Below is a list of Arklow Parish and Community groups . Click on the group name below for more information. If you would like your community group or service to appear on our website please contact the Parish Office.

Altar Servers

This group of young men and women from our primary and secondary schools assist the Parish Community in its liturgical prayer. In addition to the special opportunity afforded to the servers to participate in the liturgy, other goals of the altar server programme are: to help them develop a better understanding of their faith.

Practice for Altar servers takes place on a weekly basis in the Church.

Other activities include a day of recollection and the altar servers outing.

Contact :

Arklow: Rowena Daly, (087) 746 6027
Johnstown: Mrs. Nancy Garvey, (0402) 372 03

Arklow Parish Hospitality Group

Arklow Parish Hospitality Group recognises that hospitality is an important aspect of the Social Life of their Parish and aims to promote Parish Hospitality and fellowship among Parishioners and guests.

The group hosts receptions for a variety of parish functions in the Parish Centre, Árus Lorcáin. The group is made up of 13 dedicated volunteers. Major responsibilities are in preparing and running various parish social events including planning, set-up, operation and clean – up; and purchasing food

A coffee morning is held in Árus Lorcáin on the second Sunday of the month after 9a.m. and 10.45a.m. Masses. All are invited and very welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.

Christ gave us the exquisite example of hospitality at the last supper when he got down and washed the disciple’s feet.
And he commanded us, who would claim to be his followers, to do likewise.

New members are always welcome.


Hilary Sharpe.
Tel: (085) 112 0642
Email: [email protected]

Arklow Parish Lourdes Group

The Arklow Parish Lourdes arranges annual trips to Lourdes, this year’s (2011) trip takes place from Wednesday 7th September to Wednesday 14th September.

Due to the generosity of local businesses, Societies, Arklow Town Council and the sale of our Local Telephone Directory we have over the last 13 years been in a position to financially assist parishioners who otherwise would have been unable to go to Lourdes. An average of eighty pilgrims travel with the group every year. It is 50 years since the first Arklow pilgrims travelled to Lourdes.

If you would like to be part of our pilgrimage our office is open in Árus Lorcáin every Friday morning from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.


  • Chairperson: Fr. Martin Cosgrove
  • Secretary: Bridget Greene
  • Treasurer: Ben Doyle
  • PRO: Dermot Greene


Bridget or Dermot Greene.
Tel: (0402) 33 171
Mobile: (087) 631 4477

Arklow Parish Women’s Development Group

The Arklow Parish Women’s Development Group commenced in the Parish Centre, Árus Lorcáin on Tuesday September 7th 2010 under the guidance of Shiela Busher and Hilary Sharpe. The aim of the Group is to be a place where all women can come together to share and develop new friendships and skills and to be encouraged to develop their talents in a safe and friendly environment to char, socialise, gain knowledge from one another and learn new skills. Some of the activities of the group have included:

  • Line dancing
  • Advice on healthy eating and cookery demonstrations.
  • Citizen information
  • Living life counselling
  • Flower arranging
  • Card making
  • Beginners art classes
  • Alternative therapy

Discussions take place on a regular basis with the members regarding the activities they would like to do. The group starts at 10.30 a.m. and finishes at 12.30 p.m. All members are requested to be present by 10.30 a.m. Cost is €2 per morning and an annual membership will also apply.


Shiela Busher at (086) 076 4150 [email protected]
Hilary Sharpe at (085) 112 0642 or [email protected]

All are very welcome.

Baptismal Preparational Group

Baptisms take place on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 1.00 p.m.

(Please give two weeks notice to the Parish Office).

The Baptismal Preparation Group consists of parishioners who have received a specialised theological training enabling them to assist parents and godparents prepare for the baptism of their children.

Parents with children for Baptism are visited by team members during the week prior to Baptism and are invited to a preparation meeting in Árus Lorcáin on the Thursday night prior to the Baptism. The team discusses various aspects of Baptism with the parents and godparents and the Rite of Baptism is explained. Parents with children for Baptism are invited to participate in the pre-Baptismal Preparation whether they want to have their child baptised in this parish or another parish.

At the Baptism the team members assist the priest and organise family members in the Church. Some weeks after the child’s Baptism, the team visits the home and brings Baptismal water and a booklet on the Faith to the parents.

A prenatal blessing for expectant parents is held in the Parish Church on four occasions during the year normally associated with a feast of Our Lady.


Parish Office (0402) 317 16

Catholic Youth Care

East Wicklow Youth Service, Coomie Lane, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

CYC offers its services to all who work with and for young people and works in partnership with Parishes, Schools, Youth Organisations, Wicklow Vocational Education Committee, Government Departments, Local Authorities and Fas.

E.W.Y.S. supports the work of community, education, social, recreation and developmental activity programmes and initiatives in the Arklow, Wicklow and Rathdrum areas.

As a diocesan organisation CYC is concerned with the spiritual needs of young people. The CYC Faith Development Team support initiatives for young people, including retreats, liturgies, parish programmes (e.g. Arklow Parish Youth Exchange, World Youth Day, Faith Friends Programme), services to folk groups etc.

E.W.Y. S. offers Child Protection Awareness Training and Garda vetting. Provides training courses for youth/community leaders, parents and young people, promotes programmes of events, competitions and activities for young people, e.g. Homework Groups, Parent and Toddler Group and Summer Activities.


Margaret Kelly, Development Officer

Tel: (0402) 396 46
Fax : (0402) 318 08

E-mail: [email protected]

Office Opening Hours

9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Eucharistic Ministers

The purpose of this ministry is to assist in distributing the Blessed Sacrament at all Masses. They also carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebond. This service includes bringing the Eucharist to the housebound on the occasion of special celebrations in our parish. A roster is prepared each year for every Minister denoting their Mass times. Distributing Holy Communion at each morning Mass is arranged on a weekly basis. Eucharistic Ministers participate in special training and periods of recollection for spiritual growth.


Mrs. Sheila Kavanagh, Arklow (0402) 327 95
Mrs. Nancy McGrath, Johnstown (087) 243 7328
Email: [email protected]

Friends of the Bereaved

The Friends of the Bereaved is a group of parishioners who have received special training in counseling of the bereaved. We meet on a monthly basis and offer support group meetings for those who are bereaved either in their homes or in Árus Lorcáin. We are involved in the annual November Mass for the deceased.

New members are welcome.


C. O’Reilly/ P. O’Boyle at the Parish Office at (0402) 317 16.

Liturgy Group

The Parish Liturgy Group assists in the preparation for day to day parish liturgies and special celebrations. They meet on a monthly basis in Árus Lorcáin to discuss and prepare the different liturgies. They also assist in helping the Priests with liturgies for First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Family Mass Liturgy
The Family Mass takes place in our Parish Church each Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Parish Liturgy Group work with a group of young people who participate in this Liturgy each week. The Liturgy of the Mass is simplified in accordance with the norms for “Masses with Young People” and there is a powerpoint presentation of the readings and prayers of the Mass.


Denise Rowlands
Tel: (086) 104 9769.

Ministers of the Word

This group of men and women proclaim the Word of God at Sunday and weekday liturgies. Ministers of the Word also, from time to time, participate in the parish and diocesan workshops for spiritual growth and seek to maintain appropriate skills and qualities needed for the proclamation of the Word. Readers receive rosters every two months.


Geraldine English.
Tel: (0402) 317 16

Parish Finance & Building Committee

This committee, comprising of priests and parishioners act as a consultative body to the parish priest, who as the juridical person has the ultimate responsibility for the financial administration of the parish. This committee advises on finances, insurance, maintenance and development of parish property. Parish accounts are audited and published annually.


Parish Office (0402) 317 16

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council was formed in the year 2001, from the Parish Development and Renewal Group. Its constitution allows for fifteen members and the priests of the parish. Ten of the fifteen members are nominated by the parish community, the remaining five members are chosen by the priests.

The objectives of the Council are:

  • Listen and respond to the hopes, ideas, needs and concern of parishioners and the people of God throughout the diocese.
  • Be a vibrant and visible group within the parish, working together and promoting meaningful parishioner involvement at all levels of parish life.
  • Reflect on and plan future directions for the parish and prioritise initiatives to be undertaken.
  • Provide the on-going formation, evaluation and training for Council members and existing groups in the parish.
  • Be a channel of communication within the parish and diocese.
  • Recognise work already done, affirm the contribution of those involved and celebrate the gifts and achievements of all parishioners.

A newsletter is published quarterly by the Parish Pastoral Council. A sub group of the Pastoral Council work hard to ensure that the newsletter contains information from both Parish and community.

Contact :

Parish Office (0402) 317 16

R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

(Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion for Adults)

Our parish with the help of a team of parishioners offers a Faith Education Programme and Process for adults and teenagers who wish to be baptised or welcomed fully into the Catholic Church. Those welcome to enrol for this programme include those who have been baptised already into a Christian Church other than the Catholic Church, those who have not been baptised or those who have not yet received the Eucharist and Confirmation.


Parish Office (0402) 317 16

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