confirmation

 

 

We are delighted to announce the dates, times and venues for Confirmation this coming spring.  The full details are as follows and can be found on our calendar page here

 

Friday 14th of March, 2014, 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

St. Mary’s N.S., Holy Trinity N.S. and Church of Ireland N.S.

 

 

Friday 28th of March, 2014 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille

 

 

Friday 4th of April, 2014 ,11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

Our Lady of the Wayside N.S. and St. Patrick’s N.S.

 

our lady dedicationCome and join us for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary’s Church this December 9th.  Masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there…..It is a wonderful feast day where we honour Our Lady and since we are under her patronage in a special way let us ask her for our needs and the needs of the world…..

 

Archbishop Charles BrownVisit from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Breaking News and a date to add to your Diary!!!.  His Excellency, The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev Charles John Brown is coming to our Parish on Sunday the 8th of December to celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor on 13 May 1989 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an assistant Priest in the Bronx.  In 2000 after having ministered for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he became a chaplain for His Holiness on May 6th, 2000. Brown was named Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and nuncio to Ireland on 26 November 2011 and was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 January 2012.  It is a great honour and privilege to have him visiting our Parish and we hope all who can attend will come to celebrate with us on this special day.

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

Thank YouA very special word of thanks to all who helped contribute to last week’s collection of which 50% went to help the people in war torn Syria and the other half to provide food and shelter to those displaced by the Typhoon in the Philippines.  Thanks to your generosity a total of €7,540.00 was raised and will go to aid those suffering in these two countries.  Please keep united with us and the whole Church in prayer for those affected by wars and natural disasters.

 

Archbishop Charles BrownVisit from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Breaking News and a date to add to your Diary!!!.  His Excellency, The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev Charles John Brown is coming to our Parish on Sunday the 8th of December to celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor on 13 May 1989 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an assistant Priest in the Bronx.  In 2000 after having ministered for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he became a chaplain for His Holiness on May 6th, 2000. Brown was named Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and nuncio to Ireland on 26 November 2011 and was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 January 2012.  It is a great honour and privilege to have him visiting our Parish and we hope all who can attend will come to celebrate with us on this special day.

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll.

In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area.

Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

 

e-newletterAs a new initiative, we will be sending out important updates each month by email with an inclusive link to the full newsletter. To sign up and benefit from this service just send your email address and the words SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to newsletter@sandyfordparish.org, or fill in the submissions form on the right.   It is open to anyone and a great way to keep in touch for those who live abroad .  One of the many benefits of receiving the E-Newsletter is that key information is to hand wherever your are via a smartphone, tablet or laptop.  Thanks for taking part and please spread the word!!!

fr andrew on altarJust to keep you up-to-date on a few matters, firstly CCTV has now been installed both inside and outside of St. Mary’s, new signage and also measures have been put into place in order to restrict parking and ensure that Parishioners can enter and leave safely. (You can view photos of these works here)  I am currently looking for people to join our Fund Raising Committee for the restoration of our Blue Church which we hope to restore in 2014. If you would like to join or help please contact me or the office. On a personal level, as well as serving Sandyford Parish I am also a member of the Dublin Diocesan Finance  committee and the Archbishop has now appointed me to lead a new Committee on future diocesan needs.  With every blessing, Fr. Andrew

Catholicism SeriesThe Catholicism Series
A Journey To The Heart Of Faith.

The highly acclaimed new DVD series by Fr. Robert Barron.
Come and learn about the truth and beauty of our faith.
Every Tuesday in St Mary’s Parish room.
Beginning on the 1st of October.
Starts 6.30pm including tea/coffee

st francis2In the month of October we remember especially all missionaries past and present who helped spread the faith.  Few were more influential in the Church’s history than a young man who was born in Assisi.  After leaving his life of luxury to serve the poor, others felt drawn by his example of simplicity and poverty for the Gospel.  Before his death, thousands of men left everything to find the joy St. Francis carried within himself on a daily basis.   Today our current Pope chose the name Francis because of his love for the poor. To read more about St. Francis’ conversion and life in the middle ages, follow this link.

 

 

fr andrew on altar

Dear Parishioners,

As you are aware the parish of Sandyford, Kilternan & Glencullen

has been engaged in a major restoration programme which has

involved the undertaking of numerous projects such as:

 Upgrading liturgical vessels and vestments in all three churches

 Repainting of St Mary’s Church

 New Parish Office

 Restoration of the Parochial House, Presbytery and Parish Meeting Room

 Hiring of a part-time secretary and sacristan and youth officer

 Upgrading the maintenance and keep of the grounds of our churches

 Cleaning of gutters of our churches and numerous structural repairs to the churches

 Restoration of church pews

 Restoration of Our Lady’s statue, amongst others. These are only a few of the jobs completed so far.

The parish, in order to carry out these essential works, had to borrow half a million euro and I am happy to report, due to a number of fundraising initiatives we have now cleared our parish debt in a very short space of time. I am very grateful to the Parish Finance Committee for their untiring efforts and to all those who have contributed to the financial wellbeing of this parish. We are now in the fortunate position of being able to focus on our next project which is the restoration of the Blue Church—Our Lady Of the Wayside.

The Blue Church is not looking its best and is in real danger if we do nothing. This autumn I hope we can launch a serious drive to raise the necessary funds that are needed to restore this beautiful church and to paint it blue. The costing estimate for these works is approximately €400,000. I am appealing to parishioners to please contact me if you would like to help in any way to raise these vital funds. As part of the fundraising campaign, we will  have one or two major  fundraising events during the course of next year and it is my hope that we will be able to start the restoration works in the Autumn of 2014 but this will be dependent on how much money we raise.

The parish is growing stronger by the day and it is wonderful to see so many young families and new people coming to our churches. I hope that together we will become a more vibrant, Christian community where everyone feels both welcome and at home.

Fr Andrew

adoration

Eucharistic Adoration – New Times Added

Come and ‘watch one hour’ with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament  at St. Mary’s Church Each Tuesday from 10.30am to 9pm.  We conclude with a guided Holy Hour which starts at 8 p.m. and finishes with Benediction at 9 p.m.

There is an additional hour of Adoration added each First Friday morning at 9 a.m.  Rosary will be recited at 9.40am and Benediction at 9.55am.  Immediately after the Blessed Sacrament is reposed on these First Fridays we encourage you to join us for the Mass of the day at 10 a.m.

This additional Holy Hour will take place again on First Fridays 5th July and 2nd August, then every Friday, beginning in September at 9am.  Last week a great number came to pray before the Blessed Sacrament on the First Friday which coincided with the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

pat reynolds final1We welcome Patrick Reynolds as the newest member of our Parish Team here in Sandyford. He is a native of Scotland and has been appointed as the Youth Development Officer for the Parish. Patrick has over 12 years experience working with young people by giving talks and leading retreats throughout Ireland and Europe.   We wish Patrick every success in his new Ministry and hope through it young people will become more engaged in parish life.    You can link up with our Youth Programme by finding us on Facebook (Sandyford Youth) or feel free to Email Patrick on  patrick_j_reynolds@hotmail.com

Pope Francis Holds His Weekly General AudiencePope Francis’ Intentions for October

 

Pray that those who feel weary from the heaviness of life,

and even long for its end, many sense the closeness of God’s love.

 

That the celebration of Wold Missions Day may make all

Christians aware that they are not only recipients but also

proclaimers of the Word of God