Parish News Sunday 2 July 2017 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


                       

In the Homes of Donegal

Poor Elisha the prophet (today’s first reading)could never reach into his wallet and extract a concertina  of plastic cards, or stop at a motorway service station for a chicken wrap and a soft drink. He had to rely on the hospitality of a good woman who sensed something special in the way he spoke to her – his body language, we call it nowadays. She and her husband, childless till then, were granted the joy of new life. A metaphor, if you like, for what happens when we give unstintingly. Virtue becomes its own reward.

   Mind you, Elisha, if we are to believe Bridie Gallagher, a popular singer of the 50s, would have received a similar welcome from the people of Donegal to rest his weary bones.

I long to spend a while with you, to bide away the night,

With tales of yore ...

There’s repose for weary wanderers in the Homes of Donegal.

      Of late, much criticism has been levelled at the Ireland of that time: variously described as the Ireland of Eamon de Valera and Archbishop John Charles McQuaid; yet, for all its supposed narrow mindedness, it was a time when people made space for each other.

    Hospitality, a core value in Christian following, and a central theme in today’s readings, seems to be growing thin on the ground. We’re too busy. We have agendas and deadlines and cell phones to be answered. Then we wonder why young people are drinking too much, or others are encountering Thoreau’s ‘lives of quiet desperation.’ 

   For in giving to all men that we receive and in dying we are born

To Eternal life. (Francis of Assisi)

                                                                    Fr William

The Annual Collection for the Pontifical Charities (Peter’s Pence) takes place this weekend 1st /2nd July.  Please give generously.

International Gathering Sunday 30th July

Our international gatherings have been a wonderful success here in the parish. As a result, we have decided to make them a permanent feature of parish life and will host a gathering on the last Sunday of each month. Like our previous gatherings, they will take place in the Prayer Room immediately after the 6pm mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity for immigrants living, working and studying in the Rathmines areas to come together to share their experiences of living in Dublin and a chance to make new friends. If you know of anyone living locally who would enjoy meeting others please let them know.

Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages

This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 October this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details from MAP Travel (01) 878 3111 or www.maptravel.ie

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in 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, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

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

•   Have your memory and 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 researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

Knock Pilgrimage:  The Annual Oblate Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Sat 8th July.  The bus will leave from Our Lady of Wayside Church, Bluebell at 8am stopping in Longford for refreshments.  Cost, €25, includes morning refreshments. Contact Anne in the Parish Office, Bluebell – Tel: 01 4501040 (9am – 1pm Mon to Fri)   Booking & payment essential. 

Online Summer School:  Join Fr Liam Walsh OP, who has taught theology in Ireland, Rome and at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland for a series of ten talks on The Sacraments.   His writing has been mostly in the area of Sacramental Theology, and on various aspects of the thought of Thomas Aquinas.  The Summer School will begin on 10th July and then on 14th August 2017. The cost for the course of ten one-hour talks and participation in our online forum is €100.  To book or for more info.  Tel: 01 404 8124 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR prioryinstitute.com/events/summer-school-2017

 

Interested in Spirituality?

A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm and on six Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 28 September 2017.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, and no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 2 July 2017

Saint Ignatius believed that God could speak to us just as clearly in our imagination as through our thoughts and our memories. Contemplation isn't about trying to place yourself in a historic setting, like dreaming you were back in the Middle Ages, it's about trying to encounter Jesus in a personal and unique way. Some excellent imaginative contemplation exercises provided by the English Jesuits can be accessed at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

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.

 

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. 

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

Cemetery Sunday, Deansgrange Parish:  The Annual Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 2 July at 3pm with Mass & blessing of the graves.


The Summit 17:  The Summit `17, invites you to the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin on July 13th -15th. Conference includes keynote talks from our speakers, practical breakout sessions, prayer and time spent with other young Catholics. We will be joined by the founder of FOCUS, Curtis Martin; Vice President of the Augustine Institute, Dr Edward Sri; director for Evangelisation for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Fr Michael Gaitely and a Focus Mission team. More details http://thesummit17.com

VOLUNTEERS

Michaela Foundation are currently recruiting enthusiastic individuals aged 17+ to volunteer at their Summer Camp for girls in the Loreto Senior Primary, Crumlin Road from 10th – 14th July. At Camp, girls aged 11-13 will engage in a range of volunteer-led activities based on Michaela Foundation’s five core elements; Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Benefits include the satisfaction of giving time constructively, the sharing and gaining of skills and experiences, not forgetting the social buzz from meeting new people. Visit www.michaelafoundation.com to apply online. All volunteers must be vetted and complete child protection training.  Further training will be provided for all volunteers.

Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are like no other! Camp attendees will participate in an array of inspiring activities between 9.30am – 3.45pm Mon - Thurs with a special end of week celebration on Friday.  Each day, Campettes girls aged 11-13, will complete 5 unique activities across the themes of Fun, Fashion, Fáilte, Wellbeing and Faith.  Leaders aim to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment in which Campettes not only develop their skills and talents but self-esteem too. Early booking is advised as places are limited and some Camps are already fully booked! Camp costs £60 / € rate equivalent (family rate available upon request)

Visit Michaela Foundation’s website to find out more or to register.

Lough Derg:  You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from 1st June to 13th August. Daily boats to the Island leave from 10.30am until 3pm, 7 days per week (No need to book).  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Tel Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.loughderg.org

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. 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 & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’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.

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. 

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.

Parish News Sunday 25 June 2017 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                       

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We shall remember him.

   I’m adapting a line from Lawrence Binyon’s poem, For the Fallen, to give expression to the grief that fills the hearts of many around Rathmines Schools and parish at the death of Pádraic Carney, who was principal of St Louis’ School. One summer’s morning during the week he was swept from us: died as a result of a road traffic accident.

   Indeed, it is grimly ironic that the spectre of death would strike such a fine man, when all in St Louis’ are booting up for the ‘long holidays’. It seems an absurdity that Pádraic, this loose-limbed man with the ready smile, who strode the corridors of his school, should be linked with death – certainly not in the mid-summer of his life. It is hard to take in.

    Only his wife, Áine, and their family know the depth of their grief, but I, like the teachers, parents, children and all connected with the school share the loss of an exceptional human being. That morning in the school, when news of Pádraic’s death came through, the children’s love for their principal teacher was unrestrained. The smaller children – being children – were fidgety, as if they sensed that some dreadful event had happened, but was beyond their understanding.

   But, you know, it is often in the darkest moments that the moral strength of a community shines forth. I refer to the way the teachers and all who work in the school – themselves broken-hearted – comforted the children that morning. Surely their finest hour. And the children too – they heaped flowers on a table in the main corridor. They wrote poems and expressions of deep fondness for their departed principal; one note raised a smile: ‘we love you Mr Carney, even if you were a United supporter.’  Greater love no one hath!

   I too mourn Pádraic’s death. New to Rathmines, I found in him someone to whom I could shoot the breeze about the goings on in Croke Park or the Aviva (even if he was a Leinster fan). But much more than that: if I was in a ‘giving-out-mood’, he was always a great support, especially when the pastoral seas were rough. A visit to his office was better than a tonic.

   Mar a duirt Tomas O Croiomhthain ag deireadh An tOileanach: ‘ni bheidh again a fheiceail ar a leitheid aris. Ar dheis De go raimh a anam dilis.                                                                                  Fr William

The Annual Collection for the Pontifical Charities (Peter’s Pence) takes place next weekend 1st /2nd July.  Please give generously.

Readers Needed

We would like to add to our list of Readers in Rathmines Church, in particular for the Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 7pm and Sunday morning Mass at 11am.  Typically Readers would read only once per month, so it is not a major commitment.  A short training session is available for new Readers. Please contact Bill Riley on 086 827 5335.

Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages

This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 October this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details from MAP Travel (01) 878 3111 or www.maptravel.ie

Vintage Car Show:  The National Council Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is running a special - Des Cullen Classic and Vintage Car on 25th June. It will take place on the grounds of St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, Co Dublin from 12.00-5.00pm.  Entry fee €10 - Contact:  Kevin Byrne 087 2227202.  All proceeds go to the NCBI.

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in 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, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

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

•   Have your memory and 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 researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2904

 

Online Summer School:  Join Fr Liam Walsh OP, who has taught theology in Ireland, Rome and at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland for a series of ten talks on The Sacraments.   His writing has been mostly in the area of Sacramental Theology, and on various aspects of the thought of Thomas Aquinas.  The Summer School will begin on 10th July and then on 14th August 2017. The cost for the course of ten one-hour talks and participation in our online forum is €100.  To book or for more info.  Tel: 01 404 8124 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR prioryinstitute.com/events/summer-school-2017

Interested in Spirituality?

A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm and on six Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 28 September 2017.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, and no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

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.

 

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. 

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

Icon Writing Week 19th-24th June, 2017 in  Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Centre,  South Circular Road, Dublin 12.  Luis Alvarez, a renowned Iconographer will lead the week.  He will open windows to the Sacred through talks on scripture, icons and symbolism.  Previous experience in painting is not necessary and you will leave with and inspiring Icon "the work of your hands”. Deposit required to secure place as numbers limited.  Contact:  Sr. Peter    0833471036  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Catherine  0872077147  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Lucho,  0892444820  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hallelujah – An Evening of Inspirational Music, featuring the Palestrina Choir”. The show comes to the National Concert Hall on Saturday 24 June. The show will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written including: Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, You Raise Me Up, Amazing Grace and more. Featuring world-renowned Palestrina Choir of the Pro-Cathedral. With large screen, narration, historical images and archive footage, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlight of 2017.  Discounted offer of €30 per ticket – to book phone Pat Egan on 01 679 7700 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grave Blessing:  Cemetery Mass & Blessing of graves for Templeogue cemetery will take place on Sunday 25 June at 11.30am in St Jude's Church Willington followed by blessing of graves up in Templeogue Cemetery directly after Mass.  All welcome.

Cemetery Sunday, Deansgrange Parish:  The Annual Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 2 July at 3pm with Mass & blessing of the graves.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Michaela Foundation are currently recruiting enthusiastic individuals aged 17+ to volunteer at their Summer Camp for girls in the Loreto Senior Primary, Crumlin Road from 10th – 14th July. At Camp, girls aged 11-13 will engage in a range of volunteer-led activities based on Michaela Foundation’s five core elements; Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Most volunteers say that they get a huge amount back from volunteering with Michaela Foundation. Benefits include the satisfaction of giving time constructively, the sharing and gaining of skills and experiences, not forgetting the social buzz from meeting new people.  Operations manager Úna Ní Cheallaigh states that many young people see it as an opportunity to enhance their UCAS or CAO application. Furthermore, with the current economic climate many people view volunteering with Michaela Foundation as a chance to develop their CV and enhance their employment prospects. Visit www.michaelafoundation.com to apply online. All volunteers must be vetted and complete child protection training.  Further training will be provided for all volunteers.

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Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are like no other! Camp attendees will participate in an array of inspiring activities between 9.30am – 3.45pm Mon - Thurs with a special end of week celebration on Friday.  Each day, Campettes girls aged 11-13, will complete 5 unique activities across the themes of Fun, Fashion, Fáilte, Wellbeing and Faith.  Leaders aim to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment in which Campettes not only develop their skills and talents but self-esteem too. Early booking is advised as places are limited and some Camps are already fully booked! Camp costs £60 / € rate equivalent (family rate available upon request)

Visit Michaela Foundation’s website to find out more or to register.

Lough Derg:  You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from 1st June to 13th August. Daily boats to the Island leave from 10.30am until 3pm, 7 days per week (No need to book).  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Tel Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.loughderg.org

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 25 June 2017 Evil, forgiveness and prayer: Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor, speaks of the power of prayer and forgiveness in the wake of profound suffering. Listen to this extraordinary interview on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. 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 & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’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.

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. 

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.

Parish News Sunday 18 June 2017 Feast of Corpus Christi

‘It’s a long, long way from Clare to here.’

Between 1945 and 1960, half a million people left Ireland for Britain where they were often met with rejection: ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’ signs on lace-curtained rooming houses. The men worked for McAlpine and Murphy; the women in shops, hospitals and hotels. They were the Israelites in Babylon.

   One man stood up for them. He got them to save: men in peaked caps who sheepishly pinned bank notes to the inner lining of their jacket were encouraged by this man to hold their heads high, to walk into NatWest or Lloyd and open an account and put down a deposit on a house. I refer to Eamon Casey who, as a young priest from the Limerick diocese, was sent by his bishop to work with emigrants.

  In the 1950s and 60s, Casey was a whirlwind in a Church that was largely part of a middle-class culture – the piano and the aspidistra in the front parlour. Sure, he was far from perfect: he drove expensive cars, enjoyed a good table and fathered a child. But those who condemn him have forgotten the Lord’s injunction: ‘let him who is without sin...’ Enough said.

    On the feast of Corpus Christi you may well wonder why I bring up Eamon Casey. For this reason. Casey understood that living out the table fellowship instituted by the Lord implied rolling up his sleeves and helping those in need. For all Casey’s faults, I believe, Francis would like him.

   And Francis himself has reminded us that as members of the Church we can never be ‘spectators of a sterile stagnancy.’ (Amoris Laetitia: The Joy of the Gospel)

   Corpus Christi, as many of us knew it, was a long procession on Main Street: first communicants in their dresses immediately behind the glittering monstrance. It is much more than that. It is a call to embody the table fellowship of the Last Supper.                         Fr William

We welcome the parents and families whose children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday at 11am Mass.

The final Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 18th June at 11am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 17/18th June.  Please give generously.

This Sunday 18th June is Father’s Day.  Please remember all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers on this special day.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 21st June at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

Readers Needed

We would like to add to our list of Readers in Rathmines Church, in particular for the Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 7pm and Sunday morning Mass at 11am.  Typically Readers would read only once per month, so it is not a major commitment.  A short training session is available for new Readers. Please contact Bill Riley on 086 827 5335.

International Gathering

Following on from the success of our first international gathering on 28th May we are hosting another get together this Sunday 18th June. Again, this will be immediately after the 6pm Mass and will take place in the Prayer Room. It is an opportunity for immigrants working, living & studying in the area to come together to share their experiences and make new friends. We hope to continue with this endeavour and make these gatherings a regular event in Rathmines parish.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at Milltown Parish Centre on 21 June at 8pm.   If you have experienced the loss of a loved one 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 2238032

Corpus Christi 2017

On Sunday 18th June Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will join the priest and parishioners of the inner city parish of North Wall (Seville Place), Dublin 1, to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass at in the Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole at 12.00 noon and will then lead the Corpus Christi procession around neighbouring streets.  All welcome.

Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages

This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 October this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details from MAP Travel (01) 878 3111 or www.maptravel.ie

Interested in Spirituality?

A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm-9.30pm and on six Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 28 September 2017.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, and no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

PATHWAYS -  EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY -  An Adult Faith Development Programme  The programme begins this year in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th  September 2017 7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m.).  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone : 01 8379253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners,  scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way: Embrace God in nature and build true friendships (and get fit!) Join other young adults for reflective hikes around Dublin area. Monthly event. Next hike Saturday June 17th is from Bray to Greystones, followed by food in the Happy Pear.   Meeting at 11am at Bray Dart Station. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

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.

 

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. 

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

Chant Workshop:  Celebrate Corpus Christi and explore the wonderful wealth of Eucharistic Change with our Gregorian Chant Workshop with Blanaid Murphy, (Director of The Palestrina Choir and Girls’ Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedra)l on Saturday 17th June in our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road, from 2.30-5.30pm and 5.45pm there will be Benediction.  All welcome.

Icon Writing Week 19th-24th June, 2017 in  Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Centre,  South Circular Road, Dublin 12.  Luis Alvarez, a renowned Iconographer will lead the week.  He will open windows to the Sacred through talks on scripture, icons and symbolism.  Previous experience in painting is not necessary and you will leave with and inspiring Icon "the work of your hands”. Deposit required to secure place as numbers limited.  Contact:  Sr. Peter    0833471036  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Catherine  0872077147  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Lucho,  0892444820  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hallelujah – An Evening of Inspirational Music, featuring the Palestrina Choir”. The show comes to the National Concert Hall on Saturday 24 June. The show will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written including: Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, You Raise Me Up, Amazing Grace and more. Featuring world-renowned Palestrina Choir of the Pro-Cathedral. With large screen, narration, historical images and archive footage, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlight of 2017.  Discounted offer of €30 per ticket – to book phone Pat Egan on 01 679 7700 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grave Blessing:  Cemetery Mass & Blessing of graves for Templeogue cemetery will take place on Sunday 25 June at 11.30am in St Jude's Church Willington followed by blessing of graves up in Templeogue Cemetery directly after Mass.  All welcome.

Cemetery Sunday, Deansgrange Parish:  The Annual Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 2 July at 3pm with Mass & blessing of the graves.

Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are like no other! Camp attendees will participate in an array of inspiring activities between 9.30am – 3.45pm Mon - Thurs with a special end of week celebration on Friday.  Each day, Campettes girls aged 11-13, will complete 5 unique activities across the themes of Fun, Fashion, Fáilte, Wellbeing and Faith.  Leaders aim to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment in which Campettes not only develop their skills and talents but self-esteem too. Early booking is advised as places are limited and some Camps are already fully booked! Camp costs £60 / € rate equivalent (family rate available upon request)

Visit Michaela Foundation’s website to find out more or to register.

Lough Derg:  You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from 1st June to 13th August. Daily boats to the Island leave from 10.30am until 3pm, 7 days per week (No need to book).  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Tel Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.loughderg.org

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 18 June 2017 18th June marks the second anniversary of the papal encyclical ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home’. The encyclical’s title is taken from St Francis’ beautiful  “Canticle of the Creatures”. The full text of the Canticle is beautifully read and illustrated in a video by Paolo Maggioni Conte.  Access this, and many other rich online resources, at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.


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 Fri 15th September 2017.  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 and how you can get involved please contact Mary Johnston on 01-708 0418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. 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 & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’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.

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. 

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.

Parish News Sunday 11 June 2017 Trinity Sunday


The Three Men I admire the Most...

Two little boys, one a defender of the faith (maybe a future bishop): the other, a mini-Richard Dawkins are having a theological debate on their way home from school. One is a believer and is highly impressed by the teacher’s cracking of the God mystery: ‘God is all-powerful, all-knowing. Almighty. End of story,’ declares the defender.

    ‘If God is everywhere,’ mini-Dawkins challenges, ‘is he on my father’s car, on the roof, inside, front seat, back seat, on the pedals?’

   ‘O yes,’ says the other. ‘ God is everywhere and almighty.’

   ‘Really! Well my dad doesn’t have a car.’

Another version of the God question from those far-off days was: ‘Can God create a mountain so high he can’t leap over it?’

  The exaggerated language for God’s power became, at times, ludicrous and indeed, spiritually misleading. In overstressing God’s power to the detriment of ‘God is love’, from St John, the true meaning of the trinity, which gives expression to love, unity and communion, is lost.

   An almighty figure (male, of course) could easily evoke negative feelings: this figure, because of his power could punish us or worse – consign us to that place of everlasting fire.

      Language is inadequate, we know, to give expression to what is ultimately a mystery. Indeed, the language that is used about the Trinity is one that reflects a patriarchal society. The Trinity cannot be corralled into words and phrases. Furthermore, in our day, when women rightly demand an equal position in religious expressions, new terms need to be found by the theologians to describe the God of welcomes: male and female he created them, in the image of God they were made. Genesis)

And the three men I admire the most

Father, Son and the Holy Ghost

They caught the last train for the coast

The day the music died.  (Don McClean).

Fr William

We welcome the parents and families whose children will receive the Sacrament of Baptism this Sunday at 11am Mass.

The final Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 18th June at 11am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 17/18th June.  Please give generously.

Readers Needed

We would like to add to our list of Readers in Rathmines Church, in particular for the Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 7pm and Sunday morning Mass at 11am.  Typically Readers would read only once per month, so it is not a major commitment.  A short training session is available for new Readers. Please contact Bill Riley on 086 827 5335.

International Gathering

Following on from the success of our first international gathering on 28th May we are hosting another get together on Sunday 18th June. Again, this will be immediately after the 6pm Mass and will take place in the Prayer Room. It is an opportunity for immigrants working, living & studying in the area to come together to share their experiences and make new friends. We hope to continue with this endeavour and make these gatherings a regular event in Rathmines parish.

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 Wednesday 14 June, at 8pm and at Milltown Parish Centre on 21 June at 8pm.   If you have experienced the loss of a loved one 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 2238032

Corpus Christi 2017

On Sunday 18th June Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will join the priest and parishioners of the inner city parish of North Wall (Seville Place), Dublin 1, to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass at in the Church of St. Laurence O’ Toole at 12.00 noon and will then lead the Corpus Christi procession around neighbouring streets.  All welcome.

Autumn Holy Land Pilgrimages

This is a unique opportunity to visit the Holy Land staying in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Tiberias and visiting all of the sacred places associated with the life of Our Lord.  MAP Travel have pilgrimages throughout the year and have a small number of places left on 13 September and 11 October this year, each accompanied by a Spiritual Director. Full details from MAP Travel (01) 878 3111 or www.maptravel.ie

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.

 

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. 

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

Ecumenical Bible Week takes place from Pentecost (4th June) to Trinity Sunday. There’s a wide variety in the programme this year, including a symposium on the Reformation and Thinking Allowed.  It is recommended to book for the Symposium which will be held on Fri 9th June, from 2pm , chaired by Archbishop Michael Jackson) consisting of two papers and a discussion. Prof. Tony Lane will open the proceedings with a discussion of the agreed statement on justification, signed by the World Lutheran Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The second paper, by Prof Salvador Ryan, asks the question “How should we remember the Reformation?” The Thinking Allowed event, also on Friday 9th at 7.30pm, offers again reflections, this time from four different traditions. They will all respond to one question: Is the Reformation over? All details are on www.bibleweek.ie

Catholic Young Adult Conference:  The Tine Network is partnering with Net Ministries to host a conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in Ireland. The focus of the conference is to explore how we can develop and resource youth ministry in parishes across Ireland. The conference is for Bishops, Priests, Pastoral Councils, Catechists and those involved in chaplaincy ministry in second and third level educational situations. The great wealth of Catholic Youth Ministries around Ireland will share their experience and expertise. The venue is St. Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, beside Smithfield Luas - 10th June 9am-5pm (Cost €25) All welcome. 

Chant Workshop:  Celebrate Corpus Christi and explore the wonderful wealth of Eucharistic Change with our Gregorian Chant Workshop with Blanaid Murphy, (Director of The Palestrina Choir and Girls’ Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedra)l on Saturday 17th June in our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road, from 2.30-5.30pm and 5.45pm there will be Benediction.  All welcome.

Icon Writing Week 19th-24th June, 2017 in  Church of Our Lady of Fatima Parish Centre,  South Circular Road, Dublin 12.  Luis Alvarez, a renowned Iconographer will lead the week.  He will open windows to the Sacred through talks on scripture, icons and symbolism.  Previous experience in painting is not necessary and you will leave with and inspiring Icon "the work of your hands”. Deposit required to secure place as numbers limited.  Contact:  Sr. Peter    0833471036  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Catherine  0872077147  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  Lucho,  0892444820  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                                                               

Alzheimer Cafe - South County Dublin – June 2017 Talk Weds 14th June at 7pm.

Topic: Accompanying a person on the dementia journey can be a privilege, opportunity and joy.  Speaker: Joyce Fitzpatrick  www.bloomfield.ie/Alzheimercafe.aspx

Hallelujah – An Evening of Inspirational Music, featuring the Palestrina Choir”. The show comes to the National Concert Hall on Saturday 24 June. The show will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written including: Ave Maria, Pie Jesu, You Raise Me Up, Amazing Grace and more. Featuring world-renowned Palestrina Choir of the Pro-Cathedral. With large screen, narration, historical images and archive footage, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlight of 2017.  Discounted offer of €30 per ticket – to book phone Pat Egan on 01 679 7700 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Grave Blessing:  Cemetery Mass & Blessing of graves for Templeogue cemetery will take place on Sunday 25 June at 11.30am in St Jude's Church Willington followed by blessing of graves up in Templeogue Cemetery directly after Mass.  All welcome.

Cemetery Sunday, Deansgrange Parish:  The Annual Cemetery Sunday is on Sunday 2 July at 3pm with Mass & blessing of the graves.

Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are like no other! Camp attendees will participate in an array of inspiring activities between 9.30am – 3.45pm Mon - Thurs with a special end of week celebration on Friday.  Each day, Campettes girls aged 11-13, will complete 5 unique activities across the themes of Fun, Fashion, Fáilte, Wellbeing and Faith.  Leaders aim to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment in which Campettes not only develop their skills and talents but self-esteem too. Early booking is advised as places are limited and some Camps are already fully booked! Camp costs £60 / € rate equivalent (family rate available upon request)

Visit Michaela Foundation’s website to find out more or to register.

Lough Derg:  You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from 1st June to 13th August. Daily boats to the Island leave from 10.30am until 3pm, 7 days per week (No need to book).  There are various travel options available countrywide.  The Lough Derg team can help you to co-ordinate public transport or link up with Pilgrimage Organisers in your locality.  Tel Maureen or Lorraine on 071 9861518. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.loughderg.org

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 11June 2017 “Jesus the Jew” – fascinating online lecture by John P. Meier, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and one of the foremost biblical scholars of his generation. Meier's work represents the first time an American Catholic biblical scholar has attempted a full-scale, rigorously scientific treatment of the "historical Jesus." Access this talk, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie


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 Fri 15th September 2017.  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 and how you can get involved please contact Mary Johnston on 01-708 0418 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

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.

Spirituality Course:  Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth.  Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.

More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

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

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20's & 30's) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

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

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.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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

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.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. 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 & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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’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.

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. 

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.