On Sunday 25th April, the Enrolment Mass for the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at 10.30am. As the Churches are still closed for public worship the ceremony will be online. It may be viewd on the parish webcam – and on the Horeswood Parish Facebook Page – Horeswood Parish.

At the moment I cannot give you an actual date for the celebration of Confirmation. Our first priority will be to get the Churches open for the celebration of Mass. On May 4th, the government are due to give a timeframe for the reopening of the country. Perhaps after that we will be in a postion to plan for the celebration of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

First Holy Communion

Coming soon…


Baptisms are in Horeswood Church on the 1st & 3rd Saturday each month at 3:00pm.

Baptisms are in Ballykelly Church on the 2nd & 4th Saturday each month at 3:00pm.




Baptismal Certificate – recent cert six months at max
Confirmation Certificate
Letter of Freedom – if applicable
Pre – Nuptial Enquiry Form
Pre Marriage Course required


The three important civil changes are:

The couple take greater responsibility for the civil registration of their marriage.
The couple make a declaration of no civil impediment
Priests in order to officiate at a marriage, must be on the
‘List of Solemnisers’ submitted by each local Bishop to the Registrar General


  • Book the church you wish to marry in, at least three months in advance.
  • Meet any civil registrar in person to give notice of your intention to marry. This meeting must take place at least 3 months before the wedding in order to comply with the civil requirement. The couple will need to know that the church is available prior to this meeting and they will also need to know the name of the priest who will solemnise the marriage.
  • When all the civil requirements have been completed satisfactorily the couple will receive the Marriage Registration Form (MRF) from the registrar.
  • Without this form the couple cannot get married nor may the solemniser proceed with the marriage ceremony.
  • Present the MRF to the solemniser as early as convenient before the wedding.
  • Make the verbal declaration of no civil impediment not more than 2 days before the wedding in the presence of the solemniser and the two witnesses.
  • Return the signed MRF to any civil registrar not later than 1 month after the wedding.


The ceremony is prepared with the priest who will celebrate the wedding.
The proposed music and lyrics must be discussed with the priest during marriage preparation meetings
Flowers and plants should be used with discretion and discussed with Parish priest. Artificial flowers and arches are not allowed. Because of insurance purposes, we ask people not to use candles outside the altar.
A video recording / photography of the ceremony is permitted on the understanding that the photographer / video technician is dressed becomingly, and is in a position which will not cause distraction or disrupt the ceremony. It is best practice to use a professional.
No rice, confetti or anything else may be tossed in the church grounds.
Out of consideration for all concerned the bride should be present on time as delay inconveniences everybody.
No sellotape, pins etc to be used on Church seating.
Finally – enjoy your special day.

Useful website:


Catholic Wedding Songs – Prelude
Ave Maria. Franz Shubert
One Hand, One Heart. L. Bernstein
Laudate Dominum. Mozart
The Gift of Love. Hopson
The Wedding Song. Bob Dylan

Catholic Wedding Songs – Processional
Bridal March. Wagner
Canon in D. Pachabel
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary – Stanley
Allegro Moderato (from Water Music) – Handel

Catholic Wedding Songs – Gathering – With Congregation
Here I Am Lord
Hear Us Now, Our God and Father – Hyfrydol, Roland Prichard

Catholic Wedding Songs – Presentation of Gifts
The Wedding Song – anon.
The Gift of Love – arr. Hopson
The Bridal Prayer – Roger Copeland
All I Ask of You – Weston Priory
I Have Loved You – Joncas
Prayer of St. Francis – Sebastian Temple
Servant Song – McGarill
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts – Warner
The Irish Wedding Song – trad.
The Lord is Kind and Merciful – Haugen
Where There Is Love – David Haas
Wherever You Go – Weston Priory
With This Ring – Copeland

Catholic Wedding Songs – Communion
Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
Panis Angelicus – Cesar Franck or Sacris Solemnis
One Bread, One Body – Foley
Servant Song – McGarill
Here I Am Lord – Schutte
On Eagles Wings – Joncas
Gift of Finest Wheat – Kreutz
Supper of the Lord – Rosania
Taste and See – Moore
I Have Loved You
Laudate Dominum – Mozart

Catholic Wedding Songs – Recessional
Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) – Handel
City of God – Schutte
Joyful, Joyful We Adore You – Hymn, Beethoven
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Rondeau – Mouret
Psalm 19 – Benedetto Marcello
Wedding March – Mendlessohn

Pre Marriage Courses:

For further information contact:

Fr. Gerald O’ Leary at The Presbytery, Horeswood, Campile, New Ross, Co Wexford

Telephone 051 – 388129 or Mobile 086 – 8515394


Parish secretary:  Elmar Whelan 051 – 388129


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm