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'Through the Desert God leads us to Freedom' Pope Francis

Online Enrolment for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion 2024 - January 2024
Parents of 6th class children and 2nd class children are invited to enrol their children for the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion, to be celebrated in April (Confirmation) and May (First Communion) this year. The online enrolment can be completed on the links below. 
We would kindly ask parents to complete the enrolment by Friday 2nd February 2024. This will enable the parish to keep parents informed about any developments in the preparation for the Sacraments. Our Family Mass at 7pm on the second Saturday of each month is a central element of your child's preparation for the Sacrament and therefore can we ask you to please make the effort to attend each month.
First Communion: - You will also need to drop a copy of your child's Baptism Cert into the school once you have completed the online enrolment. Certs are available from the church where your child was baptised.
Confirmation: - You will also need to drop a copy of your child's Baptism Cert into the school (if you have not already done so) once you have completed the online enrolment. Certs are available from the church where your child was baptised. 
During the 22 days of Advent, new content will be available each day behind the calendar's doors. As a door opens each day, viewers will experience brief personal reflections on the Advent season from lay women and men, young people and clergy. 
Share Appeal Sunday - November 2023
Share Appeal Sunday newsletter including a message from Archbishop Farrell.
Servants of Consolation ad Hope: Ministry to the Bereaved in a Time of Change.
Synod 2023 - October 2023
The fifth of five weekly newsletters from the Archdiocese on the Synod in Rome. 
Synod 2023 - October 2023
The fourth of five weekly newsletters from the Archdiocese on the Synod in Rome.
 Synod 2023 - October 2023
The third of five weekly newsletters from the Archdiocese on the Synod in Rome.
 Synod 2023 - October 2023
The second of five weekly newsletters from the Archdiocese on the Synod in Rome.
Synod 2023 - September 2023
The first of five weekly newsletter's containing Archbishop Farrell's letter ahead of the Synod in Rome.
The first task of the Building Hope Partnership was to look at the Mass times in the Partnership. The new schedule of Sunday Mass times has now been agreed and will commence on the 1st Sunday of June (weekend 3rd / 4th June). As we did not re-introduce our 9.30am Mass since COVID, the Mass times in St Pius X are unchanged. 
Weekday Morning Mass relocating to St Mary's Room  -  January 2023
From Monday 23rd Janaury, weekday morning Mass at 10am will be celebrated in St Mary's Room. The main church will remain open during the day for private prayer and to faciliate funeral liturgies. Mass will be broadcast on the webcam from St Mary's Room. 
Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2023  -  January 2023
Parents of 2nd class children and 6th class children are invited to enrol their children for the celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation to be celebrated in May 2023. Please use the links below:
Advent Carol Service  -  December 2022
Our Advent Carol Service will take place on Sunday 18th December at 5pm. All parish choirs will take part and there will be a Nativity pageant from the Children's Choir.
There will be teas/ coffees and mince pies immediately following the Carol Service in St Mary's Room and all are most welcome to join us.
Goes live the 1st Sunday of Advent - Behind the 28 virtual doors, this calendar offers short inspiritional video messages, some seasonal crafts for children and prayers to help us keep Christ at the centre of our Christmas preparations. 
Share Appeal Sunday Diocesan Video giving an overview of the benefits of the Share Collection.
Share Newsletter 2022  -  November 2022
Archdiocese of Dublin Share Newsletter 2022
A summary of the disussions and comments made at our Parish Assembly held on the 6th October in the church. The PPC would like to thank all those who so generously gave their time to take part in the Assembly. 
Annual Mass of Remembrance 2022  -  October 2022
The Annual Mass of Remembrance of parishioners who have died during the past year will be celebrated on Thursday 24th November at 7pm. The relatives and friends of all whose funerals were celebrated in St Pius X Parish are invited to join in this parish celebration of prayerful remembrance. If, during the past year, you and your family celebrated a funeral of a loved one in another parish at home or abroad you are most welcome to join us for this celebration.
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Child Safeguarding and Protection  -  October 2022
The next Deanery Information meeting on Child Safeguarding and Protection will take place on Tuesday 11th October at 7pm, in St Pius X Church. All volunteers are invited to attend this meeting. 
Day for Life 2022  -  October 2022
Day for Life message on this year's theme of "Caring for the Older Person".
Parish Assembly 6th October 2022 at 7.30pm in the Parish Church
Archbishop Farrell's new Policy Statement for the Sacraments of Initiation in the Archdiocese.
Summary of all topics and comments made by participants at the parish gathering held on 31st March 2022.
Synodal Pathway - An Invitation to the Parish Gatherings - March 2022


Numbers Attending Mass October 2016

Over the first three weekends of October 2016 you might have noticed that a head count was being done.Thank you to our volunteer counters. This exercise was done in every parish throughout the diocese. The results for St Pius X are below.

Sat 8 Oct: 7 PM:             218

Sun 9 Oct: 9.30 AM:        322

                  11.30 AM     310

Total:                           850

Sat 15 Oct: 7 PM:           200

Sun 16 Oct: 9.30 AM:      266

                 11.30 AM:    343

Total                            809

Sat 22 Oct: 7 PM:           235

Sun 23 Oct: 9.30 AM:      221

                   11.30 AM:  351

Total:                            807

Average Total over weekend: 822





St Pius X Adult Folk Group: New Members Needed


St Pius X Adult Folk Group is looking for new members, either singers or musicians
to join this group.
The group practices most Thursday evenings from 8.30pm - 9.45pm and performs at 2 masses (Sat 7pm) per month.
We also take part in the Christmas Carol Service in December as well as other parish/church
festivities. We have also been known to sing at the odd Wedding, Funeral or Bar Mitzvah!
We cover a wide range of musical styles and welcome any new members who have
a passion for singing and/or playing an instrument. Practices are fun and relaxed,
so we would say to anyone who may be interested...
“Come and have a look, we hope
you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

 See Poster

• Sharon O’Donnell - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Congratulations to Denis O'Brien and Karen Donnelly who were married in St Pius X Church on the 21st September 2016. We wish them every blessing and happiness. 


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Celebration of Ministry

At some stage within the next six months, I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the work of volunteers in the parish. No parish could exist without the work of volunteers who give of their time and energy in all the various activities and ministries in the parish. It is my intention, having sought the advice of the Parish Pastoral Council, to mark the work of volunteers during one of the Saturday evening masses.

 During the mass  a presentation of a certificate of Appreciation would be given to those volunteers who have given 20 years or more of service and  a Special Parish Medal would be given to those who have given 40 years or more. I am asking each group in the parish and individuals to identify the people with 20 years + and 40 years’ + service and to submit the names (along with contact details and stating whether it is the 20+ or 40+ years category)  to me as soon as possible. It is hoped that this event would become an annual or bi-annual event.

 Fr Aquinas




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 Church Radio Broadcast


In addition to our live TV internet broadcast from St Pius X Church, we also have a local radio broadcast facility. All our services are broadcast live by radio to the local area. Recently we upgraded to a new radio broadcast system so the quality is better. To access these broadcasts you will need a public band radio. It is advisable to get a digital radio and the channel is Channel 7. The Parish Office can order a radio for you if you have difficulty sourcing one. 





Presentation to Bill Noonan


A presentation was made to Bill Noonan on 2 July 2016 to acknowldge his work in 1960 on the beautiful ceiling of St Pius X Church. At the time of the building of St. Pius X, Bill was doing some work for the firm of M. Creedon in Dublin that had the contract for the plaster work. Bill sculpted all the models in clay for the ceiling, the Apse wall, the capitals of the pillars etc. Casts were made and from these the plaster pieces were produced and replicated and copied in reverse as you see them throughout the Church today. Bill is also linked to our beautiful Stations of the Cross, which are copies (not his) of the originals in the Church in Aughrim St. Bill repaired the originals before they were copied for St. Pius X. See a brief  biography about Bill and see also the photos of the presentation and ceiling.




New Permanent Deacons


Congratulations to the eight new permanent deacons who were ordained for service in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the 4th June 2016. The principal celebrant was Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The new deacons are Jeremy Seligman, Dermot Mc Carthy, Padraic O' Sullivan, Thomas Groves, Damien Murphy, John O' Neill, Matthew Murphy and Thomas Larkin.  As we give thanks to God for them, we also remember them in prayer as they begin their ministry.- See photo



St Pius X Video


A short video of the inside of St Pius X Church has been added to the website. View here.




Mass in B Minor


Bach:  Mass in B Minor: Killian Farrell’s farewell concert with Jubilate Choir takes place in St Pius X Church on Sunday 19th June. See details.




Prayer for those doing exams


Lord, pour out your Spirit of wisdom

on all students doing exams at this time.

Help them to remain calm,

to attend carefully to the questions asked,

to think clearly, to remember accurately,

and to express themselves well.

Grant that they may reflect

the best of the work they have done,

and the best of the teaching

they have received.

When the results come out

may they be satisfied that

they did their best,

and may whatever path

they choose in life

bring them happiness.

May your love be upon

them O Lord as they place

all their trust in you. Amen



Future Planning for Our Parish


Dear Parishioner,

In November last, your Parish Pastoral Council distributed a newsletter regarding the future pastoral situation facing the Diocese as the number of priests reduce.

The Council wishes to explore the possibility of working more closely with other parishes who also wish to do so. To this end, we have advised Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of our interest in such a collaboration.

We invite you to an Information Meeting on Wednesday, 11th May in St. Mary's Room at 7.30 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform you of developments in recent months and to discuss forming a Working Group to bring work in this area forward.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely,

Joe McDermott


Parish Pastoral Council




Happy Easter 2016

Happy Easter to all our parishioners and to all those who join us via the web, Twitter and live broadcasts.

This is also a special year for our country: 1916-2016 Centenary Celebrations of the Easter Rising.


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Parish Statistics for 2015 


Baptisms: 67

Weddings: 8

Confirmations: 115

Funerals: 56





Jubilee of Mercy
On the 8th December, the Holy Father initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is a time to open the door of our hearts to receive God's mercy and to live mercy. For an explanation about the Logo, click on the image below. 
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Letter from Templeogue Parish Pastoral Council
The current Parish Pastoral is coming to the end of its term. Please read the important letter from the Parish Pastoral Council in relation to a new council and indeed the future. 

Volunteer for the Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage 

Are you a young adult looking for a new challenge hoping to meet other likeminded people and help others at the same time?  The Dublin Diocesan Children's Pilgrimage (DDCP) is inviting new volunteers to travel to Lourdes next Easter.  Our 41st Annual Children's Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Easter Monday 28th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016.  Each year we bring up to 36 children from throughout the Dublin Diocese to visit Lourdes during 'children's week'.  Each child is cared for on one-to-one basis by our helpers.  Existing helpers come from all over Ireland and from a variety of backgrounds.  The group has grown from strength to strength over the years but we always welcome new helpers.  We are having an introductory meeting for potential new helpers on Monday 16th November in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road at 8.00 pm.  If you think that you would enjoy this kind of experience and you'd like to learn more about our group we'd love to hear from you.  Please contact the Secretary, Aileen McCusker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, email address, contact details, home address.  You might also let us know how you heard about our group too please.  If you would like to speak to someone about the group in advance of the meeting on the 16th November, please call the Chairperson, Olivia Dobbs on 087 241 7731.



Photo of Blessing of Foundation Stone 1958


Thank you to John White for a photograph taken on the day that the foundation stone for St Pius X Church was blessed by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid on the 9th November 1958. The photo shows the houses on College Drive. Click on the photo for a large version.







Numbers Attending Mass October 2015

Over the last three weekends you might have noticed that a head count was being done.Thank you to our volunteer counters. This exercise was done in every parish throughout the diocese. The results for St Pius X are below.

Sat 3 Oct: 7 PM:             223

Sun 4 Oct: 9.30 AM:        252

                  11.30 AM     380

Total:                           855


Sat 10 Oct: 7 PM:           224

Sun 11 Oct: 9.30 AM:      250

                 11.30 AM:    413

Total                            887


Sat 17 Oct: 7 PM:            196

Sun 18 Oct: 9.30 AM:       200

                   11.30 AM:   288

Total:                            684

Average Total over weekend: 809






Children’s Liturgy Group

The Children’s Liturgy class is run every Sunday in term time during the 11.30 mass.    It is held in St Marys room and is run by volunteers.    The readings and Gospel for that day are discussed with the children in a way that they can understand.   Unfortunately the number of volunteers has dropped so we urgently need more people to assist in the running of this class if it is to continue every Sunday.    It only requires 1 Sunday per month during the 11.30 mass to supervise the class.   If you would like to assist please give your name into the office or come to St Mary’s room after 11.30 mass on Sunday 27th Sept.



Congratulations to Kevin Duffin


A special word of thanks to our former Sacristan, Kevin Duffin, who gave 22 years of dedicated service to the parish and who retired a few months ago. A presentation was made to Kevin on Thursday 17th September 2015. (Photo below with Fr Aquinas Duffy). We wish Kevin every blessing on his retirement.

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Saint Pius X Church, Templeogue, Dublin 6W

Children’s Choir

Would you like to join?


Open to all boys and girls from first to sixth class.

Rehearsals take place every Sunday in St. Mary's Room at 10:15.

The choir performs at the 11.30 family mass in Saint Pius X Church, usually every second Sunday and always at the “Do This In Memory” masses which form part of the preparation for First Holy Communion.

Learn new material, improve pitching, learn how to harmonise and have fun!



Templeogue Parish Map and Statistics
If you would like to see a map of Templeogue Parish and detailed statistics on the parish from the 2011 Census, you can do so by visiting the CSO website.


Archbishop Fulton Sheehan
On the 23rd July 2015, a delegation from the parish of St Malachy's in New York visited the parish to view a statue of Archbishop Fulton Sheehan which is in the process of being made. The sculpture artist is our very talented parishioner, Dony MacManus. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin blessed the Statue. The Statue, when complete, will be placed in New York. See photos

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains two new priests in Archdiocese of Dublin

The Archdiocese of Dublin will have two new priests today as Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains Paul Glennon and Chris Derwin to the Diocesan priesthood.  The ordinations take place on the Feast Day of St. Kevin, a patron saint of the Archdiocese.

In his homily at today’s ordination Mass, Archbishop Martin told both menyou received your faith at your baptism within that community of believers in Jesus Christ.  The community of faith has nurtured you.  Never forget that you would never have arrived at this day without the prayers of many.  God’s people care for their priests and pray for their priests.  You are and always will be indebted to that community of faith and you will exercise new ministry as service within that communion, just as you will receive support from the community in which you minster.”

Archbishop Martin added that being a priest “is not easy”.  He said it is possible to become unsettled and anxious; it is possible to become cynical or resigned.  However, he told them, “If you remain deeply in the love of Jesus your joy will be complete and your ministry will bring you deep contentment.”

Paul Glennon is originally from Dunmore in County Galway.  A son of John and Mary Glennon, his parents, four bothers and four sisters will all join him as he is ordained in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral.  Paul (41) studied mechanical engineering in GMIT Galway, Bolton Street and Paisley in Scotland.  Following graduation he worked for three years in Manchester and later in Kilbeggan in Co Westmeath.  He was in his 30’s before he began to explore a vocation to the priesthood.  He took time out from his career to study in the Emmanuel Community School of Mission in Rome, living in the community and working on parish missions.  He entered St. Patrick’s seminary in Maynooth in 2009 and as well as his studies in St. Patrick’s he also spent time in formation in two Dublin parishes.

Chris Derwin is from Milltown and Rathmines in Dublin.  Aged 32, he will be the youngest priest in the Archdiocese of Dublin.  A son of Rita and Christopher, he has three brothers and one sister.  From a young age and for many years Chris was a carer for his grandmother and three uncles and still cares for one elderly uncle today.  He studied in Dundrum College in Dublin and Leeson Street Institute of Education.  He then embarked on a career as a barman, taking an apprenticeship in the trade.  He worked in several well-known Dublin pubs including Graces in Rathmines, Tramco and Madigans.  During this time he also volunteered in local youth projects.  He said he had drifted from his faith in his early teens but returned to his local parish after the age of 16.  However, he struggled with his vocation and says he immigrated to Manchester to work for a two year period in a bid to ignore the calling, this in fact had the opposite effect and he ended up joining St. Patrick’s ceremony in Maynooth in 2008.

Both men will be ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin during the 11am Mass in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral. 

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The Joy of the Gospel §264 (Pope Francis)

The primary reason for evangelising is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him.  What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known?  If we do not feel an intense desire to share this love, we need to pray insistently that he will once more touch our hearts.  We need to implore his grace daily, asking him to open our cold hearts and shake up our lukewarm and superficial existence.  Standing before him with open hearts, letting him look at us, we see that gaze of love which Nathaniel glimpsed on the day when Jesus said to him: “I saw you under the fig tree” (Jn 1:48).  How good it is to stand before a crucifix, or on our knees before the Blessed Sacrament, and simply to be in his presence!  How much good it does us when he once more touches our lives and impels us to share his new life!  What then happens is that “we speak of what we have seen and heard” (1 Jn 1:3).  The best incentive for sharing the Gospel comes from contemplating it with love, lingering over its pages and reading it with the heart.  If we approach it in this way, its beauty will amaze and constantly excite us.  But if this is to come about, we need to recover a contemplative spirit which can help us to realize ever anew that we have been entrusted with a treasure which makes us more human and helps us to lead a new life.  There is nothing more precious which we can give to others.


A Grandmother’s Prayer

Saint Anne, Grandma of Jesus,

I come to you in prayer.

I take our dear grandchildren

And put them in your care.

Watch over them and guide them,

Caress them with your love.

With help from Mary, Joseph and your

Grandson above.

When we cannot be with them

To show them right from wrong,

Please have your Guardian Angel

Comfort them in song.

From one Grandma to another,

Please take our precious jewels,

Teach them to be kind and true,

And live the golden rule.

You are the greatest Grandma,

You know how much we care,

St. Anne, I know you'll guard them.

That's this grandmother's prayer.


New Bishop
Congratulations to Fr Edward Mapunda from Tanzania and who resides with the Missionaries of Africa. He has been assisting the parish on Fridays by saying mass in St Pius X. He was appointed a Bishop in Tanzania on the 28 April 2015.

Vatican City, 28 April 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed:

- Rev. Fr. Edward Mapunda as bishop of Singida (area 49,341, population 1,500,000, Catholics 238,307, priests 67, religious 437), Tanzania. The bishop-elect was born in Mango, Tanzania in 1964, and was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a Master's degree in education from the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania and has served as formator and subsequently vice-rector of the minor seminary of Singida. He is currently bursar and diocesan delegate for health.


Greetings from Miriam O'Brien
Miriam O'Brien, one of of our parishioners, who moved to a nursing home, sends her Easter Greetings to all. See Photo
Thank You to the Red Cross
A special thank you to the Red Cross Unit Templeogue who trained a number of parishioners in the use of the defibrillator machine and who also provided a machine for use in St Pius X Church. Photo shows from the left Alan Scott, Maureen Hagin Meade, Philip Hearty handing the machine to Fr Aquinas Duffy, Amanda Scott and Catherine Quinn.

Prayer for the Canonisation of Matt Talbot


Lord, in your servant, Matt Talbot you

have given us a wonderful example of

triumph over addiction, of devotion to

duty, and of lifelong reverence for the

Holy Sacrament. May his life of

prayer and penance give us courage

to take up our crosses and follow in the

footsteps of Our Lord and Saviour,

Jesus Christ.


Father, if it be your will that your

beloved servant should be glorified by

your Church, make known by your

heavenly favours the power he enjoys in

your sight. We ask this through the

same Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

(See Matt Talbot Website)


Diamond Jubilee of Wedding Anniversary
Congratulations to May and Barry Hurley who celebrated the Diamond (60 Years) Jubilee of their wedding anniversary on Saturday 4th October 2014. See Photo
30th Anniversary of Ordination
The class of 1984 concelebrated mass in St Pius X Church on Saturday 4th October 2014. Fr Aquinas and his classmates were joined by Bishop Eamonn Walsh who was the principal celebrant. Thank you to all who were involved. See photo
Congratulations to Kevin Duffin, sacristan, who has given 21 years of service to the parish. A presentation was made to him on the 5 July 2014. See photos of the night.
Automated Doors
The doors on the left hand side in the front porch have now been automated to assist wheelchair users and anyone with mobility issues.
Poetry in Irish by Mairead Tuohy Duffy

Dánta Ó mo Chroí is the new book of poems in the Irish language written by Mairead Tuohy Duffy (mother of Fr Aquinas Duffy). The book is available from the parish shop in St Pius X Church. More information on her poems is to be found on her website at









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