Welcome to St. Mary's Star of the Sea, Sandymount
A warm welcome to the website of St Mary’s, Star of the Sea Parish, Sandymount.
Our parish was constituted in 1851 to meet the needs of a growing population in Sandymount – Irishtown. The foundation stone of a new church was laid in that year and in August 1853 the church was officially opened. Designed by J.J. McCarthy, of the Pugin neo-Gothic school, Star of the Sea has served the people well in Sandymount and Irishtown over the years and they in turn have looked after it in its beauty and prayerful atmosphere.
The gatherings for the liturgy are creative of a community in touch with God and with each other.
We hope you’ll find our website interesting and helpful. Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any further assistance to you.
Fr. John Mc Donagh P.P
The Explorers inter-church scripture study group has announced that beginning in September Dr. Kieran O’Mahoney, O.S.A., has agreed to lead all who come along through the pages of St. John’s Gospel.
Monday, 18th September 2017:
How to read the Fourth Gospel
Monday, 16th October 2017
The wedding feast at Cana (John 2)
Monday, 20th November 2017
The Samaritan woman (John 4)
Monday, 11th December 2017
The sequence of feasts (John 5-10)
Monday, 15th January 2018
The man born blind (John 9)
Monday, 19th February 2018
The washing of the feet (John 13)
Monday, 19th March 2018
Jesus' death (John 18-19)
Monday, 16th April 2018
Jesus' resurrection (John 20)
We meet from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. All are welcome to any or all evenings of this series. Please bring a Bible with you. We are meeting in the Community Room of the Mount Tabor Care Centre, Sandymount Green. Mount Tabor is next door to Christ Church, Sandymount.
Dr. Kieran J. O'Mahony. O.S.A. is Biblical Studies Coordinator, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Dublin.
Dates for your Diary
First Communion for the girls of Scoil Mhuire will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19th 2018 at 11.00am.
First Communion for the boys of Star of the Sea School will be celebrated on Saturday, May 26th 2018 at 11.00am.
We are looking for volunteers to help with the flowers in the church. You would be working in a group and would only have to volunteer for one month – two or three times in the year.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
World Meeting of Families 2018
The WMOF website, www.amoris.ie, offers a further seasonal opportunity for families this month, when it offers ideas for a Family Prayer Service, remembering our deceased loved ones. There is also an interesting initiative which families may wish to undertake in the Trócaire Romero Family Award. Like the October project we highlighted to work on a Family Album, this Trócaire Project is one on which you can register interest at any time of the year. Check details on www.amoris.ie.
‘The Gospel of the Family-Joy for the World’
Pope Francis chose this title as the theme for the 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) to be held in Dublin next August. In fact we might add that it takes place just down the road at the three day international conference to be held at the RDS. We anticipate also the visit of Pope Francis to bring the week to a close with celebration of the Eucharist at Croke Park. Those who participated in the Eucharistic Congress will be reminded of the exciting gatherings at the same venues in 2012. The coming year will see plentiful opportunities to prepare for this significant event.
The WMOF team has put together a set of pastoral resources for parishes in preparation for WMOF 2018. These are now available on-line at www.amoris.ie and www.worldmeeting2018.ie. Printed copies will be available from mid-September. The resources include the following:
Parents and their children preparing to celebrate the sacraments this year will find also that the theme of the World Meeting of Families next year-‘The Gospel of the Family-Joy for the World’ will be a theme to guide our catechetical programmes during next year and add a significant dimension to the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018.
The WMOF will need the support of thousands of volunteers to assist in organising and running an exciting series of events in August 2018. Please consider volunteering not only for August 2018 but also in the WMOF office and various events in the meantime.
All volunteers need to apply and receive training. Details of the volunteer programme are in the leaflet at the back of the church entitled “COME JOIN US – VOLUNTEER NOW”.
If you wish to apply you will need to complete an online application form. www.worldmeeting2018.ie/volunteer.
All volunteers will also be required to provide a photo and complete a Garda Vetting Form as part of their application.
Pope Francis’ Visit
We rejoice in the confirmation that Pope Francis will visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF). He personally chose Ireland to host this event and we look forward to welcoming him. His visit will be over two days and will see him attend a Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday August 25th and then lead the Final Mass on Sunday August 26th in the Phoenix Park. There will be no charge for either of these events although tickets for the Croke Park event will be limited and will only be released at a later date, along with tickets for the Final Mass.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week a Pastoral Congress will be held just down the road from us at the RDS. If you’d like to attend all or part of this Congress, you may register through the website www.worldmeeting2018.ie. Places for the Congress are limited but will guarantee a ticket for the Festival of Families and for the Final Mass led by Pope Francis. Registering for the Congress will give assurance of your ticket for the Croke Park Festival of Families. The Phoenix Part should hold all who come.
Meanwhile you’ll find details at the back of the Church on how to become a volunteer at this significant event and on how to be a host family, offering the welcome of your home to people coming from around the world. Window and car bumper stickers made available on St. Patrick’s Day are available also at the back of the church.
Mass and Confession Times:
Vigil: 6.00 p.m (Saturday)
9:00 a.m. Mass
10.30 a.m Family Mass
12.00 noon Choir Mass (Choir away during July and August)
10.00 a.m.: Mass
(6.00 p.m. Sunday Vigil) : Mass
7.30 a.m. Mass
10.00 a.m. Mass
After 10.00 a.m Mass
And at 5.30 p.m
Weekdays: 7:15am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:15am to 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:45am to 7:00pm
Sacrament of Marriage:
Please contact the Parish Office at 668-3316.
Click on the blue buttons below for more information
An Invitation from the Parish Pastoral Council
Family Life in today’s modern world brings many pressures to Parents, Children, Grandparents and all other Family Members.
Coping with the reality of family life in our postmodern world seems to be defined by change and constant adaptation. In such a society, security is lost, and loneliness can go hand in hand with a frenetic lifestyle.
We would like to invite you to participate in a dialogue focusing on the challenges of Family Life today.
The WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 team has put together a set of pastoral resources for parishes in preparation for the World Meeting of Families here in Dublin in August 2018.
Our Parish will be offering one hour sessions exploring key elements of Pope Francis’ document,
‘The Joy of Love’
Our first session will take place on
Wednesday, 18th April at 7:30 pm in St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church Sandymount.
We invite you to join us for what will be a helpful discussion around Christian family life in today’s challenging world.
We rejoice with the 77 boys and girls who celebrated Confirmation on Thursday, 15th March and thank their parents and teachers and sponsors for all they’ve done to help the young people reach this very special day.
Seeking a Catechist
There may be a Primary School Teacher in our community who would like to be involved in the classes for children attending St Matthew's School and preparing for First Penance, First Communion and Confirmation. Classes are held on Thursdays, from around 3.45 to 5.15. If so, please contact the Parish Office or Fr John.
This Sunday, 15th April, sees the last gathering before First Communion celebrations of the children, preparing with their parents, for First Communion Day.
Parents are asked to continue their faith conversations with the children by drawing on Grapevine 9 (delivered these coming days) and on their book, Thumb, pages 26, 27, 62 and 63.
Reviewing all 9 copies of Grapevine and the pages of Thumb will refresh memories and help the children better understand the Mass. Our final Do This in Memory Mass will be on the Feast of Corpus Christi (after 1st Communion celebrations).
May 19th – Scoil Mhuire, Lakelands, at 11.00am
May 26th – Star of the Sea, at 11.00am
May 27th – children from St. Matthew’s, 10.30am
A Jesuit Publication for your home
Why not have a look at one issue. You might find it’s like a spiritual “Readers Digest”. There’s something for everyone: chatty articles, accessible theology, out-loud thinking on spiritual questions and serious issues, comforting news, art appreciation, a kid’s page (with puzzles and jokes) gardening hints, seasonal recipes and a challenging crossword.
We warmly welcome into the Parish Community
Delilah Nía Rós Ó Broin
who was baptised recently
May you live always as members of the Body of Christ, sharing everlasthing life’
The Iris Charles Centre
The Iris Charles Centre is one of our local gems with a dedicated group of people running it. Senior Citizens can meet and enjoy a great lunch or participate in a range of organised activities. The Centre also hosts a Bridge evening every Thursday beginning at 7:00pm for both experienced and novice players. All are welcome. Have you ever been to the Centre? Just on the corner of Newbridge Ave. Please know you’re welcome and transport can be arranged. Lunch is served on Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri at 12noon.
If you would like to make yourself available as a volunteer on an occasional basis, please contact Phyllis 087 6225471 or Claire 087 2368548.
IRIS CHARLES CENTRE MAP