Parish News 11th October 2015 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

Tell me, do you remember the day of your First Communion? I’ll bet you do. A quick mental scroll will put you in touch with that morning – maybe, many years ago – when you approached the altar rails in a white dress or a new suit with a proud rosette on the lapel. And are those who brought you to the church now gone to their eternal reward or are they still going strong, and for that you are thankful.

    Was it here in the parish church of Rathmines or elsewhere: Millstreet or Mullingar, Crumlin or Castle Island? Wherever – I hope you have good memories. Memories of a teacher who warned you and your wide-eyed classmates that on no account should your teeth touch the sacred host, and for ten minutes you, with your head in your hands, should make your Thanksgiving because the Lord was with you in a special way for that length of time.

    You remember these moments because they are special. You probably can remember also the figures in stained glass behind the altar – the Virgin Mary on a cloud ascending into heaven, the apostles looking on in wonder.  Oh happy days!

      Well, the First Communion programme for our parish begins liturgically this Sunday at the 11 Mass – Enrolment Sunday. The programme will continue throughout the year on designated Sundays; children and their parents from St Louis’ Primary School and from Ranelagh Multi Denominational School will have a special part in these Masses.

    If you are a regular member of the 11 Mass congregation, I hope you will keep these children in your prayers: they are growing up in a world vastly different from what many of us knew. They need your support. We have every reason to be glad; they are joining our Christian community.  Fr William

Pax Christi (Ireland) International Catholic Peace Movement would like to extend their thanks to all those who contributed to their annual church-gate collection last weekend which raised a total of €1,191.  Your generous support is much appreciated.

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of next week, re-opening Wednesday 14th October at 10am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 10th/11th October.  Please give generously.

The Enrolment Mass for the Do This in Memory programme of preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist takes place this Sunday 11th October at 11am.

Next Sunday 18th October is Mission Sunday.  The second collection at all Masses will go to support the missionary activities of the church and will replace the usual Share collection.

The first meeting for parents of children in the parish attending St Louis Senior Primary and RMDS schools who will be celebrating their Confirmation next March and who will undertake the You Shall Be My Witness Programme takes place on Monday 12th October at 7.30pm in the church.

The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday 13th October at 7pm in No. 52.

On Friday 9th October last, six students from St. Louis High School held a "Pay it Forward Day" in their school as part of their project for the Papal Cross Award. This included each student, teacher and staff member being given a slip of paper with a 'random act of kindness' on it to be carried out that day. The students will visit the Church on Sunday 11th October to speak at 9am Mass about the "Pay it Forward Day" and as each parishioner leaves the Church they will be given their own slip of paper in the hopes that they will 'pay forward' the random act of kindness in the community.

A Prayer for All Creation service, which will include reflections from Laudato Si embracing the spirituality of St Francis interspersed with hymns will take place in Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue on Friday 16th October at 7.30pm.

The Rise Foundation is a registered charity founded by Frances Black in 2009 focussing on family members of those with addictive behaviour.  They are running a 10 week programme to support family members who have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, sex or gambling problem starting on the 14th October next in The Carmelite Community Centre, Aungier St, Dublin 2. For further details contact T 01 7645131E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.therisefoundation.ie

Woman’s Guided Silent Retreat

Preached by Fr Vincent McMahon, LC

16th – 18th October 2015, 7.30pm Friday evening until 3pm Sunday.

Held at the Ballyvaloo Retreat Centre, Blackwater, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

Cost €180

Men’s Guided Silent Retreat

Preached by Fr Vincent McMahon, LC

23rd – 25th October 2015, 7.30pm Friday evening until 3pm Sunday.

Held at Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin16.

Cost: €145

To book a place, or for more information, please contact the Faith and Family Centre, Tel. 01 2889317; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irish Missionary Union  Celebrating 50 years of ‘To the Peoples’ - a series of talks on Thursday evenings in October from 7.30-9.00pm at St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin.  Organised by the Irish Missionary Union for the 50th anniversary of ‘To the Peoples’ as an opportunity to evaluate its impact on peoples, cultures and religions around the world and also to look forward to continuing that mission into the future.  For more information contact Irish Missionary Union at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01-4923326.

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

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.