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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Parish Resources

Nothing can Separate us from the Love of God

filler imageThe guidance document, Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God, incorporates the principles in the 'Framework Document for a Return to the Public Celebration of Mass and the Sacraments' published by the Irish Episcopal Conference.

Church personnel should at all times follow the most up-to-date public health advice and associated regulations and obligations, particularly in regard to limitations on gatherings, the requirements of physical distancing, hygiene and sanitation measures, and the use of personal protective equipment as appropriate. To reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19, public health advice emphasises the importance of strict adherence to physical distancing, good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and regular cleaning and sanitising of shared spaces.

It is most important that people who are unwell – and especially those with any symptoms that might suggest Covid-19 infection – should stay at home and if possible participate, as now, on webcam, social media or radio.


covid-19 imageCOVID-19 Public Health Guidance

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

For signs and posters which might be useful for your church or office see these HSE webpages.

Confirmations 2020

Rescheduling: please let the diocesan office know the date for which Confirmations have been rescheduled in your parish.

The Confirmations booklet is available for download in English here and in Irish here
An editable file is downloadable in English here and in Irish here.

Diocesan Directory & Ad Clerum

Ad Clerum 2020 cover

The Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. You can download it here. Current edition 7 July 2020. (Note: parish Mass times in the Directory have not been updated for Covid-10 changes, as the position is changing week by week. See parish pages on this website for current updates.)

Parishes: please email or tel. 091 563566 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.

Ad Clerum 2020 is downloadable here.

Safeguarding documents

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

Data Protection Forms & Templates

data protection graphicThis section is under development. Check back soon!


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Bishop Brendan Kelly has signed 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.

The June 2020 list of Marriage Solemnisers is here.

See for information from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection on civil requirements for marriage.

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 (also known as the Irish Episcopal Conference):

National Centre for Liturgy:

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.

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.