In the Church, we have seven Sacraments that connect us with GOD. Sacraments are ‘outward signs of inward grace’. We can think of Grace as God’s love for us, everything that God is and does! Sacraments are times when Jesus comes close to us. They are gifts from God to help us through life.
- Baptism – We are born
- Eucharist – We are met and fed in community
- Confirmation – We grow and mature
- Penance – We need healing and strength
- Anointing of the Sick – We recover
- Marriage – We need Family
- Holy Orders – We need Leaders/Facilitators
Here we provide all the details for the celebration of the sacraments in our parish.
Baptisms will be held on the first and third Sunday of each month in St. Patrick’s Church, Aghagallon at 11.45a.m. A maximum of four children will be baptised on any given Sunday.
Congratulations on your decision to get married. Weddings can only be booked in person, by the couple themselves, in the Sacristy of St. Patrick’s Church, Aghagallon after any weekday or Sunday Mass. For details on all aspects of your Church marriage arrangements and preparation please click on the link below.
Confirmation for both schools is celebrated each year in our parish. The dates for confirmation are set by the Diocese.
Eucharist and First Communion
First Holy Communion ceremonies are parish celebrations and take place on Sunday mornings in the month of May. A programme of preparation takes place throughout the year in school and parish. For dates and details please click below.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) takes place;
St. Patrick’s Church, Aghagallon:
Thursday evening before 7pm Mass
Saturday at 12 noon
St. Mary’s Church, Balinderry:
Saturday at 5pm
Housebound and Sacrament of the Sick
Every First Friday week, the parish priest visits those who are housebound with Holy Communion. If you are unable to attend Mass due to illness or frailty and would like to be visited by a priest on the First Friday visits , please feel free to contact the Parish Office, Tel: 028 92 651 214 and ask to be included on the First Friday list.
Holy Orders – Ministry of the Priest
If you have an interest in finding out more about the path to priesthood or the permanent diaconate in this diocese, you are very welcome to contact our Diocesan Vocations Director. Click below for details.
If you wish to arrange a funeral in the parish, please make contact with the parish priest as soon as possible after the person has died. The Parish offers pastoral support, assistance with preparation of the funeral Mass or liturgy and access to longer-term bereavement support.