Dunhill Choir Side

“They have a director but no-one knows why
None in the choir will turn her an eye
It’s clear by her waving, she wants them to look
But each of them stands with nose in the book”
Would you like to be a chorister?

If you are interested in joining a choir, just contact its musical director. You will find the contact details by clicking HERE.
This could be you …

Pastoral Council Membership

Would you like to be a council member?

It’s a good thing to replace council members every now and then in order to bring in new ideas, new thinking, and new enthusiasm. According to the pastoral council’s constitution, about one third of the members must be replaced every year.
This normally takes place in October or November. However, it may happen that a member has to leave the council during the year for personal reasons and that person may be replaced immediately simply by invitation.
If you think you might like to become a member of the council, you need only contact any member of the council or send an e-mail or write to the pastoral council secretary (see the Parish Administration Contacts page).

What would you have to do?

As a member of the parish council you would attend the monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month (except July and August when there are no meetings). All you have to do is to listen to what is being discussed and give your own opinion, contribute your own ideas and suggestions for improving the pastoral life of parishioners, and accept some of the responsibility for making sure that the plans of the council are implemented.

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Would you like to help out?

As the number of priests diminishes and their workload increases it becomes more and more important for lay people to become involved individually or as part of a team. If you don’t wish to become a member of the pastoral council you might like to join one of the two choirs or to start a folk group. Perhaps you have ideas on how the liturgy for Easter could be enhanced. What about the bereavement group? There is a need for more readers (Ministers of the Word) and Eucharistic Ministers. If you are interested, please CONTACT the parish administrator or any council member or any member of a parish team or group for more information.

What is a team side

A team is a few people who work together to achieve a common aim – like a choir, a liturgy team, a bereavement group, or a pastoral council. You don’t have to be in a team to love your neighbour and many people aren’t, but it’s often necessary to form a team to discuss ideas and strategies, to share the load, and to help each other out.

Lynne Cantwell isn’t a team …
but this is!
And this Eucharistic minister is part of a team.
Eucharistic minister


The Sacraments – Baptism


What is baptism?

This is the first and basic sacrament of Christian initiation. To baptise means to immerse and the early Christians were baptised using either total immersion in water or partial immersion while water was poured over them. In the Catholic Church of today, in Ireland, where we use the Latin Rite of the Church, baptism is usually conferred by pouring a little water three times on the recipient’s head, while reciting words taken from Matthew’s gospel, “I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” [ Matthew 28:19 ].

The baptism of infants is often referred to as christening which we think of as a naming ceremony. But to christen is really to Christ-en. The child’s name is usually added to the beginning of the words of baptism as in “Mary, I baptise you in the name of …” Most Christians were babies when they were baptised but adults, too, are baptised if they become Christians later in life. When baptised, the recipient is freed from all sins and enters into the life of the Church.


What about anointing?

The Greek word cristos means “anointed” and Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one, because he was rather special. In biblical times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life. Anointing is also part of the baptismal ceremony in which a little perfumed oil is rubbed or smeared on the forehead and chest of the recipient.
This is what Jesus had to say about His own anointing when He first began to preach:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” [ Luke 4:18-19 ].

The symbols of baptism

The many symbols of baptism include a white garment, symbolising innocence and purity; a candle, symbolising the Light of Christ; the sacred chrism (a Greek word that means an anointing), which is used to anoint the recipient; and the water, which symbolises cleansing and the washing away of sin.

Sponsors, Godparents, and Witnesses

The role of the sponsor is to assist an adult in Christian initiation or, together with the parents, to present a child for baptism and to help it to live a Christian life befitting the baptised and to fulfil faithfully the duties inherent in baptism. Only one sponsor is needed who may be a man or a woman, but there can be two who must be a man and a woman. Also, each sponsor must be a Catholic at least sixteen years old who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on. The recipient’s father or mother cannot be sponsors.

The sponsors are sometimes called godparents but this is not the official title. There can be as as many godfathers and godmothers as are wanted but only the sponsors may be registered in the baptismal record. A witness is a baptised non-Catholic Christian who participates in the ceremony together with one of the sponsors. Witnesses are also named in the baptismal record. Of course, if you have non-Catholic friends or relatives, they may attend the ceremony without taking part in it in the way that an official witness does.

Baptism at Pisa

BaptisteryAt baptism, a person becomes a member of the Church. Traditionally, this was signified by holding the rite (or ceremony) of baptism outside the doors of the main part of the church. In some large churches a separate building, the baptistery, was used for baptism and for instructing the catechumens (those adults who wished to become members of the Church). The recipient entered the baptistery by one door and, after baptism, left by a second door. This led to the main door of the church which the newly baptised person was now permitted to enter. The photograph shows the magnificent baptistery in the Piazza del Duomo in Pisa, Italy. Two of the Fenor churches, one on top of the other, would fit nicely inside the baptistery. Most churches don’t have such a baptistery but the ceremony usually begins at the door of the church where everyone is welcomed by the priest.

Planning and Forethought

As well as being of religious significance for the recipient, baptism is also an important religious and social occasion for family and friends. As such, it requires some forethought and planning. Here is a checklist that may be helpful:

  • Confirm dates for baptism preparation.
  • Confirm date for baptism.
  • Think about possible scripture readings.
  • Choose sponsors and godparents.
  • Choose witnesses, if appropriate.
  • Prepare prayers of intercession.
  • Plan your family celebration.


The living Parish Side

Want To Help Out?

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If you would like to become involved in any aspect of parish life, why not contact someone you know who is already involved? Alternatively, contact a member of the pastoral council or call in to (or telephone) the parish office. To get in touch, see the Parish Administration Contacts page or the Contact Us Form page.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” … “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”  [ Matthew 25:35-36, 40 ].
“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”  [ James 1:14-17 ].