Thought for the Week
Palm Sunday -- When a conquering hero of the ancient world rode into town in triumph, it was in a regal chariot or on the back of a stately stallion. Legions of soldiers accompanied him in the victory procession. Triumphal arches, festooned with relief sculptures, were often erected to immortalize his valiant victory. After driving out demons, healing the sick, and raising the dead, it was time for the King of Kings to enter the Holy City. But to do so, he rode not on the back of a warhorse, but a donkey. His companions accompanied him brandishing not swords, but palm branches. The monument to his victory, erected a week later, was not an arch, but a crucifix. His earthly beginning was humble - and his earthly end would be no different. The wood of the manger prefigured the wood of the cross. Earlier this week Pope Francis mourned the death of a Jesuit priest working in Syria. Fr Frans van der Lugt was a 75 year old Dutch Priest who has stayed in war torn Homs to stand beside his people. In moving words the Holy Father said “please silence the weapons, put an end to the violence. No more war. No more destruction. May humanitarian laws be respected, may people who need humanitarian assistance be cared for and may the desired peace be attained through dialogue and reconciliation.” As we journey to Holy Week we carry in our heart all who walk in the shadow of the cross. Bearing in mind the world is saved by the crucified one and not the crucifiers. Fr David
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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.
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Services for Holy Week
SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK
Palm Sunday 13 April
Palms blessed at all Masses.
Mass Times 9am, 11am, 12.30pm, 6pm (Folk) and 7.30pm (Taize)
Tuesday 15 April
Service of Reconciliation 7.30pm
HOLY THURSDAY 17 April
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm
Watch and Pray Vigil 9.00pm
GOOD FRIDAY 18 April a day of fast and abstinence
Outdoor Ecumenical Way of the Cross (beginning at the church) 12.30pm
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3.00pm
Stations of the Cross 7.30pm
HOLY SATURDAY 19 April
Service of Waiting in Hope 10.00am
Celebration of Easter Vigil 9.00pm
EASTER SUNDAY 20 April
Mass Times 9am, 11am, 12.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm
HOLY WEEK CONFESSIONS
Good Friday 18 April
Immediately following Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3.00pm and after Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm
Holy Saturday 19 April 11.00am to 12 noon.
Weekday Mass times from Monday to Wednesday during this Holy Week are 10am and 5.45pm. Please note there will beNO 10am Mass on Holy Thursday 17th April.
|Mon - Fri:||10.00am, 5.45pm|
|Sat:||10.00am, 7.00pm Vigil|
|Sun:||09.00am, 11.00am (Family Mass),|
|12.30pm, 6.00pm (Folk Mass),|
Parish Office Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 12noon
52 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Phone: 497 1531