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
Confirmation Commitment Ceremony
The Confirmation Commitment Ceremony for all Confirmation Candidates and their parents will be this Monday evening, October 22nd, at 7.30pm in the church.
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
Archbishop Martin, following the visit of Pope Francis, rejoiced in the success of the World Meeting of Families. Rather than specify a particular way forward to build on the Pope’s visit in renewal, he has asked all parishes to hold an assembly around the Feast of St. Laurence O’Toole (Nov. 14th) to consider that question and to submit ideas and suggestions to him.
Our Parish Council have nominated Tuesday, Nov. 6th, as an assembly date for our Parish. We will meet in the Church. Meanwhile, we invite you to reflect and pray about how the Church in Dublin can build on the experience of Pope Francis’ visit.
Our Parish Pastoral Council has several members who will be completing their 3 Year Term and we are seeking new members to replace them. The commitment of the Council members to the Parish community, and the community at large, is inspiring. Perhaps you would like to consider giving your time and talent for the enrichment and betterment of our Parish community.
All parishioners over the age of 18 years are eligible for election. We would welcome your prayerful consideration of the possibility that yourself or someone you know might be willing to serve the Parish on a three year term with the Parish Pastoral Council. We meet once a month. Nomination forms need to be submitted to the Parish office by November 5th. The forms are available at the back of the Church and can also be downloaded here:
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. For the first four sessions we shall focus on 'The Letter of St Paul to the Galations'. Our guide will be Professor Seamus O'Connell (Maynooth). Bring a friend.
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.
We welcome all the children and parents who are preparing for First Communion in 2019 to their ‘Do this in Memory’ Mass this Sunday and thank them also for coming to the enrolment ceremony on Thursday last. Our next special Mass with them will be on Nov 25th at 10.30. In the meantime they might continue the sharing of faith at home by working on pages 10 to 13 of Thumb along with pages 40 to 43 , Kidstuff 1 and 2, also in Thumb. Having received Grapevine 1 on Thursday last, we will distribute Grapevine 2 through the schools early this week. Don’t forget to nominate two parents from each school’s First Communion class(es) to form the Planning Group whose first meeting will be on Saturday Nov 17th at 9am in the church meeting room ( entry by parish office door).
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
The Centre re-opens for dinner on Tuesday 11th Sept. at 1.00pm. Chair Exercises start at 11.45am and Tuesday afternoon Bridge at 2.30pm. All welcome.
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