NEWS & EVENTS
RECENT NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
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 & April 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
CHRISTMAS FLORAL DEMONSTRATION IN AID OF ST CRONAN'S PARISH CENTRE
Thursday 29th November 2019
Maura Worthington demonstrates how we can decorate our homes for Christmas. Always a great night with plenty of tips from Maura who arranges the Church flowers and has won many awards for her floral arrangements including "Bloom".
As always, floral arrangements are raffled off at the end of the night. The demonstration starts at 7:30pm. Fee is €5 and tea & coffee are provided.
COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF ST FRANCIS HOSPICE
Sunday 24th November 2019
Brackenstown Parish Annual Coffee Morning for St. Francis Hospice takes place after all morning Masses on Sunday 24th November. All proceeds go towards the Hospice.
Many thanks to all who help organise this event.
BRACKENSTOWN FOR KERALA FUNDRAISING CONCERT
Thursday 21st November 2019
The PPC hosted a Fundraising Concert in aid of the Brackenstown for Kerala Flood Relief Campaign on Thursday 21st November at 7:30pm in St. Cronan’s Church. Acts included Doc Savage, Christy Sheridan, Sarah Louise Connelly, BMusic College of Music, Local Traditional Band, Chiara & Friends, Youth Choir, BROS, Indian Community, Filipino Community, African Community, Polish Community and more....
Single Ticket €10 & Family Ticket €15
ANNUAL MASS FOR DECEASED PARISHIONERS
Friday 8th November 2019
Our Mass for remembering those who have died in the past year will take place on Friday 8th November at 7:30pm. The Funeral Ministry Team are in the process of delivering the invitations to those families who had a funeral here since last November. You are all invited to join us for this special Mass.
The memory book will be in the sacred space for the month of November for families to get an idea of what they need to prepare for it.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Saturday 3rd November 2019
Preparations are ongoing for our Kerala fundraising concert on 21st November. The council thank all who made our recent assembly such a success. Both those who helped with the preparations, and those who attended on the day. Follow-up meetings are as follows:
Building the Community - Events Sunday November 10th @ 12.30pm
Catechesis for Adults Tuesday November 12th @ 8pm
Cross Cultural Connections Tuesday November 12th @ 8pm
Choir Thursday November 14th @ 8pm
Youth Outreach Tuesday November 26th @ 8pm
All Meetings will be in St. Cronan’s Parish Centre
We will also be organising an Advent Crib competition.
Willie Curtis (PPC Chair)
ALL SAINTS PARTY
Thursday 31st October 2019
On 31st October, Halloween we had an All Saints Party for children in the Pastoral Centre from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. There were goodies, games and glue (for the arts and crafts!). We asked the children to dress up as their favourite saint, there are some ideas in the children’s space at the back of the Church. There were prizes for the best costume.
We had music and dancing, apples hanging on strings to try to eat, musical statues (with prizes for all) and sat around a "campfire prayer space" with the lights dimmed, we heard the stories of St. Francis and how good he was with animals and “The Taming of the Wolf”. We found out what a relic was and were showed the first class relics of St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Therese of Lisieux.
A wonderful, joyful night was had by all!!
Friday 25th October 2019
On the weekend 26/27 October we had our Harvest Thanksgiving in the Parish when we give thanks to God for His goodness to us. We invite parishioners to bring some non-perishable foods and place them around the Altar. These were passed on to the local Crosscare Foodbank. The Food Bank collects and stores food for distribution to individuals and/or families affected by food poverty within a local community. The aim is to provide quality, nutritional food to those identified as “in need”. Although the primary aim is to provide food, information on rights and entitlements are shared with service users when appropriate in particular, when it is felt it could address the underlying social causes of hunger.
Many thanks to the pupils from St. Cronan's JNS & SNS who donated food to the Crosscare Food bank at their Harvest Services this week.
Saturday 19th October 2019
Brackenstown Parish invites you, your family and friends to join us for our Parish Assembly. Everyone in our parish community is asked to come along and give their opinion!
FAREWELL MASS TO SISTERS OF MARIE REPARATRICE
11th August 2019
After 33 years of witness and service to our Parish, the Sisters are moving from Brackenstown. It will be a sad day at the end of August when they close their door for the last time and the preparation for the sale of the houses are made. In the time that the Sisters have been here, many changes have taken place in our society and our Church.
In the early days the Sisters could see the need of people and addressed them in a very practical way by providing support and guidance to many. In the establishment of BASE, beginning in the staff room of the Junior School, they began classes in self development and adult education that gave many people a new found confidence in themselves.
Through the years their involvement in the Parish set up the strong foundations on which so much of what we do today is based. But their greatest strength was their presence and support through their witness and prayer. Many groups use their house as a meeting place and are always met with a warm welcome. All of these groups will be facilitated in the Parish and I ask the leaders of the groups to get in touch with me to make arrangements. It is only fitting that we have a celebration to mark the ministry of the Sisters.
There are always mixed feelings when we come to say goodbye, on the one hand sorry for those we are losing but also happy for them as they begin a new chapter in their lives. Over the years the Sisters have planted many seeds, that have grown into the Parish we are today.
Our greatest gift to the Sisters is to continue this growth and like they did throughout their ministry, look for ways to support each other in our journey of faith and life. Fr. Paul
1st August 2019
On Thursday 1st August, an historic transition took place as the Savage family and many friends who have worked there for many years moved to new stage in their lives. We wish them well in what the future holds and thank them for their kindness and help throughout the years.
It was always a unique place to shop, stocking things that no one else kept. The ‘Australian wines from Australia’ and the Easter Eggs at Christmas were some of the unique ways that made shopping there an experience. It was a great place to meet people and the staff created a family atmosphere that took the pain out of shopping.
JC and his family have always been very supportive of the Parish, from the earliest days of Christmas Fairs, Raffles and Parish Socials they always gave spot prizes and other support to these events. Change is always hard and it’s a pity to see names that have been an important part of the fabric of Swords moving on. But as things change we hope that new opportunities will enrich our community.
FR. PAUL'S NEW APPOINTMENT
4th August 2019
In June Bishop Raymond Field retired as Auxiliary Bishop of the Dublin Dioceses with responsibility for the Deaneries of Fingal North, Maynooth and Blanchardstown. Over the years Bishop Ray gave great service in his leadership, concern and interest in these areas and this was clearly seen when he celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. There were many other roles that he took on in the Diocesan Healthcare Committee, the Pastoral preparation for Jubilee 2000, the Eucharistic Congress and the World Meeting of Families.
After years of dedicated service we wish him every blessing in his retirement. Archbishop Martin has asked me to succeed Bishop Field under the title of Episcopal Vicar for the Pastoral Area. It will mean being involved in each of these areas, attending the Diocesan Council, Priests Council and V.F.’s Meetings and from February to June celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation in some of the Parishes of these areas.
As I take on this new role it will mean trying to balance my responsibilities to you in Brackenstown with these additional duties. I ask for your continued support and prayers which have sustained me over the past eight years.
RETIREMENT OF BISHOP RAYMOND FIELD
24th May 2019
“On reaching his 75 birthday on 24 May last, Bishop Raymond Field offered his resignation from the office of Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in accordance with Canon Law. Pope Francis has now accepted that resignation and the announcement was made this week. A native of Drumcondra in Dublin, Bishop Field attended O’Connell Schools and Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. He was ordained a priest in 1970. He ministered in Prison Chaplaincy, in Accord Marriage Care and later in the Defence Forces, becoming Head Chaplain to the Defence Forces in 1991. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Ard Mór and Auxiliary bishop of Dublin in September 1997. He is a barrister and has been called to the Irish and English bars. He was also a member of the first successful Irish expedition to Mount Everest in 1993 with Dawson Stelfox. Bishop Field gave tireless leadership in the Pastoral Area assigned to him in the Archdiocese of Dublin, mainly in the rapidly developing area of North County Dublin. He was Diocesan Health Care Representative and led the preparations for the Diocesan World Day of the Sick celebrations since 2002. At Episcopal Conference level Bishop Field has undertaken many roles particularly in the areas of Justice and Peace, Health Care and Migration. I thank Bishop Field for his dedicated service within the diocese and wish him every blessing for the years to come.”
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
SWORDS CAMINO PILGRIM WALK
Sunday 9th June 2019
Well done to everyone who joined us on our Swords "Camino" Pilgrim Walk. We had a great turn out and the weather held up for us as we journeyed from St. Finian's Church, Rivervalley, St. Columba's Church, St. Colmcille's Well, St. Colmcille's Church ending at St. Cronan's Church for refreshments. We hope to make this an annual event on the feast of Pentecost.
CHILDREN'S FAITH SPACE
Sunday 5th May 2019
Have you noticed our new space in the church for our younger parishioners? As well as showing what our Family Mass group have been doing, there are a variety of faith based books you can share with your child. You are welcome to use it at any time.
BRACKENSTOWN FOR KERALA QUIZ NIGHT
Sunday 14th April 2019
A sincere thank you to all who supported our fundraising Bingo last Sunday Night. It was great fun with some people experiencing Bingo for the first time! We raised €1,170.00 which pushes us over the half way mark of our target of €8,500.00. We will have another event in the summer to get to the target.
We would like to thank the local businesses and parishioners who sponsored spot prizes. We thank the Bingo Team from St. Cronan’s Residents Association who ran the Bingo Night and who made a generous contribution also. Again a big thank you for all your support to our flood relief campaign, we look forward to the next event to get us over the line.
Chiara (member of PPC)
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
Sunday 10th March 2019
At our 12.30pm Family Mass on March 10th, the children will be "putting away" the 'Alleulia' for Lent. If your child would like to take part, please download one of the pictures below, ask your child to colour it in and bring it along on Sunday.
PAPAL VISIT & WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
22nd - 26th August 2018
Pope Francis visited Dublin on 26 August for World Meeting of Families, 39 years after his predecessor, Pope John Paul II made his way through the Irish capital before celebrating Mass at the Phoenix Park in front of one million people. Over half a million free tickets were made available for those who wanted to attend Mass this weekend in Phoenix Park.
The two main events attended by Pope Francis were the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croke Park on 25 August and the Final Mass in Phoenix Park on 26 August.
The Festival of Families concert is part of the World Meeting of Families overall six-day programme. It is described as “a celebration of family life around the world that featured musical and dance performances, as well as five selected families from around the world giving witness to their family’s faith”.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE - KRAKOW, POLAND
1st - 8th July 2018
Based in Krakow to include Wadovice, Czestochowa, Auschwitz, Wieliczka Salt Mines and the Shrine of St. Faustina. This tour included accommodation in the Atrium Hotel 3*, centrally located in the Old Town and just a short walk from the Market Square.
The first week in July a group of 23 parishioners and friends went on pilgrimage to Krakow. On arrival they were greeted by rain, which was a welcome relief from the heat, though did you ever think you would hear an Irish person saying that! The Pilgrimage included visits to the Divine Mercy Shrine, Salt Mines, Wadawice (birthplace of St. John Paul II), Auswitz, and also taking in the sights and atmosphere of this beautiful city. Our thanks to MAP Travel for facilitating the Pilgrimage and all those who worked to make it happen.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILES PARISH MASSES
10th June, July & August 2018
Brackenstown Parish invites you, your family and friends to join us for a Holy Mass and Blessing as part of World Meeting of Families. We would like to celebrate 9 Holy Masses, one for each area of the parish. The date and time area of the parish will be published in the newsletter but will take place on Monday nights at 7:30pm in late May, June, July & early August.
During the Mass we will place a box in the middle of the Church where you can place your petitions and special prayer intentions,. You can also include the names of deceased members of your family. After Mass, each family will receive a bottle of Holy Water to take with you and bless your home.