2 June 2021: The most recent government guidance confirms that in line with the gradual reopening of society, First Holy Communions and Confirmations may take place from 5 July onwards, while complying with Covid-19 requirements.
A video message outlining some changes to the structure of the 10th World Meeting of Families in 2022.
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.
Download a pdf: Church Collections 2021
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.
Ad Clerum 2021 is downloadable here.
The Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. You can download it here.
Current edition 6th July 2021.
Note: parish Mass times in the Directory have not been updated for Covid-19, as the position is changing regularly. See parish pages on this website for current updates.
Parishes: please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 May 2021 list of Marriage Solemnisers is here.
See www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Getting_Married for information from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection on civil requirements for marriage.
The 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.
For music copyright queries, see www.onelicense.net
ACCORD 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
National Centre for Liturgy: www.liturgy-ireland.ie
All 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.