Parish News Sunday 12 February 2017 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


                Will you also go away?

 ‘Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go, you have the words of eternal life”.  

   It seems like the fall-off in numbers didn’t begin with ‘the scandals’; even in Jesus’ own time numbers were decreasing. This might be of some consolation to the many (especially the elderly) who long for a time when churches were full and crowds followed the glittering monstrance held high by the parish priest as they made their way up Rathmines Road singing O Sacrament Most Holy. We never thought this would happen in Catholic Ireland! But it did, and faster than a weaver’s shuttle.

   But, you know, before we become too nostalgic for a supposed ‘golden age’, it might be best to look around and notice the green shoots. This is not wishful thinking on my part. Here’s what I mean.

   The other night I took part in the children’s four week preparation programme for Confirmation, run by parents and in tandem with the school schedule. What I saw that night filled me with hope. In a sensitive and intelligent way, the parents of St Louis’ Primary School and the Ranelagh Mult-denomination School took groups of children and began a discussion on the sacrament the children  are about to receive. They brought the best of their human goodness and Christian conviction to the night. And the children responded.

  And that is only one example of youthful energy at the service of the Word. Think about the many people in parish ministry who welcome and celebrate with parents at a baptism, or those in funeral ministry who have a deep respect for the bereaved. And I’ve only scratched the surface.

   No. Remember: the darkest hour is just before the dawn.                                         Fr. William

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 12th February at 11am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 18th /19th February.  Please give generously.

The ANNUAL COLLECTION for ACCORD, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, will be held at all Masses next weekend 18th/19th February and will replace the usual Share collection.  Accord Dublin offers Marriage Preparation Courses, Counselling for couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationships and a Relationship and Sexuality Programme in Schools.  Accord Dublin needs your support.  PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY ON 18TH & 19TH FEBRUARY.

A series of lectures on ‘The Bible for Grown Ups’ by Sean Goan will take place in Rathmines church over three Wednesdays in Lent from 7.30pm to 9pm commencing Weds 8th March, followed by Weds 15th March and Weds 22nd March  All are welcome.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 15th February at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 15th February at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

Pope Francis invites us to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018, we invite you to mark this St. Valentine’s Day in a special way.  The WMOF2018 (World Meetings of Families) office has prepared flyers with ideas on how to mark this special day and gift tokens that you can give to your loved ones this 14th February. These are available in each Cathedral across Ireland, Veritas Shops and Accord centres and can also be downloaded from the WMOF2018 website: www.worldmeeting2018.ie The tokens include: a technology-free evening to do an activity of your choice; set aside time for prayer, go for a hand-in-hand walk together; a special dinner cooked by me, loads of tender hugs; a journey down memory lane: take time to remember how we met and have grown together; pray together as a couple.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week The global Network for Grateful Living was founded by Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. The website offers programmes and practices to foster the ability to see the wonder and opportunity in every moment, and aims to motivate its visitors to act with love, generosity, and respect towards oneself, one another and the Earth. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, via www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Meditation and Caring for the Earth Fr Donagh O’Shea, OP Director of the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght will give a talk on how meditation may have something to offer in the urgent task of how we care for our planet in St Patrick’s Hall at the rear of the Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar Road, Dublin 6 (entrance off Leicester Ave) on Mon 20 February 2017 at 7.30pm.

Holy Mass for the Beatification of Alfie Lambe (1932 – 1959), one of Ireland’s candidates for sainthood will be offered in the Church of The Three Patrons, Rathgar, on Sun 26th February 2017 at 12 noon. The principal Celebrant and Homilist will be Fr Maurice O’Shea.  Alfie, a native of Tullamore, Co. Offaly, and a former Legion of Mary Envoy to South America has been designated as “the Servant of God” in recognition of the holiness and dedication of his short life. What is needed to progress his cause is a medically approved miracle through his intercession. (Arranged by the Legion of Mary)

Many thanks to those parishioners who have already returned Christmas Dues.  Christmas Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete.  We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations.  We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control.  We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency.  Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids. 

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

B.E. - BEGINNING EXPERIENCE B.E. 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 8th February 2017 for 7 Wednesday evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St., Dublin 2.  For further info Tel 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

25th World Day of the Sick 2017 Christ the Healer – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. 

A Conference hosted by the Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee on Saturday 11th February 2017 from 9.30am to 1pm in the Marine Hotel, Sutton, Co Dublin.  Speakers:  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Sr Margherita Rock, Canon Damian O’Reilly, Sr Pat O’Donovan and Baroness Nuala O’Loan.  For info contact Trish Conway M 087 622 0349 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monastic Vocations Weekend: “If you still have not found what you are looking for” let the Red Nuns journey with you so you can find a deeper purpose in your life.  You are under no pressure what so ever.  Take your time and God will show you the way. Starts: Friday, February 17th at 2:30pm / Ends: Sunday, February 19th 2017 at 1:00pm.  Email Sr. Lucy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Aware Resilience Series 2017:  This year’s fundraising Talk takes place on Thurs 16th February 2017 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8.  The speaker will Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  Reception at 7pm followed by resilience lecture at 7.30pm and Q&A.   Tickets cost (€25) and all funds raised go to Aware Nationwide Support.  For more information contact Mr Drew Flood, Aware Fundraising Department on Tel: 086 606 9736 or 01 237 4919 or www.aware.ie   Thank you for your continued support.

FaithFest 10 The FaithFest team, with the support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the tenth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College.  FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age. Upwards of 80 teenagers take part in each event from parishes around the Diocese. Teenagers take part in dynamic programmes, which support their faith and create opportunities for them to meet other young people.  On Friday 10th March from 6 - 9.30pm we are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest.  Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form. Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved.   Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text26848+'<\/a>'; //-->   Consent forms, fliers, posters http://www.evangelisation.ie/2017/02/01/faithfest-10-10th-march-2017-an-amazing-teenager-iniative/  Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Experience the Christmas Story in the land where it actually happened -Take the trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, June 12-22nd 2017.  Group Leader, Mícheál de Barra and Spiritual Director, Fr. John Newman (Bible Scholar).  Contact Mícheál at 086 8337681 or email culturaltoursireland@gmail.

                          

A vacancy for the post of sacristan in this parish has arisen. Anyone who is interested should submit an application together with work experience and C.V. to Fr William King at the parish office as soon as possible. 

Faith, Imagination and the Arts – A series of ten lectures from 11 January to 22 March 2017 (Weds 8.15pm - 9.45pm) by Dr Gesa E. Thiessen MPhil, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College. She has lectured and published widely on theology and the arts and on ecumenical theology.  Venue: Lutherhaus 24 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2.  Further info and booking email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: 01-290 7536 (10-6pm)Course Fee: Є120 (cash or cheque in one or two instalments)As places are limited early booking is recommended.

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

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, 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER 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: 01 837 3732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.