Parish News 10th April 2016 Third Sunday of Easter

 

From a Presbytery Window

They met on Harold’s Cross Bridge in 1937; he was sixteen, she was around the same age. They got married in 1942 and lived out their days in Rathmines. He worked as a barber and, even though of a quiet disposition, he became a well-known figure in the community. For some he was known respectfully as ‘Mr Rathmines.’

I speak of Bill Doran, whose funeral took place in the parish church this week and who is gone to his eternal reward. When the hearse was leaving the church grounds, I spotted two photographs that had been left behind on the altar rails. One, in black and white, showed a handsome young couple taken on Portmarnock Strand, probably back in the 1940s. Their smiles, their body language and the way they sat beside each other on the sandhills bespoke a harmony that is special to young love. A man looked over my shoulder: ‘aren’t they like a Hollywood couple,’ he said. They were. The other photograph showed them on board a cruise ship many years later: the lineaments of their youthful good-looks still evident.

I thought of their meeting on Harold’s Cross Bridge in pre-war times: a different Dublin. Did they go to the Stella? Or did they walk into town to the Metropole, or dance in Clerys? I wondered. How rich a tapestry people weave when there is harmony! It becomes sacramental. Elizabeth Barrett Browning puts it so well:

Earth’s crammed with heaven

And every common bush afire with God

But only he who sees takes off his shoes

The rest sit around and pick blackberries.

We live in a world that in some respects is fragmented: bad news is the order of the day. Isn’t it refreshing to celebrate those lives well lived albeit on the occasion of a fond farewell from their family. 

Fr William

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 9th/10th April.  Please give generously.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 10th April at 11am.

Next Sunday 17th April is Vocations Sunday.  A special collection will be taken at all masses, in place of Share, for those studying for priesthood in the Dublin Diocese.  Please give generously.

Do you believe that God calls all people to spread the Good News? How are you responding

to the call? Do you want some help? Next week is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Come,

join with the parish in prayer for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life in our Diocese.

Crosscare are running a self-care course for people who are caring for a family member. The course will be held once a month for 8 months and is open to anyone who is caring part-time or full-time for a loved one. The course is free and will be held in the Iona Centre, Knocklyon or Crosscare Centre, Blanchardstown and Arran Quay. For more information please contact Rosemary on 0868269977 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘Canon Sheehan of Doneraile’ will take place on Thursday 14th April next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

Parishioners and visitors are invited to visit the Easter Garden in the prayer room of the church during the Easter season.

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

 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the sacristy from now onwards.

The RISE FOUNDATION are running a 10 week programme to support family members who

have a loved one with an alcohol, drug, sex or gambling problem.  Starting on 20th April 2016,

the programme will run for 3 hours on a Wednesday evening for 10 weeks. Venue: Carmelite

Community Centre, Auniger St, Dublin 2.  For further information please email

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01 764 5131.

Silent Retreat:  A silent one-day retreat for men and women will be held on Sunday 10 April at Milltown Park from 10.00am-6.00pm. Join us for spiritual direction by Jesuit Fathers who will give talks, guided prayer, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and Blessing of the Sick. Meals provided. Contact: Lay Retreat Association 01-5577113 (Suggested offering €30).

Our Lady’ Choral Society (OLCS) are presenting a concert in Merchant’s Quay Church on Thursday April 14th at 6.30pm.   Admission is free and there will be an announcement during the concert asking for donations for Merchant’s Quay Ireland (helping with drug rehab programme) and Focus Ireland (helping homeless people).  Top soloists on the night and the Orchestra  will be conducted by Proinnsias O Duinn.  See you all there.

Inchicore Church Celebration:  Join us in St Michael's Church, Inchicore, and former garrison church to Richmond Barracks, to commemorate and celebrate the significance of the church in this 2016 Centenary year.  A series of events will take place from 12th -24th April, opening with a commemorative community Mass on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm Details of all other events can be viewed on www.stmichaelsinchicore.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. Next residential weekend will be held 20th – 22nd May 2016  in All Hallows, Drumcondra,Dublin 9 For further information please contact 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%22%20%5Co%20%22blocked::mailto:<a href="/ mailto:bedublin="" gmail="" com="" 22="" 20="" 5ct="" 22_blank="">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%22%20%5Ct%20%22_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie 

Scripture Evenings:  Jessie Rogers in Orlagh Retreat Centre, on April 14, 21, 28 and May 5. ((7.30-9.30 each evening) €10 per session.  We really don't hear the stories of the Bible until we hear them as stories about ourselves. In these evenings we'll be engaging some of the lesser-known Old Testament characters: Hagar, Esau, Miriam and Naomi.  Even though they could be considered 'minor players' in the sweep of the Old Testament narrative, their stories are surprisingly complex and insightfully told. To book a place for this course phone 01 495 8190, or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Orlagh, Gunny Hill, Dublin 16 VF38.

Lough Derg Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Season opens on Sunday 1st May with One Day Retreatswhich continue for the month of May.  Booking is essential.  The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Wednesday 1st June.  You may begin the Pilgrimage on any day between 1st June and 13th August.  Pre-booking is not required for the Three Day Pilgrimage.Contact Lough Derg by telephone 071 9861518 OR Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.loughderg.org

Year of Mercy - Year of Grace Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi May 1st – May 8th 2016.  There are a number of places available on this special pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us visiting the Eternal City and the Beautiful City of St. Francis.   (Will include spiritual director Fr. Paddy Madden and experienced guide)  Contact Map Travel at (01) 878 3111 or Ann in Aughrim St. Parish (01) 8386232 (9.30-12.30) if interested. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Spiritual Direction Training: Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s.  Applications are currently being processed for the 2016 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth. Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement. Course information and application forms are available on http://www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training.  You can also visit http://www.manresa.ie/parishes/bulletin for details of upcoming events that may be of interest.

New and Continuing Courses at Luisne

Opportunities for Meditation: Meditation Practice with Instruction 10.45am-12pm from 4 April;

Daily Meditation 12.10pmand 5pm, (both by donation); Reflections on Mysticism 8pm-9:45pm,

€65 for 10 weeks, from 4th April.

Art of Deep Stillness with John Doherty – a follow up to his course on The Art of Stillness but can

be attended independently, €55 for 5 weeks/€110 for 10 weeks, 7.30-9pm, from 5th April.

Abstract Art with Barbara O’Meara from 5th April, €75 for 5 weeks and Art Appreciation with Siobhan

Campbell from 13th April, 7.30-9pm; €55 for 5 weeks

Limited places available for Dr John Feehan’s workshop, Exploring Creation, on 23rd April from

10am–4:30pm. This workshop is free to all Luisne members. Otherwise cost is €50. See

www.luisne.ie for details. Booking requested by 8th April.

 

NEW BESTSELLING BOOK ON RATHGAR!

Well known author and local historian, Maurice Curtis, has produced another bestseller! Author of the best-selling book on Rathmines, which is still available in bookshops, Maurice has written a fascinating book on the adjacent district of Rathgar, which like Rathmines, is absolutely full of history,mystery,magic and lots of interesting stories. Rathgar - A History is available from Alan Hannas, Dubray Bookshop, the Rathgar Bookshop and all good bookshops

"An anonymous questionnaire-based study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the memory mistakes people make in everyday life and the possible relationship between memory errors and age, gender, mood state and fatigue. The questionnaire takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  This information may help GPs judge the potential seriousness of an individual's memory complaints.  If you are interested, aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring 01 700 6083."

Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp                                                                                                        St. Louis School, Rathmines, Dublin 11th July - 15th July 2016 Inspire young people in your local community this summer.  Volunteer at Michaela Foundation Summer Camp and help young girls aged 11-13 to build confidence and self-esteem whilst sharing the Michaela Foundation ethos “Life without Limits”.  Share your skills, enhance your CV, meet new friends and have fun!

As a Leader you can choose to deliver activities within one of the five key elements of Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Furthermore, each volunteer will also receive their own exclusive Michaela Foundation Camp Leader’s Jersey from O’Neill’s.  “Seeing girls transform from quiet, shy and nervous children to powerful, confident and extremely happy unique individuals. I cannot put it into words. Amazing” - 2015 Camp Leader.  Register now to avoid disappointment or to find out more please visit - www.michaelafoundation.com

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. 

 

Creative Spirit Competition:  for the Year of Mercy with the theme is Mercy in Action  For 4-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years Categories include Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying the idea of Mercy in Action. Encourage children’s liturgy groups, youth groups and schools in your parish to get involved, provide a few prizes, host a local exhibition of entries and do a bit of printing. Link to Competition Materials:  https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7F261FED9DC362D2!23787&authkey=!AC0qgGQs8BMEArk&ithint=folder%2cjpg  This includes the Outline, Entry Form, Poster and Certificates. More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has released their brochure for a series of workshops on Loss and Bereavement for 2016.  The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers working with people who have experienced a major loss, and will be held in the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.  Cost: 1-day workshop €100, 2-day workshop €190.

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

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training.  We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.  I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.  I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.  Ciara Geraghty 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital/TCD study on depression  The research team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have contacted the Diocese seeking healthy volunteers for a study to investigate the biology of depression.  The study compares proteins in the blood called ‘biomarkers’ between people who have severe depression and people who are healthy, in order to explore a potential treatment for depression.  If you think you would be interested in being a part of new and exciting research, please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (01) 249 3385.  For more information about this and other studies please visit: https://medicine.tcd.ie/psychiatry/research/projects/depression-neurobiology.php

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221. 

Down Syndrome Ireland are asking if  you could please drop any copper coins that you may have at home in jars,  into our collection drum in  Bank of Ireland branches at Ballyfermot, St Stephens Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel or Drumcondra at the corner of Clonliffe Rd.  We also have a unit in both our charity shops in GPO arcade and 52 Sundrive Rd, Kimmage.  Down Syndorme Ireland would really appreciate your support in collecting as much copper as possible. Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more details or phone 01 426 6515 and we can arrange to collect large amounts of copper.

The Dublin Lourdes Choir, with director Damian Gallagher and soloist Sharon Lyons, has recorded a new CD of settings of Ave Maria.  It is hoped that this music will give people a sense of the grace-filled comfort, peace and prayer of Lourdes.  The CD is available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office – tel. 01 837 6820 or 01 808 7555.  The cost is €10, and proceeds will go towards financially supporting sick children and adults who otherwise could not make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is offering the opportunity for young people aged between 16 -30 to come to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in July 2016. The diocese is bringing two groups to WYD, teenager (16-18years of age) and Young Adults (over 18s). Places are limited.  The World Youth Day offers fun, reflection, music and prayer as well as the opportunity to celebrate your faith with people from all over the World.  Young Adults (over 18s only) are invited to sign up for a leadership course called “Anchor”.  If you need more information, have any questions or like to book your place please go to www.evangelisation.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.

Want to make a difference?  Give a child the gift of reading Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older with time on their hands, lots of life experience and an enjoyment of reading, for a volunteer reading programme in 5 primary schools in Dublin. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some extra help with their reading.  The sessions occur 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes each and the volunteer will be asked to read with 2 children on each visit which happen during primary school hours. Some of the volunteers who have worked with us have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01 7080431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2015/2016 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.

Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning and drivers for meals on wheels.

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.

We are keen to enrol and  train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

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.

The Youth Initiative Group is urgently looking for new members who are interested in getting involved in youth work in our parish. We are a group of volunteers in the parish who meet at least once a month to develop, review, run & evaluate initiatives that actively respond to the needs of young people in our parish.  We are always looking for new members who can make a strong commitment, who are creative, reliable, who have an open and flexible attitude, and a keen interest in youth involvement. Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

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.

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

Parish News 3rd April 2016 Second Sunday of Easter

 

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood...

Hard to blame them for locking themselves in – the fate that befell their leader might happen to them also. Locked in and in fear: how close it resembles our lives in the age of anxiety! Once upon a time in Ireland, visitors admitted themselves to neighbours houses with the greeting: Bail o Dhia go leir anseo: God’s blessing on all here. Then they lifted the latch. Now a visitor might not get as far as the front door: I’ve seen security gates fronting houses in the heart of the country.

   So we lock ourselves in – in more ways than one. Our minds and hearts are also closed: like the clam, we have clammed up: a reaction to hurts going back to childhood – there we picked up a salutary lesson – be careful. Whatever you say, say nothing. Is it any wonder that people have fears about getting married and opt for partnership: they have seen the sad results of break down. So they hedge their bets.

   In such a climate of doubt, Thomas could be our patron saint. He wasn’t there with the apostles; he was not going to believe on the word of another. And yet Thomas was the one who went from refusal to making the acclamation that has echoed through the centuries: My lord and my God. And in the space of a week! How did that come about?  Was it that Thomas saw the transformation: from anxiety, fear and suspicion to a deep sense of peace brought by the risen Jesus.   Fr William

This Monday 4th April is the Feast of the Annunciation.  Mass is at 10am.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 10th April at 11am.

The monthly lunchtime Ecumenical Prayers will take place on Tuesday 5th April at 1.05pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. Tea/coffee served afterwards.  Bring your own lunch.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 9th/10th April.  Please give generously.

Parishioners and visitors are invited to visit the Easter Garden in the prayer room of the church during the Easter season.

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

 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the sacristy from now onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting 105  23rd February 2016

 

  • Child Safeguarding Tricia Caffrey and Josephine Bennett are the two representatives  on The  Child safeguarding Council. Garda vetting forms to be filled in by all new members, to be renewed every 3 years.  All volunteers to be informed.   Safeguarding Team, Chairperson of PPC and PP to attend Information Day on 1st March at Clonliffe College.

 

  • Maintenance of Church Building Calls for an annual contract for maintenance to prevent greater damage. Heating is a problem. Install a thermostat, probable leakages in the domes. Underfloor heating could improve matters. Carpets need to be hoovered. More volunteers or paid cleaners to be hired. Parish Hall to be renovated, providing a Function Room and a few Meeting Rooms, toilets etc.   Maintenance is not the concern of the Pastoral Council.
  • Churchgate Collections Three collections per annum, to be decided on by the Pastoral Council, one overseas and two others.
  • Confirmation and First Holy Communion Next Confirmation will be on 11th March.     Preparation for First Holy Communion is on-going.  This will be celebrated on 8th May.

Service of Remembrance takes place in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn, on Sunday 3rdApril 2016 at 3.00pm. All welcome.

 

Anniversary Mass for Éamonn Ceannt:  Dolphins Barn parish will hold an Anniversary Mass for the Irish republican, Éamonn Ceannt (21 Sept 1881 – 8 May 1916) on 8th May at 11am in the church of Our Lady of Dolours.  Ceannt was one of the seven men to sign the Proclamation of Independence for the Irish Republic and had been appointed Director of Communications he played a huge part in the Easter Rising of 1916.  His unit saw intense fighting during the Rising week, but surrendered when ordered to do so by his superior officer Patrick Pearse.   All welcome.

Year of Mercy - Year of Grace Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi May 1st – May 8th 2016.  There are a number of places available on this special pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us visiting the Eternal City and the Beautiful City of St. Francis.   (Will include spiritual director Fr. Paddy Madden and experienced guide)  Contact Map Travel at (01) 878 3111 or Ann in Aughrim St. Parish (01) 8386232 (9.30-12.30) if interested. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

New and Continuing Courses at Luisne

Opportunities for Meditation: Meditation Practice with Instruction 10.45am-12pm from 4 April;

Daily Meditation 12.10pmand 5pm, (both by donation); Reflections on Mysticism 8pm-9:45pm,

€65 for 10 weeks, from 4th April.

Art of Deep Stillness with John Doherty – a follow up to his course on The Art of Stillness but can

be attended independently, €55 for 5 weeks/€110 for 10 weeks, 7.30-9pm, from 5th April.

Abstract Art with Barbara O’Meara from 5th April, €75 for 5 weeks and Art Appreciation with Siobhan

Campbell from 13th April, 7.30-9pm; €55 for 5 weeks

Limited places available for Dr John Feehan’s workshop, Exploring Creation, on 23rd April from

10am–4:30pm. This workshop is free to all Luisne members. Otherwise cost is €50. See

www.luisne.ie for details. Booking requested by 8th April.

 

NEW BESTSELLING BOOK ON RATHGAR!

Well known author and local historian, Maurice Curtis, has produced another bestseller! Author of the best-selling book on Rathmines, which is still available in bookshops, Maurice has written a fascinating book on the adjacent district of Rathgar, which like Rathmines, is absolutely full of history,mystery,magic and lots of interesting stories. Rathgar - A History is available from Alan Hannas, Dubray Bookshop, the Rathgar Bookshop and all good bookshops

"An anonymous questionnaire-based study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the memory mistakes people make in everyday life and the possible relationship between memory errors and age, gender, mood state and fatigue. The questionnaire takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  This information may help GPs judge the potential seriousness of an individual's memory complaints.  If you are interested, aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring 01 700 6083."

Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp                                                                                                        St. Louis School, Rathmines, Dublin 11th July - 15th July 2016 Inspire young people in your local community this summer.  Volunteer at Michaela Foundation Summer Camp and help young girls aged 11-13 to build confidence and self-esteem whilst sharing the Michaela Foundation ethos “Life without Limits”.  Share your skills, enhance your CV, meet new friends and have fun!

As a Leader you can choose to deliver activities within one of the five key elements of Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Furthermore, each volunteer will also receive their own exclusive Michaela Foundation Camp Leader’s Jersey from O’Neill’s.  “Seeing girls transform from quiet, shy and nervous children to powerful, confident and extremely happy unique individuals. I cannot put it into words. Amazing” - 2015 Camp Leader.  Register now to avoid disappointment or to find out more please visit - www.michaelafoundation.com

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. 

 

Creative Spirit Competition:  for the Year of Mercy with the theme is Mercy in Action  For 4-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years Categories include Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying the idea of Mercy in Action. Encourage children’s liturgy groups, youth groups and schools in your parish to get involved, provide a few prizes, host a local exhibition of entries and do a bit of printing. Link to Competition Materials:  https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7F261FED9DC362D2!23787&authkey=!AC0qgGQs8BMEArk&ithint=folder%2cjpg  This includes the Outline, Entry Form, Poster and Certificates. More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has released their brochure for a series of workshops on Loss and Bereavement for 2016.  The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers working with people who have experienced a major loss, and will be held in the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.  Cost: 1-day workshop €100, 2-day workshop €190.

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

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training.  We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.  I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.  I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.  Ciara Geraghty 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital/TCD study on depression  The research team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have contacted the Diocese seeking healthy volunteers for a study to investigate the biology of depression.  The study compares proteins in the blood called ‘biomarkers’ between people who have severe depression and people who are healthy, in order to explore a potential treatment for depression.  If you think you would be interested in being a part of new and exciting research, please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (01) 249 3385.  For more information about this and other studies please visit: https://medicine.tcd.ie/psychiatry/research/projects/depression-neurobiology.php

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221. 

Down Syndrome Ireland are asking if  you could please drop any copper coins that you may have at home in jars,  into our collection drum in  Bank of Ireland branches at Ballyfermot, St Stephens Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel or Drumcondra at the corner of Clonliffe Rd.  We also have a unit in both our charity shops in GPO arcade and 52 Sundrive Rd, Kimmage.  Down Syndorme Ireland would really appreciate your support in collecting as much copper as possible. Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more details or phone 01 426 6515 and we can arrange to collect large amounts of copper.

The Dublin Lourdes Choir, with director Damian Gallagher and soloist Sharon Lyons, has recorded a new CD of settings of Ave Maria.  It is hoped that this music will give people a sense of the grace-filled comfort, peace and prayer of Lourdes.  The CD is available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office – tel. 01 837 6820 or 01 808 7555.  The cost is €10, and proceeds will go towards financially supporting sick children and adults who otherwise could not make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is offering the opportunity for young people aged between 16 -30 to come to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in July 2016. The diocese is bringing two groups to WYD, teenager (16-18years of age) and Young Adults (over 18s). Places are limited.  The World Youth Day offers fun, reflection, music and prayer as well as the opportunity to celebrate your faith with people from all over the World.  Young Adults (over 18s only) are invited to sign up for a leadership course called “Anchor”.  If you need more information, have any questions or like to book your place please go to www.evangelisation.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.

Want to make a difference?  Give a child the gift of reading Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older with time on their hands, lots of life experience and an enjoyment of reading, for a volunteer reading programme in 5 primary schools in Dublin. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some extra help with their reading.  The sessions occur 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes each and the volunteer will be asked to read with 2 children on each visit which happen during primary school hours. Some of the volunteers who have worked with us have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01 7080431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2015/2016 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.

Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning and drivers for meals on wheels.

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.

We are keen to enrol and  train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

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.

The Youth Initiative Group is urgently looking for new members who are interested in getting involved in youth work in our parish. We are a group of volunteers in the parish who meet at least once a month to develop, review, run & evaluate initiatives that actively respond to the needs of young people in our parish.  We are always looking for new members who can make a strong commitment, who are creative, reliable, who have an open and flexible attitude, and a keen interest in youth involvement. Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

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.

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

Parish News 27th March Easter Sunday

 

For many Christians, the high point of the year is the rich tapestry that is woven out of the Easter vigil ceremonies. The lighting of the Paschal Fire outside the front door, the Easter Candle being brought to the altar of a darkened church. Acolytes with tapers sharing the light of Christ’s resurrection with the congregation; faces reflecting the amber glow. The Exultet: o felix culpa, o happy fault, o sin of Adam.        

The sense of mystery is all the more powerful when rendered in Latin. The struggle between good and evil, sin and redemption conveys the conflict and suffering that all of the fallen children. And all that beauty is enhanced when parents bring their precious bundle: the fruit of their love, wrapped in woollen folds for baptism.      

Winter is giving way to spring; nature is eager to love-bomb us with an explosion of colour and perfume. The dreary days of storms and grey skies are over (we hope). What greater visual aid do we need to lead us to the threshold of belief in resurrection? In a new dawn, and hope – always hope.

Have a happy Easter: you deserve it; we’ve all been through a long winter.

Fr William

The SVP Advocate churchgate collection in aid of Sunshine House Holidays held last weekend raised a total of €2,100 for which St Vincent de Paul have passed on their thanks to our congregation for your generous contribution.

Don’t forget!! Summer Time begins this weekend when clocks go forward by one hour at 1am on Sunday 27th March.

The Parish Office will be closed over the Easter period, reopening Thursday 31st March 2016 at 10am.

A very big thank you to all volunteers who helped with the Holy Week ceremonies and in preparing our church for Easter.

Parishioners and visitors are invited to visit the Easter Garden in the prayer room of the church during the Easter season.

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

 

Many thanks to all who took a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the sacristy from now onwards.

The Family Mass group meets next Thursday 31st March at 7.30pm in the parish house No. 52.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 1st April (First Friday) on St Joseph’s side altar from 10.30am to 5pm.  Please sign the book at the back of the church if you are available.

 

A Pax Christi event

Remembering Francis Sheehy-Skeffington: a voice for non-violence in 1916

Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6   Saturday, 9 April 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm

It will consist of a talk by his grand-daughter Dr. Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington of NUI Galway, prayers for world peace, laying of wreaths where he was illegally killed with two other journalists, and for the members of the Irish Defence Forces who lost their lives on UN Peace Keeping operations. There will be a visit to the museum and tea/coffee and snacks.

Registration is essential for entry to the Barracks: If you wish to attend, please give your name to Pax Christi latest by Tuesday 5th April. Phone: 01/496 52 93 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Matt Talbot Jubilee Year Pilgrimage: For the Year of Mercy join us at the Shrine of Venerable Matt Talbot, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean Mac Dermott Street, D1 at 12.00 noon on Saturday 2nd April.  Matt Talbot has a strong message for all, especially the young people of our time.  Our Church hosts a Holy Door for the Year of Mercy which is an invitation to all to cross the threshold of Mercy.  May we take the opportunity to, like Matt Talbot, discover a merciful path back to the house of the Father.  Devotions at 12.00 noon, followed by the Holy Eucharist at 12.30pm.  All welcome! (Supervised car parking is available).

 

Service of Remembrance takes place in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn, on Sunday 3rdApril 2016 at 3.00pm. All welcome.

 

New and Continuing Courses at Luisne

Opportunities for Meditation: Meditation Practice with Instruction 10.45am-12pm from 4 April;

Daily Meditation 12.10pmand 5pm, (both by donation); Reflections on Mysticism 8pm-9:45pm,

€65 for 10 weeks, from 4th April.

Art of Deep Stillness with John Doherty – a follow up to his course on The Art of Stillness but can

be attended independently, €55 for 5 weeks/€110 for 10 weeks, 7.30-9pm, from 5th April.

Abstract Art with Barbara O’Meara from 5th April, €75 for 5 weeks and Art Appreciation with Siobhan

Campbell from 13th April, 7.30-9pm; €55 for 5 weeks

Limited places available for Dr John Feehan’s workshop, Exploring Creation, on 23rd April from

10am–4:30pm. This workshop is free to all Luisne members. Otherwise cost is €50. See

www.luisne.ie for details. Booking requested by 8th April.

 

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

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

 

NEW BESTSELLING BOOK ON RATHGAR!

Well known author and local historian, Maurice Curtis, has produced another bestseller! Author of the best-selling book on Rathmines, which is still available in bookshops, Maurice has written a fascinating book on the adjacent district of Rathgar, which like Rathmines, is absolutely full of history,mystery,magic and lots of interesting stories. Rathgar - A History is available from Alan Hannas, Dubray Bookshop, the Rathgar Bookshop and all good bookshops

"An anonymous questionnaire-based study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the memory mistakes people make in everyday life and the possible relationship between memory errors and age, gender, mood state and fatigue. The questionnaire takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  This information may help GPs judge the potential seriousness of an individual's memory complaints.  If you are interested, aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring 01 700 6083."

Year of Mercy - Year of Grace Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi May 1st – May 8th 2016.  There are a number of places available on this special pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us visiting the Eternal City and the Beautiful City of St. Francis.   (Will include spiritual director Fr. Paddy Madden and experienced guide)  Contact Map Travel at (01) 878 3111 or Ann in Aughrim St. Parish (01) 8386232 (9.30-12.30) if interested. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp                                                                                                        St. Louis School, Rathmines, Dublin 11th July - 15th July 2016 Inspire young people in your local community this summer.  Volunteer at Michaela Foundation Summer Camp and help young girls aged 11-13 to build confidence and self-esteem whilst sharing the Michaela Foundation ethos “Life without Limits”.  Share your skills, enhance your CV, meet new friends and have fun!

As a Leader you can choose to deliver activities within one of the five key elements of Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Furthermore, each volunteer will also receive their own exclusive Michaela Foundation Camp Leader’s Jersey from O’Neill’s.  “Seeing girls transform from quiet, shy and nervous children to powerful, confident and extremely happy unique individuals. I cannot put it into words. Amazing” - 2015 Camp Leader.  Register now to avoid disappointment or to find out more please visit - www.michaelafoundation.com

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

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. 

 

FaithFest 8 It’s that time of the year again and the FaithFest team, with support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the eighth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College. FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age.  We are now running this event again on Friday 11th of March from 6.00-9.30pm, and are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest.  Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved.  Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9iKDs4rU0U&feature=youtu.be.

Consent forms, fliers, posters: http://www.evangelisation.ie/2016/02/11/faithfest8-11march-2016-clonliffe-college/   Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens 

 

Creative Spirit Competition:  for the Year of Mercy with the theme is Mercy in Action  For 4-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years Categories include Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying the idea of Mercy in Action. Encourage children’s liturgy groups, youth groups and schools in your parish to get involved, provide a few prizes, host a local exhibition of entries and do a bit of printing. Link to Competition Materials:  https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7F261FED9DC362D2!23787&authkey=!AC0qgGQs8BMEArk&ithint=folder%2cjpg  This includes the Outline, Entry Form, Poster and Certificates. More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOMINICAN RETREAT CENTRE (in the grounds of St Mary’s Priory), TALLAGHT VILLAGE  Tel. 404 8123 / 404 8189  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mindfulness Evenings, Every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm Led by Teresa Larkin (Cost: €12 per session) Mondays in Lent The Gospel stories of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the LordEvery Monday evening, 7.30 – 9pm. Led by Wilfrid Harrington OP (Cost: €12 per session)

The Irish Hospice Foundation has released their brochure for a series of workshops on Loss and Bereavement for 2016.  The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers working with people who have experienced a major loss, and will be held in the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.  Cost: 1-day workshop €100, 2-day workshop €190.

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

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training.  We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.  I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.  I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.  Ciara Geraghty 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital/TCD study on depression  The research team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have contacted the Diocese seeking healthy volunteers for a study to investigate the biology of depression.  The study compares proteins in the blood called ‘biomarkers’ between people who have severe depression and people who are healthy, in order to explore a potential treatment for depression.  If you think you would be interested in being a part of new and exciting research, please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (01) 249 3385.  For more information about this and other studies please visit: https://medicine.tcd.ie/psychiatry/research/projects/depression-neurobiology.php

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221. 

Down Syndrome Ireland are asking if  you could please drop any copper coins that you may have at home in jars,  into our collection drum in  Bank of Ireland branches at Ballyfermot, St Stephens Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel or Drumcondra at the corner of Clonliffe Rd.  We also have a unit in both our charity shops in GPO arcade and 52 Sundrive Rd, Kimmage.  Down Syndorme Ireland would really appreciate your support in collecting as much copper as possible. Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more details or phone 01 426 6515 and we can arrange to collect large amounts of copper.

The Dublin Lourdes Choir, with director Damian Gallagher and soloist Sharon Lyons, has recorded a new CD of settings of Ave Maria.  It is hoped that this music will give people a sense of the grace-filled comfort, peace and prayer of Lourdes.  The CD is available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office – tel. 01 837 6820 or 01 808 7555.  The cost is €10, and proceeds will go towards financially supporting sick children and adults who otherwise could not make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is offering the opportunity for young people aged between 16 -30 to come to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in July 2016. The diocese is bringing two groups to WYD, teenager (16-18years of age) and Young Adults (over 18s). Places are limited.  The World Youth Day offers fun, reflection, music and prayer as well as the opportunity to celebrate your faith with people from all over the World.  Young Adults (over 18s only) are invited to sign up for a leadership course called “Anchor”.  If you need more information, have any questions or like to book your place please go to www.evangelisation.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.

Want to make a difference?  Give a child the gift of reading Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older with time on their hands, lots of life experience and an enjoyment of reading, for a volunteer reading programme in 5 primary schools in Dublin. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some extra help with their reading.  The sessions occur 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes each and the volunteer will be asked to read with 2 children on each visit which happen during primary school hours. Some of the volunteers who have worked with us have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01 7080431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2015/2016 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.

Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning and drivers for meals on wheels.

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.

We are keen to enrol and  train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

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.

The Youth Initiative Group is urgently looking for new members who are interested in getting involved in youth work in our parish. We are a group of volunteers in the parish who meet at least once a month to develop, review, run & evaluate initiatives that actively respond to the needs of young people in our parish.  We are always looking for new members who can make a strong commitment, who are creative, reliable, who have an open and flexible attitude, and a keen interest in youth involvement. Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

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.

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

Parish News 20th March Palm Sunday

 

‘The coward dies many times before he’s dead’ said Shakespeare, ‘the valiant man tastes death but once.’ How true that is of Jesus!  Would that we possessed the same grace under pressure.

And what is remarkable in all the accounts of his Passion and death is that he never loses his sense of dignity and self-control – even when he is being accused in the wrong by lesser men each trying to consolidate their position in the society of the time, ‘he was silent before his captors.’ Captors who detested him because he had held up a mirror to their hypocrisy.

   For many who listen to St Luke’s account of the Lord’s suffering is his infinite mercy: ‘Father, forgive them for they know not what they do’ is his dying wish.  Forgiveness – a virtue that our modern society largely rejects – finding it impractical and only for doormats or weak-minded people – and yet when we witness forgiveness that is genuine, it shines as the jewel in the crown of Christian following.

I refer to one such inspiring act of Christian mercy that emerged from the atrocious bombing of the Enniskillen Remembrance Day in 1987. Gordon Wilson, a draper in the town, reached out to his daughter, Marie, when she was dying after being crushed under rubble.

‘She held my hand tightly and gripped my hand as hard as she could,’ Gordon Wilson said, ‘and she said: “Daddy, I love you very much.” Doesn’t that tear at your heart-strings? But even more, isn’t it an object lesson in the capacity for Christian forgiveness. That brave man surely embodies the mercy and forgiveness of the Lord. Fr William

SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK

Tuesday 22 March

Reconciliation Service 7.30pm (Visiting Priests)

Spy Wednesday 23 March

Mass 10am

 

Holy Thursday 24 March

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

Children’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5pm

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

Watch and Pray Vigil 9pm

Good Friday 25 March

Morning Prayer 10am

Outdoor Ecumenical Way of the Cross 12.30pm (Commences at Rathmines Church)

Solemn Celebration of The Passion of the Lord 3pm

Stations of the Cross 7.30pm

Holy Saturday 26 March

Morning Prayer ‘Waiting in Hope’ 10am

Solemn Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection 9pm

(Please note our Easter Vigil Mass commences outside at the Paschal Fire and during Mass we will welcome one adult into full communion within our church and parish community through the RCIA rite)

Easter Sunday 27 March

Mass Times 9am, 11am and 6pm

 

Confessions

Lenten Reconciliation Service     Saturday 19 March 11am in Mount Argus Church

Evening Reconciliation Service  Tuesday 22 March 7.30pm in Rathmines Church

Individual Confessions                   Good Friday 25 March after Solemn Celebration of the Passion

Holy Saturday 26 March after Morning Prayer 10.30am to 12 noon

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 20th March, Palm Sunday at 11am.

The SVP Advocate churchgate collection in aid of Sunshine House Holidays takes place after all Masses this weekend 19/20th March (Palm Sunday).

Weekday Mass times from Mon – Weds during this Holy Week are at 10am.  Please note there will be NO 10am Mass on Holy Thursday 24th March or Good Friday 25th March.

The Easter Card, timetable and Dues Envelopes are ready for distribution around the parish.  If you are free to deliver to your street or streets around the parish, please call into the sacristy after any Mass and speak with Lester, our sacristan.

A Service of Reconciliation takes place on Tuesday 22nd March at 7.30pm in the church.  Led by Fr William King Adm, a number of visiting priests will also be available to facilitate those who would like to avail of individual confession.  Music will be led by the Folk Group.

 

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

Parishioners and visitors are invited to visit the Gethsemane Garden in the prayer room of the church during Holy Week.

 
   

 

 

   

                

Lay your Burdens Down….on the Mountain of God’s Mercy

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy you are invited to make Lent a time to welcome once more the mercy of God into your life.  A basket of stones has been placed in our Sacred Space (Baptistery)) and you are invited to take a stone to symbolise any burden you may carry.  Keep it with you for a while and when you are ready, place the stone back in the Sacred Space as a sign that you are ready to welcome God’s mercy into your life -    letting your burden go and willing to share this mercy with others.

 

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

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

 

NEW BESTSELLING BOOK ON RATHGAR!

Well known author and local historian, Maurice Curtis, has produced another bestseller! Author of the best-selling book on Rathmines, which is still available in bookshops, Maurice has written a fascinating book on the adjacent district of Rathgar, which like Rathmines, is absolutely full of history,mystery,magic and lots of interesting stories. Rathgar - A History is available from Alan Hannas, Dubray Bookshop, the Rathgar Bookshop and all good bookshops

"An anonymous questionnaire-based study from DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences is exploring the memory mistakes people make in everyday life and the possible relationship between memory errors and age, gender, mood state and fatigue. The questionnaire takes approx. 20 minutes to complete.  This information may help GPs judge the potential seriousness of an individual's memory complaints.  If you are interested, aged 50 or above, and you do not have a diagnosis of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or a neurological condition that impairs cognition, stroke, tumour, significant psychiatric or learning disability, or severe hearing or visual impairment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or ring 01 700 6083."

Year of Mercy - Year of Grace Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi May 1st – May 8th 2016.  There are a number of places available on this special pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us visiting the Eternal City and the Beautiful City of St. Francis.   (Will include spiritual director Fr. Paddy Madden and experienced guide)  Contact Map Travel at (01) 878 3111 or Ann in Aughrim St. Parish (01) 8386232 (9.30-12.30) if interested. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michaela Foundation Girls’ Summer Camp                                                                                                        St. Louis School, Rathmines, Dublin 11th July - 15th July 2016 Inspire young people in your local community this summer.  Volunteer at Michaela Foundation Summer Camp and help young girls aged 11-13 to build confidence and self-esteem whilst sharing the Michaela Foundation ethos “Life without Limits”.  Share your skills, enhance your CV, meet new friends and have fun!

As a Leader you can choose to deliver activities within one of the five key elements of Fun, Faith, Fashion, Well-being and Fáilte.  Furthermore, each volunteer will also receive their own exclusive Michaela Foundation Camp Leader’s Jersey from O’Neill’s.  “Seeing girls transform from quiet, shy and nervous children to powerful, confident and extremely happy unique individuals. I cannot put it into words. Amazing” - 2015 Camp Leader.  Register now to avoid disappointment or to find out more please visit - www.michaelafoundation.com

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

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. 

 

FaithFest 8 It’s that time of the year again and the FaithFest team, with support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the eighth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College. FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age.  We are now running this event again on Friday 11th of March from 6.00-9.30pm, and are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest.  Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved.  Registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9iKDs4rU0U&feature=youtu.be.

Consent forms, fliers, posters: http://www.evangelisation.ie/2016/02/11/faithfest8-11march-2016-clonliffe-college/   Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens 

 

Creative Spirit Competition:  for the Year of Mercy with the theme is Mercy in Action  For 4-7 years, 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years Categories include Photo, Collage, Video, Artwork, Song, Story or Poem displaying the idea of Mercy in Action. Encourage children’s liturgy groups, youth groups and schools in your parish to get involved, provide a few prizes, host a local exhibition of entries and do a bit of printing. Link to Competition Materials:  https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=7F261FED9DC362D2!23787&authkey=!AC0qgGQs8BMEArk&ithint=folder%2cjpg  This includes the Outline, Entry Form, Poster and Certificates. More details from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOMINICAN RETREAT CENTRE (in the grounds of St Mary’s Priory), TALLAGHT VILLAGE  Tel. 404 8123 / 404 8189  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mindfulness Evenings, Every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm Led by Teresa Larkin (Cost: €12 per session) Mondays in Lent The Gospel stories of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the LordEvery Monday evening, 7.30 – 9pm. Led by Wilfrid Harrington OP (Cost: €12 per session)

The Irish Hospice Foundation has released their brochure for a series of workshops on Loss and Bereavement for 2016.  The workshops are targeted at professionals and volunteers working with people who have experienced a major loss, and will be held in the Irish Hospice Foundation, Bereavement Education & Resource Centre, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.  Cost: 1-day workshop €100, 2-day workshop €190.

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

As part of my parish involvement for the John Paul II Awards I became a Eucharistic Minister. Over the years I had seen other girls who had done the training and was excited when it was my turn to sign up for the training.  We were officially blessed as ministers at a mass to celebrate the start of our new school year. I was really excited to administer the Eucharist as I finally felt that I was an active member of the Church. I gave out the Body of Christ at many masses throughout the year. It meant a lot to me.  I also took part in the You Shall Be My Witness Programme which involves preparing primary school children for their Confirmation. Every week before the class I would meet with the other leaders and we would discuss our plan for the class. I have always loved working with children so I was excited and eager to get started. The programme was very rewarding. I loved how much the children enjoyed the classes. We spoke about belonging, baptism, prophets and so much more. I felt like being a part of the programme not only helped the children to get well prepared and informed for the sacrament of Confirmation but that they helped me connect with and appreciate God.  I would encourage other people to get involved in their parish and the John Paul II Awards. It is a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.  Ciara Geraghty 5th year St. Louis High School, Rathmines.

St. Patrick’s University Hospital/TCD study on depression  The research team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin have contacted the Diocese seeking healthy volunteers for a study to investigate the biology of depression.  The study compares proteins in the blood called ‘biomarkers’ between people who have severe depression and people who are healthy, in order to explore a potential treatment for depression.  If you think you would be interested in being a part of new and exciting research, please contact by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (01) 249 3385.  For more information about this and other studies please visit: https://medicine.tcd.ie/psychiatry/research/projects/depression-neurobiology.php

The Carers Association are providing the QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Healthcare Support Award training in your area in January 2016.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579370221. 

Down Syndrome Ireland are asking if  you could please drop any copper coins that you may have at home in jars,  into our collection drum in  Bank of Ireland branches at Ballyfermot, St Stephens Green, beside the Shelbourne Hotel or Drumcondra at the corner of Clonliffe Rd.  We also have a unit in both our charity shops in GPO arcade and 52 Sundrive Rd, Kimmage.  Down Syndorme Ireland would really appreciate your support in collecting as much copper as possible. Please e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more details or phone 01 426 6515 and we can arrange to collect large amounts of copper.

The Dublin Lourdes Choir, with director Damian Gallagher and soloist Sharon Lyons, has recorded a new CD of settings of Ave Maria.  It is hoped that this music will give people a sense of the grace-filled comfort, peace and prayer of Lourdes.  The CD is available from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office – tel. 01 837 6820 or 01 808 7555.  The cost is €10, and proceeds will go towards financially supporting sick children and adults who otherwise could not make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The Archdiocese of Dublin is offering the opportunity for young people aged between 16 -30 to come to the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow in July 2016. The diocese is bringing two groups to WYD, teenager (16-18years of age) and Young Adults (over 18s). Places are limited.  The World Youth Day offers fun, reflection, music and prayer as well as the opportunity to celebrate your faith with people from all over the World.  Young Adults (over 18s only) are invited to sign up for a leadership course called “Anchor”.  If you need more information, have any questions or like to book your place please go to www.evangelisation.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.

Want to make a difference?  Give a child the gift of reading Barnardos is looking for adults aged 55 years and older with time on their hands, lots of life experience and an enjoyment of reading, for a volunteer reading programme in 5 primary schools in Dublin. Volunteers will provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and 2nd class who need some extra help with their reading.  The sessions occur 2 to 3 times a week for 30 minutes each and the volunteer will be asked to read with 2 children on each visit which happen during primary school hours. Some of the volunteers who have worked with us have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register please contact Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01 7080431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2015/2016 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.

Information posters for each parish group or ministry are on display in the prayer room of the church. All groups would welcome new members, and we urgently need volunteers for church cleaning and drivers for meals on wheels.

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.

We are keen to enrol and  train a new group of altar servers over the next few weeks. Those who have recently celebrated their First Communion are particularly welcome. Training for new altar servers will be provided by Josephine Bennett and Lester Barlow, who have both participated in Diocesan child safeguarding training. Parents of children, who would like to become altar servers, are invited to pick up a parental authorisation form from the parish office or the sacristy.

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.

The Youth Initiative Group is urgently looking for new members who are interested in getting involved in youth work in our parish. We are a group of volunteers in the parish who meet at least once a month to develop, review, run & evaluate initiatives that actively respond to the needs of young people in our parish.  We are always looking for new members who can make a strong commitment, who are creative, reliable, who have an open and flexible attitude, and a keen interest in youth involvement. Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

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.

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