See dates for training opportunities for Baptism Teams, Readers, Cantors, Family Mass Groups and Liturgy Groups in the coming months.

Baptism Team Training

Three nights of training for new baptism team members and for existing team members who would like to refresh their training. This course, led by Sr.Dolores Fitzgerald, Liz Jordan & Julie Kavanagh, will take place in the Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow on

  • Thursday, February 4th,
  • Tuesday February 9th
  • Thursday February 11th

All nights run from 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Closing date for booking is Monday 1st February. When booking, please leave the name of the person/people registering, the name of the parish and a contact number.

Readers – “Entrusted with the Word”

This course for new readers* will be led by Fr. Sean Maher & Julie Kavanagh on:

  • Saturday 6th March 2010 from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Registration 9:45a.m.)

at Aras Bhride, Co. Kildare.

Bookings and further information through FDS.

*Parishes will be charged a small fee to cover the cost of a light lunch for participants. Existing readers are welcome to join us if they would like to renew their training.

Cantor Training

Marian Gaynor will lead a two session training course for parish cantors on a choice of the following sets of dates:

  • Thursday, March 18 & April 8 or
  • Monday, April 12 & April 26

Each course will proceed with a minimum number of eight participants and will be located where demand suggests.

Bookings and further information through FDS.

*If your parish would like to host this training please contact us. Participating parishes will be charged a fee to cover the cost of the presenter.

Family Mass Groups

A gathering for existing groups and for parishes who want to find out more about the work of family mass groups.

  • Wednesday 14th April 2010, 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

at Clane Parish Centre.

Bookings through FDS by Monday 12th April 2010

*Note: Parishes may want to make an early booking ahead of Holy Week for this event!

Liturgy Groups

It is proposed to offer a four night training course for liturgy groups on the following dates:-

  • Thursday, May 6, 13, 20, & 27

From 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

These four nights intend covering the following areas:

  • What is liturgy?
  • The Mass
  • The Liturgical Year
  • Planning the work of a liturgy group

If your parish or deanery is interested in such a course or would like to host this course please contact FDS as early as possible.

Triduum Preparation Evening Workshop

The following dates are available for any deanery or cluster of parishes that would like to host a workshop for parish teams and liturgy groups to prepare for the Triduum Celebration:

  • Thursday February 25th & Tuesday March 2

7:30-10:00 p.m

Please contact the FDS office for further information.


Bookings for all of the above mentioned training can be made through Faith Development Services at

Tel: (059) 9164064

Email: [email protected]

Further Information

Please contact Julie Kavanagh at (059) 9164084 or [email protected] for further information on any of the above.