Parish of Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown, Dublin Sunday, March 29th, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

“I am the resurrection and the life. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die”. John 11

 To facilitate parishioners’ continued support for the Church through the Common Fund and Share Collections at this time of restricted access to churches, the diocese has arranged a Donate button on their website where donation to the Share and Offertory Collections can be made.

Copies of the Diocesan Prayer BookI Am With You’, are on the Parish Book Stand. This publication is suitable for use with those who experience illness, carers and for personal prayer.

This Week’s Feast Days: Thursday 2nd: St Francis of Paula & Saturday 4th: St. Isidor.


Mass in Milltown Parish Church is suspended until further notice. The obligation for Sunday Mass attendance is not applicable during this time.

In line with current government guidelines the church will remain closed

The Parish Pastoral Centre will also remain closed.

For further information, please call the Parish Office at: 2680041, 2196740 or 087, 9500334. Fr. Peter Briscoe can be contacted at 01, 2196600.

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Hours may be extended to meet the demand.

SENIOR LINE is a FREEPHONE service for older callers. Senior citizens can call them free of charge from 10am – 10pm on 1800804591.


In the event of difficulty in accessing Confession making an act of perfect contrition with the desire to receive the sacrament is sufficient for the forgiveness of all sins.   

We have received a thank you letter from the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre for the 2,905 donated to their recent outdoor collection at Milltown Parish. All proceeds will go towards the Centre’s running expenses.


In response to Covid-19-related restrictions on public gatherings, which have affected church services throughout the country, RTÉ are now broadcasting Mass on News Now Television at 10.30am each morning.

RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news. The Mass broadcast will also be available on the RTÉ Player, both live and on catch-up. There is also Mass in Irish, every week at 11.00am, on Raidio na Gaeltachta (93-95 Mhz).


A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus

Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease. 

Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.

This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.