Parish Groups

Our Pastoral Unit

The sixty parishes of the Limerick Diocese are grouped into nine Pastoral Units. The Pastoral Units provide an opportunity for parishes to work together in such a way that individual parishes are supported in their efforts to ensure that they will continue to exist as vibrant communities of faith into the future.

Our Pastoral Leader is Very Rev. Noel Kirwan and our Pastoral Unit consists of five parishes:

  • St John’s (Cathedral);
  • St Patrick’s/St. Brigid’s;
  • St. Michael’s, Denmark Street;
  • St. Mary Magdalene’s, Monaleen;
  • Our Lady Help of Christians, Milford;

Weekend Mass Times in the neighbouring Parishes:

Milford: Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 9.00am, 10.30am and 12 noon.
St. Patrick’s: Saturday 6.00pm, Sunday 12.30pm.
St. Brigid’s: Saturday 7.00pm, Sunday 11.30am.

Pastoral Council:

The Vision Statement of the Pastoral Council is as follows:

“We seek to create an inclusive community, where people feel at home, where we share our gifts and respond to pastoral needs in a spirit of service participating in the Ministry of Christ.”

Pastoral Council Members:

  • Anton O’Carroll, Chair
  • Frank O’Brien
  • John Quinn
  • Geraldine White
  • Canon Gerard Garrett

Children of the Eucharist (COTE):

Contact: Theresa Hegarty, Brid Hession.

Baptism Preparation Team:

  • Canon Gerard Garrett
  • Geraldine White
  • Sinead Vaughan
  • Sue Larkin
  • Catherine Tracey
  • Hilary Kiely
  • Tricia Ryan

Bereavement Support:

Contact: Geraldine White,

Mass Servers:


  • Helen Guinan, Monaleen Road – Phone 061-338579
  • Mary Coleman, Newtown – Phone 061-336114 

or contact Fr. Garrett.

Ministers of the Eucharist:

There is a rota of Ministers of the Eucharist in operation – the commitment is generally once a month. If anyone is interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please contact Fr. Garrett (see Contact Us Page for contact details).
Co-ordinator : Marie Breen
Phone : 061-337147

Ministers of the Word:

If anyone is interested in becoming a Minister of the Word, please contact Fr. Garrett (see Contact Us Page for contact details).

Weekly Parish Newsletter:

The Parish Newsletter is published on a weekly basis and distributed at Masses every weekend. 

Geraldine Hussey would like to remind all groups and organisations that they would love to hear from you, and (subject to approval) to help you publicise any event you may be organising. Please let her know as early as possible about your event – notice at least 2 weeks before an event will give you better publicity. She would also like to hear of any Parish/Community achievements or “news”.

Articles can be submitted by email to You can also contact Geraldine Hussey on 061-330338. The deadline for items to be included in the Newsletter is 5.00pm on Thursday. Items from the Newsletter may be extracted and published on the website.

Parish Website:

The Parish Website,, was developed by Ann Heffernan and is updated at least once a week.

Generally, news items for the website will be extracted from the Parish Newsletter, but if you have any other items of interest, either of a parish or community nature that you would like to have published on the website, please contact Ann via the Contact Us page. Don’t forget, it is also possible to publish photographs on the website, maybe to illustrate an achievement.

As the website will be of little value unless the information contained in it is kept up to date, she would be grateful if you would let her know if any errors/omissions or out of date information are detected!

Contact: Ann Heffernan
Address: 30 Ashleigh Wood, Monaleen
Phone: 061-331165

Limerick Leader Monaleen Notes:

Do you have a newsworthy item for the weekly Monaleen Notes article in the Limerick Leader? It could be about any local parish or community based activity/event/report.

Relevant items from the Parish Newsletter are already submitted but maybe there are more stories out there?

The deadline for submission is on Monday for publication the following weekend. (Note that this deadline is earlier than that for the Parish Newsletter.)

Contact: Ann Heffernan
Address: 30 Ashleigh Wood, Monaleen
Phone: 061-331165


The Parish Choir is a 4-part mixed voice choir, which sings every first and third Sunday of the month at 11.30am Mass from October to June. New members are always welcome – Just come along to the rehearsal.
Rehearsal : Wednesday 8.00pm in Monaleen Church

Cantamus Ladies Chamber Choir is a 3-part ladies choir, which sings approx once a month, usually at the 11.30am Mass on the second Sunday. It currently has 12 members.
Rehearsal : Wednesdays 11.00am – 12.30pm in 1 Castleville, Castletroy.
Contact : Mary Stritch
Phone : 061-333992
Website :

There are also a number of local musicians who may be available to perform at weddings and funerals. You can see their contact details on the Local Public Services page.

Leanbh Memorial Garden:

Leanbh is the Irish word for Child, and represents a group of people dedicated to maintaining a memorial garden to children who have died.

Leanbh was set in up September, 2001 by people who have gone through the terrible loss of a child, irrespective of age. We would like to offer support, in any way we can, to those suffering the loss of beloved children. We offer a listening ear, a chance to register your child in the Book of Remembrance, a place to sit and mourn, to think and feel, through the loneliness of suicide, abortion, of sickness, or untimely death – in a place like our memorial garden in Monaleen church grounds.

The Book of Remembrance is maintained in the sacristy of the church. In this book we may also like to name our children who died before birth.

Each year a service of prayer is held to remember all those children, of whatever religious denomination, whose names are in this Book.

We remember Brenda Hanrahan, R.I.P. (May 2015), a great lady, who was instrumental (with Marie Kellett) in setting up Leanbh.

Contact: Marie Kellett
Phone: 087-7732979

Church Cleaning Group:

We thank all who throughout the year keep the Church looking so well and take this opportunity to ask for more volunteers to help in the Church cleaning. Church cleaning takes place on Thursday mornings after Mass. Volunteers are placed on a rota/team system.

Envelope Distribution:


Cash Tellers:

Contact: Fr. Garrett.

Safety Team:


Monaleen Parish Safety Statement 2014PDF icon

Child Protection:

See documents on display in the church, in the National School hall and at our website page Safeguarding Children – Child Protection Policy.

Religious Items Shop:

Contact: Mary Stritch
Phone: 061-333992