Volunteer Opportunities

Huntstown – Littlepace Parish invites all parishioners to share their God-given gifts of time and talent with the parish. Every ministry offered through the parish relies on the support of volunteers. 

There are many ways you can volunteer: 

Altar Servers
The ministry of altar service draws its history from the example of the disciples in preparing for times of breaking bread with Jesus. This is seen in the action of the disciples bringing loaves and fish to Jesus in order to feed the crowd of 5,000 people (John 6:8) and in preparing for the Last Supper with Jesus (Matthew 26:19).

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of Mass and liturgy. This is done through specific actions and duties assigned to them. In our diocese there is a strong tradition of children and teenagers serving at Mass, often beginning in primary school and continuing into secondary school. 

Altar Society
The Altar Society organises the flowers for the altar and side altars. It also takes care of the altar linen and the shrines. 

Baptismal Team
Role of Parish Baptismal Team Representative of the faith community’s welcome and support for the child to be baptised, and for the child’s family; Share the journey to Baptism with the family – supporting the family’s preparations; sharing the riches and the responsibilities of the sacrament of Baptism; exploring the ongoing support of the family by the parish. Aspects of Parish Baptism Team’s support for parents/guardians 

  • Parents contact their local parish to seek baptism for their child 
  • Initial meeting with family by a member of the parish 
  • Post Letter of Welcome confirming date and time of baptism to family 
  • Meeting of baptism team and family 
  • Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism 
  • Follow-up 
  • Blessing of the newly baptised babies 
  • Cleaners / Building and Grounds Maintenance If you can spare some time in helping keeping our church in tip top shape for everyone please do not hesitate to contact us.

Collectors of offerings
On Sundays and feast days the collectors ensure that the assembly is facilitated in making its monetary offering to the Lord.

Did someone say tea? The Hospitality Group provides tea and light refreshments in the kitchen after some special events throughout the year. 

Liturgy group
The parish liturgy group works closely with the priest to prepare the Sunday liturgy as well as the different highpoints of our liturgical year – Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. It can also help organise different ministry groups involved in parish liturgies, e.g. Ministers of the Word, Ministers of the Eucharist, altar servers.

While we celebrate the same feasts, year after year, in Church, it is important to remember that the community who celebrates these feasts is different. The birth of Jesus might strike someone anew because they have had a new baby, or because they have lost a child. Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection take on a different significance when we have been bereaved. The work of the liturgy group is to allow the mysteries of each season be experienced, anew and afresh.

Minsters of the Eucharist
What does a Minister of the Eucharist do? The Eucharistic Minister offers communion to other members of the community at Mass, or brings communion to those who are unable to attend Mass; The Eucharistic Minister assists the celebrant at Mass in sharing the sacred Body and Blood of Christ; The Eucharistic Minister acts on behalf of the community when s/he brings communion to the sick or housebound.

Ministers of the Word
What does a Reader/Minister of the Word do? The reader proclaims, reads aloud the assigned reading for this day…so that all of the congregation might hear God’s word; The reader draws us into the message that is being given to us at this time. The reader acts as an instrument for God’s message and they are called to communicate this message to others. The reader is comfortable with the text, becoming familiar with it and coming to know it as God’s word for them and for others. The reader is comfortable with communicating with others – they are called to tell the Good News to those who are gathered; Depending on the time of the year or the day of the week, the reader may read from the Old Testament or the New Testament, may read the Psalm and may also be asked to read the Prayer of the Faithful Pastoral Council The parish pastoral council is a leadership group through which priests and people work together as co -responsible partners in furthering the mission of Christ in their parish. As a group, they think and plan for the parish on an ongoing basis, to respond to present and future needs.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents, please complete the form below or contact the Parish Office at 01- 8249651 or email us at [pchuntstown@gmail.com](mailto:pchuntstown@gmail.com). A member of the pastoral staff will talk to you to learn more about your area of interest as well as to answer any questions you wish to ask.

Volunteer Form

Privacy policy

Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation or the GDPR.

Who are we?
Huntstown-Littlepace Parish, is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

How do we process your personal data?
Huntstown-Littlepace Parish, complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • To administer records held by us on members of the congregation;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the parish;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of donations and tax back applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running in Huntstown-Littlepace Parish;
  • To share your contact details with the Diocesan offices so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, financial, canon law, or other legal requirements;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided:
  • the processing relates only to members of the congregation or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
  • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other clergy or staff of the parish for purposes connected with the parish. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide Administrative Regulations and Guidelines for Parishes for Parish Priests of the Archdiocese of Dublin. Specifically, we retain donation declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate and parish registers permanently (baptisms, marriages, confirmations and in some instances burials).

Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which Hartstown Parish holds about you
  • The right to request that Huntstown-Littlepace Parish corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Huntstown-Littlepace Parish to retain such data
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioners Office.

Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose not covered by this Data Privacy Notice we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Contact Details 

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please contact the Huntstown-Littepace Parish Secretary / Parish Priest at secretary@huntstown-littlepace.ie or fr.john@huntstown-littlepace.ie

You can contact the Data Protection Commissioners Office on 00353 57 8684800 or Lo-Call 1890 252 231 or by email at info@dataprotection.ie.   

The postal addresses are: 

Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
R32 AP23
Co. Laois

Dublin Office
21 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
D02 RD28

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Huntstown Way
Dublin 15

01 824 9651

Data Privacy Policy