The Catholic Parish of Ballyroan was constituted from Rathfarnham Parish. The Parish Church was dedicated to the Holy Spirit and was blessed and opened by the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr McQuaid, on Sunday 3rd December 1967.
There are approximately 2,000 families in the Parish. Parts of the original Parish of Ballyroan – Glendoher, Scholarstown, Boden Park, etc. – were included in the new Parishes of Ballyboden (1973) and Knocklyon (1974).
Office Tel.: 01-494 7303
This section contains information on the following:-
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered on the 2nd Sunday of the month and on the 4th Saturday of the month. Dates for Baptism for 2011
Arrangements for Baptism should be made with the Priests of the Parish at least 6 weeks before Baptism. For further information click here
The 1st Communion Programme is designed to facilitate the involvement of parents and the wider community in the preparation for First Communion. The work of sacramental preparation is the responsibility of the home, school and parish working together in partnership.
First Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May 2011.
Each year the Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to the pupils of the sixth classes of the Parish Primary Schools. The young people are encouraged to participate in a Faith Friends Programme.
Confirmation will be celebrated on Friday 1st April 2011.
THE FAITH FRIENDS PROGRAMME
This is designed to enable those preparing for Confirmation to experience the local Church as a Community of Faith Friends. The programme is based on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The Faith Friends are selected from Sancta Maria and Colaiste Eanna and given the necessary training by the school Chaplains.
The Christian vision of Marriage is a lifelong commitment of a couple to each other. Preparation for Marriage is essential and a Pre-Marriage Course is recommended as part of this preparation.
All couples must give at least three months notice of their marriage to one of the Priests of the Parish. If either party is under 21 years of age, the written consent of his or her parents is required and further, if either of the couple is under 18 years of age, nine months notice is required.
Three months notice is also required to be given to the Civil Registrar of Marriages.
Couples must complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form with a Priest. They will also require a new Baptismal Certificate, a Confirmation Certificate and Proof of Freedom.
Other people who will help:
Organist: Anne McNulty Telephone 01-493 4116
Parish Office: Aine Telephone 01-494 7303
For more details visit our section on Marriage
Funeral arrangements are made by the relatives of the deceased person together with the Priest and funeral undertaker.
The introduction to the Funeral Rites states that the Ministry of consolation belongs to the whole Christian Community. It is in this context that the Parish Funeral Team, which was established in Ballyroan Parish in 2006, provides a practical expression of the ministry. Members of the team assist the clergy and the bereaved in the preparation of the funeral rites. For details on the Bethany Bereavement Group click here.
For more details visit our section on Funerals
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VISITATION OF THE SICK
The Priests of the Parish see the visitation of the sick as a priority. The First Friday is set aside as a special day to visit and bring Holy Communion to the sick in their homes. Please let the Priest/Parish Office know when people are sick at home or in hospital.
Miraculous Medal Novena Prayers: Each Monday after the 10.00am Mass.
Eucharistic Adoration: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Tuesday after 10.00am Mass until the Church closes.
Requests for Baptismal, Confirmation and Marriage Certificates can be made to the Parish Office – Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
Telephone:- 01-494 7303 Email:-
ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICES
Throughout the year the Parish participates with other Christian Churches in the area of Ecumenical Prayer Services, especially during the Church Unity Week in January. All Parishioners are invited to participate in these Prayer Services.
Other Christian Churches which serve the members of the Community include:-
Church of Ireland – Rathfarnham Rev Ted Woods, phone 490 5543; Rev Anne Taylor, phone 490 5543
– Whitechurch Canon Horace McKinley, phone 493 4972
Methodist Church – Dundrum Rev Alan Wardlow, phone 298 6559
– Rathgar Rev Vanessa Wyse Jackson, phone 497 4674
THE PARISH FINANCES
As for any institution, finances are an important factor in the life of our Parish. The following are the main sources of income:
The Family Offering
This is the principle source of income. Contributions can be made by bankers order (forms available in the Parish Office) or by using the Family Offering Envelope. The proceeds finance Church maintenance and other parish costs and expenses.
Collections during Mass
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There are two collections at each Mass every Sunday and Holy Day. The first collection (along with the Christmas and Easter dues) provides a salary for the Priests of the Parish as well as priests in less well-off parishes and those who are sick or retired. The second collection is for SHARE.
Proceeds from shrines
The proceeds from the Shrines go to supplement the cost of Church maintenance.
The role of this committee is to monitor and advise on the financial matters of the Parish. It is comprised of three men and three women who advise the Priests of the Parish on financial matters and report the financial position of the Parish to the Parishioners each year.
There is a Book Stall at the back of the Church and Catholic Papers and Journals are available there.
Holy Water is available from the Sacristy.
PARISH NEWSLETTER and WEBSITE
There is a weekly newsletter providing news and information about the Parish and Community activities. Deadline for submissions to the Newsletter is Wednesday 10.30 in the Parish Office.
THE SERVITE ORATORY OF SAINT PEREGRINE
This Oratory, in the care of the Servite Order, is located in the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre. The Oratory in open from 10.30am to 5.30pm Monday - Saturday
Mass: Weekdays and Saturdays 4.30pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament daily 2.45pm to 4.20pm
Sacrament of Reconciliation and counselling on Wednesdays.
There is a special Mass for the sick and a blessing with a relic of St. Peregrine on Wednesdays at 4.30pm.
Director: Fr. Tim Flynn, O.S.M. Servite Order, Kiltipper Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Phone 451 7115 (Order) Phone 499 6300 (Oratory)
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
The Order was founded by Catherine McAuley for the relief of the sick and the education and protection of the poor. St. Mary’s, the convent here in Ballyroan, was made possible by the gift of the property to the Order by the McCabe sisters in 1932. The convent has served the people in many ways down through the years. In the early days it was used as a holiday home, then to take care of children whose mothers were suffering from T.B. In 1960 St. Mary’s entered on the third phase, namely, primary and secondary education.
True to the charisma of their foundress, the Sisters of Mercy in Ballyroan established two very fine schools, Sancta Maria College and Scoil Naomh Padraig. The Sisters moved from the Convent in 1988 and at present there is a Mercy Community on Butterfield Avenue and two communities in Knocklyon Parish.
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