In this time of health crisis ...
Sunday at 10.30am
Feast of the Annunciation March 25th
In answer to the invitation of Pope Francis we are asked to recite the Our Father with him at 12 noon. At noon also today Archbishop Eamonn Martin will consecrate Ireland to the intercession of Mary.
We will avail of the webcam service to join in these prayers in our parish on this Wednesday.
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Invitation from Pope Francis to join him in prayer this Friday, March 27th at 5pm (Irish Time)
There is no indication as yet that RTE will carry this event but you could view it on EWTN at 5pm this Friday if RTE doesn’t do so. It is an Urbe et Orbe address to Catholics around the world, similar to what happens every Christmas and Easter, this time in a situation of crisis for the world and humanity.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in a message this Wednesday highlights
Elm Park Golf Club
Pray, Pay, Play!
To book a place or sponsor an Ad or Tee Box please fill in a Booking Form and return it to the Parish office, Star of the Sea Church Tel: 01 6683316
OR by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Coonan: 087 2304042
Parish Office 01 6683316
Even if you are not a golfer, you may wish to join us for the dinner and in doing so, know you will be most welcome.
The Golf Classic represents not only a helpful fundraising event but a great social occasion in the life of the parish.
Many of our parishioners over the years have merited a ‘well done’ accolade. We are in debt to all who voluntarily commit themselves to serve the parish community in a host of different ways.
When Paddy Kavanagh reluctantly, and with doctor’s direction, reached a time to ‘step back,’ it brought to a close a service which Paddy had given over a span of seventy years. Apart from a short time spent outside his parish, Paddy was altar server, church collector, assistant sacristan and latterly assisted at every Baptism in the parish. Anxious to mark his long years of service the pastoral council decided to petition the Benemerenti Medal for him.
Bob Harewood has been our wonderful sacristan since the death of a great servant of the parish, Margaret O’Doherty, nine years ago but over many years, like Paddy, he has been consistently present to help, counting and banking Sunday collections and ready to stand in whenever and wherever there was a need. We greatly appreciate Bob’s great commitment to the parish in a totally voluntary capacity with kindly cheerful disposition. We readily sought that he also should be honoured with the Benemerenti Medal.
It’s a Pontifical medal requested by the Archbishop on behalf of each recipient and a limited number are awarded yearly. We are delighted that both Bob and Paddy have been honoured and were presented with Benemerenti Medals at the end of the 12 o’clock Mass on Sunday, 9th June.
Under our GDPR Policy a request for Baptism certs must be accompanied by a completed form either by the adult person requesting his or her own Baptism cert or by the parent requesting a son or daughter’s Baptism certificate. Parents of children preparing for First Communion and for Confirmation will accordingly need to complete that form when seeking , as is required, their child’s certification of Baptism. This applies to every parish in the Diocese.
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
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.
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Parish Pilgrimages to Lourdes and to Knock
At our recent meeting of our parish pastoral council it was agreed that we should advance the invitation to parishioners to participate as a parish group in the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes from Sept. 9th to Sept. 14th this year.
The invitation is extended at two levels; the first is to those who may wish to travel as invalids. Invalids reside at the hospital adjoining the grotto area during their stay and the necessary paperwork and medical assessment should be completed before the end of March.
The second is to those travelling as ordinary pilgrims. We’d like to establish the list of those interested in the coming month (say by St. Patrick’s Day) so that block booking of a parish group for a suitable hotel can be made in good time.
Please let us know if you wish to be a parish pilgrim, either as an invalid or as a regular pilgrim, by contacting the parish office
The diocesan pilgrimage to Knock will be on Saturday, April 25th. We’d welcome the interest of parishioners, both young and old, in a day’s pilgrimage. Again, let us know in the parish office if you’re interested. When the level of interest is established we can look to working out the details. Let us know again before St. Patrick’s Day, to enable a decision on the feasibility of this pilgrimage to Knock with the diocese.
Over the coming weeks we’ll outline the specific requirements for couples planning a church wedding to cover firstly, couples getting married in Ireland who live in Ireland; secondly, couples getting married in Ireland who live outside Ireland and thirdly, couples living in Ireland who seek a church wedding abroad. It’s the time of year when engaged couples are in need of such information . Watch this space and pass on the information if and when you can.
Classes for students preparing for Sacraments
Pre-Sacrament classes for children attending St. Matthew’s school (and for any who live in the parish and attend non-Catholic school) continues this week.
The preparation period is over two years towards First Communion and also towards Confirmation. The classes are scheduled as follows and are held in the parish meeting rooms in the church.
1st class meets Tuesday evening at 5.00pm
2nd class meets Thursday evening at 4.00pm
6th class meets Thursday evening at 4.00pm
5th class meets Thursday evening at 4.45pm
‘Do This in Memory’
At the 10.30am Mass next Sunday, 5th April, we hope again to link up with the children and parents in the First Communion classes. Palm Sunday was to be our next ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass. Meanwhile the children could work on pages 56 to 59 of the Thumbs book and parents might share with them pages 20 to 23 of Thumbs.
Grapevine 6 and Grapevine 7 will be held in safe keeping until the children come back to school.
Church Notice Board
Details of two new courses beginning in October are on the Church Notice Board:
Faith for Life – Deepening the connection between Faith and Life is a course run over four weekends to help you discover new ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships in family, parish, workplace, and the events of daily life. The course costs €200 and places are limited. For further information- Tel: 01-8373732 ext 247/239 or email: email@example.com.
Active8 – 8 sessions over 8 months 8 new ways of sharing Good News, in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre on 2nd Oct, 6th Nov, 15th Jan, 12th Feb, 11th Mar, 1st April, 6th May, 10th June all at 7.30-9.30pm. For those who are 30-55 years old who want to grow in skills of sharing faith. Price €80 and places are limited. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25th May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place. Click on the Button below to view the Parish Data Privacy Notice:
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.
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.
The Iris Charles Centre
The Iris Charles Centre re-opens after the Christmas break on Tuesday next, 7th January with Chair Exercises, Lunch and Bridge. All Welcome!
Chair exercises have been extended to two days a week – Tuesdays and Fridays at the Centre on Newbridge Avenue, from 11.45am to 12.45pm at a cost of €2 per class.
Afternoon Bridge will also resume on Tuesday at 2.30pm.
New members are always welcome – with or without a Bridge partner. 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.
IRIS CHARLES CENTRE MAP