Parish News Sunday 26 March 2017 Fourth Sunday of Lent
Have you noticed how often in the New Testament Jesus shows a special interest in the outsider: whether that person was a sinner, a Samaritan or a non-conformist of some shade or affiliation? So you have Mary Magdelene, and the woman taken in adultery, and the small man, Zaccheus, who extracted the last penny. The blind man in today’s gospel was an outsider: his blindness was probably some fault or weakness that precluded him from full membership of the respectable people’s club.
We had one of those when I was growing up in Kerry. On summer’s evenings, he held court at the village crossroad when football practice had ended. He was an avid Zane Grey fan; we loved to hear him on the cattle trail to Missouri and the gold rush to California, and cowpokes drinking coffee around the campfire. But his special field of interest was socialism and James Connolly. It was from him I first heard ‘that which dared not speak its name’ – the possibility of a world without God. The parish priest had no time for him, chiefly, because he never went to Mass. And one fine summer day when our tutor was reading The Kerryman newspaper outside the chapel gate, the P.P. drove up in his Morris Minor.
‘How do you get vertigo, father?’ our man asked when the parish priest stepped out.
The P.P. knew now that he had him: ‘From a misspent life, my good man, from not following the laws of the Church and from not going to Mass.’
‘Well, father,’ says our man. ‘That’s very interesting, because it says here that the Pope has vertigo.’
The outsider is often the one who loathes cant and false piety and, without knowing it, the one who loves deeply. Maybe that’s why Jesus had so much time for them. Fr William
This Sunday 26th March is Mothering Sunday. Please remember all mothers, grandmothers and godmothers on this very special day.
Don’t forget!! Summer Time begins this weekend when clocks go forward by one hour at 2am on Sunday 26th March.
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Annual Collection for CROSSCARE Youth Services – Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin - last weekend which raised a total of €2,112.
Pope Francis has personally chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018. Planning for this great national and international celebration of faith is well underway. Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. In this regard a second national collection will be held next weekend (1 and 2 April 2017). Your support for this collection would be greatly appreciated.
The Rite of Acceptance for Vanessa Bareera, Gabriel Trivizin and Jandira Claudio Souza de Sales, will be celebrated at 11am Mass next Sunday 2nd April.
URGENT – Volunteers required to take part in the Washing of the Feet ceremony on Holy Thursday (13 April) at 7.30pm. We are seeking three women and three men to take part in this ceremony which is an integral and moving part of the Eucharistic Celebration on Holy Thursday evening. If you are free to take part please leave your name and contact details with the Parish Office as soon as possible.
A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.
Trocaire Boxes and information packs will be available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church from Ash Wednesday onwards. Please take one.
Talks: Join Rathgar parish for continuing talks on the Cultural & Religious Contribution of the Irish Monks to Europe. The talks will take place at 7.30pm in the Three Patrons Parish, St. Patrick’s Hall, Rathgar. On Mon 27th March - Brigid, a Saint at the Heart of Europe and on Mon 3rd April - The cultural and religious contribution of St. Colmcille and the Irish monks to Europe. All welcome.
St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral: From Ashes to Light - The Lent Readings for prayer and preaching with Fr Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA concludes on the 30th March.
In association with the Rathgar-Terenure Fellowship, The Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar will host Silence in the Parish: A Meditative Pilgrimage for Peace during Lent, offering Christian Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Prayer. It will take place on weekdays from 1st March until 12th April from 7.45am to 8.15am in St Patrick’s Hall at the rear of the Church. The entrance is off Leicester Avenue.
A new term begins at Luisne on March 6th. All classes/workshops, with the exception of meditation sessions and sacred dance, will be at the Kilcoole Community Centre. The meditation will be at the old convent and the sacred dance, as usual, at the primary school, St Brigid’s Building. Early booking through the tutors (See www.luisne.ie)
Rathmines, Ranelagh & Rathgar Historical Society The next Illustrated Talk entitled ‘Sydney Owenson , Lady Morgan’ by Sally Corcoran will take place on Thurs 30 March 2017 at 8pm in Rathmines Town Hall. Members: Free; Visitors €3. Acknowledgements: Principal, Rathmines College.
Fr Liam Lawton Charity Concert IT Tallaght in association with CEDF Charity presents Liam Lawton in concert with very special guests Victoria Massey (Mezzo Soprano), Darren Holden High Kings Star with St. Jude the Apostle Children’s Choir at Mount Argus Church, Dublin 6W on Thurs 6th April. All proceeds going to the CEDF School’s programme in Uganda. Tickets €20 available locally from Open Window Art Gallery Rathmines, Templeogue United FC, The Paint Pot Orwell Shopping Centre or online at www.eventbrite.ie
The Annual Spring Sale of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will be held on Sun 2nd April 2017 from 10.30am to 3pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Terenure. Proceeds this year will go to Fr Anthony Reddy of Karimnagar Parish, Telangana, India.
Pioneer Lenten Challenge: Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for his or her freedom and well-being. Make your Lenten pledge by visiting and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative www.pioneerassociation.ie
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week: 3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer, or on your phone or tablet.. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources via www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
He Has Spoken Through the Prophets...
Viatores Christi invites you to a talk series on renewal and the future of the Church during April, May and June. This will consist of a series of seminars with the following speakers:
Bishop Willie Walsh April 4th 2017
Fr Mark Patrick Hederman May 3rd 2017
Patricia Coyle June 7th 2017
Time: 7pm to 9.30pm, Lecture Hall, Belvedere College Dublin 1 Suggested donation €10
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Mon 13th March from 7.30pm to 9pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (please note change of venue). This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
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.
Caring for the Future of our Planet: We invite you to participate in four nights of reflection on one of the most critical issues of our time exploring the environmental impact of our lifestyles in view of creating a sustainable world for our children. Each night we will explore our topics with short talks, videos and group discussions. Pope Francis’ Letter Laudato Si will inform our reflections as we make this Lenten journey together. Join us at 8pm each evening from Monday 6th -27th March in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow Tel: 0404 45600. We will discuss The Environmental Story Today, The Social Consequences of our Choices, An Integral and Sustainable Ecology and Committing to a Better Future.
Spirituality Course: Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth. Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.
From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited. Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.
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.
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.
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).
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:
BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
‘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’.
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.