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 2018
Carol Service: Sunday 16th December at 5:00pm-Refreshments to follow in the School Hall
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Thursday 20th December at 7:30pm
Saturday 22nd December after the 10:00am Mass and 5:30pm
Sunday 23rd December after the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses
Monday 24th December after the 10:00am Mass
Children's Christmas Service: Monday 24th December at 3:00pm
Masses in Celebration of Christmas
Monday 24th December:
6:00pm Vigil Mass for Christmas
9:00pm Night Mass for Christmas
Tuesday 25th December:
Masses at 9:00am, 10:30am (Family Mass), and 12 noon (Choir)
NO EVENING MASS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
From Wednesday 26th December to Saturday 5th January:
Mass at 10:00am
Normal Sunday schedule on December 29th/30th and January 5th/6th
The 7:30am weekday Mass resumes on January 7th 2019
The Priests in the Parish of St. Mary's, Star of the Sea, Sandymount wish you a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and many Blessing in the New Year
John McDonagh, P.P. Cormac McIlraith, P.E.
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.
Click on the blue buttons below for more information
Evening Prayer (Vespers) in Advent
On the three Tuesday evenings of this year’s Advent, Tuesday 4th December, 11th December and 18th 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.
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