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Baptisms

Baptisms in the parish are celebrated as follows:

1st weekend of the month - Church of the Most Holy Heart of Mary, Goggin’s Hill

2nd weekend of the month - Church of Mary Mother of God, Ballygarvan

3rd weekend of the month - Sacred Heart Church, Ballyheada

Time: Sunday 12.30p.m.

Always check the availability of Fr. Kieron as he may have a previous engagement.

Contact:  Fr. Kieron O’ Driscoll P.P. at 4885104 or (087) 9439666 or Parish Office 4885062

Confessions

(a) On request

(b) Penitential services during Holy week and Christmas week

(Refer to Parish Newsletter for exact dates and times)

First Holy Communion

Sacred Heart Church (Ballyheada)                           Saturday 25th April 2015

Most Holy Heart of Mary Church (Goggin’s Hill)     Saturday 16th May 2015

Mary Mother of God Church (Ballygarvan)               Saturday 23rd May 2015

Confirmation

Most Holy Heart of Mary Church  (Goggin's Hill) Thursday 7th May 2015

Mary Mother of God Church (Ballygarvan) Friday 24th April 2015

Getting Married

Church Papers:

The following documents are needed: It is recommended that the paperwork is started about five or six months ahead.

  1. A new Baptismal Certificate issued by the Church where you were baptised. This must be issued within six months of the date of the wedding. 
  2. Confirmation Certificate issued by the Church where you were confirmed.
  3. If you lived for more than six months in any other parish since you were 16 you will require a letter of freedom from a priest of each parish in which you lived.
  4. If you are a minor, (Church law- under 21) you will need the consent of your parents or guardians in writing.
  5. A certificate showing that you have attended a Pre- Marriage Course

Civil:

A Marriage Registration Form (from the civil registration office) this must be done a minimum of three months prior to the date of marriage. To obtain this form make an appointment with the local registry office. Both bride and groom must attend personally. Proof of I.D, i.e. passport, original birth cert and utility bill and photocopies of each, also P.P.S. nos. are required of both bride and groom. Details of your best-man and bridesmaid – exact names and dates of birth are required. The name of the priest officiating is now civilly known as solemniser. The civil registration fee is € 150. 

Bring the above papers to the priest of your parish and he will then fill in with you a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form. A minimum of three months notice is also required by the local priest of both bride and groom.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all paperwork is with the priest of the church where the wedding takes place six weeks before the date of the wedding

Papal Blessing:

Call to your local church and ask for a letter of recommendation from your priest and take this to the place where you are going to order your Papal Blessing (allow 6 – 10 weeks).  For further information contact Fr. Kieron O’Driscoll P.P. at 4885104 or (087)9439666.


Sacrament of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is exactly what it says. It is a prayerful celebration for someone or for a group of people who are ill and are blessed by the priest with Holy Oil. It is not a sign that someone is dying as it was perceived in olden times. It is not a magical ritual; the person doesn't automatically get better immediately after an anointing. God's healing and loving presence are called upon that the sick person might be raised up and restored to health. Anyone in 'serious illness', those who are infirm, in advanced years, or anyone prior to surgery can be anointed.  (It is not only for when a person is in 'danger of death'.)