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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach

Parish Resources

Advent Resources from the National Liturgy Centre

Advent candlesThe National Centre for Liturgy has prepared Advent resources which include an Advent Service (including a Powerpoint file), an Evening Prayer based on the 'O' Antiphons, and prayers and notes on various aspects of Advent. See downloadable files below.

The resources may be used and adapted by parishes and schools, or by individuals, households or families, as they keep an Advent moment or make an Advent space.  

These resources are also on the website of the National Centre for Liturgy:




Evening Prayer: O-antiphons


covid-19 imageFrom midnight on 21 October, Ireland moves to Level 5.

From midnight on Wednesday 21 October, Ireland moves to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks. Government information on Level 5 restrictions can be found here.

Essential services information is here.

Churches remain open for private prayer. Wedding and funeral numbers are capped at 25. All other religious services are online.

This is a 2-page guidance document from Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 outlining the key points of the Plan as they relate to parishes and chaplaincies in our diocese.

Here is a 3-page extract from Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19, entitled Framework for Restrictive Measures, which outlines the key points of each of the five levels. You may find it useful to print this and keep it handy for quick reference.

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.

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 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.

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.

Season of Creation 2020

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. 

The Season of Creation, or Creation Time, is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (the feast of St Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.

The following resources are offered by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference for use in dioceses, parishes and in the home, during the Season of Creation 2020.







Church Collections 2021

Download a pdf: Church Collections 2021

Church Collections dates 2021


tax return imageIncome tax returns for 2019: download the Revenue Commissioners' Form 11 here.

A helpsheet from the Revenue Commissioners for completing Form 11 is here.

Diocesan Directory & Ad Clerum

Ad Clerum 2020 cover

Diocesan Directory cover imageThe Diocesan Directory is fully searchable. You can download it here. Current edition 23 September 2020. (Note: parish Mass times in the Directory have not been updated for Covid-19 changes, as the position is changing regularly. 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)

See the Safeguarding menu and all drop-down items on this website for other documents, forms, and resources relating to safeguarding.

Data Protection Forms & Templates

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


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A person must be at least 18 years of age before they can book a wedding in the diocese. This Decree dates from 19 December 2019.

The October 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.

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For music copyright queries, see

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.