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Cancellations • The Lenten Talks scheduled for the Sacred Heart church on Tuesday 24th and Tuesday 31st March 2020 are cancelled owing to Covid...
:: Covid-19 update ::  Following on the Taoiseach's directive on 12 March, Bishop Brendan Kelly has instructed that all public Masses in...
Bereavement Support Evening Bereavement charities Anam Cara in collaboration with Féileacáin and Pieta House are hosting a Bereavement...
Beginning Experience West of Ireland The next Beginning Experience Residential Weekend Spring Programme® will be held between 3rd and 5th April...

Parish Resources

COVID-19 Public Health Guidance

For the most up-to-date HSE information on Covid-19, please see the HSE webpages here.

 

Decree on Minimal Age for Booking a Wedding

Bishop Brendan Kelly has signed off on a new Decree regarding the minimal age for booking a wedding in the diocese. It specifies that a person must be at least 18 years of age before they can book a wedding.

Register of Solemnisers

This is the current list of Marriage Solemnisers as posted by the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection on 1 March 2020, as a pdf.
Click here for the same document as an Excel file.

See www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Getting_Married for information from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection on civil requirements for marriage.
 

Special Collections 2020

The 2020 Church Collections list is here.
 

Diocesan Directory 2020 & Ad Clerum

This electronic version of the Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. Current update 24 March 2020.
Parishes: please email info@galwaydiocese.ie or tel. 091 563566 with any changes to parish information, Mass times, school headships, etc., so that the Directory can be kept up to date at all times.

Ad Clerum 2020 is downloadable here.
 

Useful websites

ACCORD Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG have 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 (also known as the Irish Episcopal Conference): www.catholicbishops.ie
National Centre for Liturgy: www.liturgy-ireland.ie
Catholic Schools Partnership: www.catholicschools.ie
 

Papal Blessing

Since 10 March 2019 it is no longer possible to request a Papal Blessing Parchment by letter or email. All requests must now be processed online by the Vatican Office of Papal Charities.
Please click on this link to access the English language Vatican webpage for Papal Blessing applications. Please 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.
 

Pastoral Directory for the Priest

The Pastoral Directory for the Priest comprises a set of guidelines issued to all priests of the diocese.
(The present edition was updated in December 2015; it will be reviewed in 2020.)
 

Parish Email Help

For parishes using the diocesan domain name email system, please click on this link to access any help you might need.