Our Ministries, Groups, and Organisations

Ministries Other Church Duties Prayer Groups

Ministers of the Word (Readers)

Special Ministers of the Eucharist

Altar servers

Funeral Ministry

Baptism Ministry

 

Church Collectors

Flower Arranging Group

Church Cleaning Group

 

Quiet Prayer Group

Adoration of the Eucharist Group

Padre Pio Mass

Year of Faith Group

Social & Outreach Services

Pastoral Services

Music Groups

Society of St Vincent de Paul

Legion of Mary

Meals on Wheels

Bethany Bereavement Support Group

Cheshire Home Hospitality Group

Parish Choir

Folk Group

Services for Children

Hospitality

Parish Management & Development

The Childrens Mass

The Good Shepherd Group

Hospitality Group

Coffee Morning Group

Finance Committee

Parish Pastoral Council

Communication

Ecumenical Activities

Buildings Oversight & Maintenance

Parish Website

Parish Newsletter

MC3 Group

Parish Centre Committee

Plant Maintenance

Ministry of the Eucharist (Communion)
There are 22 special ministers of the Eucharist (SMEs).  They distribute Holy Communion at all the Sunday Masses, at the Saturday Vigil Mass and at Masses on Holy Days.  The coordinator of the group is Sean Kelleher.  He is responsible for preparing the rota for the SMEs.  Each rota covers a six month period.  It is given to the SMEs and is displayed both on the sacristy notice board and on the notice board in the church porch.  There is always need for new SMEs.  Being an SME is less demanding on time than is the case with many other parish duties.  Fr Michael arranges for prospective SMEs to attend a diocesan course on that particular ministry.

Contact person:     Sean Kelleher   telephone no. 280 4013      mobile no. 087 233 3475

email seannekell@hotmail.com

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Ministers of the Word (Readers)
There are six parishioners who are responsible for the readings at the 9.00 am Mass and another six parishioners who are responsible for the readings at the 12 noon Mass, each Sunday.  Each reader does the readings for a period of a month, twice a year at one or other of these two Masses.  Traditionally, the readings at the Saturday evening Mass have been done by members of the Folk Group and the readings at the 10.30 am Mass form part of the Children’s Liturgy.  New readers for the 9.00 am and 12 noon Masses would be most welcome.  Guidance is given to new readers on how to do the readings.

A new coordinator for the readings is required and steps are in progress to make an appointment.

Contact person:  Ann Acres, Parish Secretary  Telephone 280 2130, secretary@monkstownparish.ie

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Music Ministry (Choirs)

Parish Choir
The Parish Choir sings at 12 noon Mass every Sunday (except during the summer).  Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7.15 pm to 8.15 pm.  The choir director is Edel Sludds.  The group is always interested in talking to any parishioner who would like to join the group.

Contact person:           Edel Sludds  telephone 284 5729  mobile 087 947 4622

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Folk Group
The Folk Group traditionally sang at the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings at 6.00 pm from September to mid-June.  It was founded in 1978 by Eric Cooney.  In 2008 Eric applied to become a deacon in the Dublin Diocese.  His application was accepted and last year he was ordained as a deacon.  The result has been that the group does not now sing each week as Eric may be on diaconate formation weekends or may be rostered to preach the homily at the Vigil Mass.  Because of this the group is looking for someone who can play the guitar or keyboard.

The group sings a range of contemporary liturgical music at the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings.  At present the group meets to rehearse about thirty minutes prior to the Vigil Mass.

The group is always open to new members (singers and instrumentalists) so if anybody is thinking of becoming a member, the time commitment is only ninety minutes (5.30 pm to 7 pm) on Saturdays.  New members are always welcome.

Contact person:     Eric Cooney    telephone 280 2416      mobile 087 668 3499   email eric.g.cooney@gmail.com

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The Children's Mass
The Children’s Mass is the 10.30 am Sunday Mass.  It is held every Sunday from the beginning of September to the end of May.  The person responsible for preparing the liturgy for the Children’s Mass is Lorraine Crimmins.  She meets the children each week to prepare the liturgy for the following Sunday.

Additional children and the involvement of their parents are always most welcome.

Contact person:           Lorraine Crimmins   mobile 087 279 0012

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The Good Shepherd Group
The Good Shepherd Group meets once a week in the Parochial House.  The Good Shepherd is a scripture-based approach to enriching the child’s relationship with God.  It is called “A Joyful Journey.”  Children are introduced to scripture readings and helped to further explore them using special educational materials and art work.  The children are also familiarised with the articles used in the church for the celebration of the Eucharist and the sacraments.  Children have a deep spirituality and this Montessori approach helps to guide and nurture their relationship with God.  It is for children aged 3 to 12.

Contact person:           Olivia Dunne  telephone 280 3982   mobile 087 264 1014

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Child Protection Officer

The Child Protection Officer in the parish is Alice O’Connell.  The role of the parish child protection officer is to promote and ensure the safe care of children involved in church activities in the parish.

Contact person:  contact with Alice O’Connell can be made through Ann Acres, Parish Secretary, telephone 280 2130.

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Quiet Prayer Group

The Quiet Prayer Group is ecumenical and open to all.  Christian Meditation is a way of prayer marked by silence, stillness and simplicity.  Those of all Christian traditions, of other religious traditions and of none are all welcome.  “In silence we are all one.”

The group meets on Wednesday 8.00 pm each week in the Parochial House except on the last Wednesday of the month when it meets in the Parish Centre because the numbers attending traditionally tend to be larger on the last Wednesday of the month.

For those wishing to meditate it is advised that they do so for 20-30 minutes each morning and evening.

How to meditate:

  • Find a quiet place

  • Sit down with both feet touching the ground and the back in an upright position

  • Sit still

  • Gently close your eyes and begin to recite your prayer word or mantra silently and interiorly during the time of meditation.  (The prayer word normally used is the Aramaic word “MARANATHA” meaning “Come Lord”.  It is found in scripture and is one of the earliest prayers in the Christian tradition.)

  • Say it as four equally-stressed syllables

To sustain the practice it is helpful to meditate in a group once a week.  Anybody interested in joining the group is most welcome.

Contact persons:  Elizabeth Dinn, telephone 230 3117, email elizbethdinn@gmail.com and Ronnie Elder, telephone 280 5040.

Further information on Christian Meditation is available from the websites:

www.christianmeditation.ie and www.wccm.org

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Eucharistic Adoration Group

Eucharist Adoration is a practice in the Church in which the Blessed Sacrament is honoured and adored by the faithful.  The Adoration of the Eucharist takes place in St Patrick’s Church Monkstown Monday – Friday 8.00 – 10.00 am, Monday 10.30 am – 5.15 pm and Saturday 10.30 am – 12.45 pm.  Eucharistic Adoration is performed by each person being present before the Eucharist in silent prayer often for a period of about an hour.  Each moment you spend with Jesus before the Blessed Sacrament brings joy and deepens His divine peace in you.  It is very desirable to have at least one person present in the church when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and the church should never be empty at a time when it is exposed.  Volunteers are needed to ensure that this does not happen.

Contact person:           Mary McGlinchey   telephone 280 9725

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Padre Pio Mass

The Padre Pio Mass takes place at 7.30 pm on the third Tuesday of each month from September to June.

Contact person:           Jan McElheron  telephone 280 5514

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Ecumenical Prayer Group
The Ecumenical Prayer Group aims to encourage unity and reconciliation among Christians of different traditions.  Members of the Catholic Church,  and Church of Ireland meet on the last Wednesday of each month in the Parish Centre (behind the Church) at 8.00 pm.

Contact Names:- Ronnie Elder,  Tel 2805040

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Bethany Bereavement Support Group
The Bethany Bereavement Support Group aims to help the bereaved and grieving in the parish.  There are over 66 such groups in the Dublin area alone.  Throughout the year members of the group make contact with members of every parish family who have experienced bereavement in order to offer them support.  There are group meetings for the bereaved in the Parish Centre on the second Thursday of each month at 8.00 pm and on the last Monday of each month at 10.30 am.  Alternatively, the bereaved can be seen privately.  They are invited to the annual Parish Bereavement Mass which takes place each November.

The group runs an annual Bethany volunteer training course which takes place over eleven evening sessions followed by an all day final session, which usually takes place before Christmas.

For further information please contact the Parish Office, telephone 280 2130 or view website www.bethany.ie

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Cheshire Home Hospitality Group

Residents of the Cheshire House, Monkstown who require help in attending church and parish functions are cared for by this group of volunteers.  The volunteers take the wheelchair-bound residents to the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday evenings and to the 10.30 am Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.

Volunteers are welcome.

Contact person:  Aedán Archer, telephone 280 7466.

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Church Collectors
The Church Collectors Group takes up the two collections at each Mass on Sunday and at the vigil Mass on Saturday evening.  They also are responsible for the collections on holydays.

The group needs new volunteers.

Contact person (temporary):  Parish Office telephone 2802130

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Flower Arranging
The Flower Arranging Group of four ladies looks after the flower arrangements for the Altars and Sanctuary on a weekly basis all the year round (except for weddings and funerals).

Contact person:      Bernadette Thornberry                   telephone 280 2144

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Church Cleaning
The Church Cleaning Group cleans the brass shrines and the plaques on the pews every week.  The volunteers in the group work on a rota basis which works out at about once every five weeks for reach volunteer.  Major church cleaning needs to be done bi-monthly.

Volunteers (men and women) are needed.

Contact person:           Parish Office telephone 2802130

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Altar Servers

There is no group as such of altar servers but there are various parishioners who regularly on their own initiative act as altar servers for particular Masses both on the weekend and during weekdays.  Such service is greatly appreciated.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee was formed on the 1st September 2008.  It monitors the income and expenditure of the parish and sanctions and monitors any significant expenditure.  It meets approximately 6 to 8 times per year.  The chairperson of the committee is Matt Minch.  There are at present five members of the committee and Fr Michael.  The committee could do with one more member.

Contact person:           Matt Minch  telephone 280 7748  mobile 087 233 6097  email minch@eircom.net

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Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council has been in existence since December 2010.  It meets every month except for the months of July and August.  It is made up of eleven active members.  It strives to address both a range of needs and various pastoral issues that arise from time to time within the parish.  While many of the members of the Parish Pastoral Council are providing voluntary service within the parish in a variety of ways, the role of the Council itself is to act as “enabler” rather than as “doer”.  This booklet is produced by the Parish Pastoral Council and one of the aims of the booklet is to inform parishioners of the extent to which voluntary service is undertaken in the parish while at the same time pointing out that there is great need for new volunteers in so many areas of our parish life.

Contact person:  Ann Acres, Parish Secretary  Telephone 280 2130, secretary@monkstownparish.ie

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Baptism Ministry

The Parish Pastoral Council would also hope to establish a baptism ministry group and to have an active programme for Baptism preparation.  Baptism is the first sacrament we receive.  It is important that parents be aware of the very deep commitments that they are making when they bring a baby to be baptised.  In Monkstown we have baptisms on the second and fourth Sunday of the month.  Again any parishioner who would like to give consideration to becoming a member of the proposed baptism ministry group should contact Ann Acres in the parish office or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council.  Telephone 280 2130.

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Funeral Ministry

The Parish Pastoral Council is hoping to establish a funeral ministry group.  It is envisaged that the role of the members of the group will be similar to that which operates in Dalkey Parish.  Below are guidelines that were prepared and very kindly given to the Parish Pastoral Council by members of the Dalkey Parish Funeral Team, and which set out what they attend to at the removal on the eve of a funeral and at the funeral Mass itself.  The Dalkey Funeral Team has given us its permission to reproduce these guidelines.

Dalkey Parish Funeral Team

The main role of the Funeral Team is to represent the parish faith community at each funeral and be available to assist the officiating priest and the bereaved family in whatever way possible.

Attendance at Removal on eve of Funeral

  1. Report to the priest at the sacristy 10 minutes before arrival of the funeral, place the four candle holders in line with the altar leaving space for the coffin and light the four candles.

  2. The two acolytes bring candles and follow the sacristan and the priest to the Church door.  After the blessing of the coffin, they proceed slowly up the aisle in front of the priest, place the candles in their holders and usher chief mourners to the front seats on the gospel side of Church.

  3. They then move to the front seat at the side and remain there until the end of the ceremony.

  4. They may or may not be introduced as members of the funeral team representing the parish faith community and may wish to offer their sympathies and inform the bereaved family that they’ll be present to assist at the Funeral Mass in the morning.

Attendance at Funeral Mass

  1. Arrive at the Church 10 minutes before the Mass, report to sacristy, check that microphone is working (towards the speaker is ON), sit at the end of the front seat at left-hand side within view of the bereaved family so that they’ll see the two acolytes and know when to stand, sit or kneel during the Mass.

  2. Maybe before Mass check with the family that those doing the readings, the prayers of the faithful and those taking up the gifts know where and when to go forward.  Offer to assist them or accompany them if deemed necessary.

  3. Ring bell after the Sanctus and at the Consecration.  Before Communion put the table for the gifts out of the way.

  4. At the end of Mass bring candle holders back to the sacristy.

Parishioners who might be willing to volunteer to become members of the proposed funeral ministry group may have a fear of the ministry being very onerous.  Hopefully, the above guidelines, which the Parish Pastoral Council would encourage parishioners to read, will help to allay any such fears.  Any parishioner who would like to give consideration to becoming a member of the proposed funeral ministry group should contact Ann Acres in the parish office or any member of the Parish Pastoral Council.  Telephone 280 2130.

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Year of Faith Group

The Year of Faith Group meets on the first Wednesday of ever month at 10.30 am to 11.30 am in the Parochial House.  The idea for this group started in response to the invitation in the Year of Faith to deepen our faith by learning more about it and thus by experiencing its joy.

Currently, the DVD “Catholicism”, written and presented by Fr Robert Barron is being shown episode by episode.  There are ten episodes in total.  Everybody is most welcome to join the group.

Contact person:           Brenda McGann   mobile no. 087 604 7453

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Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is an Association of Lay Catholics founded in Dublin in 1921 and there are members working in most countries in the world.  Its aim is to help its volunteers and those they meet come closer to Jesus and Mary through prayer and active work.

In Monkstown Parish Out Lady of Good Counsel Praesidium meets in St Patrick’s Parish Centre on Mondays at 8.00 pm.

Activities include:

  • Visiting the Cheshire House and participating in the team that brings residents to Mass; 

  • Visiting sick and elderly people in Nursing Homes;

  • Assisting with the annual Legion Afternoon of Recollection for people with mobility problems;

  • Some visitation of homes promoting Parish and Legion activities and in particular the Cause for Beatification of former Monkstown parishioner and legionary Venerable Edel Quinn; and

  • Assisting with a public Rosary.

New volunteers are always welcome.

For further information please phone Anne on 087 416 5682 or Mary on 089 965 9639.

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Society of St Vincent de Paul

St Patrick’s Conference, Monkstown of the Society of the St Vincent de Paul

The St Vincent de Paul Conference in Monkstown meets weekly in the Parish Centre on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm.  Meetings take approximately 75 minutes and after each meeting the members visit the families in the parish who have requested a call.

At the meetings the members report on their previous week’s visitations and on the needs of the families.  The Conference receives requests on the Conference’s mobile phone from people requiring a visit and also receives requests from Head Office to visit families in the parish.  These latter requests give a brief outline of the families’ situation.  At the meetings the requests for visitations are reviewed.  A list of the families to be called on is made and a decision is taken as to which members will visit the families.  A visit to a family is always made by two members.

The assistance the Conference offers is in the form of vouchers for food in local supermarkets, help with the payment of rent and utility bills, help with meeting educational needs and encouragement where appropriate to parents to avail of adult educational courses.  The Conference offers moral support to people who need someone to talk to and tries to get them to seek help from qualified agencies for their particular needs.

The members of the Conference do a monthly church door collection and prior to Christmas do a delivery of appeal letters to every house in the parish.

The Conference is always seeking new members.  Anybody interested in becoming a member should contact the Parish Office, telephone 280 2130.

Anyone in need of assistance should call 855 0022.

Blessed Edmund Rice Conference of the Society of the St Vincent de Paul

This special works conference was founded in 2003.  The work of the Conference involves mentoring, encouraging and offering assistance to adults who left school early.  The Conference assists students with finance, transport and educational support according to individual needs.  A two year course of study for the Leaving Certificate Applied for adults is offered nearby in Holy Child in Sallynoggin.

The Conference meets monthly on the first Wednesday of each month.  Every Monday all Conference members (aged 30 to 80), mentors and students, graduates and prospective candidates meet for an hour and a half for conversation, listening and encouragement.  Grinds are arranged if required.  Priority is given to personal reflection in the light of the Gospels.  During the year outings, pilgrimages, workshops and retreat days are organised for all.

The work of the Conference is funded by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, is inspired by the Society’s founder, Frederick Ozanam, and as the name of the conference indicates is greatly influenced by the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.  The Daughters of Charity provide the Conference with a home from home for its meetings in Dunardagh, Blackrock.

Contact person:           Maria O’Hanrahan, email  maria.ohanrahan@gmail.com

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Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels service in Monkstown is organised and co-ordinated by Noreen O’Sullivan.  Meals are delivered to between 10 and 20 people, six days per week.  Usually, two volunteers work together, one driving and one delivering the meals.  The meals are collected at the National Rehabilitation Hospital on Rochestown Avenue at 12 noon, Monday to Saturday.  The time involved is under two hours.  Most volunteers commit to one day per month (two hours) but some volunteers offer to work more frequently than one day per month.

Noreen provides an easy to follow route guide which greatly facilitates the delivery of the meals as quickly as possible to ensure they remain warm.

Volunteers are always needed.  If anybody would like to become involved in this important community service, contact details can be left with Anne in the Parish Office, with an indication of which day or days suit best.

Contact person:  Noreen O’Sullivan through the Parish Office, telephone 280 2130

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Hospitality Group

The Hospitality Group provides tea and coffee after designated Masses.  The group also provides refreshments after particular parish events or special meetings of parish groups.

As Hebrews 13.2 says “Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

New volunteers always welcome.

Contact person:           Thelma Hewett  telephone 284 2529  mobile 087 679 7151

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Coffee Morning Group

There are two coffee mornings each week in the Parochial House after the 10.00 am Mass, namely on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Any money collected on the Tuesdays is donated to Bethlehem Maternity Hospital and on the Fridays goes to Blackrock Hospice.  Some of the transition year boys from CBC Monkstown help out on these mornings and the particular arrangement with CBC has turned out to be a great success.  The coffee mornings provide parishioners, particularly elderly parishioners who might be living on their own, with a great opportunity to meet others and have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee.  It also enables those volunteers who run the coffee mornings to keep an eye on parishioners who may be in need of help such as, for example, a lift to or from hospital, and to take note of parishioners who may for one reason or another be vulnerable.

Contact person:     Breda Flynn  telephone 280 7664  mobile 086 155 8698  email bredatflynn@gmail.com

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Parish Website
The parish website, www.monkstownparish.ie was designed and developed by Tom Conlon at the request of Rev Martin Clarke and launched in March 2009.  It is operated by Tom as webmaster.

It contains:

  • Extensive information about the history of the church and of the parish.  These elements seldom change.
  • Information about the activities and organisation in the parish, including information on Mass times, parish finances, contact names for various organisations and services.  This information is updated when changes are notified to the webmaster.  Such updates are normally completed within a day of receiving notification.  However, there is no formal system yet in place which would ensure that all changes are so notified and, as a result, some information may be out of date.
  • Parish bulletin.  Weekly information identical to that which is contained in paper format in the Parish Newsletter.

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Parish Newsletter
The weekly Parish Newsletter contains on the front and back pages an informative and often thought-provoking Scripture commentary or reflection on the readings for the particular Sunday to which it relates.  The commentary or reflection is prepared by the priests of the Dominican Priory in Tallaght.  The inside pages of the newsletter include the following:  a message from Fr Michael as parish priest, a list of the recently deceased parishioners and the names of the persons for whom the Masses are being offered, regular notices and special notices.  The contact details of the priests of the parish and the parish office are also included. 

Contact person:  Ann Acres, Parish Secretary  Telephone 280 2130, secretary@monkstownparish.ie

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MC3 Group  (Three Monkstown Christian Congregations)

MC3 brings together the three Christian congregations, namely the Roman Catholic Parish Church, the Church of Ireland Parish Church and the Monkstown Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland (Quakers).  The aim of MC3 is to encourage the congregations to get to know each other and to organise a programme of activities for all ages in order to promote a sense of renewal, spirituality and Christian Community in Monkstown.  The committee responsible for promoting MC3 consists of nine members; three members serve from each congregation for a two year period or longer.  The committee meets regularly in the Church of Ireland Rectory.

The programme of activities organised is varied.  It includes:

  • Annual church unity week events

  • Easter Egg hunt for children

  • Family fun day in summer

  • Book club

  • Film club

  • Annual lecture by a guest speaker

  • Inter-school debate (MC3 cup for winning team)

  • Promotion of the Ecumenical Quiet prayer meetings

Contact person:           Ann Acres, Parish Secretary  Telephone 280 2130 secretary@monkstownparish.ie

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Parish Centre Committee

The Parish Centre was opened in 1995 when Canon Maurice O’Moore was parish priest.  It comprises a large meeting room and a small meeting room, kitchen, office and toilets (including facilities for people with disabilities) together with limited parking spaces.  The Parish Centre is available free of charge to parish-related groups and for letting to other groups by prior arrangement, subject to the approval of the Parish Centre Committee.  The Parish Centre Committee, chaired by the parish priest, oversees the operation of the centre.  Members of the committee serve for a three year period.  The voluntary manager of the centre is Seamus O’Connor.  The telephone number of the centre is 280 7854.

For booking or further information please email info@monkstownparish.ie or telephone Seamus O’Connor at 086 248 5251.

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Plant Maintenance

Leo Harman is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church, the parochial house, the parish centre and the parish grounds.  Whenever he is given instructions by the Finance Committee that particular works need to be undertaken, his task is to ensure that the works are carried out successfully.  In recent times he would have been responsible, for example, for having repairs carried out to the leaks in the church roof, for having the church bell repaired and for having the garden area of the parochial house landscaped.

Contact person:           Leo Harman   Mobile 087 255 3288

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