News & Upcoming Events
Week of Christian Unity 18th -25th January
The theme for 2020 Week of Christian
Unity is ‘Unusual Kindness’.
Christians come together to pray for
their unity. Congregations and parishes
all over the world exchange preachers
or arrange special ecumenical
celebrations and prayer services.
This year Christian Unity Week will
be celebrated in St Columba’s Church, (Church of Ireland)Swords with Liturgy at 7.30pm, followed by light refreshments on Wednesday 22nd
January All are welcome to attend
The Bethany Bereavement Support
St. Colmcille’s Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group meet twice monthly for bereavement support meetings on second and last Monday of each month at 7.30pm in the Parochial House, Seatown Road (beside Aldi).
Next meeting 27th January 2020.For further information please phone 086 6006397 or 8403243. You are most welcome to attend.
This is an initiative of the Parish Pastoral Council. St. Colmcille’s Church are planning to celebrate a Family Mass, once a quarter. A Family Mass is not a ‘Children’s Mass’. Rather it is a Mass that would involve volunteers, parents and children in the preparation for this Mass which would be at the Saturday 6.30pm Vigil Mass. It is not the ‘Do This in Memory Mass’ that we have for the First Communion Children. As to what it would be like – think of a combination of the ‘Confirmation Masses and the ‘Do This in Memory Masses’. We have the leaders for this new initiative but we need as I said volunteers, parents and children to get involved.
If interested, then please talk to me or leave contact information in the Parish Office. As it will involve working with children, Garda Vetting will be required for all adult volunteers.
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.
Age Action is running beginner computer classes for over 55’s -
- in Swords, Malahide, Balbriggan & Donabate We train people on laptops, iPads or Tablets.
The classes are for older people who have little or no computer experience (or for the absolutely terrified!). The aim of the Getting Started programme is to introduce people to the basics of computers, internet and email. Classes are taught by trained volunteer tutors who are transition year pupils on a one to one basis with small groups of learners in a relaxed, non-formal setting.For more information contact Age Action on 01 475 6989
ACTIV8 is a new course from the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism to enable individuals and parish communities, aged between 30 and 55, grow their capacity to share faith with others. There are eight sessions once a month over eight months. The course will explore how faith can grow: connecting with new ways of praying, the use of social media and optimising the potential of Sunday. In this course participants will grow in the skill of faith sharing and confident dialogue with fellow travellers and seekers. To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Prosper Fingal, Seatown Road
Prosper Fingal support adults with intellectual disabilities. Aine Thornton and Fiona Ferguson are currently looking to set up a dog walking group, consisting of three of individuals, supported by a staff member. We are interested in providing a free dog walking service, weekdays, to senior citizens, who may find this a struggle.
Anyone interested please contact, Áine on 0879274454, or 018955600.
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.
World Day of Migrants and Refugees
This takes place today 19th January. In his pastoral message marking this important date in the Church calendar, Pope Francis reminds us how Jesus identified himself with strangers and outcasts: ’Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognised in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches.’ On this day we are asked to remember in our prayers those who have left our shores and also those who have joined us here in our parishes from overseas.
Let us remember in a special way those migrants whose journeys were filled with fear, trepidation and hostility. In particular, let us remember the elderly Irish community in Britain, the undocumented in the United States and Irish prisoners overseas. Closer to home we remember those who are victims of racism, human trafficking and those living in the direct provision system. May we all walk together in prayerful solidarity with migrant peoples – both at home and abroad. May they find comfort and shelter in our parish and in our community. (Irish Bishop’s Council for Emigrants)
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The St Vincent De Paul would like to thank everyone for your wonderful generosity for the recent collection
Enrolment St. Colmcille’s Girls School
Enrolment application forms for girls starting school in September 2020 are available from the school completed forms to be returned before January 31st Birth Certificate & proof of address must accompany all forms
Enrolment St. Colmcille’s Boy’s School.
Application forms for enrolment for boys starting school in September 2020 are available from the school, 9.00am –4.00pm daily. Completed forms must be returned by January 31st Birth Certificate & proof of address must accompany all forms
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.
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.
Archdiocese of Dublin Safeguarding Policies
The policies are on the "Safeguarding ' page of the Parish website.
Irish Cancer Society
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is door to door (home to hospital and back) and completely free to the patient. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 522 / 01 2310 566.
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.
Brackenstown Forget Me Not Cafe
Are you or your loved one coping with dementia? Join us at our cafe for a cuppa and a chat.
The cafe is organised and run by professionals, held on the second Tuesday of every month - 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Brackenstown Parish Centre.Admission Free . Enjoy refreshments and a chat, All Welcome. For more information contact 089 4986007 email: email@example.com
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