Due to the untimely death of Fr Joseph Doran in Barndarrig on 7th May the Archbishop has requested that the three parishes of Wicklow/ Rathnew, Ashford/ Glenealy and Kilbride/ Barndarrig/ Brittas Bay come together as a single pastoral area to serve the spiritual and liturgical needs of the Catholic population of the area. Please be assured that a pastoral area does not mean a single parish: each of the three parishes will still have its own individual identity, but the three will be served on a rota basis by the team of Fr Donal, Fr Eamonn and Fr Pat.
It will be necessary to introduce a new Mass schedule in order to ensure that each of the seven churches in the area will have at least one weekend Mass and the timing of the Masses has to be such that, in the event of one of the priests being absent, the schedule can still be fulfilled by two priests. We regret that this will mean a loss of a Mass in two of the churches, but we ask for your support and understanding in this. If the Mass you normally attend is not on, there will be another at the same time in one of the other nearby churches.
In the event of one of the Priests been unavailable at some stage in the future, unfortunately there will be further reductions. We know that this will be disappointing for some parishioners, but this is the situation in the majority of parishes in the diocese due to the shortage of priests.
The following schedule will come into effect from the weekend of 4th/ 5th June and will be reviewed at the end of the Summer.
9am Kilbride and 9am Glenealy
10am Wicklow and 10am Brittas Bay