Many parishioners participate in supporting the work of the Priests of the parish and in the provision of various parish services. We welcome more volunteers to lighten the load of those already involved and to provide more and varied parish services.  If you should wish to volunteer, please contact the Parish Office, Tel (01) 4241000. Office hours are from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday (Lunch break 1pm to 2pm) and until 5pm on Saturday.

The following lists the various groups in the Parish

Liturgy
Members participate in the celebration of the mass and other sacraments, coordinate and prepare Childrens’ Masses, and liturgies for Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas and other special occasions

Ministers of the Word (Readers)
The scriptures are read by lay Ministers of the Word at all Sunday and weekday masses.

Ministers of the Eucharist
Holy Communion is distributed by Ministers of the Eucharist at all Sunday and weekday masses, and to the sick.

Choir
The Parish Choir practices every second Tuesday, except during July and August. It sings at the 12oc Mass every second Sunday, at the ceremonies at Easter, Christmas and other special occasions.

Cantors and accompanists.
Cantors accompanied by an organist or other musicians lead the congregation in singing at Masses on Sundays and Holydays when the Choir is not present.

Liturgy Groups
They plan and coordinate liturgies for special occasions..

Finance Committee
This Committee advises the Parish Priest and the Parish Council on the of the finances of the Parish and on fund raising. There are also teams who assist with the collection and counting of the funds received:

Church Indoor collectors
Collection counters
Planned Giving counters
Silver Circle collectors

Maintenance of Church and Grounds
Much work is required to maintain the Church and grounds. This involves teams for

Church Cleaning
Maintenance of Grounds
Co-ordinating Church Refurbishment.

Website
Maintenance, Updating and Development
A specialized team undertakes this task.

Support Groups
These groups reach out to support people experiencing difficulties who need help
and support

Bereavement Support Group
St.Vincent de PauL
Alcoholics Anonymous
Visitation Group

Scripture/Prayer
In addition to Mass and the sacraments, there is

Adoration of Blessed Sacrament, every Wednesday, 9.30 to 10.30
Lectio Divina, reading and reflection on the Sunday Scripture readings. The group meets every Monday at 8oc
Parish Book Club – reading, reflection and sharing on a book chosen by the Group – meets monthly, except during the Summer months.

The Sunday and daily scripture readings and a prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel are on this website for personal prayer and reflection.

Parish Pilgrimages
Pilgrimages are organised from the Parish to
Knock
Lourdes
Medjugorie

Education and related services
Children and young people comprise a significant proportion of the people in the parish.
There are a number of excellent schools in the parish and in the adjoining parish of Ballyroan to provide for their education.

Primary Schools
There are two primary schools in the Parish

Scoil Mhuire, Ballyboden
Website: www.smbb.scoilnet.ie
Principal: Owen McLoughlin
Tel.01 4931967
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Edmondstown
Website: www.edmondstownns.ie
Principal: Sinead NicAindriu
Tel. 01 4933255
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There are two primary schools in the adjoining parish of Ballyroan.

Girls Primary School
St. Patrick’s Girls National School – Scoil Naomh Padraig
Website: www.snp.ie

Boys primary school
Ballyroan Boys School
Website: www.ballyroanboysschool.ie

Secondary Schools
There are two secondary schools in the adjoining parish of Ballyroan

Girls Secondary School
Sancta Maria College
www.sanctamariacollege.com

Boys Secondary School
Colaiste Eanna
www.colaisteeanna.ie

Education in Spirtuality and Theology
For parishioners who may be interested in deepening their understanding of their faith through courses in spirituality and theology, the following websites may be of  interest:
www.orlagh.ie
www.prioryinstitute.ie
www.milltown-institute.ie
www.allhallows.ie
www.materdei.ie
www.maynoothcollege.ie≥pontificaluniversity

Sport
There are two well known GAA clubs associated with Ballyboden.

Wanderers GAA Club, Ballyboden
Frank Kelly Park
www.wanderersgaa.ie

Ballyboden St.Enda’s GAA Club
www.bodengaa.ie