Parish News Sunday 16 September 2018 Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jesus Christ Superstar

Once upon a time, a school to which I was attached was deep in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Much hard work went into regulating prima donnas of 15 or 16 year olds: their vagaries would make Marilyn Monroe, God rest her, look like a scrupulous civil-servant for punctuality. One girl was chosen to play the part of Mary Magdalene: she had a great little voice. At the rehearsals we were fascinated with her rendering of the song that is best remembered:

I don’t know how to love him

What to do how to move him

I’ve been changed....

   Cometh the hour and all is ready for the trial performance, but Mary Magdalene is nowhere to be found. A quick run to her house reveals that La Stupenda of Raheny is not taking part. ‘Why?’ ‘My horoscope says I shouldn’t undertake anything big this weekend.’ Oh Mamma Mia!

I am reminded of that show when reading the gospel passage of this Sunday. Jesus was no superstar         (that’s Lloyd Webber territory) nor was he a great military leader who would free Israel from Rome. He was a disappointment. They wanted swords and javelins and powerful horses; he came with a message that seemed off the wall: justice, compassion, and standing up for those on the edge – prisoners, prostitutes, and paupers. Who do you think He is? A misguided romantic or the incarnation of a loving God?

   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.

Fr Peter O’Connor

Fr Peter has been appointed Administrator to the neighbouring parish of Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue and took up his appointment last Sunday. We would like to thank him most sincerely for his work here in Rathmines parish and wish him every blessing in his new ministry. Fr Peter has been granted the hospitality of this parish to continue residing in the parish house until his new accommodation in Beechwood parish is ready.

Parish Pastoral Centre

The parish launched its campaign to raise €410,000 towards the revitalised Parish Centre on 1st September last and we are now approaching potential donors. Our first contributions have been lodged and pledges of support made. All contributions or pledges are welcome. Tax refunds will enhance all donations over €250. Please contact Fr William or the parish office for more details or pick up a leaflet from the back of the church.

The annual SVP Clothing Appeal takes place this weekend Sat 15th and Sun 16th September with the distribution of plastic bags at the back of the church. Please return the bags next weekend Sat 22nd (Vigil Mass) and Sun 23rd September (morning Masses only). The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc. The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years. They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

The Annual Collection for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese- takes place at all masses this weekend 15th and 16th September and will replace the normal Share Collection. A representative from Crosscare will speak at all Masses.

Congratulations to Cian Mulvey & Eimear O’Connell and Joao Victor Piccolo Ferreira & Maria Gallagher who received the Sacrament of Marriage in Rathmines church on Fri 14th and Sat 15th September respectively.

Minutes of Parish Pastoral Council Meeting 10 September 2018

  • As always, a great sense of harmony and unity of purpose was manifest at the first meeting of our pastoral council since the summer break.
  • Three new members have joined the council: Paolo Batori; Eamonn O’Dea; Wojciech Mroczek 
  • Several members of the council remarked on how uplifting the baptismal service was on Sunday 2 Sept. It engendered a strong sense of community. We would like to warmly commend the 'Baptism Ministry Team'. 
  • People come to the Church during the day to pray and reflect. The question was discussed whether their experience could be improved by better lighting and some music e.g. Taize. Some exploratory work will be done about this.
  • The international meeting (which take place once per month after the 6pm Sunday mass) will re-start. A committee will be formed to organize this. Members welcome.  The International Mass will be at 6pm on Sunday 30 Sept.
  • The parish web site is being refreshed.

The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Sat 29th September (departing 9.30am outside Rathmines Church). Our plan is to stop for morning coffee in Dundalk, followed by lunch in The Glenowen Inn, then visiting the Titanic Centre, Belfast before returning to Rathmines Church at approx.6.30pm. Cost €60. Please contact the parish office.

Our Annual International Mass & Festival of Cultures will take place on Sunday 30th September at 6pm. All are welcome to this colourful and joyful celebration of the international nature of our parish. We also extend an invitation to our INTERNATIONAL PARISHIONERS to meet others living and worshiping here in Rathmines. Come share your experiences and make new friends in an informal setting on Sunday 30th September 2018 after 6pm Mass in the Prayer Room in the Church. Light refreshments will be provided.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 19 September, at 8pm. 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.

Interested in Spirituality? There are still places available on the Spirituality Programme being offered by Dominican Centre, Sion Hill, Blackrock. This two-year part-time programme takes place on Thurs evenings from 7pm – 9.30pm and on six Saturdays each year. It starts on 27 September 2018. It is open to all, no prior learning is required and there are no exams. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Helping young people to grow in faith Are you a parent/teacher/chaplain or just interested in young people and their general faith development?  If so then check out www.shekinah.ie for details of certificate and diploma courses accredited by St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The aim of these courses is to bring the Gospel message to young people in a creative, fun and reflective way.  They provide transferrable skills beneficial to parents, teachers and all who work with adolescents.

Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Sun 30th September 2018. Depart Rathmines Church at 7.45am sharp. €25 adults/€10 children. Tel Ann 086 838 5874 or Bert 087 207 7021.

Overseas Volunteers Required! Volunteer Carpenters, Builders, Media Specialists, Early Childhood Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Primary/Secondary Teachers, Accountants, Social Workers, Farmers...required for placements on Missions in Africa, SE Asia and the Caribbean.  No previous overseas exp required, no upper age limit! Volunteer training programme begins 22nd September in Dublin - open to all! 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.

The Joy of Love in Marriage A Marriage Enrichment Weekend offers married couples (of all age ranges) private time to rekindle the joy of their love. The next Weekend (residential) will be from 5 to 7 Oct 2018 at The Dromantine Conference Centre, Newry (110 km/70 mins from Dublin Airport). For info. and to book, visit www.marriageencounter.ie  or call +44 770 281 2321 or 01-845 3517.

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.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Starts Tues 11th September (eight Tuesdays).  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01 277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Free parking available

DON'T MISS Family Fun Day at Luisne in Kilcoole on Sunday, September 23rd from 12 - 5pm. See www.luisne.ie for details.

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.

Your Experience Counts so make it matter!

Get in Touch with Dublin City Volunteer Centre Tel 01 473 7482

Unit 4, Whitefriars, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

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www.volunteerdublincity.ie

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.

Happy to be Holy?  Messenger Publications have recently published Happy to be Holy?  A short, simple commentary on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate by Fr. Alan Hilliard of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  The book is now available for €4.95 at www.messenger.ie.  A discount of 20% is offered on orders of 10 or more copies, when ordered by phone 01-775 8522 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCD Vitamin Drink Study

The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project to see if B-vitamin drinks can improve your B-vitamin status.

Over the course of the 16 week study, you will be asked to: 

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of about 40 minutes duration. 

•   Consume a free daily vitamin drink. 

•   Have your 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 researchers: Roberta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 7162442 

Irish language documentary about Lough Derg for RTÉ/BBC This summer, DoubleBand Films is making an Irish language documentary for RTÉ and BBC on the pilgrimage at Lough Derg, with the kind permission of Father Flynn and the staff at Lough Derg.  The film will be a reflection on what the pilgrimage means to the many people who undertake it, and the sacrifice required to complete such an act of devotion.  The producers wish to talk to Irish speakers who intend to visit Lough Derg between now and 15th August and would be willing to do a short interview about their reasons for doing the pilgrimage and what they get from the experience.  Anyone interested can contact Órfhlaith at DoubleBand Films on 0044 289024 3331 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Rome and Assisi Pilgrimage 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.

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Explore a programme in spirituality in Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock: This two year part-time Certificate programme runs on Thurs evenings and six Sats to start 27 September 2018. It is exciting and inspiring. It’s open to all. No prior learning needed. There are no exams. Contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652. www.lumenop.ie

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.

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.

Catholic Young Adults Conference The annual Catholic Young Adults Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018.  While the conference aims to guide and equip young Catholics to become the people they are called to be, the weekend itself will be packed full of interesting events including talks, liturgies, adoration, confessions and a social evening.   The cost of full residential accommodation including all meals is €95, while non-residential cost is €50.  A single day rate is also available for those whose commitments will not allow them attend the entire conference.  There are a limited number of rooms available so attendees are advised to book early.  Please visit our website for further details including booking information: www.legionofmary-deusetpatria.com  The conference is open to all young Catholics between 18 and 40 years (strictly).

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 16 September 2018 For nearly three thousand years, men and women from diverse lands and cultures have been lifting their hearts to God by praying and singing the psalms. “The Psalms: 150 Ways of Praying” is a short introductory online course from the English Jesuits. It explores why these beautiful and timeless songs have such universal appeal and shows how the psalms can set us on a pathway to deeper prayer. For this, and for other online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

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.

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.

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.