Unwanted Christmas Gifts Needed for Homeless

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Press Release December 26th 2019



Pro Cathedral Appeal for Unwanted Gifts


Before you start looking for the receipts to exchange unwanted presents from yesterday, why not put them to really good use, by supporting one of Dublin’s busiest homeless charities?

Staff at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin are urging people not to exchange unwanted Christmas gifts this week – but to donate them to Crosscare who will give them to those most in need, families, young people living on the margins of life in Dublin and the homeless.

Throughout 2019, unwanted gifts that were donated this time last year were distributed to families who spent time in Crosscare’s Family Hub in Drumcondra, when they were moving on to new accommodation. It meant that families had some extra luxury items to help decorate their new homes.  Unwanted gifts were also given out throughout the year to men and women in homeless services run by Crosscare who may not receive a birthday gift or treat during the year.

Staff at the Pro Cathedral wish to let the public know that they are available to take in unwanted gifts on the following dates and times. They also ask that people do not being food or non-perishable items.


Pro Cathedral Christmas Opening Hours

St. Stephen’s Day

 Mass at 10.30 a.m.

Church opens at 10.00 a.m. and will remain open to receive   unwanted gifts until 12 noon


 Friday 27th December   

 Mass at 10.30 a.m.

Church open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.  


Saturday 28th December

 Mass Times: 10.30 a.m. + 6.00 p.m. (Vigil)


Sunday 29th December

 The Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph

Mass Times: 9.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. + 6.00 p.m.


Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st December

 Mass at 10.30 a.m.

Church open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.