Church of St. Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud

Archbishop Martin to celebrate a special Mass to support Fr Tony

Archbishop Diarmuid MartinArchbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a Special Mass to Support Fr Tony on Sunday June 24th at 11.30am. This mass will provide Parishioners with an opportunity to support and wish Fr Tony well in advance of his charity walk.

Tea / Refreshments afterwards (weather permitting – at the front of the Church)
Church door collections will take place at all Masses during the weekend 23rd/24th June in aid of Fr Tony’s Charity ‘Walk while you can’ with all funds going to support ‘Motor Neuron Disease (MND)’.

Three Choirs, 7:00pm, Sunday 29th April

Kilmacud Crokes Choir, Kildare Place School Parent’s Choir, The Choir of St Laurence O’Toole,
With special guest, Joanne Harding Soprano,
Directed by Thomas Kehoe,
Sunday 29th April at 7:00pm,
Kilmacud Parish Church,
Tickets €10 | U18 free entry,

With money raised going to local charities

Help Fight Motor Neuron Disease

Fr Tony Coote, Kilmacud Parish, Stillorgan
To listen back to Fr Tony’s interview on The Ryan Tubridy show about Motor Neurone Disease, please click “here”.
To help fight Motor Neurone Disease by donating, please click “here”.

Fr Tony on the The Ryan Tubridy Show

Fr Tony Coote, Kilmacud Parish, StillorganListen to Fr Tony’s interview on The Ryan Tubridy Show to hear about his fundraising initiative.

Please click here if you would like to make a donation. (

Please click here to listen to the podcast.

Annual Knock Holiday Pilgrimage, June 5th to 8th

The annual pilgrimage to Knock organised by Simon of Cyrene will take place this year from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th of June. More details to follow in the coming weeks with booking forms available from Helen in the Parish Centre.

Lenten Reconciliation Service, Monday March 26th, 7:30pm

lenten reconciliation confessionMonday March 26th at 7:30pm

A joint service for Kilmacud and Mount Merrion parishes. All welcome.
Venue: St Laurence O’Tool’s Church, Kilmacud

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st

World Down Syndrome Day (also known as WDSD) is a global awareness initiative that has been backed by the United Nations since 2012.

It has been spearheaded by Down Syndrome International, which has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome. It also highlights the facts of what it’s like to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome have, and continue to play, a vital role in our communities.World Downs Syndrome day socks

See Downs Syndrome Ireland.

Watch the 50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome video.

Recruitment notice Senior Help Line

Are You a Good Listener?

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s only confidential telephone listening service for older people, needs women and men aged 55+ to train as telephone line volunteers.

You would work a three hour rota every three weeks in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook as follows: Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 1-4pm, Saturday 4-7pm, Sunday 10am-1pm, Sunday 1-4pm and Sunday 4-7pm. Your role would be to listen with empathy to a range of calls, which may involve loneliness, health and family worries. You do not give advice but you do support callers in each situation presented.

Full training is provided. The next Information Morning takes place on Monday April 9.

If you would like to know more, please contact Anne on 087-7450721

One Day More support group

One Day More

One Day More is a support group made up of parents who received poor pre-natal prognoses for their babies.

From their ‘About‘ page: “We are here to offer to support to any parent who has just received a difficult pre-natal prognosis for their baby. We found speaking to someone who had already gone through the experience was an enormous help and cannot be under-estimated. We also found that peri-natal hospice care made the time we spent with our babies precious.”

Click here to visit their website.

Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly by the Irish Catholic Bishops’

Key points from the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.

– There is no such thing as a human life without value.

– Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.

– Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society.

– We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.

The Diocese are producing a weekly leaflet called Choose Life. Copies of these will be available at the Church doors each week.

To view and download the submission of the Irish Bishops to the Citizens Assembly in December 2017, click here.

Pastoral Message for the New Year 2018 from Archbishop Eamon Martin

‘All human life is sacred.  Two Lives, One-LoveAll human life is precious. This is why the direct and intentional taking of innocent human life is always gravely wrong. In his New Year Homily, Pope Francis teaches us that: “to serve human life is to serve God. All life, from life in the mother’s womb to that of the elderly, the suffering and the sick, and to that of the troublesome and even repellent, is to be welcomed, loved and helped”‘.

The Diocese are producing a weekly leaflet called Choose Life. Copies of these will be available at the Church doors each week.

Prayer of Pope Francis (Laudato Si‘)

All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
That we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Excerpt from Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Pastoral Message for the New Year 2018.

Read the full Pastoral Message on the Irish Catholic Bishops "Choose Life 2018"  website.

Bishop Kevin Doran at the conference on “Abortion, Disability and the Law”

Abortion, Disability and the LawPaper delivered by Bishop Kevin Doran at the conference “Abortion, Disability and the Law”.

Ceremony of Healing in Mount Merrion church

On Sunday 4 March 2018 there will be a ceremony of healing in Ceremony of HealingMount Merrion church beginning at 3.30pm. This is another event in our journey toward and preparation for the World Meeting of Families. We invite anyone who would like to receive the oil of healing and anointing to come along to this event. Please help neighbours who have no transport to make to this event or former parishioners who are in nursing homes and might with the help of family members be able to be there. All those who have physical or mental illness or indeed any concerns through which the power of healing can bring peace please feel very welcome.

The 10am Mass Choir will be present and refreshments will served in the church afterwards.

Pilgrimage to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

A weekend retreat on the island of Inis Mor. This will be a weekend of music, meditation and journey to the sacred sites of Aran, following in the Celtic Christian tradition of pilgrimage through a Holy Land. We will stay in the beautiful Kilmurvey house known for its excellent food, accommodation and friendly welcome.

  • When: 26 – 29 April 2018
  • Cost: 345 Euros
  • Deposit of €120 to secure a place. Places are limited to 18
  • Balance to be paid at the retreat in April
  • Booking and further information from the Parish office
  • Kilmacud: Ph: 2884009 Mount Merrion: Ph. 2881271

Prayer Room

The Rosary is recited each day in the prayer room after morning Mass.   Following this:  
On Monday the Legion of Mary direct a Frank Duff holy hour.   On Tuesday St. Joseph’s young Priests society pray for vocations to the Priesthood.   On Wednesday: the Divine Mercy Devotions are held.   On Thursday after the rosary there is silent Adoration until 12 30pm.    On Friday there are prayers for the cause of Matt Talbot.   And on Saturday the Prayer of the Church is recited.

Fr. Tony’s Recommended Read: Alone Together by Sherry Turkle

I am reading this book at the moment. It is highly pertinent to the technological times we live in where the author says’ always distracted, we lose the capacity for solitude and we‘are more distracted in each other’s company, and we know it’. The author teaches in the Social Science department of MIT and is also a clinical psychologist.
We are probably allowing technology particularly our Smartphone to become master/mistress of our lives. This example to children means they want those phones too. But they are much more vulnerable than we are, and as recent radio programmes are asking should anyone under 18 years of age have a smartphone? If it’s about keeping in touch well, then a simple phone where you can call, and text is enough. Young people who have a lower self-esteem are more susceptible to the dangers of those who seek to be their ‘friends’. It’s up to us the adults to protect them.
This book looks at the effects of technology in a non-judgmental but very readable and highly informative way. I invite adults to read it and then by example share what we have learned with children.

Fr. Tony


Haiti Project 2017 video

Can you tell us how life was for you and your family before this house was built?
“I had a little house. … I had barricaded it with sheets… when it would rain, I did not know what I would do… I was also embarrassed…”.

Fr Clement

Coming to Ireland, I was filled with joy but not without some anxiety and fear of uncertainty. However, relief came when I got a placement in Mount Merrion Parish, to also serve in Kilmacud and Clonskeagh Parishes. Thanks to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. I must say that the way I was able to integrate into the parish was smooth, quick and easy. This wouldn’t have been possible if not for the open-mindedness and support of the Parish Priest, Fr. Tony Coote, Frs. Paddy, Brian and Conleth. Also, the warm reception I got from the parishioners was helpful. Thanks to you all. I have not only come to Ireland for studies, I have also come to learn about and experience the land and people of the missionaries who brought the catholic faith to South-Western Nigeria where I am from. Many thanks to the Fathers of the Society of African Missions (SMA), Irish Province whose missionary endeavours produced the likes of me. It was a great delight for me to have served in the parishes of Mount Merrion, Kilmacud and Clonskeagh for the past two years. I have been enriched through the pastoral administration of the parishes, people’s appreciation of the Sacraments and the faith history of the people of Ireland. Going back to Nigeria is filled with mixed feelings. I am happy to go home to my family and friends, but I am not so happy to leave the people of God in Ireland, whom I am getting used to already. It is not easy to say good bye, but it must be said. I thank everyone who has made my stay in Ireland worthwhile. I thank especially all the parishioners of the three parishes for allowing me to journey with them, teaching me few Irish words. Go raibh maith agat. Fr. Clement ‘Femi Olaniyan

January 14 Sunday: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees.” (To read His Holiness’ full message, click here) As Christians, “we have the unique opportunity to advocate and support the concrete actions [to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate our migrant and refugee neighbours],” and to share this message with all, especially our political and social leaders.

Carol Service and Christmas 2017