Parish News Sunday 30 April 2017 Third Sunday of Easter


                So we beat on, boats against the current.

Remember those beautiful last lines of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, when the narrator is reflecting on Gatsby’s dream of Daisy and the life that was almost within his grasp? Well, we too who try to offer leadership in a Church, keep beating on, much of the time against the current of what is popular and what is given the stamp of approval. Thank God, here in Rathmines we have people who give generously of their time and experience. I speak of the parish pastoral council, the finance committee, and various parent committees who prepare the children for the sacraments.

   Right now the finance committee and I are working on a project which could enrich the lives of parishioners and, indeed, many others in the vicinity. You will have seen the For Sale sign on #48 Rathmines Road – a former presbytery, which was home to many priests in past times. I’m sure, with your prayers, we will get a good price and will then be in a position to move to the next phase which is the conversion of the parish hall into a pastoral centre. Those of you who are many years resident here may have danced in that hall when you were nimble-footed young things. You may again!

   A parish centre becomes a focal point and helps to meet community needs such as the opportunity for massgoers to socialise over coffee; it becomes a suitable place to hold meetings, or indeed, as in many parishes, a venue for seniors’ afternoon activities. The pastoral council, of course, will play a leading role in any proposals. The potential is great. Onwards and upwards in God’s name.                                                                                      Fr William

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 30 April at 11am.

Pupils from St Louis Senior Primary School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist next Sun 7th May at 11am Mass. 

Next Sunday 7 May, a special collection will be taken at all masses, in place of Share, for those studying for priesthood in the Dublin Diocese.  Please give generously.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 5th May (First Friday) on St Joseph’s side altar from 10.30am to 5pm.  Please sign the book if available.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are 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.

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. 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box.  Please return your boxes to the sacristy as soon as possible.

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

As part of the Harold’s Cross Community Festival, Our Lady of the Rosary Church invites everyone to a free Gala Concert with Dublin County Choir and Guests on Friday 12th May at 7.30pm, featuring favourites by Handel, Gershwin, Wagner, The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Queen and more.

 
   

 

Exercise Dementia Prevention study

A European study involving Trinity College Dublin seeks

volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems

to search for possible links between exercise and

dementia prevention.

  • Do you have memory problems that don’t interfere with your day-to-day function?
  • Are you becoming more forgetful?
  • Would you be interest in taking part in a 12 month exercise based research study?

Interested participants will be sent a study information leaflet and invited to attend a screening clinic.  If you are interested and would like to receive more information, please contact a member of the research team.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Luisne Afternoon with Diarmuid O’Murchu: On Sat 6 May Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon talk (2.30pm – 5:30pm) on the theme INCLUSIVITY.  Inclusivity implies reaching out and bringing in, being part of a universal movement toward spiritual wholeness. More info: www.luisne.ie  This will be followed by an optional Eucharist. Cost €25. Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre. www.luisne.ie

Please Like Luisne on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/luisnecentreforspirituality

Viatores Christi (VC), the Irish lay missionary association is holding the next (second of its series of three talks) on the future of Church in Ireland on Weds 3 May in Belvedere College Lecture Hall at 7.00pm. Fr. Patrick Mark Hederman OSB, former Abbott of Glenstal Abbey in County Limerick will address the theme - He has Spoken through the Prophets.  Donation of €10 towards costs. Please confirm  your attendance via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Venerable Matt Talbot: First Friday Novena Mass and prayers for healing in St. Agatha’s Church, North William Street, Dublin 1 on 5th May at 7.30pm.  We pray especially for those suffering from any form of addiction, those in recovery, their families and the wider community affected by alcohol and drug misuse. All are Welcome. For further information please visit http://www.matttalbot.ie/">www.matttalbot.ie  or Tel: 01 855 4078.  

Information Evening:  Come along to Purcell House, Room PG01, DCU All Hallows Campus, Grace Park Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Mon 8 May from 6.30pm to 8pm to learn about our MA Theology Courses  (PAC Code DC693 Full-time, DC694 Part-time) & BA Theology and Lifelong Education: (PAC Code DC300)The Information Evening will provide an opportunity to meet with lecturers to talk about the following academic courses, which provide evening modules to accommodate those who work during the day. No need to register, just turn up!  For further info please contact: Dr Joseph Rivera, Tel 01 700 7053, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We welcome all prospective students from any background. (Free Parking available)

Music Concert:  Join The Priests in Concert on Tues 9th May at 8pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Blackrock, Dublin.  Tickets €30.  Also performing on the night is Carysfort School Childrens Choir.  Booking available at parish centre Tel 01 288 2104 / 01 278 3550.  All 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.  Next residential weekend will be held 19TH – 21ST May 2017 in Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. For further information please contact 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Evening of Music & Reflection: Come along to St. Agnes Church, Crumlin on Sunday 28th May at 8pm for a delightful evening full of music and reflection.  Performances on the night given by Soloists Susan Dowling, Mary Flynn, Patricia Bourke D’Souza and Paul Cahill.  Orchestra led by Mary O’Donnell, MD.  Tickets €15 (€10 concession for OAP’s, Students & Unemployed) -  Contact Tom (9am – 4pm) M 087 740 5018 or Susan (4pm – 9pm) M 087 224 4048.  All welcome.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the WeekThe Irish Jesuits were among the first to realize the potential of the Internet for prayerful reflection. The result was the global phenomenon which is "Sacred Space" – available in 22 languages, it guides an astonishing six million visitors each year through a self-paced session of prayer centred on the daily Gospel readings of the liturgy. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 837 3732 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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 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. 

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 23 April 2017 Second Sunday of Easter

                All who believed...

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute to all, as any had need. There is the model for Christian living, handed down to us in sacred scripture, the one that many who turn up for Mass this weekend will give nodding assent – that includes those of us who preside at the Eucharist. Here’s why it will be regarded as nothing more than churchy language and out of sync with the harsh realities of daily life and, indeed, with the severe judgements we make about people.

   We are part of the neo-liberal wave which dominates global thinking: build walls, put up barriers. Keep out the rabble. Brexit.  We worked hard for what we have: you are lazy and irresponsible, you are sponging off our hard-earned profits; we don’t want you in our game.

   This prejudice takes many forms and is given expression in various comments like: ‘Why don’t homeless people go out and get a job? Or why are we paying taxes for someone who prefers to go from the boozer to the bookie. It is a view that is fundamentally unchristian and is founded on a false premise, which is, that all are born equal, all enjoy a level playing field where parents visit the local library with their children to exchange books. Fake thinking. And anyone who has had contact with poor areas of Dublin knows how fake it is.

   Our society (which in various ways is more sensitive to the weak than others) is nevertheless, becoming more unequal.  I hate statistics, but here’s one to reflect on. In 2014, nearly 3,000 adults were homeless; by 2016, after economic recovery, nearly 4,500 were in that helpless position; meanwhile, back at the ranch, as Zane Grey used put it, the Rich List continues on its merry way.  They would sell their possessions and goods and distribute to all, as any had need. Naivety?                                                                                                                                          Fr William

The weekly planned giving envelopes for 2017/2018 will be available for collection at the back of the church after all Masses next weekend.

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. 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box.  Please return your boxes to the sacristy as soon as possible.

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

Saint John of God Hospital - Occupational Therapy Department present a workshop on SLEEP – HOW TO GET SOME Tues 25 April 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Price: €50. Wear Comfortable Clothes. Booking on Eventbrite https//sleep-howtogetsome.eventbrite.ie. For further info contact Anne O’Farrell on 01 277 1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free parking available

Annual Retreat/Conference:  The First Annual Retreat and Conference for the Catholic Grandparents Association will take place on Weds 26th – 27th April in the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.  Theme: “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and share God in these highly secularised times “through lively discussions, workshops and resources with speakers: Fr. Enda Barry, Fr. Benny McHale, Mrs Kate Liffey and Catherine Wiley.  Price is €160 per person (single room) with full board and €120 non-residential attendance for two days - meals included.  Further info contact Connie on 098 24877 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All welcome.

Synod on Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment Pope Francis would like to hear the views of young people around the world. To engage the youth of the Dublin Diocese (16-30yrs) we are arranging a facilitated listening process to the questions the Pope has put forward, in three locations around the diocese. Those in and out of their faith are welcome: we would like to hear from all and get a real sense of where people are at. (If you are in your 30’s and would like to contribute, you are more than welcome to join).

When: Tuesday 27th of April, at 7pm

Where: St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (Smithfield)

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Exercise Dementia Prevention study

A European study involving Trinity College Dublin seeks

volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems

to search for possible links between exercise and

dementia prevention.

  • Do you have memory problems that don’t interfere with your day-to-day function?
  • Are you becoming more forgetful?
  • Would you be interest in taking part in a 12 month exercise based research study?

Interested participants will be sent a study information leaflet and invited to attend a screening clinic.  If you are interested and would like to receive more information, please contact a member of the research team.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick Finn Lecture Series St Mary’s, Haddington Road, Dublin 4.  Muslims – Do we know them?  Jonathan Kearney (Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies in DCU) on Thurs 27th April at 7.15pm.  Dr Jonathan Kearney is a graduate of UCD with undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Near-Eastern Languages, Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies.  He has lectured in UCD, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.  Jonathan’s research lies mainly in the textual and linguistic foundations of Judaism and Islam; religion and identity formation; and authority and boundaries in religion.

The Encounter Dublin City. Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker & performer Kate Curran on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. Free event. Friday, April 28th at 8pm. 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/theencounterdublincity

Luisne Afternoon with Diarmuid O’Murchu: On Sat 6 May Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon talk (2.30pm – 5:30pm) on the theme INCLUSIVITY.  Inclusivity implies reaching out and bringing in, being part of a universal movement toward spiritual wholeness. More info: www.luisne.ie  This will be followed by an optional Eucharist. Cost €25. Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre. www.luisne.ie

Please Like Luisne on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/luisnecentreforspirituality

Information Evening:  Come along to Purcell House, Room PG01, DCU All Hallows Campus, Grace Park Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Mon 8 May from 6.30pm to 8pm to learn about our MA Theology Courses  (PAC Code DC693 Full-time, DC694 Part-time) & BA Theology and Lifelong Education: (PAC Code DC300)The Information Evening will provide an opportunity to meet with lecturers to talk about the following academic courses, which provide evening modules to accommodate those who work during the day. No need to register, just turn up!  For further info please contact: Dr Joseph Rivera, Tel 01 700 7053, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We welcome all prospective students from any background. (Free Parking available)

Music Concert:  Join The Priests in Concert on Tues 9th May at 8pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Blackrock, Dublin.  Tickets €30.  Also performing on the night is Carysfort School Childrens Choir.  Booking available at parish centre Tel 01 288 2104 / 01 278 3550.  All 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.  Next residential weekend will be held 19TH – 21ST May 2017 in Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. For further information please contact 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Evening of Music & Reflection: Come along to St. Agnes Church, Crumlin on Sunday 28th May at 8pm for a delightful evening full of music and reflection.  Performances on the night given by Soloists Susan Dowling, Mary Flynn, Patricia Bourke D’Souza and Paul Cahill.  Orchestra led by Mary O’Donnell, MD.  Tickets €15 (€10 concession for OAP’s, Students & Unemployed) -  Contact Tom (9am – 4pm) M 087 740 5018 or Susan (4pm – 9pm) M 087 224 4048.  All welcome.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the WeekThe London Internet Church is a gathered Christian global community that meets online to worship, enquire, encourage and pray. Beautiful online services of quietness and reflection, and a changing daily prayer. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 837 3732 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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 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. 

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 16 April 2017 Easter Sunday


Dawn Mass in Lixnaw

Last week I did an overnighter to check on the tribe before they would make the long journey to the capital to encounter the Dubs, but as Othello said, or was it Charlie Haughey – ‘no more of that.’ Outside Listowel, when spring sunshine was playing on the windscreen, I passed great articulated trucks making their way out of the Kerry Group plant to deliver nutrients for food and beverages to foreign parts. Top of the range SUVs were whizzing by as well as John Deere tractors that you’d need a cherry picker to climb into. A young couple in an open car flashed by me. Austerity must be dead and gone (at least, for some).

   Then, as I rounded a curve in the road, I saw it and it brought much pleasure. A simple sign that seemed, in the midst of all the busy movement and activity, appropriate only to a time gone by. Nevertheless, this plucky little notice announced: Dawn Mass in Lixnaw. It was a salient reminder to the fast-moving world of trundling trucks and well-off farmers: not on bread alone...    

   Where will they celebrate the dawn Mass, I wondered? There are bogs (with bog cotton – glorious at this time of year) and green fields but few hills around Lixnaw. That foolish thought misses the point. In my mind’s eye, I saw parishioners rising on Easter Sunday morning, congregating in the village and going quietly to some place to pray with their priest and give thanks: just as their ancestors did in hard times. And that scene will be replicated in little villages all over Ireland. You want signs of the Resurrection? There’s one.                                    Fr William

Our warmest congratulations to Vanessa Barrera, Gabriel Trivizon and Jandira Claudio Souza de Sales who received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil last night.

The SVP Advocate churchgate collection in aid of Sunshine House Holidays held last weekend raised a total of €1,700 for which St Vincent de Paul have passed on their thanks to our congregation for your generous contribution.

The Parish Office will be closed over the Easter period, reopening Weds 19th April 2016 at 10am.

A very big thank you to all volunteers who helped with the Holy Week ceremonies and in preparing our church for Easter.

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. 

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 19th April at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 19th April at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  A one to one facility is also available.

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box.  Please return your boxes to the sacristy as soon as possible.

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

A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.

The Encounter Dublin City. Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker & performer Kate Curran on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. Free event. Friday, April 28th at 8pm. 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/theencounterdublincity

Synod on Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment Pope Francis would like to hear the views of young people around the world. To engage the youth of the Dublin Diocese (16-30yrs) we are arranging a facilitated listening process to the questions the Pope has put forward, in three locations around the diocese. Those in and out of their faith are welcome: we would like to hear from all and get a real sense of where people are at. (If you are in your 30’s and would like to contribute, you are more than welcome to join).

When: Tuesday 27th of April, at 7pm

Where: St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (Smithfield)

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Please complete our survey online it takes 2 minutes: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/bigaprilask   Please share with friends online.

Music Concert:  Join The Priests in Concert on Tues 9th May at 8pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Blackrock, Dublin.  Tickets €30.  Also performing on the night is Carysfort School Childrens Choir.  Booking available at parish centre Tel 01 288 2104 / 01 278 3550.  All welcome.

Annual Retreat/Conference:  The First Annual Retreat and Conference for the Catholic Grandparents Association will take place on Weds 26th – 27th April in the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.  Theme: “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and share God in these highly secularised times “through lively discussions, workshops and resources with speakers: Fr. Enda Barry, Fr. Benny McHale, Mrs Kate Liffey and Catherine Wiley.  Price is €160 per person (single room) with full board and €120 non-residential attendance for two days - meals included.  Further info contact Connie on 098 24877 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All welcome.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge:  Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent.  Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for his or her freedom and well-being.  Make your Lenten pledge by visiting and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative www.pioneerassociation.ie

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week:  St Ignatius of Loyola was convinced that God can speak to us as surely through our imagination as through our thoughts and memories. The Ignatian Spirituality website provides an inspiring video and imaginative prayer exercise for Easter. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 837 3732 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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 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. 

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 9 April 2017 Palm Sunday


God in a Time of Sulking

   Isn’t the following, in a rough and ready way, the version of salvation history many of us picked up in primary school? Adam and Eve fell to the blandishments of the talking snake. God arrived on the scene, fumed and expelled them from Eden. Now read on...

   God sulked. Nothing would appease his anger except the ultimate sacrifice: the death of his son. Seems God did good sulking. Consequently, Jesus was led like a lamb to the slaughter so that the gates of heaven which God had padlocked would be re opened. In a nutshell, that account makes Jesus into God’s robot. And Jesus was nothing of the sort.

  In fact, if you give a close reading to the Matthew’s Gospel you will be struck by the freedom and grace of the Lord to confront his accusers and even more so by his courage. And courage in the face of death is surely Our Saviour’s finest hour: the courage that each one of us needs to face the challenges that are part of our human condition. Remember Shakespeare’s line on that: ‘a coward dies a thousand times before his death, the valiant taste of death but once.’  

   Have a spiritually rewarding Holy Week and a blessed Easter.                                   Fr William

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday 9 April

Palm Crosses Blessed & Distributed at All Masses

Mass 9am, 11am, 6pm (Folk)

Monday 10 April

Reconciliation Service 7.30pm (Visiting Priests)

Spy Wednesday 12 April

Mass 10am

Holy Thursday 13 April

Morning Prayer will be recited at 10am from Holy Thursday – Holy Saturday

Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm (Trocaire Boxes can be returned at these Masses)

Watch and Pray Vigil 9pm

Good Friday 14 April

Morning Prayer 10am

Outdoor Ecumenical Way of the Cross 12.30pm (Commences at Rathmines Church)

Solemn Celebration of The Passion of the Lord 3pm

Stations of the Cross 7.30pm

Holy Saturday 15 April

Morning Prayer 10am

Solemn Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection 9pm

(Please note our Easter Vigil Mass commences outside at the Paschal Fire and during Mass we will welcome one adult into full communion within our church and parish community through the RCIA rite)

Easter Sunday 16 April

Mass Times 9am, 11am and 6pm

Confessions

Lenten Reconciliation Service     Saturday 8 April at 11am in Mount Argus Church

Evening Reconciliation Service  Monday 10 April at 7.30pm in Rathmines Church

Individual Confessions                   Good Friday 14 April after Solemn Celebration of the Passion

Holy Saturday 15 April after Morning Prayer 10.30am to 12 noon

The second national collection held last weekend for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018 raised a total of €1,466.  Your support for this collection is greatly appreciated.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 9th April at 11am.

The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Saturday 15th April at the 9pm Vigil Mass.

The Sunshine Fund of the Society of St Vincent de Paul is holding its annual Advocate Collection outside this church and all Dublin churches this weekend.  Each year, The Sunshine Fund provides much-needed holidays for approximately 1,000 of Dublin’s less fortunate children.  The Advocate collection is the only way the Sunshine Fund can finance these holidays. Please give generously. 

A Service of Reconciliation takes place on Monday 10th April at 7.30pm in the church.  A number of visiting priests will be available to facilitate those who would like to avail of the possibility of individual confession.  Music will be led by the Folk Group.

URGENT – Volunteers required to take part in the Washing of the Feet ceremony on Holy Thursday (13 April) at 7.30pm.  We are seeking three women and three men to take part in this ceremony which is an integral and moving part of the Eucharistic Celebration on Holy Thursday evening. If you are free to take part please leave your name and contact details with the Parish Office as soon as possible. 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box.  Please return your boxes to the sacristy from Holy Thursday onwards.

The Easter Card, timetable and Dues Envelope are ready for distribution around the parish.  If you are free to deliver to your street or streets around the parish, please call into the sacristy after any Mass and speak with one of our sacristans.

A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.

In association with the Rathgar-Terenure Fellowship, The Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar will host Silence in the Parish: A Meditative Pilgrimage for Peace during Lent, offering Christian Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Prayer. It will take place on weekdays from 1st March until 12th April from 7.45am to 8.15am in St Patrick’s Hall at the rear of the Church. The entrance is off Leicester Avenue.

A Lenten Reflection on Ministry:  Sr. Úna O Neill will lead a Lenten reflection on ministry on Mon 10th April at 10.45am in Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 and again at 7.30pm.   This will be of particular interest for Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Prayer Groups, Carers and all with an interest in Ministry. (One week prior to Holy Week) – we also invite you to accompany us on each of the remaining Fridays of Lent, after 10am Mass, as we follow "The Way of the Cross" led by Sr Teresa Mc Allister, Parish Sister at Beechwood Avenue.

Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. 'Watch and Pray' - Holy Thursday, 13th April, at 9.00pm.  Mirror of Pain, is a musical composition for the organ by Hendrik Andriessen of Five Poems by the Belgian Poet, Henri Gheon.  The poems describe the sufferings of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Mary his Mother.  The parish organist, Michael Quinn and Soprano, Pauline Graham, will present it.   Seven Last Words of Jesus - Good Friday, 14th April at 7.30pm.  This is a musical reflection on the Passion and Death of Jesus which interleaves Scripture Readings of the Seven Last Words with reflections and a seven movement suite for solo organ by Alan Ridout.  Each organ piece is a short musical response to the Scripture text. The parish organist, Michael Quinn, will present this. 

Good Friday Ecumenical Walk:  Join us  at 7.15pm leaving from Christchurch Cathedral onto St Mary's Pro CathedralArchbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson of the Church of Ireland will once again lead a silent procession on Good Friday evening carrying the Cross of the Taize ecumenical monastic community from Christchurch to the Pro-Cathedral. This walk of witness, starting with a moment of prayer, is then followed on arrival in the Pro-Cathedral by a Taize Prayer around the Cross that lasts around an hour for those who wish to stay. All are welcome. 

Easter Pilgrimage:  The Pilgrimage of the seven churches of the south inner city takes place this Palm Sunday, April 9, afternoon starting at 2pm at St. James' Church, Dublin 8 (The Camino Church) and ending at St. Catherine's Church, Meath Street for refreshments -  A prayer is said in each of the seven churches.  On Good Friday - The Annual Passion Play will take place at the celebration of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday at 3pm.  Animated Stations of the Cross with meditations and music will take place at 8pm in St. Catherine's Church Meath Street.  For further information Tel: 01 454 3356 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Retreat/Conference:  The First Annual Retreat and Conference for the Catholic Grandparents Association will take place on Weds 26th – 27th April in the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.  Theme: “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and share God in these highly secularised times “through lively discussions, workshops and resources with speakers: Fr. Enda Barry, Fr. Benny McHale, Mrs Kate Liffey and Catherine Wiley.  Price is €160 per person (single room) with full board and €120 non-residential attendance for two days - meals included.  Further info contact Connie on 098 24877 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All welcome.

Pioneer Lenten Challenge:  Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent.  Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for his or her freedom and well-being.  Make your Lenten pledge by visiting and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative www.pioneerassociation.ie

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week:  The Stations of the Cross are a very old Christian devotion. The Pray-As-You-Go website offers a moving eight-minute guided meditation on each of the Stations, accompanied by inspiring music. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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

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.

Caring for the Future of our Planet: We invite you to participate in four nights of reflection on one of the most critical issues of our time exploring the environmental impact of our lifestyles in view of creating a sustainable world for our children.  Each night we will explore our topics with short talks, videos and group discussions.  Pope Francis’ Letter Laudato Si will inform our reflections as we make this Lenten journey together. Join us at 8pm each evening from Monday 6th -27th March in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow Tel: 0404 45600.  We will discuss The Environmental Story Today, The Social Consequences of our Choices, An Integral and Sustainable Ecology and Committing to a Better Future. 

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

FaithFest 10 The FaithFest team, with the support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the tenth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College.  FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age. Upwards of 80 teenagers take part in each event from parishes around the Diocese. Teenagers take part in dynamic programmes, which support their faith and create opportunities for them to meet other young people.  On Friday 10th March from 6 - 9.30pm we are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest.  Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form. Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved.   Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text2898+'<\/a>'; //-->   Consent forms, fliers, posters http://www.evangelisation.ie/2017/02/01/faithfest-10-10th-march-2017-an-amazing-teenager-iniative/  Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens

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.

                          

Faith, Imagination and the Arts – A series of ten lectures from 11 January to 22 March 2017 (Weds 8.15pm - 9.45pm) by Dr Gesa E. Thiessen MPhil, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College. She has lectured and published widely on theology and the arts and on ecumenical theology.  Venue: Lutherhaus 24 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2.  Further info and booking email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: 01-290 7536 (10-6pm)Course Fee: Є120 (cash or cheque in one or two instalments)As places are limited early booking is recommended.

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 837 3732 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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 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. 

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.