Information for Parishoners
ST. MARY'S ON THE HILL CHURCH,
Notices for the weekly Bulletin must be received in the Parish
Office no later than 2.30pm on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday
House Blessings, Mass Cards
Requests for Marriage, Baptism or Confirmation Certificates should
be made to the Parish Office. Please request a certificate in good
time in advance of the event for which it is needed. This is
especially so in the case of documentation needed for a wedding
taking place outside the parish.
Requests to have your house blessed or to have a Mass card can be
made directly to the Priest concerned.
Revenue is derived almost exclusively from the Offertory
Collection, monthly Special Building Fund, Gift Aid and proceeds
from the Weekly Parish Draw. The first two of these are
administered by a Cathos committee (Working in four groups on a
1:4 weekly rota basis).
A simple, effective and painless method of increasing your
contribution to the parish is to take out a Parish Gift Aid. There
are no questions asked about your income or tax paid. Contact the
Parish Office for further information.
Parishioners are asked to fill in and return a Registration Card
(available in this booklet and in each of the three churches). The
Parish is anxious that new families feel welcome and existing
parishioners are asked to help in this regard. New arrivals should
phone the Parish Office(90832979).Please advise the Parish Office or one of the priests if you are
changing address within the Parish or moving away from the Parish.It would be helpful if you would contact the Parish Office if you
have not been issued with weekly envelopes or if the details on
your present box of envelopes are not accurate.
The Parish holds records of Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage
that have taken place since the establishment of the Parish in
Sacrament of Baptism At the moment the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated twice monthly in St. Mary�s-on-the-Hill and St. Bernard's alternately (at 2.30pm). We request parents to give one month's notice of the baby's birth by phoning 90832979 (Mon-Fri 10.30am-2..30pm.) Arrangements will then be made regarding the pre-Baptism that both parents and Godparents are expected to attend. The course consists of one session ; please bring a long version of the birth certificate to the pre-baptism meeting in St. Bernard's church. The Churches expect that Baptism should be celebrated within the Parish church of the parent i.e. St.Mary�s on the Hill. The baptism of the children should be celebrated as soon as possible after the birth, taking into account the health of the mother and child and the parents � preparedness of the responsibilities, which this Sacrament entails.
One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient. If there are two
sponsors one must be male and one must be female. Two is the
maximum for a sponsor. The sponsor should be no less than 16 years
of age, a catholic who has been confirmed and who lives an
appropriate life of faith. A Baptised person who is not a catholic
may also act, not as a sponsor, but as a Christian witness to the
(Sacrament of Reconciliation)
The time of Confessions is in this Directory and also in the
weekly Bulletin. However, any of the Priests of the Parish, if
requested, will hear individual confessions at any mater of time.
During Lent and Advent (prior to Easter and Christmas) there are
Penitential Services in the Parish and in adjoining Parishes.
Details appear in the Bulletin at the time.
Confession, First Communion and Confirmation
Children of the appropriate age attending the Parish Schools are
prepared for reception of the Sacraments. The parent of the children who are not attending Catholic Schools
should contact one of the priests of the Parish in September to
make the necessary arrangements for their children to receive the
Funerals arrangements should be made directly with the priest
concerned. The Church strongly discourages eulogies, as the
focus of the funeral liturgy is to encourage hope in the future
rather than despair about what is past. The priest will always try
and be sensitive to the mourning family and will co-operate in any
way they can, however we ask that requests for eulogies, non
sacred music and inappropriate emblems or personal possessions in
the church are not made.
The Church strongly discourages eulogies, as the focus of the funeral liturgy is to encourage hope in the future rather than despair about what is past. The priest will always try and be sensitive to the mourning family and will co-operate in any way they can, however we ask that requests for eulogies, non sacred music and inappropriate emblems or personal possessions in the church are not made.
Month�s mind / Anniversaries/Special Intentions
a family wishes to have a Months Mind/Anniversary Mass celebrated
they should contact one of the priests or the Parish Office.
Due to the demand
Due to the demandit is requested that you give at least two weeks notice of special intentions.
Sacrament of Marriage It is a requirement in this Diocese that both parties intending to get married should give a minimum of six months notice to the priest of the parish where they live. Please do not make firm wedding arrangements until you are sure that the date, time, priest and church are available.Couples are expected to attend a Pre-Marriage Course. The priest will advise when such a courses are available and also what documentation you are will require before the wedding may take place. Arrangements for photography, music, flowers etc. must be acceptable to the Parish. It goes without say that couples who are seeking a Church ceremony must observe the laws of the Church.
A parishioner who falls seriously ill may wish to receive the
Sacrament of the Sick. Contact one of the Parochial Houses.For a
person who is housebound or unable to attend Sunday Mass,
arrangements can be made for the reception of Holy Communion at