Morning Prayer Group

The morning prayer group come togather and lead the Morning prayer of the Church each day at 10am Just before the morning mass - You are always welcome to come along, take part or help prepare and lead!

Contact the Parish office on 01 497 1531

Lectio Divina Group

divinaThe Lectio Divina Group meet weekly offering an hour of reflection and contemplation on the Word of God that is held from 5pm in the room above the Baptistery in the Church to just before Mass at 6pm every Sunday.

It is open to everyone to come along and spend a bit of quite time for yourself in reflection.

For more information contact John O'Flynn through the parish office on 01 497 1531 

Welcome to ArchBishop Tagle from Manila

Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat, good evening to everyone, tráthnóna maith. Welcome to the 7pm Saturday mass. My name is Jonef Pondoc and, on behalf of Fr. Richard, Fr John, the Rathmines parish and the Filipino community, I would like to welcome Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle who will be celebrating our mass for this evening. Bishop Tagle is the current Archbishop of Manila, having been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI just this past December. As Archbishop he is the head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines.

It is with great pleasure and honor that he will be breaking bread with us tonight. I would like to thank Fr Richard for bringing the Archbishop here. Opportunities like these are always welcome especially to us Filipinos who seldom get to go back home. I first came to Ireland in October of 2004. Life as an immigrant, as you all know is quite difficult. Like most Filipinos who first came here, we had to leave our children and families behind. It got very lonely at times. One of the things that helped us cope was attending mass and church activities in this parish. Fr. Richard and the community was very accepting and welcoming to all nationalities and immigrants alike. We are whole now, my children are all here. They have adjusted very well. They in some ways, have become more Irish than Filipino. I myself have adapted to life in Ireland. I now like fish and chips and I watch a lot of rugby and football. I also cheer “up the Dubs” every so often. I now say bin instead of trash and more often I say sorry instead of excuse me. I even felt terrible when Ireland lost to Spain in the Euros. Right Dave?

Just last Thursday, some four thousand immigrants all over Ireland took their oaths to become full-fledged Irish citizens. A number of those were Filipinos. One of my friends even posted her certificate on Facebook right after the ceremony. Some of the comments to her post, ranged from, “Congratulations!” to “Ang galing mo ate!” which basically means good job sister. A few did mention that she is now entitled to dual-citizenship. She could have a Filipino and Irish passport. I couldn’t help but think that even if we have not taken that oath, or if some have no intention of filing for Irish citizenhip, because we live in a community such as this one in Rathmines, we in effect have already become dual citizens of Ireland and the Philippines. And I would like to thank the Irish people for accepting us and for making it easy for us to live here.

I hope that Archbishop Tagle can take a small message to our compatriots back home. “Kung tatanungin po kayo ng mga kababayan natin – kamusta and mga Pilipino sa Ireland?” If our countrymen asks – how are the Filipinos in Ireland. “Paki sabi po sa kanila na kahit mahirap and buhay, masaya naman kami at nasa mabuting kalagayan.” Please tell them that even if life is hard, we are happy and we are in good spirits. Please tell them that we have adapted, we have assimilated, we are very much accepted and we continue to grow in the community, especially those of us in a well known parish in South Dublin called the The Church of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners- Rathmines.

Maraming Salamat po.

Thank you very much.

Go Raibh Maith Agat

 

                      By Josef Ponoc - Delivered at the 7pm Mass - Saturday 16th June 2012

A reflection on the Sacrament of Marriage

We live in an age that is becoming increasingly open to the spiritual dimension of human existence. More and more couples in preparation for their marriage say that the most important part of their wedding day is what happens in the church. This is equally true of those who are not regular church-goers as it is of those who participate in the celebration of the Eucharist each weekend. The desire to be married in a church shows that there is something 'sacred' about your love. Your relationship embodies something special that transcends the realm of a mundane experience.

When real friendship' and deep love awaken in your life it leads to a re-birth of the human heart. Each couple approaching marriage is a unique pair, carrying in their hearts a love that is overflowing and generous.

Few, if any, events in life surpass that of the celebration of marriage. The occasion of a marriage is one of extraordinary joy, excitement and happiness, not only for the couple, but also for their parents, grandparents, family members, bridal party and friends who gather to share in their promise of life-long faithful love in the Sacrament of Marriage.

The celebration of a marriage ceremony reminds us of a great truth of the human journey: the best things in life are free. This may seem a strange statement to those who are paying for the reception! Nevertheless, when we stop to think about what is really important in life, we recognise that the greatest gift that we can give to one another is the gift of our friendship, and even more especially our unconditional love. People gather to celebrate a wedding liturgy because a couple have gifted each other with unconditional friendship and love. A wedding ceremony touches the secret heart of life and brings what is best in life and experience to expression.

Entering into marriage is a new dawn, a new springtime in our lives, an occasion of great possibility and promise. The existential philosopher, Sören Kierkegaard, said something very profound about living when he wrote: 'If I could wish for something, I would wish for neither wealth nor power but the passion for possibility. I would wish only for an eye, which eternally young, eternally burns with the longing to see possibility.'

A wedding celebration is a time of endless possibility, especially the possibility of a life lived in utter fullness, a relationship which is mutually life-giving to each partner and to the wider community, particularly the community of faith of which the couple are a part. We are on this earth to live life to the full and when we are generous in our love, care and compassion somehow life comes to bless us.

From - To love and to cherish: a wedding with a difference

book edited by Oliver Brennan