Parish News 23rd October 2016 Mission Sunday

But the labourers are few. Really?

A close friend, who for many years was a Jesuit priest here in Dublin, now lives with his family near Chester, that attractive medieval town near the Welsh border. While he was a priest he worked with people whose condition resembled what Malcolm Muggeridge once called ‘the poorest of the poor.’ He was and is a good man and, as Kennelly, the poet, puts it:  ‘the good are vulnerable./As any bird in flight/They do not think of safety/Are blind to possible extinction.’ Andrew (not his real name) fell in love and set up home in Cheshire. He and his wife are blessed with four beautiful and intelligent children now grown up.

    Andrew goes to his local church every Sunday. Recently, he – long used to the ways of Mother Church – was amused at an event that took place in his parish. His fellow parishioners, less familiar with the Church, were not able to share his amusement, and found the event confusing.

    Here’s what happened. One Sunday, the parish priest announced that he was resigning from the priesthood; he had no option, he told them, since he intended to marry a woman whom he had met some years before. He added that he would love to remain on as a priest. The congregation applauded him.

   The following Sunday his replacement said the 11.30 Mass and included in the notices that he was pushed for time – he had to rush to another part of the town to baptise his grandson! The priest was among a whole tranche of Anglican clergy who had opted to join the Roman Catholic Church some years before.

    ‘Crisis!’ proclaimed a government minister many years ago at Dublin Airport. ‘What crisis?’ Maybe the same applies to the shortage of vocations. What if the many priests who have left to get married were allowed to minister like the happy granddad? And don’t we hear rumours from Rome and talk of moving towards the ordination of women deacons. I’m sure that saintly man, Pope Francis, won’t be found wanting if that comes on to the agenda. Many would say: ‘the sooner the better’.

Fr. William

Today, 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 this weekend 22rd/23rd October.  Please give generously.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 30th October at 11am.

The Liturgy Group are meeting on Monday 24th October at 2.30pm in No. 52.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Monday 24th October at 7.30pm in the Avila Retreat Centre.

Envelopes and slips for the November Altar List are available in the boxes at the back of the church. You are invited to write the names of your loved ones on the slips of paper provided and place the envelopes with an offering (if desired) in the blue safe at the back of the church.

The Annual Mass of Remembrance for parishioners who died during the past year will take place on Saturday 5th November at 7pm.  The Mass is organised by the parish Bethany Bereavement Support group and the Funeral Ministry team.

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.  If you are interested in planning for and/or participating in our International Mass please contact the parish office.

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.

        

The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will hold their Annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 6th November

next at St Joseph’s Parish Hall Terenure from 10.30am to 3pm.  Christmas gifts, Wheel of Fortune, cakes,

jams, plants, books, bric-a-brac.  For more information or to donate goods, please ring 01 490 9360. 

News from Luisne We are running 5-week terms this year with the next term due to begin with the Extended Meditation Practice on 5th November. The courses focus on well-being, the arts, the environment and spirituality.  Some interesting new courses on offer include our Relax and Refresh days,  T’ai Chi Chuan with the founder of the Irish T’ai Chi Chuan Assoc, Charles Thackaderry on 11th Nov, and a Release Your Creative Self Day on 12th November.  We are also offering a pre-Christmas Retreat with Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu, a Christmas Concert and a Winter Solstice Ritual.  www.luisne.ieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T 01 201 0001 and 086 051 7575. Office hours: Weekdays 9.45 - 1pm

https://www.facebook.com/luisnecentreforspirituality

An Evening of Prayer Reflection and Healing: Join Kilmacud, Clonskeagh, Mount Merrion Parishes for the Closing of the Year of Mercy on Fri 11th November at 7.30pm in the Church of St Laurence O’ Toole Kilmacud (behind the Mill House pub). Through Music song and reflection we will gather together for an evening of prayer and healing as the year of Mercy draws to a close. We will be joined by Singer and Composer Deirdre Ní Chinneide, musicians and people from the 3 parishes. This evening is open to everyone, wherever you find yourself on your journey. All are welcome.

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 

Project Messiah 2016: Come and join us again to sing G.F. Handel’s Messiah on 26th November in Whtiefriar St. Church conducted by Blanaid Murphy.  Rehearsals will take place in All Hallows Chapel, All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 (Rehearsals begin on Thursday 20, 27 of October & 3,10,17,24 November from 7.15-9.30pm).  Registration fee is €50 per person which can be paid on Thursday 20th October.  For Further information Tel:  Deirdre Seaver on 086 8380881 or Germaine Carlos 086 1973774. 

Bethany Residential Weekend: This weekend led by Fr. Myles O'Reilly S.J. and the Bethany Bereavement Support Group explore the loss of our loved ones and the meaning of death from a Christian perspective through prayer, meditation, discussion, videos and sharing. Held on Fri 25th November from 7.30pm to Sun 27th November at 4.30pm in the Dominican Priory Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Cost €190 per person (Deposit €50 Non Refundable).  All Meals included.  Apply to:  Anne on 087 2050514 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

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

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.

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.

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.