News & Upcoming Events

 Peter’s Pence Collection

This Weekend Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd July, is the Sunday nearest the Feast of Ss. Peter and Paul. 

Today the  2nd Collection (Share) is replaced by the ‘Peter’s Pence’ collection.This collection is for the Pope and Pontifical Charities.

Summer Dues

Thank you to everyone who returned Summer Dues, there are still some envelopes at the back of the Church if you wish to contribute

 

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 email the parish office stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded to Bethany Group. This is a free and confidential service

Contact:

Bridget  - 085 2812985 - week Sunday 26th June to Saturday 2nd July.  Please phone from 6-8pm. 

 Quote from Pope Francis prayer - “Virgin Mary....amid this coronavirus pandemic - Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply”. 

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Celebrating the Legacy of Columba

Click here to view lecture series

 

The Samaritans

- The Samaritans can be contacted - freephone 116123  - 24/7, 365 days of the year - including Christmas Day, or email jo@samaritans.ie.

LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR REFUGEES

The Third Age charity's 'Failte Isteach' service is now available in most counties across the State in order to facilitate, in an informal setting, improved English language skills for refugees. This service is free and run by local volunteers. In order to locate the nearest English language class in your location, please see https://www.thirdageireland.ie/failte-isteach/locations/.

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

www.accorddublin.ie 

Counselling continues by phone, and contact can be made via our centres or on our helpline at 01 9059555. Marriage preparation courses have continued, with smaller courses via zoom, and can be booked on our website.

 

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.  

Pope Francis - Vatican News

Click here for messages  from Pope Francis

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.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer for the People of Ukraine
Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
For all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world; that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.
Amen.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us!

DUBLIN ARCHDIOCESE SEEKING TO APPOINT PROPERTY ASSET MANAGER

The Archdiocese wishes to appoint an experienced Property Asset Manager to devise and deliver a comprehensive property strategy. 

The Property Asset Manager will assist parishes to:

  • Develop an asset management strategy, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to reflect emerging requirements.

  • Develop efficient and effective property management tools to deliver appropriate support and quality service to parishes and other end users.

  •  Provide and deliver a property consolidation plan.

  • Develop a residential model to reflect the future needs of the diocese.

  • Manage all property related stakeholder relationships.

Full details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/. Please contact ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie with enquiries.

 

 

UKRAINE COLLECTION

Message from Mgr Joseph McGuinness, Executive Secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference: Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the recent Special Collection for Ukraine. Nationally, this collection has raised to date over €3.25 million. The war in Ukraine, and the terrible suffering which has resulted, has seen a tremendous outpouring of compassion and generosity from our parish communities. Your contributions will bring much-needed relief to those in the region whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated. The funds raised will be used by the international Catholic Church agency, Caritas Internationalis, which is currently operating on the ground in Ukraine and its surrounding areas.  We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our thoughts, praying for peace and an end to this appalling humanitarian crisis.

MASS COLLECTIONS - 'TAP AND GO' CONTACTLESS DONATION

The Archdiocese of Dublin has introduced a "Tap and Go" contactless donation method to enable people to donate directly to the First Collection (Common Fund) and the Second Collection (Share Fund).A card  machine is in place at the back of the Church for this purpose. 

Please note any donation through this method will be split 60% to the First Collection and 40% to the Second Collection. 

This new technology does not replace the collection boxes which are placed around the Church

Ministers of the Eucharist

If you are a Minister of the Eucharist and would like to be included in the roster for weekends - Saturday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday 8.30am & 11.15am - please email Colette at stcolmcilleschurch@gmail.com with your preferred Mass time.  Due to current restrictions in numbers only one Eucharistic Minister will be at each Mass

The Sunday Obligation

In the current emergency, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.

You may fulfil your obligation by attending Mass on any day of the week. 

Life and ministry of Archbishop Dermot Farrell:

Dermot Farrell was born in 1954, the eldest of seven children of the late Dermot and Carmel Farrell, in Garthy, Castletown-Geoghegan, Co Westmeath, in the Diocese of the Meath.  He was ordained to the priesthood in Saint Michael’s Church, Castletown-Geoghegan on 7 June 1980.

            Upon the completion of his studies he was appointed as Curate in the Cathedral Parish of Christ the King, Mullingar.  In 1985 he began doctoral studies in the Gregorian University and, in 1988, was awarded a Doctoral Degree in Theology, 

 His final year in Rome also saw him serving as a Director of Formation in the Pontifical Irish College.  

 Following his return from Rome he was appointed Curate in Tullamore Parish and in 1989-90 he began lecturing in Moral Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.     In 1993 he was appointed Vice-President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and in 1996 was appointed President of the College, a position he held until 2007.

From September 2007 until 2018 he served as Parish Priest of Dunboyne and Kilbride Parish, Co Meath, and was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Meath in 2009. 

His appointment as Bishop of Ossory by Pope Francis was announced on 3 January 2018, and he was ordained bishop in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, on 11 March 2018.

The Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin on 29 December 2020.

Bishop Farrell’s episcopal motto Adiutorium nostrum in nomine Domini (‘Our help is in the name of the Lord’) is taken from Psalm 124.

 

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. 

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

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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