News & Upcoming Events
Change of Mass Time St Colmcille’s
From next weekend August 6th /7th the new Mass times for St Colmcille’s are:
Saturday Vigil 6.30pm, Sunday 11.15am .The intentions which had been booked for the 8.30am Mass will be transferred to 11.15am Mass.
Mass in Church of the Visitation Drynam remains at 10.00am
Tax reclaim on donations.
You may be able to help boost parish funds as a result of your generous donations in 2021. For those who pay income tax the parish can claim back any tax paid on donations of €250.00 or over in the Tax Year. There is no cost to the donor.
We recently sent out letters with CHY3 forms enclosed. Thank you to all who have returned the form. If you did not get a chance to complete the form we would be grateful if you could return it to the Parish office, or drop into the Sacristy. If you do not wish to take part in the scheme or are not eligible please contact Colette in the parish office .
Thank you for your ongoing support to the Parish
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred Mass time. Due to current restrictions in numbers only one Eucharistic Minister will be at each Mass
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 email@example.com and your message will be forwarded to Bethany Group. This is a free and confidential service
Terri on 8403243 from Sunday 25th September 2022 to Saturday 1st October.
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”.
Celebrating the Legacy of Columba
- The Samaritans can be contacted - freephone 116123 - 24/7, 365 days of the year - including Christmas Day, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are seeking drivers under the age of
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.
June 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.
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.
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
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.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Our Lady of Kyiv, pray for us!
B.E. - BEGINNING EXPERIENCE
B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship.
Next Residential weekend will take place from 7th - 9th October in St Mary’s Priory Main Street Tallaght.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
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