Parish News 1st May 2016 Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

Save the last dance for me

‘God is in the bits and pieces of everyday,’ Patrick Kavanagh, the poet of the Grand Canal, uttered many years ago. God too is in the surprises – I refer to those moments that fall into our arms without notice and rest there, bringing with them all the passion, or the longing that is at the heart of life’s mystery.

Here’s what I mean. The other day I found myself in conversation with a gentleman who is engaged to do some minor repair work in the church. His soft-speaking voice was at one with his refined features. We discussed the heating contract and then, suddenly, he said, above a whisper: ‘My partner died last week.’

As soon as I adjusted to the revelation, I offered my sympathy. He produced his smartphone. ‘I have a video here, I’d like you to see it.’ I looked. There on a dance floor was a handsome couple who with graceful flowing movements glided around the polished floor with the ease that only skilled dancers can achieve. To add to the pathos, the music was Gounod’s Ave Maria. ‘We were both ballroom dancers,’ he said, his eyes had filled up and he looked away towards the town clock. ‘Valentine’s night.’ He indicated the video.

 ‘Did you both know then?’

 ‘Yes.’         

 When he had gone, I sat, dispirited, in the quiet of the church, and thought about the blonde woman and her loving partner – the beautiful dancing couple. I thought also about how silly we can be when we get uppity about some slight done to us; how we spoil our days and our friendships with entrenched positions and our ‘No surrender’ with those we claim to love.

   And my prayer that day – may the blonde woman and her loving partner dance again in paradise.   Fr William

We welcome the parents and families whose children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday at 11am Mass.

Pupils from both St Louis Senior Primary School and Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School will celebrate the Sacrament of First Eucharist next Sunday 8th May at 11am Mass. 

Many thanks to all those who contributed to the special collection on Sunday 17th April last for Vocations Sunday for those studying for the priesthood.  A total of €905 was raised.

Many thanks also to all parishioners who contributed to the special collection held last Sunday 24th April for humanitarian aid for Ukraine, which was 50% of the Share collection.  A total of €509.50 for Ukraine was raised.

A huge thanks from Irene, our volunteer from the parish will be travelling to Delhi to work as a teaching assistant for 10 weeks with children from severely disadvantaged communities. Her church gate collection last Sunday 24th April in aid of the educational development charity Suas raised a total of €1,476.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 6th May (First Friday) on Our Lady’s side altar from 10.30am to 5pm.  Please sign the book if available.

The monthly lunchtime Ecumenical Prayers will take place on Tuesday 3rd May at 1.05pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. Tea/coffee served afterwards.  Bring your own lunch.

Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. Dues envelopes are available 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.

 

A Terrible Beauty – Áille na hÁille   The first performance in Dublin of Charlie Lennon’s Suite - Áille na hÁille commissioned by Gael Linn for the Centenary Commemoration of 1916 will take place in the Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 8.00 p.m. This unique event will not only feature this newly composed work but will be accompanied by moving extracts from the accounts of priests who ministered in the streets of Dublin to the injured and the dying and to those who were executed in 1916.The musicians will be led by Charlie Lennon the composer and will feature his daughter Éilís on fiddle, Michael O’Brien – Uilleann Pipes, Jim Higgins - Percussion, the Bohemian String Quartet, Ruth McGinley - Piano and Elizabeth Cooney – Violin. The singers are Patricia Bourke d’Souza and Albert Llussa I Torra.  No tickets are required but a retiring collection will be taken up to defray the expenses of the event.   

 

Ecumenical Bible Week 2016:  Sunday May 15th - Sunday May 22nd (Pentecost to Trinity Sunday) Includes parish based events around Dublin and surrounding areas. The topic this year is the Christian attitude to the crises of the environment and global warming. The week will feature 45 events, across 13 locations in Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow, with over 40 presenters.  There are four core events, including: Opening event in Dundrum for all the family, Thinking Allowed - with Church Leaders in St. Paul's Arran Quay, a Theological Symposium on Environment and Gospel, a Musical and Prayer concluding celebration in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. For more information follow the links - www.bibleweek.ie or join the conversation on www.facebook.com/bibleweek 

University of Notre Dame Folk Choir Celebration: The University of Notre Dame Folk Choir will give a concert in the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Harold’s Cross on Tuesday 31st May at 7.30pm. They will also run a workshop and forum on Monday 30th May at 7.30pm; free workshop collections of the Folk Choir’s repertoire will be given to all participants. Workshop attendees sing with the choir the following evening! Donations invited to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. For more information, contact Geoff Burdell: 085 7590303 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All are welcome.

Scripture Summer School: “The Fire of the Spirit” June 20th -24th The Orlagh Bible Week has now moved to  Clonliffe College. This year’s programme is entitled “The Fire of the Spirit.” The speakers are Jessie Rogers (Maynooth / Orlagh Team), Sean Goan (Blackrock College / Orlagh Team) and Kieran O’Mahony.  Cost €220 – Refreshments and two course lunch served each day. Please book with Mary Dent of Evangelisation & Ecumenism –

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel:  01 8087533. 

 

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-4068794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crosscare are running a self-care course for people who are caring for a family member. The course will be held once a month for 8 months and is open to anyone who is caring part-time or full-time for a loved one. The course is free and will be held in the Iona Centre, Knocklyon or Crosscare Centre, Blanchardstown and Arran Quay. For more information please contact Rosemary on 0868269977 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tusla, Child and Family Agency  There is an urgent need for foster carers willing to provide a home for  children of all ages up to 18  years old,  to provide short term and long term foster care.  Also Carers required for supported lodgings for young people 15 -18 years.  Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is now running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide  secure homes for children and adolescents. For more information contact 076 695 5550 and/or http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

We would like to invite you to the Michael Devlin Lecture for 2016.  Entitled "Interreligious Learning in the Papacy of Francis" which will be delivered by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Professor of Comparative Theology and Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School on Friday 6th May at 7.30pm in Renehan Hall, Maynooth College.  RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All welcome.

The RISE FOUNDATION are running a 10 week programme to support family members who

have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, sex or gambling problem.  Starting on 27th April 2016,

the programme will run for 3 hours on a Wednesday evening for 10 weeks. Venue: Carmelite

Community Centre, Auniger St, Dublin 2.  For further information please email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01 764 5131.

 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. Next residential weekend will be held 20th – 22nd May 2016  in All Hallows, Drumcondra,Dublin 9 For further information please contact 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%22%20%5Co%20%22blocked::mailto:<a href="/ mailto:bedublin="" gmail="" com="" 22="" 20="" 5ct="" 22_blank="">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie 

Scripture Evenings:  Jessie Rogers in Orlagh Retreat Centre, on April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. ((7.30-9.30 each evening) €10 per session.  We really don't hear the stories of the Bible until we hear them as stories about ourselves. In these evenings we'll be engaging some of the lesser-known Old Testament characters: Hagar, Esau, Miriam and Naomi.  Even though they could be considered 'minor players' in the sweep of the Old Testament narrative, their stories are surprisingly complex and insightfully told. To book a place for this course phone 01 495 8190, or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Orlagh, Gunny Hill, Dublin 16 VF38.

 

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Lough Derg Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Season opens on Sunday 1st May with One Day Retreatswhich continue for the month of May.  Booking is essential.  The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Wednesday 1st June.  You may begin the Pilgrimage on any day between 1st June and 13th August.  Pre-booking is not required for the Three Day Pilgrimage.Contact Lough Derg by telephone 071 9861518 OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.loughderg.org

Year of Mercy - Year of Grace Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi May 1st – May 8th 2016.  There are a number of places available on this special pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us visiting the Eternal City and the Beautiful City of St. Francis.   (Will include spiritual director Fr. Paddy Madden and experienced guide)  Contact Map Travel at (01) 878 3111 or Ann in Aughrim St. Parish (01) 8386232 (9.30-12.30) if interested. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half boardMAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

Spiritual Direction Training: Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s.  Applications are currently being processed for the 2016 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth. Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement. Course information and application forms are available on http://www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training.  You can also visit http://www.manresa.ie/parishes/bulletin for details of upcoming events that may be of interest.

New and Continuing Courses at Luisne

Opportunities for Meditation: Meditation Practice with Instruction 10.45am-12pm from 4 April;

Daily Meditation 12.10pmand 5pm, (both by donation); Reflections on Mysticism 8pm-9:45pm,

€65 for 10 weeks, from 4th April.

Art of Deep Stillness with John Doherty – a follow up to his course on The Art of Stillness but can

be attended independently, €55 for 5 weeks/€110 for 10 weeks, 7.30-9pm, from 5th April.

Abstract Art with Barbara O’Meara from 5th April, €75 for 5 weeks and Art Appreciation with Siobhan

Campbell from 13th April, 7.30-9pm; €55 for 5 weeks

Limited places available for Dr John Feehan’s workshop, Exploring Creation, on 23rd April from

10am–4:30pm. This workshop is free to all Luisne members. Otherwise cost is €50. See

www.luisne.ie for details. Booking requested by 8th April.

 

NEW BESTSELLING BOOK ON RATHGAR!

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 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 - www.michaelafoundation.com

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. 

 

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.