Parish News 16th October 2016 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

From Russia with Love.

Once upon a time in every town and village in Ireland prayers were said at the end of Mass for the conversion of Russia. Remember? And why wouldn’t we – didn’t we belong to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and we were praying for lesser mortals! Oh, happy days! That was all long before Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika, and Russia (the Soviet Union then) was a cold dull place of dreadful oppression and no food in the shops. In school, the teacher led us in prayers of invocation to dissuade Stalin, a former seminarian, from slaughtering thousands of priests and nuns. We listened to the radio (wireless then) and heard about the Soviet Union’s invasion of Hungary. We said more prayers for ‘poor little Hungary.’ And you know, in some hidden crevice of the mind, traces of that dreadful monolith remained. In my mind anyway; that is, until last week.

   Along with thirty-nine other priests, I visited Russia on a twofold mission: to meet with figures from the Russian Orthodox Church and, in hope, make a small contribution to greater understanding of the rich traditions of Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox. Archbishop Martin joined us for a couple of days and the papal nuncio to Russia came to dinner. The meetings were interesting; both traditions were respected and we both learned something.

The second objective was sight-seeing. Nearly every morning, I rose early and walked the streets of Moscow and, yes, the skies were grey but, that said, I could have been back in Rathmines. Mothers in seven-seaters took their children to the school gate, men with important-looking briefcases hurried through the revolving doors of office blocks. A homeless man raised himself from a park bench, packed his few belongings and trundled off to meet the day. And pretty-looking women made sharp sounds with their high heels and left behind a jet stream of L’Oreal. The girl who served my early morning coffee was courteous; she had good English and a shy smile.

   And whatever about our position on Russia’s foreign policy, these people have much the same hopes, dreams and fears as you or I. They are the people Gogol, Chekov and Turgenev wrote about. Russia is a different country now; there’s a sense of freedom that is refreshing.

   You know – maybe those prayers we said, long ago in the primary school, worked.    

Fr. William

Our Gala Concert last Wednesday evening in celebration of the 160TH ANNIVERSARY of our Parish Church, Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, was a huge success.  Thank you to all our performers and to those in attendance whose contribution at the interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre raised a total of €4,003. 

Pax Christi would like to express their thanks to all those who contributed so generously to their Church Gate Collection last weekend which raised a total of €1,403.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 15/16th  October.  Please give generously.

Next Sunday 23rd October is Mission Sunday.  The second collection at all masses will go to support the missionary activities of the church and will replace the usual Share collection.

A special churchgate collection in aid of The Peter McVerry Trust will take place after all masses next weekend 22rd/23rd October.  Please give generously.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 19th October at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 19th October at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

Our 9th Annual International Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 13th November at 6pm.  All are welcome to this colourful and joyful celebration of the international nature of our parish.  Anyone who is interested in planning for and participating in our International Mass is invited to a meeting in the parish house (No. 52) on Weds 19th October next at 7.30pm.  All enquiries to Kevin McNamara Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Can You Hear Me is a prayer service which will be held in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, Drumcondra at 8.00pm on Mon 17th October next to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  Beginning at 8pm it is prepared by the Chaplaincy Students of DCU with Music by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.  Poverty is not being without money, but being without hope

'1.5◦C to Stay Alive: Climate Change as a Matter of Life and Death in Malawi’ Talk and Discussion with Anna Keegan of Trócaire. Pope Francis has called for urgent action on climate change which he states is 'one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in our day'.  Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar is hosting a talk to explore the impacts of climate change in Malawi and other Third World countries, where it is already causing much suffering. The event will also feature a discussion on how Irish citizens and parishes can reduce their contribution to climate change. The rapidly growing fossil fuel divestment movement will also be examined. Venue: St Patrick’s Hall, Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar on Monday 17th Oct at 7.30pm. Admission Free.  For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Education Conference:  The future of faith-based denominational schools in a pluralist society will be discussed at this year’s National Education Conference on Thursday October 20th, Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.   Speakers for this event include: Francis CampbellVice-Chancellor, St Mary's University, Twickenham,  Dr Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin,  Rt Hon. Ruth Kelly, Former UK Secretary of State for Education, Baroness Nuala O'LoanColumnist and social commentator, Prof. Daire Keogh, President, St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland.  What role, if any, should faith play in the educational system? And is it reasonable that faith-based schools exist in a pluralist society? These are questions that have been asked with increasing frequency in Ireland in recent years. Please note conference fee (including lunch and refreshments) €45 To reserve a place or for more information, please phone Geraldine on 01 687 4095 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taizé chant choir practice, Thursday 20th October, 8 to 9.15pm,  St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7Come and learn some of the latest beautiful chants coming from the prayer of the brothers of the Taizé Community. Learn the melodies and the harmonies. All our young pilgrims and those who have Taizé prayer groups throughout the diocese are welcome. The Smithfield LUAS stop is close by and parking in the area is free after 7.00pm. Organised by the St Kevin's Young Adult Community. Follow us on facebook: Taize Dublin.

Service of Remembrance:  The Board, Master and Staff of the Rotunda Hospital invite you to a Service of Remembrance for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal death or fetal anomaly.  The Service will be held in the Pro-Cathedral on Sunday, 6th November at 3pm. Afterwards light refreshments will be served in the Gresham Hotel.  If you have any queries please contact the Hospital Chaplain on Tel:  01 817 1700.

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 18th – 20th November in Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. 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 

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

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

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.

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.

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  

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.  

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.