Holy Week 2020

Click above to download a print version of the Holy Week schedule for your family or a neighbour who would like to follow the online ceremonies

Dear parishioners,

none of us ever imagined on Ash Wednesday that our Lenten journey would be concluding in isolation for all parishioners and for families all over the world. Some of you feel cheated that our journey together was so abruptly (but necessarily) halted just as our prayers, fasting and almsgiving was bearing fruit.

The current situation with the pandemic which is affecting the movement, gathering and daily lives of so many people has resulted in a great silence in our towns and places of work. It’s as if EVERYONE has been brought into a journey of caring for the vulnerable and looking out for each other.

As your priests, we are greatly encouraged by the messages, emails and letters from all who have connected with us during the past week. WE MISS YOU!

The four of us have been preparing (and rehearsing and improvising!!) for the Holy Week ceremonies which will be broadcast on our parish webcam.

Without the help of a visible congregation and the support of sacristans, musicians, Ministers of the Word we have our work cut out for us! Nevertheless we promise you a prayerful journey through Holy Week.

Monday evening 6 April – some musical sounds for Holy Week – as proposed by Fr Robert & Fr Shane.

The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Ubi caritas et amor (Taizé)
Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727 – (J.S. Bach)
This is my Body, broken for you – (Jimmy Owens)
Miserere mei Deus – Psalm 51 setting by Allegri
The Holy City – Adams & Weatherly

Our 7:30pm devotions & reflections will continue every evening. We hope that these times of reflection, music and guided prayer are of help to you and to your family.

If you know of someone who doesn’t have access to the webcam, could you do a phone-link to their house for one of these broadcasts?

This week’s bulletin is provided below:


A printable version is available for download here. Can we encourage you to print and share it with a neighbour or put it through the letterbox of a person who is cocooning at present?

We commend to God’s mercy the repose of the souls of the following who died recently. As private family funerals are being held during these days, we ask you to include an extra prayer for their families who grieve without the surrounding support of a prayerful congregation:

  • Elizabeth Herron, Springfield Glen 
  • Kevin Foyle, Woodlands 
  • Noeleen O’Hare, Parnell Park 
  • Jerome Lyness, Emmet Terrace 
  • Eugene ”Hughie” Stapleton, Graigs Lane 
  • William “Bill” Duffy, Emmet Terrace 
  • Gerard “Gerry” Ellis, Parnell Park 
  • Adrian Bartley, Ardbraccan & formerly Robinrath 
  • Séamus Connolly, Abbeygrove 
  • James Kiely, Bettystown & formerly Drumconrath 

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

Many messages come every day from different parts of the world to let us know about our “virtual parish” during these strange days. Sincere thanks to those of you who have been topping up your offertory envelope on a weekly basis.

Particular thanks to those of you who found your way to our secure Paypal parish account. We will be in touch by email or by phone next week to thank you personally for your support during the past few weeks.

Our churches are open … your priests are available.

St Mary’s is open most days from 12:00noon until 6:00pm for quiet personal prayer. Frs Declan, Robert, Louis or Shane are available during these hours in the church or around the church grounds.

St Oliver’s is open every day from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

As we set off into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday, we will all pray for you.