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Sacrament of Baptism

Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Parish Community shares in your joy. We are delighted to welcome your baby into the Christian family of the Church through Baptism. By asking for your baby's Baptism, you are publicly thanking God for His gift to you and making a commitment to bring up your child in the Christian faith. We will help you carry out your decision by giving you our wholehearted support as your child takes their first step of their journey to God.

Baptism Preparation Meetings
In our parish, we are blessed to have a dedicated Baptismal Team. The team holds a preparatory meeting which parents and godparents are invited to. These Pre Baptism meetings are held on the Thursday before the first and third Saturday of the month at 8.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

This meeting is informal and aims to provide parents and godparents with a greater understanding of the sacrament of baptism. It is also a good way to meet other parents in the parish. The meeting lasts approximately one hour. Attendance is required.

Baptism Dates and Arrangements
To request baptism for your child, please contact the Parish Office, situated in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Willbrook Rd (Tel. 01 495 8695). There is a requirement of 3 weeks' notice. You will be given the Pre-Baptismal Literature in the Office. A copy of your baby's Birth Certificate
is required.

A letter from the Parish in which you live is also required. This is to make sure that your Parish is aware of their new parishioner and to give us permission to baptise him or her. Dates……..

PLEASE NOTE:
Baptisms during Easter Vigil and during Mass on Easter Sunday. To book your baptism ceremony please contact the Parish Office or the sacristy and fill in the application form below.

Those resident within the Parish:
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Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham BaptismYour Baby's Baptism
Your child's baptism is a time of celebration and joy. Naturally, you want the best for your child. We want to help you plan and prepare for the Baptism in the best possible way… Why have you requested baptism for your child in the Church? There may be many reasons… Seems to be the thing to do? Someone else in the family wants it? It's on my "to do" list? I'm afraid something might happen to my child? It's a significant step that starts the faith journey?

How the Church sees Baptism
The Church sees Baptism as the first important step on the Christian journey. On the day your child was born, he/she was welcomed into their family. On the day of baptism they are welcomed into the bigger family of the Lord, the Church. In baptism we enter into a unique and special relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and we try to live out that relationship in and through the people around us. Or put another way … In Baptism we become

  • A son/daughter of God the Father
  • A brother/sister of Jesus Christ
  • A temple of the Holy Spirit
  • A member of God's family, the Church.

Parents' Role:Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Baptism
Parents in presenting their child for Baptism are implicitly stating:

"We have faith in Christ and seek to follow Him within the Catholic Church to which we belong. We now commit ourselves to share this faith with our child".
Rite of Baptism

The birth of a child is a very special and joyous occasion for parents. As parents, it is your faith that carries your child to the baptismal font. It is important that when a child is baptised, it is the beginning of his/her journey of faith. For the parents, this also means preparing themselves for the life journey of faith into which they are baptising their child.

When you bring your child for baptism, you are taking on the responsibility of handing on your own faith to your child. You are promising to bring up your child as a Catholic, knowing God as a loving Father.

Godparents' Role:
Choose your child's godparents with care. They must be confirmed, be at least sixteen years of age and share your faith. They will be undertaking to share with you the responsibility of handing on the faith to the child, as he/she will grow up.

Parish Role:
Baptism of a child is a very special event in the life of a family. It is also a very special occasion in the life of our Church. As the child is welcomed into our families, so too the church welcomes the child into the family of God.

AFTER THE BAPTISM CEREMONY
As your child grows it is important to pray with them, share some bible stories (maybe purchase a Children's Bible), visit the Church to light a candle for someone who is sick, attend Mass…etc. We pray God's Blessing upon you in the challenge ahead of bringing up your child in the faith….

Registration of Baptism
The parish records the baptism of your child in the Baptismal Register of the parish. This record includes the full names of the child, parents and godparents, the child's date of birth, the date of the baptism and the name of the officiating priest or deacon. A Certificate of Baptism can be issued by the Parish Office as and when required.

For more information on Baptism or any of the sacraments go to www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

Baptism Booklet
Click here to view the Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Baptism booklet.

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Adult Baptism RCIA

Adult Baptism RCIAParish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Adult Baptism RCIA
In recent years our parish has welcomed adult men and women who presented themselves for baptism. People from other lands and traditions find that the faith of their friends and neighbours has inspired them to want to learn more about becoming a catholic and being baptised into the Christian faith. If you wish to explore the possibility of becoming a Christian member of the Catholic Church then please contact any of the Parish Team. We will welcome you, and
help you on your faith journey.

Coordinator of our Parish RCIA team is Moira Staines to contact her please ring the parish office. You may find helpful the following information about Christian initiation of adults.

What is RCIA?
The 'Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults' is the process by which the Catholic Church welcomes new adult members into the Christian Community.

Who can participate in the RCIA?

  • Non-Christians who are interested in becoming members of the Christian Community.
  • Those baptised in another Christian tradition who are interested in becoming full members of the Catholic Church.
  • Catholics who are baptised but who have not yet received the Sacrament of the Eucharist or Confirmation.

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Adult Baptism RCIAWhat methods are used?

  • The RCIA is a return to the method used by the Early Church to initiate new members into the Christian Community.
  • It is a process of Christian initiation into the Church that includes the study of sacred scripture and doctrine, spiritual reflection, private and liturgical prayer and community service and involvement.

The RCIA is a process of conversion and spiritual growth for adults. Each period is liturgically marked by celebrations indicating the end of one stage and the entrance into the next stage of the faith journey. To inquire about the RCIA programme Please contact any member of the Parish Team Adult Baptism.

In recent years our parish has welcomed adult men and women who presented themselves for baptism. People from other lands and traditions find that the faith of their friends and neighbours have inspired them to want to learn more about becoming a catholic and being baptised into the Christian faith. If you wish to explore the possibility of becoming a Christian member of the Catholic Church then please contact any of the Parish Team. We will welcome you, and help you on your faith journey. You may find helpful the following information about Christian initiation of adults.

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Reconciliation

First Reconciliation
Boys: Tuesday, 4th april 2017 at 7.30pm
Girls: Thursday 6th April 2017 at 7.30pm

Individual Confession
Saturday: 11.30am – 12.30am & 6.30pm
Eves of Holy Days & First Fridays: 10.30am

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham ReconciliationCommunal Reconciliation Services during Advent and Lent
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession. Whereas "Confession" stresses the action of the believer in the sacrament, "Reconciliation" stresses the action of God, whose love for us surpasses anything we may have done. God is not out to catch us in our sin but is intent on reaching out and hanging on to us in spite of our sin. Reconciliation (and the new Rite is careful to point this out) is not just a matter of getting rid of sin. Nor is its dominant concern what we, the penitents, do. The important point is what God does in, with and through us.

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Eucharist and First Communion

First Holy Communion
Girls: Saturday 19th May at 11am
Boys: Saturday 26th May 2018 at11am

Do This In Memory Programme
Our parish has been running the Do This In Memory Programme for children who are preparing to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion successfully for the last number of years. Registration for the programme takes place in the parish schools; if your child is attending a school outside of the parish and you wish for your family to participate in the programme please contact a member of the Parish Team.

Dates for Coordinators of Do This In Memory: TBC

DTIM Parent B Coordinators Meeting   Parish Church
DTIM Parent C Coordinators Meeting   Parish Church
DTIM Parent A Coordinators Meeting   Parish Pastoral Centre, Willbrook Rd
DTIM Parent B Coordinators Meeting   Parish Pastoral Centre, Willbrook Rd
DTIM Parent C Coordinators Meeting   Parish Pastoral Centre, Willbrook Rd
DTIM Parent A Coordinators Meeting   Parish Pastoral Centre, Willbrook Rd

 

Information of the Do This In Memory Programme
Eucharist like Baptism and Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation of the Catholic Church. Your child's faith journey began the day you brought your child to the Church to be baptised. And what a special day that was for you and the family. Now, that child has grown, they are about to take another step in their faith journey, as they prepare for First Holy Communion. And we all have a part to play in this special year.

Home is the primary learning place, each parent/guardian will be asked to take on a special role over the next few months, to journey with their child as they prepare to receive the sacraments. Home is the domestic Church, where our children are influenced by what they see and learn.

School through the Alive-O programme teachers prepare the children for their special day and continue to nourish the faith children are experiencing at home.

Parish runs the Do This in Memory programme a parish-based pre-sacramental programme designed to help children, parents and the parish community prepare for First Eucharist.

The Do This In Memory Programme centred in the parish celebration of the Sunday Eucharist and in the home. The programme resources are designed to facilitate parents, families and the parishes' active involvement in the preparation for the sacrament. It complements and supports the work of sacramental preparation in the parish school or the religious education programme in the parish. The programme takes place once a month for eight months before First Eucharist (Holy Communion Day) and concludes during the parish celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. All children and parents participate in the programme and are encouraged to attend the Sunday 10.45am Family Mass when there is no Do This In Memory programme that weekend. Parents also attend three meetings during the year and parent coordinators of the programme meet every Monday before the Do This In Memory weekend programme. Please see Event Calendar for dates and time of coordinators meetings.

 

Information on Sacrament of Eucharist
Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Sacrament of EucharistHoly Eucharist is the sacrament which Jesus gives his Body and Blood – himself – for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church. After Baptism and Confirmation, the Eucharist is the third sacrament ofInitiation of the Catholic Church. The Eucharist is the mysterious centre of all these sacraments, because the historic sacrifice of Jesus on thecross is made present during the words of consecration. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." (Second Vatican Council, LumenGentium [LG], 11)

What is Holy Eucharist?
Holy Eucharist is the sacrament in which Jesus gives his Body and Blood – himself – for us, so that we too might give ourselves to him in love and be united with him in Holy Communion. In this way we are joined with the one Body of Christ, the Church. After Baptism and Confirmation, the Eucharist is the third sacrament of Initiation of the Catholic Church. The Eucharist is the mysterious centre of all these sacraments, because the historic sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is made present during the words of consecration. Thus the celebration of the Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life." (Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium [LG], 11)

When did Jesus institute the Eucharist?
Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist on the evening of his death, "on the night when he was to betrayed" (1Cor 11:23), when he gathered the Apostles around him in the upper room in Jerusalem and celebrated the Last Supper with them.

How did Christ institute the Eucharist?
At the Last Supper Jesus took bread in his hands, gave a prayer of thanks and broke the bread he gave it to his disciples saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." He did the same with the cup after supper, and said "This cup is the new covenant in my blood poured out for you." (Lk 22: 19-21)

How important is the Eucharist in the Church?
The celebration of the Eucharist is the heart of the Christian communion. In it the church becomes Church. We are not church because we get along well, or because we happen to end up in the same parish community, but rather because in the Eucharist we receive the Body of Christ are increasingly transformed into the Body of Christ.

"In the Holy Eucharist we become one with God like food with the body."
St Francis De Sales (1567-1622)

What are the names for this Sacrament?
The different names indicate the unfathomable richness of this mystery: the Holy Sacrifice, Holy Mass, The sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord's Supper, the Breaking of Bread, the Eucharistic assembly, the memorial of the Lord's Passion, death and Resurrection, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, the Sacred Mysteries, Holy Communion.

How is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist carried out?
The celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Mass) unfolds in two great parts which together form one, single act of worship. The Liturgy of the Word involves proclaiming and listening to the Word of God. The Liturgy of the Eucharist includes the presentation of the bread and wine, the prayer of consecration, and distribution of Communion to the faithful.

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Sacrament of EucharistHow does Holy Communion change me?
Every Holy Communion unites us more deeply with Christ, makes us a living member of the Body of Christ, renews the graces we received in Baptism and Confirmation and fortifies us for the battle against sin.

"Our sharing in the Body of Christ has no other purpose than to transform us into that which we receive."
Pope St. Leo the Great (ca.400-461)

In what ways is the Holy Eucharist an anticipation of eternal life?
Jesus promised his disciples and us with them, that we will one day sit at table with him. Therefore every Holy Mass is a "memorial of the blessed passion" (Eucharistic Prayer I), the fullness of grace, and a pledge of future glory.

For more information on the Eucharist or any of the sacraments go to www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

 

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Confirmation

Service of Light
TBC

Sacrament of Confirmation 2018
Loreto Grange Rd GNS:
Tuesday 17th April at 11am
St Mary’s BNS: Wednesday 18th April at 11am

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Confirmation

Confirmation in the faith
Confirmation, like Baptism and the Eucharist is, is one of the three sacraments of initiation of the Catholic Church. As the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples who were gathered in the upper room at Pentecost, so the Holy Spirit comes to every baptised person for whom the Church requests the gift of the Holy Spirit. It secures and strengthens him to be a living witness to Christ.

Parish Preparation Programme for Children

You Shall Be My WitnessesYou Shall Be My Witnesses
This programme has been run in the parish successfully for a number of years. The purpose of the programme is to help parents become actively involved in the preparation for Confirmation and gives an opportunity for all involved to grow in faith. The programme creates a space where candidates for Confirmation can talk and learn about their faith to which they are making a commitment in an informal atmosphere.

For more information on how to register your child for this programme contact the parish team. Children in parish schools (Contact link) will register through the schools.

 

 

Who Can Receive?
Any baptised Catholic wishing to advance on the path of developing their faith. For young people, this is usually part of the 5th/6th class primary school programme. For adults who were not confirmed as children, it means taking part in the Rite of the Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham ConfirmationSponsor
A sponsor stands behind the candidate for Confirmation at the Confirmation ceremony and places their hand on the shoulder of the candidate as a sign that they will support them in living out their baptismal promises. However, the role of the sponsor is not just for one day. The sponsor undertakes to assist the confirmed person in growing in the fullness of their faith and in their membership of the Catholic Church.

A person qualifies as a sponsor by being a reasonably mature adult, who is at least 16 years old, and has already received the Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) themselves. The Confirmation sponsor may be one of the people who were a sponsor at Baptism (subject to the notes here).

Choosing a sponsor
(Ref. Code of Canon Law §874) To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must: Be appointed by the candidate, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it; be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made; be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken; not be either the father or the mother of the candidate.

Name
The tradition of taking a new name at Confirmation emphasises the new identity of a Christian being called to witness to their faith. People are encouraged to take the name of a saint or a person from the Bible who inspires them in some way.

Oil
The oil used is called the Oil of Chrism. It is olive oil mixed with balsam that is blessed by the bishop and priests of the diocese in the Cathedral at the 'Chrism Mass' on Holy Thursday. The Sacrament is conferred with the anointing with this 'Oil of Chrism' on the forehead as the Bishop says 'Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit'.

For more information on Confirmation or any of the sacraments go to www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM

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Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage – Weddings
Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Sacrament of Marriage – WeddingsCongratulations on your decision to get married. It's an exciting time with lots of wedding planning ahead!

While you need only give three months' notice of your intention to marry it is common practice for a couple to book the church a long time in advance. So it is important to contact the Parish Priest/Office to make sure that the church is available on the day you require. You will also need to look at participating in a marriage preparation course which is a lovely way for you as a couple to take a look at your own relationship. The Civil Authorities also have state requirements which must be fulfilled.

To make an appointment with one of the priests of the parish regarding your wedding, or to complete the Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form please call the parish office 01 495 8695 or send an email to rathfarnhamparish1@eircom.net

Download pdf parish information Preparing for your Wedding

Church Requirements
Church Law requires three month's notice of your intention to marry. You should contact your own Parish; the parish you have been living in for the last six months and inform one of the priests of your intention to marry. Make an appointment with him to complete your Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form, which must be done prior to the date of your wedding. You will require the following documents

  • a recent copy of your Baptismal Certificate
  • a Confirmation Certificate
  • Letters of Freedom, which may be obtained from any Parish in which you have lived for six months or more since reaching the age of sixteen.

It is strongly recommended that couples preparing for marriage complete a pre-marriage course. Course are run by Accord the Catholic Marriage Advisory Centre for the Diocese Tel. 01 478 0866 or www.accord.ie

Freedom to marry:
The rules governing freedom to marry in the Catholic Church can be complicated. The best advice when one party has been married previously (either in a civil or religious ceremony) is not to make arrangements until the diocesan office has been consulted.

Mixed Marriages:
Special permissions are required for full Church recognition of marriages between a Roman Catholic and a baptised non-Catholic or someone unbaptised. Applications are handled by the diocesan office once the priest of the catholic party has forwarded the standard paperwork.

Civil Law Requirements
Requirements for Civil Registration
When the couple have chosen the date, church and priest for their marriage (and confirmed these matters with the relevant priest or priests), they will then need to make an appointment to meet with any civil registrar in person to give notice of their intention to marry. This meeting with the registrar must take place at least three months before the wedding in order to comply with the civil requirement. The couple will be required to bring the following documentation to the registrar's office:

  • photo identity (preferably a passport or driving license)
  • names and dates of birth of witnesses
  • name of the church where they wish to be married
  • name of the priest who will officiate at the marriage; this presumes that the celebrant is a registered solemniser and that he has agreed to officiate at the marriage.
  • If either party has been previously married, they must provide the civil registrar with an original divorce decree or a death certificate if widowed.

When all the civil requirements have been completed satisfactorily the couple will receive, from the registrar, a Marriage Registration Form (MRF). Without this form the couple cannot get married nor may the solemniser proceed with the marriage ceremony. Both the solemniser and the parish priest of the place of marriage will receive notification from the civil registrar's office concerning the marriage due to take place. The couple must present the MRF to the solemniser before the wedding so that he can check that the details are correct before marriage takes place. This should be done as early as is convenient. If changes are necessary – for instance, changing the name of the solemniser – the couple should contact the civil registrar to arrange for the re-issue of the MRF at the earliest possible stage before the ceremony.

After the wedding, the solemniser must ensure that the MRF is signed by the couple, the two witnesses and himself. After the marriage has been celebrated, it is the responsibility of the couple (not the local priest or solemniser) to return the MRF to any Registrar's Office. This form must be returned within one month of the marriage.

While all of the above business can be done with any civil registrar, it may be useful for you to know that the name, address and contact details of the Civil Registrar for Dublin is: Civil Registration Service, Joyce House, 8/11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2. Opening Hours: 09.30-16:30 Mon- Fri (through lunch). Tel: 01 863 8200 (Serving of three month notice for marriage is by appointment only).

Legislation requires that the solemniser (the priest who officiates at the marriage) must ask the couple to make a verbal declaration of no civil impediment. It is recommended practice that this declaration is made at the beginning of the wedding, when the bride and groom arrive at the sanctuary.

In order to summarise the above legal requirements for valid civil registration of marriage, please study the following check-list of what the couple must do:

  • meet one of the local parish clergy
  • book the church where you wish to marry
  • meet a civil registrar at least three months before the wedding to give notice of your intention to marry
  • receive the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the civil registrar
  • bring the MRF to the solemniser
  • make the verbal declaration of no civil impediment in the presence of each other and before the solemniser and the two witnesses at the beginning of the wedding ceremony (or not more than two days beforehand)
  • return the signed MRF to any civil registrar not later than one month after the wedding

Pre Marriage Courses
All couples intending to marry are expected to participate in a marriage preparation course. The courses are prepared and presented by married couples and are a lovely way for you as a couple to take a look at your own relationship. This is time for yourselves, and time that will be really well spent. For further information about Accord Pre-Marriage Courses in the Dublin area, please ring Accord at 01 478 0866 Email: admin@dublin.accord.ie, or book online on the Accord website www.accord.ie.

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Sacrament of Marriage – WeddingsPreparing your Marriage Ceremony

  • The marriage ceremony should normally take place in a church in the bride's parish. If the couple have a good reason for getting married elsewhere, the bride should inform a priest in the parish where she is now living to give her the necessary Letter of Permission to get married outside the parish. Obviously, in this case, the couple will need to make arrangements for the use of the church in the parish where they intend to get married.

  • Normally a priest from the bride's parish officiates at the marriage ceremony, assuming that the ceremony takes place in the bride's parish. If you wish to have another priest (e.g. a relative or friend) officiate, inform the priest in the parish where the ceremony is to take place and he will give the necessary authorisation. In Civil Law, it is now a legal requirement for the solemniser (the priest who officiates at the marriage) to be on the 'List of Solemnisers' submitted by each local Bishop to the Registrar-General.

    Celebrants from Overseas:
  • All diocesan priests in the Republic of Ireland are on the State's 'List of Solemnisers'. In order for a priest from oversees to be placed on this list in a temporary capacity, it is necessary for him to send his name, address and telephone number to the Diocesan Office. The Diocesan Office in Carlow will then contact the officiating priest to formalise matters with him.

  • Ask the priest who is to officiate at your wedding to help you with the task of creating your marriage ceremony. There are a variety of prayers, blessings, readings, etc. Read through these together and choose the ones you prefer. Choose the person(s) who will read at Mass, person(s) to read the Prayers of the Faithful and the people to bring up the gifts at the Offertory. Rehearse the ceremony in church with the priest before the wedding day.

  • To celebrate the sacrament of Marriage does not require the celebration of Eucharist (Mass). While it has been generally the custom, it may not always be appropriate for example in a "mixed" marriage or when a couple are not regularly practising. Some couples today find the celebration of Marriage without the Eucharist, to be more appropriate for them.

  • Marriages on Sundays, Holydays and some special Church celebrations (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St.Patrick's Day, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Feast of All Souls) are not permitted in this Diocese. Check below unsuitable dates in 2014, & 2015.

Websites to help you plan your day
www.together.ie
www.gettingmarried.ie
www.accord.ie
http://litmus.dublindiocese.ie/category/marriage/

"To love someone means to be the only one to see a miracle that is invisible to others."
Francois Mauriac (1885-1979)

Unsuitable days for Weddings 2014 & 2015
See below the dates that as well as Sundays are not available for church weddings.

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Sacrament of Marriage – Weddings2014 Major Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation
6th January Epiphany
5th March Ash Wednesday
17th March St. Patrick's Day
17th April-19th April Tridium – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday
15th August Assumption of Mary
1st November All Saints Day
8th December Immaculate Conception
25th December Christmas Day

2015 Major Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation
6th January Epiphany
18th February Ash Wednesday
17th March St. Patrick's Day
3rd April-5th April Tridium – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday
15th August Assumption of Mary
1st November All Saints Day
8th December Immaculate Conception
25th December Christmas Day

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Housebound & Sacrament of the Sick

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Housebound & Sacrament of the SickThe parish wish to offer every possible support to you or your loved one who is ill. The Sacraments of Holy Communion, Confession and Anointing of the Sick are a wonderful source of grace and healing and the priests of the parish are happy to visit your loved one who is sick. The Sacrament of Anointing is not only for those who are seriously ill but can be received by the infirm, those in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery.

The sacrament calls upon God's healing and loving presence, it brings comfort, peace and courage.

If you wish a priest to visit please contact the parish pastoral office or the priests directly.

Eucharist to the Housebound
Every First Friday of the month, the parish team visit the housebound with Holy Communion. Lay Ministers of the Eucharist are also available to distribute Holy Communion to the sick on Sundays or in time of need. If you or you know of someone who is are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty would like to receive the sacraments in your/their home, please contact the Parish Pastoral Office, Tel: 01 495 8695 or one of the Parish Team.

For communal services of Anointing of the Sick please check our newsletter The Annunciation Times and our website.

What Is the Sacrament of the sick?

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is exactly what it says. It is a prayerful celebration for someone or for a group of people who are ill and are blessed by the priest with Holy Oil. It is not a sign that someone is dying as it was perceived in olden times. It is not a magical ritual; the person doesn't automatically get better immediately after an anointing. God's healing and loving presence are called upon that the sick person might be raised up and restored to health.

Symbolism
The words of blessing over the oil say it all. It is "oil intended to ease the sufferings of your people". Oil soothes and heals. Oil blessed for the sick is a sign of the Anointed One (Messiah) of God. The person so anointed receives the healing, saving power of the One who saves (Messiah).

Oil
The oil that is used is Olive Oil. The Bishop and priests bless it at the 'Chrism Mass' on Holy Thursday in the Cathedral. The holy oils are then taken each year to each parish and hospital for use throughout the year in the Sacrament of the Sick.

How?
A person is anointed on the forehead and the palms of the hands while the priest says: "Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you by the grace of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who heals you, save you and raise you up."

Who Can Be Anointed?
Anyone in 'serious illness', those who are infirm, in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery. (It is not only for when a person is in 'danger of death'

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Funeral Arrangements

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Funeral ArrangementsWe want you to know that your sorrow and grief is shared by the whole Parish Family. On an occasion like this, there is little we can say. However, we will support you in every possible way.

Arrangements for the Funeral Mass of your loved one are usually made through the undertakers. However as soon as a loved one dies please inform one of the priests so that they can give you as much assistance as is possible.

The Church encourages you to be as fully involved as you can in planning your loved one's funeral liturgy. It is the final journey of your loved one. In the liturgy, we celebrate the life of faith of your loved one; we commend him/her to the Lord, we support and pray for all those who mourn and we seek strength in the promise of the Lord that He will not forget his own.

Arranging a Funeral for your loved one
In planning the Funeral Mass, you will need to:

  • Provide your priest with some biographical information about your deceased loved one that will help him in preparing the funeral homily.

  • Select the readings for the funeral Mass. Depending on the circumstances; you may decide to have either one or two readings before the gospel reading. You will find a large selection of suitable readings in the booklet that is provided by the priest. But you are free to choose others. Should you decide to have two readings before the gospel, it is preferable to have a different reader for each.

  • Select the responsorial psalm, which comes between the first and second reading. You will find a number of responsorial psalms in this booklet, but again, you are free to choose. In making your choice, you should take into account the Church's recommendation that, if at all possible, the responsorial psalm should be sung.

  • Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Funeral ArrangementsChoose or compose the general intercessions/prayers of the faithful which come after the homily. In the general intercessions we pray not only for the deceased and his/her family and friends but also for all the dead and those who mourn them, and the needs of the wider community. One or more family members should read the general intercessions.

  • Choose family members or friends of the deceased to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. You should keep in mind, though, that the presentation of the gifts is not the time to carry up personal memorabilia or symbols of the life of the deceased. The best time is at the beginning of the Mass or at the removal of your loved one to the church.

  • Choose the hymns and music for the funeral Mass. They hymns should be selected from those regularly sung during Sunday Mass, and should express our strong belief in the resurrection, which is the basis of Christian hope. They should not include favourite secular songs or music of the deceased, these are not appropriate for a funeral liturgy.

Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Funeral ArrangementsIf you decide to say a few words in honour of your deceased loved one, there are a number of things to keep in mind. It should be short, no longer than 5 minutes; it should be delivered by a family member or close friend of the deceased; it should contain only words of tribute to the deceased and of thanks to those who have helped or supported the deceased's family during this time; it should take place after communion, before the final commendation and farewell. It should be written out in full and a copy given to your priest beforehand. It is important to note that many churches do not allow a eulogy totake place in the Mass. If this is the case it could be done at the reception, before the Mass begins or at the grave-side.

Arranging a Months Mind/Anniversary Mass
If you wish to arrange a Months Mind or Anniversary Mass for your deceased loved one please call to the Sacristy after mass. As there is heavy demand for Mass bookings, especially Sunday Masses we advise you to book early. Please check before the Mass that your intention is being included in that particular Mass. You will also be invited to bring up the offertory of that particular Mass, if it is not one of our pre sacramental preparation Masses.

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Holy Orders

The Priesthood and The Permanent Diaconate
Parish of the Annunciation Rathfarnham Holy OrdersThe Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which He bestowed upon His Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry."

"Ordination" comes from the Latin word ordination, which means to incorporate someone into an order. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, a man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ, at one of three levels: the episcopate, the priesthood, or the diaconate. If you have an interest in finding out more about the path to priesthood or the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese of Dublin, you are very welcome to contact our Diocesan Vocations Director.

Diocesan Vocations Director:
Fr. John Gilligan
Archbishop's House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
Direct Line: 01 857 4198
Email: vocations@dublindiocese.ie

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Religious Life www.catholicireland.net/orders

FAQ - Holy Orders

What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?
It is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time.
Why is this sacrament called Holy Orders?
Orders designates an ecclesial body into which one enters by means of a special consecration (ordination). Through a special gift of the Holy Spirit, this sacrament enables the ordained to exercise a sacred power in the name and with the authority of Christ for the service of the People of God.
What place does the sacrament of Holy Orders have in the divine plan of salvation?
This sacrament was prefigured in the Old Covenant in the service of the Levites, in the priesthood of Aaron, and in the institution of the seventy "Elders" (Numbers 11:25). These prefigurations find their fulfilment in Christ Jesus who by the sacrifice of the cross is the "one mediator between God and man" (1 Timothy 2:5), the "High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 5:10). The one priesthood of Christ is made present in the ministerial priesthood. "Only Christ is the true priest, the others being only his ministers." (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
What are the degrees that make up the sacrament of Holy Orders?
The sacrament of Holy Orders is composed of three degrees which are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church: the episcopate, the presbyterate and the diaconate.
What is the effect of episcopal ordination?
Episcopal ordination confers the fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders. It makes the bishop a legitimate successor of the apostles and integrates him into the episcopal college to share with the Pope and the other bishops care for all the churches. It confers on him the offices of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling.
What is the office confided to a Bishop in a particular Church?
The bishop to whom the care of a particular Church is entrusted is the visible head and foundation of unity for that Church. For the sake of that Church, as Vicar of Christ, he fulfills the office of shepherd and is assisted by his own priests and deacons.
What is the effect of ordination to the priesthood?
The anointing of the Spirit seals the priest with an indelible, spiritual character that configures him to Christ the priest and enables him to act in the name of Christ the Head. As a co-worker of the order of bishops he is consecrated to preach the Gospel, to celebrate divine worship, especially the Eucharist from which his ministry draws its strength, and to be a shepherd of the faithful.
How does a priest carry out his proper ministry?
A priest, although ordained for a universal mission, exercises his ministry in a particular Church. This ministry is pursued in sacramental brotherhood with other priests who form the "presbyterate". In communion with the bishop, and depending upon him, they bear responsibility for the particular Church.
What is the effect of the ordination to the diaconate?
The deacon, configured to Christ the servant of all, is ordained for service to the Church. He carries out this service under the authority of his proper bishop by the ministry of the Word, of divine worship, of pastoral care and of charity.
How is the sacrament of Holy Orders celebrated?
The sacrament of Holy Orders is conferred, in each of its three degrees, by means of the imposition of hands on the head of the ordained by the Bishop who pronounces the solemn prayer of consecration. With this prayer he asks God on behalf of the ordained for the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for the gifts of the Spirit proper to the ministry to which he is being ordained.
Who can confer this sacrament?
Only validly ordained bishops, as successors of the apostles, can confer the sacrament of Holy Orders.
Who can receive this sacrament?
This sacrament can only be validly received by a baptized man. The Church recognizes herself as bound by this choice made by the Lord Himself. No one can demand to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders, but must be judged suitable for the ministry by the authorities of the Church.
Is it necessary to be celibate to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders?
It is always necessary to be celibate for the episcopacy. For the priesthood in the Latin Church men who are practicing Catholics and celibate are chosen, men who intend to continue to live a celibate life "for the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:12). In the Eastern Churches marriage is not permitted after one has been ordained. Married men can be ordained to the permanent diaconate.
What are the effects of the sacrament of Holy Orders?
This sacrament yields a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit which configures the recipient to Christ in his triple office as Priest, Prophet, and King, according to the respective degrees of the sacrament. Ordination confers an indelible spiritual character and therefore cannot be repeated or conferred for a limited time.
With what authority is the priestly ministry exercised?

Ordained priests in the exercise of their sacred ministry speak and act not on their own authority, nor even by mandate or delegation of the community, but rather in the Person of Christ the Head and in the name of the Church. Therefore, the ministerial priesthood differs essentially and not just in degree from the priesthood common to all the faithful for whose service Christ instituted it.

God created man in His own image and likeness… God is love and in Himself He lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in His own image and continually keeping it in being, God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. Blessed John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio.

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