Parish Newsletter 19 May 2013 Feast of Pentecost

Journeying to Pentecost: since Easter Monday this year the Icon of the Holy Family has been travelling around the three parishes of Rathmines, Harold’s Cross & Mount Argus to mark the Year of Faith. Each evening it was hosted by a different family, where a short prayer gathering was held followed by a social gathering. It was an opportunity for family, friends and neighbours to gather for prayer. So each evening a prayer was said as we, as a community of Faith, journeyed to Pentecost. The Icon will be received into our church at the Family Mass at 11am this Pentecost Sunday. At the same Mass a Quilt will be presented at the Offertory procession by members of the Women's Refuge. The Quilt representing "Our Faith at work in Our Community" is the combined work of residents from Mount Anthony, children from St Louis Primary School and residents and staff in the Women's Refuge and will be on display in the prayer room for the next two weeks.

We congratulate Mariantonietta Suppa, who will receive The Sacrament of Confirmation at the 12.30pm Mass this Pentecost Sunday.

The SVP are holding their monthly churchgate collection after all Masses this weekend.

Following the reduction of services provided by the HSE at St Mary’s Day Care Centre Richmond Hill, and out of concern for its future, the parish has formed an ‘action group’ along with other interested individuals and organisations. A public meeting is planned for this Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. All who have an interest in safeguarding the future of St Mary’s Day Care Centre are welcome to attend.

The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday 22nd May at 7.30pm in No. 52.

Mass with Anointing of the Sick will take place next Sunday 26th at 12.30pm.

The Family Mass group are meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th May in No. 52.

The monthly Taize Prayer around the Cross will take place on Friday 31st May in the baptistry of the church.

Movies that Matter for young teenagers will take place in St Mary’s Community Centre on Friday 31st May at 7.30pm.

Annual Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help takes place in Marianella, Orwell Rd, Rathgar, from Friday 17th - Sat 25th May. Weekdays 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Sunday 11am and 5.30pm.

A presentation and celebration of all the volunteer groups and ministries in the parish will take place on Sunday 9th June at the 12.30pm and 6.00pm Masses. Each parish group or committee is asked to prepare a poster and some literature and to have a representative present on the day. New volunteers welcome!

Twentieth Century Mystics series of talks in Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Clontarf Road, on Thursdays from 8.00pm to 9.00pm. 23 May Jean Vanier. No need to book!

Magis Ireland is running a 3 day Directed Silent Retreat from 24th - 26th May for 18-35 year olds. This Retreat seeks to lull you into a silent space, where you can meet yourself and your God. You will also have the option to meet with a trained spiritual guide daily. Where: Manresa House, Dublin 3. For more information contact Debbie Moore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel. 01 894 3165.

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.

Are you aged 35 to 45?   Dublin 40Somethings are looking for members. We organise spiritual and social events for those with a Catholic ethos. A special weekend of events starts on Friday 24th May, including walks, mass and a party. New members welcome. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268, for more information.

The weekly Planned Giving (Family Offering) envelopes for the coming year are available for collection this weekend. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. If you are not already a contributor, members of the Finance Committee will be available at the back of the church after Mass to assist parishioners and visitors to take a box of envelopes for the next year or alternatively to sign up for a standing order.

Amen Support Services Ltd offer a confidential helpline for Male Victims of Domestic Abuse. Our services include a helpline, one to one and group meetings, counselling and a court accompaniment service. For further information please contact 046 902 3718.

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.

Marriage Encounter is a worldwide Catholic voluntary organization that offers a residential weekend workshop (presented by three married couples and a priest), which offers married couples the opportunity to explore, renew and enrich what they already have going for them. Our next Marriage Encounter Weekend will be from 24th to 26th May 2013 (8pm Friday to 5pm Sunday) at the Dromantine Conference Centre, near Newry, Co. Down. Details of all weekends and lots more information are provided on our website www.marriageencounter.ie or phone Ph. 01 832 4429.

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

Anyone interested in ordering a Memorial Plaque for the pews in memory of a deceased loved one should contact the parish office.

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. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. 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.

ALONE is an independent charity that works with older people who are in crisis, at risk of homelessness or socially isolated. With over 120,000 older people in Ireland living on their own, we are asking people to spend some time this Christmas supporting older people in their community. You can make a huge difference by simply visiting older people living alone.   For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation please contact ALONE on 01 679 1032 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01 475 6989.

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.

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).

MEDITATION: Every Wednesday 8.00-8.30pm at Orlagh, Old Court Road, D. 16. The format of the session is we read a verse of a psalm, hear a short piece of music followed by 20 minutes silent prayer. We suggest the Centering Prayer method, but how the silence is used is up to each person. No advance booking necessary, and no charge.

The Parish Office hours are 10am-12 noon Monday - Friday.

‘Do you need someone to talk to? Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444. Senior Help Line is open from 10 am till 10 pm, 365 days a year’.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (or Family Offering) for 2013/2014 are available for collection at the back of the church. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by monthly or quarterly standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the principal means of funding the maintenance costs of the church and pastoral activities of the parish. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

ACCORD Relationship Counselling Service. If you cannot talk to each other - talk to us. Marriage and relationships are today experiencing more complex challenges than ever before. ACCORD offers a safe, professional and confidential process helping couples and individuals to explore and resolve difficulties in their marriage and relationship. Clients are only asked to make a donation if they can afford it. Contact ACCORD at 39 Harcourt St. Dublin 2, Phone: 478 0866 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.