|Sacraments and Services|
The seven sacraments of the Church are signs and instruments of God’s grace.
Baptism joins us with Christ. Confirmation gives us his Spirit. The Eucharist unites us with him. Confession reconciles us with Christ. Through the Anointing of the Sick, Christ heals, strengthens and consoles. In the sacrament of Matrimony, Christ promises his love in our love and his fidelity in our fidelity. Through the sacrament of Holy Orders, priests have the privilege of forgiving sins and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. (Youcat – Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church)
The primary and indispensable religious educators of children are parents. They are helped by the parish, as and when invited. It is important, therefore, that parents take responsibility for the faith education of their children.
The application form for baptism contains a formal declaration by parents that they will do so. A parent or parents must fill out the form themselves in the sacristy (parish office).
The Grow in Love programme aims to involve parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in preparing children for First Eucharist.
The parish has also organised a Confirmation Programme for children preparing to receive this sacrament.
Christ’s love is shown in the fact that he seeks the lost and heals the sick. That is why he gave us the sacraments of healing and restoration, in which we are freed from sin and strengthened in our physical and spiritual weakness. See below for times for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as the Sacrament of Penance or Confession).
Every First Friday of the month, the priests visit the housebound with Holy Communion. Lay Ministers of the Eucharist are also available to distribute Holy Communion to the sick on Sundays or in time of need. Many sick people also like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to receive the sacraments in your home, please contact the parish office or our parish priest.
Three months’ notice is required for those intending to marry in the Catholic Church. A useful website is www.gettingmarried.ie. Anybody looking for letters of freedom, baptism or confirmation certificates for marriage elsewhere should contact the parish office by email, phone or mail. If you are living in the parish for the last six months or more, contact our parish priest to fill out a pre-nuptial enquiry form. He will help you with any questions you may have.
Sometimes people look for “Letters of Freedom” for parishes in which they have previously lived. If you have lived in many different parishes, another form (access here) is available which is simpler, covers all parishes, and is acceptable in the Dublin Archdiocese.
Our Organist/Choir Director John Egan can be contacted on 087-9871978.