Parish News 6th March 2016 Fourth Sunday of Lent


Once upon a time in the Ireland of the early 60s a group of boys on the cusp of manhood congregated at the village crossroads: it was where they always gathered after football practice in Walsh’s Field. ‘Will our back hold their forwards’ and other major questions dominated their conversation. His head down, one lad was unusually quiet. He kept kicking loose pebbles. At last he spoke. ‘I won’t be with you next Sunday or any other Sunday for that matter.’ He seemed on the edge of tears while he revealed bits of a stand-up row with his father. And he swore: ‘You will never see me at this crossroads again. I’m off to London to swing a shovel for Murphy.’

He kept his word. Neither sight nor light was seen of him till nearly fifty years later, his funeral passed by the same crossroads on its way to the chapel. Family weddings, the death of both his parents and a brother all took place, but he was the absent figure. Whenever he broke his brooding silence, his father, after a few pints in the village, was heard to say: ‘He’s no loss; we can do fine without him.’ But the bitter clash was eating him up also; he died in his sleep long before his time. Is there anything as sad and painful as a family quarrel that a father or son takes with him to the grave?

How different is the richness of the love shown by the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son that you hear today in the gospel! We poor mites can remain so resolute in our hostilities that our bitterness robs us of the joy of living.

How right you were Yeats: ‘More substance in our enmities than in our loves. O honey bees come live in the empty house of the stare.’     Fr William

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to the pupils of both St Louis Senior Primary School and the RMDS next Friday 11th March at 11am by Bishop James Moriarty.

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


This Sunday 6th March is Mothering Sunday.  Please remember all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and Reverend Mothers on this special day.  Happy Mother’s Day to all!


The Sacrament of Baptism will take place this Sunday at 11am Mass.


The First Sacrament of Reconciliation for the children on this year’s Communion (Do This In Memory) Program will take place on Tues 8th March at 7pm in the church.


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.

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.

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

The Patrick Finn Lecture Series - St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road De Valera and 1916, Thurs 10th March 2016 at 7.15pm. Lecture by Prof Ronan Fanning (Prof Emeritus of Modern History, UCD).  Admission Free.



Well known author and local historian, Maurice Curtis, has produced another bestseller! Author of the best-selling book on Rathmines, which is still available in bookshops, Maurice has written a fascinating book on the adjacent district of Rathgar, which like Rathmines, is absolutely full of history,mystery,magic and lots of interesting stories. Rathgar - A History is available from Alan Hannas, Dubray Bookshop, the Rathgar Bookshop and all good bookshops.

An exhibition, ‘Rathmines and the Rising: People and Places’ related to the guidebook Rathmines and the Easter Rising 1916 published by The Rathmines Initiative, is running until 24th March next in Rathmines Library.  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.

Novena of Grace, Harold's Cross: Please join us for the Novena of Grace on 4th -12th March at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Harold's Cross. Mon-Fri: 10.00am, Sat: 11.30am, Sun: 2.00pm. Preachers will include Fr Terence Crotty OP (Sat. 5th), Fr Peter McVerry SJ (Sun. 6th) and Fr Alan Hilliard, Council for Emigrants (Sat. 12th).


Stabat Mater Lenten Concert at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Sunday March 13th at 3:30pm, will open with a performance of the much loved Pergolesi Stabat Mater, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir.   Following the Adagio in G Minor, the Dublin Bach Singers will close the concert with another setting of the Stabat Mater, a performance of the beautiful Stabat Mater in C Minor by Domenico Scarlatti.  Tickets are €15 and are available at or on the door. 

LIGHT THE FIRE! St. Patrick’s Day 2016 – You’re invited to a special event on the Hill of Slane to pray together for Ireland, on the very spot where St. Patrick lit the Easter Fire. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Smith at 5.30pm, 17th March, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This is an outdoor event; please dress for the cold weather; feel free to bring a chair. For more information contact the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, 041 983 0441.

"An anonymous questionnaire-based study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the memory mistakes people make in everyday life and the possible relationship between memory errors and age, gender, mood state and fatigue. The questionnaire takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  This information may help GPs judge the potential seriousness of an individual's memory complaints.  If you are interested, aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring 01 700 6083."

Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp                                                                                                        St. Louis School, Rathmines, Dublin 11th July - 15th July 2016 Inspire young people in your local community this summer.  Volunteer at Michaela Foundation Summer Camp and help young girls aged 11-13 to build confidence and self-esteem whilst sharing the Michaela Foundation ethos “Life without Limits”.  Share your skills, enhance your CV, meet new friends and have fun!

As a Leader you can choose to deliver activities within one of the five key elements of Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Furthermore, each volunteer will also receive their own exclusive Michaela Foundation Camp Leader’s Jersey from O’Neill’s.  “Seeing girls transform from quiet, shy and nervous children to powerful, confident and extremely happy unique individuals. I cannot put it into words. Amazing” - 2015 Camp Leader.  Register now to avoid disappointment or to find out more please visit -

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.

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. 


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:

Consent forms, fliers, posters:   Facebook page: 


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:!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. 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)

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

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 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.

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:

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

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

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

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.