Parish News Sunday 22 April 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter


Trailing Clouds of Glory:

A reflection on Vocations Sunday

We had been ‘the rock ‘n roll kids’, had cheered on (from the sideline) the student revolution of ’68, had raged impotently against the Vietnam War, now we were the newly-ordained returned to our towns or villages from Maynooth or Clonliffe College or other seminaries. We were trailing clouds of glory (or so we thought). Our First Mass was special.

   On their way from the creamery, farmers in peaked caps parked their tractors outside the chapel and knelt at the back. After Mass, all formed a line to kiss the hands blessed with holy oils by the bishop. In the words of Gerard M Hopkins: ‘the world is (was) charged with the grandeur of God. Ireland was young and we would never die. Maynooth and Clonliffe were full to the brim. Were we innocent or naive? Maybe a bit of both is no harm, especially in a consumerist world that now has embraced cynicism and headsets as its mission statement.

   Is this an elegy for a lost Arcady? Not a bit of it. The questions being asked today about a clerical Church by people like that valiant woman Mary McAleese, while uncomfortable, hint at the birth of a new vision; new truths we have to face. Unquestionably, as that fine writer, Aidan Matthews puts it: something in my tradition is dying and something is being born.

But look: let’s be done with hand-wringing and trust in the Holy Spirit and the something new being born. The last word goes to Beckett: ‘Maybe my best years are gone, when I had a chance of happiness. But I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn’t want them back.’                                                                                                                                 Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

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

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

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

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

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

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 12) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

The Family Mass takes place this Sunday 22nd April at 11am, Priesthood Sunday and also next Sunday 29th April.

Vocations Sunday

The Diocesan collection for vocations to the priesthood takes place at all masses this weekend and replaces the Share Collection. Please give generously.

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

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the Sacristy as soon as is convenient.

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

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 will be available for collection at the back of the church the weekend of 28th /29th April. 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.

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

2018 Archdiocese of Dublin Annual Knock Pilgrimage The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018, with the main celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica at 3pm.  This year’s theme: ‘We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to healing and Peace.’  More information: www.dublindiocese.ie/2018-diocesan-pilgrimage-to-knock

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

Open Evening at DCU All Hallows Campus Open House Evening on Thurs 26th April at the DCU All Hallows Campus, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra – the new home of Mater Dei Institute’s programmes in theology, philosophy and ethics.  The Open House will run from 6-9pm with a series of short taster lectures and updates from 7-8pm. 6-7pm Refreshments and information on programmes, postgraduate research opportunities, and scholarships (drop in as you can).  7pm ‘Theology after Mater Dei Institute? The Academic Study of Religion in a Secular University’ with Dr Ethna Regan, Head of School.  7.10pm ‘Emerging Debates in Ethics’, Prof. Bert Gordijn.  7.20pm ‘Atheist Critiques of the New Atheists: A Theologian’s Interpretation’, Dr Peter Admirand.  7.30pm ‘Refusing the Apparent: A Short Introduction to Philosophy’, Dr Ian Leask.  7.40pm ‘The Book that Shaped Ireland: Introducing a New Project Exploring the Bible in Ireland’, Dr Brad Anderson & Dr Jonathan Kearney.  8-9pm Refreshments and information on programmes, postgraduate research opportunities, and scholarships.  To register, please click https://goo.gl/forms/UItJPnj4nsXkR1822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St. Benedict's Priory, Cobh, Co.Cork: Saturday 28th April Day of Recollection based on the spirituality of the Servant of God Marie Adele Garnier.  Theme-The Paschal Mystery.  9am to 3.30pm.  Holy Mass to begin and Adoration during the day. Lunch Provided.  Admission: Donations only. Overnight accommodation available.  

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s)] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.  The next hike will be Sunday 29th April for the Howth Cliff Walk.  We will meet outside the parish Church in Howth at 12.30pm.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Emmanuel 2018 Rescheduled Dates – 1st and 2nd May at 7.30 pm  30 schools comprising  1200 students (600 students per night) from different parts of the Diocese are participating in a massed choir accompanied by a full orchestra.  Tickets €12.00 www.helix.ie Tel:  01 700 7000.  Please support your local schools – full list of participating schools on www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

Ecumenical Bible Week Ecumenical Bible Week will take place from 20th-27th May 2018.  Now in its fifth year, it is a parish-based event that is jointly sponsored by the Archdiocese of Dublin, the combined dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough, and other key groups such as Scripture Union.  The theme this year is ‘Handing on Faith - Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’.  It begins on Pentecost Sunday with the launch event, ‘Praying the New Cosmology’, and will take place in 13 venues across Dublin and surrounding areas. Further information and free downloads and material on www.bibleweek.ie  and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bibleweekie

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

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

Join us on a Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Panama2019 22-27 January. To book or find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WYD is open to young people aged 16-29. Diocesan policy and procedures will apply. www.evangelisation.ie

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

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

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

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 22 April 2018 The ecumenical World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM) continues the work initiated 40 years ago by the Irish Benedictine monk, John Main, in renewing and sharing the ancient Christian path of contemplative prayer. Thousands of people worldwide meet in small groups to meditate in this ancient tradition.  The WCCM website now offers the opportunity to meditate with an online group.  Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

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

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

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Parish News Sunday 15 April 2018 Third Sunday of Easter


                                                                                Is Shamrock a Drink?

A woman goes into a shop on St Patrick’s Day (no, this is not the feeder for a joke) and asks the nice young man behind the counter: ‘Have you got any shamrock?’ Nice young man looks at her: ‘No, sorry. Is that a drink?’ It’s true. And it reminds us that the words that gave expression to our culture: (if you are over-60) are dead and buried. This applies even more so to the language and works of art that evoked for centuries the core Christian values: faith, hope and charity.

   A few years ago, two teachers took a group of children on a holiday to Wicklow. On one of the walls of the open dormitory was an ancient oleograph of the Sacred Heart. The sight of someone’s heart outside the red vest freaked out the children – they’d never seen such before and refused to settle until the teachers took it down.

   And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. So we’re living in a new world – don’t know if it’s a brave one or not, but I do know that a group of people in this parish who compose the Parish Pastoral Council are brave and committed to planting the Word of God in this faith community of Rathmines. I know – I journey with them.

We meet every month with our animator, Mary Kearney, an acclaimed nurturer of faith in parishes, convents and houses of religion. The work is slow but, with God’s grace, it will bear fruit, not just for now but for future generations. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And read the minutes of our last meeting in this bulletin.                                                                         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

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

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

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

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

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

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 11) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 9 April 2018

  • A half day retreat has been arranged for Eucharistic Ministers in Avila house on 23 June 2018.
  • Parish and Pastoral Council mission statement are going to be framed (about A3 size) and placed at back of the church.
  • Garda vetting must be completed by all volunteers in all parish committees. Forms are being sent out to all groups.
  • The Pastoral Council and Mary Kearney, our animator, will meet The Readers of the Word on 30 April.
  • The Pastoral Council is putting in place structures to improve communication within the parish committees and the wider parish membership. 

News from the Finance Committee Meeting

You may be glad to know that work on the old parish hall should begin by mid-summer. This was largely the matter for discussion at last week’s meeting of the finance committee ably headed by Mr Roger Conan. What is most positive is that the diocesan secretariat for finance is urging us on to carry out the project. They (and we in the finance committee) are at one in recognising the need for a pastoral centre to meet the challenges of a modern parish. So, those of you who ‘tripped the light-fantastic’ in days of yore in the old hall, may do so again! What’s even more encouraging is that the diocese may broker a substantial grant for us to embellish a local fund-raising campaign. So – onwards and upwards.  

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 15th April at 11am.

The Family Mass takes place next Sunday 22nd April at 11am, Priesthood Sunday.

Share Appeal Sunday takes place this Sunday 15th April 2018. The Share collection provides essential pastoral services supporting all parishes in addition to providing support to low-income parishes and contributing to initiatives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

Next Sunday 22 April, a special collection will be taken at all masses, in place of Share, for those studying for priesthood in the Dublin Diocese. Please give generously.

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

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the Sacristy as soon as is convenient.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 18 April at 8pm. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 223 8032.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 18th April at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. New members welcome.

Annual Spring Sale

The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver

Sunday 15th April

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall

Terenure 10.30am to 2.30pm

Proceeds this year will go to Fr Joseph Nguyen Ngoc Ngoan of Dien Bien Parish, Hung Hoa, Vietnam to pay school year fees for 37 ethnic students.

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

The Encounter Friday 20th April in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay at 8pm.  It is a young adults (20’s & 30’s) event with live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speakers on life, faith and purpose.  We are delighted to announce that John Pridmore is our guest speaker and Riaghan O’Callaghan is our musician for the night.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity

2018 Archdiocese of Dublin Annual Knock Pilgrimage The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018, with the main celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica at 3pm.  This year’s theme: ‘We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to healing and Peace.’  More information: www.dublindiocese.ie/2018-diocesan-pilgrimage-to-knock

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

A Life Lived in God Monastic Vocations Weekend at the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Thurs 12thto Sun 15th April 2018.  Contact: Sr Lucy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.rednuns.com 

Open Evening at DCU All Hallows Campus Open House Evening on Thurs 26th April at the DCU All Hallows Campus, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra – the new home of Mater Dei Institute’s programmes in theology, philosophy and ethics.  The Open House will run from 6-9pm with a series of short taster lectures and updates from 7-8pm. 6-7pm Refreshments and information on programmes, postgraduate research opportunities, and scholarships (drop in as you can).  7pm ‘Theology after Mater Dei Institute? The Academic Study of Religion in a Secular University’ with Dr Ethna Regan, Head of School.  7.10pm ‘Emerging Debates in Ethics’, Prof. Bert Gordijn.  7.20pm ‘Atheist Critiques of the New Atheists: A Theologian’s Interpretation’, Dr Peter Admirand.  7.30pm ‘Refusing the Apparent: A Short Introduction to Philosophy’, Dr Ian Leask.  7.40pm ‘The Book that Shaped Ireland: Introducing a New Project Exploring the Bible in Ireland’, Dr Brad Anderson & Dr Jonathan Kearney.  8-9pm Refreshments and information on programmes, postgraduate research opportunities, and scholarships.  To register, please click https://goo.gl/forms/UItJPnj4nsXkR1822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Emmanuel 2018 Rescheduled Dates – 1st and 2nd May at 7.30 pm  30 schools comprising  1200 students (600 students per night) from different parts of the Diocese are participating in a massed choir accompanied by a full orchestra.  Tickets €12.00 www.helix.ie Tel:  01 700 7000.  Please support your local schools – full list of participating schools on www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s)] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.  The next hike will be Sunday 29th April for the Howth Cliff Walk.  We will meet outside the parish Church in Howth at 12.30pm.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

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

Join us on a Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Panama2019 22-27 January. To book or find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WYD is open to young people aged 16-29. Diocesan policy and procedures will apply. www.evangelisation.ie

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

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

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

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 15 April 2018 In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one's own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation.  “Praying with Art” offer a series of reflections in tandem with pieces of art. Each month a painting is offered in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture. The idea is that you can return to the painting and scripture and discover more depth throughout the month. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

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

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

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Parish News Sunday 8 April 2018 Second Sunday of Easter


The Field

He sold a field that belonged to him, and then he brought the money, and laid it at the apostles feet.’ This was Barnabas (son of encouragement) in today’s First Reading. I remember another field: the subject of John B Keane’s fine play in which blood was spilled in order to gain ownership of a piece of land. ‘They’d kill you for land around here’ someone once said to me when we were discussing Keane’s drama. Of course, we ought not to be too hard on ourselves even if we cannot match the selfless gestures of the early Church. The Great Famine has cast a long shadow over our collective psyche.

   What’s instructive for us this morning is that the faith of those first followers wasn’t something wrapped in cotton wool and camphor balls: it blossomed into a great movement where, apparently, great care was shown to those in need. Can we say the same today: 10,000 people in our society without a place of their own to lay their heads?

   The message is very clear: faith isn’t a set of principles to which we give assent in our heads; it is vision that issues from the heart. And people who never darken the door of a church would often put us to shame. Conversely, we who either preside at the Eucharist or knee in the pews need, from time to time, to hold up a mirror to our conscience and see how we fare.                                                                                                                                              Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

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

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

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

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

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

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Regan will speak at all masses this weekend 7th/8th April as a parish representative for the World Meeting of Families 2018 about recruiting volunteers to help at the WMOF 2018 including volunteers for host families.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter (Issue No. 10) is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

The Family Mass takes place this Sunday 8th April at 11am, Divine Mercy Sunday.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 15th April at 11am.

Share Appeal Sunday will take place next Sunday 15th April 2018. The Share collection provides essential pastoral services supporting all parishes in addition to providing support to low-income parishes and contributing to initiatives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

The VDP Sunshine Fund Collection which took place on the weekend of 24th/25th March last, raised a total of €1,700. The Sunshine Fund, a special works conference of the St. Vincent de Paul would like to express their appreciation for the generosity of the Rathmines parish congregation.

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

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the Sacristy as soon as is convenient.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Parish Centre, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar on Weds 11 April at 8pm and at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 18 April at 8pm. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 223 8032.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘Saint Joseph Protector of the Church’ will take place on Thursday 12th April next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

Service of Remembrance A Service of Remembrance for the Coombe Hospital will be held on Sunday 8th April at 3pm in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8.

Annual Spring Sale

The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver

Sunday 15th April

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall

Terenure 10.30am to 2.30pm

Proceeds this year will go to Fr Joseph Nguyen Ngoc Ngoan of Dien Bien Parish, Hung Hoa, Vietnam to pay school year fees for 37 ethnic students.

The Encounter Friday 20th April in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay at 8pm.  It is a young adults (20’s & 30’s) event with live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speakers on life, faith and purpose.  We are delighted to announce that John Pridmore is our guest speaker and Riaghan O’Callaghan is our musician for the night.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity

2018 Archdiocese of Dublin Annual Knock Pilgrimage The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018, with the main celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica at 3pm.  This year’s theme: ‘We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to healing and Peace.’  More information: www.dublindiocese.ie/2018-diocesan-pilgrimage-to-knock

The National Council for the Blind of Ireland are badly in need of volunteers for their NCBI Charity shop at 110 Lower Rathmines Rd, D6. Anybody who has a few hours to spare is urged to get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

‘Future Families: Challenges for Faith and Society’

Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI)

Venue - Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin 2.

Saturday 14th April 2018 11am – 4pm

Examining the realities of family life and faith in Ireland In preparation for the World Meeting of Families [WMOF] 2018

The ACI supports Pope Francis in his desire to make the WMOF an inclusive occasion, open to all. The aim is to provide a forum where those who feel abandoned by or alienated from the Church because of their circumstances can voice their concerns and describe the realities of life for their families, knowing that they will be heard with compassion and respect.

All Welcome. For more information see www.acireland.ie

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

A Life Lived in God Monastic Vocations Weekend at the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Thurs 12thto Sun 15th April 2018.  Contact: Sr Lucy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.rednuns.com 

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s)] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.  The next hike will be Sunday 29th April for the Howth Cliff Walk.  We will meet outside the parish Church in Howth at 12.30pm.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

Scripture Summer School 2018 What profit the prophets?  Exploring the prophetic imagination for today.  June 18-22 at Clonliffe College.  Presenters and topics: Jessie Rogers - The Word of the Lord is like fire in my bones (Jeremiah 20:9) - Re-imagining the biblical prophets for the 21st century.  Seán Goan - Blessed are those who read this prophecy (Revelation 1:3) - The Book of Revelation as a prophetic word for today’s Church.  Kieran O’Mahony - A great prophet has risen among us! (Luke 7:16) - Taking another look at Luke’s Jesus.  For more detailed information: www.tarsus.ie.  The teaching “style” is participative.  If cost prevents anyone from taking part, please get in touch.

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

Join us on a Pilgrimage to World Youth Day, Panama2019 22-27 January. To book or find out more: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. WYD is open to young people aged 16-29. Diocesan policy and procedures will apply. www.evangelisation.ie

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Dublin Knock Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday April 21st 2018 from 11am to 4.30pmTheme: “We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to Healing and Peace”. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 8 April 2018 For the seven weeks of Eastertide, the daily liturgical readings follow the Acts of the Apostles as they narrate the story of the early Christian community.  Pray As You Go offers a short and interesting online retreat as an accompaniment through these readings. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

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

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

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.

Parish News Sunday 1 April 2018 Easter Sunday


It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

I know, I know – when Andy Williams sang that song, he had Christmas on his mind, but for many, Easter is that time. There isn’t the tension and anxiety and the hope that everything will go alright as there is on Christmas Day. Nor does Easter bring back with deep sadness the empty chair. And the weather is (sometimes) better; at least, the mornings are bright and the dawn chorus will be at your window in no time.

In Christian spirituality, of course, Easter is the supreme moment when the Christian world celebrates the triumph of goodness over evil: light over darkness. Isn’t there something unique about a darkened church on Holy Saturday night – whether in a rough and ready chapel in Tanzania right in the heart of a prairie or in the elegance of St Peter’ Square.

   A sea of expectant faces, hungry for a better life. Beseeching the risen Lord to answer their prayer: bring peace of mind to my son whose nerves are troubling him; help my husband to stay away from the drink; may the medical test show a good result. And for one brief moment the heart is flooded with light and hope.

   The little lighted candles flicker bravely, the singing of the Exultet:

O happy fault/ O necessary sin of Adam/ which gained for us so great a Redeemer.

O felix culpa, quae talem ac/ tantum meruit habere/

Redemptorem.

We’ve been through a long winter: there are brighter days ahead. Happy Easter. Fr William

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday 29 March

Morning Prayer will be recited at 10am from Holy Thursday – Holy Saturday

Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7.30pm (Trocaire Boxes can be returned at these Masses)

Watch and Pray Vigil 9pm

Good Friday 30 March

Morning Prayer 10am

Outdoor Ecumenical Way of the Cross 12 noon (Commences at Rathmines Church)

Solemn Celebration of The Passion of the Lord 3pm

Stations of the Cross 7.30pm

Holy Saturday 31 March

Morning Prayer 10am

Solemn Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection 9pm

(Please note our Easter Vigil Mass commences outside at the Paschal Fire and during Mass we will welcome candidates to receive the sacraments of initiation)

Easter Sunday 1 April

Mass Times 9am, 11am and 6pm

Confessions

Individual Confessions                 Good Friday 30 March after Solemn Celebration of the Passion

Holy Saturday 31 March after Morning Prayer 10.30am to 12 noon

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

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

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

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

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

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

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

Host a Family / Pilgrim Do you have a spare room in your home and want to help? Help us to welcome visiting families to Ireland and have a home-from-home experience. Learn more at www.worldmeeting2018.ie/hostafamily Tel 01 567 6800 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David Regan will speak at all masses next weekend 7th/8th April as a parish representative for the World Meeting of Families 2018 about recruiting volunteers to help at the WMOF 2018 including volunteers for host families.

The Choose Life 2018 newsletter is available at the back of the church.  Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.  Please take one.

The Parish Office will be closed over the Easter period, reopening Tues 3rd April at 10am.

Our warmest congratulations to Antje Barkhall, Gyljano Kola, Maelle Gay-Pageon, Jane Godwynne Domingo and Weronika Urban who received the full Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil last night.

Many thanks for your generous support of the Crosscare Annual Youth Services Church Collection on 17th & 18th March last which amounted to € 1,400.

The Family Mass takes place next Sunday 8th April at 11am, Divine Mercy Sunday.

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

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

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the Sacristy from Holy Thursday onwards.

Passion Play in St. Catherine’s, Meath Street  Annual celebration of the Lord's Passion with Passion Play, performed by parishioners, at 3pm on Good Friday 30th March in St. Catherine’s Parish, Meath Street, Dublin 8.  Celebration of the Way of the Cross, done in tableau form with meditations that speak to life today and also performed by parishioners, takes place at 8pm on Good Friday night.

Service of Remembrance  A Service of Remembrance for the Coombe Hospital will be held on Sunday 8th April at 3.00pm in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8.

Annual Spring Sale

The Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver

Sunday 15th April

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall

Terenure 10.30am to 2.30pm

Proceeds this year will go to Fr Joseph Nguyen Ngoc Ngoan of Dien Bien Parish, Hung Hoa, Vietnam to pay school year fees for 37 ethnic students.

The Encounter Friday 20th April in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay at 8pm.  It is a young adults (20’s & 30’s) event with live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, with guest speakers on life, faith and purpose.  We are delighted to announce that John Pridmore is our guest speaker and Riaghan O’Callaghan is our musician for the night.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity

2018 Archdiocese of Dublin Annual Knock Pilgrimage The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018, with the main celebration of the Eucharist in the Basilica at 3pm.  This year’s theme: ‘We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to healing and Peace.’  More information: www.dublindiocese.ie/2018-diocesan-pilgrimage-to-knock

LUISNE CENTRE, KILCOOLE (Exit 11 from N11) The Why, What and How of Mindfulness

3 sessions: Saturdays 14th & 28th Apr and 12th May 2018 - with Sean Kelly. 10am – 1pm

COST: €75. Contacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 086 051 7575,  www.luisne.ie

A Life Lived in God Monastic Vocations Weekend at the Monastery of St Alphonsus, Thurs 12thto Sun 15th April 2018.  Contact: Sr Lucy - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.rednuns.com 

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way  Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s)] for reflective hikes around Dublin Area.  Monthly event.  The next hike will be Sunday 29th April for the Howth Cliff Walk.  We will meet outside the parish Church in Howth at 12.30pm.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

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

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

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

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

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

Archdiocese of Dublin Knock Pilgrimage will take place on Saturday April 21st 2018 from 11am to 4.30pmTheme: “We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to Healing and Peace”. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 1 April 2018 “Rejoice, let them rejoice, the hosts of Heaven!” Pray the glorious Easter “Exultet” – the ancient and beautiful proclamation of the resurrection of Christ. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today - Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland.  www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland.  Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church. The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there. The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

Diocesan Prayer Book:  The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book - ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90).  For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness.  Of use for personal prayer  on many occasions - in parish - at home - in hospital - healthcare facilities, - for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls.  Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House - Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie.  More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 - www.catholicbishops.ie

Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne's new book of prayers, meditations and reflections  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us.  Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.

Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.

Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone's home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer's own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.

Crosscare's Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.

Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.  The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year.   If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people.  Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARC Cancer Support Centre are seeking volunteers to help manage ‘drop-in centres’ in Dublin, 65 Eccles Street, and 559 South Circular Road. They mainly require 'floating' volunteers who can fill in while others are on holidays/sick leave. Volunteers are also needed who might commit to one day a week for a certain period of time. The role involves: answer the door/phone. Greet clients and make them feel welcome. Make tea/coffee. Listen and chat and be supportive. Talk through the services available in ARC Cancer Support Centre. Prepare treatment rooms for classes. Ensure the 'drop-in' area is tidy and stocked with refreshments. Training is provided. If interested in volunteering, contact Jane Ketterer on 01 7830 7333 or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.

Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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

Volunteers for Sage Support and Advocacy Service  Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings.  Sage will provide appropriate training and support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

Would you consider becoming a volunteer advocate for Third Age and help residents of nursing homes voice their needs and wishes, access their entitlements and assert their rights? If so please contact Mary Cahillane, Third Age National Advocacy Programme, Unit A5, Centrepoint Business Park, Oak Road, Dublin 12 by telephone 087 738 4624 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (full training provided).

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

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

Teen-Line Ireland is a registered charity which provides a free-phone help-line for young people who may be feeling alone, worried or distressed.   We provide emotional support through our non-judgmental, secure and confidential listening service. The Free-Phone Help-Line: 1800 833 634 is open from 7pm – 10 pm, 7 days per week, and from 3pm. – 10pm. on Wednesdays.