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St. Brigid's Catholic Church

The present Church was built by the late Very Rev. Thomas Donohoe P.P. on the site of the old parish hall and was opened in 1976. It was dedicated on the 20th June of that year by Most Rev. Dr. Patrick Lennon D.D. and placed under the protection of Saint Brigid of whom there is a beautiful hand carved wooden statue in the porch of the church.

This church is of modern red brick design and was recently refurbished to mark the Jubilee year 2000 of the catholic church. A new stone carpet was laid incorporating the Year 2000 jubilee design and a new altar carpet. Also installed by local tradesmen were a new pine ceiling and lighting. Last year the church itself celebrated it's silver jubilee which was marked by a mission during the summer of 2001.

Mass is celebrated in the church on weekday mornings (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), Saturday evenings and on Sunday mornings. Also there is Mass and Benediction held at 7pm on the first Friday of every month.

There are two choirs in the Parish. An adult group which performs at the Saturday evening Masses and on feasts and special occasions and also a children's folk group which performs at the Saturday night Mass on a monthly basis during the school year. In July 2008, the small pipe organ was replaced with a new instrument. Click here for more details.

This church replaced a much older church which was build in 1859. It was located just outside the village in Capard on a hill about half a mile to the south known as 'The chapel Hill" or "Windmill Hill" because of the ruins of the windmill tower that still stands there today. That building was demolished after the opening of the present church. A plaque to commemorate the old church was unveiled in 2000 to mark the historic site.

Mass Times: Saturday evenings at 7pm and Sunday mornings at 9am and 11am.

Contact Information: Very Rev. Tom Walshe P.P. , Parochial House, Rosenallis, Co. Laois (057 862 8513).

Music: Contact Gerry Gorman 087 213 7494 (organist) or Melissa Young 087 663 9853 (soprano soloist) for any church music requirements you may have such as weddings, funeral ceremonies etc.