The following are notices and upcoming events here in St Finian's Church 


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5th April, 2020

Palm Sunday


Our church will remain open as usual every day - from 9am to 6pm. This will allow you to spend some quiet time in prayer with the Lord during this trying time. We ask as a community of faith and love that we check on our neighbours especially the elderly and sick who live alone. 


Prayer for Healing at this time

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness”. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the Corona virus, that we may experience your healing love. 
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they gain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.



Our parish has a Facebook and twitter page. Keep in touch with us and see what interests you in your parish.

Facebook:  RiverValleyParish

Twitter:        @RiverValleyP

 Please note that white envelopes are still available on the church seats if people want to make a donation to the parish at this time.

It would certainly be very much appreciated. Please put your donation into the donation box inside the front door.

Do you NEED to get your body moving again? Then join us for our free outdoor Boxercise classes:


We'll be burning calories!
We'll be getting fit!
We'll be de-stressing!
We'll be having Fun! 
And, most importantly, we'll be keeping our distance from each other. (4 metres distancing, every second car park space.)


Please do NOT arrive/gather with friends. Please KEEP your distance and we can all enjoy the workout in a safe manner. 

Join us for our FREE outdoor Boxercise session on Monday & Friday at 5.30pm in the St. Finian’s Church car park.


James Farrell

ALSAA Kickboxercise - Advanced Personal Trainer

086 6776206

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and blessed Palm crosses, together with our Easter Card and our Easter Schedule, will be available to collect on Palm Sunday morning.


These will be left on the church seats.

Following the Government’s decision/guidance on COV-19 it has been decided that this year's annual Diocesan Knock Pilgrimage 2020 will be postponed until further notice. At the heart of this difficult decision is the welfare of our pilgrims.

Instead we are inviting people to make a virtual pilgrimage to Knock on Saturday 25th April by joining in the Masses broadcast from Knock and visiting the Apparition Chapel - all online at: 


In the meantime stay safe.

Our Lady of Knock pray for us.

Your priests are here with you and for you. Fr Antony and Fr Des offer Mass each day in St Finian’s and Our Lady Queen of Heaven for your protection from sickness and for all your intentions. We pray for all your needs in the Divine office and our Rosary each day. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need a priest. We know that you are already keeping an eye on your neighbours especially the sick and elderly who may live alone. Please call the parish if you need assistance (eg. shopping, prescription, doctor’s appointment.) The priests are delighted to help. We also have some kind volunteers who have offered to give practical help to anyone in need.

 God bless you and may our Lady protect you.

During this COVID-19 crisis, a number of people in the area are willing to help with shopping, printing, appointments, prescriptions etc for the sick and elderly, or for those who live alone and can't easily get out.

Please call the office on 01 8409043 and we can put you in touch with someone.

A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus

Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we pray to you through Christ the Healer for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19 in Ireland and across the world.

We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease. 


Give wisdom to policymakers, skill to healthcare professionals and researchers, comfort to everyone in distress, and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and fear.


This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected and love to those to whom no love was shown.


Parish Office

The parish office is open. Please do not hesitate to to call the office on 01 8409043 if you require anything.

All information is on this Parish Website     and on Facebook.

Parish Collections

Do you know where the different church collections go?

Do you know for example that NONE of the money placed in the baskets during Mass is for the running of the parish.  The First Collection at Mass is lodged with the Diocese for the common fund. This money is for the remuneration of priests.

 The second collection at Mass is usually for SHARE. This is used to pay for the personnel employed at diocesan level e.g. the staff of the different offices in Archbishop's house e.g. Finance, H.R., Parish Pastoral Workers, Education, Liturgy and several other departments.

 Only the money contributed to the Family Offering Collection is used to run the parish, i.e. pay for light, heat, insurance, repairs, altar wine and bread, wages, stationery and many more. Money to the Family Offering is usually contributed by way of a weekly envelope or standing order or annual cheque.


If you are in a position and would like to contribute to the family offering by way of standing order or weekly envelope please contact Stephanie at 8409043 or email the parish at


Weekend Collections: 22nd February / 23rd February, 2020


For the Running of our Parish


Envelope Collection:           €855

Standing Orders:                €370

Upkeep Envelopes             €310


The above are the sole means of support for the running costs of our parish. Please consider contributing if you don’t already do so.  Please contact Stephanie in the parish office for details.


Collections for outside the parish

Common Fund:                  €585 (First collection)

SHARE Collection:             €435 (Second collection)


The Parish Newsletter is available each week via email.  If you would like to add your name to the distribution list please contact Stephanie on  All Newsletter are also available on our Newsletter page .


Fr. Des Doyle 


The Chaplain's Residence

Dublin Airport

Ph: 01 8447283

Fr. Antony Vibin


The Presbytery

2 River Valley Heights

Ph: 01 8404162

Sr. Josephine Keegan


Loreto Sister

Ph: 01 8405982

M:  087 1473048

Stephanie Pepper


Parish Secretary

Ph: 01 8409 043

OFFICE HOURS:  The Parish Office is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30 am to 11.30 pm.

St. Finian's Church, River Valley Parish, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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