Parish News 26th June 2016 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


O to have a little house!

To own the hearth and stool and all...

The opening lines of Padraic Colum’s poem, known to every schoolchild of past generations, occurred to me when I spotted a human form, bundle-like at the front door of the church. The bundle began to stir; a head covered in a woollen hat appeared above the duvet. The homeless man who had been sleeping in the lee of the doorway all night was preparing to meet another day. It was 6.15 am and the feast of Saint John the Baptist: the man who stood up to princes and potentates – a biblical Peter McVerry. Britain was wakening to the challenge of striking out against the EU. Would Brexit bother our brother on the doorway? Don’t think so; he seemed preoccupied in munching a packet of crisps.

    He is among hundreds and thousands of men and women in Ireland and Europe whose lives will not be affected by changed political structures. He is on the margin, you see. He is the lost sheep: the one the shepherd in the Gospel went after, leaving the nine-nine in the desert (maybe they had private health insurance) and to find the one who was lost. And that gesture of the shepherd is what divides Christian commitment from the values of the Secular City.

   What will our man at the doorway do this day? He, like you and I has a heart that beats within; he too has hopes even if it’s only for the next crust of bread or the next sheltered doorway.  We who profess Christianity should take a close look at men and women like him. Their position in life defines our commitment to Jesus, who asks us to follow him without reservation. Jesus was never banging on about daily attendance at the synagogue (albeit regarding prayer as essential) but he repeated several times how his followers will have a special care for those on the edge of the cliff and are in danger of falling off. By the way, aren’t we all on the margin, if you think about it!

   The litmus test of our Christian following (shown in the readings this weekend) is our concern for the weakest: the ones who turn up each day for a meal at the Merchant Quay Centre run by that remarkable and modest man, Brother Kevin. Long may people like him be a reproach to our growing western desire for our own aggrandisement.       

   And incidentally, isn’t it wonderful that our homeless friend – when all else fails him – finds shelter at the Church of Mary of Refuge.  Maria Immaculata Refugi.  

There will be No 10am Mass on Saturday mornings during the months of July and August, starting next weekend.

There will be No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament next Friday 1st July.

Next Friday 1st July is the Feast of St Oliver Plunkett.

The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Sunday 3rd July at 11am Mass.

The Annual Collection for the Pontifical Charities (Peters Pence) will be held at all Masses next weekend 2nd / 3rd July and will replace the Share collection.


Annual Cemetery Masses: Glasnevin Cemetery: Sun 26th June at 3pm.  Deansgrange Cemetery: Sun 3rd July at 3pm.


The Magnificence of Bach: Join Blánaid Murphy and violinist Róisín Walters along with the internationally renowned Palestrina Choir and the Dublin Bach Singers in concert together, celebrating Bach on 26th June at 3pm in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 1.   Soloists include:  Sarah Brady, Christopher Murphy, Andrew Gavin, Shane Barriscale, Sean Boylan and Tristan Cladwell.  Tickets €20 available from the Parish Office or or on the door.  Come along for a great evening of song and music.


Irish Hospice Foundation: Join us for our workshop exploring Spirituality at the end of Life - Thurs 30 June from 9.15am to 4.15pm. Bryan Nolan will review spirituality and what it is in a contemporary Irish context. It will explore spiritual care at end of life and caring for those that are bereaved. The content is relevant to all who accompany those at end of life and their loved ones.    Venue: The Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 4th Floor, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06. Fee: €100 (1-day workshop) includes light lunch/tea and coffee. Bookings can be made by contacting: Iris Murphy email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Annual Oblate Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 9thJuly.  The bus will leave from Mary Immaculate Parish Church, Inchicore, Dublin 8 at 8.10am stopping in Longford for refreshments and a visit to the newly restored St. Mel’s Cathedral. Fare: €20.  Please give you name and phone number to Anne Tel01 450 1040 (Mon - Fri 9am-1pm).  Booking is essential before 1st July. 

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help.  For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 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 a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.


Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts.

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffinat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Youth Day:  The Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism has secured limited extra capacity for World Youth Day in Krakow for July. Dublin has a large group of pilgrims attending WYD. Many have been preparing for months. Please spread the word and get in touch. If you would like further details or information – email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


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 01-406 8794 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">


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.

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



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

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 -

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 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.

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.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 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.