NEWS & EVENTS
RECENT NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
CALLING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE
By 7th December 2020
For Christmas Eve, the Nativity Play will be pre-recorded and we need your help! We are asking you to draw/paint/sketch your favourite scene from the Christmas Story which will be used to create our Virtual Nativity. Some of the pictures needed are:
· Joseph and Mary on their way to Bethlehem
· The Shepherds in the Fields
· Angels in the Sky with the Star
· The three kings
· Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the Stable
· Any other ideas you get from the Christmas story.
Use as much colour and imagination as you like!
You can send your pictures to email@example.com by December 7th. Don't forget to include your name.
MASS FOR DECEASED PARISHIONERS
25th November 2020 at 7:30pm
Our Annual Mass for Deceased is a time when we gather as a community to remember our loved ones who have gone to God during the past year. This year the Mass will be celebrated online. We invite all who have been bereaved over the past year to join us via the webcam.
FEAST OF ST. CECILIA
22nd November 2020
This year because we cannot come together for our Annual Carol Service, we invite all choir members and those with a love of music to celebrate the Feast of St. Cecilia with us. St. Cecilia was forced by her parents to marry a pagan nobleman named Valerian (future saint Valarian) and during the wedding, Cecilia sat apart singing to God in her heart, and for that she was later declared the Patron Saint of music and musicians.
Please note all services are shared via webcam
ORDINATION TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE
28th August 2020
On Friday night Archbishop Martin ordained Declan Colgan from our Parish and Declan Barry from Clontarf, working in Priorswood Parish, as Permanent Deacons. On Saturday we had the Confirmation Ceremonies for Thornleigh and Swords Educate Together Schools. We would like to thank all those who worked so hard to have our Church looking so beautiful for these occasions, our cleaning team, our Caretakers Christie, Aaron and Kristina. Maura who created such beautiful flower arrangements. Dermot for the PowerPoint and photography, Orla, Gretta and Niamh with David and Denice for the music on Friday night. Orla, Purple, Cinadu and Nicole for the music on Saturday. Our Altar Servers and Ministers of the Eucharist. Louise in the Parish Office, Niamh and Fr. Bibin. Our Stewarding Team both in the Car Park and Church who did such an amazing job. Thank you to one and all for everything you did to make it all work so well.
BRACKENSTOWN BIBLE STUDY
Starting on Monday 5th October 2020
Our Autumn Scripture Study classes will commence on Monday 5th October and over the next 3 weeks we will read Paul’s early letters, 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
This will be followed by a 4 week study of St Paul’s letter to the Romans, which has long held pride of place in Paul’s writings to the early Christian churches.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the study will be home based. There will be an optional Zoom, on-line group discussion/questions and answers facility available from 7.30 to 8.30pm each Monday night. We will have one or two trial runs on Zoom beforehand for those who are not familiar with the technology. The current difficult situation may be an opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with Christ through becoming more familiar with the Word of God.
TRÓCAIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN 2020
The amount of the Lenten contribution from Brackenstown parish was €8295.26. This is an amazing amount to receive from the people of your parish and thank you so much for the enormous generosity shown to support the work of Trócaire.
You played a great part in gaining us coverage of our work on both local and national media channels and we are very grateful for your support also. Donations made through the annual Trócaire Lenten Campaign, especially the Trócaire box, fund lifesaving programmes around the world. Millions of people who live without access to adequate water supplies, sanitation and healthcare continue to live with the threat of COVID-19. Your donations have made a great difference at a time when it was most needed by some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. We are humbled by your kindness and care.
"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion,
and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” (2 Cor 9:11)
As we make small steps on the way to deal with the challenges of Covid-19, we wish you all God’s blessings on this journey together.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION 2020
29 August; 13, 19, 20 & 26 September and 3 October 2020
Due to outbreak of Coronavirus, First Holy Communion for St. Cronan's JNS, GSBB, Swords & Thornleigh ETNS Schools had to be postponed. The new dates are Sunday 13th & 20th September for St. Cronan's JNS. The First Communions scheduled for Saturday 19th September for Swords & Thornleigh ETNS and Saturday 26th September for Gaelscoil Briain Boroimhe will be rescheduled when we leave Level 3 and go back to Level 2 restrictions.
The Confirmation Ceremony for Swords & Thornleigh ETNS Schools has also been postponed and will now be rescheduled when we leave Level 3 and go back to Level 2 restrictions.
READ ST. LUKE'S GOSPEL OVER 5 WEEKS
From Monday 25th May 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the study will be home based. Each Monday a short five minute animated video will be emailed to you, this gives an overview of the reading for that week. We will start on Monday 25th May and the video for that week will cover chapters 1 & 2 of Luke. There will be an optional Zoom, on-line group discussion/questions and answers facility available on each Monday night. The current difficult situation may be an opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with Christ through becoming more familiar with the Word of God.
There is no charge to join in so why not give it a go?
For more details please email Paddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY 2020
19th April 2020
Due to outbreak of Coronavirus, all Services are shared via webcam.
EASTER SERVICES 2020
12th April 2020
Due to outbreak of Coronavirus, all or our Easter Services were shared via webcam.
“We can find in our hearts ways to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and Resurrection and draw from that mystery the strength to allow goodness to triumph in our lives.”
A message of Hope from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Holy Week 2020
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION 2020
Date to be confirmed
Due to outbreak of Coronavirus, First Holy Communion for St. Cronan's JNS, GSBB, Swords & Thornleigh ETNS Schools have been postponed.
The Confirmation Ceremony for Swords & Thornleigh ETNS Schools have been postponed.
Please watch for updates on the parish Newsletter, Facebook page and our website.
PARISH RETREAT 2020
Date to be confirmed
Due to outbreak of Coronavirus, the Parish Retreat has been postponed. Please watch for updates on the parish Newsletter, Facebook page and our website.
CEREMONY OF LIGHT & CONFIRMATION
February & March 2020
Congratulations to the boys and girls who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Cronan's Church this year. May they know the blessing of the gift of God's love in their lives along with the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We remember the boys and girls of Thornleigh and Swords Educate Together Schools in our prayers as they await a new date for Confirmation.
ADVENT - HOPEFUL WAITING
Starting 25th November 2019
Brackenstown Parish have organised a series of talks and events in St. Cronan's Parish Centre to celebrate Advent.
Monday 25th November at 8:00pm: An Introduction to Islam By Imam Khan
Monday 2nd December at 8:00pm: Alice Leahy of Trust - Caring for the Homeless
Monday 9th December at 8:00pm: Br. Martin Bennett OFM Cap. - St. Francis and the Christmas Crib
Thursday 12th December at 7:30pm: St. Cronan’s Senior School Carol Service
Sunday 15th December at all Masses: Bambinelli Sunday - Bring your Crib to be Blessed at all our Masses
Tuesday 17th December at 8:00pm: Star of Bethlehem - A Reflection on this Holy Place
9th December to Monday 23rd December: Advent Prayer Stations
A Creative Journey through Seven Prayer Stations around the Church