The word ministry comes from the Latin word “Manus”, which means hand. In the liturgy we worship the Lord using whatever gifts He has given us. St. Paul says: “Together we make a unity in the work of service, building up the body of Christ”.

In a parish, if we believe that our worship is a community worship, in which we all partake, the question arises as to what that part should be?

“The church earnestly desires that Christ’s faithful, when present at this mystery of faith should participate knowingly, devoutly and actively. They should be instructed by God’s Word, and be refreshed at the table of the Lord; they should give thanks not only through the hands of the priest, but with him, they should learn to offer themselves too”.

To achieve this, we have many people actively involved in the various ministries in our church, all helping to make each person’s faith become living, conscious and active. We have flower arrangers,altar society, collectors and sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, readers, choirs, Altar servers, those who take part in the Offertory processions – all of whom take pride in their work and contribute hugely to the smooth running of the various ceremonies and help to create an atmosphere of prayer and worship.

A sense of belonging and community is surely one of the great aims of ministry. Being involved, whether through our presence, prayer, support, or actively offering our hands to help, seems to be one of the most effective ways of achieving this.

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration

Thursday 19:00 hrs (7:00 p.m.) – Friday 19:00 hrs (7:00 p.m.)

This is an opportunity to spend some quiet time in prayer at a time that suits you.
Contact Eamon O Connor.

Altar Servers

New Servers always welcome (from 3rd class up).
Full training is provided.
Contact Sr Kathleen or Maura Ryan – 0879576148 for more details.

Altar Society

Attends to the upkeep of St. Nicholas’ Church and St.Munchin’s College Chapel.

For St.Nicholas’, contact Michael & Precious Russell at 061-348594.
The St.Munchin’s College group meets on Monday mornings after 09:45 hrs Mass.

Bereavement Support Group

A special Mass of healing and Consolation for all on the last Thursday of each month at 7.00p.m. . This includes simple rituals and prayers for those who are in need of healing.

Contact Mary. (061) 340855.

Bridge Club

Every Thursday 2.30 – 4.30pm in St. Nicholas Parish Centre.This is not a coaching or teaching gathering.

Children’s Choir

The Choir sing at 10.30am Mass every Sunday (with a break during the summer months). 
Practice is every Wednesday in St Nicholas’ Church (6.30 – 7.15pm). Boys and girls welcome to join. 
The Choir is directed by Mike Holland and Maura Ryan.
Further details from Maura - 087-9576148

College Chapel Choir

Sings at 12:00 hrs Mass in St. Munchin’s College Chapel and practices Thursdays 20:00-21:00 (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Directed by John McGlynn. (061) 346 664.

Eucharistic Ministers

Contact Emily Mullane. (061) 345 681

Irish Girl Guides

Ladybirds - for girls aged 5-7 years.
Meet Tuesday evening  in Scoil Íde School
Contact Noelle Tracey  085-8407606

Brownies  – for girls aged 7-10 years.
Meet on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday in Scoil Íde School
Monday evening (contact Yvonne Blacknall 085-8407602)
Wednesday evening (contact  Tracey Fitzgerald  087-698120)
Thursday evening  (contact Vanessa O’Brien 083-3475109)

Guides -  for girls aged 10-14 years.
Meet on Monday evening in Scoil Íde School
Contact Niamh Lillis 085-7697762

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee is involved in the preparation of special liturgies throughout the year.
The group meets monthly with a view to improving the quality of our liturgical celebrations.

Contact Maura Ryan 087-9576148.

Pastoral Council Members

Chairperson: John Dundon, The Hermitage


Fr. Derek Leonard P.P.

Karen Burkley, Blackwater (Vice Chairperson)

Sr. Kathleen Barry, Westbury

Jo O’Brien, Irish Estates

Melissa Nolan, Carraig Midhe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maurice Carr,  Ardnacrusha

Maurice Quillinan, Mill Road

Betty Cooke, Silverbrook


The readers rota runs from January to December.
We aim to have 2 people reading at each weekend Mass.
New readers always welcome.

Further details:
St. Munchin’s Chapel 12 noon Sunday – contact Betty Cooke (085-7266144).
St Nicholas Church Saturday evening 7.00pm & Sunday 10.30am – contact Maura Ryan (087-9596148)

Scouting Ireland
Group Leader: Michael Ryan Contact 087-6892237

The group numbers are always dependent on the numbers of Garda vetted trained volunteers.  If you can give your time for any of the sections please contact the group leader or send your details by email.

Beaver Scouts
25th Limerick Scout Group (Shannonbanks).
Caters for children aged 6-8. Meets Mondays 18:30-20:00 hrs (6:30-8:00 p.m.)  and Tuesdays 6.30pm to 8pm

in Scout Hall, Shannonbanks.
Cub Scouts
25th Limerick Scout Group (Shannonbanks).
For children ages 9-11. Meets Wednesdays 7pm to 8.30pm, Thursdays 7:00-8pm , Scout Hall, Shannonbanks.

25th Limerick Scout Group (Shannonbanks).
Children 12-14. Meets Fridays 7:00-9:00 p.m, Scout Hall, Shannonbanks.

Venture Scouts
25th Limerick Scout Group (Shannonbanks).
Children 15-17. Meets Wednesday nights 8.15 – 9.15pm

Senior Citizens

A meeting place for the young at heart.
Meets from 3.30-5.30 p.m. in Scoil Íde each Thursday that the school is open.

Silent Meditation

Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 hrs
“Sonas”, 3 Oakton Rd., Westbury.

Contact Sr. Kathleen.
(061) 348510.

Visitation Group

The Parish Visitation Group now consists of over 40 members and aim to carry out a Visitation Programme throughout the community.

Among the many functions of such a group are:

  • To connect with and have further outreach to the people in our parish
  • To complement the visitation being carried out by our clergy
  • To help us become a more inclusive parish.

To become involved or for further information, contact (061) 348510.

Weekly Envelope

With our new Mass schedule, some people may attend St. Mary’s church for Mass and if you put a Weekly Envelope for St. Nicholas’ in the basket there,  we assure you IT WILL be returned to St. Nicholas’ and visa versa.
The new boxes of  Weekly Envelopes are currently being distributed and the new box will run to the end of December 2024, so that we can align the envelopes with the Jan to Dec Financial Year.  Thank you again for your wonderful support.

Westbury Parent and Toddler playgroup

Westbury Parent and Toddler playgroup
Every Tuesday 10.30 – 12.30 in the community hall.
All parents / carers welcome for an informal chat and cuppa while you child plays.

Contact Nici Le Gear 086 4095222

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