Parish News 25th September 2016 Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

On the Rathmines Road, almost opposite the church, there’s a distinguished-looking redbrick house close to where I have my daily fix (coffee, dear reader). Over the door of this house is a quotation taken from the Ascent of Solomon and intended to give encouragement to pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem. Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Beneath the inscription are the letters YMCA. The house itself, like many another around Rathmines, bespeaks another age. They did things differently in those days.

   The quotation though is ever young. It gave heart to the pilgrims in the ancient world and now, it is a salutary reminder to us in the parish pastoral council to heed those words of Solomon. And that, I believe, we try to do when we meet at Avila Retreat House – to build on the foundations of the past and help to create a community in Rathmines that, with God’s grace, will bring about a kingdom of justice, love and peace. This project will take much effort and care. If you undertake to plant an oak much husbandry is needed to nurture its growth.

   Our aim in the pastoral council is twofold: openness to the word of the Lord, the supreme builder, and openness to the daily realities of life in Rathmines, from the early morning bustle towards town of bikes and busses to the rush to be ‘far from the madding crowd’ each evening.

   Our invocation of the Lord, the builder, isn’t a few perfunctory words taken from some book or other. It is organic – a shared reflection on the Word of God – and is conducive towards community building.

   Fogra: Soon, perhaps, early in Advent we will hold a commissioning ceremony for the new pastoral council; this will be incorporated into the 11 o’clock Mass. In the meantime, remember us in your reflections. 

                                                                                                            Fr William

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

Last weekend’s Annual Collection for Homeless and Community Services for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese – raised a total of €2,779.  A very big thank you to all parishioners who contributed so generously. 

A special churchgate collection in aid of Threshold (National Housing Charity) takes place after all masses this weekend 24/25th September.  A representative will speak at Masses. Your support will enable Threshold to help many families who are facing homelessness right now in Ireland.

To celebrate the

160TH ANNIVERSARY

of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a

GALA CONCERT in Rathmines Church

on

Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

A Talk:  Join Whitefrair Street Parish for a talk by Susan Conroy on how to find light in an often dark world on Mon 26th September.  Susan worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta for 2 years and developed a close friendship thereafter.  Day Program begins at 2.30pm with Benediction & Devotions followed by Mass at 3pm and talk at 3.45pm.  Evening Program, 7.45pm there will be a Prayer Service and Talk at 8pm.  More info: www.mercyseptember2016.com

Church Gate Collection in aid of Pax Christi 8th & 9th October

Your generous support is requested for the work of Pax Christi Ireland which is based in the presbytery of this parish. It is the Irish section of Pax Christi International Catholic Peace Movement. Pax Christi was born out of the ashes of World War II in the winter months of 1944-45 to bring peace in our broken world starting by working for peace between the French and Germans. It works in wide ranging areas related to peace, justice, resolution of conflicts through non-violent means and reconciliation witnessing the peace of Christ including Northern Ireland, peace education etc. It has worked internationally to ban inhumane weapons like landmines, cluster bombs, blinding laser weapons and continues to work to eliminate nuclear weapons and development of robot weapons among other issues. It has consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It is the recipient of UN Peace Messenger award and UNESCO peace award.

Michael Judd will be performing The Importance of Being Oscar in Bewley’s Café Theatre on the top floor in The Powerscourt Town Centre from Mon 26th September to 15th October and runs concurrently with Dublin Theatre Festival. This is a lunchtime show with doors opening at 12.50pm.

‘Season of Creation’ Lectures at St Patrick’s Hall, Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar.

Mon 17th October, Anna Keegan of Trócaire will speak on the impacts of climate change in Malawi and will examine how Irish parishes can promote climate justice.  Both events will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Fun Day:  Milltown Parish are having their Annual Fun Day on Sun September 25th from 12.00-3.00pm. A Magician, a D.J., Face Painting and Fancy Dress competition are included in the activities on the day. Refreshments will be served, all welcome to come along to this parish event!

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of St Audoen’s Church to the Polish Community in Dublin, a special Anniversary Concert is being organised. Choir drawn from St Audoen’s Church and other Polish Chaplaincies, under the baton of Dorota Józefiak will present a concert of Polish medieval and modern sacred music, on 25th September at 6pm. The concert will be preceded by a thanksgiving Mass with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as the main celebrant and homilist. Bishop Raymond Field, Chairman of the Council for Immigrants and Rev. Ryszard Głowacki, Superior General of the Society of Christ, will be concelebrating. Coffee and tea will be served after the concert.  For further information contact – 0872393235.

http://dublin.eparafia.pl/ireland/

Exercise Dementia Prevention study      

A new study involving Trinity College Dublin seeks

volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems

to search for possible links between exercise and

dementia prevention.

  • Do you have memory problems that don’t interfere with your day-to-day function?
  • Are you becoming more forgetful?
  • Would you be interest in taking part in a 12 month exercise based research study?

Potential participants will be screened over the phone initially, and the researchers will link with candidates’ GPs and carry out an exercise test to ensure they can take part.

If you are interested and would like to receive more information, please contact a member of the research team.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 085-2239249

Annual Remembrance Service: The National Maternity Hospital will hold its Annual Remembrance Service held in memory of babies who have died in the hospital through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth on Sunday 2nd October at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2.  For more info contact the Chaplaincy Dept

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 - 01 6373121 (Bleeps 080 / 131).  All welcome.

Miles for Mission Africa:  World Missions Ireland is delighted to announce its inaugural charity walk/run to take place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd October from 11.00am (Duration 5K).  Sponsorship cards available from World Missions Ireland, 64 Lwr. Rathmines Rd. Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4972035 or www.idonate.ie/wmi

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

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. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

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

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

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half board MAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

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

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

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

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish News 18th September 2016 Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jottings on a new concept of a Parish Council

Begin

Begin again to the summoning birds

To the sight of the light at the window....

Yes, we are taking up the poet Kennelly’s invitation as articulated in those opening lines. I refer to a group of people from the parish who are meeting once a month at Avila, the Carmelite Retreat Centre in Donnybrook. Our hope is that this group will constitute the pastoral council and carry on the good work begun by leaders of the parish, lay and clerical, going back over the years.

   But it’s a pastoral council formation with a difference. Here’s what happens. At about seven-thirty in the evening, we assemble at Avila – a blessed place that evokes Hopkins’s ‘elected silence sing to me/and beat upon my whorled ear’. Then we engage with the Benedictine prayer known as Lectio Divina (divine reading). We read a piece of scripture, reflect on it and then, share a word or phrase with the group. To use today’s dreadful cliché: it works.

  Lectio is followed by housekeeping – various pieces of information we share about the parish (not idle chatter!). Then we take ourselves to the dining room for a light cena which proves to be an opportunity in greater mutual understanding. ‘You learn a lot about a man from the way he eats his supper,’ James Joyce once observed. After that we return for a discussion on a relevant topic; presently, we are making our way through a fine book called: ‘Tomorrow’s Parish.’

   This is just brush strokes of what happens. For my part, it’s a joy to be there and a contrast to other pastoral councils, I’ve attended over the past thirty years, where the blood pressure would be mounting and homicide wouldn’t seem such a bad idea at all!

   And do I hear a murmur of discontent from you, dear reader? Why aren’t you painting the church or cutting the weeds or knocking down and building up: isn’t that what pastoral councils do? My goodness. What are you training for – to be monks? Be patient. The fruit of this work will, with God’s grace, be reflected in this parish very soon and in the future. Together we aim to make the future better. We need your prayers and your support.

‘You see things; and you say: ‘Why’? But I dream things that never were and say why not.’ G.B. Shaw

                                                                                                                        Fr William

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

The Annual Collection for Homeless and Community Services for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese- takes place at all masses this weekend 17th and 18th September and will replace the normal Share Collection.  A representative from Crosscare will speak at all Masses on Sunday. 

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after evening masses only this weekend 17th/18th September.  Please give generously.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul would like to pass on their appreciation to all those parishioners who donated to this year’s Annual SVP Clothing Appeal and would like to thank you once again for your continued support.

A special churchgate collection in aid of Threshold (National Housing Charity) will take place after all masses next weekend 24/25th September.  Your support will enable Threshold to help many families who are facing homelessness right now in Ireland.

To celebrate the

160TH ANNIVERSARY

of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a

GALA CONCERT

on

Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 21st September at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

This Friday 16th September, is Culture Night, and Rathmines College of Further Education in Rathmines Town Hall will present a full programme of events including an exhibition of photographs on the refugee crisis in Europe by photojournalist Artur Widak; the launching of Dublin City’s Council’s Walking Trail Map of Rathmines with Pat Liddy; Class Acts: a talent Show  featuring  students from the DIT, St Mary’s, St Louis High School and Rathmines College, and a Culture Night Miscellany of poetry, music, song and story. It kicks off at 5m and admission to all events is free.  www.rathminescollege.ie/downloads/culture-night-2016.

‘Season of Creation’ Lectures at St Patrick’s Hall, Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar.

Mon 19th September, world renowned eco-theologian, Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC, will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical; ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home’.  Laudato Si’ deals with issues such as the relationship between poverty and environmental damage, climate change, social responsibility, the beauty of creation, biodiversity loss, and the Christian duty to care for the earth.  Fr McDonagh has written and lectured extensively on the relationship between faith, justice and ecology. He advised the Vatican on the first draft of Laudato Si’. 

Mon 17th October, Anna Keegan of Trócaire will speak on the impacts of climate change in Malawi and will examine how Irish parishes can promote climate justice.  Both events will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

BOOK LAUNCH ‘The history of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook’ by Colette Pegum

RDS Library, Ballsbridge, Thurs 22 September at 6.30pm.  Join us for the Launch during the annual RDS Library book sale which takes place during the week of 19 - 23 September.  AII Welcome.

Life to the Full 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. We begin with the inspiring ‘Men, Women & the Mystery of Love' by Edward Sri. Starts Sept 8th. Every Thursday 7pm-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

International Day of Peace:  Dublin City Interfaith Forum & St Patrick's Cathedral invites you to join us in an Interfaith Service to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace 2016.  The event is scheduled for Tuesday, 20th September from 7.00pm in St Patrick's Cathedral in The Lady's Chapel.   Please confirm attendance by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Triduum of Prayer:  Join Ballinteer parish for their Triduum of Prayer in honour of St. Pio  which takes place at 9.30am Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church Ballinteer, Dublin 16 from 21st – 23rd September.  On Friday 23rd September on St. Pio’s Feast Day there will be a special Mass at 7.30pm with Celebrant Fr. Martin Bennet, OFM, CAP.  Blessing with Padra Pio glove.  All welcome.

Fun Day:  Milltown Parish are having their Annual Fun Day on Sun September 25th from 12.00-3.00pm. A Magician, a D.J., Face Painting and Fancy Dress competition are included in the activities on the day. Refreshments will be served, all welcome to come along to this parish event!

Faith Fest:  Join us in Holy Cross College on Friday 23rd September from 6.00-9.00pm for an evening for music, prayer, workshops and chatter.  We welcome all teenagers from parishes who wish to meet other teens from other Dublin parishes to explore faith and life in a fun and exciting way.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of St Audoen’s Church to the Polish Community in Dublin, a special Anniversary Concert is being organised. Choir drawn from St Audoen’s Church and other Polish Chaplaincies, under the baton of Dorota Józefiak will present a concert of Polish medieval and modern sacred music, on 25th September at 6pm. The concert will be preceded by a thanksgiving Mass with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as the main celebrant and homilist. Bishop Raymond Field, Chairman of the Council for Immigrants and Rev. Ryszard Głowacki, Superior General of the Society of Christ, will be concelebrating. Coffee and tea will be served after the concert.  For further information contact – 0872393235.

http://dublin.eparafia.pl/ireland/

Exercise Dementia Prevention study      

A new study involving Trinity College Dublin seeks

volunteers over 50 with mild memory problems

to search for possible links between exercise and

dementia prevention.

  • Do you have memory problems that don’t interfere with your day-to-day function?
  • Are you becoming more forgetful?
  • Would you be interest in taking part in a 12 month exercise based research study?

Potential participants will be screened over the phone initially, and the researchers will link with candidates’ GPs and carry out an exercise test to ensure they can take part.

If you are interested and would like to receive more information, please contact a member of the research team.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Phone: 085-2239249

Annual Remembrance Service: The National Maternity Hospital will hold its Annual Remembrance Service held in memory of babies who have died in the hospital through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth on Sunday 2nd October at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2.  For more info contact the Chaplaincy Dept

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 - 01 6373121 (Bleeps 080 / 131).  All welcome.

Miles for Mission Africa:  World Missions Ireland is delighted to announce its inaugural charity walk/run to take place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd October from 11.00am (Duration 5K).  Sponsorship cards available from World Missions Ireland, 64 Lwr. Rathmines Rd. Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4972035 or www.idonate.ie/wmi

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

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. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

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

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

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half board MAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

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

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

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

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish News 11th September 2016 Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Light of evening ... Maynooth

Much in the news of late, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is a beautiful place. Beautiful at any time of the year, but especially in summer. Gerard M. Hopkins, the celebrated poet and Jesuit priest penned his great love for Oxford University in a hymn of praise called Duns Scotus’s Oxford. The opening line of that poem is vintage Hopkins: Towery city and branchy between towers. As far as I know (I never had the opportunity of studying there) Maynooth doesn’t have towers but it has spires and steep roofs and Gothic windows, hand-carved altars and pictorial designs in stained glass that make it special. It also has ancient chestnuts and beeches that line the long walk at the back: what generations of priests fondly call The Graf (Grafton Street)

   Along with my young Croatian friend, Lucija, I made a short visit to the seminary at dusk one evening last week. I wondered how a young, highly-qualified woman from abroad who reads the papers would react to the national seminary. She loved it. She loved the peace that filled the twilight that evening.

   And the students we came across in the elegant St Joseph’s Square were friendly, courteous and dignified. They patiently answered our questions about Maynooth’s proud traditions, its architecture and its natural beauty. ‘And what are those birds making such a racket in that tree?’ she wanted to know.

   Inside we strolled through the wooden corridors. One wall was lined with solemn-looking bishops from old Ireland; on the other, ordination class pieces – cameos in sepia of young men, all now gone to their eternal reward.

   Dressed in a white shirt, sleeveless black pullover and black pants, a man came towards us. He had an open, weather-beaten face. The apostles must have been like him – no frills. What you see is what you got. From Quilty, County Clare, he will be ordained in two years. He had worked for the ESB at Moneypoint power station. Some years ago his dear wife passed away; he has a son at the university across the bridge, he told us. 

   Lucija wanted to see the chapel. He readily obliged: climbed stairs, unlocked doors, switched on the full lights, explained things; then he shut it all down again. Any parish will be lucky to have him. My friend and I knelt; my prayer was that Maynooth will continue to train fine priests like the Quilty man, who once brought light to his native Clare and will now bring a brighter light to whomsoever he serves. 

                                                                                                                        Fr William

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

Annual SVP Clothing Appeal Please return your bags this weekend Sat 10th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 11th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

The Collection for the Earthquake in Italy held on Sunday 28 August last raised a total of €1,975.  A very heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.

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

The Annual Collection for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese- takes place at all masses next weekend 17th and 18th September and will replace the normal Share Collection.  A representative from Crosscare will speak at all Masses. 

To celebrate the

160TH ANNIVERSARY

of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a

GALA CONCERT

on

Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

ANNUAL PARISH EXCURSION

Trim Castle / Fore Abbey / Castlepollard / Kells – 4 High Crosses

Saturday 17th September 2016

We still have some places available on our Annual Parish Excursion taking place next Saturday 17th September (departing 9.30am from outside Rathmines Church), travelling to Trim, visiting Trim Castle followed by lunch in the Castlepollard Hotel.  After lunch, we will travel onto Fore Abbey in Westmeath, and then take in a visit to Kells, including the 4 High Crosses before returning to Rathmines Church at approximately 7pm.  Total cost this year is €40 (including coach, lunch and entrance fees).  To book, please contact the parish office asap.

This Friday 16th September, is Culture Night, and Rathmines College of Further Education in Rathmines Town Hall will present a full programme of events including an exhibition of photographs on the refugee crisis in Europe by photojournalist Artur Widak; the launching of Dublin City’s Council’s Walking Trail Map of Rathmines with Pat Liddy; Class Acts: a talent Show  featuring  students from the DIT, St Mary’s, St Louis High School and Rathmines College, and a Culture Night Miscellany of poetry, music, song and story. It kicks off at 5m and admission to all events is free.  www.rathminescollege.ie/downloads/culture-night-2016.

‘Season of Creation’ Lectures at St Patrick’s Hall, Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar.

Mon 19th September, world renowned eco-theologian, Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC, will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical; ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home’.  Laudato Si’ deals with issues such as the relationship between poverty and environmental damage, climate change, social responsibility, the beauty of creation, biodiversity loss, and the Christian duty to care for the earth.  Fr McDonagh has written and lectured extensively on the relationship between faith, justice and ecology. He advised the Vatican on the first draft of Laudato Si’. 

Mon 17th October, Anna Keegan of Trócaire will speak on the impacts of climate change in Malawi and will examine how Irish parishes can promote climate justice.  Both events will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Life to the Full 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. We begin with the inspiring ‘Men, Women & the Mystery of Love' by Edward Sri. Starts Sept 8th. Every Thursday 7pm-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

Faith Fest:  Join us in Holy Cross College on Friday 23rd September from 6.00-9.00pm for an evening for music, prayer, workshops and chatter.  We welcome all teenagers from parishes who wish to meet other teens from other Dublin parishes to explore faith and life in a fun and exciting way.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Remembrance Service: The National Maternity Hospital will hold its Annual Remembrance Service held in memory of babies who have died in the hospital through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth on Sunday 2nd October at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2.  For more info contact the Chaplaincy Dept

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 - 01 6373121 (Bleeps 080 / 131).  All welcome.

Special Anniversaries:  Join Lusk parish on Friday 7th October in Saint MacCullin’s Church, Lusk for couples celebrating Special Wedding Anniversaries such as their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th & 70th during 2016. If you would like to participate please give your name & phone number to Yvonne in Lusk Parish office - Tel: 8438421 before 23rd September. 

Miles for Mission Africa:  World Missions Ireland is delighted to announce its inaugural charity walk/run to take place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd October from 11.00am (Duration 5K).  Sponsorship cards available from World Missions Ireland, 64 Lwr. Rathmines Rd. Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4972035 or www.idonate.ie/wmi

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

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. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Pilgrimage to Knock: The National Grandparents Association and The Navan Road Parish will run a bus to Knock on Sunday 11th September. Cost €25 - if we have 32 bookings - Departing at 7:45am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road with stop on way for Coffee Break. Booking Forms available in Parish office and the Church - Payment due to office before Tuesday 6th September.   Contact: Parish office on 01 8380265.  All welcome.

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

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

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

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half board MAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

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

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

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

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                      11 September 2016

Light of evening ... Maynooth

Much in the news of late, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is a beautiful place. Beautiful at any time of the year, but especially in summer. Gerard M. Hopkins, the celebrated poet and Jesuit priest penned his great love for Oxford University in a hymn of praise called Duns Scotus’s Oxford. The opening line of that poem is vintage Hopkins: Towery city and branchy between towers. As far as I know (I never had the opportunity of studying there) Maynooth doesn’t have towers but it has spires and steep roofs and Gothic windows, hand-carved altars and pictorial designs in stained glass that make it special. It also has ancient chestnuts and beeches that line the long walk at the back: what generations of priests fondly call The Graf (Grafton Street)

   Along with my young Croatian friend, Lucija, I made a short visit to the seminary at dusk one evening last week. I wondered how a young, highly-qualified woman from abroad who reads the papers would react to the national seminary. She loved it. She loved the peace that filled the twilight that evening.

   And the students we came across in the elegant St Joseph’s Square were friendly, courteous and dignified. They patiently answered our questions about Maynooth’s proud traditions, its architecture and its natural beauty. ‘And what are those birds making such a racket in that tree?’ she wanted to know.

   Inside we strolled through the wooden corridors. One wall was lined with solemn-looking bishops from old Ireland; on the other, ordination class pieces – cameos in sepia of young men, all now gone to their eternal reward.

   Dressed in a white shirt, sleeveless black pullover and black pants, a man came towards us. He had an open, weather-beaten face. The apostles must have been like him – no frills. What you see is what you got. From Quilty, County Clare, he will be ordained in two years. He had worked for the ESB at Moneypoint power station. Some years ago his dear wife passed away; he has a son at the university across the bridge, he told us. 

   Lucija wanted to see the chapel. He readily obliged: climbed stairs, unlocked doors, switched on the full lights, explained things; then he shut it all down again. Any parish will be lucky to have him. My friend and I knelt; my prayer was that Maynooth will continue to train fine priests like the Quilty man, who once brought light to his native Clare and will now bring a brighter light to whomsoever he serves. 

                                                                                                                        Fr William

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

Annual SVP Clothing Appeal Please return your bags this weekend Sat 10th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 11th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

The Collection for the Earthquake in Italy held on Sunday 28 August last raised a total of €1,975.  A very heartfelt thanks to all who contributed.

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

The Annual Collection for CROSSCARE – the Social Care Agency of the Dublin Diocese- takes place at all masses next weekend 17th and 18th September and will replace the normal Share Collection.  A representative from Crosscare will speak at all Masses. 

To celebrate the

160TH ANNIVERSARY

of our Parish Church,

Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines

we are hosting a

GALA CONCERT

on

Wednesday 12th October at 8pm

with the

Army No. 1 Band, Rathmines Folk Group, Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath, DIT Chamber Choir and St Louis Senior Primary School Choir.

This will be a wonderful evening of music and song and everyone is welcome to come along.

Admission is free with an interval collection in aid of The Capuchin Day Centre

ANNUAL PARISH EXCURSION

Trim Castle / Fore Abbey / Castlepollard / Kells – 4 High Crosses

Saturday 17th September 2016

We still have some places available on our Annual Parish Excursion taking place next Saturday 17th September (departing 9.30am from outside Rathmines Church), travelling to Trim, visiting Trim Castle followed by lunch in the Castlepollard Hotel.  After lunch, we will travel onto Fore Abbey in Westmeath, and then take in a visit to Kells, including the 4 High Crosses before returning to Rathmines Church at approximately 7pm.  Total cost this year is €40 (including coach, lunch and entrance fees).  To book, please contact the parish office asap.

This Friday 16th September, is Culture Night, and Rathmines College of Further Education in Rathmines Town Hall will present a full programme of events including an exhibition of photographs on the refugee crisis in Europe by photojournalist Artur Widak; the launching of Dublin City’s Council’s Walking Trail Map of Rathmines with Pat Liddy; Class Acts: a talent Show  featuring  students from the DIT, St Mary’s, St Louis High School and Rathmines College, and a Culture Night Miscellany of poetry, music, song and story. It kicks off at 5m and admission to all events is free.  www.rathminescollege.ie/downloads/culture-night-2016.

‘Season of Creation’ Lectures at St Patrick’s Hall, Church of Three Patrons, Rathgar.

Mon 19th September, world renowned eco-theologian, Fr Sean McDonagh, SSC, will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical; ‘Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home’.  Laudato Si’ deals with issues such as the relationship between poverty and environmental damage, climate change, social responsibility, the beauty of creation, biodiversity loss, and the Christian duty to care for the earth.  Fr McDonagh has written and lectured extensively on the relationship between faith, justice and ecology. He advised the Vatican on the first draft of Laudato Si’. 

Mon 17th October, Anna Keegan of Trócaire will speak on the impacts of climate change in Malawi and will examine how Irish parishes can promote climate justice.  Both events will commence at 7.30pm. All are welcome and admission is free.

Life to the Full 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. We begin with the inspiring ‘Men, Women & the Mystery of Love' by Edward Sri. Starts Sept 8th. Every Thursday 7pm-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

Faith Fest:  Join us in Holy Cross College on Friday 23rd September from 6.00-9.00pm for an evening for music, prayer, workshops and chatter.  We welcome all teenagers from parishes who wish to meet other teens from other Dublin parishes to explore faith and life in a fun and exciting way.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Remembrance Service: The National Maternity Hospital will hold its Annual Remembrance Service held in memory of babies who have died in the hospital through miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth on Sunday 2nd October at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2.  For more info contact the Chaplaincy Dept

National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2 - 01 6373121 (Bleeps 080 / 131).  All welcome.

Special Anniversaries:  Join Lusk parish on Friday 7th October in Saint MacCullin’s Church, Lusk for couples celebrating Special Wedding Anniversaries such as their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th & 70th during 2016. If you would like to participate please give your name & phone number to Yvonne in Lusk Parish office - Tel: 8438421 before 23rd September. 

Miles for Mission Africa:  World Missions Ireland is delighted to announce its inaugural charity walk/run to take place in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 22nd October from 11.00am (Duration 5K).  Sponsorship cards available from World Missions Ireland, 64 Lwr. Rathmines Rd. Dublin 6 Tel: 01 4972035 or www.idonate.ie/wmi

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

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. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Pilgrimage to Knock: The National Grandparents Association and The Navan Road Parish will run a bus to Knock on Sunday 11th September. Cost €25 - if we have 32 bookings - Departing at 7:45am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road with stop on way for Coffee Break. Booking Forms available in Parish office and the Church - Payment due to office before Tuesday 6th September.   Contact: Parish office on 01 8380265.  All welcome.

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

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

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

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half board MAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

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

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

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

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parish News 21st August 2016 Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me...

The American comedian Groucho Marx was accepted as a member of the exclusive Friar’s Club in Hollywood. He expressed disappointment, however, that the club was not as exclusive as he had thought, so he replied to the committee: ‘Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.’

   I was told recently that most golf clubs (and tennis clubs) have a space in the application form where the applicant fills in: Occupation. What Occupation has to do with playing golf or tennis, I wondered. Maybe the rationale behind that is that brain surgeons make better golfers than butchers!

    In today’s Gospel, Luke tells us about the door policy of God’s kingdom.  While Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem, having a shrewd idea of the suffering he will meet, he is asked: ‘Who will be saved?’ Who will be admitted into the kingdom. The ultimate golf club in the sky.

‘Well,’ says Jesus, ‘the door is narrow. Try your best to enter by the narrow door.’

‘But,’ replies the indignant camp followers: ‘We ate and drank in the same restaurants and bars as you did. We’re your friends.   We were at the 11 o’clock Mass every Sunday in Dominic Street, (or Rathmines). We were on the parish pastoral council. Some of us are priests and religious.’

   But good pedigree, right address, the right profession for the golf club cuts no ice with Jesus. He explains himself. ‘The door is narrow, try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.’

   And what’s the password Jesus is looking for? Fidelity to the word of God. Discipleship not camp following.                      Fr William

New Curate for Rathmines Parish We are delighted to announce that Fr Peter O’Connor, Adm, Rush, Co Dublin will be joining us in Rathmines Parish as curate from 15th September next.  We extend a warm welcome to him.

 

There will be one Mass only on Saturdays at 7pm until further notice.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 20th/21st August.  Please give generously.

The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 21st August for two weeks, reopening Monday 5th September 2016 at 10am.

 

ANNUAL PARISH EXCURSION

Trim Castle / Fore Abbey / Castlepollard / Kells – 4 High Crosses

Saturday 17th September 2016

The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Saturday 17thSeptember (departing 9.30am from outside Rathmines Church) and will travel to Trim, visiting Trim Castle followed by lunch in the Castlepollard Hotel.  After lunch, we will travel onto Fore Abbey in Westmeath, and then take in a visit to Kells, including the 4 High Crosses before returning to Rathmines Church at approximately 7pm.  Total cost this year is €40 (including coach, lunch and entrance fees).

To book, please phone Elizabeth on - 01 497 9562 or 087 649 1829 before 5th September 2016.

Copies of the Parish Financial Statement for the year to 30 June 2015 are available to all parishioners at the back of the church.

 

Heritage Week Event at Luisne, Kilcoole (Exit 11 from N11) Art and Photography Exhibition,

25th to 27th August 2016. Time: 3pm-5pm and 7pm-9pm.  This year Luisne will exhibit art by Barbara

O’Meara and some of her Luisne students. Barbara has been teaching art at Luisne for the past year

and her creativity and sense of fun has been infectious.  Our multi-talented head gardener, Dieter

Sommers, will exhibit his stunning photography. Dieter is a member of the Greystones Photography

Club and some of their members will also exhibit work.  Do come and view these wonderful exhibitions!

 

Sesquicentenary 150 Join Donnybrook Parish to celebrate Sesquicentenary 150 in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook from Fri 26th to Sun 28th August 2016.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard for a full programme of events or check out www.donnybrookparish.ie  Organised by Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society. 

 

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 26 Nov 2016 to work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required & no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided. Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.  No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs. If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.  Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers

M 086 8520271.

Join the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Enniskerry  for their Annual Blessing of Graves which will take place in St. Patrick's, Curtlestown on Sunday 28th August at 3.00pm and on Sunday 4th September in St. Kevin's Glencree after 9.00am Mass.

B.E.- BEGINNING EXPERIENCEis 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.Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 7th September 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..www.beginningexperience.ie

Pilgrimage to Knock: The National Grandparents Association and The Navan Road Parish will run a bus to Knock on Sunday 11th September. Cost €25 - if we have 32 bookings - Departing at 7:45am from Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road with stop on way for Coffee Break. Booking Forms available in Parish office and the Church - Payment due to office before Tuesday 6th September.   Contact: Parish office on 01 8380265.  All welcome.

Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:

Kilcullen Pastoral Centre, Sat 1st/2nd October, 12th/13th November; 14th/15th January and 25th/26th February.

BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Oct 15/16 2016, Nov 26/27 2016, Jan 28/29 2017, Mar 11/12 2017

BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 14/15 Jan 2017, 25/26 Feb 2017,1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish.  For further information and application forms contact: 01 8373732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course.

Tuesday 6th September - Tuesday 25th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Free parking available

 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities: Available Now

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

Interested in Spirituality?  A new programme in spirituality is being offered in partnership with Lumen – Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. This Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality is a two-year part-time programme which takes place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm and on seven Saturdays each year.  The programme begins on 29 September 2016.  It is an exciting and spiritually enriching programme open to all, no prior learning is required. For further information contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

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

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

Barnardos Children’s Charity is looking for volunteers to help collect funds during our national collection day “Buckets for Barnardos” taking place on Fri 16 September. Volunteers can either help with an organised bag pack, or join us on the streets shaking buckets in locations throughout Dublin. All money raised on the day will help disadvantaged children and their families in communities around Ireland. Every hour of your time counts so please give what you can.  Contact Mary on 1850 217 217 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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

 

Study Liturgy at the National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Courses begin 19 September 2016.  The courses, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Masters provide training for those who wish to prepare for parish ministry, and who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership and training in various pastoral contexts. www.liturgy-ireland.ie

Conference: CEIST is holding its Annual Conference on 29th -30th September in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone.  This year’s theme is “Living the Message of Mercy in Catholic Schools”. One of the speakers is Fr Tomas Surlis, President of St Nathy’s College.   Please forward your replies to Dr Marie Griffinat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For further info T 01 651 0350 M  087 9600150 E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Cell Seminar: The National Cell Seminar of Parish Cells in Ireland is Celebrating 26 Years of Cells in Ireland in St. John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16 on 23rd, 24th & 25th  September. The Seminar will offer a variety of experiences to those attending.  For further information contact the Secretary, Parish Office, St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer, Dublin 16. Ph. 01 499 4203 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage 7th – 12th September 2016.  Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Dublin.  Application forms are available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 Tel 01 837 6820.  Please see the poster on our noticeboard.

Holy Land - Year of Mercy Christian Solidarity Pilgrimage Led by Archbishop Eamon Martin

9 Sept - 8 nights - direct flights - €1,495.00pps half boardMAP Travel (01) 878 3111      www.maptravel.ie

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

 

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

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

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

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) forchemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapytreatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will find a box with your name on it. For parishioners or regular visitors, who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. You can take a box of 52 weekly envelopes which has no name on it, but please remember to leave your name and address and the number of the box you are taking on the sheet provided. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by standing order. A draft letter which you can send to your bank manager, requesting him/her to set up the direct debit from your bank account, is available at the back of the church. Just give the following parish account details to your own local bank and ask them to set it up. The parish bank is AIB Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The sort code is 93-12-92, and the Account No. is: 15890398.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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