Parish News Sunday 8 July 2018 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Any Champagne, eh?

Sometime in the 1960s, a neighbour returned for a holiday from Chicago; he had been part of the exodus of young men and women of the previous decade. A fine figure of a man, he wore fancy shoes, cuff links and a tie pin, just like we’d seen in the black and white movies. He talked about elevators, the Allerton Hotel, Eli’s Deli and Michigan Avenue. We of a younger generation gawped. (We did prime-cut gawping in my village). Still single, he went to the Sunday night dance in the village hall and, across the road from the dance hall, was a little lean-to hut with a corrugated roof that sold Geary’s biscuits and Nash’s lemonade.

   In his now mid-Atlantic accent, the Yank asked one night after a dance: ‘bartender, any champagne, eh?’ Heads turned. Sniggers became guffaws. It was the biggest own-goal any returned emigrant scored in that parish. ‘Any champagne, eh. Who does he think he is? Sure, don’t we all know he came from the Mountain.’ Derision and envy joined forces.

   Jesus returned to his native place also. But he was no longer the apprentice carpenter: the villagers could cope with that. No threat if he continued to make chairs and tables; they might even have invited him to lead the prayers at the synagogue. It was when he began to do what mystics and great artists do that riled the mob: he held up a mirror to society and it was not pleased. Neither are we.  

         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

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,

Amen

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 www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Annual Collection for the Pontifical Charities (Peter’s Pence) last weekend raised a total of €855. We thank all those parishioners who contributed.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 14th/15th July. Please give generously.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Parish Centre, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar on Weds 11 July at 8pm.   There will be no meeting at Milltown this month. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 223 8032.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The Cure of Ars: St John Vianney’ will take place on Thursday 12th July next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station). Fr Pat O’Brien SPS will also attend.

Literature at the back of the church

Please note that anyone wishing to leave literature (posters, notices, leaflets, newspapers etc) at the back of the church must first receive prior approval to do so with the parish stamp from the parish office before placing on the noticeboard/tables. Unsolicited material will otherwise be removed.

Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four 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. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend masses. 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.

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place.  If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Irish Wheelchair Association are holding their National Bag Pack in your local Tesco store on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July. Can you volunteer just 2 hours? Register to volunteer at www.iwa.ie/tesco or call 046 9072539. Thank you.

Fr David Brough has issued an invitation to parishioners of Rathmines to Arklow Parish on Tues 31 July next when they host the Icon created for the World Meeting of Families in advance of August’s gathering.  They are planning the day around the theme of ‘parish as family’, with a special Mass at 11am and refreshments after in the Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

Plans are underway for the World Meeting of Families Pilgrim Walk which takes place from 18th–25th August.  During the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage, the following seven churches will remain open each day between 9.30am and 7pm: St Audeon’s High Street; St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street; St Mary’s Pro Cathedral; St Michan’s COI Church Street; St Michan’s RC Halston Street; St. Saviour’s Dominick Street; St. Teresa’s Clarendon Street.  Each church will have a roster of ambassadors to meet the pilgrims, stamp their pilgrim passports and offer a WMOF cead míle fáilte.

Pastoral Symposium on Lay Pastoral Leadership Roles.  An opportunity to gather and listen to Cardinal John Dew Archbishop of Wellington, followed by an invitation to take part in a Pastoral Conversation Clonliffe College, on 29th August at 10am.   Register at 01 837 3732 Ext 247/248. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 7th to 12th September 2018 Under the Leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin. Special Section for the Sick – Application Forms available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Tel 01 837 6820.

The Irish Cancer Society needs an extra 80 drivers for our Volunteer Driver Service in South Dublin to drive cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy appointments. We are looking for drivers with free weekday availability and who have a car available to them. Drivers should be able to commit to driving at least two full (week)days a month. All volunteer expenses are paid. If you would like to volunteer, please call Laura on 01 2310 594, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form.

Volunteers needed for Barnardos National Collection Day, kindly supported by Dell

Barnardos is seeking parishioners to support them with 1-2 hours of their time to help collect funds on Barnardos National Collection Day, kindly supported by Dell, on Friday 14th September 2018.  We need volunteers to help with organised bag-packs or on-street collections in their local community. All money raised on the day will help change the lives of vulnerable children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of volunteered will give hope and create brighter futures.  To hear what’s planned in your community for the day and how you can get involved please contact Robyn Macken on 01-7080418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rome and Assisi Pilgrimage on  the 24 September 2018 for 7 nights. Three nights in Rome and 4 nights in Assisi. The pilgrimage will cost €995per person sharing and will include flights, hotels, all transfers, guide and tours as per the itinerary. Full information on the pilgrimage can be found at www.marian.ie or by calling our office on 01 878 8159.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme  The Pathways Programme is suitable for adults who wish to explore issues and questions of faith, ministry,  the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development. Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course. It takes place on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m). Booking is now open. Early application is advised as places are limited.   Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Web: www.evangelisation.ie

Icon Painting Workshop  Six day painting workshop from October 8th–13th in the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Churchfield, Knock, Co. Mayo with instructor Theodoros Papadopoulos.  Fee €440.  For more information/to register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faith for Life  Faith for Life 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.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal.  Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap.  Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend.  So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety.  This retreat through the theme - Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats

Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open!  Young Dubliners are now being invited to join in a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day in January 2019.  World Youth Day is an international Church event, similar to the World Meeting of Families, which is focused on young people.  It is held in a different country every three years and takes place in Panama for 2019.  Pope Francis is expected to travel for the first time to Panama to engage with young people there, and the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism is inviting parishes, parish groups and deanery areas to nominate young people who might be interested in travelling on this inspirational pilgrimage.  Unfortunately, due to the distance involved, places are limited to 30 pilgrims.  The travel dates are 18th–30th January 2019.  Deposits and bookings can be made online and the cost of the trip can be covered by scheduled payments.  All pilgrims will undergo preparation and will take part in the Diocesan young adult leadership programme.  To find out more or to book, go to www.evangelisation.ie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care.   As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals.  For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie

Group programmes for people trying to lose weight and people with type 2 diabetes.

These are free courses to help people lose weight (PHEW) and to help people manage Type 2 Diabetes (X-PERT or DESMOND). Delivered by HSE Community Dietitians. Places are limited and you must register to attend. Please contact Moira O’Connell M 087 602 4164 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCD B vitamins & 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.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

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

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

For more details or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researchers: Roberta /Users/Jenny/Desktop/Opti%20Age/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maria Heffernan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us 01 716 2442

The BA in Theology and Religious Studies [BATRS – formerly known as the BATLE programme] is a parr-time, evening programme of studies in DCU All Hallows campus. A wide range of modules is offered in areas such as theology, biblical studies, ethics, religious studies, liturgy, church history, theological languages, and faith education. Classes take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays during the two academic terms each year. We promote lifelong learning and welcome applicants of 23 years or older. For further information, please email Dr John Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring him at 086 078 3438.

Masters in Theology at DCU Taught by staff with international reputations in their fields, this course welcomes students from varied religious and secular backgrounds.  A flexible programme delivered over one or two evenings per week to suit those with careers and other commitments.  Attainable over one year (full–time) or two years (part–time).  If you are interested in completing a Masters in Theology, please visit www.dcu.ie/DC694

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 http://www.fostering.ie/">www.fostering.ie.

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.   www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 8 July 2018 “Prayers on the Move” is an online ecumenical initiative, pioneered by SPCK (the UK’s largest Christian publisher) and its Irish counterpart, APCK. It has been supported in Ireland by St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Methodist Church in Ireland, the Archdiocese of Dublin, the Carmelite Order and the Society of Jesus. The website is part of an outreach to open-minded people, of all faiths and none, who are seeking to connect with the spiritual in their own lives. To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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

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 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.

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

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 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.

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 irishcancer.ie 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. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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 www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

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.

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help. If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you