Parish News 21st February 2016 Second Sunday of Lent

 

A much needed parish centre

The focal point for a parish is the church: here the Christian community celebrates its way of life in the Mass. Here also, we mark the journey from birth to death in the different sacramental moments. That said, there is a growing need for every parish to have a centre where a social dimension is added to worship.

   With this in mind, the finance committee and I have been working positively towards planning the renovation of the old parish hall which has a long and endearing history with the life of Rathmines.

   The plan is part of a bigger project to sell no. 48, Rathmines Road –  once the living quarters for the priests – and with the proceeds from this building to upgrade the hall so that provision will be made for parish activities.

   Discussions have taken place between the finance committee and two interested parties: Blackberry Fair and Cluid/Crosscare. Each made a bid for the property, but on receiving an evaluation from Sherry/FitzGerald, the committee advised me that the property (no 48) has a greater market potential. So we have decided to put the building (no 48) up for sale. This gives parity of opportunity to all bidders.   

   I met with the parish pastoral council and the finance committee during the week; the project received approval from all.

    You, as parishioners have a right to know what has been discussed in relation to this decision and, indeed, to be apprised about developments before you see a For Sale sign on No 48.

     All going well, we hope to have models of the proposal for a parish centre on display at the back of the church. This again, is in deference to you who support the parish and also to your forebears who were ever faithful to Rathmines.   Pray that this project will meet with success.

Fr William

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 20th/21st February.  Please give generously.

Many thanks to all those who so very generously supported last weekend’s collection for Accord raising a total of € 1,164.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to the boys of St Mary’s Junior School next Friday 26th February at 11am by Monsignor Dan O’Connor.

Weekday Mass times during Lent are Monday to Friday at 10am only.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 21st February at 11am.

 

The You Shall Be My Witness (YSBMW) Mass takes place this Sunday 21st February at 6pm.

The Liturgy Group are meeting on Monday 22nd February at 2.30pm in No. 52.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet next Tuesday 23rd February at 7.30pm in No. 52.

 

Trocaire Boxes and information packs are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  Please take one.

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

Stations of the Cross takes place each Friday during Lent after the 10am morning Mass.

 

 

 
   

 

 

   

               

Lay your Burdens Down….on the Mountain of God’s Mercy

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy you are invited to make Lent a time to welcome once more the mercy of God into your life.  A basket of stones has been placed in our Sacred Space (Baptistery)) and you are invited to take a stone to symbolise any burden you may carry.  Keep it with you for a while and when you are ready, place the stone back in the Sacred Space as a sign that you are ready to welcome God’s mercy into your life -    letting your burden go and willing to share this mercy with others.

Holy Mass for the Beatification of The Servant of God Alfie Lambe (Legion of Mary Envoy to South America 1953-1959) will be held on Sunday 28th February 2016 at 12pm in The Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar.  Celebrant & Homilist: V Rev Martin Halpin PP Mullingar.

Sale of Work - St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Terenure. Sun 6 March 10am to 1.00pm Help to take Special Needs Children to Lourdes at Easter Books, Toys, Bric A Brac, Unwanted Gifts, Groceries, Baked Goods. Please drop any donations (gratefully accepted) big or small to Bernadette Anderson 21 Templeville Rd. Tel 087 637 7138/01 490 5280.

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

Lost Property A ring with an inscription has been found on the street in Rathmines.  Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

An exhibition, ‘Rathmines and the Rising: People and Places’ related to the guidebook Rathmines and the Easter Rising 1916 published by The Rathmines Initiative, will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin on Tues 23rd February 2016 at 6pm in Rathmines Library and will run until 24th March next.  For further details please contact the Rathmines Initiative c/o 49 Mount Pleasant Ave Lower, Rathmines or email Pauline Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 3 February 2016  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.www.beginningexperience.ie

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama presentsDIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble – Lunchtimes at the Library.  Every Monday in February (1, 8, 15, 22 Feb), 1.00pm
Rathmines Library, Exhibition Room, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Admission Free, Booking Essential – www.eventbrite.ie

Emmanuel 2016:  Book now for the Emmanuel Concerts – 29 February /1, 2 & 3 March at the Helix (Tel 01 700 7000 or www.thehelix.ie) – 62 schools – and 2,400 students over four nights singing liturgical music. Support your local school.   www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

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. 

OLV Young Adult Group - Its back!!! Following the success of last year’s Voices of Hope Concert, OLV Gospel Choir & Young Adult Group are delighted to announce the date for Voices OF Hope 2016. It is on Thursday 25th February at 8.00pm in OLV Parish Church Ballymun Rd. Come along and take time out for what will be another unforgettable night of uplifting and inspirational music with reflections that will touch your heart. We look forward to seeing you all there!  For further info:  Tel: 01 8420346 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FaithFest 8 It’s that time of the year again and the FaithFest team, with support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the eighth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College. FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age.  We are now running this event again on Friday 11th of March from 6.00-9.30pm, and are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest.  Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved.  Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9iKDs4rU0U&feature=youtu.be.

Consent forms, fliers, posters: http://www.evangelisation.ie/2016/02/11/faithfest8-11march-2016-clonliffe-college/   Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens 

 

Creative Spirit Competition:  for the Year of Mercy with the theme is Mercy in Action  For 4-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years Categories include Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying the idea of Mercy in Action. Encourage children’s liturgy groups, youth groups and schools in your parish to get involved, provide a few prizes, host a local exhibition of entries and do a bit of printing. Link to Competition Materials:  https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7F261FED9DC362D2!23787&authkey=!AC0qgGQs8BMEArk&ithint=folder%2cjpg  This includes the Outline, Entry Form, Poster and Certificates. More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOMINICAN RETREAT CENTRE (in the grounds of St Mary’s Priory), TALLAGHT VILLAGE  Tel. 404 8123 / 404 8189  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Taize Prayer Evening, Friday 26 Feb, 8 – 9.30pmAn evening of quiet reflection and prayer in preparation for EasterFollowed by tea/coffee (Suggested donation: €5)

Mindfulness Evenings, Every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm Led by Teresa Larkin (Cost: €12 per session)

Mondays in Lent The Gospel stories of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the LordEvery Monday evening, 7.30 – 9pm. Led by Wilfrid Harrington OP (Cost: €12 per session) Pottery And Meditation

Working with clay as a way of entry into meditation.  Sat 27 February, 10am – 4pm.  Led by Donagh O’Shea (Cost: €40 including light lunch and tea/coffee)

Conference for Artists and Architects in the newly-restored cathedral of St Mel, Longford, taking place on Wednesday 17th February with the National Centre for Liturgy.  The keynote speaker is Fr. Kim en Joong, a renowned liturgical artist who designed stained-glass windows for the restoration. Presentations by Michael Gilroy on the liturgical principles that underpin the design of a place of worship in the Catholic Tradition, and by Colm Redmond, MRIAI RIBA, of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects, on the conservation work that took place on this nationally-significant building.  Registration is at 10am and the day will conclude at 4pm. Fee: €35 (lunch included).  Please book in advance.  An application form can be downloaded at www.liturgy-ireland.ie

The Irish Hospice Foundation has released their brochure for a series of workshops on Loss and Bereavement for 2016.  The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers working with people who have experienced a major loss, and will be held in the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.  Cost: 1-day workshop €100, 2-day workshop €190.

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

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training.  We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.  I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.  I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.  Ciara Geraghty 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital/TCD study on depression  The research team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have contacted the Diocese seeking healthy volunteers for a study to investigate the biology of depression.  The study compares proteins in the blood called ‘biomarkers’ between people who have severe depression and people who are healthy, in order to explore a potential treatment for depression.  If you think you would be interested in being a part of new and exciting research, please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (01) 249 3385.  For more information about this and other studies please visit: https://medicine.tcd.ie/psychiatry/research/projects/depression-neurobiology.php

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221. 

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.

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

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.   For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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 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.

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.