Current Notices

First Communion Meetings for Parents

October 15, 2019 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We have our first meeting for parents of children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion next May.

It is important for parents to attend this meeting as our programme of preparation will be explained and the role and partnership of Home, School and Parish explored.

The meeting takes place in St. Kilian House Pastoral Centre, Greystones on Tuesday 15th October.

The meeting takes place at 7pm and will last an hour.

We look forward to seeing all our parents.

Autumn’s Spendour

As we see the Creator’s Hand once again in the changing of the seasons, let us pay a little more attention to those golden colours and seasonal produce in abundance around us and be thankful.

Let us gather together a record of those moments of Amazing Autumn Spenldour … from wherever you are in the world!

Capture that moment and share what you see with your faith community by sending images to communicationsgroup@greystonesparish.ie

These will be displayed here on our parish website.

If you include people in your pictures, please ensure you have their permission to use this photo.

Check out the lovely images there already and have a read of some of the prayers below. Thank you.

The Creator’s Hand

In the fading of the summer sun,
the shortening of days, cooling breeze,
swallows’ flight and moonlight rays
WE SEE THE CREATOR’S HAND

In the browning of leaves once green,
morning mists, autumn chill,
fruit that falls frost’s first kiss
WE SEE THE CREATOR’S HAND

Autumn Prayers

For summer’s passing
and harvest home
WE THANK YOU

For autumn’s splendour
and winter’s chill
WE THANK YOU

For seed that has fallen
the promise of spring
WE THANK YOU

We bless you,
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always
Amen

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.

As we embrace these autumn months,

May the earlier setting of the sun

remind us to take time to rest.

May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet

remind us of the brevity of this earthly life.

May the steam of our breath in the cool air

remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life.

May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds

remind us that you call us to follow your will.

We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.

Amen.

At a Glance …

NEW CHRISTIANS: We welcome Matilda, Hannah, Amber & Layla, into our faith community. As they join our community through the waters of Baptism may they also continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS WANTED: We are inviting all boys and girls who have made their Holy Communion to come and join our Altar Servers Team.

1ST COMMUNION MEETINGS FOR PARENTS: We have our first meeting for parents of children preparing for 1st Reconciliation and 1st Communion next May. The meeting takes place in St. Kilian House Pastoral Centre, Greystones on Tuesday 15th October. The meetings take place at 7pm and will last an hour

ECUMENICAL ALPHA COURSE  We are delighted to announce that we will be running an ALPHA course with St. Patrick’s Church (C of I),church Road, Greystones. This course is open to all who are searching for meaning or wondering what life is really about.  Wed. at 7.30. Next gathering: Wednesday 16th October at 7.30. All Welcome.

ROSARY FOR FAITH :The Rosary for Faith and Life will take place on the 13th of October 2019. We are asking you to find a location in your area and join us in praying the Rosary there at 2.30pm on the 13th of October.

THE HOLY ROSARY PRAESIDIUM: of the Legion of Mary Greystones , will host an information table before & after the 11.30am Mass on Sun 20th Oct. 2019.

REDFORD CEMETERY: Blessing of Graves in Redford Cemetery on Sunday 3rd November @ 3pm.

NOVEMBER ALTAR LIST OF THE DEAD: Envelopes for the Altar list of the dead are available from the back of the church, please return them to the sacristy or office before the 1st November.

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

A Call To The Dissatisfied

“Come, all you who are thirsty,

come to the waters;

and you who have no money,

come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without cost.

Why spend money on what is not bread,

and your labour on what does not satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,

and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me;

listen, that you may live.”

This is a call to the dissatisfied, those who are heavily burdened, weighed down perhaps with the cares and pressures of the world. So often people who labour for what the world has to offer – riches, security,success, friends – find very little satisfaction in attaining them. In every human being there’s a deep down ache that only God can satisfy. For some the ache can be dulled by extreme activity or ambition: for others the ache is recognized but not understood, kept carefully hidden behind an appearance of contentment.

To the dissatisfied, to those who have an unrecognized ache within them, God says this, ‘Oh, come to me!  All who thirst and hunger shall be filled. I can provide everything. Come, pay attention, listen. I am the source of life.  “Listen and your soul will live.” (taken from ‘A feast for Lent’-Delia Smith)

Prayer

Lord, make me know your ways,

Lord, teach me your paths.

Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:

for you are God my Saviour.

(Psalm 25:4-5)

New Altar Servers Required

We are inviting all boys and girls who have made their Holy Communion to come and join our Altar Servers Team.

The Altar Servers form a very important part of the church and our parish is enriched through their dedication and service.

But, what does it take to be an Altar Server? Is it for you? Do you have the qualities and desire to serve the priest in celebration of the Mass and other services? Being a server means serving God and his people at mass.

The duties of an altar server include:

  • Arriving 20 minutes before the beginning of Mass to “sign in”, robe and prepare the altar and church for the celebration of Mass.
  • To pray and assist the priest in the celebration of Mass.
  • To help in tidying up the altar and church after Mass.
  • To be available for other church celebrations
  • To attend rehearsals and meetings for Altar Servers.

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

Blessing of the Animals

October 6, 2019 3:00 pm to 3:30 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 6th 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. 6th Oct at 3pm in front of the Holy Rosary Church.

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

November Altar List of the Dead

During the month of November we remember and pray for all those who have died.

We invite your family members to come together to fill in the November Altar list for your deceased loved ones.

The ones you remember may be your own family members, or friends of your family, or others you know who may have no one to pray for them.

Envelopes for the Altar list of the dead are available from the back of the church, please return them to the sacristy or office before the 1st November along with a donation.

Mass will be offered on each 1st Friday of the month through they year for

Preparing for First Communion and Confirmation in 2020

We are delighted that you have presented your child for the Sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation.

Further details on the next steps are available here.

Holy Rosary and St. Kilian’s Golf Classic and Dinner

See some photos from the Holy Rosary and St. Kilian’s Golf Classic and Dinner on Friday 20th September.

Thank you to all who supported this initiative in whatever way you could.

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