Sacraments & Services

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Sacrament of Reconciliation


There are special Reconciliation services arranged at significant times throughout the year - Christmas, Easter, etc but the priests are available anytime by appointment for people wishing to avail of this sacrament.

Usual times are Saturdays immediately following 10.00am Mass and from 6.30pm to 7.00 pm or by appointment with any of the priests.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation - Background & Pointers >>

Celebrating God's Forgiveness - Reconciliation & The Prodical Son >>


baby baptism

Baptisms take place in Rathmines church usually on the first Sunday of every month at 11am Mass. If you would like to book a baptism for your child, please contact the parish office Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm either in person or by telephone on 01 497 1531 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at least two weeks prior to baptism.

Adult Baptism: information about parish programme of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A) available from Parish Office.

Parent's Reflection on their child's baptism >>

Why Baptism - Some general Pointers >>

The 5 Main Symbols of Baptism >>

A Prayer for baptism offered by a member of the family >>

Download the Rathmines Parish Baptism Booklet >>


wedding rings

All couples must give at least three months notice of their marriage to one of the priests of the parish or contact the Parish Office.

Accord - The Catholic Marriage Care Service >>

A Reflection on Marriage >>

Planning Your Wedding >>

Choosing the readings for your Wedding >>

Statement Concerning the Freedom to Marry >>

First Communion Program - Do This in Memory

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 'Do this in Memory' is a parish-based sacramental preparation program for First Eucharist. Currently there are 61 children from both St Louis & RMDS involved in the program in Rathmines.

Whilst the schools have a huge part to play, they can no longer be expected to carry out the task alone. Home and Parish have roles to play too. The Do This In Memory programme has been devised to offer parents and parish the opportunity to carry out these roles more fully.

It involves a commitment of bringing your child to a special Mass once a month throughout the year.

A Parent's reflections on the Do This in Memory Program >>

Do This In Memory Dates 2014 - 2015 >>

General Pointers for writing prayers of the faithful >>

DTIM Mass Communion Reflection >>


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The 'You Shall be my Witnesses Program' is a Parish based program that aids parents and children prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. This year in our Parish there is over 60 children fro St. Louis Senior School and Ranelagh Multi-denominational participating in the program.

Find out more about the program >>

Dates for the Confirmation Program - You Shall Be My Witnesses >>

Tips on Choosing a Confirmation Name >>


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Funerals are usually booked through contact with the undertakers, who will in turn contact the parish office and the Parish Priest.

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

Planning your Loved One's Funeral >>

Commonly Asked Questions about the Funeral >>

Choosing Music & Hymns for a Funeral >>

Rathmines Funeral Booklet >>

  • Eucharistic Adoration: First Friday from 10:30 am to 5:15 pm.eucharist1
  • Prayer of the Church: Monday to Saturday 9:45 am.





 scripture reading

Children reflect on the Gospel >>

A Guided tour of the Bible>>

The Bible - A Personal Encounter >>

A Guide to this week's Gospel >>

Some tips for beginning to Pray the Scriptures >>




Reflection from a member of the Discover Group

For me the toughest part of the recession isn't having no work to go to. The dole may be minuscule, but it does cover basic requirements.

When you are a young adult, you don't have any great needs, or wants, that can't be put on hold. It's not like the situation of people who have responsibilities for family. Responsibilities are not a great part of young adult life, and we do have the freedom to choose where we go, and who we have in our life. For me the toughest part of the last few months has been the experience of friendships ending. This is something that I can attribute directly to the trickling affects of the recession.

For a young adult, friendships are a lifeline. It's what makes life bearable when there is change, and uncertainly all around us. It's a double whammy when the ending of a work contract means the ending of a friendship. In particular when it means that the person/people will have to leave the country in search of work. It is great that Ireland has become such a multi-cultural place over the last few years. This means that you can't be in a work-place without working alongside someone from one of the the four corners of the world.

As people lose their jobs, and start to move away you begin to feel this loss, and maybe reflect a little deeper on the richness that their presence has brought  to your life. As a young person you expect to say good-bye many times, but this can be difficult when you don't have other responsibilities to take your focus. When you really value people and let them impact on your life, and touch your heart this is particularly difficult. To protect ourselves, it makes sense to live life on a shallow level, in our busy world filled with such diverse people. However, I believe that the gospel challenge is to live life at a deeper level; to really allow people to touch us and to change us. Not to let life become just a collection of mere experiences, and people an end to our own means. In friendships built on a mutual sharing of belief and faith, these goodbyes can be particularly difficult.

We share a lot more of ourselves, what is really important to us, on a much deeper level. We allow other people to challenge us to grow in ourselves, and reach out to others. We can learn to love ourselves and others more deeply. We come to value how other  young people are an essential part of our faith journey, and the part that we have to play in other peoples lives. These friendships are more valuable when owning a belief goes against the prevailing norms of young adult culture. When your closest friends, and family, do not see these beliefs as an important way of life. It can be difficult to share the important parts of us, and the experience can be quite isolating.

At times, It can be hard to admit, that we need other people in our lives; that we can't go it alone and need community. Each young person really does contribute to the experience of community, and the loss of each person does diminish this community. When saying good-bye it can be just as difficult being the person left behind, as the person leaving to pick up a new challenge. The recession for me has challenged me to learn to say good-bye, let go, and still desire to live life deeply. It has been a challenge to my faith, as I feel the loss of multiple friendships, but it has helped me to appreciate the value of each person, I have shared my life with, over the last few months.

I will always carry a little bit of each person with me, whether it's a song, a coffee we have shared, a line that they have said that helped me pause for a moment, or a light that they have shone on some aspect of my own life. I appreciate the richness that diverse people have brought to my life and their willingness to share with me. I appreciate the opportunity to live life fully, and for now to live life fully in the moment.

I know that tomorrow will bring it's own challenges, and it's own changes in my life, but for now it's just a time to say thank you from the heart. 

Majella Maria Moloney

Useful Information


Rathmines Parish Child Protection

Rathmines Parish Child Protection Officer - Can be contacted throught the Parish office

Child Safeguarding Dublin Diocese: Andrew Fagan (Director) 01 8360314

Mr Andrew Fagan is the Designated person for the Dublin Archdiocese

Ms Julie McCullough (Child Protection Officer) is the Deputy Designated person.

Both are contactable on 01 - 836 0314

Garda in Rathmines: 01 666 6700

H.S.E Duty Social Worker, DSE: 01 269 8222

Towards Healing Helpline: 1800 331234

Rathmines Parish Child Safeguarding Policy >>

Catholic Schools
School Principal Telephone Email Website
St. Louis Infants School Mrs Mulkerrin 497 2188 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St. Louis Senior School Padraic Carney 497 6098 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
St. Louis High School Cliona Brady 497 5458 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
St. Mary's Junior College  Mrs. O'Donnell 497 5942 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
St. Mary's Senior College  Mr. Liam Naughton 406 2100 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


St. Mary's Community Centre

Ms. Joan Stedman

01 496 3085, 01 496 3088

To download a directory of all the Community Organisations and Charities in the Rathmines Area compiled by the Parish and by Word Missions Ireland Click Here

Useful Websites - Dublin Diocese official Website - Website for the 2012 Eucharistic Congress - The Diocesan Liturgy Website - Good resource site for children & Teachers - Good website for biblical resources - World Mission Society Ireland - Children Helping Children - Veritas Publications publish a wide range of titles in a number of categories, such as theology, scripture, prayer, spirituality, parenting, counselling, liturgical resources and social issues - The Catenian Association provides practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support.


Meet the Team

Fr. William King 52 Lr. Rathmines Rd. 01 496 9049
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Parish Office (Monday - Friday 10:00am - 12 noon)

Parish Secretary

Mary Ryan

52 Lr. Rathmines Rd.

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01 497 1531