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
Do this in Memory Mass next Sunday, 25th November at 10:30am.
The children preparing for First Communion in 2019 are all invited with their parents to next Sunday’s special Mass with them. It will be at 10.30am and we ask them to bring their candle and their Thumb book also. Make sure you have written your name on your book so that we can get it to you if it’s lost. In November we remember our loved ones who have died and for our Mass next week each child in the Communion classes is asked to bring along a fallen leaf, as a symbol of those who died in our families and for whom we pray.
In the meantime, parents are asked to prepare their boy or girl by working with them through pages 12 and 13 of Thumb along with the two exercises on pages 42 and 43, ‘kidstuff 2’. The copy of Grapevine 2 delivered after our last Mass together is also intended as a helpful preparation for next Sunday’s Mass. We ask you to save each copy of Grapevine from month to month until all 8 copies have been gathered.
Some children and parents have yet to submit their registration form and others have not yet collected their copy of Thumb. Please let us know if you haven’t your copy. It’s hard to enter the programme of preparation without it.
Confirmation Commitment Ceremony
We thank the young people and their parents and teachers who came to the church last Monday evening for the Ceremony of Commitment to prepare for Confirmation.
World Meeting of Families 2018
Official Family Prayer for
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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We congratulate and share the joy of the girls GAA team who on Monday last won the division championship for Dublin Primary Schools. They played magnificently. How lovely to think that our Girls’ school is the best in Dublin when it comes to Gaelic football!
Parish Pastoral Council AGM on Wednesday Nov. 21st
We had a great attendance at the Assembly in the Church on Tuesday week last. It would be a further joy to see a good attendance also at the AGM to be held in the school hall, beginning at 7.30pm next Wednesday. Reports will be made from the Council and its sub-committees as well as from the Parish Finance Committee. We particularly thank those whose term of service on the Council is coming to a close. Janet Daly (chairperson), Mark Cunningham, Ronald Long, Sr Felicia, Sr Joan, and Tom Moran have been wonderful members of the Council and have worked hard to progress the life of the parish. We are very grateful for their committed service to us all. We are delighted too that five persons have been nominated towards membership of the Pastoral Council: Helen Byrne, Fiona O’Brien, Triona Long, Valerie Sweeney and Joe McNamara. We ask God’s blessing on the ongoing work of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Committee.
The Explorers are an inter-church scripture reading group. All are welcome. Bring your bible. Our first session will be held on Monday, 17th September at 7.30 - 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Mount Tabor Day Centre next to Christ Church on Sandymount Green.
The Magnificat Group
The Magnificat Group will resume their weekly Scripture / Prayer meetings on Monday 9th September from 3.30 - 4.30pm at the Franciscan Convent, 34 Gilford Road. A big welcome to all persons interested in Gospel sharing.
As we begin September and the holiday season comes to a close we invite any members of the different teams serving the community as Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Collectors, Catechists or Choir members over 18 years, to avail of a Garda Vetting form in the Parish office or Sacristy, if they haven’t already done so. This applies to every volunteer who has not been vetted within the past 3 years. Diocesan policy asks us as volunteers, staff and priests to be Garda Vetted every three years.
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:
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.
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
At our recent parish assembly calls were made for greater attention to building the social life of the parish community. Now here are opportunities to respond to that call.
There will be A Coffee Morning in aid of the Centre on Friday next , 23rd November, from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Raffles and Lucky Dips! All Welcome-bring a friend!
On this Sunday, Nov 18th at 7.30pm, in the Iris Charles Centre there’s a fundraiser for Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association (SAMRA):
’Daunting and Daring-Women of the Gael’
with Glynis Casson and Claire Roche
Tickets €20-includes Show, light supper and wine
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 12 noon.
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