Parish Newsletter 15 July 2012 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mission - the call to go out and spread the Good News – is the business of the whole Church, not just the prerogative of bishops, priests and religious. In today’s Gospel we see Jesus sharing this mission with the apostles. In setting out on this task they are told that the only thing they need to bring with them is trust –that God will journey with them. The effectiveness of their witness is seen in the healing and hope it brings to many who are troubled. In our daily living of the Gospel we are called to do no less.

The St.Vincent de Paul churchgate collection takes place after all Masses this weekend.

The parish will mark Fr. Richard Sheehy’s 25 years as a priest at the 12.30pm Mass this Sunday 15th July. A reception will follow in St. Marys Community Centre.

The Finance Committee meets on Tuesday 17th July at 7.30pm in the parish house.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Thursday 19th July from 8pm to 9pm in St. Marys Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

The Family Mass group have put up a display of drawings the children did during the Family Masses during the past year in the prayer room of the church, and everyone is invited to visit the prayer room to have a look at the display. The Family Mass group are away for July and August, so the Family Mass will resume at 11am in September.

The Knock Summer Youth Festival is a one-day event taking place on Saturday 28 July at Knock Shrine. This is a free event for young people between the ages of 17-30 and consists of talks, workshops, music, prayer, reflection and finishes with the celebration of the Eucharist. A bus will travel from Dublin to the festival and booking is essential. To take part in the relay log on to for information or call 087 692 7850 or find us on Facebook

October is Mission Awareness Month in Ireland. The theme for 2012 is ‘Growing in Communion, acting together in our world’. The Mission Alive office at the Irish Missionary Union who work for the promotion and renewal of Mission within the Irish Church provide a number of resources for Mission Awareness which are available here.

The Catholic Grandparents Association wishes all Grandparents a very happy and holy feast day on 26th July – feast of our heavenly patrons Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Mary, Grandparents of Jesus and we look forward to welcoming you at our 6th Annual Grandparents Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 9th September at 2.30pm.      

The Society of Missionary Children, the official children’s charity of the Catholic Church based in Rathmines is active in over 100 countries around the world. Their motto is ‘Children Helping Children’, with children participating by praying together and sharing with brothers and sisters in need. The Society would like to thank all those who made generous contributions. The organisation is currently looking for people who will visit primary schools in their diocese to promote the aims of the organisation. Full training and support from the National Office will be given. To find out more contact Jackie on 01 497 2035 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anyone interested in ordering a plaque for the pews should contact the parish office.

‘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’.

The new weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (or Family Offering) for 2012/2013 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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 monthly or quarterly 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. The Family Offering is the principal means of funding the maintenance costs of the church and pastoral activities of the parish. 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.

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.

Fundraising Walk on the Camino de Santiago from August 4th to 11th walking from Tui in Portugal to Santiago in Spain. Each participant must raise €2,000 minimum for this wonderful experience. All monies raised will support our respite programme ‘CASA Breakhouses’ for respite breaks for people with disabilities. For more information contact CASA 01 872 5300 or 087 151 8183 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.