Parish News Sunday 22 July 2018 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Honouring the Past; Creating for the Future

We here in Rathmines Parish have inherited a rich legacy in terms of the brave efforts made by people, priest and bishop, in the 19th century to provide a church building that is worthy of a people’s faith.

   And we are now moving towards the bi-centennial of the parish, constituted in 1823 at a time when Daniel O’Connell was leading a movement towards Catholic Emancipation. In fact, our church is a key example of the energy released in that movement towards freedom of worship.

Much has happened; much has changed in 200 years, but one constant remains: the desire of a people to celebrate its belief in the Risen Lord and in Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners. And one is confident that our church – the first to be built in the Dublin diocese in the Byzantine style – continues to foster the hopes and dreams of a people. And a sacred space that brings consolation in times of worry and anxiety.

   When the church was built and in the subsequent years, the bark of Peter was blessed with ‘fair winds and following seas’ – today – not so. Nevertheless, the flame of the faith is still alive, and the Lord asks us to kindle that flame.

And we do that when we provide facilities for the social, educational and spiritual development of our people. I refer in particular to the work done by leadership groups over the past number of years to convert the old hall into a pastoral centre: a centre that will meet many objectives.

   We are confident that this work will begin in the autumn and, we need your prayers of support and financial help. Rathmines, relative to other parishes, is financially in a good place, but we have big overheads and we have a deficit of c. €40,000 annually.

   The target is to raise €400,000 which will include the installation of a heating system in the church.

This weekend, at the back of the church, we hope to have a board showing the architect’s drawings of the new centre. We invite you to view it. And whatever donation you are able to give will take us over the line, with God’s help. May health, prosperity and length of days be yours.      

         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 Pro Life Campaign church gate collection will be held after all masses next weekend 28th & 29th July. The Pro Life Campaign promotes and defends human life at all stages, from conception to natural death. It also campaigns for resources to support and assist pregnant women and those in need of healing after abortion.

June Parish Pastoral Council meeting

The Parish Council met for our final meeting before the summer.

Amongst the items covered, we discussed the updates on the redevelopment of the new Pastoral Centre. We also looked at the numerous Ministry Groups and what each ministry provides to the parish and how these ministry groups can be developed and nurtured.

We will reconvene in September.

Be part of the Holy Communion team at the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park on

Sunday 26th August We are seeking the generous help of around 4,000 ministers of Holy Communion to volunteer for one day to be Christ’s disciples helping to give the Bread of Life to the people at this historic Papal Mass.  This is open to any of those who are already trained and assisting with the distribution of Holy Communion in their own parishes.  We are looking for the help of lay people, priests, deacons and religious Ministers of Holy Communion. Those volunteering need to be trained and functioning ministers of Holy Communion in your own parish community.  You will need to be Garda vetted for this event, even though you have been vetted for this ministry in your own parish (if you are already Garda vetted for WMOF2018 that suffices).  You will need to be in the Phoenix Park by 10.30am on Sund26th August

To Volunteer to be a Minister of Holy Communion at the Papal Mass click here: https://bit.ly/2uJMgPb

One-Day Volunteers for the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday August 26th

With just six weeks to go to the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin from 21 – 26 August, we are opening up a new opportunity for those who have availability to volunteer for one day for WMOF2018.  We are asking for Volunteer Papal Mass Stewards for the Closing Mass of WMOF2018 which will take place in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August.
www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Get-Involved/Volunteer/Volunteer-for-One-Day

Walk While You Can Fr. Tony Coote, PP of Mount Merrion, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease earlier this year.  He has started a walk from Letterkenny to Ballydehob to create awareness and raise some much-needed funding for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Research Motor Neurone.  If parishioners have friends or relatives along that western route, perhaps they might ask them to come out and show support as the walk passes through their area. Parishioners are also very welcome to join to walk for an hour or two as well.
The walk concludes in Ballydehob on Monday 6th August.  Full details of Tony’s walk are available at wwyc.ie

Literature at the back of the church

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

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

Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend masses. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

Jesuit Week at Knock Shrine 24th – 31st July.  Facilitated by Eddie Cosgrove SJ, Terry Howard SJ and Dermot Mansfield SJ.  There will be two 20 minute sessions daily at 11.05am and 7.05pm in the Prayer Guidance Centre, Knock Shrine.  Mass at 3pm in the Basilica.  Each talk will focus on a different theme.  No booking necessary, all are welcome.

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

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

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

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

One Day Course in Effective Mindful Communication Would you like more hours in the day and colleagues who actually listen? Well there’s a way to achieve that and it’s all in your hands!  Join Nuala McKeever for a fun, thought-provoking day where, using the tools of self-awareness and mindfulness, we learn how to “slow down” time and speed up effective communication.  Venue: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W on Weds 5th September 2018.  Fee €75.  http://olh.ie/education-research/nuala-mckeever-2/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy to be Holy?  Messenger Publications have recently published Happy to be Holy? A short, simple commentary on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate by Fr. Alan Hilliard of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  The book is now available for €4.95 at www.messenger.ie.  A discount of 20% is offered on orders of 10 or more copies, when ordered by phone 01-7758522 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Faith for Life  Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life.  It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

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

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

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

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 22 July 2018 The "Canticle of the Creatures" or "Laudes Creaturarum”, is a sublime prayer composed by Saint Francis of Assisi. It was first sung in its entirety on the saint’s deathbed. Beautifully read and illustrated in a video by Paolo Maggioni Conte, this is a moving reminder of the sacredness of all things. To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

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

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

UCD Vitamin Drink Study

The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project to see if B-vitamin drinks can improve your B-vitamin status. Over the course of the 16 week study, you will be asked to: 

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

•   Consume a free daily vitamin drink. 

•   Have your blood pressure checked. 

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

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researchers: Roberta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 7162442 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

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

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

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

Parish News Sunday 15 July 2018 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


‘Crying in my heart and soul’

While I was trying to cobble these few words in the lounge bar of a country hotel, I became aware of chat between two women beside me: one was in her middle years, the other a teenager. It was late breakfast time: a time of holidays and ‘school’s out’ and children with parents having what the world now calls ‘quality time’.

   Stray words and fragments rose and fell and interfered with my concentration on Amaziah shooing Amos the prophet out of his town. In that straw hat fizz of chat and clink of cups, I became aware of the conversation coming from the two women next to me. It was affectionate and yet strained.

And it was only when the teenager disappeared for a moment that the penny dropped. The mother whipped out her phone and spoke urgently to a friend. ‘Of course, well, I know she’ll be back in September but I’m crying in my heart and soul; I can’t show any of that in front of her.’ When her teenage daughter returned she slapped shut her phone.

It was one of those moments in time when you are privileged to eavesdrop on the depth and strength of love that resides in the hearts and minds of men and women. ‘Will they hear about Amos being shown the front door next Sunday?’ I foolishly asked myself when they had gathered their shopping bags and left. Perhaps not. And yet they possess that which is the jewel in the crown of Jesus’ teaching. That rare, precious commodity called Love. And isn’t it a privilege to experience that which the human spirit long for most of all. Remember the lines from Carlos Williams’ poem:

And did you get what/ you wanted from this life even so/I did/And what did you want/to feel myself/

Beloved on the earth.

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

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

Literature at the back of the church

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

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

Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend masses. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

Jesuit Week at Knock Shrine 24th – 31st July.  Facilitated by Eddie Cosgrove SJ, Terry Howard SJ and Dermot Mansfield SJ.  There will be two 20 minute sessions daily at 11.05am and 7.05pm in the Prayer Guidance Centre, Knock Shrine.  Mass at 3pm in the Basilica.  Each talk will focus on a different theme.  No booking necessary, all are welcome.

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy to be Holy?  Messenger Publications have recently published Happy to be Holy? A short, simple commentary on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate by Fr. Alan Hilliard of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  The book is now available for €4.95 at www.messenger.ie.  A discount of 20% is offered on orders of 10 or more copies, when ordered by phone 01-7758522 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Faith for Life  Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life.  It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

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

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

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

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 15 July 2018 “We do not know how to pray”, says St Paul, “but the Spirit prays within us, deeper than words”. For the prayer of the Spirit of Jesus to well up in our hearts, flood our hearts, and overflow in us, we have first to become still, to concentrate. Benedictine monk, Laurence Freeman, who heads the ecumenical World Community of Christian Meditation, introduces the ancient and simple practice of meditation. To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

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

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

UCD Vitamin Drink Study

The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project to see if B-vitamin drinks can improve your B-vitamin status. Over the course of the 16 week study, you will be asked to: 

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

•   Consume a free daily vitamin drink. 

•   Have your blood pressure checked. 

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

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researchers: Roberta at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 7162442 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

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

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

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

Parish News Sunday 8 July 2018 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Any Champagne, eh?

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

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

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

         Fr William

OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018

God, our Father,

We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,

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

gentle and generous,

welcoming to those in need.

Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.

Protect all families with your loving care,

Especially those for whom we now pray:

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

Increase our faith,

Strengthen our hope,

Keep us safe in your love,

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

This we ask, through Christ our Lord,

Amen

Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.

Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

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

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

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

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

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

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

Literature at the back of the church

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

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

Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend masses. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faith for Life  Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life.  It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

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

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

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

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

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

UCD B vitamins & Healthy ageing

If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older. Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

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

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

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

Parish News Sunday 1 July 2018 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


The Quick and the Dead:

Now pile your dust upon the quick and the dead’ Laertes orders the gravedigger in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The quick, meaning those who are alive, and the dead, well, that can have a whole host of meanings. And it is clear from the readings for today’s Mass that God is a god of the quick: the one who rejoices when we are happy. The one who desires us to be joyful. ‘I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord. I repeat what I want is your happiness.’ Phillipians, (4. 4–9). Could there be any greater endorsement of our thirst to enjoy life.

   Pity, isn’t it that, Catholic Christian teaching in old Ireland was so obsessed with sin and ‘the desires of the flesh’. God was then a spoiler of our youthful high spirits. We had to go to confession or risk failure to make the cut.

   Wherever there is life and love, there is God. And whenever you are a witness to the beautiful face of Life and her twin sister, Love, you are walking on sacred ground.

   During this week, on Ballyheigue Strand, when the air was filled with glitter and shrieks of laughter and the Ice Cream van playing The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, a little boy raced up from the shallow waters and called to his father: ‘Dad, can I have a piazza tonight?’ And right there was an eloquent expression of Trust and Hope and Love. God was alive on Ballyheigue Strand.

   The world is charged with the grandeur of God’ said the poet, Gerard M Hopkins in the age of Victoria. It still is if we look for it.

         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.

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

The Annual Collection for the Pontifical Charities (Peter’s Pence) takes place this weekend on Sat 30th June and Sun 1st July and replaces the usual Share collection. Please give generously.

 

Literature at the back of the church

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

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

Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend masses. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

Society of African Missions (SMA) Summer School 2018 ‘Radical Discipleship: Healing for a World in Pain’ Fri 29th June to Sun 1st July in Dromantine, Newry, Co. Down.  Keynote speakers include Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Professor Tina Beattie and the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan.  There are also several related workshops and excellent facilitators, as well as prayer and Eucharist.  Daily attendance fee is £5 for Friday / £10 for Saturday or Sunday.  Enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://sma.ie/sma-summer-school-2018-radical-descipleship-healing-for-a-world-in-pain/

Blessing of the Graves The Annual Mass and Blessing of the Graves will take place in Deansgrange on Sunday 1st July at 3pm.  All welcome.

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

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

Launch of the WMOF Seven Church Pilgrimage in Halston Street

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

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

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

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

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme Booking is now open for Pathways, which begins this year in Holy Cross College on Thursday 27th September 2018 (7pm–9.30pm).  Pathways is a two-year, one night a week course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year.  There are no exams and no written work – the only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy!  The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments.  Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.  Places are limited so early application is advisable.  For more information please visit www.evangelisation.ie or contact Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Phone: 01 8087594 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Faith for Life  Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life.  It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

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

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

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

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

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

UCD B vitamins & Healthy ageing

If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older. Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 1 July 2018 For the 31 days of July, leading up to the feast day of St Ignatius Loyola, the English Jesuits will focus online on Ignatian ways to pray. Each week will explore a different style of Ignatian prayer to help and guide into a deeper relationship with God. They are also offering the opportunity to register for a "prayer journaling" space where people can share their experiences in the 31 days community.  To access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

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

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

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

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

 

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!

1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s

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

LEARN HOW TO:

Search the Internet Send & receive emails

Shop and book flights

Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

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

ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE

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

TEL: (01) 475 6989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June

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