Celebrating the sacraments is at the core of our parish life. Our big moments in life are marked in a solemn way from womb to tomb.
On this page we will provide all the details for the celebration of the sacraments and there is a link to more information on each sacrament.
Baptisms held every Saturday from 2.30pm & Sunday from 2pm at the Cathedral & 12.30 on Sunday in St. Josephs. For other times by arrangement with priest. Forms for registration of Baptism are available in the Parish Office. These completed forms are to facilitate the registration of your Baptism and to enable us to provide you with a Baptism certificate. When booking your Baptism you must provide a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate. Please ensure booking is made 3 weeks in advance.
Eucharist and First Communion
First Holy Communions takes place in May each year. As part of our preparation for First Penance and First Holy Communion, we run in tandem, a parish based programme, ‘Do this in Memory’. This programme is a continuous programme, connecting the classroom with the home and the parish. As part of the programme, there is an – Information Night, (where we meet the parents). An Enrolment Ceremony for you and your child, and there are four Sundays set aside where you and your child will have some participation in the Sunday Mass.
It is also hoped that you and your child will frequent Mass regularly, as your child prepares for this special day.
Confirmation usually takes place in April each year. For the Children preparing for Confirmation, there is ‘Faith Friends’, another parish based programme – linking home and parish, through a number of meetings for your child exploring the Sacrament of Confirmation, and looking forward to life after primary school.
It is hoped that you as a parent, will take an active role in helping your child prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, by frequenting Mass regularly and taking an active role in this special time in your child’s life.
Confessions in Cathedral – Every Saturday 12pm – 1pm
1st Saturday of month from 4pm – 6pm
Before & after 6.30pm Mass
Priest available after all Masses.
In this diocese, church weddings can take place on any day other than Sundays and major feast days..
Housebound and Sacrament of the Sick
The priests of the parish attend to our sick in hospitals and at home. Many like to receive the sacrament of the sick and are strengthened and affirmed. If you would like to receive the sacrament of the sick or know someone who would ,please contact any of the priests or the parish office 065 682 4043
Requisites: Pre – Nuptial form to be completed with priest. Baptism / Confirmation certificates & letter of freedom also required.
Civil Requirements – three months notice of marriage – contact The Superintendent Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages, Sandfield Centre, Phone: 065 686 8050 or any Registery Office. Couples must present themselves before the Registrar.
ACCORD, c/o Clarecare, Harmony Row, Ennis, 1850-58-5000. Confidential counselling for people experiencing difficulties in their marriage, by trained counsellors, fertility counselling and family planning also marital sexual therapy.
The ongoing life of the church depends on vocations to the priesthood. Our diocese has a director of vocations and we’d be delighted to make an introduction for any interested candidates. Talk to any of the priests to get more information.
Diocesan Director of Vocations:
Fr. Ignatius McCormack – 086 2777139.