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Weekday Mass:

Monday - Saturday 10.00am

Sunday Mass:


Mass will be celebrated without a

congregation until further notice.

Please join us online for Mass

Click on "WATCH US LIVE"

Parish Office - 9.00am - 5.00pm

282 2277 / 282 2704


Confirmation ceremonies have been

postponed until further notice.

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our parish website


Please visit our parish

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Parish Announcements


"Parish of St Anne Shankill"

We invite you to join us online:

Rosary at 9.30am Mon - Sat 

Mass at 10.00am Mon - Sat

Mass at 10.00am on Sunday


Holy Hour 3pm Fri


Miraculous Medal Novena each

Monday during Mass







Letter from Archbishop re. Safeguarding Day 2020

Diocesan Safeguarding Day, 2020

Letter from Archbishop Martin

Sunday 27 September is Diocesan Safeguarding Day. As your Archbishop, I have made the safety and protection from abuse of the children and vulnerable members of Archdiocese a particular priority. It has been a challenge to all of us to face up to our responsibility to make reparation for the failures of the past. This year we face a different set of challenges and we do so in a situation of considerable uncertainty.

Given our uncertain financial future, we will have to learn to use our declining resources sparingly and wisely. You will be aware that it has been necessary to reduce the number employed by the Diocese including a number of people employed in the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service. However, our commitment to safeguarding and to support of victim/ survivors of abuse remains undiminished. We need to consider the implications of working with less and the opportunities this presents to look at how we share what we have. As parishes learn to work closely together, good safeguarding practice can be passed from one parish to another, for example, without always having to rely on CSPS.

Given the uncertainty surrounding bringing people together, we will have to consider how best we approach things like delivering safeguarding training. Information technology presents us with new opportunities, while also presenting challenges for those not used to using computers.

There is a third uncertainty which I wish to address. I cannot say for how much longer I will serve as your Archbishop. As I near the end of my time with you, I want to say a particular thank you for all of the work you have been doing to make the Church in Dublin a safer place for children and for vulnerable adults. Our parish clergy, already under pressure due to declining numbers, have had to accept additional responsibilities in this area, such as ensuring that those involved in public ministry are vetted. I wish to thank them all for this. I wish to thank also the hundreds of parish safeguarding representatives and the thousands who have attended safeguarding training. I wish to thank all of our parishioners who have kept faith with us through this difficult time. I wish also to acknowledge the courage of those who have spoken of their experiences of abuse in the Church. Their stories have been difficult for us to hear but they have helped us to face up to the truth and we must honour their contribution by making our parishes not just safe places but also welcoming and nurturing places for all children and vulnerable persons.

I ask you also to remember those who were abused and to pray for them

+ Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop of Dublin

Archdioceses of Dublin


Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults

We need a new generation of Young Adult Leaders to continue the mission of Jesus Christ.

  • Are you - prepared to get “off your couch” and make a difference with your life?
  • Be a leader – make a  difference in your world.

The Foundational Leadership Programme offers participants a unique opportunity to explore and develop Gospel transformational leadership Skills. These skills can be readily applied to the participants own context. The programme is a mix of input from highly experienced experts, reflective practices, mentoring, journaling, spiritual accompaniment, workshops and social immersion. Participants are required to produce a learning log as part of an overall portfolio to serve as a framework for integrative practice. This programme endeavours to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be Gospel centred transformational leaders and change agents within their own parishes, communities. FLP The Foundational Leadership Programme is run jointly between the Catholic and Church of Ireland Dioceses of Dublin. It will be based mainly in St. Paul's Church, Arran Quay. It is uniquely placed to nurture and mission a new generation of faith leaders. Commitment will be one Saturday per month starting in October 2020 (and will comply with Covid-19 measures)  (Note to parishes can you please circulate on notices, online and social media for month of September.)For more information, online registration and payment – use this link

Gerard Gallagher  - Office for Evangelisation & EcumenismEmail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.evangelisation.iePhone – 087 2347220

New Directions – Support for Families of Prisoners New Directions offers a free, confidential information and support service forFamilies of People in Prison. It offers a listening ear and emotional support to help families with the challenges they face. New Directions was set up in 2018 by Sr Imelda Wickham, a former Prison Chaplain. Dealing with having a family member in prison brings with it all kinds of challenges for those left behind.  The threat of COVID-19 and consequent suspension of family members’ visits is a very big loss to all family members and their loved ones in prison, particularly children who may struggle to understand why they cannot now visit Mum or Dad. New Directions is acutely aware of how difficult a time this can be for families with a loved one in prison and help is available, through phone, Skype, Zoom, etc., to provide support to family members struggling with these new restrictions, which come on top of the existing challenges of having a family member in prison.  For more information and support contact  087 609 7686 or via our email address  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or website http://familiesofprisoners.i

Memory Walk Campaign - The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Support the Memory Walk Campaign - Let’s Walk together for Dementia services on September 20, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland - See the full details and registration at

Online Theology Courses – The Priory Institute

The Priory Institute are now taking registrations now for autumn online theology courses. The courses are up to degree level and are  subsidised by the Irish Domincans. If you are interested in looking at the 'big' questions of life - then these courses could be just the thing as the nights draw in and we look to an uncertain winter for more.For more information and list of course go to:  

DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies - Scholarships

Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you. This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a number of Saturdays throughout the year. For 2020/21, the programme will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities. Scholarships are available for  incoming students. More info at, or contact Brad Anderson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies

Interested in studying Theology in 2020? The one year, part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies at St Patrick's College, Maynooth is now offered as a "Blended Learning" programme. Suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in any discipline (or equivalent)The course will run from Septemberto May, with online lectures taking place on Wednesday evenings, complimented with self-directed study.  There will also be 6 residential weekends over the course of the year.More details of the programme are available at: For admission to the course or other details, please contact Barbara Mahon, at the SPCM - Admissions Office at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  01 -708-4772

N.B. If COVID-19 restrictions make the weekend residential impossible, these will be held virtually.

Parish Items Available

The Mercy Sisters, Provincial Team in Naas have a number of items in storage in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, which might be of interest to some parishes. The items are as follows: a light wooden altar, a small tabernacle on a pedestal, an Ambo, two lecterns, a thurible, two large framed pictures of the Sacred Heart and Lady of Perpetual Help and one large statue of Mary. Contact Sr Margaret by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by phone at (087) 2329144



SAGE – Shankill Action for a Green Earth

The Season of Creation 1st September - 4th October


Autumn is upon us and all over the Northern Hemisphere farmers and gardeners are readying themselves to bring in the harvest - vegetables, fruits and a multiplicity of crops, which will provide food and nourishment for us all in the coming year.

The Season of Creation is an ecumenical initiative to increase our awareness of the vulnerability of our planet and its life-giving gifts and our responsibilities to safeguard it for future generations.

October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, is the final day of the Season of Creation. Although he died almost 800 years ago Francis understood how precious the creation that sustains our lives is. His vision transcends religions and nationalities. He has been a true prophet for humanity !

SAGE is encouraging everyone in Shankill to do something in this Season of Creation to actively take care for our planet. This can involve both the conservation of energy and promoting biodiversity. Choose one thing from each of these lists, that you don’t do already, and turn it into a lifetime habit.

Conserve Energy:

Walk, Cycle or, when Covid is sorted, take Public Transport, instead of driving, when possible.

Install Attic Insulation, 30cm deep, and save energy while making your home warmer.

Set your Thermostat to 20 deg. C, and put a heating timer onto your system.

Put an effective lagging jacket on your hot water cylinder

Use LED lights all over the house, starting with your living room and kitchen

Run your dishwasher on the ECO cycle and your washing machine at the 30 deg C cycle

Wear a warm jumper instead of turning up the heat.

Promote Biodiversity

Respect and protect nature – plants, trees and insects.

Don’t use weedkiller on your lawn – create a lawn with nourishing clover, colourful dandelions, buttercups and daisies, that nourish insects, especially bees. Remember, a perfect lawn is just a green desert.

Take a walk and focus on the beauty of nature around you, the colours of Autumn, the starkness of Winter’s trees, the buds of January and February.

Plant pollinator friendly bulbs – crocus, allium, snowdrops. Visit;

Plant a native Irish tree

And finally, log on to our Season of Creation public lecture. Internationally renowned

Sr Nellie McLaughlin, Cosmologist, Ecologist and Promoter of Sustainable Living

Will speak on the topic

A Message of Hope and Challenge in an Ecological Emergency

                                                Thursday 1st October at 8.00pm






Updated 25/05/2020

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The Rosary will be prayed at 9.30am Monday to Friday.

The priests will celebrate Mass without a congregation on Monday to Saturday at 10.00am, and on Sunday at 10.30am.

These Masses will be transmitted via webcam.   There will be a Eucharistic Holy Hour from 3pm to 4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays.

You can join in the Rosary, Mass and Adoration on – click on WATCH US LIVE.

The priests will concelebrate Mass for those intentions that have been booked for both morning and evening at the morning Mass.


Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 6.00pm                Sunday 11.30am – 6.00pm

It is vital that people keep the distance of two metres from each other in the church

Baptisms are postponed, unless in an emergency, please contact the parish office. on 01 282 2277

All Confirmations in the Diocese have been postponed.

Funerals will take place in the Church but attendance will be limited to family and close friends only.

The priests will be available in the parish office by appointment to chat or to hear Confessions.

Please call 282 2277 immediately after morning Mass to make an appointment.  

The Adoration Chapel is closed.

The Parish Office / Resource Centre is open from 10.30am to 12.30am Monday to Friday

Advice by healthcare & diocesan authorities is subject to change on a daily basis.

Please keep each other in prayer at this challenging time.

May the Good Lord bless us and the Virgin Mary protect us.

Further updates will be posted on our Facebook page: Parish of St. Anne Shankill

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