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Upcoming Events



Tea/Coffee will be served after the 11am Family Mass this Sunday 7th February...



The Ministers of the Word are meeting on Monday 8th February at 7.30pm in No....



Next Weds, 10th February, is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent.  M...

Thought for the Week

This Lent Lay Your Burdens Down … on the Mountain of God’s Mercy

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we invite each parishioner to make Lent a time to welcome once more the mercy of God into your life.  We all carry our own burdens – perhaps the burden of illness, of breakdown in relationships, of economic stress, the burden of our own sinful actions … Our faith tells us that we don’t have to carry these burdens alone, God walks each step with us in mercy and love.  

This Lent a basket of stones has been placed in our Sacred Space (Baptistery).  We invite you to take a stone and carry it with you for a while – a day, a week … As you carry the stone, let it be a reminder of things that weigh you down, and that prevent you from living as freely and as fully as you can.  The stone can also be a reminder of things to be grateful for, or even a reminder to do something merciful.  Whenever you are ready, you can place the stone into the Lenten space in the Church, as a sign that you are ready to welcome God’s mercy into your life, you are letting this burden go and that you are willing to share this mercy with others.

Over the weeks of Lent, may the growing mountain of stones remind us of God’s mercy and love.  As Pope Francis says to us: “Let us be renewed by God’s Mercy, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too.”

Lent starts next Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, 10th February. Masses with Distribution of Ashes are at 10 a.m. and 1.10 p.m. only (there will be no evening Mass).

Mass times during Lent, Monday to Friday, will be at 10 a.m. only.


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).


John Paul II Awards

Congratulations to the students from St Louis High School who attended the JPII Award ceremony with around 120 other young people from across the Diocese in St Paul's, Arran Quay last Friday evening. Bishop Raymond Field presented four students with the Gold award and six with the highest award - the Papal Cross! A fantastic & proud achievement by them all. Congrats also to their award leader Ms Doyle for her continued support, inspiration and encouragement to the students & this program in our parish!

Check out the photos in the Photogallery, and on Facebook. Below is a reflection written by one of the students about her experience of the Awards project.

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training. We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.

I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.

I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.”

Ciara Geraghty: 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.



Mass Times

  Mon - Fri:   10.00am
  Sat:   10.00am, 7.00pm Vigil
  Sun:   09.00am, 11.00am,
      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

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