Parish News 8th November 2015 Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

This Sunday will feature a special ceremony at the 6pm Mass, known popularly as the Folk Mass. At this celebration of the Eucharist, the boys and girls of St Louis Primary School and the Ranelagh Multi-denominational school will come together to be enrolled for Confirmation.

Do you remember your own Confirmation? Was it here in Rathmines or across the city or down the country? If you belong to my generation who remember Elvis’ first single on vinyl and now qualify for free travel in the Luas, you will remember that Confirmation was  something important because the bishop came to your parish and the teacher with the help of an bata made sure you knew the answer to any tricky question the bishop might ask.   And the bishop tapped you on the cheek to show that you were now ‘a strong and perfect Christian and a soldier for Jesus Christ.’

Today an bata has been decommissioned, thank God, along with military language. Today the parish community joins with parents and guardians of the candidates for Confirmation to ensure that the boys and girls of the two schools freely present themselves for the sacrament. They have a dream, a dream of a Church

Where love and people are now more important than stone and steeple.

A Church with an open door where no one is privileged except the poor.

A Church where milk and honey will flow more freely than power and money.

A Church where young and old will be inspired to change their world.

As a parish let us dare to dream of a Church that will make their vision and ours come true.

Fr William

 

FAREWELL TO FRANK The Parish Pastoral Council would like to invite all parishioners to a presentation to Frank Brown, our Parish Pastoral Worker for over four years which will be held after 6pm Mass this Sun 8th November in St Mary’s Community Centre.

The Liturgy Group are meeting on Monday 9th November at 2.30pm in No. 52.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet next Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm in No. 52.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 14th/15th  November.  Please give generously.

Taize Prayer around the Cross will take place on Thursday 12th November next at 7.30pm in the Baptistery of the church.  All welcome.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The Power of Forgiveness’ will take place on Thursday 12th November next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

Walk of Light 2015 Sunday 22 November 4.30pm - 7pm.  An Inter-church journey starting at 4.30pm with Welcome and Opening Prayer in Rathmines church, then at 5pm onto St Finian’s Church, Adelaide Road and followed at 6pm by a walk to St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street for Concluding Prayer.  This year’s theme is "He raises the lowly".  Come and join us! (In co-operation with the COI, Korean, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, RC and Ethiopian Orthodox congregations in the area). www.dublinchurches.ie

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.

 

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.  Starts Weds 4th November next.

Beechwood Avenue Parish A talk on the life of Dorothy Day will be given on Monday 9th November at 8.00pm by Fr Bernard Kennedy at Beechwood Avenue Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.  Luas green line to Beechwood.  www.beechwoodparish.com

Down Syndrome Ireland are asking if  you could please drop any copper coins that you may have at home in jars,  into our collection drum in  Bank of Ireland branches at Ballyfermot, St Stephens Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel or Drumcondra at the corner of Clonliffe Rd.  We also have a unit in both our charity shops in GPO arcade and 52 Sundrive Rd, Kimmage.  Down Syndorme Ireland would really appreciate your support in collecting as much copper as possible. Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more details or phone 01 426 6515 and we can arrange to collect large amounts of copper.

Change for Charity – NATIONAL COIN WEEK -2nd – 8th November 2015

Let your LITTLE coins make a BIG difference!  Bring your jar, bottle or bag of coins to any AIB or Bank of Ireland and drop your coppers into one of the Change for Charity Collection units.  No queuing or counting.  See www.changeforcharity.ie for more locations.  Supporting the Irish Heart Foundation, St Francis Hospice, Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Gaisce-The President’s Awards and Irish Autism Action. 

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.  www.pioneerassociation.ie 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: www.catholiclibrary.ie

Liturgy Annual Meeting Due to circumstances beyond their control, the National Centre for Liturgy has to postpone the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th November.  It is now scheduled to take place on Thursday 3rd December in Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The day will include reports from the Council for Liturgy and its Advisory Committees.  It is also proposed that two publications will be launched on that day – Singing the Mystery of Faith and It Is Good For Us To Be Here – gathered on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Representatives from the diocese are invited to attend on 3rd December.

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.  The next residential weekend will be held from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.  For further information please contact 086 0877379 | email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.beginningexperience.ie

Nazareth Family Institute - Marriage Preparation Courses Non-residential weekend courses given by an experienced team of couples and a priest in a relaxed friendly environment in Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  From 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Friday and 9.30am to 5.15pm on Saturday; lunch and tea/coffee provided.  The course is fully compliant with Catholic Church guidelines and derives much from the teaching of St. John Paul II.  The next immediate dates are Friday 13th/ Saturday 14th November.  Bookings can made online at www.nazarethfamilyinstitute.net or by ringing 01-2896647 or 087-6290041.

Orlagh Retreat Centre Sat 14th November - Day Retreat in Orlagh.  An opportunity to experience the benefits of a prayerful and reflective day in the beautiful environment of Orlagh.  Led by Bernadette Toal and John Byrne, the theme this month is ‘Every Person Makes a Difference’.  €25.  From 10.00am-4.30pm with the opportunity for Mass at 4.30pm.  Sunday 15th November - Scripture Day with Sean Goan.  In the lectionary, the coming year is the Year of Luke.  Pope Francis has also declared the coming year as a Year of Mercy.  Sean Goan has both in mind as he presents his November Scripture day for which he has chosen the title ‘Looking at the Biblical Theme of Mercy through the Lens of St Luke’s Gospel’.  10.00am-5.00pm. €55 (including lunch).  Orlagh, Gunny Hill, Kilakee Road, Dublin 16.  Telephone 01 495 8190 for further information and booking.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group ‘Exploring Death and Loss of Our Loved Ones’.  Residential Weekend led by Fr. Myles O'Reilly SJ.  This weekend explores the loss of our loved ones and the meaning of death from a Christian perspective through prayer, meditation, discussion, videos and sharing.  Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Rd., Dublin 16.  Friday 20th November at 7.30pm to Sunday 22nd November at 4.30pm.  Cost €180 per person (Deposit €50) with all meals included.  Apply to: Anne @ 087 2050514 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A National Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Bishop Eamonn Walsh will be participating in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit in the presence of President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann.  This event is organised by Trócaire, Christian Aid and ECI.  All are welcome to attend.

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 www.ccr.ie

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.

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

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. 

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.