Other Services

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Saturdays         10.45am-12.45pm

Mondays           10.45am-  4.00pm



Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions)   Saturday after 10.00 Mass



INFANT BAPTISMS are normally celebrated in our Parish on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 12.30pm (with effect from Easter Sunday 2009).  A maximum of 4 children are baptised at each ceremony. 

Baptisms are primarily for families living in our Parish.  In exceptional circumstances, Baptisms are arranged for families living outside the Parish.

To arrange a Baptism, please call the parish office 01 5382542 or e-mail secretary@monkstownparish.ie.  At least 2 weeks’ notice is required.

It is necessary to complete a Registration Form for the Baptismal Register which can be downloaded here

One Sponsor/Godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex.  Sponsors/Godparents must be baptised Catholics who have made their First Communion and have been Confirmed.  Sponsors/Godparents must be not less than 16 years of age.

A Baptismal Candle is required.

There is no charge for Baptisms, but it is customary for parents to make a voluntary donation according to their means.


ADULTS requesting Baptism are required to undergo special preparation.  For further information, please contact the Parish Priest.



The parties to the Marriage must meet with the Registrar of Marriages at least 3 months before the Wedding.  A fee of €150 is payable to the Registrar.  For further information go to www.groireland.ie

The priest performing the ceremony must be a Registered Solemniser.

The Marriage Registration Form issued to the couple by the Civil Registrar is signed at the end of the Wedding Ceremony by the priest, the bride & groom and the bestman & bridesmaid.  It is now the couple’s responsibility to post the completed Marriage Registration Form to the Civil Registrar after the Wedding Ceremony.



At least 3 months’ notice of intention to marry should be given.

The papers for each party to the marriage are completed by the priest in the parish where each party resides.  The main form to be completed by the priest for each party is the Pre Nuptial Enquiry Form.

Before completing the Pre Nuptial Enquiry Form, each party should obtain a RECENT Baptismal Certificate and also a Confirmation Certificate.  In some cases, Letters of Freedom may also be required.

If your Pre Nuptial Enquiry Form is being completed in Monkstown, please download the Data Sheet here and return to the Parish Priest.

When the Pre Nuptial Enquiry Forms are completed for each party, they are forwarded to the Parish Priest for the church where the marriage is to take place.

Where one party to the marriage is not a Catholic, special procedures apply.

Where either or both parties are living abroad, or when the marriage is taking place abroad, special procedures apply.



Contact the Parish Priest to check available dates.

Priority booking is given to Brides/Grooms from the Parish.  Couples from outside the Parish must arrange to bring their own priest.

The Parish Organist is Edel Sludds – Telephone (087) 947 4622.

The Parish Sacristan is Kieran Brown – Telephone 2807854

Arrangements regarding Flowers should be checked with the Sacristan.

If a Red Carpet is required, it should be hired as one is not provided by the Church.

Photographers and Videographers are expected to be discreet and reverent and should clear arrangements beforehand with the priest celebrating the Wedding Ceremony.

Parking near the Church is limited, but there is usually space available at Salthill/Monkstown DART Station which is only 5 minutes’ walk away from the Church.

There is no charge for the use of the Church, but it is customary for couples to make a voluntary donation according to their means.



It is recommended that all couples getting married undertake a Pre-Marriage Course well in advance of the Wedding.

Church Pre-Marriage Courses are organised by ACCORD.  Go to www.accord.ie Early bookings are recommended as the courses tend to book out months ahead. 



The details of the Wedding Ceremony should be decided in consultation with the priest who is performing the ceremony.

It is recommended that a Wedding Rehearsal is held a few days before the wedding.

A useful website is www.gettingmarried.ie which includes a template of the Wedding Booklet.  However, it is not essential to have a booklet.


Funerals are normally arranged in consultation with the Funeral Director chosen by the family.

The Reception of Remains is usually held at 5.00pm and the Funeral Mass at 10.00am.

The Parish Organist is Edel Sludds – Telephone (087) 947 4622.

Readings for the Funeral are chosen in consultation with the priest.  A Planning Sheet for the Funeral Mass can be downloaded here

There is no charge for Funerals, but it is customary for families to make a voluntary donation according to their means.

MONKSTOWN BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP provides support for those coming to terms with bereavement.  The Group meets in the Parochial House beside the Church on the second Wednesday of each month at 8.00pm and on the last Monday of each month at 10.30am.  Further details from Noreen Doherty at 280 6611.

An annual November Mass is celebrated in the Church for all who died during the previous 12 months.

The morning Masses at 7.30am and 10.00am on the First Friday of the month are celebrated for all our deceased relatives, friends, neighbours and parishioners and all whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead.


Useful Websites:

Death Notices – www.rip.ie  

Death Notices - Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Evening Herald - http://announcements.independent.ie/deaths/

Family Notices - Irish Times (Includes Births, Deaths, Etc) - http://www.irishtimes.com/notices/

Resources – www.catholicireland.net/requiem





May you support us all the day long,

till the shades lengthen and the evening comes

and the busy world is hushed

and the fever of life is over

and our work is done;

then in your mercy

may you give us a safe lodging

and a holy rest

and peace at the last