workers from outside our homes…. we chose to pay tribute to them outside Holy Rosary Church in Greystones…. a spiritual home for so many.

Thank you to all who made this possible for us.

Regathering Community – The Long View

As the country begins to open up commercially and socially we also are working towards resuming our liturgies in public.

As Fr. John said in his talk at 11.30am Mass on Sunday 21st June, our plans for resuming Public Masses continues to evolve.

On Friday the Taoiseach announced that the next phase of reopening the country, starting on the 29th June, will permit up to 50 people to gather, socially distanced, indoors.

That means our first opportunity to gather people to check out our social distancing, to train in welcoming and guiding and preparing and protecting the space and to refine this will be from the 29th June.

Proposal

The main points of the proposal are:

  • Resume Public Masses from the weekend of 4th/5th July – for a maximum of 50 people at any one Mass with
    • Two Masses on Saturdays 6pm in The Holy Rosary and 7.30pm in St. Anthony’s
    • Two Masses on Sunday morning, 10am in St. Anthony’s and 11:30am in The Holy Rosary
    • One Mass on Sunday evening. 6.30pm in The Holy Rosary
  • From Monday 5th July, weekday Masses for a maximum of 50 people at any one Mass, all at 10am as follows:
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: The Holy Rosary
    • Tuesday and Thursday: St. Anthony’s
    • Friday:  St. Joseph’s
    • No Saturday morning Mass

All of the above can only take place if we achieve the numbers to assist. See here about assisting.

We will need at least 10 for each Mass working on a rota basis, the same people cannot be on everyday nor every week, so it is a lot of people needed.

Once we know the numbers who are available for the various Masses we can then confirm the times we can go ahead with.

Funeral Masses will remain at 1pm in The Holy Rosary.

Plan

During the week of the 29th June:

  • Gather and train those who have put their name forward to support the Masses in the roles of ‘Welcome & Guide’ and Protect & Prepare
  • This will take place over two or three mornings, as it is restricted to 50 on each training.
  • Therefore attendance at the Masses of the days from the 29th through to the 3rd July will be by invitation only to those who are being trained.

If you wish tune into our Homilies Channel from Monday to review the message given.

The Survey – An Acknowledgement

Thank you to all who participated in a survey last weekend.

We had 202 respondents to our survey on Resuming the Public Services of the Parishes of Greystones and Kilquade.

Initial feedback is available here.

    Sacrament of Reconciliation – Appointment Process

    In line with phase 2 of reopening our church buildings and resuming public services we are delighted to be able to resume the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

    The sacrament will be available each Saturday between 3pm and 5pm.

    It takes place in St. Kilian’s Church in Greystones parish and St. Patrick’s Church in Kilquade parish. You are welcome to attend at either location.

    It will be by appointment only. This may seem strange but it is in order to avoid a gathering of people in the church and also assures those who are anxious about being in an area where people gather that there will be a minimum number of people present.

    You can book for this coming Saturday, in either location by clicking on the relevant link below.

    If there are no times showing in the drop down list, then that means that all of the times are allocated.  Forms for each Saturday open up on the  previous Sunday

    To see available times and to reserve one click on either of the following links:

    St. Patrick’s Church, Kilquade

    St. Kilian’s Church, Blacklion

    For those who do not have access to the internet, they can make a booking through either of the parish offices, Greystones on 01-2874025 or Kilquade on 01-2819658.

    Please pass the word on to those who you know who may not be receiving the Stay Connected e-Letter and or may not have access to the internet.

    You can, of course, reserve a space online, for someone who does not have that access if they ask you to do so.

    A Labour of Love

    In the afternoon of the first Sunday of the month, in Kilian House Family Centre, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, members of the Social Hobby and Craft group meet to share their crafting skills and talents with each other.

    Enjoy a short video profiling a selection of their work.

    While they meet, greet, craft and chat, the group has raised funds for local charities. Community Supporting Community!

    See details here of their current initiative…. support it, if you can.

    An Agape Meal

    June 14, 2020 12:30 pm

    Introduction

    The Love Feast, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with his disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ.

    In the early church, the community that gathered for Eucharist, shared a meal together, ensuring all were fed.

    Invitation

    We invite you to take part in an Agape meal as a follow on from the liturgy of the Mass on this Sunday, 14th June 2020, the feast of Corpus Christi.

    Of all times, we see this as an appropriate way to extend the action of the liturgy into the home, when we are unable to physically share the bread blessed and broken within the Mass.

    After Mass, create a space for lunch.  Set the table, invite all to share the meal together, and use the following simple blessing to begin the meal.

    At the beginning of the meal…

    Host: We gather together, in love, to share food and conversation knowing that we do so at a time where many are still separated because of our need to suppress this virus in the world.

    We take a moment, therefore to bring into our space here those who cannot be with us,

    those we have not seen in quite some time,

    those who have helped us in the past months,

    allow a moment for people to name specific people or groups

    we gather them all into this meal of fellowship.

    Blessing: Creator God, as we share this bread we give thanks for our daily bread for the food which delights and nourishes us and for the companionship that sustains us.

    As we pour out this drink, we give thanks for the drink that quenches our thirst and for the Living Water with which you surprise, enrich and transform our lives.

    We give thanks for the love that draws us together, as a taste of the all embracing love of you our Creator.

    All: Amen.

    At the end of the meal as a blessing of thanks:

    Host: Giving God, bless all who have gathered round this table, and those we have drawn into our gathering.  May we know the fullness of your presence at every meal and in all our sharing.

    All: Amen.

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