Date for your diary: Our 2023 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, which will be led by Archbishop Farrell, will take place on Saturday, April 29. Please share the date in your parish newsletters and on your parish websites. You might consider booking a bus. Please email if you have any queries. Poster attached.


Archbishop Farrell’s homily at the Mass for the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland can be read at


Series of Lenten talks entitled ‘Come and See’ at Our Lady of Victories, Glenageary. 02/03 ‘Deciding to Follow’ speaker: Rosemary Swords; 09/03 ‘Called to Community’ speaker: Orla Nolan. 16/03 ‘The moral life of the Disciple’ speaker: Gerard Casey; 23/03 ‘Sharing the Gospel’ speaker Gerard Hanley; 30/03 ‘Sacramental Life’ speaker Fr Conor McDonagh. It is necessary to register with the Sallynoggin parish office at 01 2854667. Poster attached.


Dublin Oratory in Formation Lenten Talks 2023. Monday, March 6: Prayer, Fr Gerard Deighan. Monday, March 13: The Desert Fathers, Fr Francis Gavin. Monday, March 20: Faith and Reason, Br Ciarán Egan. Monday, March 27: Why Latin?, Fr Gerard Deighan. All talks will take place in the parish hall at St Kevin’s, Harrington Street, at 8pm. (Devotions in the church at 7.30pm.)


Maynooth Parish ( is seeking to employ a Parish Youth Leader to lead its youth ministry and work with young people. The role will involve the resourcing, delivery, and support of a youth ministry programme in the parish including the parish schools, parish groups as well as diocesan bodies with a focus on building capacity in the local context. The successful candidate will engage with the development of youth and pastoral programmes as well Sacramental preparation coordination. The candidate will actively promote and encourage the involvement of young people in the life of the local parish community. The salary and conditions will be commensurate with the role, and experience, of the candidate. To receive an application please contact Martina at the Parish Office. Telephone: 01 6293018 Email: Closing date is March 21.


The new Guide to the Dublin Diocesan Offices can be downloaded here (PDF). In this document, compiled by the Communications Office, you will find details of the work undertaken by the various Dublin Diocesan Offices for the Archdiocese and its parishes. You may find it useful to print this guide and keep it in your parish office.


The Diocesan Diary for 2023 can be found at


Would you like an opportunity to come together with others to hear stories of hope, stories about coming to know God’s love, and coming to find joy even in the midst of the difficulties and challenges of life? Can you spare some time on the Monday evenings in Lent for six weeks (started Monday, February 27)? You would be most welcome to come along to a series of talks with informal discussions and a cup of tea in Holy Rosary Church, Old Court Avenue, Ballycragh, D24 X798, starting at 7.30pm. We hope you will find it a welcoming place, and that it will be a safe space for sharing something of our faith journey


Annual Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier at St Dominic’s, Tallaght, D24 T262. Saturday, March 4, to Sunday, March 12, at 10am morning Mass. Sunday the 12th, Healing Mass at 3pm. Preacher: Fr Damian Polly OP.


Annual Novena of Grace in honour of St Francis Xavier in St Gabriel’s Church, Dollymount, D03 Y2T2. Saturday, March 4, to Sunday, March 12. It will be conducted by Fr Dermot Mansfield SJ, who will preach at the 10.30am Mass every day of the Novena, weekdays and weekends, and the prayers will be recited at all Masses. A box will be available for your petitions.


We are delighted to announce the return after almost three years of our Finn Lectures at St Mary’s, Haddington Road. Our first lecture on Monday, March 6, at 7pm will be Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA, former head of the Scripture Department and assistant professor for many years at the former Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. Kieran’s presentation, which will take place in the parish hall, will have an appropriately Lenten focus with the title The Christian Imagination: The ‘Camino’ of the Lent Readings. Followed by refreshments and conversations.


The Novena of Grace in honour of St Francis Xavier begins on March 4 and continues until March 12. Preacher this year will be Fr Dermot Preston SJ. Mass times: Mon-Sat: 11am, 1pm & 6pm. Sunday 11am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm.


Vox Hiberniae will facilitate a two-part Lenten reflection in two Dublin parishes this Lent. St Patrick’s Church, Blackcourt Road, Dublin 15, D15 WC90: Part 1 – Sunday, March 5, 4 to 5pm. Part 2 – Sunday, March 26, 4 to 5pm. St Michael’s Church, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, A96 RC98: Part 1 – Sunday, March 12, 4 to 5pm. Part 2 – Sunday, April  2, 4 to 5pm. For more details contact


Evangelium Ireland will host its 8th Apologetics Conference for young Catholic adults at All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 9am and concluding at 6pm. Topics will include the Development of Christian Doctrine in the thought of St John Henry Newman; the Incarnation; the Persecuted Church today; approaches to Evangelisation today and the place of Art & Beauty in Evangelisation. Mass will be celebrated in the afternoon. Cost €38 including lunch and refreshments. For more information about Evangelium Ireland and to register go to or search for ‘Evangelium Ireland’ on Eventbrite. Poster attached.



The parish of St John the Baptist, Clontarf, is holding a series of Lenten Reflections on the theme From Penny Catechism to the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchSee poster attached.


Vacancy for Sacristan at St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule. Please contact Fr Paul Tyrrell at Job description available on request.


The February 2023 newsletter from the Child Safeguarding & Protection Service office is attached to this email.


St Agnes Church, Crumlin – Novena of Grace. Conducted by Fr Bryan Shortall OFMCap. From 4th to 12th March. Twice Daily 10am and 7pm. Saturday 4th & 11th 10am and 5.30pm. Sunday 5th & 12th 11am only. Theme: “Tired of all the bad news – Rediscovering God’s Healing Love”.


Memorial Mass for the late Mgr John Fitzpatrick will take place in the Church of the Holy Child, Larkhill/Whitehall, on Wednesday, March 29, at 7pm. Mgr Fitzpatrick died in the very early days of the Covid outbreak when attendance at funerals was very limited. There was no opportunity for extended family, good friends, brother priests and so many others for whom he meant so much to gather at the time to celebrate his life. All are welcome to this Mass and there will be light refreshments afterwards. May his soul rest in peace. Chief celebrant will be Fr Martin Noone.


World Day for Consecrated Life took place on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2. It will be marked in the Archdiocese with a celebration on March 25.


Spirituality Renewal Retreat: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28. Step away from the busyness of life and reconnect with who you are in God. This gentle 5-day retreat will consist of reflection on scripture; guided meditation; art journaling; personal time and space and spiritual accompaniment. Refresh your spirit, re-discovering balance and wholeness in the gentleness of silence. Sunday 23rd – Friday 28th April Residential: €575 (Accommodation & all meals provided). Non-residential:  €290 (Lunch provided). RSVP:

Contemplative Practices Weekend: ‘Come away with me to a quiet place and rest for a while.’ Mark 6:31. Take some time away this weekend to reconnect with the silence within. This short retreat will explore a variety of contemplative practices – guided meditation; lectio divina; visio divina; centering prayer; contemplative walk – while also providing time and space for personal reflection. Spiritual direction will be available. Friday 31st March – Sunday 2nd April. Residential: 280 euro (Accommodation & all meals provided). Non-residential: 90 euro (Lunch provided). RSVP:


Attached to this email can be found prayers of intercession for vocations for the Sundays of Lent. Beginning on Good Shepherd Sunday, April 30, there will be a year of prayer and events organised to promote vocations to the diocesan priesthood. The theme for the year of prayer for vocations will be Take the Risk for Christ. Parishes are encouraged to continue to pray for an increase in vocations. If anyone is interested, can they please contact the vocations team at


Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics at DCU: Open House Evening for Alumni, Friends, and Prospective Students – everyone welcome. Thursday, April 20, 6pm-9pm (drop in at any point). Refreshments served. Purcell House, Room PG01, DCU All Hallows Campus Grace Park Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. Inquiries: email / phone 01 700 6100


A new modern version of St Patrick’s wonderful Confession has been launched. The word Confession has been changed to Testimony, which more accurately reflects what St Patrick meant in writing it. Patrick, being pre-Reformation, is a potentially uniting figure among Christians and this is demonstrated by the wide range of Church leaders from all denominations, North and South, that have endorsed this pamphlet.

Archbishop Farrell said: “As we read Saint Patrick’s Testimony we gain an insight into a man who was strong, courageous, deeply dedicated to Christ; a person not easily defeated or discouraged. By reflecting on his Testimony, let us allow ourselves to be touched, enchanted, fall in love with St Patrick’s belief in the power of prayer, the convictions of his faith, and in the closeness of God.”

100 of these pamphlets can be bought for €60 plus postage. Email to order. It can also be downloaded from


Please note that the Dublin Diocesan Offices are no longer located at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. Below are the new addresses of the various offices. There may be some delays in the receipt of postal items due to the changes of address. Email and telephone contact information can be found at

Education Secretariat and Lourdes Pilgrimage Office
51 Home Farm Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 W5W4

Chancellery, Office for Clergy and Office for Religious & Extern Priests
Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 H4C2

Dublin Diocesan Archives
204-206 Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, D03 PD86

Dublin Metropolitan Tribunal
14A Berkeley Street, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Mission & Ministry
St Paul’s Church, 19 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 KX66

Moderator, Finance, Child Safeguarding and all other offices
Dublin Diocesan Offices, 20-23 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 XK85



ARISE! is the new name for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Including prayer, pilgrimage and faith exploration, ARISE! will support young adults in their faith, as well as those in parish who accompany young people. Sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear all that is happening with ARISE! or contact

ARISE! Lent is a series of workshops for young adults on key areas of social justice and how we can get moving on areas that matter. Evenings take place in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, from 7pm each night. Details in poster and for more information, email natalie.doherty@dublindiocese.ieRegister interest now at:

ARISE! Accompaniment

An evening for those in parish partnerships looking to accompany young adults and find out about upcoming training opportunities, as well as learning about the new developments of youth and young adult ministries in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Tuesday, March 14, at 7pm in St Paul’s, Arran Quay. For more information contact Register by 12noon on Monday, March 13, here:

Building Hope through Servant Leadership

Five sessions on Monday Evenings in Lent to introduce you to the practice of servant leadership: February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, all 7.30pm to 9pm in St Paul’s Centre for Mission and Ministry, Arran Quay. This is especially for all those in parish ministries and pastoral councils. Led by Peter Siney and Patricia Carroll. See poster attached.

Recommended reading for Lent

The Office of Mission & Ministry recommended reading for Lent is Aidan Donaldson’s book The Beatitudes of Pope Francis. This would be a great way to journey through Lent, either through personal reflection or by gathering with others to share your thoughts, guided by the book. Its handy six chapters would provide enough manageable material for each week in Lent. Please feel free to use the graphic to promote the idea on your parish website and social media.

From the LitMus Office at Mission & Ministry – 01 8087554 –

A Fresh Look at Lent 2023: Attached are some ideas for Ash Wednesday and beyond inspired by the call to pray, fast and be charitable from the Gospel of that day.

Suggestions for Parish/Partnership Lenten Penance Service: Attached is a sample Penitential Service that you might find useful in the coming weeks. Have you considered locating this sacrament outside Holy Week?

Music for Lent: Attached are the music suggestions for Lent 2023. Next week there will be music ideas for Holy Week/Triduum.

Support Your Local School – Emmanuel 2023: The Emmanuel Soloists were working hard during their mid-term break so that they make their school proud at the Helix Concerts. Attached is the list of participating schools. Find the night to support your local school.

View a 30-second video promoting Emmanuel 2023:

Called to Hope – Confirmation Readings 2023: The current diocesan initiative ‘Building Hope’ is reflected in this year’s theme – ‘Called to Hope’ – for the celebration of Confirmation in our parishes. The readings and music suggestions attached will also complement this hope dimension.


Benefact Trust: Community Impact Grants – – The programme is open to applications from churches, cathedrals, denominational bodies, Christian charities, and schools and educational institutions with a clear Christian ethos

Koch Foundation: – (closing  May 1) – this fund is for evangelisation projects which are planned for 2024 – a number of parishes and dioceses have had success with this funder over the last few years. You can apply for funding 3 in every 5 years. The first step is to do a letter of request, which I can help you with.

Please contact Céire Sadlier at 086 8923336 or with queries about grants and grant applications.


Sharing the Good News is the newsletter of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. If you would like receive this weekly ezine, you can do so at You are encouraged to invite others to do so too. Send articles and photographs for use in Sharing the Good News to


Fr Vasyl Kornitsky is Chaplain to the Ukrainian community and curate in Donnycarney Parish. He can be contacted at 086 2359561 or Ukrainian Mass (Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine rite) is held every Sunday at 1pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney.


If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we ask you to inform the Archdiocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (



For parish human resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 5490450 or Tim Conway at


Towards Peace is a service offering spiritual support for anybody who has been abused, physically emotionally, sexually, spiritually, in a religious/church environment. Towards Peace was established in October 2014 by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Association of Leaders of Missionary & Religious Leaders of Ireland. (AMRI). The Towards Peace office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4pm and Wednesday 9am – 12noon. For further information phone 01 5053028 or 086 7710533 or visit or


The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. Visit for more information.


If you or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit

(Archbishop Farrell at DCU with students including members of the college’s St Dominic’s Catholic Society on Ash Wednesday.)

Johns Clontarf Lenten A4

Intercessions -Lent – Year A

CSPS February 2023


Building Hope through Servant Leadership

2023 Schools for Programme

Towards An Inward Change

Sallynoggin Come and See 2023

Penitential Service 2023

Music Suggestions Lent 2023