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
CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENTS 2019
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Communal Rite: Saturday 21st December at 12 Noon.
Individual Rite: Tuesday 24th December after 10.00am Mass and at 4.00pm
Carol Service: Sunday 22nd December at 5.00pm
Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)
3.00pm Children’s Christmas Prayer Drama
Masses in celebration of Christmas (Christmas Eve)
6.00pm Vigil Mass for Christmas
9.00pm Mass for Christmas Night
preceded by Carols and Blessing of the Crib
Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)
Masses at 9.00am, 10.30am (Family Mass) and 12 noon
Dec. 26th to 28th and Dec. 30th to Jan. 4th at 10.00am.
Usual weekend Mass times on Dec. 29th and Jan. 5th.
Saturday Vigil 6.00pm; Sunday 9.00am, 10.30am and 12 Noon.
The 7.30am daily Mass resumes on Jan. 6th.
Masses on Jan. 6th, Feast of the Epiphany
7.30am, 10.00am and 6.00pm.
Parish Pastoral Council AGM
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
On the three Tuesday evenings of this year’s Advent, Tuesday 3rd December, 10th December and 17th December at 6.30pm we invite you to come to the communal celebration of the Evening Prayer of the Church.
It is a simple yet inspiring way of preparing for Christmas and well worth the time. Both young and old are invited.
Father John or Fr. Cormac will preside, the Franciscan Sisters and some parishioners will lead and take the part of cantor.
We need your support. Please, come along with your family and friends. All will be able to join in and it will be no more than half an hour of praise and prayers to God. All welcome.
The Society’s special Christmas Church collection will take the place of the Share collection at all Masses in the parish next weekend, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, 2019.
We are very aware that you may be somebody/or know somebody who is in need of assistance. If so please make contact in confidence:
First Communion Enrolment
The Enrolment Ceremony for First Communion classes will be held in the church on Tuesday October 8th at 7.00pm.
A meeting of parents in Scoil Mhuire and in Star of the Sea schools intending to present a child for First Communion in 2020 will be held in the church on Tuesday October 1st at 7.30pm. Registration will take place that evening.
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’
This week, Sunday 24th November, we welcome the children and parents preparing for First Communion and First Reconciliation to the 10.30am Mass. Our next Mass will be on December 15th. After our Mass this Sunday, the children will find exercises on pages 44 to 47 of Thumbs. They include the Colour-In Calendar on pages 46 and 47 to begin on Dec. 1st, next Sunday, colouring a section for each day in Advent. Parents are asked also to share with their child the content of pages 14 and 15 as well as Grapevine 3 to be delivered this week. We thank parents who have contributed as requested to the cost of all materials used in the programme. It’s not too late, if you’ve forgotten to do so.
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 Centre will re-open on Tuesday next, 3rd September. Dinners will be served at 1.00pm.
Chair exercise will continue from 11.45 to 12.45pm.
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