ROOTS

A brief HISTORY of Our Church

'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' can be applied to our Church and parish. Back in 1965 Newtownpark had grown extensively in the early 1960s due to housing development and there was need to develop a new parish to serve the needs of the fast increasing population around Newtownpark. The new parish was created from the existing parish of St. John the Baptist, Blackrock. 
The Daughters of Charity made the land available for the site of the Church and the adjoining school. The site for our new Church was blessed on 17 January 1965 and the first turf turned. The new Church of the Guardian Angels at Newtownpark Avenue was solemnly blessed and opened by the then Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev. Dr. McQuaid on 5 November 1967.


 'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' 


DESIGN 

The Church is modern in design and construction, but also provides a link with tradition. The construction consists of reinforced concrete frames, copper roof and reinforced concrete, louvered infill panel walls with alternate stained glass window infills. The main exterior finishes are natural concrete and rendering. The copper fleche and High Cross outside rises to a height of 110 feet over the intersection of the Cruciform plan. This latter houses the bell chimes.

Internally, the main walls are finished in plaster with natural concrete brick in the Sanctuary area. The unostentatious interior with the rhythm of the structural frames and the angular forms and shapes of the roof and walls give an overall simple and dignified effect.

While the design of the Church was completed by the architect, Mr. Charles D. Ellison, B.Arch., A.R.I.B.A before the Second Vatican Council, the design was revised and the high altar positioned at the intersection of the cruciform plan to conform to the requirements of the revised Liturgy (Vatican II) whereby Mass could be celebrated facing the laity.



OUR PRIESTS

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church"

Matthew 16


Very Rev. Dermot Leycock, P.P.

64 Newtownpark Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Phone: +353 1 2784860

Rev. William Fortune, C.C. 

32 Newtownpark Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Phone: +353 12100337


Very Rev. J. Anthony Gaughan, P.E.

56 Newtownpark Avenue
Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Phone: +353 1 2833897

 


 

BELONG

Parish TEAMS

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work."

- Corinthians 12


 

  • Bethany Group
  • Church Choir
  • Church Collectors
  • Cleaning - Spic and Span Task Force
  • Finance Committee
  • Flower Group
  • Parish Fund Raising
  • Liturgy Group
  • Maintenance
  • Ministers of the Eucharist
  • Ministers of the word
  • Newsletter Team

Liturgy

The Liturgy Group meet on a monthly basis. It prepares all the special Liturgies during the year, e.g. Easter, Christmas, Lent and special feasts within the Church.

Ministers of Eucharist

Ministers distribute Holy Communion at Masses on Sundays, Holy Days and week-days. They also bring Holy Communion to the sick when required.

Ministers of the Word

This is a group of Parishioners who read the scriptures on Sundays, Holy Days and week-days when available.

 Choir

The Choir sings at the 10.45 a.m. Mass on Sundays, Holy Days and for special Church ceremonies as required. The Choir practices on Wednesday evenings in The Oval Room at 8.00 p.m. New Members are always welcome.

Our Gospel Choir sing at 12.00 Mass on Sundays.

Collectors

We have a diligently organised team for many years to whom we are indebted.

Finance

The Parish Finance Committee advise on the day-to-day expenditure of the Parish and plans finance for capital projects.

Art & Design

The weekly flower arrangements on the altar plus all the flower arrangements that adorn the Church on Feast Days and Special occasions are procured and arranged by Lorraine O'Brien and her team.

Fund Raising

The parish have an active fundraising group and also a Golf Committee who organise an annual Golf Classic which is held to raise funds for the Parish.

Maintenance

Responsible for the overall maintenance of the Church Buildings and Grounds.


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MASS TIMES - During COVID 19 Restrictions

Monday - Saturday:  10:00 am
Sunday:  10:45 am

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tel.: + 353 1 283 2988
email: parishoffice@newtownparkparish.com