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Groups - Maynooth Parish

Groups

There are many active groups in our parish catering for a wide variety of interests that enhance different aspects of Parish life.

Most groups are happy to welcome new members. If you have a particular interest or skill set that you would like to offer in the service of the parish community, please contact the particular group concerned.

Contact information for all groups is available through the Parish Office.

  • Altar Servers
    Parish Office

    Altar Servers were re-introduced into the Church of St Marys in Holy Week 2010 when eighteen Altar Servers were trained and commissioned to serve in the parish.

    Read more about Altar Servers

  • Altar Society
    Fionnuala McManus

    The purpose and task of the Altar Society is to ensure that the Altar is suitably prepared, at all times, for the celebration of Mass.

    Read more about the Altar Society

  • Amoris Book Club
    Maire Ni Scanaill

    Amoris Book Club meets every Monday in the Parish Pastoral Centre from 8.00 – 9.00 pm.

    New members are always welcome.

    Read more about the Amoris Book Club

  • Baptismal Teams
    Parish Office (Martina)

    Founded in 1998, the trained members of the teams visit the home of any baby who is to be baptised and explain the practicalities and symbolism of the ceremony. Baptisms are performed in St Mary’s on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon and on the 2nd   Sunday of each month at 2.00 pm. Baptisms are performed in Ladychapel on the 4th Sunday of each month at 2.00 pm. Parents must give at least two weeks’ notice to the Parish Office.

    Read more about our Baptismal Teams

  • Bible Study Group
    Eilish

    Word of God as food for life.

    Lectio Divina is a way that helps us to read Scripture well and be nourished by it. We recognise that the Word of God is “a lamp for our steps and a light for our path” (Psalm 119).

    When we are open to having our lives illuminated by the words of Scripture we find ourselves living more decisively and with greater joy.

    Co-ordinators: Helen English

    Read more about the Maynooth Parish Bible Study Group

  • Bereavement Support Group
    Parish Office (Martina)

    The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish-based group of trained individuals which aims to provide a listening ear to those who are grieving. It offers on-going support and understanding during the difficult times of grief and loss. Training is generally offered twice yearly. Utmost confidentiality is assured at all times.

    Read more about the Bereavement Support Group

  • Church Collectors
    Parish Office

    This voluntary group meets on a weekly basis to count and lodge the collections. Many have given years of service in this regard. Their quiet, background dedication is greatly appreciated.

    Please contact the Parish Office on 01 629 3018 or by email at maynoothparishoffice@gmail.com for more information.

     

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  • Do This In Memory

    Do This in Memory is a parish-based programme of preparation for First Holy Communion centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme resources are designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes’ active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament.

    Read more about Do This In Memory

  • Eucharistic Ministers
    Bernadette O’Connor

    The purpose of our Ministry is to distribute Holy Communion to the people of our Parish.

    Three Eucharistic Minister assist each weekday while five Eucharistic Ministers are required for each Mass on Sunday with the exception of the 11:30 am Mass, when six Eucharistic Ministers are required. Ministers also take Holy Communion to the Moyglare Nursing Home each Friday. On Christmas Day and Easter Sunday Holy Communion is brought to the sick and housebound.  We are commissioned for three years.

    If you are interested in learning more about this Ministry, or if you would like to become a Eucharistic Minister please do not hesitate to contact Bernadette O’Connor at 01 628 6043.

  • Family Mass Group

    The Family Mass is celebrated every Sunday during the academic year at 10 am, and it has been happening since the beginning of Lent 2003.

    Read more about the Family Mass Group

  • Finance Committee

    According to Canon Law,  every parish is to have a Finance Committee to help the Parish Priest in the Administration of the goods of the parish. The Parish Finance Committee is composed of people who have relevant skills to help and assist in this important and necessary task.

    Read more about the Finance Committee

  • Folk Group

    The Maynooth Parish Folk Group was established in 1979 and has provided music at Parish liturgies for the past thirty-six years. This group plays every second Saturday evening at the 7:00 p.m. Mass. They meet every Wednesday evening to plan and prepare appropriate music to complement the Mass. Members are also available to sing at weddings.

    New members are welcome, be they singers or musicians.

    For more information on the Folk Group please contact maynoothfolkgroup@gmail.com  or call the Parish Office on 01-6293018.

  • Funeral Ministry Team
    Eilis O’Malley

    The Funeral Team is a relatively new ministry which started in the Dublin Diocese in 2000, and is now established in one hundred and fifty parishes.

    Founded in 2013, the Maynooth Funeral Team consists of three parishioners, who have received training. They attend diocesan workshops with other parish funeral teams as they seek to develop this ministry.

    The role of the Funeral Team is to assist the priests and bereaved families in preparation for the funeral services. The funeral team have put together a variety of readings, for use as they assist families with the liturgy readings and prayers of intercession. A personalised funeral Mass leaflet is offered to each bereaved family and this is provided by the parish.

    Members of the Funeral Team may accompany the family to the graveside or crematorium, and to say the final prayers.

    At the present time due to Covid19 restrictions we have had to make some changes to the family involvement at the Funeral Mass: No Symbols or Offertory Procession are allowed. Words of appreciation will be short – no more than 3 minutes and at the beginning of Mass.

    Contact details:  Eilis O’Malley, 087 232 0508.

    Email: eilis.omalley31@gmail.com

  • Hospitality Group
    Parish Office

    The Hospitality Group provides tea and light refreshments after various celebrations in the Church. These are held in the Parish Pastoral Centre. The aim of our little group is simplicity itself – to make tea/coffee and in so doing to get to know our neighbours (old & new) and help our neighbours to feel part of a caring community.

    Contact the Parish Office on 01 629 3018.

    See our New Poster at the following link

    Background & History
    The Group provides catering services after special liturgical events. We now make ourselves available when called upon e.g. Baptismal Group, the Annual mass for deceased Parishioners, or Carol Services.

    Our Chairperson is Margaret O’Neill.

  • Ladychapel Choir
    Rachel Grimes-Doyle

    Ladychapel Choir was re-inaugurated after its refurbishment.

    The Choir sings at 10:00am Mass each Sunday during the year and at the Easter and Christmas ceremonies. The Choir practises each Thursday night at 8:00pm in Ladychapel Church and would be delighted to welcome new members both male & female.

    Read more about the Ladychapel Choir

  • Laraghbryan Cemetery Committee

    Laraghbryan Cemetery Committee is a voluntary group formed in 1997 – at a time when the Cemetery old and new was completely overgrown with no maintenance being carried out.

    Most of the committee are there from the start!

    Read more about the Laraghbryan Cemetery Committee

  • Legion of Mary

    The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7th September 1921. It is a lay catholic organisation whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every county.

    Read more about The Legion of Mary

  • Liturgical Resource Committee

    We are a small team of people who look after various things in the Church such as the crib at Christmas, the Banners which are changed according to seasons, the collection baskets. We also look after various other items as the need arises.

    For more information please contact Anne Quigley through the Parish Office on Tel: 01 629 3018.

  • Maynooth Parish Youth Group
    Laura Madrigal

    We are a group of young people who gather monthly for meditation, prayer and personal exploration, as well as friendship and fun.

    If you are interested in finding out more about us or in having more information about the activities,

    please contact: Laura Madrigal 086 065 9197.

    Please see our information pamphlet here.

     

     

  • Ministers of the Word
    Betty Wilson (Co-ordinator)

    Since 1971 our parish has been fortunate in having dedicated Readers who proclaim the Word of God on Sundays and Holy Days in St. Mary’s and Ladychapel and at the Weekday Masses in St. Mary’s.  Their commitment is deeply appreciated as, week after week, we are nourished at the Table of the Word.

    Ministers of the Word

  • Maynooth Parish Choir
    Parish Office

    Our Choir is a mixed voice choir consisting of men and women who enjoy singing. Our aim is to enhance the liturgy through music and song.

    Read more about the Maynooth Parish Choir

  • Parish Social Justice and Peace Group

    Our parish group aims to raise awareness of injustice and inequality in our world today in practical ways. Through our thoughts, prayers and actions we respond to the call of Jesus Christ to reach out to our neighbour.

    Read more about the Parish Social Justice and Peace Group

  • Pastoral Council

    This Fourth  Parish Pastoral Council was established in Maynooth & Ladychapel in January  2019. The Parish Pastoral Council is a structure which brings together lay women and men from different parts of the parish, to work co-responsibly with priests and religious to build their parish as a living community committed to sharing the Good News.

    Read more about the Pastoral Council

  • Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
    Maire Ní Scanaill

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are a group of parishioners who volunteer to journey  with adults (catechumens) who wish to be baptised into the faith.

    They meet every Sunday morning with candidates and spend time reflecting on the Gospel of the day.

    This is a very enriching experience for all involved, parishioners and catechumens alike. RCIA members also journey with adults who are baptised but who have not made their First Communion or who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. For details please contact Maire Ní Scanaill at mns@colaistechiarain.com

    Rite of Initiation for Adults

  • St Mary’s Church Maintenance
    Tel: 01 6293018

    Introduction
    This small committee ensures the repair and maintenance of the Church. Minor jobs including light fitting, door hinges, drain blockages are all dealt with in a quiet unobtrusive way. Electrical complications and resetting of alarms are also looked after.

    For more information please contact the Parish Office on Tel: 01-6293018.

  • St Mary’s Sacristy

    Introduction
    A small group of loyal helpers ensures that the sacristy runs smoothly. On a daily basis the Church is opened, heated and the altar is prepared for Mass. The sacred vessels and altar cloths are kept in pristine condition. The contact number for the sacristy during Mass times is 01 629 3885.

    If you would like to assist or get more information please contact the Parish Office on Tel: 01 629 3018.

  • Pioneer Total Abstinence Association

    Please follow this link to the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association.

  • St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society

    The contact person for St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society is John Rooney Chairperson and can be contacted on 083 843 1779.

    The task of fostering vocations depends on the whole Christian community. By being involved in St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society we can help in this important work and also support our priests.

    Read more about St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society

  • St Vincent de Paul Society

    Introduction
    The membership of the St Patrick’s Conference, Maynooth of the St Vincent de Paul Society consists of ten full and four auxiliary members. The conference is a visitation group and its mission is to assist those in our Parish who are experiencing some form of crisis in their lives and in particular to ease the burden of poverty.

    Ideally every person or family in need of material help and friendship, which our conference members can offer, should receive that help.  In reality, some people perhaps fearful of “neighbours talking” will not contact us. It is important therefore to stress that all our contacts and the services St Vincent de Paul offers are totally confidential.  All conference members are Garda vetted every two years and all observe national GDPR regulations.

    To establish contact with SVP please telephone 01 855 0022 or email info.east@svp.ie. Two members will visit you at a time agreed by you. You can also make contact through the Parish Office on Tel: 01-6293018.

    Further information regarding the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society is available at www.svp.ie.  Should you wish to make a donation online to the Maynooth Conference you may do so at svp.ie/Maynooth.

  • Senior Citizens
    Susan Durack on 0877974582
    Patricia Cusker on 087 7661116

    Maynooth Senior Citizens Committee has had the privilege of serving this community since 1965. In that time we have instigated many changes and improvements in the lifestyle of our older people, ensuring that as we get older we do not lose the right to be part of a just and inclusive society. There are almost two hundred Senior Citizens in Maynooth and hinterland and all are served as appropriate without exception.

    Our work was recognised in 2011 when we received the St. Patrick’s Foundation award.  The presentation was made at a special breakfast hosted by Rev. Keith McCrory on St Patrick’s Day in Carton House.

    Read more about Senior Citizens