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The monthly lunchtime Ecumenical Prayers will take place on Tuesday 3rd May a...



Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 6th May (First F...



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Thought for the Week

Save the last dance for me

‘God is in the bits and pieces of everyday,’ Patrick Kavanagh, the poet of the Grand Canal, uttered many years ago. God too is in the surprises – I refer to those moments that fall into our arms without notice and rest there, bringing with them all the passion, or the longing that is at the heart of life’s mystery.

Here’s what I mean. The other day I found myself in conversation with a gentleman who is engaged to do some minor repair work in the church. His soft-speaking voice was at one with his refined features. We discussed the heating contract and then, suddenly, he said, above a whisper: ‘My partner died last week.’ 

As soon as I adjusted to the revelation, I offered my sympathy. He produced his smartphone. ‘I have a video here, I’d like you to see it.’ I looked. There on a dance floor was a handsome couple who with graceful flowing movements glided around the polished floor with the ease that only skilled dancers can achieve. To add to the pathos, the music was Gounod’s Ave Maria. ‘We were both ballroom dancers,’ he said, his eyes had filled up and he looked away towards the town clock. ‘Valentine’s night.’ He indicated the video.

 ‘Did you both know then?’


 When he had gone, I sat, dispirited, in the quiet of the church, and thought about the blonde woman and her loving partner – the beautiful dancing couple. I thought also about how silly we can be when we get uppity about some slight done to us; how we spoil our days and our friendships with entrenched positions and our ‘No surrender’ with those we claim to love. 

   And my prayer that day – may the blonde woman and her loving partner dance again in paradise.   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.

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Mass Times

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

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Parish Office Opening Hours:

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