Parish of The Assumption and Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown

July 25th, 2021 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Thank you for your donations to last week’s Offertory and Share Collections.  

Donations to these collections can be made online from our Parish Website at


The full context of Pope Francis’ Message for World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly and a Prayer for Grandparents is on this website.


This Week’s Feast Days

Monday 26th: St. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday 29thSt. Martha

Friday 30th: St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor of the church

Saturday 31st: St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest


Sat. 6.00pm Mass: Stephanie Meagher– 1st Anniversary and Michael Meagher recently deceased

Sun. 10.00 am Mass: Kathleen and Patrick Watson – Anniversary

Sun. 11.30 am Mass: Patrick O’ Connor – 9th Anniversary

We also pray for Carmel Fitzpatrick and Evelyn McGuigan whose funerals took place here during the last week, and for Monsignor Conor Ward and Siobhan Prendiville recently deceased



Dear Parishioners,

Firstly we wish to say a warm word of thanks to you for your great generosity to the Christmas and Easter Dues and the First Sunday Collection, all of which go towards the payment of the priests of the parish and the diocese.

Our Archbishop has now written to tell us that the extended period without Sunday Masses this year has meant a dramatic drop in monies received by the Diocese’s ‘Common Fund’, the fund from which the priests are paid. This fund is now at an all-time low and we need to build it up.

So the Diocese is introducing a special ‘Summer Dues’ appeal in the hope of making up some of the short-fall.

This will take the form of our sending out to you special ‘Summer Offering’ envelopes. These will also be available in the church.

These envelopes may be returned to the Parish Office or handed in to the Sacristy or to any of the priests.

We are very aware that these have been challenging times for everyone and we do appreciate all the many ways in which you have already given us your support.

Wishing you every blessing,

Frs. Peter and Alan



Our Parish Church has reopened for the public to attend Mass. Please note that attendance in this church is limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Parishioners who come to Mass on weekday mornings now sanitise their section of the church seat after use. Anti – bacterial wipes are available on the tables inside the church doors, together with hand sanitiser dispensers.

Please dispose of used wipes in the bins provided and sanitise your hands before you leave the church.

Volunteers are urgently required for stewarding and sanitizing the church after our weekend Masses. Please contact Fr. Peter or the Parish Office if you are available to help.


Monday – Saturday 10am.

The Vigil Mass on Saturday – 6pm

Sunday Mass – 10am and 11.30am.

All Masses in Milltown Parish will be available online.  These Masses can be viewed at:

The church will remain open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday 10.45 to 5.30pm, and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 5.30pm.


For your information:

 For security reasons we have our CCTV cameras back in action in our parish church.


ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.

Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.

The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222


We wish to remind parishioners that copies of our Child Safeguarding Policy Statement are on display in the Church porches and in the Parish Pastoral Centre.


Please note that there is an automatic switch installed on the side door into the church. To enter or exit the church please always use the silver, square button with the word “Press” on it.


Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.

I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,

Come to me Lord, come at least spiritually into my heart,

and unite my soul completely to You.

Never let me be separated from You.           




Registration is now open to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” from 3rd to 5th July.   

 The Prior, Fr. La Flynn, will do the Three Day Pilgrimage on the Island during these days. To offer a live link by webcam in support of those who will choose to do the pilgrimage wherever they are, some of the Lough Derg staff will do the pilgrimage in St. Mary’s Church in Pettigo.  To register or for further information please email, telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518.


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.



TOWARDS HEALING is a support service, funded by the Catholic Church for Survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse. This service provides Helpline Support and Counselling.

The Freephone number is 1800 303 416 and the website address is:


Summer Music at Sandford:  Recitals will be uploaded every second Friday to Music at Sandford and St Philip’s YouTube channel. The next recital will be on Friday 30th July. Adam McDonagh (Piano) will perform music by Bach, Brahms, Ravel and others. This recital is presented in conjunction with Pipeworks Festival: see Donations gratefully received Via Sandford GoFundMePage:


PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY: An Adult Faith Development Programme

Applications are now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. This programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin. It will begin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra Rd. Dublin, 9. on Thursday 30th. September 2021 (7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m.).  Places are limited so early application is advised.

Pathways is a two-year, one night a week, course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.

For more information please visit your webpage: or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone : 01 8087594   Email:


Glenstall Abbey – Stations of the Cross

There is a recording of the Stations of the Cross available on the Glenstall Abbey website. You can access these Stations of the Cross on the video section of the Glenstall Abbey Website


Overseas Volunteers Training Course September 2021

Viatores Christi, a faith-based development organisation has specialised in the recruitment, training and deployment of overseas volunteers since 1960.

VC runs an online volunteer preparation course covering Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. This is open to all! Once completed, participants can be considered for volunteer roles through VC EU Aid Volunteers #EUAVI programmes.

If you want to know more, visit the News section of our website or email


Support Services

Generation Tech

Generation Tech is a free service and is run by volunteers. Volunteer run FREE HELPLINE to help older people in Ireland with tech issues. Our volunteers are tech experts and work in shifts from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday. Support is provided over the phone. If you need help with smartphones, tablets, social media, apps, PCs, printers, etc. CALL US on: 01-9633 288. 

Aware – Support & Self Care Groups

If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups and all of our services on

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.


The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is 1800 80 70 77 and is open from 10am – 1pm from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). If the line is busy when you call, they can call you back if you leave your contact details.


The Mary Aikenhead Centre in Donnybrook operate a ‘Meals on Wheels Service’ for our area. This service provides a healthy meal delivered direct to elderly and housebound person’s homes five days a week Monday to Friday. If you are an elderly person from this area and would like to avail of this service, please contact the Centre at 01 2698995.

_________________________________________________________________________________________Marian Pilgrimages have released their pilgrimage schedule for 2021 & 2022 to Lourdes, Medjugorje, Fatima, Italy & Holy Land.  For more information or to register your interest please visit or ring Marian Pilgrimages on (01) 878 8159