Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Upgrading Our Churches

A new Finance Committee was announced in the newsletter of 7th May (here, p.2). This committee has identified some renovation projects for our churches, as outlined in the newsletter of 4th June (here, p.1). Parishioners are invited to suggest ideas for further projects and a Suggestion Box has been provided in each of our churches to receive such suggestions. In the words of the newsletter:

SUGGESTION BOX   A suggestion box has been placed in each of our churches. Its purpose is two-fold:
1.  Suggestions for other projects that you would like to be considered. Each project will be reviewed carefully and prioritized.
2.  Suggestions for any input / support that you may be able to provide in order to support the completion of the suggested project(s).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Volunteers for Cemetery Mass


Sun. 11 June, 2 pm             Mass in Newcastle Cemetery   
Sat.  17 June, 2 pm             Mass in St Finian’s for Brownstown
Sun. 18 June, 10.30 am      Mass in St Finian’s for St Finian’s 
Sun. 25 June, 11.30 am      Mass in St Mary’s for Saggart  
Mon. 3 July, 7.30 pm          Mass, St Finian's, for Colmanstown

The only one of our Masses being celebrated in the cemetery itself is that taking place in Newcastle on Sunday 11th. Newcastle cemetery also caters for the deceased of Saggart, Rathcoole and even Clondalkin. This Mass obviously requires a lot of preparation and organization and any help that people can offer would be most welcome. For more information please see the Newsletter for 28.5.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

St Finian's Church Redecoration Fund

Presentation of Cheque for €600 to Fr Gilligan,
St Finian's Community Hall, Monday 15th May

At a Bealtaine Coffee Morning on the 15th May, Margaret Maher, Chairperson of The Ladies Social Group Newcastle, presented Fr John Gilligan with a cheque for €600 towards the cost of re-painting St Finian’s Church. A most enjoyable morning.  The ladies also presented a short comedy-musical sketch, ‘The Line’, as well as a musical ukulele rendition. Our local group of Ladies are certainly up to the mark with the Bealtaine Festival theme of ‘Celebrating Creativity in older age’. Well done to all involved!

Photographs are compliments of Cathy Weatherston Photography, Newcastle. And thanks to Bridget Breen who sent in the story.

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For a slide-show of further photos please click here. (Use the controls at bottom-left of screen or simply click on the screen to move to the next slide.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Read the Newsletter. Lots Happening!

The Newsletters for the 7th and the 14th have many interesting 'stories'. (To read them, click on 'Parish Newsletter' in the side-bar opposite and click again on the date in the grid.)

1.  First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Young people are taking important steps in their religious lives during this month. Please see dates in the newsletters.  If anyone would like a photo put up on this site, please send it to donalmcmahon@eircom.net. The photo should be of a group, as family photos would be too numerous to cater for. (PS 23.5 That last statement should now read:  any photo is welcome, family or group!)

2.  Timetable for Cemetery Masses

The times of the annual Cemetery Masses are given in the newsletter.

3.  Parish Finances

Page 2 of the Newsletter for 7th May gives a very important overview by the newly established Finance Committee of parish finances for Newcastle and for Saggart/Rathcoole/Brittas, each parish being audited separately.  In the case of Saggart, there is a report on the present state of the parish's finances relating to St Mary's renovation.  We are talking in mind-boggling seven- and six-figure terms here (e.g.  one million euro as the cost of renovation, defrayed by a grant of €680,000 from diocesan funds). This is the first update to appear since the fund-raising campaign Living the Joy of the Gospel of May 2015.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Timetable for Easter Ceremonies

St Patrick Lights Paschal Fire on Hill of Slane
(From the Monument to the Saint in Westport)
The words at the top IN DIE ILLA RESURGEMUS are taken from St Patrick's Confession (Par.59) and mean ON THAT DAY WE WILL RISE AGAIN.

Please click here to read our Newsletter giving (p.2) the timetable of the Easter Ceremonies.