St Mary’s Parish Notices January / February 2014


Sun. 19 – 16.00 – Walk of Unity – Maynooth Churches Together are organising an Ecumenical Walk of Unity.  This walk will start at 16.00 in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Parson Street, will proceed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and will end in Maynooth Community Church (Presbyterian) in Manor Mills.  After this walk light refreshments will be served.

The theme is: Has Christ been divided? (1 Cor 1:13)

Wed. 22 – 19.30 – Ceremony of Light for Confirmation Candidates  from   St. Mary’s Boys’ National School, Presentation Girls’ School and Education Together in  St. Mary’s Church.
Wed. 22 –20.00 –   St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society – This monthly meeting takes place in the Parochial House. – new members welcome.
Sat. 25Pastoral Area Team Gathering – The Parish Pastoral Councils of all the parishes in Bishop Ray Field’s area are gathering in the Spa Hotel, Lucan for a one day seminar.
Sun. 26 – 10.00 – Do This in Memory Mass – for all the children of the schools of the Parish who are preparing for First Holy Communion this year.  This mass will take place in St. Mary’s Church.
Mon. 27 – 20.00 – Baptismal Team Meeting – Meeting in Parochial House
Wed. 29 – Joint Meeting of Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee – Meeting will take place in Oliver Reilly Funeral Home, the Harbour. 

Sun. 2 – 10.00  – Blessing of Newly Baptised Babies Mass  – all babies baptised in the Church of St. Mary’s during the last 12 months are invited to attend this Mass for a special blessing on this the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple.

Future dates
Tues. 419.30Ceremony of Light for Gaelscoil Ui Fhiaich Confirmation Candidates in St. Mary’s Church
Wed. 5 – 11.00 – Confirmation Ceremony for Boys – Bishop Ray Field will confirm the boys from St. Mary’s Boys’ National School and Educate Together in St. Mary’s Church.
Thurs. 6 – 11.00 – Confirmation Ceremony for Girls – Bishop Ray Field will confirm the girls from the Presentation Girls’ School and Educate Together in St. Mary’s Church
Fri. 7 – First Friday – the 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. Masses will be offered for those whose names are entered on the Altar List of the Dead.
Tues. 11 – 11.00 – Confirmation Ceremony for Gael Scoil Ui Fhiaich Fr. Donal Roche will confirm the children in St. Mary’s Church.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th – 25th January.

The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is – “Has Christ been Divided? (1 Cor 1:13)

Is Christian disunity a scandal before God?  Or is it something we have grown accustomed to, as though it were a creaky door that we never seem to get around to fixing?  St. Paul’s words ion challenge us to reflect upon this question.  To suggest that disunity is something acceptable is declaring that Christ himself is divided – and that really is a scandal!  We are invited to think about what our decisions say to the world and to each other about the Christian Faith.

We join with Jesus Christ in his prayer to the Father, “May they all be one.  Father, may they be one in us as you are in me and I am in you, so that the world  may believe that it was you who sent me” (Jn 17:21)

Preparation of Children over 7 years of age for Baptism

A short course to prepare children for Baptism will begin shortly.  Children over the age of 7 years of age are prepared for Baptism by Sr. Patricia and Ms. Maura Durkin.  If your child is not baptised and you wish him/her to be baptised  – please contact Martina in the Parish Office (tel: 6293018).

Archbishop Martin says thank you

I would like to express my great appreciation to people all over the Archdiocese of Dublin for their generosity in responding to the Church appeal for disaster relief in the Philippines and Syria and for the Crosscare Food appeal.

 The collection at Masses within the Archdiocese of Dublin for the Philippines and Syria amounted to Euro 1.3 million and individual contributions are still coming in.

 The response to the food appeal was extraordinary.  Crosscare staff – with at times up to 30 years’ experience – tell me that they have never experienced such spontaneous generosity.  To date, Crosscare has received 70 tons of food.  The food bank is now replenished but demands are growing also. .

 I thank you again and pray that we will all –especially the children – experience the simplicity and happiness that comes with the birth of Jesus.

+Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop of Dublin


Adult Education and Training Centre,   Manor Mills, Maynooth

Enrolling for classes on Monday January 13th 10.00am to 1.00pm and 7.00pm to 8.00pm and on Tuesday January 14th, 10am to 1.00pm.

Classes available include Basic computers, Spelling and Maths as well as FETAC/QQI level 3, 4 & 5 courses. Brochure available in the centre and details also on the website – For more information please contact the centre.

Tel. 01-6292603 / 01-6292602. Email. [email protected]  Web