May 26th, 2016
First Communion Visitation Team
The visitation team was set up in Newbridge Parish in 2007. Looking back over those years we are reminded of the origin and progress of the visitation ministry. ‘Go out into whole world and proclaim the Good News’
In October 2007 the new team of 16 lay people (going out in pairs) began visiting a small number of families. Having completed the visits an evaluation took place. Both the families and the visitation team felt this new venture had great possibilities and so a new ministry was born. oday over 20 people are members of the visitation team. Even though the number of children receiving First Communion in our parish has increased, each year we are blessed with new members who are prepared to get involved in the home visits. Last year over 340 children received First Communion in our Parish, and almost all families living in the Parish were visited.
The work of the visitation team is now seen as part of the First Communion Programme. Each year when the First Communion Programme is launched a member of the visitation team speaks to the parents and informs them about the visits. The visitation team is familiar with the Parish Communion Programme and the information, support and encouragement they give to parents is really appreciated.
As part of the First Communion Programme all families are encouraged to have a prayer space in their homes. When visiting the homes the team bring with them gifts of a rosary, holy water, and a prayer book, which is added to their prayer space.
The team has been made very welcome by the families. Searching for houses on cold winter nights, going into the unknown and making contact with new families is challenging, but rewarding. The commitment and enthusiasm of the visitation team, their faith, loyalty to parish and willingness to reach out to others has enabled this ministry to take root and become a reality in Newbridge Parish. For more information contact the parish centre.
May 26th, 2016
Michael Garry House, Newbridge, is a 14 bed short-stay Night –Shelter only, for men requiring emergency accommodation in County Kildare.
Established in 1997, Michael Garry House is run by St Christopher’s Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Michael Garry House aims to maintain the dignity of people in difficulty by providing a warm and welcoming place to stay and providing support in finding and maintaining appropriate long-term accommodation.
Michael Garry House very much depends on the generous support of individuals and groups throughout Kildare. All administration is undertaken on a voluntary basis, therefore all funds raised and received go directly to the provision of services to those in need.
If you would like to donate to or support this service, or if you would like to know more about Michael Garry House please contact:
Michael Garry House, Eyre Street, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)45 435553
May 26th, 2016
St. Vicent de Paul Society
Whatever your reason for getting in touch, if you need support from the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul we are here to help you. There are a wide range of supports we can offer you, from practical help and advice, to a friendly ear all in the strictest of confidence.
Our goal is to fight poverty in all its forms through the practical assistance to people in need.
We offer direct, personal assistance that is non-judgemental and based on the need of the individual or family.
In addition we provide a wide range of services for vulnerable people through our local offices, shops, resource centres, housing, daycare and holiday schemes amongst other things.
Contacting your Local Office.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul currently has eight regional offices located around the country. If you need to make contact or you are looking for information that you can not find on the website please feel free to contact your closest office. You can also request assistance online by filling out our form.