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
Please Note: We are experiencing some difficulty with our Webcam Streaming and overall slow speed. This is due to our current Broadband capability. This is being looked into and should be corrected in the near future. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Welcome to Fr. Cormac
We are delighted to welcome Fr. Cormac McIlraith.
Fr. Cormac is a native of Glenageary and was ordained in 1965. Among his classmates ordained on that day was Fr. Martin Murnaghan. Since 1965 Fr. Cormac has ministered in Walkinstown, Finglas West, Terenure, Killester and as Parish Priest in Ballyroan, Clontarf and Booterstown (since 2011). His retirement year has brought him to Sandymount, where we are very happy indeed to welcome him.
The people of Booterstown greatly appreciated Fr. Cormac and are sorry that retirement age brought his departure from them.
Fr. Cormac may your years among us be very happy.
We are very grateful indeed to parishioners who have conducted the Liturgy of the Word with distribution of Holy Communion since Easter. Their commitment and willingness is very much appreciated and has allowed the gatherings at both 7.30am and 10.00am to be maintained each day. This spirit of willing and quiet cooperation has been a fitting memorial to Fr. Pádraig Coleman over the weeks since his sudden death on Thursday, 20th April. May he rest in peace.
The Explorers inter-church scripture study group announced this week 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.
Annual Mass for Deceased in our Parish
The Annual Mass in memory of all our dear relatives, neighbours and friends who have died during the past year will take place on Thursday 2nd November at 7.00pm. Letters will go out to all families concerned during the coming weeks.
Any parishioner whose loved one died outside the parish and who would like to have their names included in this Mass is invited to contact the parish office before October 30th.
Dates for your Diary
Confirmation for the young people of Star of the Sea Boys School, Scoil Mhuire Girls and St. Matthew’s School will be celebrated on Thursday, March 15th 2018 at 11.00am.
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 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:
At our Pastoral Council Meeting this week we will have opportunity to consider options open to us in the coming time of preparation.
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.
We are grateful to the parents and children who came along to our church for the Ceremony of Enrolment towards First Communion last Tuesday evening. It represented also our first step in the “Do this in Memory Programme”. This is a parish programme that is implemented now throughout the diocese, intended to support and complement the preparation of the children both in their family at home and with their teachers in school.
Preparation of the children relies on a three pronged approach from home, school and parish. Just like a three legged stool, if one leg is damaged or missing the stool doesn’t stand up too well. The child approaching First Communion needs the support of all three. “Do this in Memory” is a programme of nine gatherings with the children in celebration of the Mass. Our next gathering with the children will be at the Family Mass on Mission Sunday, 22nd.
On Saturday next, October 7th, at 9.00am we’ll have the first meeting of the parents group, to plan the Mass of October 22nd. In the time leading to October 22nd, parents are asked to read and share with their child the pages of ‘Grapevine’ newsletter, distributed last week, and the following pages in their “Thumb” book, pages 10 and 11 along with encouraging their child to complete pages 40 and 41 In school, the children now enjoy a wonderful new religion programme, called “Grow in Love”. It is both child and teacher friendly, well resourced and with internet support. This new programme is replacing the Alive-O Programme over a four year period. This year the new 3rd and 4th class programmes are published and next year will see the arrival of the 5th and 6th class to complete the Primary School religion curriculum.
We are delighted that some parishioners volunteered to give service in the Parish Bookshop. If they are in a position to come to a meeting at 7.30pm on this Tuesday 12th Sept in the Parish meeting room we’ll set the process in motion.
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
Parish AGM-Wednesday, 15th November at 7:30 pm
The Parish Pastoral Council is organising our Parish’s AGM for Wednesday, 15th November at 7.30 pm in Star of the Sea School Hall.
We would love to have as many parishioners as possible to come and share their ideas on how we can work together to make our parish an even better place to live – more inclusive and welcoming – in every sense a more Christian community.
A report on the Council’s work will be given and elections will take place for vacancies on the Council. We do need 2 new members for the Council and we would like to remind you that all parishioners over the age of 18 years are eligible for election. Nomination forms are available to download on our Parish Website and at the entrances to the church.
*Nominations have to receive the support of two parishioners and are to be submitted to the parish office before noon on Monday 6th** November
Click on Buttons below to download the Nomination Form and read minutes from last year's Parish AGM-Sandymount:
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.
We are very grateful to the young people, their parents and their teachers who came to the Confirmation Commitment Ceremony last Tuesday. We ask all our parishioners to keep our young candidates in their prayers as we journey with them towards Confirmation Day on March 15th next.
The ‘Do this in Memory’ Programme will have its next gathering of First Communion classes with their parents on Sunday week, October 22nd, at 10.30am. Parents are invited to work with their child on pages 10, 11, 40 and 41 of the Thumb Book. (Make sure your child’s name is on the Thumb Book). We invite you to share ‘Grapevine’ with them also.
Next Sunday when children preparing for First Communion come to the “Do this in Memory” Mass at 10.30am, we invite them to bring a rosary beads with them for blessing. Adults, too, who’d like a rosary or religious object blessed are invited to bring them when a blessing will be given towards the end of that 10.30am Mass.
On October 7th we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. According to tradition the Rosary was given to Saint Dominic in a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214 in the church of Prouille. This Marian apparition received the title “Our Lady of the Rosary”. Some scholars trace the history of the Rosary back to the Desert Fathers of the 3rd and 4th centuries in their use of knotted ropes to allow them count prayers especially in their use of the Jesus Prayer in monastic life.
The practice of meditation on 15 scenes in the life of Jesus and Mary as people prayed a decade of prayer in the Hail Mary evolved over time as did the use of modern form of Rosary prayed on beads. The Christian victory at the Battle of Lepanto on October 7th in 1571, was attributed to the praying of the Rosary by masses of Europeans at the request of Pope Pius V. It led to his establishing the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary to be celebrated on October 7th each year.
In Ireland, the Rosary was a mainstay of Catholic faith expression through the long period of oppression of Catholics in the Penal times.
People were denied freedom to celebrate Mass but could pray the rosary together in their homes. Many of us will remember the significance of ‘Rosary, Sermon and Benediction’ evenings and the place the Family Rosary held in home life up to fifty or sixty years ago.
The Rosary remains a form of prayer to link us with Jesus and Mary in our joys and sorrows and with one another in communal prayer.
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Device-Request for Volunteers
It is estimated that over 5,000 people die of sudden cardiac death in Ireland each year. Survival rates following a cardiac arrest at any age are directly related to time, resuscitation and particularly defibrillation. AEDs have been proven to be of extreme benefit in increasing the chances of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
Our Parish has acquired an AED Device and we plan to have the device installed in our Church in the very near future. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in participating on our Emergency Response Team and receiving defibrillator/basic CPR Training. The training takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Please contact our Parish Office if you are interested. Many thanks to Tom Moran for his work on this very important safety initiative.
Jim Lucey, our parishioner and choir member, has been given a significant honour by the Church of Ireland Archdiocese in being nominated as a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Jim has been so honoured for his great work as Medical Director of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. His recently published book “The Life Well Lived” is a testimony to his gift in explaining modern approaches to psychological therapy in a very accessible and readable way and to his own gentle and compassionate approach to life.
Well done Jim.
Tony D’Costa, General Secretary of Pax Christi wrote:
We express our heart-felt thanks to the Parish of Sandymount and the parishioners for their generous support for the work of Pax Christi at the collection last week. The total amount collected was €920.
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. They have a special offer for you next weekend, just €18.00 for a year subscription. There will also be a complimentary copy for you to take home.
The Diocesan Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism will be offering two key courses beginning this Autumn in Clonliffe College.
Course 1 - Pathways is a two-year course on Thursday evenings, Sept. to May (7.00-9.30pm). There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For further information contact Eileen Houlahan Tel: 8379253 Ext 294.
Course 2 - Faith for Life is a course which takes place over 4 weekends. One weekend each in October, December, January and March. Further information available at www.evangelisation.ie
Every year in our parish we meet more than 20 couples preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage. Some celebrate here in Star of the Sea, more elsewhere in Ireland and others in countries abroad. It’s a privilege to journey with them.
The parish of residency over the previous six months is the parish responsible for the completion of documents and the parish of residency of the bride takes responsibility for the preparation of the couple towards the Sacrament.
As part of that celebration the couple are asked to attend a pre-marriage course. The Diocese recommends its own Accord Course. While today a range of courses are available the criterion of the Diocese is that a connection with the Eucharistic Community is necessary for the acceptability of courses on offer. On that criterion some courses are not acceptable and couples planning to celebrate marriage as a sacrament should be aware of that.
The first step of a couple planning to marry is to contact the priest in the local parish, then establish a date and place for the church celebration and allow the priest to guide them through the necessary requirements. Couples will also be aware that they must also meet with the Registrar of Marriages and an appointment for that meeting requires notice at least three months before the date of the marriage.
The Sacrament of Marriage may be celebrated only where a community gathers to celebrate Mass on Sundays. It highlights that the place of celebration should never be thought of as a ‘venue’ but as a community of faith within which the sacrament is celebrated.
The Iris Charles Centre
The Iris Charles Centre re-opens for dinners next Tuesday, 12th September. Afternoon Bridge also resumes on Tuesday next, 12th September, at 2.30pm.
If you would like to make yourself available as a volunteer on an occasional basis, please contact Phyllis 087 6225471 or Claire 087 2368548.
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.
IRIS CHARLES CENTRE MAP
The Annual Collection for Community and Homeless Services will be at all Masses next weekend (16th / 17th Sept.) It will replace the Share collection.
Inspired by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, Crosscare has – A Vision of a society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
A Mission to provide innovation and relevant services to those most in need.
Please give them your support at all Masses next weekend.
When the Irish economy collapsed in recent years, our Archbishop spoke for the Christian community in expressing the hope that our poorest and most vulnerable citizens would be supported and not lost sight of.
The reality of so many families homeless in our city and the long queues coming to Bro. Kevin’s kitchen in Church Street graphically relates an image of life on the vulnerable margins of a weak economy. We are shocked to see so many homeless young families.
Crosscare represents the active social caring face of our Diocese. Now in its 75th year the details of its work changes to meet the situation. A few years ago it couldn’t have imagined today’s needs being met by providing family meals to those living through homelessness in hotels or providing food in local areas through community based food banks.
At a time when calls on its services have greatly increased, it is at the same time understandable in a damaged economy that it experiences a reduction in State and local authority aid. It relies all the more on our generosity to maintain its commitment to vulnerable people.