Parish News Sunday 23 April 2017 Second Sunday of Easter

                All who believed...

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute to all, as any had need. There is the model for Christian living, handed down to us in sacred scripture, the one that many who turn up for Mass this weekend will give nodding assent – that includes those of us who preside at the Eucharist. Here’s why it will be regarded as nothing more than churchy language and out of sync with the harsh realities of daily life and, indeed, with the severe judgements we make about people.

   We are part of the neo-liberal wave which dominates global thinking: build walls, put up barriers. Keep out the rabble. Brexit.  We worked hard for what we have: you are lazy and irresponsible, you are sponging off our hard-earned profits; we don’t want you in our game.

   This prejudice takes many forms and is given expression in various comments like: ‘Why don’t homeless people go out and get a job? Or why are we paying taxes for someone who prefers to go from the boozer to the bookie. It is a view that is fundamentally unchristian and is founded on a false premise, which is, that all are born equal, all enjoy a level playing field where parents visit the local library with their children to exchange books. Fake thinking. And anyone who has had contact with poor areas of Dublin knows how fake it is.

   Our society (which in various ways is more sensitive to the weak than others) is nevertheless, becoming more unequal.  I hate statistics, but here’s one to reflect on. In 2014, nearly 3,000 adults were homeless; by 2016, after economic recovery, nearly 4,500 were in that helpless position; meanwhile, back at the ranch, as Zane Grey used put it, the Rich List continues on its merry way.  They would sell their possessions and goods and distribute to all, as any had need. Naivety?                                                                                                                                          Fr William

The weekly planned giving envelopes for 2017/2018 will be available for collection at the back of the church after all Masses next weekend.

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. 

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.

Saint John of God Hospital - Occupational Therapy Department present a workshop on SLEEP – HOW TO GET SOME Tues 25 April 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin. Price: €50. Wear Comfortable Clothes. Booking on Eventbrite https//sleep-howtogetsome.eventbrite.ie. For further info contact Anne O’Farrell on 01 277 1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free parking available

Annual Retreat/Conference:  The First Annual Retreat and Conference for the Catholic Grandparents Association will take place on Weds 26th – 27th April in the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24.  Theme: “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and share God in these highly secularised times “through lively discussions, workshops and resources with speakers: Fr. Enda Barry, Fr. Benny McHale, Mrs Kate Liffey and Catherine Wiley.  Price is €160 per person (single room) with full board and €120 non-residential attendance for two days - meals included.  Further info contact Connie on 098 24877 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All welcome.

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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Exercise Dementia Prevention study

A European 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?

Interested participants will be sent a study information leaflet and invited to attend a screening clinic.  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.

Patrick Finn Lecture Series St Mary’s, Haddington Road, Dublin 4.  Muslims – Do we know them?  Jonathan Kearney (Lecturer in Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies in DCU) on Thurs 27th April at 7.15pm.  Dr Jonathan Kearney is a graduate of UCD with undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Near-Eastern Languages, Islamic Studies and Jewish Studies.  He has lectured in UCD, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.  Jonathan’s research lies mainly in the textual and linguistic foundations of Judaism and Islam; religion and identity formation; and authority and boundaries in religion.

The Encounter Dublin City. Are you looking for more in life? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speaker & performer Kate Curran on life, faith & purpose. Followed by social, pizza & refreshments. Free event. Friday, April 28th at 8pm. 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/theencounterdublincity

Luisne Afternoon with Diarmuid O’Murchu: On Sat 6 May Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon talk (2.30pm – 5:30pm) on the theme INCLUSIVITY.  Inclusivity implies reaching out and bringing in, being part of a universal movement toward spiritual wholeness. More info: www.luisne.ie  This will be followed by an optional Eucharist. Cost €25. Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre. www.luisne.ie

Please Like Luisne on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/luisnecentreforspirituality

Information Evening:  Come along to Purcell House, Room PG01, DCU All Hallows Campus, Grace Park Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Mon 8 May from 6.30pm to 8pm to learn about our MA Theology Courses  (PAC Code DC693 Full-time, DC694 Part-time) & BA Theology and Lifelong Education: (PAC Code DC300)The Information Evening will provide an opportunity to meet with lecturers to talk about the following academic courses, which provide evening modules to accommodate those who work during the day. No need to register, just turn up!  For further info please contact: Dr Joseph Rivera, Tel 01 700 7053, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We welcome all prospective students from any background. (Free Parking available)

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.

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 19TH – 21ST May 2017 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.www.beginningexperience.ie

Evening of Music & Reflection: Come along to St. Agnes Church, Crumlin on Sunday 28th May at 8pm for a delightful evening full of music and reflection.  Performances on the night given by Soloists Susan Dowling, Mary Flynn, Patricia Bourke D’Souza and Paul Cahill.  Orchestra led by Mary O’Donnell, MD.  Tickets €15 (€10 concession for OAP’s, Students & Unemployed) -  Contact Tom (9am – 4pm) M 087 740 5018 or Susan (4pm – 9pm) M 087 224 4048.  All welcome.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the WeekThe London Internet Church is a gathered Christian global community that meets online to worship, enquire, encourage and pray. Beautiful online services of quietness and reflection, and a changing daily prayer. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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:

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 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.