Wednesday, 6 January 2021

May God Look After Us All in 2021

As the Welcome message says (on the left), Rath Dé on Our Work in 2021. Yes, on this last day of the Christmas season, the Feast of the Epiphany,  let us pray that we be given good health to continue being of service to society in 2021 in whatever way we can. 

One last look-back at an example of good work done in our parish in 2020: the restoration of the stained-glass windows in St Mary's (click on photos to enlarge.).

This work, carried out between the 1st July to the 28th October, saw the completion of the major restoration programme for our parish church that began back in November 2014 with its re-roofing. Photo-slides of the roof work can be viewed here: Exterior Renovation Nov. 2014 to Aug. 2016 , while here are those for the stained-glass windows: Interior Renovation (Final Part) July to Oct. 2020

A look at the Newsletter tab on the menu bar above will show how severely Covid interrupted our lives as citizens and parishioners last year. The newsletter more or less ceased publication at the end of June, following the retirement of Breda Carroll who edited it up till then. We begin the New Year with a very ordinary online version to which parishioners are invited to contribute if they wish to see more issues of it. Otherwise, this website will continue as best it can to keep people informed.  iJ4  

Fr Kevin's New Year Prayer (on behalf of the Parish Clergy and Team), together with a look back at 2020, can be read in his "Reflection" to be found here.

Saturday, 19 December 2020

Christmas 2020. For Mass online click "Mass Live" above.

                             St Finian's, Newcastle (photo Bridget Breen)

           Christmas Mass Times here. 

For Mass Times in St Finian's click on notice below and for Mass Live from there click HERE.

From contemplating a centuries-old Greek icon of the Nativity to helping our struggling neighbours in Dublin today: thanks to parishioners who helped Br Kevin's Centre for the Homeless. See Br Kevin's expression of thanks here.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Return to Public Mass (with Level 3 restrictions). For Mass online click "Mass Live" above.

Archbishop Éamon Martin offers us a reflection on Advent entitled Sharing Hope. 


Advent of the Heart : A Moment of Prayer with Mary

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saggart, Tuesday 1, 8, 15, 22 December, 11.30 am, with a meditation on Advent by Fr. Alfred Delp S.J. and a scriptural decade of the Rosary.

Contributions will be welcome at each event for Brother Kevin’s Penny Dinners, Church St. Confession will be available afterwards on each occasion.

For An End to the Coronavirus Pandemic : A Novena of Prayer

Church of the Holy Family, Rathcoole, Tuesday 8th to Wednesday 16th December, 5.15 pm, with the 15 Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden.

Reopening of Churches

From Tuesday, 1st December, the country will  move from Level 5 to Level 3 of the government's Plan for Living with Covid 19.  Please read Archbishop Martin's Notice (pp.1-2), documents entitled Religious Services Guidance (p.3) and Religious Service Restrictions (p.4), as well as an appeal to contribute online this year to the annual Crosscare collection (p.5), all to be found here. A further letter-notice (2nd December) from the Archbishop can be read here.  The photo below (by Ronan McDermott (click to enlarge) shows 12 Mass in Rathcoole church on the first Sunday after reopening (6th December)