Dates for 2019


First Holy Communion:

Change from baskets to sealed collection bags

Our parish auditors “D.F. Dillion” have contacted us in preparation for our
2018 audit. They have informed us that in accordance with “Guidance and
procedures as set out in the Irish Episcopal Conference Guidelines –
Financial Controls and Related processes with Parishes” that Parishes should
utilize sealed collection bags rather than open baskets. These have been
purchased and will be introduced in our three churches in the next few weeks.
Most people will be familiar with these bags as they are used in most
churches presently.

Best practice for Ministers of the Word

In our three churches we have a very high standard of proclaiming the word of
God. This is something regularly commented on by visiting priests and
visitors to our liturgies. This is due to the great work of our Ministers of
the word who really do a great job.
The role of proclaiming the word of God is very important. In doing so, we
are nourishing God’s people and this is a great privilege, blessing and

A few important tips to ensure we continue this high standard & best
As we have Lectionaries now in each church, I ask all Ministers to read from
the “Lectionary” on the ambo. Before mass begins feel free go up and have a
look to reassure yourself.
Before you start reading, please make sure the Microphone is at the same
level as your mouth or slightly below then stand at least six inches away
from the Mic. This ensures the best result. If you stand too close to the
microphone you will get feed-back and also hear your own breathing.
Please don’t say “First reading or Second Reading” or read what is written in
italics. In the same way, please don’t say “Responsorial Psalm Response is”
it or “response” at the end of every verse of the Psalm, just look up and
that is the cue for the people to respond, maybe join in with them but in a
lower voice. This encourages the congregation to respond, which is so
If you are unable to attend on your given Sunday, I would ask you to get
another reader to cover for you.
Please don’t forget to drop into the sacristy to let the celebrant know you
are present.

Thank you for your hard work & May God continue to bless you in your