Current Notices

At a Glance …

NEW CHRISTIANS We welcome  all those who recently joined our community through the waters of Baptism. May they continue to grow strong in body, mind and spirit in the years ahead.

LENTEN PROMISE During this Lenten Season as part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families we are inviting you to commit to keep a promise each week so that you can live the “Joy of Love “ in a practical way.

RECONCILIATION: Please keep the boys and girls of our faith community in your prayers over these coming weeks as they will be celebrating the Sacrament of God’s Forgiveness for the first time during the Season of Lent.

SCRIPTURE GROUP: The Scripture Group meets on Tuesdays in the Kilian House Family Centre from 10.40 to 12.00 p.m. We look forward to your joining with us in our exploration of what St. Mark wrote.

LET’S TALK FAMILY: This exciting initiative will begin on Wednesday 21st February in the Parish Pastoral Centre in Greystones and will continue for six weeks. It would be an ideal commitment to make for the Lenten Season.

TAIZE PRAYER THROUGH LENT: Each Thursday of Lent there will be an opportunity to spend some time in prayer. It will take place in the Monastery in Delgany beginning at 8pm. All welcome.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday night of Lent there will be an opportunity to reflect on the Way of the Cross in Holy Rosary church, Greystones beginning at 8pm. All welcome.

HOLY ROSARY SOUP & SANDWICHES  Kilian House Family Centre on Wed. 28 February between 12.15 & 2pm, for good food and a friendly atmosphere. Donation €5. Proceeds go to local charities.

GREYSTONES FOLK GROUP AND FRIENDS: are holding a charity sale on Sun March 11th 2018 at 12.00pm in the Kilian Family Centre. Items wanted.

LENTEN TRÓCAIRE CAMPAIGN 2018 This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign focuses upon the Koroma family in Freetown, Sierra Leone who were affected by recent landslides in their area.  Join Trócaire in prayer and thanksgiving this Lenten season to celebrate the resilience, hope and steadfast spirit of the Koroma family and the people of Sierra Leone. Trocaire Boxes available from the back of the church.

MEETING ABOUT REFERENDUM:  We will host a meeting on the coming Referendum on Thursday 1st March in the evening in Kilian House, Greystones. All welcome.

EASTER MASS BOUQUET CARDS: will be available from the Parish Office from next week and throughout the Season of Lent.

PARISH PILGRIMMAGE TO LOURDES: The proposed date for the pilgrimage is June 21st –26th is with Joe Walsh Tours and Fr. John will be the spiritual guide. Contact Office.

THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES has invited thousands of volunteers to join them for the once-in-a-generation event. There are various ways to become involved… check out their website. Registration for tickets to attend the event is open also. For more information on all aspects of the programme see www.worldmeeting2018.ie

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

Social, Hobby and Craft Afternoon

March 4, 2018 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Come and join in this initiative to share a skill, pick up a new hobby or simply find a friend.

Continuing on the first Sunday of every month.

Next gathering on Sunday Mar 4th from 3-5.30pm, in Kilian House Family Centre.

If you have a skill to share, or are interested in learning a new hobby, do come along.

It is an opportunity to share what we know, learn something new and have a chat and a cup of tea in a relaxed environment.

shc-nov-14shc-43Areas of interest will include art, flower arranging, knitting & craft, quilting & patchwork, cross stitch & embroidery, crotchet, sewing, card making, spinning & bobbin lace making, a gadget group (for all your digital queries), games corner including cards, and dominoes.

Other areas will emerge over time. If you have a talent or hobby you would like to share or develop further, bring along what you have and lets get going!

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See lots of photos from previous gathering here.

Together, we can all continue to make it happen!

Whatever your interest is, you are welcome to come along and join us. 18 years and over.

Hope to see you there. Spread the word!

An outreach initiative to bring people together from the wider Greystones Community.

All Welcome!

Refreshments available at €1.50.

See the poster here. Feel free to download it and send it to friends.

Next gathering is on Sunday Mar 4th from 3-5.30pm.

Reflections on Lent…

When does Lent Start?

We celebrate the beginning of the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday on February 14th.

Lent is a time of prayer and fasting as we prepare to celebrate Easter, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Church’s biggest celebration in the liturgical year. “You are dust, and to dust you shall return”. It is one of the most ancient phrases of Scripture, coming right out of the early chapters of Genesis. As we are about to be reminded by our tradition, it forms the central theme of what we’re about on Ash Wednesday.

We’re being reminded of our mortality and our need for penitence. But there’s another theme at work deep within this sentence that we might do well to ponder as we enter the period of self-examination and renewal we call Lent. Part of our journey as people of God in this season is about re-energizing our spirituality, setting aside time to be with the divine light in our lives and to truly stop for a moment and allow it to do some of its transformational work in us. To re-emphasise, we need to truly stop, perhaps two of the hardest words to hear in our fast-paced always-in-motion culture today.

On a day like Ash Wednesday, it seems appropriate to pause and take a hard, honest look at what drives us.

Lent is a time for authentic conversion and for coming to know Christ as the bringer of justice. Our journey is towards him. Lent is a time of many blessings; in fasting, in prayer and almsgiving, in self examination, confession, purification and healing, in contrition, conversion and repentance.

Lent then is a wonderful opportunity to know anew and afresh they mystery and grace of God revealed in Christ Jesus. This mystery, kept hidden but now fully revealed in Jesus who is God’s Mercy, God’s Love and God’s Justice.

Let us use this Lent well. Let us experience God’s gift of loving justice in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and celebrate its fruit in Easter Eucharist.

Ash Wednesday

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are blessed with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense.

While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

Making the Most of 40 Days

We live lives of tortured complexity. Inside each of us there is both a saint and a sinner. Our hearts are a murky cauldron of grace and sin, angels and demons. Always, it seems, we are torn in a way that leaves us feeling unsure, guilty, and tense. The 40 days of Lent gives us the opportunity, like Jesus, to enter the desert.

To go into the desert means to stare our inner chaos in the face. What demons live inside this chaos? They maybe the demons of bitterness, anger, jealousy, lust, deceit, addiction, hatred, distrust, selfishness etc. All these demons are inside every one of us. To stare them in the face is to enter the desert. A scary thing? Yes, but the scriptures assure us that if we muster the courage to face them, God will send angels to minister to us.

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice” (Mt 9:13). The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee.

…“I asked that the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy”…

…”For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy.”…

Full Text

A Prayer for Lent (Walter Brueggeman)

Marked by Ashes

Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . .

This day — a gift from you.

This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received.

This Wednesday dazzles us with gift and newness and possibility.

This Wednesday burdens us with the tasks of the day, for we are already halfway home

halfway back to committees and memos,

halfway back to calls and appointments,

halfway on to next Sunday,

halfway back, half frazzled, half expectant,

half turned toward you, half rather not.

This Wednesday is a long way from Ash Wednesday,

but all our Wednesdays are marked by ashes —

we begin this day with that taste of ash in our mouth:

of failed hope and broken promises,

of forgotten children and frightened women,

we ourselves are ashes to ashes, dust to dust;

we can taste our mortality as we roll the ash around on our tongues.

We are able to ponder our ashness with

some confidence, only because our every Wednesday of ashes

anticipates your Easter victory over that dry, flaky taste of death.

On this Wednesday, we submit our ashen way to you —

you Easter parade of newness.

Before the sun sets, take our Wednesday and Easter us,

Easter us to joy and energy and courage and freedom;

Easter us that we may be fearless for your truth.

Come here and Easter our Wednesday with

mercy and justice and peace and generosity.

We pray as we wait for the Risen One who comes soon.

Let us seize this opportunity to enter the desert, to trust in the Lord, to overcome our demons.

Catholic Schools Week

January 28, 2018 to February 4, 2018

Pope Francis chose Ireland to host the next World Meeting of Families and it will take place from 21–26 August in Dublin.

Families from all over the world will gather to celebrate their lives, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.

This celebration offers a special opportunity to school families to celebrate not just parents as the primary educators of their children, but also the vital role that Catholic schools play in assisting parents.

The theme for this 2018 programme is ‘Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families.’

The programme invites Catholic schools to celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish through participation in four sub themed catechetical moments.

Moment One: Catholic Schools: Families of Hope
(November/Month of the Holy Souls 2017)

Moment Two: Catholic Schools: Families of Faith
(Jan-Feb/Catholic Schools Week 2018)

Moment Three: Catholic Schools: Families of Love
(Lent 2018)

Moment Four: Catholic Schools: Families of Joy
(April/May 2018)

See Catholic Schools Week for more information and resources.

First Communion Preparation Meetings 2018

February 6, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
February 7, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
February 8, 2018 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Our next set of meetings for parents of children preparing for 1st Holy Communion take place on:

Tuesday 6th Feb. Newtownmountkennedy;

Wed. 7th. Greystones;

Thurs. 8th Feb. Kilcoole.

All the meetings are at 7.30pm .

It is important that one parent attend a meeting as we will be looking at preparation for the sacrament of reconciliation.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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