Parish News 24th July 2016 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

And free us from all anxiety...

You probably know that anxiety is one of the most common mental problems that affect society today. Health care professionals who work in the field of mental health claim that serious episodes of anxiety affect about twenty per cent of the population. And maybe, for good reason. Look at all the alarming events that we see on our television screens: wanton attacks on people who are just out in the sun to celebrate a national holiday; brutal slaying of young people in a Paris nightclub; death on the streets of Baton Rouge. These dreadful scenes are especially troublesome for those who are disposed to anxiety. For them it’s as if the marauders are at the gates of the city.

    In your mercy keep us free from sin and safe from all anxiety is the prayer we recite at every Mass as we prepare to receive communion. Empty words? The type of language you’d expect to hear in a church, you might say.  Do not be anxious for tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself, the gospels tell us. Is that too, just a false promise?

   What have we then, the 20 per cent who are worriers, got in our brave new world – a visit to the pharmacist, clasping our prescriptions? Let no one dismiss the enormous help people get from the advances in chemistry, but is that all.

  Here’s a thought. Prayers uttered in a church without the lived experience of trusting and being trusted are part of an empty ritual. We need to learn how to listen, how to be present – not just physically, and hoping this ‘needy person’ will stop talking so that I can get a chance to talk about the holiday in Sicily or the grandson who is now in medical school.

  Remember Simon & Garfunkel:

People talking without speaking

                                                 People hearing without listening...      

Fr William

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

The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 25th July for one week reopening Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 10am.

There will be No Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday 5th August next (First Friday).

Copies of the Parish Financial Statement for the year to 30 June 2015 are available to all parishioners at the back of the church.

The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Saturday 17thSeptember (departing 9.30am from outside Rathmines Church) and will travel to Trim,  then onto Fore (a Celtic monastic site) in Westmeath, followed by lunch in Castlepollard.  After lunch, we will travel to Mullingar where we will visit the Cathedral before returning to Rathmines Church at approximately 7pm.  Total cost this year is €40 (including coach, lunch and entrance fees). 

Booking through the Parish Office (from Tues 2nd August to Weds 17th August) Tel 01 4971531

Monday-Friday from 10am to 12pm.

All Roads Lead to Krakow:  Young people from Dublin Parishes who together with a Team of 10 from the Archdiocese of Dublin will travel to World Youth Day in Krakow from Monday 25th July – 1st August 2016.  We wish them well and a great time as they prepare to travel to Krakow at the invitation of Pope Francis they will gather together with him and over 2 million other young people from around the World at this Festival of Faith for Catholic Young People.  For more information Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  OR www.evangelisation.ie/category/youth-young-adults/

St Anne’s Triduum:  St Audoen’s Church in High Street, Dublin 8, is running St Anne’s Triduum from the 24th – 26th July. Holy Mass & Novena Prayer with individual blessing with Relic of St Anne on Sunday 24th July at 4pm.  On Monday and Tuesday Holy Mass & Novena Prayer with individual blessing with Relic of St Anne celebrated by Fr Stanislaw Hajkowski SChr and guest priests will start at 8pm. The Oil of St Anne will be available during the Triduum. All are welcome.

Icon Writing Week: Join Beechwood Parish for an Icon Writing Week led by Luis Alvarez from the 8th -13th August from 9.15am-5pm in Church of the Holy Name Community Centre, Beechwood, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 (Luas green line Beechwood). For more information contact: Sr. Peter 083 347 1036 / Catherine 087 207 7147 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Registration details are also on parish website: www.beechwoodparish.com

Lough Derg 2016 Three Day Pilgrimage on any day up to and including Saturday 13th August  now available.  Advance booking not necessary.  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Phone Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518 Or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    - www.loughderg.org

Join the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Enniskerry  for their Annual Blessing of Graves which will take place in St. Patrick's, Curtlestown on Sunday 28th August at 3.00pm and on Sunday 4th September in St. Kevin's Glencree after 9.00am Mass.

 

Pilgrimage to Knock: The National Grandparents Association and The Navan Road Parish will run a bus to Knock on Sunday 11th September. Cost €25 - if we have 32 bookings - Departing at 7:45am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road with stop on way for Coffee Break. Booking Forms available in Parish office and the Church - Payment due to office before Tuesday 6th September.   Contact: Parish office on 01 8380265.  All welcome.

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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 has received 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 Groups (face-to-face). Minimum commitment is 18 months. Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression. www.aware.ie  

Catholic Young Adults Conference:  “Mary Inflames the Embers – Are you Ready?”   Join the Legion of Mary Project for the annual Catholic Young Adults Conference (ages 18-40) in All Hallows College, Gracepark Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 from the 20th – 21st August.   Cost: 2 Days Residential €70; Non-residential €40.  For further information, contact Liam on 086 888 8918 or Declan 085 803 2848 www.facebook.com/deus.patria

LUISNE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE, Kilcoole (Exit 11 from N11)

  • July 23rd and 24th  Summer Art Course with Yanny Peters

10am-4:30pm both days; €130

  • July 29th – 31st  Christian Zen Meditation Retreat with Robert Kennedy, S.J.,

Fri 7:30pm-9pm; Sat 10am–8:30pm and Sun 10am-4pm; €150 (includes meals)

Please visit www.luisne.ie for more details.

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.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  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. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

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.

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.

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      www.maptravel.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. 

 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.