Why a Catholic Funeral?
‘A Catholic funeral is a service performed by the Christian community for the benefit of the dead. It expresses the sorrow of the survivors, yet it always has a Paschal Character. Ultimately, we die in Christ so as to celebrate with Him the feast of the Resurrection.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church- Reference [1686-1690]
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Undertakers normally liaise with the Priests of the Parish and deceased family, relatives and friends to organise a Funeral Mass. The Parish provides Funeral booklets containing relevant readings and prayers that can be chosen for the liturgy. A Priest as soon as possible after being notified will contact the deceased’s family to offer support and spiritual guidance during your time of loss.
Details of all recent funerals can be found here
Honouring loved ones with Brass Memorial Plates
Our dearly departed are often in our thoughts and prayers. We offer Brass Memorial Plates to commemorate those we have loved and lost in each of our three beautiful Churches. A Brass Memorial plate is a tangible and beautiful way to honour our deceased.
The plates are made from the highest quality brass. Each is deeply etched and infilled, and are 150mm x 50mm in size. They will be applied to the bench using counter sunk brass screws. More information can be found on the link below.
Please fill out an application form if you wish to reserve a Memorial Plate or contact the Parish Office at 01-295 6414 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandyford Parish Bereavement Support Group :
First Wednesday of Month 7.30pm
Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary parish ministry which aims to help the bereaved and grieving. It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear, depression and an awful sense of loss after the passing of a loved one.
These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked about, cried over and put in some sort of perspective. It aids the healing process to talk with a trained listener and confront the very strong feelings associated with grief.
Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained and equipped to listen and help support the bereaved through the grieving process. Bethany Bereavement Support Group help the bereaved in two main ways:
1) With one to one support and group sessions in the Parish Room of St. Mary’s Church, Sandyford Village on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. No appointment is necessary. There is no fee for this service.
You can contact the Bereavement Support Group on the following mobile number 0872983591 or by calling the parish office 2956414 at St. Mary’s, Sandyford or email email@example.com.
Sandyford Parish Rainbows is an important part of our Pastoral Care Programme. Rainbows supports children (1st class – 6th class) experiencing grief and loss through bereavement, parental separation / divorce.
It is a twelve week programme, bringing children of a similar age and loss experience into peer group support, facilitated by trained Rainbows volunteers.
We are now accepting applications!!!
Information and application forms can be downloaded from this link or are available from the Parish office in St. Marys, Sandyford. Please return completed application forms to the Parish office. A member of the Rainbows Team will then be in touch with you.
For parents interested in finding out more about this service follow this link