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
The parish office will be closed this Friday 29th Sept.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.  It will reopen Wed 4th Oct.  
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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The SYNOD – Where are we now? 

In October 2021 Pope Francis convened the whole Church in Synod.  Since that time there have been gatherings of the faithful at parish, national and continental levels.  Following next month’s universal gathering in Rome for the Synod on Synodality, a second universal gathering of this Synod will also take place during October 2024.  The aim of the Synodal Process is to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term. 

In Ireland there was a national consultation in 2021/22, culminating in the paper ‘Synthesis for the Consultation in Ireland for the Diocesan stage of the Universal Synod 2021-23’. This was joined with 112 other syntheses globally to culminate in the ‘Document for the Continental Stage’ in 2022. This document was further debated at seven continental assemblies in February and March 2023. This resulted in a ‘Working Document’ for the October 2023 (and 2024) Synod in Rome. 

Statement of the Irish Bishops’ Conference: The Standing Committee of the Irish Bishops’ Conference met recently in Columba Centre of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The main item for discussion was the forthcoming universal Synod on Synodality, which will take place from 4 – 29 October in Rome, on the theme: ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission’.

Bishops reflected that, “The Synodal Process is about conversion, and we pray that all participants will be open in mind and heart to what the Holy Spirit wants of each individually, and collectively.  In light of Pope Francis’ comment that ‘without prayer there will be no Synod’, we encourage people of faith to unceasingly pray to God over the coming weeks at daily and weekend Masses, at home, and in religious communities, to intercede for Pope Francis and for all members of the Synodal Assembly.”


Calendar of events IN OUR PARISH:


Sunday 1st October at 11:30am: 

Special Harvest Mass at St Anne's

All are welcome to bring produce or a work you’ve made to mark our harvest this year.


Wednesday 4th October at 4pm:

Blessing of pets, outside Holy Rosary Church

Come one, come all for this blessing of pets on the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, 

gather in the car park for a lively moment of blessing and celebration!


Sunday, Sept 24, Diocesan Safeguarding Sunday:

Letter from Archbishop Dermot Farrell


This year we mark the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Child Safeguarding & Protection Service. An anniversary such as this provides an opportunity not only to look back and consider what has been done but also to look forward at what remains to be done and the challenges of the future.


It is possible to divide the history of the Service into two distinct ten-year periods. For the first ten years the emphasis was very much on support for victim/survivors and ensuring that allegations of abuse against clerics were dealt with in accordance with both national child protection guidelines, Children First, and with the Church’s own guidelines. This work, dealing with the consequences of the past, was accompanied by measures to improve the safety of children involved in church activities. However, it was only with the establishment of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee in 2013 that the work of safeguarding, the proactive work of creating and maintaining safe environments, initially for children and then also for vulnerable adults, came to have the same prominence as dealing with cases and supporting those who were harmed. 


We have learned, then, that dealing with the consequences of the past, vital though it remains, has to be accompanied by steps to ensure that what happened then is not happening now and will not happen in the future. We have learned too that the lay faithful have taken this matter to heart and are determined to rid the Church of the scourge of clerical child abuse.


I want to thank all of you who have attended training, implemented safeguarding practices in our parishes, served as parish safeguarding representatives and sat on our various committees at both parish and diocesan level.


We must look to the future with hope, including the hope that children can be brought back to the Church. We are more likely to succeed in doing so if we can convince their parents that the safety of their loved ones is our utmost concern. 

(Extract from Letter of Archbishop Dermot Farrell – the full text of the letter is available at dublindiocese.ie)

Help Wanted!   

There are many ways you can become more involved in the life of our parish.  We always welcome volunteers to our parish ministries - Eucharistic Ministers, Ministers of the Word (readers), Parish Choirs, etc.  At the moment we are particularly looking for people to help with our Baptism Team.  

If you would like more information on any of the above, or think you could help in any way, please contact the parish offices at 01 4626 893 St Anne’s or 01 4141 838  Holy Rosary.


We would be delighted to hear from anyone who may be willing to act as sacristan at the 6pm Saturday evening and/or 10am Monday morning Masses. 

If you are interested in serving the Lord in this fulfilling ministry then please contact Deborah in the parish office (01 4141838) or have a chat with any of the parish clergy. 


We are hoping to re-start our Altar Servers programme in Holy Rosary Church, but need adult volunteers to help supervise and help to train the children before this can commence.  If you would be available once or twice a month to work as part of a team we would love to hear from you.  Ideally we are looking for at least 4 people who will be available, as part of a rota, on Sunday mornings for 10.30am mass.  Please contact Holy Rosary Parish Office on 01 4141838 for more information.

Come and See

Join Fr Michael Hurley with people who live the cell experience on Radio Maria for a six-week programme exploring Parish Cells.  Monday evenings from 7pm (final programme Mon 16th Oct 2023).


Applications are now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. 

The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year in DCU St Patrick’s Campus, Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9, on Thursday, September 28th (7pm-9.30pm).

Pathways is a two-year, one-evening-a-week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. Places are limited. 

For more information please visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie. 

Season of Creation 2023

Friday, September 1st was the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and marked the beginning of the Season of Creation which runs from September 1st to October 4th – the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. 

The theme of the Season of Creation this year is ‘Let Justice and Peace Flow’. You are welcome to join us as we celebrate this special time when we give thanks to the Lord for his great gift of creation.

Study looking for adults (70 + years) to take part in 

our Protein and Exercise classes for 12 weeks 

by PhD student Catherine Fallon 

from the University College Dublin. 

For more information, please contact 086 724 0910 

or catherine.fallon@ucdconnect.ie.



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.