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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Parish Resources

A Video Message from Pope Francis re WMOT22

A video message outlining some changes to the structure of the 10th World Meeting of Families in 2022.

HSE Covid-19 Guidance for Places of Worship

The latest information booklet from the HSE regarding religious worship is dated 21 June 2021.
It includes updates on singing and music during religious services, and updates in relation to vaccination.



Church Collections 2021

Download a pdf: Church Collections 2021

Download a pdf: Church Collections 2022

Church Collections 2022

Church Collections dates 2021

Reconciliation and Holy Communion

A series of three videos, each with an accompanying worksheet, has been produced by iCatholic for the Catechetics Council of the Irish Bishops Conference.

VIDEO 1 below and worksheet 1 here.

VIDEO 2 below and worksheet 2 here.

VIDEO 3 below and worksheet 3 here.

Confirmations 2020

The 2021 Confirmation ceremony booklet is available to download here in pdf and here in MS Word.

The Council for Catechetics has worked with iCatholic to produce three preparation videos for Confirmation.

The first one is below, and an accompanying worksheet is here.

Here is the second video, and its accompanying worksheet is here.

The third and final video is below, and the accompanying worksheet is here.


Diocesan Directory & Ad Clerum

Ad Clerum 2021 cover

Ad Clerum 2021 is downloadable here.Diocesan Directory 2021 cover image

The Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. You can download it here.
Current edition 6th July 2021.
Note: the Directory is undergoing revision to reflect the September clerical appointments, and also a revision of parish Mass times now that Covid-19 restrictions are easing. In the meantime, please see parish pages on this website for current updates.

Parishes: please email to keep the diocesan office up to date with changes to parish information, Mass times, school headships, etc., so that the Directory and website can be kept current.

Safeguarding documents

Child Safeguarding Policy Statement (to be displayed prominently in all churches in the diocese)

See the Safeguarding menu and its drop-down items for other documents, forms, and resources relating to safeguarding.

Data Protection Forms & Templates


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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.

The August 2021 list of Marriage Solemnisers is here.

See this page from the HSE for information on civil requirements for marriage.

Payment of Church Musicians

organist imageThe National Centre for Liturgy has a useful guide for payment of church musicians, updated in 2019.

The minimum suggested fee for a wedding is €235, 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 €130 for one service, and €169 when music also is provided for the reception of the body on a separate occasion.

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For music copyright queries, see

Useful websites

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

World Missions Ireland (Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission):

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference:

National Centre for Liturgy:

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.