Pastoral Council/ Parish Groups

Athenry Parish Pastoral Council has been in existence for a number of years.  The current council began it's three year term at the beginning of 2010, and consists of sixteen members from various parts of the Parish, various backrounds and age groups, including two members of the executive of the Parish Youth Council.

 

The Parish Pastoral Council:

  • Meets on the first Monday of each month from 8.00pm - 10.00pm.
  • Oversees the development of the Parish in consultation with various interest groups.
  • Initiates and reviews various projects in the Parish, it's most recent work includes:
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 The Pastoral Care Groups of the Parish include:

 

 

 

 

Chapel of Adoration 

 

The convent chapel was opened to the public in 1991.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place

Thursday to Sunday- 10.00a.m to 9.00p.m.

 

Rosary Group pray there Wednesday 8.00-9.00p.m.

 Marian movement for priests: Second Tuesday of each month 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Hour of Prayer: Sunday 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Contacts: Anne Cullinane, Bernie & John O'Donnell, Sr. Leo Hackett.

 

 

 

Parish Pilgrimages

Pilgrimages from the Parish are organised by Assumpta Dooley & Vincent Ryan.  The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on the first Sunday in May each year.

 

Parish Liturgy Group

The group

  • Organises the main liturgies of the Liturgical Year.
  • Organises retreats, inservice and recollection for the various liturgical ministries.
  • Oversees the organisation of the various liturgical ministries.
  • Welcomes new members, contact can be made with Margaret through the Parish Office.

 

 

 

Altar Society

 

1. Contact person: Mary Quinn

2. The group consists of two people per month taking responsibity for decorating the Church

3. Initially the group was responsibile for decorating the altar. Recently the main focus is on the liturgical calender and links closely with the liturgy group..4. New members are always welcome.

 

Ladys Well Committee

Our ladys well is a historic and significant place of pilgrimage in our parish.  Thousands of people visit the well every year.  The lady’s well committee is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of our lady’s well. The group look after the well and work with the priests to co-ordinate the annual mass at the well.

 

Youth Ministry Support Group

The Youth Ministry Support Group is an adult group which looks after the ongoing development of Youth Ministry in the Parish.  The group initiated and supported the provision of the National Evangelisation Team (NET) in the Parish during 2009 -2010. It provides support to the Parish Youth Council which is made up of young people from the Parish.  It meets in the Old Presbytery and is contactable through the Parish Office.

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society meets in the sacristy on Monday nights and works to assist those in the Parish who are in need.  The Society works in a discreet way to make life easier for people whose financial circumstances are difficult.  The Society co-ordinated the flooding relief in late 2009 and is involved in the ongoing support of families affected by the current economic crisis.  Contact: Margaret Lane.

 

Athenry-simanjiro partnership:

Ms. Nuala king (chairperson)

Athenry parish received a request to for a partnership with a parish in africa in november 2005.  This development has been welcomed with a very positive and encouraging response and a dedicated committee has been established, “the athenry-simanjiro partnership”.  Simanjiro parish has a village centre at emboreet, which is 104 kms south of arusha in tanzania.  The people are from the maasai tribe who are pastoral and nomadic.

Presently the divine word missionaries run the parish.  There are 3 chapels and 17 mission out-stations.  Masses are celebrated in schools or under trees.  The area is very remote; there is no electricity, roads are dirt-tracks, with a radio service for the flying medical services (which is also run by the divine word missionaries) for emergency transport to hospital (it also allows a medical service to be supplied to an area the size of connaught which is inaccessible by land.  The people are subsistence farmers and living in mud huts, drawing water for miles and eking out a frugal living for their children is a daily challenge.  People in this bush-country depend on “mission” and its continuation for basic education and health services or they would have no access to them at all.

The challenge for the group is to reach out in support to the heroic work being carried out on the ground daily.  There are two-way benefits – cultural benefits for us and developmental benefits for the parish of simanjiro.  Also the opportunity to visit and experience first-hand what is happening on the ground.

 

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