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
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 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.
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-Minutes of Meeting
The Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Committee would like to thank all parishioners who attended the AGM last Wednesday night. The Council welcomes Veronica Lyons as a new member following her election at the meeting. As we welcome Veronica we extend gratitude to Anngret Simms and to Peter Carvill who have completed their term on the Council and have served the Parish so well.
Each year, beginning on the last Sunday of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. It marks a high point in the catechetical programme of the year, which this year has a particular focus on Family Life as we look forward to the visit of Pope Francis in August for the World Meeting of Families.
Each day in that week at the end of the month sees a particular theme at both Primary and Secondary level. The daily themes are
Monday: Our Family at Home
Tuesday: Our School Family
Wednesday: Grandparents. A special part of our family
Thursday: Our Parish Family and
Friday: Our World Family.
Materials appropriate to classroom levels have been provided to all Catholic Primary and Second Level schools and teachers.
The ‘Laudate Festival’ is a happy development within Catholic Schools Week in recent years.
At three different church venues during the week children from over forty schools who responded positively to an invitation will compose the choirs who lead congregational singing and reflection. Parents, families, parish choirs, parishioners and anyone who would like to join in an evening of song and reflection are invited to any of the venues. The repertoire and reflections have been chosen to focus on the World Meeting of Families 2018. Although our local schools are not participating we would encourage our parishioners and families to come along to one of these evenings:
On Monday, January 29th at 7.00pm in St. Colmcille’s, Knocklyon.
On Tuesday, January 30th at 7.00pm in Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road and
On Wednesday, January 31st at 7.00pm in the Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Ave., Blackrock.
Entry to each evening, it goes without saying, is free and all are welcome.
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 at the 10.30am Mass we welcome the children and parents who are preparing for First Communion in this coming May.
Grapevine 5 will be distributed to parents through the First Communion classes in the coming days. Please share its contents with your boy or girl and share with them also pages 18 and 19 of Thumbs and help them complete Kidstuff on pages 54 and 55 of Thumbs between now and our next Mass on February 11th.
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
Annie Sarah Brennan
Sarah Michaela Pacini
Lana Cassidy Hill
Sarah Catherine McGrath
who were baptised recently.
‘May you live always as members of the Body of Christ, sharing everlasting life’
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 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