News & Upcoming Events

St. Vincent de Paul

“You have the poor with you always” (Mt.26:11). We begin this four week season of Advent, which always has about half way through it the Annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. This collection takes places during the Mass as we know,  replacing the Share Collection. Great generosity is shown to this collection and many people set money aside for it. This is a very necessary collection for the VdP Conferences throughout Ireland. This year – pandemic 2020 how are you going to get your donation to the VdP.

The collection is to place on Sunday December 13th. Will there be public Mass? I don’t know. If there isn’t you can make your donation in the following ways:

  • Go to svp.ie/donate

  • Call 0818 176 176

  • Blue Envelopes at the back of the Church – these can be left in the Sacristy to be collected by the Swords VdP

The Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group is available to parishioners providing telephone support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We offer our sympathy to anyone bereaved during these very difficult months.  If you would like to talk to a Bethany member please phone

Kay 086 2209297 from 29th November - 5th December

 Sr. Mary - 8404323 from  Sunday 6th December to Saturday 12th December from 6-9.30pm

if  there is no reply please leave your first name and phone number. Or you can email the parish office stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to Bethany Group. This is a free and confidential service.

 

Donations for World Mission Sunday

On this Sunday the Mission collection replaces the Share collection. As there is no public celebration of the Mass, this obviously cannot happen. If you would like to donate then  - 

To donate go to www.wmi.ie/mission, call Fiona on 01 497 2035, or lodge money directly: IBAN - IE12 BOFI 9007 5456 9616 36, BIC - BOFIIE2D, Account Name - Society for the Propagation of the Faith

Newsletters 

Newsletters will be printed while the Church  is closed for public services, and available at the back of the Church 

This is just a reminder.  Please take them BUT bring them home with you. 

In these Covid times leaflets should not be picked up, read and put back again. Please, please take home with you.

The Irish Hospice Foundation - National Freephone Service 

Have you been impacted by a bereavement during COVID-19?  Are you finding it difficult to cope with a bereavement at this time?  Would it help to talk to someone in confidence about your loss? The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is a national freephone service - 1800 80 70 77 -  available from 10.00am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Irish Cancer Society -Drivers Needed

The  Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. Drivers with free weekday availability and who can commit to driving twice a month, please email Gail at gflinter@irishcancer.ie or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are seeking drivers under the age of 70 years.  

Blessing of Graves

On Wednesday 24th June, the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, I said a prayer of blessing for all buried in our Parish graveyard. After that blessing I sprinkled the Cemetery with Holy Water. I repeated the prayer of Blessing at the 7pm webcam Mass on Saturday 27th June.  

Parish Webcam

We have a Parish webcam,  see link on home page of our website. All Masses can be viewed on the webcam

Pope Francis - Vatican News

Click here for messages  from Pope Francis

Parish Office

The Parish Office is open normal hours for phone and emails - but not to  personal callers stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com 

The Sacred Heart Messenger Publication  - Digital Copy

A digital copy of  The Sacred Heart Messenger is now available.

  May  Edition click here

June Edition  click here

July Edition click here

August Edition click here

September Edition click here

Support Services for Older and vulnerable people

Please click here find attached a list of some essential support services that have been put in place and others who have increased their capacity at this time, including mental health and domestic violence agencies.

Do you need to talk to a counsellor?

Fingal Counselling Service is open to accept new clients and new referrals.

Given the current restrictions on face to face contact, all assessment and counselling appointments will be completed via telephone until the restrictions are lifted.

Call 01 8902596, leave a message and we will return your call

Stay safe

 

Music Ministry

With the Folk Group and the Choir, we have a wonderful music ministry in our Parish and all of us want it to flourish. Have you considered joining

Parish Choir needs new members

Our parish choir wants to invite

people to join. You don’t have to be

a good singer because, with practice,

you will improve; vocal chords like

any muscle improve with exercise.

Singing gives you a wonderful feeling because it releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. It's also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer.

We take new members gently through the repertoire, and provide them with our hymn book, so there is nothing daunting about being among us. We need men and women of all ages -an injection of fresh faces and voices to maintain it into the future, otherwise our choir, which has been performing over many decades, with its great repertoire and harmonies will die away. We finish for Summer after Cemetery Sunday  and restart in September We gather at 10.30am on Sundays for some preparation, and have a practice night 7pm to 9pm once a month.(For further information contact:  Maurice 086 8305917)

To quote the famous expression of St. Augustine: “He who sings prays twice.”

The Folk Group

The Folk group has more or less remained unchanged for many years. It is now a small group. If one or two members cannot make it for any reason there is no point in the folk group turning up, as happened last Saturday. First and foremost, new members for the folk group would come from the regulars to this 6.30pm Saturday Vigil Mass. If no new members come forward the folk group may come to an end. Please give it thoughtful and prayerful consideration.

 

A General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

 European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 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.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

 

 

ENCYCLICAL LETTER
LAUDATO SI’
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 

 
Work in St Colmcille's Church

Work has now been completed on replacing all the kneelers in the Church. Thank you for your patience while the work was being done, I think you will agree it is a great improvement to the Church

 

Work is now complete on the confession box inside the main door.  This space will be used to display the Baptismal Font which was in the front porch.  This font in a rare medevial font dating back to the 1300's and it was taken from a monastic settlement.

 

 

 

 

Season of Advent

We are now in the season of Advent, a time of waiting and a time available for reflection on the Scriptures as we prepare for the coming of Christ into our hearts on Christmas Day. The sanctuary area displays a Jesse tree and an Advent wreath. 

The watching and waiting that is the theme of Advent is quite different from the impatient waiting that marks most of our days. The Gospel’s watching and waiting is hardly short; it lasts our whole lifetime. This watching and waiting has a purpose, too - to practice recognising the coming of God in our lives

Altar List of the Dead

These lists are now available at the back of the Church. The new lists will be placed in front of the altar on Monday 2nd November – The Feast of All Souls. All Masses on the First Friday of the month will be offered for the names on the Altar List of the Dead. The completed envelopes can be returned to the Sacristy or the Parish Office

Parish Finances

At this time, we must still try to maintain our Churches so we would ask that parishioners who contribute via the family planned giving envelopes to please drop them into the candle shrine safes in the church or in the letterbox at Parish Office  Also, this might be a time to consider donating by Standing Order.   Please contact the Parish Office and a form can be posted out to you. Tel: 01 8407277. Donations can also be made online, through the front page of the website

 

Crosscare Collection

This collection was due to be taken up at Mass on 20th September but will not now happen. There are stamped addressed envelopes on the table at the back of the Church if you would like to make a contribution.

Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Your donation goes towards the Community and homeless services. Inspired by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ, Crosscare has: A vision of a society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. A mission to provide innovation and relevant services to those most in need.

ACCORD Dublin has launched a new website.  For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit

www.accorddublin.ie 

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand. 

Stewards at Mass

Would you be available to volunteer to help at Masses?. During the next few weeks people are on holidays and we are looking for more people to help out. It does not take too long, arrive  about 30 mins before Mass to assist people to seats and  sanitise the Church after Mass.  Please contact Jeanette after Mass, 8400547 or Colette at 8407277 or email stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.comThank You

Parish Finances

We would like to thank everyone who has donated to the First Collection , Share and Easter dues through the Parish website. This can be done by clicking on Donate on home page of the website swords-parish.com If you would like to contribute via the family offering you may consider

donating by standing order, please contact the Parish Office by email stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com and a form will be sent to you. Thank you for your ongoing support

Fingal County Council and the Fingal COVID-19 Community Response Forum.

I have attached a short information note to this email explaining the supports that the Forum are providing to members of the Fingal community especially those most vulnerable during this crisis. Please click here

 

Below is information which Trócaire has asked us to share with Parishes .

 

Trócaire Boxes: This time of year, we would usually

get back tens of thousands of boxes but that will not be possible this year, at a time when the developing world needs our help the most. If you can, please donate online or over the phone. Please do hold onto your boxes until further notice and we will be in contact about how to

return them when it will be safe for people to do so.

Donations can be made online at https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation

Newman Canonisation 

On Sunday 13th  October Blessed John

Henry Newman was declared a Saint by

Pope Francis.  Blessed John Henry

Newman was the founder of the first

Catholic university in Ireland.  He served as

the university’s first rector in 1858.  In his

1993 Encyclical Letter, Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth), Pope Saint John Paul II, explaining the relationship between conscience, individual freedom and the duty to adhere to objective truth, quoted Cardinal Newman and described him as ‘an outstanding defender

of the rights of conscience’.

  On 19th  September 2010, during his Papal visit to

Britain, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman in Birmingham, saying during the Mass of Beatification that he was ‘a man of gentle scholarship, deep wisdom and profound love for the Lord.’

  On 11th  October, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivered an address on Blessed John Henry Newman at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. This event is being jointly organised by college staff and the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, His Excellency Derek Hannon.

 

 

 

Lectio Divina

The group meet every Tuesday

at the Parochial House Seatown

Road from7.00pm - 8.00pm.  This group is for

anyone who is interested in developing scripture in

their lives.  You are most welcome to attend, please come along any Tuesday night. 

Lectio Divina meeting cancelled until further notice

Archdiocese of Dublin Safeguarding Policies

 The policies are on the  "Safeguarding ' page of the Parish website.

Please click  on this link to view

FINANCE

May I take this opportunity of reminding you of how the various Church collections are managed:

PLANNED GIVING/ENVELOPE COLLECTION: This is the main source of income for our Parish, and the only money retained by the parish. It covers all administration and general expenses. It pays for Church, Parochial House and Graveyard maintenance, heat and light, cleaning, repairs, insurance etc. The envelopes for this year are now available for collection in the Parish Office, Seatown Rd. If you do not have one of these boxes, I invite you to collect one or alternatively to set up a standing order.

FIRST COLLECTION: This collection pays our priests,

and helps supports the priests of the Diocese, including those who are retired or sick.

SECOND COLLECTION: This collection helps maintain and build the poorer parishes in the Diocese and also

goes towards the administration within the Dublin

Diocese.

THANK YOU:  I thank you most sincerely to your

continued very generous contributions to your priests; parish and diocese.

 

CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE €2 OR €3 A WEEK?  THAT’S ALL! 

It would make a great contribution to the overall Parish finances as we want to continue to provide a warm comfortable venue for the many social and family events which we share with you – Baptism, First Holy

Communion, Confirmation, Weddings, Anniversaries and funerals.    Even if you do not attend our Church on a regular basis we would really appreciate your support.   

In any event we would like to assure you that whenever you need our support we will always be there for you.

 

If you would like to make a regular contribution to the Parish Funds for ongoing costs of the Parish, we would

ask you to contact the Parish Office to obtain a box of envelopes or Bankers Order/Pledge Form.

Church Cleaners

We have a core team of cleaners but it dwindling very quickly – two or three people are turning up each fortnight. The Parish Needs You! The Church is cleaned twice a month – the first and third Friday after the 10.00am morning Mass. Can you help? Can you pick one of those Friday’s and help with this vital ministry so that we always have a clean and welcoming Church. You can leave your name in the Sacristy or with Colette in the Parish Office.

 

First Holy Communion Rosary Beads

Girls and boys First Holy Communion
Rosary Beads are now available from
the Parish Office 

 

Beginning Experience

A support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner through Death, Separation

or Divorce 

A support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner through Death, Separation

or Divorce 

 

www.beginningexperience.ie

 

Click here for further details

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Chapel Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin 

stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com

Parish Office ☏ 01 -840 7277