Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) was formed in 2005 and meets regularly throughout the year to discuss and advance the pastoral needs of the parish. The council aim to assist the Priest in the running of the Parish. Should you have any concerns or queries, you can contact the PPC through the parish office at assumptionhowth@gmail.com.

Due to the pandemic, in March 2020 the PPC established a subcommittee to handle all matters relating to COVID-19. This committee meets regularly and puts in place procedures to ensure continuing compliance with all Diocesan, government and HSE guidelines.

Parish Liturgy Group

The Parish Liturgy Group meets regularly to help plan and prepare liturgies for the various Church seasons such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. An aim of the Liturgy Group is to increase the active participation of parishioners in all liturgies and to promote a greater understanding of same. Further information on this group can be found by emailing assumptionhowth@gmail.com.

Parish Ministries

Ministers of the Word

Volunteers proclaim the readings and lead the prayer of the faithful during Mass and other liturgies. A rota is prepared bi-monthly. Training sessions are arranged from time to time.

 

Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

As the priest is the “ordinary” minister of the Eucharist, those who volunteer to assist in distribution of the Eucharist at Mass are referred to as extraordinary minsters of the Eucharist. Training is required for this role.

Due to the pandemic and the suspension of Masses with public attendance, the ministers of the Eucharist are not active currently.

 

Music Ministry

Music is a very important element of all liturgy and we encourage congregational participation in singing during our Masses. We have musicians, solo singers and choirs who perform as part of Masses and other liturgies. Unfortunately, during the pandemic there has been a ban on congregational and choral singing even when we are open for Mass with public attendance. We look forward to the return of choral and congregational singing in due course and we are very grateful to our solo musicians and singers who continue to provide music for our 11.30am Sunday Mass.

 

Welcome and Hospitality group

This group organise regular tea and coffee mornings and other social events to allow parishioners and newcomers to meet and chat in an informal setting.

 

Parish Collectors

We have a group of dedicated volunteers who arrange the gathering up of collections during Mass and ensure all monies received are stored in the safe. A small team then organise the counting and banking of all monies.

 

Floral Art Team

For all those interested in flowers and art we have a dedicated team who ensure our sanctuary area and the whole church is beautifully decorated with flowers and plants appropriate to the liturgical season. The team ensure all arrangements are maintained throughout the days and weeks.

The church gardens in front of the main door are also maintained by volunteers.

 

Other Volunteers

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic required new groups of volunteers to assist in cleaning the church on a daily basis and stewarding all Masses and liturgies held in the church.

 

We thank all those parishioners who continue to assist in all areas of parish life. More volunteers are always welcome!

Parish Finance Committee

The Parish Finance Committee oversee all aspects of the parish’s finances. The committee issues the financial statements for the parish each year. A copy of these can be requested by contacting the finance committee at assumptionhowth@gmail.com.

Parish Youth Group

The Parish Youth Group is a voluntary group which aims to foster a sense of community within our younger parishioners. The group has successfully run a Transition Year programme for 13 years. Transition year students from Howth and Sutton parishes are invited to join monthly meetings. Within this programme, students participate in community activities such as carol singing, visiting the HSE Kilrock House facility and hosting a tea and coffee morning for retired parishioners. To contact the group email assumptionhowth@gmail.com.

Due to the pandemic the 2019/2020 TY programme was halted in March 2020 and the 2020/2021 programme could not be run. The group hope to return to the programme for the TY students of 2021/2022.

Church Hall Development Group

This group has two key objectives:

  • Looking to the Past: Refurbishment of our Church now 120 years old (built 1899). The group is tasked with ensuring the completion of essential works identified in a 2017 survey of the building.
  • Looking to the Future: Develop plans for the provision of improved facilities which will provide a welcoming space for parishioners and parish activities.

Reform And Renewal

The Howth Parish Reform and Renewal Group (the R&R group) was formed in 2010 following the publication of the Murphy and Ryan Reports into clerical sex abuse and abuse in institutions run by the catholic church.  The aim of the group is to provide a forum where people can discuss issues impacting on the future of our church, in particular how reform can be achieved and how the lay faithful can be enabled to play a full, meaningful role in reforming the church. Group meetings are publicised in the Parish Newsletter and are open to everyone.

During the Covid Pandemic while restrictions on public meetings are in place, R&R meetings will be conducted ‘online’ via Zoom.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is a service in which we actively pray to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. There is no definitive structure to the prayer, rather it is a time to reflect in the peace of our Lord’s presence. Further information is available in the PDF below.

Unfortunately, due to the government restrictions imposed during the pandemic, there is no in-person Eucharistic Adoration at present. We look forward to returning to adoration when the easing of government restrictions will allow it.

Adoration leaflet WEB 2020-01-18

Christian Meditation

The parish Christian Meditation group meets weekly at 7pm on Tuesdays.

Due to the pandemic, meetings have been postponed, but the group look forward to resuming meetings when the easing of government restrictions allows.

 

“Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” This core teaching of Jesus occurs in slightly different forms in all of the four Gospels and twice in Matthew.

But what does it mean “to lose one’s life”? And if we knew what it meant, how do we do it?

The great teacher, John Main, was a Benedictine monk of Ealing Abbey. He was born in London of Irish parents in 1926 and died in Montreal in 1982. He revivified a tradition of prayer that has existed in the Church since the earliest times and he insisted that the call to prayer was for every Christian, not just for those living in monasteries or convents. The tradition of prayer that he taught was Christian Meditation. He believed that Christian Meditation was the route to losing one’s life and to finding it again in God.  His teaching is so attractive that there are now over 3,000 groups, in over 100 countries, following his practice.

Groups meet weekly to meditate together and members of groups follow the practice daily in their lives. There is no point in trying to describe Meditation and how it leads to “losing one’s life” or, indeed, “to finding one’s life” in three or four sentences. Only practice can adequately explain it.

So, if you are interested in finding a way to enrich your life, come and join others on the journey of Meditation. More information from Barbara Farrell in the Parish Office. Tel 01-839 7398 or email assumptionhowth@gmail.com

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the common name used for describing the ancient practice of meditation. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance and has been known to benefit emotional wellbeing and overall health. People practice for varying reasons, some to help on their spiritual path, some to help relax or deal with stress etc. In meditation everyone has their own reason for practicing.

The methods used in practice are simple such as breath, guided imagery and other supports. Currently we meet on Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 11am for approximately 1 hour during which there is time for chat, instruction and practice. The group numbers around 30 plus and new people are always welcome to come along to a session and try it out.

To contact the group please email assumptionhowth@gmail.com