Parish News Sunday 10 December 2017 Second Sunday of Advent


                       

A Voice in the Wilderness

Whenever I ministered for short periods in California, and the Sunday Masses had been celebrated, I sometimes drove in a pick-up truck (a cowboy fantasy!) from San Diego inland to half-forgotten towns with names like Julian or Joshua Tree. These quaint places still retain the lineaments of the Old West.

    But it was the journey through the desert that attracted me: the desert that can be a wonderland after a shower of rain (a rarity): the yellow desert rose, the cacti, the flaming red pencil plant shoot up overnight and decorate the hillsides.

   I doubt if John the Baptist had time to admire such colour when he lived in the desert. John was single-minded but also a humble messenger who brought news of One who was to come: ‘the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’ And John wasn’t just a talker; he walked the walk – lived on locusts and wild honey and wore camel’s hair for a garment.

   The example is everything: the life lived from a depth of humanity is inspirational, the courage in adversity, the fidelity to do what is right. All these speak louder than ritual observances which could be hollow unless rooted in an openness of mind and heart to the Word of God.

   John had these virtues in abundance.   

The Annual Diocesan Special Collection for St Vincent de Paul takes place at all Masses this weekend 9th/10th December and will replace the Share collection. Please give generously.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 17th December at 11am.

The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Sunday 17th December at 11am Mass.

The Christmas card, timetable and Dues Envelope are ready for distribution around the parish.  If you are free to deliver to your street or streets around the parish, please call into the sacristy after any Mass and speak with our sacristan.  The envelopes are also available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. 

The Advent Reconciliation Service will take place on Monday 18th December at 7.30pm and will be led by Fr. Peter O’Connor.  A number of priests will be present with an opportunity for individual confessions. Music will be provided by the Folk Group.

Advent Alert

Watch for the signs and symbols of this beautiful season in our Church:

  • The Advent wreath will be lit each week
  • Our Advent posters and banners are in place.
  • The Advent Sacred Space has been installed once again in the Baptistry.
  • Our Liturgy Notice Board (on the left as you enter the Church) changes

each week.  Special displays can be viewed for the whole season of Advent.

St Louis High School

CHRISTMAS FAIR

SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 12-3pm

Wheel of Fortune, Crepes, Coffee Shop, Bric-a-Brac, Santa, Christmas gifts

ALL WELCOME

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 13th December at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘Advent – A Time for Change’ will take place on Thursday 14th December next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

St. Francis Hospice: Festival of Carols takes place in St. Agatha’s Church, North William Street, Dublin 1 on Monday 11th December at  7.30pm.  All proceeds collected will be in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Prepare the Way of the Lord with Isaiah Advent services will continue in the Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday 13th December from 11:15am to 12:30pm.  Let us rediscover the beauty of being together along the way.

Monastic City in Glendalough: Come and join St. Kevin’s choir and the community of Glendalough for a Carol Service in the ancient Cathedral.  Meeting at the steps of the monastic site at 7.15pm to walk to the Cathedral for 7.30pm start on Tuesday 19th of December 2017.  Refreshments afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel.

GET THE LUAS TO ST. LAURENCE’S @ DIT GRANGEGORMAN To mark the opening of the new Luas line at the Grangegorman campus of Dublin Institute of Technology, DIT presents a  vibrant week of events from December 11th to 14th  in St. Laurence’s Church. Presented by the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service. Free admission to all events.  

  • MONDAY 11th 2:30PM Historian Joan Kavanagh from Wicklow Gaol will give a presentation based on the book Van Diemen's Women: A History of Transportation to Tasmania. The link with the deportation of women and their children from Grangegorman to Tasmania will be given particular consideration.
  • TUESDAY 12th 1pm Mindfulness session which shows the dynamic and growing partnership between the Chaplaincy at DIT and our neighbours at The Sanctuary.
  • TUESDAY 12th  2:30PM Emer Dennehy (Transport Infrastructure Ireland) and Teresa Bolger (Rubicon Heritage Ltd) will present a lecture illustrating how the Cholera Epidemic of 1832 led to the establishment of the Dublin Cholera Hospital at Grangegorman and will discuss the preliminary results from the archaeological excavation of the hospital's burial ground.
  • WEDNESDAY 13th 1:30PM Thomas Murphy will take us through the history of the local area around Bolton Street, with special reference to the Bolton Street area during the 1916 Rising.  WEDNESDAY 2:30PM. Emmet Gill will give an overview of the uilleann pipes, talk about the role of the Club in the revival of piping in Ireland, and will play some Irish traditional tunes.
  • THURSDAY 14th 1:10PM Join us for our weekly Mass in St. Laurence’s Church and be uplifted by our guest soprano Antoinette Heery.  
  • THURSDAY 4:30PM  DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, who will move to the new Grangegorman Campus in a few years time, will help us celebrate the Christmas season with a performance of Christmas Carols

 

Save the Date: Archdiocese of Dublin Knock Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday April 21st 2018Theme: “We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to Healing and Peace”.  Full programme to be announced soon.

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Pro-Cathedral Concert Series – Messiah:  Join us on Thursday 14th December for our Messiah Concert conducted by Blánaid Murphy. Listen to Dublin Bach Singers, Clodagh Kinsella - Soprano, Katie Richardson McCrea - Alto, Andrew Gavin – Tenor, Rob McAllister – Bass and also the Marlborough Baroque Orchestra led by Therese TimoneyTickets cost €20 available at parish office on Tel: 01 874 5441 or www.eventbrite.ie

Gala Concert of Christmas Music and Carols:  Presenting the Choirs of Johns Lane Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan under the Direction of Ann McNulty.  Organist - Ronan McNulty and Soloist - Simon Morgan will perform on the night - Sunday 10th December at 7pm in Johns Lane Church, Thomas Street, Dublin 8.  No Entrance Fee - Special Collection for the Little Flower Penny Dinners (serving Dublin's homeless and the elderly with 250-300 meals served each day).  All welcome.

Aughrim Street Carol Service will have Carols in Irish, English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian & Polish in the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street Parish on 11 December at 8pm. All donations on the evening to Saint Vincent de Paul.

Diploma in Catholic Education: Applications are now open for our Diploma in Catholic Education, which will be starting in January 2018. The Diploma in Catholic Education (DCE) has three aims.  To begin, it seeks to deepen an understanding of Catholic Education, both in a local and global context.  Secondly, through a diverse suite of modules it places this education in the wider context of theology.  Finally, in the diverse structure of the programme it focuses on three aspects in the life of a teacher – professionalism, community and spirituality, by means of module lectures, through opportunities for retreat experiences, in monthly celebration of the Eucharist and table fellowship and by meetings with practitioners in the area of Catholic Education.  For further information on any of the above items Phone 01 7084772 / Emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / maynoothcollege.ie OR go to: www.maynoothcollege.ie

Overseas Volunteers Required!

Volunteer IT/HR Admins, Montessori/Primary/Secondary Teachers, Physios, Accountants, Social Workers...all required for funded placements on Missions in Africa, SE Asia and the Caribbean.  No previous overseas exp required, no upper age limit! Contact Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 10 December 2017 The voice of John the Baptist crying out in the wilderness and gathering great crowds invites us into the Second Sunday of Advent.  An “Arts and Faith” video offers an imaginative prayer exercise inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s St. John the Baptist Preaching. To access this, and other inspiring online Advent resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie  

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past.  A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb.  Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Catholic Marriage Encounter in Ireland is one of a number of marriage and family movements working with the Council for Marriage and the Family of The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and with the WMOF2018 Office in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018.  In that regard, we welcome and support the ‘Amoris Lets Talk Family’ Programme that is planned to be rolled out across parishes throughout Ireland in the run up to WMOF2018.

 Our next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be from 17 to 19-Nov-2017 (8:00 pm Friday to 4:30 pm Sunday) at The Lake Hotel, Killarney www.lakehotelkillarney.ie/. Details of our weekends and lots more are provided on our website www.marriageencounter.ie   or phone (087) 784 0408 or (01) 832 4429.

Volunteers Needed: For a small study aiming to find out from parents what their experience was of communicating with their children about a parent dying from cancer. Our hope is that the information we learn from the study will help us to improve how we support other parents facing this challenge. If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact the researcher, Rachel Millar, at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services  - 01 498 6203.  Thank You.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Volunteers: Aware is a National Organisation supporting individuals, families and communities concerned about depression. They provide a range of support services such as support groups, telephone and email service and a Life Skills Online programme.  All of which are free. Demand for services is continuing to grow and they are now recruiting volunteers to meet this demand. Our volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.  People with depression need Aware and Aware needs volunteers today.  Please contact Dr Emma Barnes on 01 661 7211 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.aware.ie

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by? 

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!  Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course

TEL: (01) 475 6989

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing. If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older.

Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DEXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Have your memory and blood pressure checked.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. 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.

 

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. 

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.

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

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.