Parish News Sunday 27 May 2018 Trinity Sunday

What’s This Holy Bird, Padre?

During his time as chaplain to the British Army at Aldershot Garrison, a Jesuit priest was asked to give instructions in the Faith to one of the officers. Things were going well. The upper crust officer was keenly interested – until it came to the Trinity.

   ‘Padre,’ he said in exasperation one day, ‘the Father and the Son, I can understand, but what’s this holy bird?’ I’m sure the poor padre did his best to explain: in those times, much energy was spent in trying to unpack what is essentially beyond explanation. Indeed, many years ago, as a seminarian beside the Tolka, I and others, like Leaving Cert kids, hoped that ‘the Trinity won’t come up’ in the summer examinations. God must have been having a right laugh at it all!

   No, the Trinity is not reducible to concepts. Isn’t it enough for us to know as 1 John 4 tells us: ‘God is love’ and Jesus became the incarnation of that love: the Spirit lives on wherever men and women free themselves from the shackles of small-mindedness and spite and all the chains that bind us.

There’s a beautiful rendering of how the Divine Lover receives the timid soul in George Herbert’s poem, Love (III) No mention here of trying to unpack mysteries. ‘Love bade me welcome/ Yet my soul drew back/Guilty of dust and sin.’ (Read it while you’re having crunching your muesli!)

         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
 Make us patient and kind,

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our congratulations to all the children from St Louis Senior Primary School and Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School who received the Sacrament of First Eucharist on Sundays 13th and 20th May last.

The Family Mass takes place this Sunday 27th May at 11am.

A special churchgate collection in aid of Aidlink - St Mary’s College Ghana 2018 Immersion Programme will take place after all masses this weekend 26th/27th May.

Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 14 May 2018

• To facilitate Parish volunteers completing the Garda Vetting process, the parish office will be open after 11pm mass on 27 May. Photographic ID can be photocopied in the office and the completed forms left in.

• The Council reviewed the meeting that was held with the ‘Ministers of the Word Group’ on 30 April.

• The ‘Ministers of the Word’ group will be invited to the half day retreat that has been arranged for the Eucharistic Ministers in Avila House on 23 June 2018.

• The series of social meetings for international members will recommence in September. They will take place after 6pm Mass on Sundays in the prayer room. The annual International Mass will be held in October.

Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath Concert

Rathmines Church

Sunday 10th June 2018 at 3pm

A mixture of sacred and secular music including well known traditional Irish pieces.  

Free Entry

In aid of a planned trip for Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath for a competition in Aveiro Portugal in the next year. Voluntary donations would be most welcome.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help. If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

Plans are underway for the World Meeting of Families Pilgrim Walk which takes place from 18th–25th August.  During the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage, the following seven churches will remain open each day between 9.30am and 7pm: St Audeon’s High Street; St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street; St Mary’s Pro Cathedral; St Michan’s COI Church Street; St Michan’s RC Halston Street; St. Saviour’s Dominick Street; St. Teresa’s Clarendon Street.  Each church will have a roster of ambassadors to meet the pilgrims, stamp their pilgrim passports and offer a WMOF cead míle fáilte. St Michan’s Halston Street will be launching the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrim Walk on Friday 1st June at 4.45pm in Halston Street.  As part of the celebration of the worldwide interest in the World Meeting of Families, we are delighted to welcome Hannah Beth Potter from Georgia, USA and the McIntosh High School Choir.  Please join our team...

Fr David Brough has issued an invitation to parishioners of Rathmines to Arklow Parish on Tues 31 July next when they host the Icon created for the World Meeting of Families in advance of August’s gathering.  They are planning the day around the theme of ‘parish as family’, with a special Mass at 11am and refreshments after in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ecumenical Bible Week Ecumenical Bible Week will take place from 20th-27th May 2018.  Now in its fifth year, it is a parish-based event that is jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin, the combined dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough, and other key groups such as Scripture Union.  The theme this year is ‘Handing on Faith - Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’.  It begins on Pentecost Sunday with the launch event, ‘Praying the New Cosmology’, and will take place in 13 venues across Dublin and surrounding areas. Further information and free downloads and material on www.bibleweek.ie  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bibleweekie

Two key events take place in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin 3 on Thursday 24th May.

•          Symposium chaired by Brenda Drumm which will include presenters John Waters – ‘Taking us Back to the Father’; Ginnie Kennerley – ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’; and Nick Park – ‘Modern Family - Ancient Problems’.  Time 2-5pm.  Cost €12.  Pre-registration required at www.bibleweek.ie

•          ‘Thinking Allowed’ - What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passion on the faith?  A chaired panel discussion with audience participation.  Panellists will include three married couples from different Christian experiences, Archbishop Eamon Martin (Armagh) and Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin).  Free event, starts at 7.30pm.

Blessing of Remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery at the Old Angels Memory Garden only.  Sunday 27th May 2018 at 3pm.  A Little Lifetime Foundation – Support Group for Bereaved Parents and Families.  www.alittlelifetime.ie

Humanitarian Symphony Orchestra in Concert The Humanitarian Symphony Orchestra (HSO) will perform in concert at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Botanic Ave, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Friday 1st June at 8pm.  The concert promises to be a wonderful evening of modern and classical music.  All welcome!  Tickets available at the door from 7.30pm.  Adults €10 / concession €5 / children under 12 free.

Invitation!

“Walking Together as Families Today”:

Gathering in Preparation for the World Meeting of Families.

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 19-20 June 2018.

Speakers, workshops, conversations, prayer, and much more, on variety of topics relating to family life.

Registration: €15 (incl. lunch & teas/coffees).

Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie (under “Walking Together as Families Today”). Further info: contact Aoife at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be part of it!

UCD B vitamins & Healthy ageing

If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older. Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more details or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researchers: Roberta /Users/Jenny/Desktop/Opti%20Age/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maria Heffernan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us 01 716 2442

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in your local Tesco store on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 7th to 12th September 2018 Under the Leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin. Special Section for the Sick – Application Forms available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Tel 01 837 6820.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme Booking is now open for Pathways, which begins this year in Holy Cross College on Thursday 27th September 2018 (7pm–9.30pm).  Pathways is a two-year, one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work – the only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.  Places are limited so early application is advisable.  For more information please visit www.evangelisation.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone: 01 8087594 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The BA in Theology and Religious Studies [BATRS – formerly known as the BATLE programme] is a parr-time, evening programme of studies in DCU All Hallows campus. A wide range of modules is offered in areas such as theology, biblical studies, ethics, religious studies, liturgy, church history, theological languages, and faith education. Classes take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays during the two academic terms each year. We promote lifelong learning and welcome applicants of 23 years or older. For further information, please email Dr John Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring him at 086 078 3438.

Masters in Theology at DCU Taught by staff with international reputations in their fields, this course welcomes students from varied religious and secular backgrounds.  A flexible programme delivered over one or two evenings per week to suit those with careers and other commitments.  Attainable over one year (full–time) or two years (part–time).  If you are interested in completing a Masters in Theology, please visit www.dcu.ie/DC694

Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.  Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.  Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.  So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme - Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open!  Young Dubliners are now being invited to join in a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day in January 2019.  World Youth Day is an international Church event, similar to the World Meeting of Families, which is focused on young people.  It is held in a different country every three years and takes place in Panama for 2019.  Pope Francis is expected to travel for the first time to Panama to engage with young people there, and the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism is inviting parishes, parish groups and deanery areas to nominate young people who might be interested in travelling on this inspirational pilgrimage.  Unfortunately, due to the distance involved, places are limited to 30 pilgrims.  The travel dates are 18th–30th January 2019.  Deposits and bookings can be made online and the cost of the trip can be covered by scheduled payments.  All pilgrims will undergo preparation and will take part in the Diocesan young adult leadership programme.  To find out more or to book, go to www.evangelisation.ie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care.   For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.  Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors.  The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.  Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.  Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost.  For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 27 May 2018 The Jesuits in Britain have devised seven mental health audio exercises designed to encourage, in God’s presence, prayerful awareness of any feelings of unease or distress. These short exercises last no more than eight minutes. We hope you will find them helpful and we pray for anyone using these sessions who might be struggling at the moment. To access these, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course

TEL: (01) 475 6989

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ALONE is an independent charity that works with older people who are in crisis, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated. With over 120,000 older people in Ireland living on their own, we are asking people to spend some time this Christmas supporting older people in their community. You can make a huge difference by simply visiting older people living alone.   For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact ALONE on 01 679 1032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01 475 6989.

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

‘Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10 am till 10 pm, 365 days a year’.

ACCORD Relationship Counselling Service. If you cannot talk to each other - talk to us. Marriage and relationships are today experiencing more complex challenges than ever before. ACCORD offers a safe, professional and confidential process helping couples and individuals to explore and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationship. Clients are only asked to make a donation if they can afford it. Contact ACCORD at 39 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Phone: 478 0866 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help. If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you

Parish News Sunday 20 May 2018 Pentecost Sunday


                The Church Must Always Be Pro-Life:

Here are a few excerpts from Archbishop Martin on the defence of human life.

‘The Church must always be pro-life. That means that the Christian community must be a beacon of support for life especially at its most vulnerable moments and a beacon of support at vulnerable moments of any woman or man along their path of life...

   ‘The Church must be pro-life at many other moments in the lives of people. Being pro-life means recalling all of us to reflect on the deeper meaning of life and to reject many of the paths of superficiality that lead away from true human fulfilment....

   ‘Ireland has a great record in the care of mothers and of children. The overall ethos of medicine in Ireland has been marked by a passionate commitment to do all to protect the life of both mother and child...

   ‘Repealing the 8th Amendment is not about permitting limited abortion. It would bring about a radical change to our broad pro-life culture. It would end any constitutional protection whatsoever for the unborn. Proposed future legislation would permit abortion without restriction up to 12 weeks, but also permit abortion on physical and mental health grounds up to six months...

   ‘It seems incongruous that just as medical science allows us to understand much more about the evolution of the baby in the womb and his or her originality and unique identity that we should simply throw out all constitutional protection of the unborn child. For that reason I will be voting No.

   This splendid letter defending the rights of the defenceless merits a close reading; the full text is in your missalette this weekend.

         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
 Make us patient and kind,

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the suggestion of Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, we will hold a Special Moment of Prayer for Life this Saturday 19th May following the 7pm Vigil Mass. All are welcome.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 16) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

Pupils from Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist this Sunday 20th May at 11am Mass.

The Family Mass takes place next Sunday 27th May at 11am.

A special churchgate collection in aid of Aidlink - St Mary’s College Ghana 2018 Immersion Programme will take place after all masses next weekend 26th/27th May.

Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Visit the Rose garden and Bloom medal winning garden in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross on Sat 19th & Sun 20th May 10.30am – 4pm. There will be a Bonsai exhibition and plants for sale with tips from our gardener. All Welcome: Admission Free. See olh.ie/gardens for further information on the Hospice Open Garden Trail.

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help. If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you

Fr David Brough has issued an invitation to parishioners of Rathmines to Arklow Parish on Tues 31 July next when they host the Icon created for the World Meeting of Families in advance of August’s gathering.  They are planning the day around the theme of ‘parish as family’, with a special Mass at 11am and refreshments after in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ecumenical Bible Week Ecumenical Bible Week will take place from 20th-27th May 2018.  Now in its fifth year, it is a parish-based event that is jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin, the combined dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough, and other key groups such as Scripture Union.  The theme this year is ‘Handing on Faith - Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’.  It begins on Pentecost Sunday with the launch event, ‘Praying the New Cosmology’, and will take place in 13 venues across Dublin and surrounding areas. Further information and free downloads and material on www.bibleweek.ie  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bibleweekie

Two key events take place in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin 3 on Thursday 24th May.

•          Symposium chaired by Brenda Drumm which will include presenters John Waters – ‘Taking us Back to the Father’; Ginnie Kennerley – ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’; and Nick Park – ‘Modern Family - Ancient Problems’.  Time 2-5pm.  Cost €12.  Pre-registration required at www.bibleweek.ie

•          ‘Thinking Allowed’ - What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passion on the faith?  A chaired panel discussion with audience participation.  Panellists will include three married couples from different Christian experiences, Archbishop Eamon Martin (Armagh) and Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin).  Free event, starts at 7.30pm.

Blessing of Remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery at the Old Angels Memory Garden only.  Sunday 27th May 2018 at 3pm.  A Little Lifetime Foundation – Support Group for Bereaved Parents and Families.  www.alittlelifetime.ie

B.E - BEGINNING EXPERIENCE

B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. Next residential weekend will be held 25th – 27th May 2018,  in Dominican Retreat House, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Fofurther information please contact 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Invitation!

“Walking Together as Families Today”:

Gathering in Preparation for the World Meeting of Families.

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 19-20 June 2018.

Speakers, workshops, conversations, prayer, and much more, on variety of topics relating to family life.

Registration: €15 (incl. lunch & teas/coffees).

Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie (under “Walking Together as Families Today”). Further info: contact Aoife at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be part of it!

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in your local Tesco store on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 7th to 12th September 2018 Under the Leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin. Special Section for the Sick – Application Forms available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Tel 01 837 6820.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme Booking is now open for Pathways, which begins this year in Holy Cross College on Thursday 27th September 2018 (7pm–9.30pm).  Pathways is a two-year, one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work – the only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.  Places are limited so early application is advisable.  For more information please visit www.evangelisation.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone: 01 8087594 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The BA in Theology and Religious Studies [BATRS – formerly known as the BATLE programme] is a parr-time, evening programme of studies in DCU All Hallows campus. A wide range of modules is offered in areas such as theology, biblical studies, ethics, religious studies, liturgy, church history, theological languages, and faith education. Classes take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays during the two academic terms each year. We promote lifelong learning and welcome applicants of 23 years or older. For further information, please email Dr John Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring him at 086 078 3438.

Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.  Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.  Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.  So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme - Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open!  Young Dubliners are now being invited to join in a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day in January 2019.  World Youth Day is an international Church event, similar to the World Meeting of Families, which is focused on young people.  It is held in a different country every three years and takes place in Panama for 2019.  Pope Francis is expected to travel for the first time to Panama to engage with young people there, and the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism is inviting parishes, parish groups and deanery areas to nominate young people who might be interested in travelling on this inspirational pilgrimage.  Unfortunately, due to the distance involved, places are limited to 30 pilgrims.  The travel dates are 18th–30th January 2019.  Deposits and bookings can be made online and the cost of the trip can be covered by scheduled payments.  All pilgrims will undergo preparation and will take part in the Diocesan young adult leadership programme.  To find out more or to book, go to www.evangelisation.ie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care.   For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

Nutrition Study at UCD UCD Institute of Food and Health are running a new study called A-diet Confirm. The study follows people’s dietary habits and collects biological samples once a month over 4 months, in order to develop new tools for dietary assessment. This study looks for healthy, non-smoking volunteers, aged 18-60 years who are not on medication or supplements.
Participants can find out about their body composition (muscle, fat and bone mass %) at each visit.  Please contact Orla or Ilona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01 7162471 for more information.

Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.  Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors.  The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.  Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.  Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost.  For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the Society’s website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 20 May 2018 “It is a shame that the Holy Spirit tends to be an afterthought”. Richard Rohr is an American Franciscan friar, renowned author, and Dean of the ecumenical Centre for Action and Contemplation. He believes that, of the two baptisms mentioned by Christ – baptism with water, and baptism with fire and the Holy Spirit - many of us have not truly experienced the latter. The gift of the Spirit is within us, but we need to fan into flame this gift we already have. If we are to draw on that dynamic presence, we must believe in it and want it. To listen to his thought-provoking homily on Pentecost, and to access other online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course

TEL: (01) 475 6989

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ALONE is an independent charity that works with older people who are in crisis, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated. With over 120,000 older people in Ireland living on their own, we are asking people to spend some time this Christmas supporting older people in their community. You can make a huge difference by simply visiting older people living alone.   For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact ALONE on 01 679 1032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01 475 6989.

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

‘Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10 am till 10 pm, 365 days a year’.

ACCORD Relationship Counselling Service. If you cannot talk to each other - talk to us. Marriage and relationships are today experiencing more complex challenges than ever before. ACCORD offers a safe, professional and confidential process helping couples and individuals to explore and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationship. Clients are only asked to make a donation if they can afford it. Contact ACCORD at 39 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Phone: 478 0866 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Parish News Sunday 13 May 2018 Feast of the Ascension


From A Presbytery Window

A mother watches every movement her little boy makes as he approaches the altar to receive First Communion. His hands are joined; his proud rosette is pinned to the lapel of his new suit. Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. She smiles. Deep feelings of love and gratitude rise to her throat.

   She remembers his questions: ‘and who made God, Mom? And where did Nana go when she died?’ Yes, the questions that have bothered theologians and mystics over the centuries are born again – fresh and new in a little boy’s imagination.

   Her heart is rich in memories: his first kick in her womb – just a nudge – as if to say: ‘two of us now, mom.’ The way he held her hand when they shopped in the local town. A world complete.

 

An old man with a weather-beaten face munched his toast in the next table of the small cafe. Outside on the street, windy May was showering with cherry blossoms the children in First Communion veils and their parents who hurried past. Pink confetti. The man turned to me as if we had been old friends: ‘I remember my communion day; I remember the church where I sat, I remember who was there with me.’

   Why is it that everyone remembers First Communion Day? Is it because, deep down we long for a lost age of innocence, or is it that, in the depths of our hearts we know that this sacrament represents the fundamental human desire for peace and harmony: ut unum sint.

   This Sunday the St Louis’ school children make first communion; next Sunday it’s the turn of the children from RMDS. Pray for them.

                         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
 Make us patient and kind,

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the suggestion of Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, we will hold a Special Moment of Prayer for Life next Saturday 19th May following the 7pm Vigil Mass. All are welcome.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 15) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

Pupils from St Louis Senior Primary School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist this Sunday 13th May at 11am Mass. Pupils from Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist next Sunday 20th May at 11am Mass.

Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 16 May at 8pm. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 2238032.

As part of the Harold's Cross Community Festival, Our Lady of the Rosary Church invites everyone to a free Gala Concert featuring international soprano Niamh Murray and the choirs from St Clare’s and Harold’s Cross National Schools on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm.  

Visit the Rose garden and Bloom medal winning garden in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross on Sat 19th & Sun 20th May 10.30am – 4pm. There will be a Bonsai exhibition and plants for sale with tips from our gardener. All Welcome: Admission Free. See olh.ie/gardens for further information on the Hospice Open Garden Trail.

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help. If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you

Congratulations to Fr Jacques Bruns on his recent Ordination to Priesthood in Luxembourg at the end of April.  Jacques spent a year as a student while living in Rathmines Parish and served mass here before becoming a deacon. We wish him well.

Fr David Brough has issued an invitation to parishioners of Rathmines to Arklow Parish on Tues 31 July next when they host the Icon created for the World Meeting of Families in advance of August’s gathering.  They are planning the day around the theme of ‘parish as family’, with a special Mass at 11am and refreshments after in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

A Joy for all the Earth On Sunday 13th May, Maynooth College will host a Diocesan celebration, ‘A Joy for all the Earth’.  A concert of sacred choral music with Maynooth Education Campus Chamber Choir, St Joseph’s Navan Schola and the RTÉ Cór na nÓg featuring composers such as Sue Furlong, Moses Hogan, Fergus Hall and Ronan McDonagh.  The concert will conclude with a collaborative performance of this year’s World Meeting of Families anthem, ‘A Joy for all the Earth’, conducted by composer Ephrem Feeley.  Venue: College Chapel, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at 6pm (please be seated by 5.40pm).  Tickets €10 available from Maynooth Bookshop or Eventbrite – link: https://bit.ly/2FEKG4z

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

Ecumenical Bible Week Ecumenical Bible Week will take place from 20th-27th May 2018.  Now in its fifth year, it is a parish-based event that is jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin, the combined dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough, and other key groups such as Scripture Union.  The theme this year is ‘Handing on Faith - Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’.  It begins on Pentecost Sunday with the launch event, ‘Praying the New Cosmology’, and will take place in 13 venues across Dublin and surrounding areas. Further information and free downloads and material on www.bibleweek.ie  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bibleweekie

Two key events take place in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin 3 on Thursday 24th May.

•          Symposium chaired by Brenda Drumm which will include presenters John Waters – ‘Taking us Back to the Father’; Ginnie Kennerley – ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’; and Nick Park – ‘Modern Family - Ancient Problems’.  Time 2-5pm.  Cost €12.  Pre-registration required at www.bibleweek.ie

•          ‘Thinking Allowed’ - What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passion on the faith?  A chaired panel discussion with audience participation.  Panellists will include three married couples from different Christian experiences, Archbishop Eamon Martin (Armagh) and Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin).  Free event, starts at 7.30pm.

Blessing of Remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery at the Old Angels Memory Garden only.  Sunday 27th May 2018 at 3pm.  A Little Lifetime Foundation – Support Group for Bereaved Parents and Families.  www.alittlelifetime.ie

B.E - BEGINNING EXPERIENCE

B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. Next residential weekend will be held 25th – 27th May 2018,  in Dominican Retreat House, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Fofurther information please contact 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Invitation!

“Walking Together as Families Today”:

Gathering in Preparation for the World Meeting of Families.

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 19-20 June 2018.

Speakers, workshops, conversations, prayer, and much more, on variety of topics relating to family life.

Registration: €15 (incl. lunch & teas/coffees).

Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie (under “Walking Together as Families Today”). Further info: contact Aoife at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be part of it!

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 7th to 12th September 2018 Under the Leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin. Special Section for the Sick – Application Forms available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Tel 01 837 6820.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme Booking is now open for Pathways, which begins this year in Holy Cross College on Thursday 27th September 2018 (7pm–9.30pm).  Pathways is a two-year, one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work – the only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.  Places are limited so early application is advisable.  For more information please visit www.evangelisation.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone: 01 8087594 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.  Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.  Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.  So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme - Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open!  Young Dubliners are now being invited to join in a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day in January 2019.  World Youth Day is an international Church event, similar to the World Meeting of Families, which is focused on young people.  It is held in a different country every three years and takes place in Panama for 2019.  Pope Francis is expected to travel for the first time to Panama to engage with young people there, and the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism is inviting parishes, parish groups and deanery areas to nominate young people who might be interested in travelling on this inspirational pilgrimage.  Unfortunately, due to the distance involved, places are limited to 30 pilgrims.  The travel dates are 18th–30th January 2019.  Deposits and bookings can be made online and the cost of the trip can be covered by scheduled payments.  All pilgrims will undergo preparation and will take part in the Diocesan young adult leadership programme.  To find out more or to book, go to www.evangelisation.ie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care.   For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

Nutrition Study at UCD UCD Institute of Food and Health are running a new study called A-diet Confirm. The study follows people’s dietary habits and collects biological samples once a month over 4 months, in order to develop new tools for dietary assessment. This study looks for healthy, non-smoking volunteers, aged 18-60 years who are not on medication or supplements.
Participants can find out about their body composition (muscle, fat and bone mass %) at each visit.  Please contact Orla or Ilona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01 7162471 for more information.

Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.  Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors.  The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.  Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.  Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost.  For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the Society’s website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 13 May 2018 This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Charles Villers Stanford’s two-choir anthem, “Music for Ascension Day”, expresses the joy and significance of this feast. You can listen to it, and also read a marvellous reflection on the Ascension by martyred Archbishop, Óscar Romero, at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ALONE is an independent charity that works with older people who are in crisis, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated. With over 120,000 older people in Ireland living on their own, we are asking people to spend some time this Christmas supporting older people in their community. You can make a huge difference by simply visiting older people living alone.   For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact ALONE on 01 679 1032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01 475 6989.

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

‘Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10 am till 10 pm, 365 days a year’.

ACCORD Relationship Counselling Service. If you cannot talk to each other - talk to us. Marriage and relationships are today experiencing more complex challenges than ever before. ACCORD offers a safe, professional and confidential process helping couples and individuals to explore and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationship. Clients are only asked to make a donation if they can afford it. Contact ACCORD at 39 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Phone: 478 0866 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Parish News Sunday 6 May 2018 Sixth Sunday of Easter


God is Love

Scholars tell us that St John the Evangelist (author of today’s gospel) lived to be a great age and when he was carried to the church at Ephesus and asked to preach at the Eucharist, he delivered the same homily: God is love. The people grew weary and asked him to change his tune; he refused, telling them that that was the only message worth imparting.

John was articulating what is the deepest question in the hearts of all men and women, no matter what position in life they hold – in the entire world, does anyone love me, respect me, and regard me as special? John had hit on that fundamental insight that became the signature tune for poet, artists and mystics.

How different this image of the divine is from the forbidding figure of a God who wasn’t to be trifled with, that many of us remember from our school-days! Zero tolerance for a slip-up. Risk of eternal damnation for ‘bad-thoughts’.

No. In the true spirit of the gospel, we learn that God is the Prodigal Father. And outside of the gospels we come across lovely expressions of human love; here’s one from that American poet who wasn’t into higher case: I refer to e e cummings.

I carry your heart with me, I am never without it

Anywhere I go you go, my dear;

And whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling.

And if you want a good night-prayer, look up his poem: I thank you God for most this amazing.

                         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
 Make us patient and kind,

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 14) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

We welcome the parents and families whose children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday at 11am Mass.

Pupils from St Louis Senior Primary School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist next Sunday 13th May at 11am Mass.

Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Parish Centre, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar on Weds 9 May at 8pm and at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 16 May at 8pm. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 2238032.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘Mary Mother of Christians’ will take place on Thursday 10th May next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

As part of the Harold's Cross Community Festival, Our Lady of the Rosary Church invites everyone to a free Gala Concert featuring international soprano Niamh Murray and the choirs from St Clare’s and Harold’s Cross National Schools on Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm.  

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

Ecumenical Bible Week Ecumenical Bible Week will take place from 20th-27th May 2018.  Now in its fifth year, it is a parish-based event that is jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin, the combined dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough, and other key groups such as Scripture Union.  The theme this year is ‘Handing on Faith - Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’.  It begins on Pentecost Sunday with the launch event, ‘Praying the New Cosmology’, and will take place in 13 venues across Dublin and surrounding areas. Further information and free downloads and material on www.bibleweek.ie  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bibleweekie

Two key events take place in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, Dublin 3 on Thursday 24th May.

•          Symposium chaired by Brenda Drumm which will include presenters John Waters – ‘Taking us Back to the Father’; Ginnie Kennerley – ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’; and Nick Park – ‘Modern Family - Ancient Problems’.  Time 2-5pm.  Cost €12.  Pre-registration required at www.bibleweek.ie

•          ‘Thinking Allowed’ - What have we from our personal experience discovered about living and passion on the faith?  A chaired panel discussion with audience participation.  Panellists will include three married couples from different Christian experiences, Archbishop Eamon Martin (Armagh) and Archbishop Michael Jackson (Dublin).  Free event, starts at 7.30pm.

B.E - BEGINNING EXPERIENCE

B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. Next residential weekend will be held 25th – 27th May 2018,  in Dominican Retreat House, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Fofurther information please contact 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Invitation!

“Walking Together as Families Today”:

Gathering in Preparation for the World Meeting of Families.

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 19-20 June 2018.

Speakers, workshops, conversations, prayer, and much more, on variety of topics relating to family life.

Registration: €15 (incl. lunch & teas/coffees).

Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie (under “Walking Together as Families Today”). Further info: contact Aoife at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Be part of it!

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 7th to 12th September 2018 Under the Leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin. Special Section for the Sick – Application Forms available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Tel 01 837 6820.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme Booking is now open for Pathways, which begins this year in Holy Cross College on Thursday 27th September 2018 (7pm–9.30pm).  Pathways is a two-year, one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work – the only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.  Places are limited so early application is advisable.  For more information please visit www.evangelisation.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone: 01 8087594 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.  Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.  Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.  So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme - Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

Join us on a Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Panama2019 22-27 January. To book or find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WYD is open to young people aged 16-29. Diocesan policy and procedures will apply. www.evangelisation.ie

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care.   For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

Nutrition Study at UCD UCD Institute of Food and Health are running a new study called A-diet Confirm. The study follows people’s dietary habits and collects biological samples once a month over 4 months, in order to develop new tools for dietary assessment. This study looks for healthy, non-smoking volunteers, aged 18-60 years who are not on medication or supplements.
Participants can find out about their body composition (muscle, fat and bone mass %) at each visit.  Please contact Orla or Ilona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01 7162471 for more information.

Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.  Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors.  The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.  Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.  Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost.  For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the Society’s website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 6 May 2018 The month of May is the month of Our Lady. “Living the Magnificat” is a short, guided online retreat focussing on how to be open to God’s will and how to respond to God. It can be done over a day or a week, and is a beautiful way to celebrate this special month. Access the retreat, and other rich online spiritual resources, at  www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

ALONE is an independent charity that works with older people who are in crisis, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated. With over 120,000 older people in Ireland living on their own, we are asking people to spend some time this Christmas supporting older people in their community. You can make a huge difference by simply visiting older people living alone.   For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact ALONE on 01 679 1032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01 475 6989.

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

‘Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10 am till 10 pm, 365 days a year’.

ACCORD Relationship Counselling Service. If you cannot talk to each other - talk to us. Marriage and relationships are today experiencing more complex challenges than ever before. ACCORD offers a safe, professional and confidential process helping couples and individuals to explore and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationship. Clients are only asked to make a donation if they can afford it. Contact ACCORD at 39 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Phone: 478 0866 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.