Kilbarron ParishROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF RAPHOE

Celebrating the sacraments is at the core of our parish life. Our big moments in life are marked in a solemn way from womb to tomb. Here we provide all the details for the celebration of the sacraments in our parish.

Sacraments

The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. To book please contact the parish office.
Two members of the Baptism team will visit the house of the family preparing for Baptism and explain the Sacrament. Pre-Baptism talks for parents and Godparents will usually be held on the 3rd Friday of every month at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre. Baptism Candle and white shawl are required. Godparents must be at least 16yrs of age, confirmed and practicing Catholics so that they can help and support their Godchild. For adult Baptism there is a specific programme of preparation available - please ask the Parish Priest for more details.


This Sacrament is available before and after 6.15pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, before 9.30am and 6.15pm Mass on the first Friday of every month or at any time by request. Special Penitential Services are organised in preparation for Christmas and Easter.


First Communion is available to children in 2nd class and takes place in May. Preparation begins from the previous September.
DO THIS IN MEMORY is the programme of preparation that is used in Kilbarron Parish. The programme is designed to facilitate the active involvement of parents, parish leaders and the wider parish community in the preparation for First Eucharist.
Important Dates for those making their first communion in 2017:
2nd October 2016 Enrollment Sunday
Do This in Memory Family Masses: 30th Oct, 20th Nov, 11th Dec, 22nd Jan 2017, 12th Feb, 19th March, 9th April, 30th April and 18th June
6th March 2017 First Confessions
7th March 2017 First Confessions - Gaelscoil
13th May 2017 First Holy Communion - Gaelscoil
20th May 2017 First Holy Communion


The sacrament of Confirmation is generally available to pupils in 6th Class in our Primary Schools. The date is set each year by the Diocesan Office, but usually takes place the first or second Sunday in May.
The programme of preparation 'You shall be my witnesses' is led by the parents and takes place once a week during the lenten season. There is an information night in October of each year for parents who then enroll their children. The Confirmation Ceremony takes place in St. Patrick's Church.
Important dates for those making their confirmation in 2017:
26th September 2016 Parents Meeting at 7.30 pm in Kilbarron Pastoral Centre
16th October 2016 Enrollment Ceremony at 11 am Mass
20th February 2017 Commitment ceremony
Tuesdays of Lent 7 - 8 pm - 14th, 21st, 28th, March adn 4th April 'You shall be my witnesses' programme
29th April 2017 Service of light at 6.15 pm Mass
week of 24th April 2017 Confirmation Retreat 
7th May 2017 Confirmation


Those intending to marry in Kilbarron Parish are asked to give good notice (minimum 3 months) to the Parish Priest or one of the Priests in the Parish. Baptism /Confirmation Certificates & Letter of Freedom are required. Civil Notification to be obtained 3 months prior to marriage from Registrar of Births, Marriages & Deaths (Sligo Tel: 071 9155115, Letterkenny Tel: 074 9123771. For further information contact Parish Office.
The Sacrament of Marriage may be celebrated in the Diocese of Raphoe on all days of the year with the exception of Sundays, Christmas Day, St. Patrick's Day and Easter Tridiuum.
Guidelines for Weddings in Kilbarron Parish Pre-Marriage Courses: Contact Accord, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town. tel:0749723944 for application form and brochure of Schedule of Course dates. Booking is advisable at least six months in advance.


This is available at any time on request.


Vocations contact for the Raphoe Diocese: Fr. Rory Brady


When a death occurs, a funeral undertaker and the Parish Priest should be contacted and they, together with family members, can help make the necessary funeral arrangements. Sometimes, people are waked in their own home or their remains are brought to the Funeral Home. The Priest will help family members arrange Readings, Prayers and music for the funeral.
New graves are allocated by the Priests of the Parish and only when needed.