Parish News Sunday 16 April 2017 Easter Sunday
Dawn Mass in Lixnaw
Last week I did an overnighter to check on the tribe before they would make the long journey to the capital to encounter the Dubs, but as Othello said, or was it Charlie Haughey – ‘no more of that.’ Outside Listowel, when spring sunshine was playing on the windscreen, I passed great articulated trucks making their way out of the Kerry Group plant to deliver nutrients for food and beverages to foreign parts. Top of the range SUVs were whizzing by as well as John Deere tractors that you’d need a cherry picker to climb into. A young couple in an open car flashed by me. Austerity must be dead and gone (at least, for some).
Then, as I rounded a curve in the road, I saw it and it brought much pleasure. A simple sign that seemed, in the midst of all the busy movement and activity, appropriate only to a time gone by. Nevertheless, this plucky little notice announced: Dawn Mass in Lixnaw. It was a salient reminder to the fast-moving world of trundling trucks and well-off farmers: not on bread alone...
Where will they celebrate the dawn Mass, I wondered? There are bogs (with bog cotton – glorious at this time of year) and green fields but few hills around Lixnaw. That foolish thought misses the point. In my mind’s eye, I saw parishioners rising on Easter Sunday morning, congregating in the village and going quietly to some place to pray with their priest and give thanks: just as their ancestors did in hard times. And that scene will be replicated in little villages all over Ireland. You want signs of the Resurrection? There’s one. Fr William
Our warmest congratulations to Vanessa Barrera, Gabriel Trivizon and Jandira Claudio Souza de Sales who received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil last night.
The SVP Advocate churchgate collection in aid of Sunshine House Holidays held last weekend raised a total of €1,700 for which St Vincent de Paul have passed on their thanks to our congregation for your generous contribution.
The Parish Office will be closed over the Easter period, reopening Weds 19th April 2016 at 10am.
A very big thank you to all volunteers who helped with the Holy Week ceremonies and in preparing our church for Easter.
RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.
St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 19th April at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. New members welcome.
The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 19th April at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.
Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the sacristy as soon as possible.
Many thanks to those parishioners who have already returned Easter Dues. 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.
A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.
Synod on Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment Pope Francis would like to hear the views of young people around the world. To engage the youth of the Dublin Diocese (16-30yrs) we are arranging a facilitated listening process to the questions the Pope has put forward, in three locations around the diocese. Those in and out of their faith are welcome: we would like to hear from all and get a real sense of where people are at. (If you are in your 30’s and would like to contribute, you are more than welcome to join).
When: Tuesday 27th of April, at 7pm
Where: St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay (Smithfield)
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Music Concert: Join The Priests in Concert on Tues 9th May at 8pm in St. John the Baptist Church, Blackrock, Dublin. Tickets €30. Also performing on the night is Carysfort School Childrens Choir. Booking available at parish centre Tel 01 288 2104 / 01 278 3550. All welcome.
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: St Ignatius of Loyola was convinced that God can speak to us as surely through our imagination as through our thoughts and memories. The Ignatian Spirituality website provides an inspiring video and imaginative prayer exercise for Easter. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
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.
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.