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Parish of Powerscourt with Kilbride

Services at Powerscourt with Kilbride: All Services are available on the Parish YouTube Channel. youtube.

Church Services – St Patrick’s Church, Powerscourt – The First Sunday of Advent: In-Church Sunday services remain suspended and take place online only. Keep an eye on the parish website for updates on services and Covid-19 related restrictions.

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Church Services – St Brigid’s Church, Kilbride – The First Sunday of Advent: In-Church Sunday services remain suspended. Keep an eye on the parish website for updates on services and Covid-19 related restrictions.

Irish Trefoil Guild – Guiding for Life: Calling all former leaders of the Irish Girl Guides in Bray and the surrounding area. There is now a Trefoil Guild in Bray. Contact Anne at – braytrefoilguild@gmail.com.

St Mary’s Church

Parish Website: enniskerryparish.ie is the parish website of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – check it out for the latest information about our parish.

Signed Mass Cards: These are available in the parish office. An offering is received with gratitude and in another way of supporting your local clergy. If you pay for a Mass Offering online using the Donate button on our website please email the office with your intention – thank you. We also have Thank you, Exam Result Congrats, Get Well, birthday and ‘Thinking of you’ Mass Bouquets available.

Masses Update: Everyone remains dispensed from the obligation of physically attending Sunday Mass by the Archbishop of Dublin for the duration of the present pandemic. Weekday Mass is broadcast by RTÉ News Now at 10.30 a.m. and also through EWTN, and the Radio Maria channel which can be found in Saorview and Channel 210. Mass from Knock Shrine is broadcast each day at midday; Rosary at 7 p.m. and Mass at 7.30 p.m. on knockshrine/watch-live; Mass is also broadcast by web-came from St Mary’s Pro Cathedral Dublin. For a list of churches broadcasting Mass by web-cam go to dublindiocese.ie/list-of-churches-with-webcams-to-watch-listen-to-daily Mass/or Google ‘massonline’ for details of Masses streamed in Ireland and Britain.

The Rosary: The Rosary is recited at 9.45 a.m. each morning in St Mary’s. The Novena to the Miraculous Medal is held after 10.15 a.m. Mass each Monday morning. Both are available to view on the webcam – enniskerryparish.ie.

Parish Churches Schedule of Masses: Schedule of Masses: Weekday Masses in St Mary’s: 10.15 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Please be aware that attending weekday Masses is in lieu of attending Sunday Mass. Prayer Services at 10.15 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday. Weekend Masses: Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. St Mochonog’s: – Sunday at 10 a.m. St Patrick’s, Curtlestown: Sunday at 10 a.m. St Kevin’s, Glencree: 9 a.m. on the First Sunday of the month. Mass bookings are not necessary for weekend Masses.

St Patrick’s Church, Curtlestown: St Patrick’s Church, Curtlestown, has re-opened for Sunday 10 a.m. Mass. The pandemic and our concern for everyone’s health and safety still restricts how we can celebrate this, and some of the safety measures are listed below. Help will be on hand at the door if there are any questions. Please don’t attend if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms Please sanitise your hands upon entering the church and, if you’re over 12, please wear a face mask Attendees are encouraged to maintain social distancing, for example by sitting in alternate pews as the space allows. Of course, family pods/bubbles can sit together as per Government Guidelines. Adequate ventilation will be maintained by keeping the doors and window open, so please wrap up warmly. There will be a one-way entry/exit system (entry via the main door and exit via the sacristy). This will be on a pew-by-pew basis upon receipt of communion at the end of Mass. The congregation will be informed of this at the Mass. We thank everyone for following these guidelines so that we may continue to keep our community safe and look forward to seeing you.

St Kevin’s Church, Glencree: Has also re-opened for 9 a.m. Mass which will continue on the first Sunday of each month. The restrictions listed for St Patrick’s Church, Curtlestown, will also apply.

Baptisms: Beginning the first week of November, at 7.30 p.m., a baptism introduction will take place by Zoom on the first Monday each month for baptisms booked, and going forward this baptism introduction will take place on the first Monday of each month thereafter. This is for parents and godparents. A Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting. The baptism booklet will be used to explain the sacrament of baptism. Please inform the parish office if you cannot attend.

Sign Up As A volunteer for the church Re-Opening: If you’re interested in getting involved to help out in the parish we would be delighted to have you on board. Volunteers are always needed on our parish teams and in churches to assist and to help out at Public Masses. The more volunteers we have means that the demand on volunteers’ time will be less, also. If you have not signed up as a volunteer yet, please sign up via the form on the home – page of the website enniskerryparish.ie or contact the parish office and a member of the parish team will be in touch. Thanks to our new recruits; we are delighted to welcome you on board. A BIG thank you to all those who continue to partake of Parish Life so generously and freely.

Covid-19: At St Mary’s, St Mochonog’s, St Patrick’s, and St Kevin’s are now operating in accordance with the latest Government guidance. Although there is now no specific distance recommended for spacing of people within our churches, we ask that you respect the right of others to attend in safety, and that you do not crowd close to people from other households. Where possible, when you enter the church, please use a vacant pew that is not close to an already occupied one. As our congregation sizes prior to the start of this pandemic did not usually exceed 50% capacity, we expect that we will be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend weekend Masses. Other protective measures, such as sanitising and the wearing of face coverings will continue for the foreseeable future. We will continue to distribute Holy Communion at the end of Mass, with the occupants of each pew coming forward in turn, starting at the front left-hand side, and working towards the back, then repeating the same for the pews on the right. Immediately after receiving Holy Communion, you should leave quietly through the side exit. We suggest that parishioners, particularly those who are not fully vaccinated, consider the risks involved before attending at any of our churches. If you do not feel comfortable attending a weekend Mass, perhaps you might consider attending a weekday Mass in lieu of a weekend Mass.

St Mochonog’s parish office new opening times: Monday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday: (by phone) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday (by phone) 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed on Friday.

Mass Offerings: If you wish to have Mass offered for a family member or friend you may book through the parish office and the Mass may be viewed on Webcam from your home at enniskerryparish.ie.

History Society

Members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society, are asked to note the following forthcoming events – today (Wednesday) the Genealogical Society will host its ‘November Open Morning Meeting’ at 11 a.m. on Zoom – members only; The Old Dublin Society will host ‘Irish Servicewomen in the First World War’ by Dr Barbara Walsh at 7.30 p.m. on Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. today to receive a link to it. The AGM of the society will follow this lecture and will take place on Zoom.

Tomorrow (Thursday) Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society will host ‘Warrenmount House through time: 300 years at a Liberties’ house’ by Maria O’Reilly at 7.30 a.m. on Zoom; next Wednesday night the Old Dublin Society will host ‘Fact and Fiction: Arthur Griffith’s leadership of the Treaty Talks’ by Colum Kenny at 7.30 p.m. Zoom – email registerwitholddublinsociety@gmail.com by 2 p.m. that day to receive a link to it; Rathmichael Historical Society will host ‘A book and a Bell: Glendalough on the morning of May 15, 1106’ by Mary Kelly at 8 p.m. on Zoom – go to rathmichaelhistoricalsociety.ie for further information.

The attention of members and supporters of the Enniskerry History Society is drawn to ‘Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society Journal, No. 31,2022’, produced by the Editorial Committee of Mona O’Donnell, Séamus O’Connor, Anna Scudds, Colin Scudds, and Maria Hayes. The striking image of a steam train departing from the Carlisle Pier for Dublin in the 1950s from the collection of the late Eddie Chandler is the image used for the front cover of this year’s journal in which Dalkey features in several of the articles including ‘The Queen’s, Dalkey’ by Colin Scudds; ‘Memories of the Cliff Castle Hotel’, ‘Bullock Harbour’ and ‘Dalkey Musical Society by Ann Scully (née Martin); and ‘Dalkey’s First National School’ by Dermot O’Riordan. Other articles in this publication are ‘Vaccination 1940s Style’ by Mary Grogan; ‘Did you notice? – the Recycled Stone at Seapoint’ and ‘Did you notice? – Bollards’ by Séamus Cannon; ‘Autographs’ by Stephanie Batt; ‘Bass Raids in Dun Laoghaire, 1933’ and ‘Advertisement for Irish Customs Dun Laoghaire Pier, 1922’ by Brian Smith; ‘Pencil-Borne Tuberculosis’ by Matilda McPhail; ‘Keep to the right when walking’ and ‘Maritime Kingstown, January and February 1905’ by James Scannell; ‘Paddy Moran – Executed for Ireland’ by May Moran; ‘Dancing Days in Dun Laoghaire in the 1949s, 1950s and 1960s’ by Anna Scudds; ‘Sporting and Leisure Activities, Kingstown 1830-1890’ by Maria Hayes; ‘Robert Weir, grocer early 1900s’ by John McKee; ‘The Old Ship’ by Henry Austin; ‘James Higgins, 29 Patrick Street’ and ‘Disappearing Dun Laoghaire: Walter Doyle, 37 Lower Georges Street’ and ‘Cover of the Catalogue for Dun Laoghaire Week, 1978’ by Colin Scudds; and ‘Joshua Harrison Hargrave’ by Vincent Delaney. Copies are available from Easons, DuBray Books, and other outlets in Dun Laoghaire, €7, or by post from the society at €11.50 Ireland, and €12.50 Rest of the World – write to the Hon secretary, Dun Laoghaire Borough Historical Society, seven Northumberland Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Back issues of numbers 25 to 29 are also available. Further information available on the Society’s Website: dunloghairehistorical.com and on Facebook.

Further information about the Enniskerry History Society is available from John Callan at 01 2867853.

Enniskerry Library

The library is operating on a browse and borrow basis. Opening hours are Monday and Friday: 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.; Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The library can be contacted at 2864339 or email hkinsella@wicklowcoco.ie. Online services including e-books, audio-books, digital magazines and newspapers and e-learning remain available from the library website.

Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels service operates in Enniskerry and Kilmacanogue and delivers hot meals every Tuesday and Thursday to older people in their homes. It’s an opportunity to connect with the community and provide a hot meal and social contact call to older people in the area. We are looking for volunteer drivers who can give up two or three hours twice a month to facilitate this much needed service. Interested volunteers may contact Maoiliosa Kelly at 086 8322466 for further information.

School Enrolments

St Mary’s and St Gerard’s National School is now open for Junior Infant Enrolments for the next school year (children starting September 2022). Under the new Admissions policy introduced by the Department of Education.

You can download our Enrolment Forms directly from our website, enniskerryns.ie if you wish to complete them and deliver by hand at the front door of the school. You may also complete the forms online and send them by email to info@enniskerryns.ie or post them to the school at St Mary’s and St Gerard’s National School, Co. Wicklow, A98DP70.

All previous applications must be resubmitted before the end of the month and if you have any queries, please phone Annette in the office at 01 2868851.


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