Parish News 25th September 2016 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

On the Rathmines Road, almost opposite the church, there’s a distinguished-looking redbrick house close to where I have my daily fix (coffee, dear reader). Over the door of this house is a quotation taken from the Ascent of Solomon and intended to give encouragement to pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Beneath the inscription are the letters YMCA. The house itself, like many another around Rathmines, bespeaks another age. They did things differently in those days.

   The quotation though is ever young. It gave heart to the pilgrims in the ancient world and now, it is a salutary reminder to us in the parish pastoral council to heed those words of Solomon. And that, I believe, we try to do when we meet at Avila Retreat House – to build on the foundations of the past and help to create a community in Rathmines that, with God’s grace, will bring about a kingdom of justice, love and peace. This project will take much effort and care. If you undertake to plant an oak much husbandry is needed to nurture its growth.

   Our aim in the pastoral council is twofold: openness to the word of the Lord, the supreme builder, and openness to the daily realities of life in Rathmines, from the early morning bustle towards town of bikes and busses to the rush to be ‘far from the madding crowd’ each evening.

   Our invocation of the Lord, the builder, isn’t a few perfunctory words taken from some book or other. It is organic – a shared reflection on the Word of God – and is conducive towards community building.

   Fogra: Soon, perhaps, early in Advent we will hold a commissioning ceremony for the new pastoral council; this will be incorporated into the 11 o’clock Mass. In the meantime, remember us in your reflections. 

                                                                                                            Fr William

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

Last weekend’s Annual Collection for Homeless and Community Services for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese – raised a total of €2,779.  A very big thank you to all parishioners who contributed so generously. 

A special churchgate collection in aid of Threshold (National Housing Charity) takes place after all masses this weekend 24/25th September.  A representative will speak at Masses. Your support will enable Threshold to help many families who are facing homelessness right now in Ireland.

To celebrate the

160TH ANNIVERSARY

of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a

GALA CONCERT in Rathmines Church

on

Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

A Talk:  Join Whitefrair Street Parish for a talk by Susan Conroy on how to find light in an often dark world on Mon 26th September.  Susan worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta for 2 years and developed a close friendship thereafter.  Day Program begins at 2.30pm with Benediction & Devotions followed by Mass at 3pm and talk at 3.45pm.  Evening Program, 7.45pm there will be a Prayer Service and Talk at 8pm.  More info: www.mercyseptember2016.com

Church Gate Collection in aid of Pax Christi 8th & 9th October

Your generous support is requested for the work of Pax Christi Ireland which is based in the presbytery of this parish. It is the Irish section of Pax Christi International Catholic Peace Movement. Pax Christi was born out of the ashes of World War II in the winter months of 1944-45 to bring peace in our broken world starting by working for peace between the French and Germans. It works in wide ranging areas related to peace, justice, resolution of conflicts through non-violent means and reconciliation witnessing the peace of Christ including Northern Ireland, peace education etc. It has worked internationally to ban inhumane weapons like landmines, cluster bombs, blinding laser weapons and continues to work to eliminate nuclear weapons and development of robot weapons among other issues. It has consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It is the recipient of UN Peace Messenger award and UNESCO peace award.

Michael Judd will be performing The Importance of Being Oscar in Bewley’s Café Theatre on the top floor in The Powerscourt Town Centre from Mon 26th September to 15th October and runs concurrently with Dublin Theatre Festival. This is a lunchtime show with doors opening at 12.50pm.

‘Season of Creation’ Lectures at St Patrick’s Hall, Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar.

Mon 17th October, Anna Keegan of Trócaire will speak on the impacts of climate change in Malawi and will examine how Irish parishes can promote climate justice.  Both events will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Fun Day:  Milltown Parish are having their Annual Fun Day on Sun September 25th from 12.00-3.00pm. A Magician, a D.J., Face Painting and Fancy Dress competition are included in the activities on the day. Refreshments will be served, all welcome to come along to this parish event!

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of St Audoen’s Church to the Polish Community in Dublin, a special Anniversary Concert is being organised. Choir drawn from St Audoen’s Church and other Polish Chaplaincies, under the baton of Dorota Józefiak will present a concert of Polish medieval and modern sacred music, on 25th September at 6pm. The concert will be preceded by a thanksgiving Mass with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as the main celebrant and homilist. Bishop Raymond Field, Chairman of the Council for Immigrants and Rev. Ryszard Głowacki, Superior General of the Society of Christ, will be concelebrating. Coffee and tea will be served after the concert.  For further information contact – 0872393235.

http://dublin.eparafia.pl/ireland/

Exercise Dementia Prevention study      

A new study involving Trinity College Dublin seeks

volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems

to search for possible links between exercise and

dementia prevention.

  • Do you have memory problems that don’t interfere with your day-to-day function?
  • Are you becoming more forgetful?
  • Would you be interest in taking part in a 12 month exercise based research study?

Potential participants will be screened over the phone initially, and the researchers will link with candidates’ GPs and carry out an exercise test to ensure they can take part.

If you are interested and would like to receive more information, please contact a member of the research team.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 085-2239249

Annual Remembrance Service: The National Maternity Hospital will hold its Annual Remembrance Service held in memory of babies who have died in the hospital through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth on Sunday 2nd October at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2.  For more info contact the Chaplaincy Dept

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 - 01 6373121 (Bleeps 080 / 131).  All welcome.

Miles for Mission Africa:  World Missions Ireland is delighted to announce its inaugural charity walk/run to take place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd October from 11.00am (Duration 5K).  Sponsorship cards available from World Missions Ireland, 64 Lwr. Rathmines Rd. Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4972035 or www.idonate.ie/wmi

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

B.E. BEGINNING EXPERIENCE is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

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  

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 Griffin at 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 board MAP 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) for chemotherapy 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 chemotherapy treatments 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.