Pastoral Services
 
Pastoral Office: There is a Pastoral Office that serves the areas Royal Canal Park, Pelletstown, Laburnum Square, Rathborne and The Village in Ashtown. The Pastoral Office (blue portacabin) is located in the overflow car park opposite the gym on the corner of Camden Avenue at Royal Canal Park. A full-time Pastoral Worker, Kevin Mullally, has been assigned to the area on behalf of Blanchardstown Parish. Kevin is available in this office on Tuesday afternoons and all day Thursday. Over the rest of the week he is available in his office in St. Brigid's Church, Blanchardstown Village. The role of the Pastoral Worker in addition to spiritual and parish activities includes assisting with the development of activities to promote social interaction within the community.

Current activities include:


Parent & Toddler Playgroup
This support group is for parents and carers, where they can develop friendships while the children play and socialise together in a safe and friendly environment. This group is organised on the basis that the adults stay with the children while attending the group. Located at Rathborne Community Hall between Spar and Giraffe Childcare (same entrance as the gym). Thursday mornings 10.30am until 12.00 noon.  Fee €3.00; tea and coffee is provided.


Prayer Space
A prayer space is open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  It is available for personal and individual prayer or for more group and structured prayer sessions. It is open to all faiths and none. There is also the facility to leave in an intention or need that a person wants prayed for, if the office is closed just pop it in the letter box.


House Blessings
House blessings can be arranged by contacting the Pastoral Office.

Seasonal Parish Activities

This covers the seasons of the liturgical year where extra emphasis is put on faith initiatives eg: Ashes distributed all day on Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross available on Good Friday, a celebration for Easter over the Easter season, Advent prayer space, carols closer to Christmas etc.


Family, Couple and Individual Visits
Kevin is always available to pop into a family, couple or individual for a yap and a cuppa. If you want to just have a listening ear, or want to discuss an issue or concern or a faith related matter just give him a buzz. Alternatively you can pop into him in the Pastoral Office.

St. Vincent de Paul

The Local St. Vincent de Paul society presently use the Pastoral Office as their meeting place for clients. Kevin facilitates this and although he is not a member he sits in with the SvP representative to assist with the meeting and conversation. As always these are confidential meetings. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul can be contacted through their head office on (01) 838 6990 or via email at info@svp.ie.

Community building activities

This is a very important aspect of the Pastoral role and Kevin is always on the lookout for new ways to get the community to come together and to grow as a vibrant, friendly and welcoming living society. Any ideas in this regard give him a buzz.

Contact Details
For further information, comments, appoointments etc. please phone Kevin Mullally on 087-0695481 or email
kevin.mullally@dublindiocese.ie.

Also check out the parish website www.blanchardstownparish.ie and the facebook page blanchardtownparishstbrigids.


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