Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Ennis Road, Limerick
Welcome to Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Diocese of Limerick


We are indeed blessed to have a great number of parishioners who give of their time and energy in these voluntary groups. They are vital to maintain the services and supports offered in our parish. Some groups are active within and around our Church.  Others operate in the Parish as a whole.  Some are linked with national or international groups in the Wider Community. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in establishing a group or in joining an existing group, please contact the parish office.

Bereavement Group

This group provides support for the bereaved of the parish. They organise a tea/coffee morning on the First Friday of each month after 10am Mass, at the New Parish Centre. Masses for the bereaved and their loved ones in September and during Lent.

For more information contact Elizabeth Mulvin.

Tel: (061) 45 1389

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Charismatic Prayer Group

This group meets on Fridays at 8pm in the Salesian Secondary School with Sr. Mary Bridget.

For more information contact Sr. Mary Bridget.

Telephone: (061) 45 4511

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Child Protection

They promote awareness of and implement the parish child protection policy.

For more information contact Anne Kennedy

Telephone: see notice board in Church

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Confirmation Group

‘You Shall Be My Witnesses’ is a 5 night Parish Confirmation Programme. It helps candidates realise that preparing for Confirmation does not just happen in school, but that it involves their parents and members of the Parish Community. This year they have 15 Parent Leaders working with the Confirmation Candidates who are divided into 8 groups.

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Finance and Upkeep

The budgeting and audited income and expenditure of managing the church and parish is undertaken by a committee headed by Fr. Walsh.

For more information contact Liam O’Keefe.

Tel: (061) 45 1126

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First Communion Group

‘Do this in Memory’ is a sacramental preparation programme for First Eucharist. The schools hold a meeting for parents of 2nd class  children to inform them about the programme and to look for volunteers to be members of the Programme Planning Group. The children take part in ten Sunday masses during the year.

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Meditation Group

Christian Meditation is an alternative form of prayer which has been practised for centuries and which many find helpful in their daily lives and enriching of their spirituality.

We are often distracted from prayer by inner concerns and external noises?  Do we not struggle to create an atmosphere of silence and stillness, an opportunity for quiet contemplation?   Do we give ourselves the time and the space to reflect on our Christian Faith and to be open to the Holy Spirit?

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Ministers to the Housebound

Note:  This service was suspended during Covid and is still unavailable.  We hope to be in a position to resume the ministry in the near future.

Some of our Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist in the parish are also available to take Holy Communion to parishioners, who are unable to leave their homes for Mass in the Parish Church.

These Ministers go out from the Church after the 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays and Holydays.  They visit

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Neighbourhood Retreat

A retreat for lay people organised by Sr. Margo Beggan given in small groups over a six week period. Parents of Children preparing for the Sacraments are invited to attend these Retreats.

For more information contact Sr. Margo

Tel: (061) 41 5397

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Published weekly. Any relevant parish information can be dropped into the sacristy one week in advance.

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Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) is a team comprising clergy and laity, who in the spirit of partnership exercise the overall care and responsibility for the wellbeing and future development of our parish community.

The Officers and Members of the PPC for the year 2023-24 are:

  • Fr. Des McAuliffe PP; Fr. Tom Ryan CC
  • Chairperson – Mary McEvoy
  • Vice Chairperson – Brian McCarthy
  • Secretary – Anne Kennedy
  • Elizabeth Mulvin; Bridie Burke
  • Melanie O’Shea; Sarah Phillips
  • Margaret Naughton; Fergal Deegan.


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Parish Radio System

In the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary, we are particularly conscious of the fact that a number of parishioners are frequently unable to come to the church for Mass and other services.  We feel that being housebound should not deprive them of participation in the prayerful activities of the community.

For this reason, we have a radio system in operation in the parish for the transmission and reception of Weekend Mass, Daily Mass and Recitation of the Rosary.

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Pioneer Group

This group meets from time to time with Sr. Mary Bridget.

For more information contact Sr. Mary Bridget.

Tel: (061) 45 4511

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Sunflower Prayer Group

For boys and girls from 2nd – 6th classes who live in the area. It is held every second Thursday in Bracken from 4.00 – 4.30pm.

For more information contact Sr. Mary McInerney.

Tel: (061) 45 5132

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Parish Website Committee

The parish website is presented as a means of communication between the parish and the community.  It is meant to be a readily available and easily accessed source of information for parishioners and for visitors, who wish to know about and keep in touch with all that is happening in the parish from time to time.

As you explore the site, you will see that we have included some interesting notes on the church of Our Lady of the Rosary.  

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Active Retirement Group

Our Lady of the Rosary Active Retirement Association (A.R.A.) is affiliated to Active Retirement Ireland (A.R.I.). The purpose of A.R.I. is to enable retired people to enjoy a full and active life and to advocate for them.

Members of our A.R.A. meet on Thursday morning (Sep to May) at 10.30am in the Parish Centre. This is a social gathering which keeps members socially connected and where friendships are formed. We share information about services and entertainment, and activities which are

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Christian Brothers

Brother Dormer and his colleague live near Ard Scoil Rís but work in schools outside the parish.

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Legion of Mary

A lay-Catholic organisation whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis. They meet weekly for prayer and organise the distribution of Catholic papers in the Church porch.

For more information contact Alish Willis

Tel: (061) 452464

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Marriage Preparation

Couples are encouraged to attend Pre-Marriage Courses given by e.g. ACCORD. Three months’ notice of Marriage is required by State and Church.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a well-known charitable organisation which operates at local, national and international level.  Its volunteer members bring caring support and practical assistance to individuals and to families who are in need.

The local conference in Our Lady of the Rosary Parish is a small group of committed volunteers who work with families in the parish and in neighbouring communities.  They offer helpful advice on available services and practical assistance with the cost of

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St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society

A lay-Catholic society whose aims are to help seminarians financially and by prayer, also praying for an increase in vocations and for all priests. They meet monthly.

For more information contact Margaret Bracken.

Tel: (061) 45 2535

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Samaritans of Limerick is a non-profit organisation providing confidential non-judgemental support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing depression or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

What ever you’ve done. Whatever life’s done to you. Call Samaritans  116 123.

No pressure,no judgement, We’re here for you, any time

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Altar Society

You may have noticed a small group of parishioners cleaning the Church on Tuesday mornings.  This is the Altar Society.  What they do is mostly dusting, sweeping and polishing.  The floors are cleaned separately.  They could do with a few more volunteers to share the work of keeping our Church presentable.

The current organiser is Breeda Enright.

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Church Grounds Group

This group meet on Wednesdays at two o’clock to look after the church grounds as necessary.

For more information contact Pat Twomey.

Tel: (061) 45 5426

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Church Hearing Loop

We have a Hearing Loop System installed in the Parish Church to enhance the quality of the spoken word from the altar, throughout the church, for parishioners who wear hearing aids.  All you have to do is switch your hearing aid to the T-coil position.

This was installed some years ago to ensure that all parishioners would be able to hear clearly the words of the Mass, prayers, sermons and music.  Just use the T-coil setting on your hearing aid.

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Take up and look after the collections at weekend masses. Envelopes and information on church services are also delivered to homes four times a year.

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Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

This is a voluntary group of parishioners, who assist the priest with the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass.  They are rostered for service at weekend Masses and on Holydays.  Some assist at weekday Masses.

The word ‘extraordinary’ is used to signify that the role of these ministers in the distribution of the Eucharist to the congregation is ‘extra’ or ‘in addition’ to that of the ‘ordinary’ or ‘usual’ Minister, who is, of course, the Celebrant or Priest.

They are 

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Family Mass

The Family Mass takes place in our Church on the 2nd Sunday of the Month at the 11.30am Mass.

Rehearsals take place in the Church on the preceding Thursdays at 2pm. A parent collects the children from both the JFK school and the Salesian school and bring them to the Church. They return to school before 2.30pm .

Here they run through the readings and prayers of the faithful with Fr Ryan and the parents, we try to rotate

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First Friday Adoration Group

This year 42 volunteers have committed themselves to spend time during Eucharistic Adoration in the Church. Some spend an hour, other half an hour in adoration – but anyone is welcome to spend a shorter visit.

Contact Breda Ryan 087 6598373

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Flower Arrangers

These ladies decorate the church with floral displays to enhance our liturgies especially on special occasions such as Advent, Christmas and Easter.

For more information contact Anne Heenan.

Tel: (061) 45 1627

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Greeters Group

Greeting Ministers welcome people at the doors of the Church before Mass on Sundays. They hand out the missalets and greet parishioners with a friendly smile.

For more information contact Joan McSweeney.

Tel: (061) 45 4632

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Hospitality Group

Come together to cater for parish functions including Wednesday morning tea/coffee after ten o’clock mass.

For more information contact Marian Fayne.

Tel: (061) 45 2930

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Liturgy Group

The Liturgy Group was established in the parish in 1996. Its main focus is to work with the priests in planning and preparing the celebration of Mass and other liturgical services. It aims to ensure the involvement of the parish community, not only in the special events associated with the major seasons of the liturgical year, but in all parish ceremonies.

In liturgy and ritual, we gather together as one community and we are united in the expression of faith.

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Ministers of the Word

This group of about 40 parishioners are readers at Sunday Masses and Feast days. They are called on once every 8 weeks.

For more information contact Mary Kiely

Tel: (061) 455878

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Music and Cantors

A variety of musicians and singers help to enhance the celebration of the Eucharist.

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Stewards are required on occasions.

For more information contact Gerry Higgins.

Tel: (061) 45 1017

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