Parish News 25th October 2015 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time



I once was lost but now am found,

Was blind but now I see.

Like all great songs, Amazing Grace has endured, even though it is sung at every peace rally and prayers service by different Christian denominations for over 200 years. In the last 50 years or so it gained a new lease of life – that surely has something to do with the great marches of the black people of the United States who asserted their right to freedom.

The hymn has survived because, like all good songs, it strikes a chord in the human heart that speaks of hope when we are without a compass and at sea.

It was the amazing grace of the Lord that gave sight (insight) to the speaker in the song. It was the same grace that gave sight to the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, in the gospel passage of today’s Mass.

Never forget this: every gesture, every nuance in good literature has a meaning, so it is with the gospel passages. The blind beggar gets to his feet and casts aside his cloak: he doesn’t want to be encumbered by anything that would hinder him from making the most of this encounter. He wants to see.

What do you and I need to cast aside in order meet the Lord and be helped to see?  Do we need to jettison some prejudice, some false assumptions, or some spec that we insist is present in the other’s eye, while we ignore the beam in our own, and is causing us to be blind? 

 As you know by now, the reference to blindness in the gospels goes deeper than a physical defect: it is a failure of the human heart. When we are open, when we cast aside the cloak then we will be able to meet the Lord unimpeded.  Fr William

A very big Thank You to all those who so generously contributed to last weekend’s special collection for Mission Sunday. A total of €1,855 was raised, the proceeds of which go to World Mission Ireland.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 25th October at 11am.

Don’t forget!! Winter Time begins this weekend as clocks go back one hour at 2am on Sunday.

The Family Mass group meets next Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm in the parish house No. 52.

Next Sunday 1st November is the Feast of All Saints marking the beginning of the month of November when we remember the faithful departed in a special way.

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for parishioners who died during the past year will take place on Saturday 7th November next at 7pm.  The Mass is organised by the parish Bethany Bereavement Support group and the Funeral Ministry team. 

Envelopes and slips for the November Altar List are available in the boxes at the back of the church. You are invited to write the names of your loved ones on the slips of paper provided and place the envelopes with an offering (if desired) in the blue safe at the back of the church.

90th Anniversary Matt Talbot Mission Novena Mass Sunday 25thOctober at 3pm in Matt Talbot Shrine, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street, Dublin​ 1.From Adversity to Hope, to Action: In this month of the Missions, the Novena Mass will focus on Matt Talbot’s own love for the missions. In the midst of his own struggles, the hope that sustained him encouraged him to reach out to others.  The Novena Mass will be led by the Colomban Missionaries with Filipino Choir from Ballymun Parish in attendance. ​All are welcome. Supervised Car Parking.

The Marco Polo Ensemble, a group of 14 professional singers from Zagreb, Croatia specializing in Renaissance music from Palestrina to Dowland, with several Croatian composers,  will conclude their short tour of Ireland with a concert at St Mary's Church, Haddington Road on Tuesday 27 October at 7.30pm.  The humanitarian concert has been kindly supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Dublin and all proceeds will go to the Crosscare Refugee Support Programme.


New MonasticismIreland invites you to a day of presentations and reflection led by Patrick Woodhouse on Saturday 31st October 11am-4pm.  Patrick is an Anglican priest and writer whose particular interest is the practice of contemplative spirituality in a multi-faith world. His book, Etty Hillesum: A Life Transformed explores the life of Etty Hillesum and the transformation that occurred in her as a result of the life changing experience of being detained in Westerbrok concentration camp where she became determined to be the "thinking heart" of the camp.  Reservation essential: Friday 23rd Oct.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR (M) O87 203 3006. Cost: €50.

The Annual Sale of Work of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will be held on Sunday 1st November (All Saints Day) at St Joseph’s Parish Hall Terenure from 10.30am to 3pm. 

A Week of Guided Prayer is a way of making a retreat in the midst of ordinary daily living, an opportunity for the people to experience the Gospel speaking to and in their own lives and a means of spiritual nourishment.  There are some weeks available between now and Christmas 2015, commencing on: 1st Nov, 15th Nov, 22nd Nov and 29th Nov.  Parishes are invited to contact Sr Éibhlís NicUaithuas DC in the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 8373732 for further information, to book these or other weeks.

November - Month of the Holy Souls Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones and for someone they know or love with an addiction.  You can do likewise!  Take the short-term pledge for November. or contact (353) 1 8749464.  Small fee applies for certificate and emblem.

Autumn Lecture Programme at the Central Catholic Library Tuesday 3rd November with Fr Seán McDonagh SCC: ‘Laudato Si - does it contain new teaching on the environment?’  Tuesday 17th November with Dr Mary Ann Bolger: ‘Mass Production - the curious history of altar bread manufacture in Ireland’.  Tuesday 1st December with Fr Brian Doyle OP: ‘The Journey of a Poet - the influence of Christianity on the poetry of T.S. Eliot’.  6.30pm each evening at the Central Catholic Library, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  Tel: 01 676 1264 | Web:

Living with Loss An information evening for the public about bereavement with guest speaker Jane McKenna (founder of The LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Foundation).  November is traditionally a month for remembrance.  This Irish Hospice Foundation event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.  Free public event on Thursday 5th November, 5.30pm-8.00pm at the Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2.  The evening will open at 5.30pm with a formal introduction.  There will also be an opportunity to chat to voluntary bereavement support services about the supports they provide.  During the evening Jane McKenna will address the gathering and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.

National Conference on Catholic Education: Join the monks of Mt. St. Joseph Abbey in Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary on 13th November to examine the current position on Catholic Education and Schools and “throw light on what lies ahead for us”.  The conference fee is €40 (includes lunch and refreshments).  For further information Tel. 0505 23344 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on

Project Messiah 2015 Join us for the Third Year in celebrating the beginning of Year of Mercy and Advent in Whitefriar St. Church on Saturday, November 28th with a rousing performance of G.F. Handel’s masterpiece.  Rehearsals take place (22nd October – 26th November) in All Hallows College, Gracepark Rd., D. 9 from 7.15-9.30pm. Please register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further information contact Germaine Carlos 086 – 1973774 or Deirdre Seaver 086 8380881.

The Dublin Lourdes Choir, with director Damian Gallagher and soloist Sharon Lyons, has recorded a new CD of settings of Ave Maria.  It is hoped that this music will give people a sense of the grace-filled comfort, peace and prayer of Lourdes.  The CD is available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office – tel. 01 837 6820 or 01 808 7555.  The cost is €10, and proceeds will go towards financially supporting sick children and adults who otherwise could not make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

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

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

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

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

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


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.