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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Parish Resources

Confirmations 2023

 stylised dove over the heads of a congregationCelebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation 2023

We would like to assure those to be confirmed, their families and sponsors, that the whole diocese is praying for them all as they prepare for this important time in their lives.

Those who are due to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2023 are now invited to make an application. Application forms are available from your local parish and are also downloadable in English here and as Gaeilge anseo. These forms should be completed and returned to your local parish priest (moderator/administrator) before 1 December 2022.

Please be advised that while we will do our utmost to adhere to the 2023 Schedule, circumstances may arise where changes may have to be made at short notice.

World Youth Day 2023

 posterWORLD YOUTH DAY GATHERING WITH POPE FRANCIS 2023 in LISBON & FATIMA
31 July – 8 August 2023

Spiritual Director: Bishop Michael Duignan

Be there when the world gathers for the unique festival of faith and friendship!

OPEN TO ADULTS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 (by 31 July 2023) AND 35. Subsidised fare €900.

For further information and booking form contact Darina in the Galway Diocesan Office: tel. 091 563566, email info@galwaydiocese.ie, or contact your local priest.

Limited places available. Bookings close 31 January 2023.

Church Collections 2023

Download a pdf: Church Collections 2023

Church Collections 2023

Marriage

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The January 2023 list of Marriage Solemnisers is here.

Click here for general sacred and secular information on marriage requirements.
See this page from the HSE for information on civil requirements for marriage.

A person must be at least 18 years of age before they can book a wedding in the diocese, by decree of the Bishop dated 19 December 2019.

Payment of Church Musicians

organist imageThe Bishops’ Advisory Committee on Church Music publishes a useful guide for payment of church musicians: it was last updated in 2022. 
Guidelines-for-payment-of-church-musicians-2022.pdf

The minimum suggested fee for a wedding is €250, but should be higher when the musician is required for a rehearsal or when music has to be purchased or learned.

The minimum suggested fee for a funeral is €150 to €175 for one service, and €250 to €275 when music also is provided for the reception of the body on a separate occasion.
 

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For music copyright queries, see www.onelicense.net

Useful websites

Word art imageACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG has a variety of useful resources online, including marriage preparation and relationship counselling: www.accord.ie

World Missions Ireland (Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission): www.wmi.ie

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference: www.catholicbishops.ie
 

Papal Blessings

Elemosineria Apostolica imageAll requests for a Papal Blessing Parchment must be processed online by the Vatican Office of Papal Charities. Please click on this link to access the English language Vatican web page for Papal Blessing applications. Note: there is a fairly narrow time window of six months before and four months after the date of an event during which a Papal Blessing can be requested.