Parish News 6th September 2015 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

In today’s gospel we hear the story of Jesus curing the man who was deaf and dumb. It is yet another example of Jesus responding compassionately, immediately and fully to those suffering. The story begins by stating the man was brought which means at the least that he had someone around him who could help him.

This week the full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – three-year-old Aylan Kurdi – hit the news and numerous other harrowing images and photos have followed. Who could not be moved? But moved to do what? Over the last few days the discussion from politicians and leaders have centred around numbers and phrases such as – a proportioned response, a measured response, the appropriate response – what is the human response? The need is immediate, should our response not be? If our neighbour’s house burnt down would we be proportionate in our response and say “Sorry we can only re-house your wife and just  two of your three children?” No! We would immediately open our homes and our hearts. Those who suffer are our neighbours. Can we be like those who brought the man to Jesus and actively bring the plight of those suffering, the injustice we see around us, to those who can/could change it? For even the smallest gestures can often speak a person's heart more eloquently than a million words. And in this current situation maybe we take our lead from Jesus – Ephphatatha that is Be opened!

I express my deep gratitude for the Irish welcome I received from Fr. Dan O’Connor and the parish of Rathmines during my short stay in Dublin to improve my English. Now I return back to Italy to teach for a few months and then leave for Australia in January. Now I have to begin to learn “Australian”! I will cherish very much the memories of my stay in Dublin enriched by your care, kindness, friendship and generosity, for many years to come. My stay not only gave me the opportunity to improve my English but also gave me the understanding of the warm Irish way to live in a parish. In a special way I also would like to thank Tony & Ailish D’Costa of Pax Christi in the parish for their friendship and kindness and especially for inviting me to the prayer service in Omagh for peace and reconciliation which gave me an opportunity to meet the people in Omagh and gave me some understanding of the ‘troubles’ and the Irish history.

Fr. Fabrizio Fabrizi, S.J.

 

The annual SVP Clothing Appeal takes place this weekend 5th/6th September with the distribution of plastic bags at the back of the church.  Please return the bags next weekend Sat 12th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 13th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

 

The Family Mass group meets next Thursday 10th September at 7.30pm in the parish house No. 52.

There will be an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) meeting on Wednesday 9th September next at 7.30pm in the parish house.

 

Our 8th Annual International Mass & Festival of Cultures will take place on Sunday 20th September at 6pm.  All are welcome to this colourful and joyful celebration of the international nature of our parish.  We are looking for as many nationalities to be involved and represented in both the Liturgy and the event afterwards.  Please let us know if you would like to be involved and have your country represented. Send your name, nationality & contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or come along to our meeting in the parish house on Monday 7th September at 7.30pm.  

 

How many nationalities do we have in Rathmines Parish?

PUT YOURSELF ON THE MAP AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH

  • Were you born abroad?                                Put a dot on the country you were born in.
  • Were you a missionary?               Put a dot on the country you lived in.

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

 

Celebrating the 5th Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Avila Lectures at 7.00 pm in St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2.  Monday 14th September: Can St. Teresa help me to Pray? Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D.

 

Book Launch The launch of Donal Harrington's latest publication ‘Tomorrow's Parish: a vision and a path’ takes place on Thursday 10th September at All Hallows College, Grace Park Rd, Dublin 9.  Further details from Columba Press e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Milltown Annual Fun Day  Milltown Parish Dublin will have their Annual Fun Day on Sunday 13th September from 12.30 - 3.00pm.  A magician, face painters and a D.J. will be at our open day.  There will also be a bouncing castle, spot prizes, and refreshments.  This event is partly sponsored by Dublin City Council.  Do come along, all are welcome!

PATHWAYS – An Adult Faith Development Programme Have you ever thought about exploring your faith … or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith … found yourself longing to search for some kind of deeper meaning in life? Perhaps you are feeling challenged by questions your children or grandchildren are asking about God and the meaning of faith for which you have ‘no answers’.  Perhaps you are feeling challenged by all that is happening in Ireland and in the Church right now.  If so, PATHWAYS may be the course for you.  PATHWAYS is a two year one night a week course for adults who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from mid-September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming academic year.  Booking is now open. The programme begins this year in Clonliffe College on Thurs 24th September 2015 (7pm to 9.30pm).  For more  info: Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 251 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.evangelisation.ie

Volunteers for Donor Care Centre   Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services has two truly special facilities, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock Hospice, where specialist care is provided for people with a range of needs from rehabilitation to end of life care.  We require a number of volunteers to make calls to our supporters in relations to upcoming events including Ireland’s Biggest Morning in September and our Light up a Life event in December. Training will be provided.

All you need is to have basic computers skills and enjoy dealing with the public.  Contact Imelda Mooney at Tel 01 491 1072 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beginning Experience B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 9th September 2015 for 7 Weds evenings at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St., Dublin 2.  For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A course on The Practice of Christian Living will begin on Mon 14th September at 8pm in the Pastoral Centre, Harold's Cross Church. It will run for eight Monday evenings. It will include a philosophical talk, Q & A and prayer. The director is Professor Tom Casey, a Jesuit who has lectured in Philosophy in the Gregorian University in Rome and is now in Maynooth. All welcome. 

Pontifical Irish College in Rome - Pilgrimage Programme   ‘A Time for Priests’ - ongoing formation course in Prayer, preaching, call and service, from 14th – 18th September.  ‘Handing on the Faith Today’ a course for parishioners, includes a series of talks, liturgies and guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas as well as an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis, from 7th – 11th September.  For more information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit: www.irishcollege.org

School of Prayer A nine month course on prayer, starting the end of September 2015 and finishing in May 2016 in the Avila Carmelite Centre. The School of Prayer is intended for those who realise the importance of prayer in their lives and are seeking a deeper relationship with God and support and encouragement in their search.  Brochure and application form available to download from www.avilacentre.ie/events/school-of-prayer/

The Archdiocese of Dublin is offering the opportunity for young people aged between 16 -30 to come to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in July 2016. The diocese is bringing two groups to WYD, teenager (16-18years of age) and Young Adults (over 18s). Places are limited.  The World Youth Day offers fun, reflection, music and prayer as well as the opportunity to celebrate your faith with people from all over the World.  Young Adults (over 18s only) are invited to sign up for a leadership course called “Anchor”.  If you need more information, have any questions or like to book your place please go to www.evangelisation.ie

 

Team Leaders and Collectors Required  Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Friday September 18th. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can. To get involved please contact Gráinne on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group Volunteers for Parish Ministry Bethany is a voluntary parish based ministry.  Our main objective is to support the bereaved through the grieving process.  Our services are totally free of charge and confidential.  Grieving is a natural process and is normally helped by the support and understanding of family and friends.  Sometimes a bereaved person may need the support of a skilled person to help them journey through their loss in a positive way.  Bethany volunteers are trained to listen with understanding and empathy.  We are presently recruiting new volunteers.  Ongoing training and support is provided.  Our next training workshop will take place in starting in St. John the Baptist Church, Parish Centre, Blackrock from Monday 28th September to 7th December 2015.  Further details and information please contact Liz Ronaldson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 2392465.

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

Venerable Matt Talbot 90th AnniversaryThe Salesians of St John Bosco have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street in inner city Dublin for over twenty years. The large beautiful Church hosts also the mortal remains of Venerable Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, and was renowned for his holiness, having overcome a crippling alcohol addiction, through prayer and penance. He has been a heroic inspiration to many people in Ireland and abroad battling addiction. His shrine attracts quite a number of pilgrims who come seeking spiritual strength to be able to overcome their addiction. A number of special activities to mark the 90th Anniversary of Matt Talbot’s death, and a Matt Talbot year will take place. 

Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues envelopes.  They can be returned to the blue safe 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.

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 Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments in Dublin. We are looking for volunteers to pick a patient up at their home, drive them to the door of the hospital, then when they have finished treatment, to pick them up again and bring them home. The service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid. Telephone the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Want to make a difference?  Give a child the gift of reading Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older with time on their hands, lots of life experience and an enjoyment of reading, for a volunteer reading programme in 5 primary schools in Dublin. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some extra help with their reading.  The sessions occur 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes each and the volunteer will be asked to read with 2 children on each visit which happen during primary school hours. Some of the volunteers who have worked with us have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01 7080431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2015/2016 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.

Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning and drivers for meals on wheels.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

We are keen to enrol and  train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

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.

The Youth Initiative Group is urgently looking for new members who are interested in getting involved in youth work in our parish. We are a group of volunteers in the parish who meet at least once a month to develop, review, run & evaluate initiatives that actively respond to the needs of young people in our parish.  We are always looking for new members who can make a strong commitment, who are creative, reliable, who have an open and flexible attitude, and a keen interest in youth involvement. Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

MEDITATION:  Every Wednesday 8.00-8.30pm at Orlagh, Old Court Road, D. 16. The format of the session is we read a verse of a psalm, hear a short piece of music followed by 20 minutes silent prayer.  We suggest the Centering Prayer method, but how the silence is used is up to each person. No advance booking necessary, and no charge.