News & Upcoming Events
Celebrating the Legacy of Columba
Building Hope Task Force
Archbishop Farrell has established a Task Force called Building Hope. The Task Force has been asked to begin with an assessment of the needs of the people of the Archdiocese emerging from Covid-19 and to work to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will be invaluable as we seek to enable the Archdiocese to act now so as to give effective witness and service in the years ahead.
Church Re-Opening May 10th
From Monday 10th May we can celebrate again Mass in public. It is GREAT NEWS. We are still operating under social distancing requirements and can I PLEASE ask that everybody at Mass please wear a face-mask.
St. Colmcille’s 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!
Mass times: Monday - Friday 10.00am
Saturday (Vigil) 6.30pm Sunday 8.30 & 11.15am
Drynam Sunday 10.00am
Theology of the Arts. Does the Church Need Art?
The Priory Institute week-long online Summer School will run from 8-13 August and again from 22-27 August. The course includes six recorded presentations and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online.Find out more and register on prioryinstitute.com
Cancellation of 8am Mass
For over a year now, since St. Patrick’s day 2020 there has been no 8am Mass, cancelled initially due to the Covid19 pandemic.
As services/liturgies have resumed the 8am Mass has not.
I asked that the that PPC formally accept the cancellation of the 8am Mass for the following reasons
The Sanitising regime after Mass will probably continue for a long time – it would be very difficult to get volunteers to do this
The Parish would find it hard to get volunteer Sacristans to open Monday to Friday. They accepted my proposal for which I thank them.
I know that this will be a disappointment to some but I hope you understand. I personally think that it is wonderful to have our 10am Mass and the full weekend schedule back, due entirely to the wonderful support of yourselves and the FANTASTIC stewards and volunteers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your message will be forwarded to Bethany Group. This is a free and confidential service
Contact Denise 0860610463 from 25th July - 31st July
Contact Terri 8403243 from 1st August - 7th August
Contact Kay 086 2209297 from 8th August - 15th August
Contact Brid 086 6006397 from 15th August - 21st August
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”.
- The Samaritans can be contacted - freephone 116123 - 24/7, 365 days of the year - including Christmas Day, or email email@example.com.
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.
Newsletters will be printed while the Church is closed for public services, and available at the back of the Church
This is just a reminder. Please take them BUT bring them home with you.
In these Covid times leaflets should not be picked up, read and put back again. Please, please take home with you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 2310 566 for an application form. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus we are seeking drivers under the age of
Stewards at Mass when Church re-opens
Would you be available to volunteer to help at Masses? when we re-open the Church for pubic Mass. We are looking for more people to help out. It does not take too long, arrive about 30 mins before Mass to assist people to seats and sanitise the Church after Mass. Please contact Jeanette after Mass, 8400547 or Colette by email email@example.com. Thank You
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 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
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.
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.
The Parish Office is closed and will re-open on Monday 16th August. If you have an urgent query please contact the Sacristy after the daily 10.00am Mass, 8400547
In light of the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on social gatherings including outdoor gatherings for a second year in a row the Blessing of the Graves ceremony at 4pm Sunday 27th June is cancelled. What I will do is pray the Prayer for ‘The Blessing of the Cemetery’ at all weekend Masses of Sat/Sun 26th/27th June and I will bless/sprinkle with holy water the graveyard during the week beginning Sunday 27th June
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
PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AS AN ADULT
Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings. Run by the Archdiocese of Dublin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus (MDCCE), Drumcondra Road. Late September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m). Application now open for September 2021. Early application advised. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or email@example.com. Web: www.evangelisation.ie
The Parish Office is open normal hours for emails - but not to personal callers, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
How to book a Mass during Covid times
1. You can emal the Parish Office : email@example.com
2. Call to the Sacristy before Mass between 9.40am and 9.55am and after Mass from 10.0am - 10.45am
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.
Overseas Volunteers Training Course September 2021 - Open to all!
Viatores Christi, a faith-based development organisation has specialised in the recruitment, training and deployment of overseas volunteers since 1960. VC runs an online volunteer preparation course covering Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. This is open to all! Once completed, participants can be considered for volunteer roles through VC EU Aid Volunteers #EUAVI programmes. If you want to know more, click here or visit the News section of our website www.vcvolunteers.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
YCD Connected – Bringing Young People Together
The Young Church Dublin invite you to join our connected group for Young Adults (20’s 30’s) We meet online every Wednesday, from 8.00-9.00pm for some time of fellow, reflection on Scripture and prayer together. It provides an opportunity to connect in with other young adults in a community of faith. For more information please email: email@example.com
Teen Hope Connected
3 Week Series on Scripture on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7pm for Teenagers. Expect some fun, exploring of faith and life, small group discussions, some top class games, and prayer. To register for this youth group you will need to complete the online parental consent form with your parents by clicking here: https://forms.gle/2uGwM3jnLM1Mwyeu5
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.
These are at the back of the Church. Please take one home with you and if you can, please take some for your neighbours
Fingal County Council and the Fingal COVID-19 Community Response Forum.
Below is attached a short information note 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. Donations can also be made online, through the front page of the website
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
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.
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