What is a Parish Group Council
and What Purpose Does It Serve?
What is a Parish Group Council
and What Purpose Does It Serve?
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:
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.
Any questions with regard to Bereavement support can be answered by contacting the Parish Office at 012956414
Also, you can contact “AnamCara” Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support located at The Sunshine Home, Leopardstown Rd. Dublin 18 website: www.anamcara.ie
Takes place on the second and fourth Sundays of the month in St Mary’s, Sandyford during the 11am Mass. Children follow the readings of the day in a child centred way – and also have time for some music and a little art work before rejoining Mass for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. A group of dedicated parent volunteers lead this prayer time with the children – more parent volunteers most welcome. Further information from parish office – 01 2956414
We are blessed here in the Parish of Sandyford, Kilternan and Glencullen to have such a varied and vibrant music ministry. The music ministry consists of Choirs, folk group, cantors, organists and instrumentalists.
Our Principal two choirs are the “Glencullen Choir” and the “Sandyford 11am Choir” led respectively by Renee Roe and Sr Finbarr Muckley OSU. These choirs are always open to new members and keep their repertoire fresh and varied, always thematic and appropriate.
Both of these choirs sing every week of the academic year and work hard rehearsing on a weekly basis. On big occasions in the life of the Parish we have seen the choirs merge to form a mega choir.
Our Folk Group is a trio of professional singers and musicians whose contemporary, lively and varied songs and hymns greatly enhance our liturgies and draw many mass goers into deep appreciation for the place of music at mass. The group is hugely popular for its beautiful harmonies and modern sound. The Folk Group provide music at the Sunday 6pm Mass in St Mary’s, and monthly in Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Kilternan.
Music Ministry is all about leading the people to praise God in song and for that our team of Cantors are an invaluable gift to our parish. St Mary’s have at present six cantors. These cantors take turns, according to a rota, to lead the congregation in song at the Sandyford Vigil Mass and work closely in alignment with the liturgy of the day. Our Lady of the Wayside Church gratefully retains some of its long standing cantors and is seeking some new recruits, especially musicians.
Music Ministry is about more than fostering congregational participation; it is also about providing a space where people can be drawn closer to God through music. Where language fails, music may still have the power to reach. All of our choir leaders have introduced new material with this in mind and make great efforts to enhance and highlight the beauty of God’s Word through song.
Visiting musicians, choirs and groups are always welcomed here in the parish and they include the Rosemont Secondary School Choir, the Creidim Young People’s Band and of course our Primary School Choirs.
The music ministry is valued greatly here in the Parish as the pulse of liturgy and warmly welcomes anyone who would like to make a contribution.
Contact the Parish Office to express your interest 2956 414
We have a number of choirs in the parish that sing at various liturgies at the weekend. All choirs would welcome new members!
So if you feel that you would like to become involved with one or other of the choirs please contact any one of the following.
Glencullen choir: 10am Sunday Mass (Beginning of Sept to Mid June) – Renee Roe – 012954398
Sandyford choir: 11am Sunday Mass – Sr.Finbar – 012956881
Sandyford Young Adult Music Group: Ruth Fitzsimons – 087-9271890
The Parish of Sandyford have in residence a team of Ursuline Sisters. The Ursulines came to Sandyford Parish in the mid 1980’s and live across the road
from St.Mary’s Church in the village.
The Sisters have a long tradition of working as teachers, givers of retreats and many have contributed enormously to the music ministry down through the
The Ursuline Order is spread all over the world and the sisters are engaged in many ministries. Their sisters have engaged in teaching at all levels, in nursing, counselling, retreat giving, prayer groups, parish ministry etc.
Their principal work here in Sandyford is in assisting in any way they can from involvement in Social Justice Groups, to engaging in various liturgical contributions when called upon by the Parish Priest. They have long been a kind presence willing to offer a listening ear in times of distress and bring a great deal of pastoral experience to the Parish. They also serve as a contemplative gentle presence whose prayers provide invaluable solace for all in need.
The Order was founded in 1535 in Italy by Sr.Angela Merici. She named her nuns Ursulines in honour of St.Ursula, an early martyr, to whom she had great devotion.
The Irish Ursulines have a number of convents in Ireland, Wales and Africa where a vibrant group of young Kenyan Sisters carry on the tradition of St.
Angela. The Community welcome enquiries from those who are interested in religious life.
Their feast day is January 27 th .
For more information about the Ursulines visit www.ursulines.ie
If you would like to get involved as a collector at Liturgies of the Parish you can contact the Office or read more about this important ministry on our Finance page.
We are truly blessed to have 3 beautiful Churches in which to Worship here in Sandyford Parish. If you or anyone you know could offer a few hours per month to help maintain them with light cleaning it would mean so much to all who attend the daily and weekly liturgies. You can speak to the Sacristan or enquire at the Parish Office for more details.
The Finance Committee play a vital role in the daily running of the Parish from a monetary standpoint. You can read about those involved, sign up to support and find additional information about what their work entails on the Finance Committee page.
Would you like to help Minister during the Sacred Liturgy?
The parish is always looking for more people willing to become Readers or Ministers of the Eucharist. For information about becoming a Reader for any of our three churches please contact the following people and they will be happy to assist you.
Contacts for Readers & Eucharistic Ministers
St. Mary’s Church Liz Donnelly 01-295-5157
Our Lady of the Wayside Angela McDonald 01-295-5623
St. Patrick’s Church Parish Office 01-295-6414
Any questions with regard to the Glencullen graveyard can be answered by contacting Jimmy Mulvey at 012955594
A group of people meet to reflect on scripture. If you are interested in participating please
contact the number below.
TIME: Monday morning after 10.am Mass
LOCATION: St. Ursula’s Convent (opposite St. Mary’s Church)
CONTACT: Sr Kitty 2956881
The Vincent De Paul: The Sandyford Conference of the Vincent de Paul serve the needs of the most deprived of the parish through the allocation of vouchers and food supplies to families in great need whilst assisting with utility bills and education costs. The Conference allocate according to need, making prudent use of the offerings entrusted to them by Parishioners who donate. The Conference make an appeal for support monthly and meet
Visit the Wise: The Visit the Wise group is a team of trained volunteers who offer friendship and a listening ear to those who may be lonely, isolated or in need of a chat. The team regularly updates their knowledge of helping skills such as active listening and understanding the needs of those who are vulnerable. The team also partake of a lively monthly social group which provides tea, coffee, cakes and a wonderful sing a long session! Access to transport for those unable to attend is offered by volunteers also.