Parish News 7th February 2016 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

This Lent Lay Your Burdens Down … on the Mountain of God’s Mercy

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we invite each parishioner to make Lent a time to welcome once more the mercy of God into your life.  We all carry our own burdens – perhaps the burden of illness, of breakdown in relationships, of economic stress, the burden of our own sinful actions … Our faith tells us that we don’t have to carry these burdens alone, God walks each step with us in mercy and love. 

This Lent a basket of stones has been placed in our Sacred Space (Baptistery).  We invite you to take a stone and carry it with you for a while – a day, a week … As you carry the stone, let it be a reminder of things that weigh you down, and that prevent you from living as freely and as fully as you can.  The stone can also be a reminder of things to be grateful for, or even a reminder to do something merciful.  Whenever you are ready, you can place the stone into the Lenten space in the Church, as a sign that you are ready to welcome God’s mercy into your life, you are letting this burden go and that you are willing to share this mercy with others.

Over the weeks of Lent, may the growing mountain of stones remind us of God’s mercy and love.  As Pope Francis says to us: “Let us be renewed by God’s Mercy, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too.”

 

Tea/Coffee will be served after the 11am Family Mass this Sunday 7th February in the Parish House. All welcome.

 

The Ministers of the Word are meeting on Monday 8th February at 7.30pm in No. 52.  All readers are asked to attend.

Next Weds, 10th February, is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent.  Mass with distribution of ashes will take place at 10am and 1.10pm.  Weekday mass times during Lent (Monday to Friday) will be at 10am only.

 

Trocaire Boxes and information packs will be available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church from Ash Wednesday onwards.  Please take one.

A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.

The annual collection for ACCORD, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, will be held at all Masses next weekend 13th/14th February and will replace the usual Share collection.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The History and Construction of Galway Cathedral’ by Edward Garavan will take place on Thursday 11th February next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

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 Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick is on Sunday 7th February at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road (opposite St. Vincent’s Hospital).  Main Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  All are welcome to attend.

Lost Property A ring with an inscription has been found on the street in Rathmines.  Please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531.

Beechwood Avenue Parish: Join us for a talk on Thomas Merton- Saint & Contradiction given by Fr Bernard Kennedy in Beechwood Avenue Church, Ranelagh Dublin 6 on Monday 8th February at 8pm.  For information click on www.beechwoodparish.com(Luas green line to Beechwood).

An exhibition, ‘Rathmines and the Rising: People and Places’ related to the guidebook Rathmines and the Easter Rising 1916 published by The Rathmines Initiative, will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin on Tues 23rd February 2016 at 6pm in Rathmines Library and will run until 24th March next.  For further details please contact the Rathmines Initiative c/o 49 Mount Pleasant Ave Lower, Rathmines or email Pauline Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 3 February 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama presentsDIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble – Lunchtimes at the Library.  Every Monday in February (1, 8, 15, 22 Feb), 1.00pm
Rathmines Library, Exhibition Room, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Admission Free, Booking Essential – www.eventbrite.ie

Orlagh Retreat Centre: Join us for an Afternoon of Prayer for Eucharistic Ministers in Orlagh Retreat Centre on Sunday, February 14 from 2.30-5.30pm.    Led by Bernadette Toal and John Byrne.  Cost is (€15) Contact Orlagh:  Tel (01) 495 8190; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Website www.orlagh.ie

Emmanuel 2016:  Book now for the Emmanuel Concerts – 29 February /1, 2 & 3 March at the Helix (Tel 01 700 7000 or www.thehelix.ie) – 62 schools – and 2,400 students over four nights singing liturgical music. Support your local school.   www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

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

 

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.

Conference for Artists and Architects in the newly-restored cathedral of St Mel, Longford, taking place on Wednesday 17th February with the National Centre for Liturgy.  The keynote speaker is Fr. Kim en Joong, a renowned liturgical artist who designed stained-glass windows for the restoration. Presentations by Michael Gilroy on the liturgical principles that underpin the design of a place of worship in the Catholic Tradition, and by Colm Redmond, MRIAI RIBA, of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects, on the conservation work that took place on this nationally-significant building.  Registration is at 10am and the day will conclude at 4pm. Fee: €35 (lunch included).  Please book in advance.  An application form can be downloaded at www.liturgy-ireland.ie

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 31st January 2016 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Nowt so queer as folk.

As the old English proverb goes: ‘there’s nowt so queer as folk’. And how fickle we can be! Look at this Sunday’s gospel. In verse 2, his hearers were delighted with Jesus: ‘And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.’ Ah, yes. But then began the age-old carping and criticism which we Irish would win Olympic gold for. It began with a spurious form of appeal to reason: ‘This is Joseph’s son, surely?’ In other words, ‘we knew them when they had nothing, so what is he getting ahead of himself like this for!’

    But they are only sharpening the knives. A few lines down when their rage is now inflamed, they ‘took him to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff, but he slipped away....

    Sounds familiar? Of course. All we have to do is look into our own hearts and, if we’re honest, we’ll find the same petty jealousies and resentments as in the gospel passage. I overheard a conversation in the Luas the other day. Two women were talking – well, not really a conversation – more a recital of the great things their children were doing in university. Lips tightened when the other had the floor, and then she came in with something that capped the proud boast.

    God help us; it was thus in Jesus’ time. The neighbour, who should have been content to be a joiner like his dad, is winning approval ‘by the gracious words that came from his lips.’ 

Fr William

A Mass to mark the end of the Year of Consecrated Life (2nd.Feb) takes place this Sunday 31st Jan at 6pm.

 

Candles will be blessed at 10am Mass on Tues next 2nd February, the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord.

There will be blessing of throats at 10am mass this Weds 3rd February, Feast of St. Blaise.

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

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 5th February (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.

Catholic Schools Week 2016:  Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday 31st January to Saturday 6th February.  The theme for 2016 is ‘Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy’A Mass will also be broadcast by RTÉ on Sunday 31 January to celebrate both Catholic Schools Week and the new Grow in Love religious education programme for primary schools.  Students from Mount Mercy College, Cork, as well as pupils from Saint Pius X primary school in Templeogue, Dublin, will participate in this special liturgy.  http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2016/01/05/resources-for-catholic-schools-week-2016/

 

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting 103  19th January 2016

 

  • A reflection on the role of the Parish Pastoral Council was facilitated by

           Ms E McKeown.

  • ·The 6.00pm Mass on Sunday Jan 31st will celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life which ends on Feb 2nd.
  • Thanks were expressed to all who helped with the Christmas liturgy and services.
  • The theme of Mercy will be emphasized during our Lenten worship.
  • Sympathy was expressed on the death of James Murphy, former sacristan
  • Some pupils in St Louis High school are training as leaders for Confirmation preparation and others will join the Parish Baptism team.
  • Baptisms will take place monthly after the Sunday 11.00am Mass.
  • The Litmus team in Clonliffe College offer:

Proclaiming the Word - a workshop for Ministers of the Word

Feb 4th 8.00- 9.30 pm (details of how to apply on main noticeboard or at www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie)

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.

Beechwood Avenue Parish: Join us for a talk on Thomas Merton- Saint & Contradiction given by Fr Bernard Kennedy in Beechwood Avenue Church, Ranelagh Dublin 6 on Monday 8th February at 8pm.  For information click on www.beechwoodparish.com(Luas green line to Beechwood).

B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 3 February 2016  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama presentsDIT Irish Traditional Music Ensemble – Lunchtimes at the Library.  Every Monday in February (1, 8, 15, 22 Feb), 1.00pm
Rathmines Library, Exhibition Room, 157 Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6
Admission Free, Booking Essential – www.eventbrite.ie

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

 

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.

 

Two events at Luisne, Kilcoole worth noting are:

  • Relaxation Techniques and Practice 2-3pm each Friday from 29th January to 18th March; cost: €5 per session
  • Christian Zen Retreat Day with Gerd Neubeck: 10am-6pm on Saturday 30th January:  cost €60 including light lunch/refreshments

 Please pre-book on www.luisne.ie  or phone 01-201 0001

World Day of the Sick 2016  The annual Conference will take place on Saturday 6th February from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin. Speakers include Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Bishop Donal Murray and Professor J. Bernard Walsh, who will reflect on the Lourdes experience.  For further information please contact Trish Conway on 087 6220349.  The Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick is on Sunday 7th February at 3.00 pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road (opposite St. Vincent’s Hospital).  Main Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  All are welcome to attend.

Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi (VC) will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Saturday 16th January 2016 at 12noon at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7Tel. 01 868 9986. E  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.viatoreschristi.com

Liturgy Seminar The next liturgy seminar will take place on Saturday 30 January from 9.30am - 1pm in Clonliffe College.  Input will include further liturgical resources for the Jubilee of Mercy in addition to workshops on two recent publications - one on liturgical music and the other on gathering on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Full details in Litmus newsletter.

Consecrated Life - Carmelite Monastery  Celebrate the Day for Consecrated Life at the Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co Wicklow on Sunday 31st January at 9.30 am Mass.  Celebrant: Fr Tom Noonan, Carmelite.  All welcome.  Refreshments available after Mass.

A service to conclude the Year for Consecrated Life will take place in the Church of St. Therese, Mount Merrion on Tues 2 February at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Conference for Artists and Architects in the newly-restored cathedral of St Mel, Longford, taking place on Wednesday 17th February with the National Centre for Liturgy.  The keynote speaker is Fr. Kim en Joong, a renowned liturgical artist who designed stained-glass windows for the restoration. Presentations by Michael Gilroy on the liturgical principles that underpin the design of a place of worship in the Catholic Tradition, and by Colm Redmond, MRIAI RIBA, of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects, on the conservation work that took place on this nationally-significant building.  Registration is at 10am and the day will conclude at 4pm. Fee: €35 (lunch included).  Please book in advance.  An application form can be downloaded at www.liturgy-ireland.ie

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

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage.  Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned n your marriage?  The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage.  Next programme 5 - 7February 2016.  For information contact Tony & Anne: 01 4953536, Mike & Anne: 01 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.retrouvaille.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 24th January 2016 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


The Sea of Faith

Was once, too, at the full...

But now I only hear

It’s melancholy long, withdrawing roar.

Towards the end of the 19th century, the English poet, Matthew Arnold, composed these lines for his lyric poem, Dover Beach – while on his honeymoon! (Young women stay away from poets). He could be describing the receding tide of faith in the message of Jesus in the different Christian Churches, but especially in our Church: a movement away from faith that is evident in the huge decline in congregations all over the Western World, especially in Ireland.

A recent report sponsored by the Dublin Council of Priests reveals in a systematic way what we know already: the vast majority of people who make up the Sunday congregation are now in their senior years. The celebrant more often than not is in the same age bracket: 57% of Dublin’s priests today are over 60; it is not unusual for parishes (such as Rathmines) to have just one priest where, 20 years ago, there were 3 or maybe 4.

What do we do?  Tear our hair out? (If there’s any left) Some take consolation in a vain hope – ‘there will be a turning of the tide, you’ll see! God works in strange ways.’ 

A more measured approach is taken by many in the Church who are concerned about major structural faults and deplore the refusal by leaders to address these: they regard issues such as the ordination of married men, the place of women, and the greater role for the baptised as worthy of close examination. Maybe they’re right. The Holy Spirit is always active for those open to divine guidance. 

    Lent will soon be upon us: a time for ‘prayer and fasting’.  Perhaps, we as a people should use that time to reflect on the ebbing tide of faith and how we might make a difference in our parish of Rathmines. ‘All politics is local’ said Speaker Moynihan – surely all Church is local also.

Fr William

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 24th January at 11am.  It will also mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2016.

Catholic Schools Week 2016:  Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday 31st January to Saturday 6th February.  The theme for 2016 is ‘Catholic Schools: Challenged to Proclaim God’s Mercy’A Mass will also be broadcast by RTÉ on Sunday 31 January to celebrate both Catholic Schools Week and the new Grow in Love religious education programme for primary schools.  Students from Mount Mercy College, Cork, as well as pupils from Saint Pius X primary school in Templeogue, Dublin, will participate in this special liturgy.  http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2016/01/05/resources-for-catholic-schools-week-2016/

The next Mass for the You Shall be My Witness programme of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place this Sunday 24th January at 6pm.  Please keep them in your prayers.

The Parish 2016 calendar is now available at the back of the church.  Please take one home.

The Liturgy Group are meeting on Monday 25th January at 2.30pm in No. 52.

Many thanks for all donations to our Crib over the Christmas season which this year will be shared between Trust Ireland, founded by Alice Leahy and the Capuchin Day Centre, run by Bro. Kevin Crowley Ofm cap in Bowe Street, Dublin 7.  A total of €646 was raised.

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.

St. Louis Infant School & St. Louis Senior Primary School are the Catholic Primary Schools of Rathmines Parish. St. Louis Infant School caters for boys and girls, aged 4 – 8 years. The school is located in William’s Park, just behind the new Rathmines Square development.  Applications for boys and girls for September 2016 should be sent to the school no later than 2.30pm on Friday, January 29th 2016. As places in this school are in high demand, only applications received by January 29th 2016 will be considered.  Further enquiries regarding enrolments for 2016 may be made by phoning Sheila our school secretary on 497 2188. The school has a comprehensive website, www.stlouis.ie

Beechwood Avenue Parish: Join us for a talk on Thomas Merton- Saint & Contradiction given by Fr Bernard Kennedy in Beechwood Avenue Church, Ranelagh Dublin 6 on Monday 8th February at 8pm.  For information click on www.beechwoodparish.com(Luas green line to Beechwood).

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. 

 

Saint John of God HospitalMindfulness based Stress Reduced (MBSR)Starts Tuesday 26th January from 6pm to 8.30m+ One full day of MindfulnessThe MBSR is an 8 week training course in learning.  How to improve our resilience to stress and improveour well-being through Mindfulness.  Location:  Saint John of God Hospital – StillorganCost: €350Contact Anne O’Farrell on01 277 1472.

Two events at Luisne, Kilcoole worth noting are:

  • Relaxation Techniques and Practice 2-3pm each Friday from 29th January to 18th March; cost: €5 per session
  • Christian Zen Retreat Day with Gerd Neubeck: 10am-6pm on Saturday 30th January:  cost €60 including light lunch/refreshments

 Please pre-book on www.luisne.ie  or phone 01-201 0001

World Day of the Sick 2016  The annual Conference will take place on Saturday 6th February from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin. Speakers include Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Bishop Donal Murray and Professor J. Bernard Walsh, who will reflect on the Lourdes experience.  For further information please contact Trish Conway on 087 6220349.  The Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick is on Sunday 7th February at 3.00 pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road (opposite St. Vincent’s Hospital).  Main Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  All are welcome to attend.

Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi (VC) will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Saturday 16th January 2016 at 12noon at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7Tel. 01 868 9986. E  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.viatoreschristi.com

Liturgy Seminar The next liturgy seminar will take place on Saturday 30 January from 9.30am - 1pm in Clonliffe College.  Input will include further liturgical resources for the Jubilee of Mercy in addition to workshops on two recent publications - one on liturgical music and the other on gathering on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Full details in Litmus newsletter.

Consecrated Life - Carmelite Monastery  Celebrate the Day for Consecrated Life at the Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co Wicklow on Sunday 31st January at 9.30 am Mass.  Celebrant: Fr Tom Noonan, Carmelite.  All welcome.  Refreshments available after Mass.

A service to conclude the Year for Consecrated Life will take place in the Church of St. Therese, Mount Merrion on Tues 2 February at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Conference for Artists and Architects in the newly-restored cathedral of St Mel, Longford, taking place on Wednesday 17th February with the National Centre for Liturgy.  The keynote speaker is Fr. Kim en Joong, a renowned liturgical artist who designed stained-glass windows for the restoration. Presentations by Michael Gilroy on the liturgical principles that underpin the design of a place of worship in the Catholic Tradition, and by Colm Redmond, MRIAI RIBA, of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects, on the conservation work that took place on this nationally-significant building.  Registration is at 10am and the day will conclude at 4pm. Fee: €35 (lunch included).  Please book in advance.  An application form can be downloaded at www.liturgy-ireland.ie

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

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage.  Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned n your marriage?  The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage.  Next programme 5 - 7February 2016.  For information contact Tony & Anne: 01 4953536, Mike & Anne: 01 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.retrouvaille.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 17th January 2016 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Local boy makes good.

We Irish are past masters at trimming someone down to size. This was especially true in former times and in small rural communities. A young able-bodied man emigrated to New York in the 1940s, amassed a fortune through working all the hours that God sends us; his neighbours, however, took a jaundiced look at his wealth and success. And when the same man sponsored the installation of a beautiful stained glass window in the village church the reaction was contemptible. ‘Ah, we know how he made his money, and it wasn’t through honesty or hard work,’ they said with a nudge and a wink at the crossroads. Well, at least they didn’t try to do away with him.

    That’s what Jesus’ neighbours tried to do. Having built up a huge profile, you might say, Jesus of Nazareth comes back to the place that had given him his identity; he is well received at first but the tide turns rapidly. Their anger grows against one they feel is getting a bit beyond himself: ‘Wasn’t he the son of Mary and Joseph, and sure we all know where he came from. I mean, a carpenter’s son?’  They would have been much happier if he had stayed at home and mended their broken chairs and tables rather than mending broken lives. They would have been more comfortable with that. Or indeed those lofty ideas he had about proclaiming liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and to the oppressed an amnesty. Ah no! They couldn’t do it, so what gives him the right to think he is any better.

    There’s a lesson there for us: a lesson about envy and the mean-spirited ways we fall to.  This weekend’s gospel bears that out. Luke 1. 1 – 4.      Fr William

This Sunday is 2016 World Day of Prayer for Migrants & Refugees.

 

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 16th/17th January.  Please give generously.

The Parish 2016 calendar is now available at the back of the church.  Please take one home.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will take place from 18th – 25th January next.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet next Tuesday 19th January at 7.30pm in No. 52.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 24th January at 11am.

The next Mass for the You Shall be My Witness programme of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place next Sunday 24th January at 6pm.  Please keep them in your prayers.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 20th January at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 20th January at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

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.

 

St Louis Infant School, located at William’s Park, is the Catholic Parish School for Rathmines.

Applications are now being accepted for places in Junior Infants 2015-16.  Applications will be accepted up to 2.30pm on Friday January 29 2016.  Full details of the application and enrolment procedures may be obtained on www.stlouis.ie or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

Saint John of God HospitalMindfulness based Stress Reduced (MBSR)Starts Tuesday 26th January from 6pm to 8.30m+ One full day of MindfulnessThe MBSR is an 8 week training course in learning.  How to improve our resilience to stress and improveour well-being through Mindfulness.  Location:  Saint John of God Hospital – StillorganCost: €350Contact Anne O’Farrell on01 277 1472.

World Day of the Sick 2016  The annual Conference will take place on Saturday 6th February from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co. Dublin.  Speakers include Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Bishop Donal Murray and Professor J. Bernard Walsh, who will reflect on the Lourdes experience.  For further information please contact Trish Conway on 087 6220349.  The Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick is on Sunday 7th February at 3.00 pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Merrion Road (opposite St. Vincent’s Hospital).  Main Celebrant: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.  All are welcome to attend.

Do you want to learn more about the possibility of overseas volunteering and/or training in Overseas Development & Mission? Viatores Christi (VC) will hold an Information & Recruitment Session on Saturday 16th January 2016 at 12noon at VC HQ, 8 New Cabra Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7Tel. 01 868 9986. E  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.viatoreschristi.com

Anam Cara is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Mon 11January 2016 from 7.30pm to 9pm in Dominics Community Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (weather dependent). All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents.

Liturgy Seminar The next liturgy seminar will take place on Saturday 30 January from 9.30am - 1pm in Clonliffe College.  Input will include further liturgical resources for the Jubilee of Mercy in addition to workshops on two recent publications - one on liturgical music and the other on gathering on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Full details in Litmus newsletter.

Consecrated Life - Carmelite Monastery  Celebrate the Day for Consecrated Life at the Carmelite Monastery, Delgany, Co Wicklow on Sunday 31st January at 9.30 am Mass.  Celebrant: Fr Tom Noonan, Carmelite.  All welcome.  Refreshments available after Mass.

A service to conclude the Year for Consecrated Life will take place in the Church of St. Therese, Mount Merrion on Tues 2 February at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

Conference for Artists and Architects in the newly-restored cathedral of St Mel, Longford, taking place on Wednesday 17th February with the National Centre for Liturgy.  The keynote speaker is Fr. Kim en Joong, a renowned liturgical artist who designed stained-glass windows for the restoration. Presentations by Michael Gilroy on the liturgical principles that underpin the design of a place of worship in the Catholic Tradition, and by Colm Redmond, MRIAI RIBA, of Fitzgerald Kavanagh Architects, on the conservation work that took place on this nationally-significant building.  Registration is at 10am and the day will conclude at 4pm. Fee: €35 (lunch included).  Please book in advance.  An application form can be downloaded at www.liturgy-ireland.ie

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

Retrouvaille a Lifeline for Marriage.  Have you lost the desire to communicate with each other?  Do you feel disillusioned n your marriage?  The Retrouvaille programme can help you recover your marriage.  Next programme 5 - 7February 2016.  For information contact Tony & Anne: 01 4953536, Mike & Anne: 01 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  www.retrouvaille.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.