Our parish is served by two churches

St. Anne's, Bohernabreena and Holy Rosary, Oldcourt

Parish Office Opening Hours 

St. Anne's Parish Office

Bohernabreena, Dublin D24 C651 
Wed & Fri 10.00am to 12.30am  

Holy Rosary Parish Office

Old Court Ave, Ballycullen D24 A2C5
Mon & Tues 10.00am to 2.00pm  
  • Secretary:   Deborah Brown                
  • Phone: 01 4141 838                                    
  • Email: holyrosary.bohernabreena@gmail.com

 Parish Grouping Mass Times

St Annes' Church, Bohernabreena

Holy Rosary Church, Ballycragh,

St Martin de Porres Church, Aylesbury

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Firhouse


6pm Vigil Holy Rosary

7pm Vigil St Martin

10am & 6pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel


8.30am & 11.30am St Anne’s

10.30am Holy Rosary

9.30am & 12.30pm St Martins

9.30am & 11.30am Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Monday 10am Holy Rosary

Friday 10am St. Anne's

Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri 10am St. Martins

Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 10am Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Eucharistic Adoration 

There will be Eucharistic Adoration at the following times and all are invited to attend: 
Holy Rosary Church every Monday morning for one hour following the 10am mass  St Martin de Porres Church  Mon 7.00pm - 8.00pmWed after 10am Mass until 12 noonThu 7.00pm - 8.00pm
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1st Sunday of Advent

Stay Awake

In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah prays for God’s active presence so that the Jewish community, returned from Babylonian exile, may remain faithful to their God.


In the second reading, St. Paul prays for the reconversion of Christians in Corinth who have misused their gifts and charisms and remain ill-prepared for Christ’s Second Coming.


In today’s Gospel, using the short parable of the servants and gatekeeper of an absentee master who could return at any time, Jesus instructs his followers to be alert and watchful while doing their Christian duties with sincerity. The gatekeeper and the household servants are expected to be ever vigilant because their master is sure to return. Although the time of his return is uncertain, the reward or punishment is sure and certain. (frtonyshomilies.com)

Calendar of events IN OUR PARISH:


 St. Anne’s Church 

Annual Sale of Work & Christmas Raffle

 This Sunday 3rd December after 11.30am mass in Roseanna Hall.  

Raffle tickets on sale after all masses. Tickets 3 strips €5.  

Draw will take place at the Sale of Work. 


this Thursday December 7th at 7.30pm 

You are welcome to join us this in St. Anne’s Church for our 

annual carol service led by our parish children’s choir and adult choir.


We will also be joined by the boys and girls from Glenasmole NS and Holy Rosary Primary School 

who are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.




Sunday December 10th at 6pm in the church. 

All are welcome to join us followed by festive refreshments in the pastoral room.


Children’s Rosary in St Martin de Porres 

every Saturday at 11a.m up to 30th December

Advent is a wonderful time to celebrate the 

forgiveness and healing of God’s love. 

In preparation for Christmas, a Reconciliation Service for all parishes in the Tallaght Deanery will take place

on Monday, 11th December at 7pm

in St Mary’s Priory, Tallaght Village

and all are invited to attend.


The SVP Annual Appeal takes place each year in the run-up to Christmas, and a key part of that is the collection which takes the place of the Share collection, taken up at all masses on the weekend of the 9th/10th December.  The SVP is very grateful that the Diocese allows us this opportunity for a special appeal for funds. We really appreciate your generosity at this time of year.

This year the Firhouse Singers are once again supporting us by performing at a concert in Firhouse Church at 3pm on Sunday 17th December.  Last year's concert was a very enjoyable event. This year there are no tickets, but a donation can be made at the door. There will also be a raffle for fundraising purposes, with all proceeds going to our local SVP conference. It should be a lovely community celebration.

If you wish to contribute to the annual appeal at another time, you may visit our annual appeal website at svp.ie/firhousebohernabreenaappeal23


The monthly SVP collection will be taken up after all masses this weekend 25th/26th November. Your continuing support is greatly appreciated.

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Annual Sale of Work 2023

Our Annual Sale of Work and Christmas Raffle will take place this Sunday 3rd December after 11.30am mass in Roseanna Hall.  

Raffle tickets 3 strips €5.  Draw will take place at the Sale of Work. 

1st Prize Turkey & Ham

2nd Prize Goose & Christmas Hamper

3rd Prize Christmas Cake, Pudding & Bottle of Whiskey

4th Prize Christmas Hamper & Bottle of Wine

and many more prizes.......

St. Anne’s Cell Prayer Group 

We will be reciting the rosary after the 10am mass on December 8th in St. Anne’s Church.   Weather permitting it will be said at the grotto.  Please join us if you can.

We meet every 2nd Monday in Roseanna Hall at 8pm. Our next meeting is on the 11th December and we will pray for intentions then.  


For the four weeks of Advent, the 6pm mass on Saturday evenings will be a Taize themed mass.  The Taize style is quiet and prayerful, with reduced lighting and chant music to encourage a prayerful atmosphere.  This will be a lovely opportunity to break from the ‘busy-ness’ in the lead up to Christmas.


CROSSCARE CHRISTMAS FOOD POVERTY APPEAL: Leaflets explaining how you can donate to this worthy cause are available in the church.



We hope next week to have Christmas cards with the times of our Christmas services etc. ready to be distributed throughout the parish.  If you would be available to help deliver to your own street and possibly some neighbouring streets, please contact Deborah in Holy Rosary Church on 01 4141838 or holyrosary.bohernabreena@gmail.com. 

Thanks in advance!


Totus Tuus Magazine is a Catholic magazine, full of articles from Irish priests and laity, which aims to highlight the beauty and joy of our faith. It is going into its 7th year and is run by donations. If you haven't come across Totus Tuus Magazine and would like a free copy please contact Fiona Kiely on 086 8760058. 

Glenasmole National School is now accepting applications for enrolment in the 2024/2025 school year.

Application forms are available from the school on 01. 462 4143, via email at office@glenasmolens.com or available to download at www.glenasmolens.com

If you would like to enrol your child please fill out the application form and return it to the school via email or post. 

The closing date for applications is the 31st of January 2024. 



Holy Day Mass times for Friday December 8th 

(Feast of the Immaculate Conception) will be as follows: 


Thursday December 7th

Eve of Holy Day Vigil Mass – 7pm St Martin’s


Friday December 8th

10am St Anne’s Church  (no mass in Holy Rosary Church)

11am St Martin de Porres Church


‘When a million children pray the Rosary, the world will change’ (Padre Pio).

Thousands of children around the world are answering the call of praying the Rosary. This Advent let us join those children and walk with Mary and Joseph through the Joyful Mysteries.

Children’s Rosary in St Martin de Porres, every Saturday at 11a.m starting on the 2nd of December to the 30th


With Teresa Larkin.  Saturday 2nd December 2023, 10am-3pm.  Finding inner peace in a season meant to be peaceful.  Explore the world of the senses in this season of the Incarnation.  All welcome.  Cost €60 including lunch, tea/coffee break.  Limited places still available.  To book please contact 01-4048123 or 4048189 (10.30am – 2.30pm Monday – Friday) or email dominicanretreats@gmail.com.

Help Wanted...

We are in urgent need of volunteers to help maintain Holy Rosary Church and grounds please, as our CE and TUS workers have now finished their placements with us.

We are appealing to your pride and ownership of our Church, so if you could spare an hour once a month (or less if we have enough people to go on a rota!) to help clean our church, tidy the grounds, etc. we would love to hear from you. 

We are also looking for people to help as Sacristans, to become Ministers of the Word and Eucharistic Ministers, and to help with our Baptisms.

If you would like to volunteer or get more information about any of the above, please contact Deborah at 01 4141838 in Holy Rosary holyrosary.bohernabreena@gmail.


The Parish relies on the generosity of our Parishioners as the planned giving (Family offering) is the SOLE income which stays in the Parish for the day to day upkeep and running of our Churches - altar expenses, light & heat, wages, etc.  If you are in a position to contribute to the planned giving, please contact our parish offices for a box of envelopes (which can be returned each weekend at mass).   Every contribution is important to us, now matter how much you can give.You also have the option to pay online through EasyPayments on our parish website (www.bohernabreenaparish.com) or via monthly standing order.  Forms are available from the parish offices and, due to lower bank costs, this would be our preferred option if possible. Please phone the parish office if you require any help or clarification on any of the above.

Registered Charity No. 20016166 


The Irish Hospice Foundation provides a free Bereavement Support Line. This National Freephone Service is available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 1800 807077. Visit www.hospicefoundation.ie for more information.

AWARE – Support & Self Care Groups

If you or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit www.aware.ie.

Our Churches are open for public worship and we also live stream our masses 

(live streaming from St. Anne's cannot be guaranteed as we only have access to a mobile signal which can be unreliable).

Prayer Before Holy Communion 

– St. Thomas Aquinas

All powerful and everlasting God,

I ask that I might receive, 

the Bread of Angels,

the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords,

with that reverence and humility, 

with that contrition and devotion,

with that purity and faith which 

is expedient for the salvation of 

my soul. Amen.

Prayer after Holy Communion 

– St Thomas Aquinas 

Sweetest Jesus, 

Body and Blood most holy,

be the delight and pleasure of my soul,

my strength and salvation 

in all temptations,

my joy and peace in every trial,

my light and guide in every 

word and deed,

and my final protection 

in death. Amen.

Is the Lord calling you to be a Eucharistic Minister?

‘When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to His people, and Christ, present in His word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy.’ (General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], no. 29).

What is a Reader / Lector? This ministry may be called reader or minister of the word. A lector is the person who proclaims the first or second reading at Mass. This person also may lead the Psalm (in the absence of a cantor) and the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass (in the absence of the deacon).  The lector must believe that Sacred Scripture is the Word of God and have deep respect for God's presence in that Word. If you are interested in becoming a Reader in our parish then please leave your contact details with Ann in the Parish Office or contact any of the priests.

Eucharistic Ministers are lay people who have been commissioned by the Church to help with the distribution of Communion at Masses and to bring Holy Communion to the sick, infirm and housebound who can no longer come to Mass. Before being commissioned the Ministers are invited to take part in a preparation process outlining the great importance of the Eucharist and also the practicalities involved in the distribution. 


This ministry is a very special and sacred one. For the sick, the reception of Communion is not only a privilege but also a sign of support for its members and concern shown by the Christian community for its members who are ill. New members are always welcome. If you would like to get involved in this Ministry, please give your name to one of the priests or leave it with the Parish Secretary in the parish office. 

We have copies of 

“Living Words - A Booklet for renewal in the Holy Spirit”

written by our own Fr Michael Hurley.  

This booklet helps you to see the spirituality in the daily life around you and grow a deeper trust in Jesus Christ’s love and goodness, leading to you living a more joyful and loving life.  The booklets are €5 each and are available from the churches and parish offices.  We welcome your support.

ACCORD Dublin Website

For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie 

150th Anniversary Book 

St. Anne's

The St Anne’s Church Committee produced a wonderful book to commemorate this special year in our parish. It looks back on the history of St Anne’s, records the celebration events and also reflects on the future.  It contains lovely accounts, photos,  drawings, poems by the children and many friends of St Anne’s.  It is a truly valuable record of our community and heritage. 

Every household in the parish should have one.  It only costs €10 and is available from the parish office at St Anne's Church.

We, the people of God in Bohernabreena Parish, who worship in St Anne's and Holy Rosary, guided by the Holy Spirit and inspired by the love of Jesus Christ, are committed to creating a caring, welcoming community where there is justice for all.