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Upcoming Events



A special churchgate collection in aid of Threshold (National Housing Charity)...



Church Gate Collection in aid of Pax Christi 8th & 9th October Your generous ...



To celebrate the 160TH ANNIVERSARY of our Parish Church, Mary Immaculate Refu...

Thought for the Week

Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

On the Rathmines Road, almost opposite the church, there’s a distinguished-looking redbrick house close to where I have my daily fix (coffee, dear reader). Over the door of this house is a quotation taken from the Ascent of Solomon and intended to give encouragement to pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Beneath the inscription are the letters YMCA. The house itself, like many another around Rathmines, bespeaks another age. They did things differently in those days.

   The quotation though is ever young. It gave heart to the pilgrims in the ancient world and now, it is a salutary reminder to us in the parish pastoral council to heed those words of Solomon. And that, I believe, we try to do when we meet at Avila Retreat House – to build on the foundations of the past and help to create a community in Rathmines that, with God’s grace, will bring about a kingdom of justice, love and peace. This project will take much effort and care. If you undertake to plant an oak much husbandry is needed to nurture its growth.

   Our aim in the pastoral council is twofold: openness to the word of the Lord, the supreme builder, and openness to the daily realities of life in Rathmines, from the early morning bustle towards town of bikes and busses to the rush to be ‘far from the madding crowd’ each evening.

   Our invocation of the Lord, the builder, isn’t a few perfunctory words taken from some book or other. It is organic – a shared reflection on the Word of God – and is conducive towards community building. 

   Fogra: Soon, perhaps, early in Advent we will hold a commissioning ceremony for the new pastoral council; this will be incorporated into the 11 o’clock Mass. In the meantime, remember us in your reflections.  

                                                                                                            Fr William

 We are keen to enrol and train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

We urgently need volunteers for church cleaning, Web Committee, Youth Initiative Group and drivers for meals on wheels.

Find out ways in which you can be involved more in your parish!

To download a directory of all the Community Organisations and Charities in the Rathmines Area compiled by the Parish and by World Missions Ireland Click Here>>

Read a Guide to this week's Gospel here >>

Live Audio Broadcast of Services

Press the 'Play' button to hear services live from Rathmines Parish Church. (There will be no sound unless there is a mass or other service taking place).

 Please note - There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

A special churchgate collection in aid of Threshold (National Housing Charity) takes place after all masses this weekend 24/25th September.  A representative will speak at Masses. Your support will enable Threshold to help many families who are facing homelessness right now in Ireland.

New Curate for Rathmines Parish - We are delighted to announce that Fr Peter O’Connor, Adm, Rush, Co Dublin has joined us in Rathmines Parish as curate from 15th September.  We extend a warm welcome to him. 

 To celebrate the 


of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a


in the church


Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.


Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre


Mass Times

  Mon - Fri:   10.00am
  Sat:   7.00pm Vigil
  Sun:   09.00am, 11.00am (Family Mass except July/August), 6.00pm (Folk Mass)

Contact Us

Parish Office Opening Hours:

Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531
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Parish News

Parish News 25th September 2016 Twenty S…

                Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. (Psalm 127:1) On the Rathmines Road, almost opposite the church, there’s a distinguished-looking redbrick house close to where I have my daily fix (coffee,...

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Parish News 18th September 2016 Twenty F…

Jottings on a new concept of a Parish Council Begin Begin again to the summoning birds To the sight of the light at the window.... Yes, we are taking up the poet Kennelly’s invitation as articulated in those opening...

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Parish News 11th September 2016 Twenty F…

Light of evening ... Maynooth Much in the news of late, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is a beautiful place. Beautiful at any time of the year, but especially in summer. Gerard M. Hopkins, the celebrated poet...

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Parish News 21st August 2016 Twenty Firs…

  I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me... The American comedian Groucho Marx was accepted as a member of the exclusive Friar’s Club in Hollywood. He expressed disappointment, however, that the club...

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