Dublin Archdiocese PARISH NOTICES MONDAY, July 4th, 2022


Many thanks to all those parishes who submitted their online digital Building Hope Response.

REMINDER: Each parish is invited to submit ONE DIGITAL response via the online digital Building Hope Response Form and using the unique Parish Code recently distributed via email on June 3 to your Parish Team, Chairs of PPCs and PFCs.

To submit your response please click on this link to the Building Hope Response Form and type in the Parish Code provided on the first page of the form.  Then answer the questions page by page clicking ‘next’ at the end of each page to move on. Then at the end click on the ‘submit’ button and the response is sent to us in that way.

It is suggested that those making submissions should compose their responses in a programme like Microsoft Word first, and save or print a copy before transfer (copy and paste) of their answers into the online form.

Should you need further assistance or guidance please email buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.

Thank you for your engagement with the Building Hope initial phase and we look forward to receiving your parish’s digital submission.


The Archdiocese wishes to appoint an experienced Property Asset Manager to devise and deliver a comprehensive property strategy. We would be grateful if you could mention this job opening in your parish newsletter. The Property Asset Manager will assist parishes to:

  • Develop an asset management strategy, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to reflect emerging requirements.
  • Develop efficient and effective property management tools to deliver appropriate support and quality service to parishes and other end users.
  • Provide and deliver a property consolidation plan.
  • Develop a residential model to reflect the future needs of the diocese.
  • Manage all property related stakeholder relationships.

Full details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/. Please contact ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie with enquiries.


The Manager of the Pro-Cathedral Choirs has responsibility for the planning and management of both long term and day to day non music related activities, of the Choirs in consultation with the Administrator of the Pro-Cathedral and the Director of the Choirs. The job description outlines the key responsibilities for the Choir Manager. This role includes responsibilities for and support of the two choirs, the boys and men of the Palestrina Choir and St Mary’s Pro- Cathedral Girls’ Choir. Closing date July 15Click here for full job description and application details.


Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. A poster is attached to this email.


The next Matt Talbot Freedom from Addiction Mass takes place tonight, Monday, July 4, at 7:30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Seán McDermott Street. We welcome you to join us at this Mass to pray for all those battling addiction, their families and all those affected by addiction. We pray specifically at this Mass for all those enrolled in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society. If you wish to enrol somebody in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society please email vita@matttalbotprayersociety.com.


The annual public lecture of the Philosophy of Edith Stein Reading Group will be presented by Dr Timothy Burns. Dr Burns will speak on the topic ‘Why We Need Empathy’, with specific reference to the writings of Edith Stein. This meeting will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 3pm in the Edith Stein Room, St Teresa’s Priory, St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. Free admission. For more information contact 087 1384367 or 087 2206092.


The Priory Institute two-week online summer school will run from July 18 to 29 and again from August 15 to 26. The subject is Mysticism in an Age of Calamity: Meister Eckhart, John Tauler and Henry Suso. The course includes eight recorded presentations and two online zoom discussions and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online. Find out more and register at www.prioryinstitute.com.


Schools, family Mass groups and parish choirs are invited to engage in Laudate 2023 so that together we may raise our voices in songs of praise to God in January during Catholic Schools Week. Let’s build a common repertoire together. Letters of invitation will issue to every parish school of the diocese. A repertoire of easy-to-sing hymns will be made available in September along with audio and PowerPoint materials to support easy engagement of all. If you wish to talk with anyone in the meantime, if considering participating, please email communications@dublindiocese.ie and your query will be forwarded to the relevant person.


The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.


The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course takes place from August 14 to 20. Book and find out more at www.knockadoonml.ie.


Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.


Are you or someone you know still thinking of applying for a place on the Godly Play 3 Day Core Training in Thurles from July 6 to 8? For all information you need, visit https://godlyplayireland.com/399-2/. There is also an option on the web page to pay via PayPal. Address any queries to godlyplayireland@gmail.com.


Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.iePoster attached.


In response to requests from parishes about the training of people to lead prayer specifically at the cemetery and the crematorium, the Office of Mission and Ministry has prepared the outline of such a course. See attached.

There will be four monthly sessions to the training with practical ‘homework’ in between. These will take place on Wednesday evenings: 14 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov and 7 Dec 2022. Specific time and locations later.

The initiative envisages that the Funeral Leader will be visibly present for the Funeral Mass/Service and participate in the Final Commendation Ritual.

Then they will be publicly delegated by the priest to lead the prayers at the cemetery or crematorium on behalf of the parish.

If this project would fit your parish training needs, please look through the selection criteria and prayerfully discern those who would suit this role in your community.

For further information or simply a chat about it this please email patricia.carroll@dublindiocese.ie or pat.odonoghue@dublindiocese.

We will continue to work with Funeral Teams in the autumn as usual and those gathering dates will be sent out shortly so that you mark your autumn calendars.


The celebration of funerals in our churches during Covid lockdowns was affected in many ways. Restricted numbers, social distancing and the uncertainty about the various public health recommendations took their toll on the quality of our celebrations, who could be present and inevitably the participation of Funeral Teams.

It is time to look now at refreshing our Funeral Ministry Teams. As more people work from home, with flexibility, it could be possible to engage some of them in this ministry of service and compassion. Other people have taken early retirement and might be happy to be invited to contribute to parish life in a new way.

We will offer training for new members of funeral ministry teams in the coming months so start recruiting. Venues will be announced nearer the dates with hybrid possibilities (face to face and zoom) and the way to book places.

Save the Dates: ‘New Funeral Team Members’ Training Dates: 28 Sept, 19 Oct and 23 Nov 2022

This programme is only for new members and is a continuation of our formation work over the years. This is not to be confused with the above initiative on the training of Parish Funeral Leaders.

For further information please email patricia.carroll@dublindiocese.ie or pat.odonoghue@dublindiocese. Document attached.


The Irish Church Music Association is resuming its Summer School in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. There are two days of workshops this year. Dr John O’Keeffe and Ronan McDonagh will be guest presenters on Thursday, July 14. Poster attached.


Attached to this email is a document containing information about the Diploma in Arts (Church Music) and the Master’s Degree in Liturgical Music at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth.


Study Theology and World Religions at the postgraduate level at DCU. The MA programme has been expanded to include a strong comparative and interreligious component: it is an MA in Theology and World Religions. The programme will go ahead in the coming academic year on campus, as it did last year. The Theology programme is carried out on the beautiful All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra.

The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is a part-time, flexible programme is designed for mature students, and holds lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. Classes are small and academic support is provided for all students. Scholarships are available for new incoming students

Visit https://www.dcu.ie/your-guide-to-student-application-portals/.


Gardiner Street Parish is seeking to employ a Parish Manager, a dynamic person with a passion for parish life who can take on many of the organisational and administrative responsibilities that typically fall to the Parish Priest. They will manage daily operations, develop and manage the parish’s communications, be responsible for organising and running events, and be a key person of contact for priests, staff and volunteers. There may also be some scope for pastoral work. For a full job description and details of how to apply, see the parish website, ask at reception or call 01 8363411.


Applications are invited for the position of part time Sacristan in the Parish of St Colmcille, Knocklyon, Dublin 16. The position will be a job sharing role split between two individuals. Potential applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated and possess a strong work ethic. Ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic parish team will be essential as will a requirement to have excellent customer service skills and a capacity to work proactively using your own initiative. Requests for further information and expressions of interest should be notified to Fr Eamonn Donnelly SVD at 01 4941204 or knocklyonparish@gmail.com. Deadline: July 31.


There is a vacancy for a Parish Secretary in St Brigid’s Parish, Blanchardstown. The position is part-time for 20 hours per week. The recruitment is handled by Adare Recruitment and a job description is available from them or on request by email to office@blanchardstownparish.ie. Closing date for applications is July 8. Applications should be sent to St Brigid’s parish office, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.


The Spiritan Education Trust invites applications for the position of Ethos Officer. The successful candidate will support and actively develop the Spiritan Ethos across the school network. To request an application form including a job description please email sheila.lanney@spiritaneducation.ie. The closing date for the application is July 7 at 4pm. Interviews will be held before the end of July.


The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to appoint a General Secretary for the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. The role of the General Secretary will be to coordinate the work of the Synodal Pathway with responsibility for consultation, planning, communications and administration. Click here for more information about this position.


St Brigid’s, Cabinteely, has two church pews available following church renovations. Good condition – offers welcome. Contact info@cabinteelyparish.ie or 01 2858835 for details and photographs.


Certificate and diploma courses – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications: July 23, 2022. Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie.


If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we request you to please inform the Diocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).


Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation (closes July 14): In the most recent meeting, the trustees of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation awarded grants of over €1,000,000 to church and diocesan projects in the Republic of Ireland ranging from €30,000 to €500,000. Their priority is to support active parishes which are in areas with socio-economic challenges. Some examples of grants from the last round include: adapting spaces for pastoral use; upgrading parish halls; roof repairs; stained glass repairs. The next round of grants closes on July 14. Grant applications must be made through the grants officer. Please call me on 0868923336 or email ceire.sadlier@iecon.ie if you have a project that you would like to discuss.

Benefact Trust: This funder has a number of themes that parishes can apply for funding under:

–           General grants : small grants towards capital projects

–           Mental health projects: 30 – 80% of projects promoting mental health

Esme Mitchell Trust: Appeals over a wide area of benefit are supported, available in Ireland as a whole, but principally in Northern Ireland.  The present policy of the Trust is to give special consideration to charitable projects of a cultural or artistic nature, which includes grants to museums, churches and preservation trusts.  Appeals for other charitable projects are also considered. The trustees are keen that the level of benefit covers a wide area.  Examples of eligible projects/themes include the following: Archives and artefacts; Buildings and built environment; Built heritage; Good relations; Multiculturalism.

Community Centre Fund (closes July 14, up to €300,000):  This is a new capital fund of €15 million which will provide funding for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. Parishes are eligible to apply once they can clearly show the church/parish facility is available and used by the whole community for events and delivering services. Application closing date: Thursday 14th July 2022 at 3:00pm.

Funding will be available under 3 Categories, with grants of between €10,000 and €300,000 available:

  • works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities
  • energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems
  • upgrades to lighting systems and stage areas
  • works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits
  • works to improve disability access
  • improvements to assist in providing additional or better services to the community such as Meals for the elderly and youth facilities
  • works to develop Community Centres as Social Hubs through the development of Community Cinemas, Youth Hubs and Community Libraries
  • essential maintenance works, repairs to roof

To enquire about grants, contact Céire Sadlier at ceire.sadlier@iecon.ie or 086 892 3336.



For Parish Human Resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 549 0450 or Tim Conway at tconway@adarehrm.ie.


If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone in and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie/ If you would like to volunteer with Aware, please see their website for more information: https://www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/.