News & Upcoming Events

Parish Webcam

We have a Parish webcam,  see link on home page of our website. 

Mass will be celebrated daily - Monday to Friday via the webcam @ 5.00pm and Saturday @ 7.00pm

Morning Prayer: Mon - Fri @10.00am 

Sunday Prayer, @ 5.00pm

The Rosary after morning Prayer on Thursday

Stations of the Cross after 5.00pm Mass on Friday

Pope Francis - Vatican News

Click here for messages  from Pope Francis

Parish Office

The Parish Office is open normal hours for emails - but not to  personal callers 

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

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

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. 


The Bethany Bereavement Support

The Parish Bethany Bereavement Support Group advises parishioners, with regret, that due to the Covid-19 virus our support group meetings are suspended until after 13th April when this decision will be reviewed.  We offer our sincere sympathy to anyone suffering the pain of bereavement at this time.  If you would like to talk to any of our support members by phone, please contact the parish office (8407277) and leave your name and phone number.  We will return your call as quickly as possible.


Family Mass

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.

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.

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


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.





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 If you would like to contribute via the family offering you may consider

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

The Month of May: 

Pope Francis has asked that, during the Month of May, the Rosary should be recited in the Church right across the World in the context of the coronavirus and its effects.  Pope Francis also composed two special prayers for the occasion. The second of these prayers,is available here 


First Holy Communions 2020

First Holy Communions for St Colmcille's GNS , 

St Colmcille's BNS , Scoil An Duinnínigh, and Holywell Educate Together, schools have been postponed

Confirmation 2020

Confirmation fro St Colmcille's GNS, & Holywell Educate Together schools have beeb postponed


A message of Hope from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Holy Week 2020


“We can find in our hearts ways to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and Resurrection and draw from that mystery the  strength to allow goodness to triumph in our lives.”  


Please see full video message from Archbishop Martin here :

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

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.


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



Do you care for the Environment?

If so you might be interested in this year’s

Book Club for Lent.  The book this year is

Finding God in a Leaf by Fr Brian Grogan,

which is based on Pope Francis’ book

Laudato Si.(Care of our Common Home )


Take a journey with Brian Grogan SJ into nature, and heed God’s invitation for us to love and care for his creation.

The Book Club will take place over 5 weeks, on Thursday afternoons.  There will be an additional session on Tuesday 31st March at 7.00pm for anyone who would like to read and discuss the book but can’t attend the afternoon sessions.

Why not give it a try!!you can still join the group our next session is Thursday 5th March at 2.30pm 

For further information contact Betty at 0872328918


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


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.



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:

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


Click here for further details

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Chapel Lane, Swords, Co. Dublin

Parish Office ☏ 01 -840 7277