News & Upcoming Events
The National Public Emergency Team strongly recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when in an indoor public space
Can I ask that everybody at Mass please wear a face-mask.If you don’t want to wear one, then please do so out of consideration for others. We can all sing quietly through them and speak through them so really it should not be an issue.
The Church has been marked out to observe social distancing. With the 2 metre rule the Church can only accommodate 48 people.
More than 48
What happens when we reach the 48 limit? When that happens the volunteer stewards will inform you that the Church is full, that it has reached the limit demanded by Government regulations.
It will be awful to be informed that you cannot come in to participate and celebrate in the Mass. It will also be awful for the volunteer who informs you of this!
The Mass Schedule for July and August will be as follows:
Monday to Friday – 10.00am only
Sunday – 8.30am and 11.15am
I am not going to hold a Saturday Vigil. My reason being is that these two months are unforeseeable and also the holiday months. I am confident of volunteers coming forward but I don’t want to overburden you. Also in July I hope to start Baptisms again on Saturday’s and will sanitising required after every Liturgy, then one on Saturday is enough.
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.
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
The Parish Office is open normal hours for phone and emails - but not to personal callers
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Mass times have changed for July and August.
If you have booked a Mass for 8.00am Monday - Friday for July and August, this intention will be moved to the 10.00am on the day.
If you have booked the 6.30 Saturday Vigil Mass for July and August, this intention will be moved to 11.15am on Sunday
All Masses can be viewed on the Webcam
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 Denise 086 0610463 from after 7.00pm from Sunday 5th July - 11th July ,Kay 0086 2209297 from 12th July . - 18th July there is no reply please leave your first name and phone number. Or you can email the parish office email@example.com and your message will be forwarded to Bethany Group. This is a free and confidential service.
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 and a form will be sent to you. Thank you for your ongoing support
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 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaj571VqYxA
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
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 https://www.trocaire.org/donate/make-a-donation
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.
Lectio Divina meeting cancelled until further notice
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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