Parish News Sunday 25 February 2018 Second Sunday of Lent

Even when it is not shining.

After the Second World War, a worker came upon an inscription in one of the walls of a bombed-out house in Cologne; it read as follows: ‘I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love even when I do not feel it. I believe in God even when he is silent.’ A poor Jewish fugitive wrote that. Against all reason, it is a brilliant testimony to faith.

   And that, I believe is the only way to understand the dreadful piece of drama presented to us this morning: God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son. At once, it evokes two reactions: how could a God of love request such a violent act and, secondly, did the same God not promise that Abraham would be the father of a great nation. So if Abraham slays his son – game, set and match – no son, no line of succession.

   L.P. Hartley once said: ‘the past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.’ And they did in Abraham’s time. Then (3,000 BC) children were sacrificed to appease the gods. What is different about the Abraham episode is that the child is not sacrificed; consequently, this is a story about faith: a testing of Abraham. A stay of execution at the eleventh hour. Echoes of the poor Jewish fugitive? Your faith and mine is severely tested in an age of growing opposition to the things we always treasured as sacred. Let’s hold the line.

                                                                                                                                                                         Fr William


God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
 Make us patient and kind,

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

[We pause and remember family members and others by name].

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,


Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please support the Third National Collection for WMOF2018 which will be taken up in our parish this weekend - 24 & 25 February 2018.  It will replace the usual Share collection.

The Family Mass takes place this Sunday 25th February, 2nd Sunday of Lent, at 11am.

The next Mass for the You Shall be My Witness programme of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place this Sunday 25th February at 6pm. Please keep them in your prayers.

A representative from Trócaire will speak at all masses this weekend 24th/25th February 2018.

Trocaire Boxes and information packs are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Please take one.

Many thanks to all those who supported last weekend’s collection for Accord, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, which raised a total of € 1,071.

Congratulations to all the pupils of St Mary’s Junior School who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish on Friday 23rd February last.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 4th March at 11am.

The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Sunday 4th March at 11am Mass.

Our Parish Pastoral Council invites parishioners during Lent to place any petition, worry or anxiety in a specially designated basket in the church. Sunday Masses throughout Lent will include these intentions and petitions. Your intentions will also be prayed for by the Carmelite Community in Kilmacud, on an ongoing basis until the World Meeting of Families event taking place next August.

Stations of the Cross takes place each Friday during Lent after the 10am morning Mass.

God So Loved the World! The Lent Readings 2018 for prayer and preaching, presented by Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA. Six Wednesdays of Lent continues on Weds 28th February, 11.15am to 12.30pm in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 1. Mass beforehand at 10.30am and afterwards at 12.45pm. Lent 3 (28 Feb) The Temple Action John 2: 13-25.

Emmanuel 2018 70 schools from different parts of the Diocese will take part in our biggest Emmanuel concerts to date in the Helix, on four nights (26/27/28 February and 1 March).  2400 secondary school students, 600 each night, will participate in a massed choir, accompanied by a full orchestra.  Tickets €12 at or 01-700 7000.  Please come along and support your local school. A full list of participating schools is available on

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care.   For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or">

Help to take Special Needs Children to Lourdes at Easter

Sale of Work, Sunday 4th March

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall

Terenure 10am to 1.00pm

All Donations gratefully accepted.

Books, Toys, Bric A Brac, Unwanted Gifts, Groceries, Baked Goods. Please drop donations big/small - Bernadette Anderson

21 Templeville Rd. 087 6377138/ 4905280

Nutrition Study at UCD UCD Institute of Food and Health are running a new study called A-diet Confirm. The study follows people’s dietary habits and collects biological samples once a month over 4 months, in order to develop new tools for dietary assessment. This study looks for healthy, non-smoking volunteers, aged 18-60 years who are not on medication or supplements.
Participants can find out about their body composition (muscle, fat and bone mass %) at each visit.  Please contact Orla or Ilona on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01 7162471 for more information.

Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.  Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors.  The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.  Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion.  Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost.  For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free transport service for patients attending hospital for chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer Drivers pick the patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door, then when finished treatment, will pick them up and drop them home. Volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the Society’s website at or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

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.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 25 February 2018 “Transfiguration is waiting at every moment of our lives”. This is the theme of an inspiring video reflection for the second week of Lent, one of six in a Lenten series called “Blessed and Broken”, provided by the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. To access these reflections, visit

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - 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.

Upcoming February: Saturday Events at Luisne

Sat 24th & Sun 25th February T’ai Chi & Dance February Weekend 10.30am-4pm Cost: €80

Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; M 086 051 7575, 

Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue – February events

Trusting in God: Embracing Freedom with Denis Gleeson

Tues from 6thFeb (10.30 - 12noon) Cost €5 per session).  These mornings offer a gentle and contemporary look at God, science, religion, Church and morality.

Contemplative Awareness and the Search for the Soul with Mary Glennon

Tues from 6th Feb (7.30pm – 9 pm).  Cost €5 per session. During these four weeks together we will pray contemplatively each night for a brief period.  

Centering Prayer Evenings with Fionnuala Quinn O.P. 

Weds from 7 Feb (7pm - 8pm) Cost €5 per session. Be transformed with simple prayer.  Booking essential for all sessions. T: 01 797 9364/ 087 664 9862

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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. 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  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. 

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 or call 01 6617211.

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.




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


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


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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

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. 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.


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.

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.

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  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 -

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.

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).

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 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 or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

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.  

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 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.

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.

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

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.