Sacraments

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.

Baptism Arrangements

If you wish to arrange for your baby’s Baptism, please contact the Parish Office at least two weeks before your preferred/proposed date. You will need to complete an application form and include a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Baptism

Marriage Arrangements

In this diocese, church weddings can take place on any day other than Sundays and major feast days. Every couple marrying in the Catholic Church is required to give a minimum of three month’s notice to their priest in the Parish in which they reside, and complete a Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form with the local priest of each party.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Marriage

Eucharist and First Communion

First Communion ceremonies take place in the month of May. A programme of preparation takes place throughout the year.
For dates and details please click below.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Eucharist

Reconciliation (Confession)

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) takes place:
from 5.15pm – 5.45pm Saturday evenings in the parish church.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Confirmation

Confirmation is celebrated each year in our parish. The Confirmation programme is a Parish based though much preparation also is given through religious instruction at our local primary schools.  It is for boys and girls of 6th Class, however adults who have never been Confirmed in the Catholic Church may apply to do so.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Confirmation

Funerals

Why a Catholic Funeral? 

‘A Catholic funeral is a service performed by the Christian community for the benefit of the dead.  It expresses the sorrow of the survivors, yet it always has a Paschal Character.  Ultimately, we die in Christ so as to celebrate with Him the feast of the Resurrection.’  Catechism of the Catholic Church- Reference [1686-1690] 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. 

How to arrange a funeral mass?  

Upon the death of a loved one, family members or an individual make contact with their undertaker of choice. The undertaker will then make contact with the priests of the parish on behalf of the family to make the necessary funeral arrangements. 

The parish of Rathmines has a trained and active Funeral Ministry team who will be available accompany and support you through this sad and difficult time in whatever way we can in preparing the Funeral Liturgy. 

If you wish to find out more please contact the Parish office on 01 497 1531 or email secretary@rathminesparish.com

Vocations

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. If you have an interest finding out more about the path to priesthood or the permanent diaconate in this diocese, you are very welcome to contact our Diocesan Vocations Director.

» Read more about the Sacrament of Holy Orders