Parish News 13th December 2015 Third Sunday of Advent

 

Advent

And the newness that was in every stale thing ...

the spirit-shocking wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill...

           The poet, Patrick Kavanagh, whose ghost still haunts Pembroke Road, Baggot Street Bridge and Neary’s pub, rightly celebrates the wonder and awe that can be ours when we contemplate the beauty of the world. His poem, Advent, leaps and skips like a child delighting in the coming of Christmas.

    But he regrets the loss of the sense of this ‘spirit-shocking wonder.’ We have ‘tested and tasted too much, through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.’ In other words, we are un-shockable, we have seen it all!  Familiarity breeds indifference. Nothing is left to the imagination. We have shut out the wonder that surrounds our everyday lives.  

      I’m sure if Kavanagh were alive today he would be growling in Grafton Street at the sight of iphones, mobiles and earmuffs that create a barrier to social interaction. We have chosen – to some extent – a virtual world. We have dulled our senses: ‘we have lost the newness in every stale thing when we looked at it as children.

    ‘Unless you become like little children,’ said Jesus, ‘you shall not enter the kingdom of God.’ That openness to the world is what the wide-eyed small child teaches us. This is not to be confused with naivety.

    The simple story of God taking on our nature and coming into this world in humble circumstances requires imagination to comprehend, and the humility to bend low and enter the shepherd’s cave. Have we grown too sophisticated for that?  Fr William

Diocesan Food Appeal for Crosscare Parishioners are asked to once again this weekend to help those most in need in our Diocese by assisting in the collection of non-perishable food items for the Crosscare Food Banks.  These Food Banks give food directly to individuals and families in need through local community food banks and also to over 70 other charities in Dublin who are working with those most in need. Throughout 2015 demand on the Food Banks remained high, with more and more families turning to Crosscare for support with basic food items. 

 

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place this Sunday 13th December at 11am.

The annual SVP collection takes place at all Masses this weekend and will replace the Share collection. Please give generously.

There will be a short Nativity Play during the Family Christmas Eve mass at 6pm on 24 December. Children who are interested in taking part should come along to a short meeting in the Parish House after 11am mass on Sunday 20 December, when roles will be allocated. The rehearsal will take place in the church on Christmas Eve at 5pm.

We would like to include the Christingle in our 11am Advent mass on Sunday 20 December. As seen in the picture, it is a candle in a decorated orange, symbolising Christ's light and love in the world. Instructions on how to make one, and more information on its symbolism, can be found by googling the word "Christingle". Anyone who would like to make one can bring it to the mass and place it at the altar rails.

The Advent Service of Reconciliation will take place on Monday 21st December next at 7.30pm and will be led by Fr William King.  A number of priests will be present with an opportunity for individual confessions.  Music will be provided by the Folk Group. “Rediscover the merciful face of the Father” Pope Francis, (Jubilee of Mercy).

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

Jubilee of Mercy cards are available in the boxes at the back of the church.  Please take one.

You are invited to visit the Advent Prayer Space, situated in the Baptistery.  Advent Home Retreat – Reflective material is available for this at the back of the church.  You are welcome to take some home with you.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 16th November at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre.  New members welcome.

The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 16th November at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.

Taize Prayer around the Cross takes place on Thursday 17th December next at 7.30pm in the Baptistery of the church.  All welcome.

Invitation from Trocaire: Syria: A hope in darkness A discussion of the conflict in Syria, its consequences and the hope for the future.  Thursday 10th December at 7pm in Wood Quay, Venue, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.  Light refreshments.  Please RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Speakers: Mr Fadi Hallisso, Syrian national & Director of Basmeh & Zeitooneh, NGO and Dr Paola Rivetti, Lecturer in Politics of the Middle East & Intern Relations DCU.

A Little Lifetime Foundation Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday 13th December at 4.00pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.  This special Service of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who have had the experience of a baby’s death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died shortly after birth.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone.

Ecumenical Service of Remembrance to mark the Months Mind for the victims of the terrorists’ atrocities in Paris will take place in Donnybrook Church on Sunday 13th December at 3pm.  The French Ambassador to Ireland and the Papal Nuncio will be in attendance and the   Address will be given by Archbishop Michael Jackson.  Music by the Choir of Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, directed by Catherine Killoran, organist Michael Quinn, The Garda Male Voice Choir and soprano Pauline Graham.

An Evening of Carols with the Alba Singers  Tuesday 15th December at All Hallows College.  5.45 pm: Mulled wine reception in Georgian Rooms, Drumcondra House.  6.30 pm: Carol Service in the College Chapel.  8.00 pm: Reception in Woodlock Hall.  RSVP by email to Sinead O’Rourke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holy Door of Mercy at the shrine of Venerable Matt Talbot during this Jubilee Year for the greater benefit of pilgrims.  Brother Richard Hendrick OFM Cap will lead a Christmas Carol Service with the participation of Teen Spirit Youth Choir and the Romanian Choir.  During the Service, marking the beginning of the Christmas Novena, Fr Richard will speak on ‘Life Choices, new Beginnings’.  The Door of Mercy will be blessed, and will then be opened at the end of the Novena on Christmas Eve.  The Carol Service will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street, on Wednesday 16th December at 7.00 pm.  Supervised parking provided.  All youth are invited to attend.

Joy to the World Christmas Candlelight Concert with the Classicus Youth Chamber Choir and Mulled Wine & Pies St Mary’s Haddington Road on Thurs 17 December at 7.30pm.  Tickets: €15, Cons €10, Family €40.

Handel’s Messiah with the Dublin Bach Singers.  8.00 pm, Thursday 17th December at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.  Conducted by Blánaid Murphy.  Marlborough Baroque Orchestra.  Tickets €20 available from the parish office (01) 874 5441.

Carol Service with Nine Lessons and Solemn Benediction at St Kevin's Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8, on Sunday 20th December at 3.30 pm.  Music by the Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso; director Dr Ite O'Donovan; organist Dr Paul McKeever; all very welcome.

The Three Tenors in Concert Sunday 20th December in Mary Immaculate Church, Inchicore at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost €25 - phone (01) 4534408 or call into the parish office between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.  Tickets are also available at the door on the night.  oblateparishinchicore.ie

An adaptation of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” will be read at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn on Sunday 20th December at 3pm.  The reading will feature professional actors who have performed at the Abbey and Gate Theatres and on National Television.  All are freely donating their time and talents.  A reception will be held afterwards in Our Lady of Dolours Church with finger food and light refreshments sponsored by Dublin City Council.  Admission is free.  A voluntary collection will be taken up with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Rathmines Women’s Refuge Christmas Toy Appeal When doing your Christmas shopping, why not pick up a new toy for a child who may not get anything this Christmas? The Women’s Refuge will distribute any toys to children who have previously been residents or are from the local area.  Toys can be left into the Women’s Refuge, Lower Rathmines Rd (directly opposite the church) Tel 01 496 1002.

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. 

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

Venerable Matt Talbot 90th AnniversaryThe Salesians of St John Bosco have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street in inner city Dublin for over twenty years. The large beautiful Church hosts also the mortal remains of Venerable Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, and was renowned for his holiness, having overcome a crippling alcohol addiction, through prayer and penance. He has been a heroic inspiration to many people in Ireland and abroad battling addiction. His shrine attracts quite a number of pilgrims who come seeking spiritual strength to be able to overcome their addiction. A number of special activities to mark the 90th Anniversary of Matt Talbot’s death, and a Matt Talbot year will take place. 

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

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 6th December 2015 Second Sunday of Advent

 

A Cosy Church?

On one of those grey-sky mornings we are having of late, I was on my way into the parish church to celebrate the 10 o’clock Mass when I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of a bulk lying in the shelter of the front door. No sign of a sleeping head. Or a foot jutting out. Just a mound. I stood to take a closer look and sure enough the duvet rose and fell in a breathing motion. A human being was beneath the mound. Nothing between him and the cold concrete except cardboard.

I knelt for a moment at the back of the church: the image was disturbing. People were gathering for Mass: priest and people would celebrate the Eucharist while a poor unfortunate man would lie just a few yards from us.  ‘There’s something absurd about this’ was revolving in my head. This is not the way the Lord intended it to be: a group of us reciting prayers and singing hymns – prayers of intercession for world peace, prayers for vocations; being fed at the Lord’s table – a cosy church, a cosy liturgy.  God’s in His heaven; all’s right with the world.

But it isn’t. At the other side of the front door is a Christ-figure without a proper place to lay his head. I appealed to reason: he must have been offered accommodation; there will always be, you know .... The image refused to budge. 

After Mass he had disappeared: duvet, cardboard, rucksack – the lot. Later on I learnt that Simon – that great organisation – comes in the night with soup. And kind parishioners bring him food. Some consolation, at least.

A cosy Church for a comfortable religion? Never. There is no comfortable way of being a Christ follower. ‘You are neither hot nor cold,’ said Jesus, ‘so I spew you out of my mouth.’    Fr William

As this Jubilee Year of Mercy begins, I am asking you to once again help those most in need in our Diocese by assisting in the collection of vital foodstuffs for the Crosscare Food Banks.  These Food Banks give food directly to individuals and families in need through local community food banks and also to over 70 other charities in Dublin who are working with those most in need. Throughout 2015 demand on the Food Banks remained high, with more and more families turning to Crosscare for support with basic food items.  I am asking parishes to repeat last year’s Food Appeal and for parishioners to bring non-perishable food items to Masses in their local parish Church on the weekends of 5th/6th and 12th/13th of December.  As Pope Francis encourages us, “Think through once again the works of mercy, they are the work of the Father.”

With prayerful good wishes,

+Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop of Dublin

 

Pope Francis will inaugurate the Jubilee of Mercy on Tuesday 8th December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a Holy Day.  Mass times are Mon 7th at 5.45pm (Vigil) and 10am and 1.10pm on Tues 8th December.

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 13th December at 11am.

The annual SVP collection takes place at all Masses next weekend 12th/13th December and will replace the Share collection. Please give generously.

The Ministers of the Word are meeting on Monday 7th December at 7.30pm in No. 52.  All readers are asked to attend.

The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday 8th December at 7.30pm in No. 52.

The Parish Pastoral Council will meet next Tuesday 8th December at 8.30pm in No. 52.

You are invited to visit the Advent Prayer Space, situated in the Baptistery.  Advent Home Retreat – Reflective material is available for this at the back of the church.  You are welcome to take some home with you.

 

There will be a short Nativity Play during the Family Christmas Eve mass at 6m on 24 December. Children who are interested in taking part should come along to a short meeting in the Parish House after 11am mass on Sunday 20 December, when roles will be allocated. The rehearsal will take place in the church on Christmas Eve at 5pm.

The collection held during the Walk of Light 2015 on Sunday 22 November last raised a total of €730 which will be donated this year to Rathmines Women’s Refuge.  A very big thank you to all who so generously donated.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘True Devotion to the Nation’ will take place on Thursday 10th December next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

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.

 

ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF REMEMBERANCE to mark the Months Mind for the victims of the terrorists’ atrocities in Paris will take place in Donnybrook Church on Sunday 13th December at 3pm.  The French Ambassador to Ireland and the Papal Nuncio will be in attendance and the   Address will be given by Archbishop Michael Jackson.  Music by the Choir of Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, directed by Catherine Killoran, organist Michael Quinn, The Garda Male Voice Choir and soprano Pauline Graham.

An adaptation of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” will be read at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn on Sunday 20th December at 3pm.  The reading will feature professional actors who have performed at the Abbey and Gate Theatres and on National Television.  All are freely donating their time and talents.  A reception will be held afterwards in Our Lady of Dolours Church with finger food and light refreshments sponsored by Dublin City Council.  Admission is free.  A voluntary collection will be taken up with all proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Rathmines Women’s Refuge Christmas Toy Appeal When doing your Christmas shopping, why not pick up a new toy for a child who may not get anything this Christmas? The Women’s Refuge will distribute any toys to children who have previously been residents or are from the local area.  Toys can be left into the Women’s Refuge, Lower Rathmines Rd (directly opposite the church) Tel 01 496 1002.

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR St. Louis High School Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Sunday 6th December from 12pm - 3pm.  Admission: €2 (Family), €1 (Individual).  Lots of stalls - Cakes, Preserves, Christmas Wreaths, Christmas Decorations, Candles, Books, Toys, Bric-a-Brac, Café and Wheel of Fortune.  Santy and his Elves will be there too.

A Little Lifetime Foundation  Christmas Service of Remembrance on Sunday 6th December at 7.30pm in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublinwith Archbishop Martin.  Blessing of Remembrance and Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday 13th December at 4.00pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.  This special Service of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who have had the experience of a baby’s death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died shortly after birth.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone.

Joy to the World Christmas Candlelight Concert with the Classicus Youth Chamber Choir and Mulled Wine & Pies St Mary’s Haddington Road on Thurs 17 December at 7.30pm.  Tickets: €15, Cons €10, Family €40.

Calling all Cake Decorators for a Good Cause

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s national confidential helpline for older people, is holding a fund-raising Gingerbread House decorating competition for all the family.  Houses will be on display at our Gingerbread Village celebration in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on December 6 from 2-5pm, and ensures a fun afternoon for all the family.  For further information about the event and how to become involved, visit our website on www.gingerbreadvillageireland.com or contact Ruth or Yvonne at 046-9557766.

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. 

St Paul’s Publishing invites you to the launch of Remembering God’s Mercy Luke’s Virtue of Compassionby Kevin O’ Gorman, SMA. To be launched by Dr Pádraig Corkery, Department of Moral Theology, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Venue: Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Date: Weds 9th December at 7.30pm.

The Three Tenors in Concert Sunday 20th December in Mary Immaculate Church, Inchicore at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost €25 - phone (01) 4534408 or call into the parish office between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.  Tickets are also available at the door on the night.  oblateparishinchicore.ie

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. 

Advent Pack – Year of Mercy The Jubilee of Mercy will be inaugurated by Pope Francis on Tuesday 8th December 2015 in Rome when he will open the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica.  As presented at the Autumn Liturgy Seminar, an Advent Pack has been prepared to encourage people to cross the threshold of mercy and promote the Jubilee of Mercy.  The pack will comprise an illustrated envelope which will include a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, a bookmark which explores the theme of mercy and the specially designed official logo.  Two copies of the logo in different sizes which are printed on a PVC base with adhesive backing are also supplied.  People are invited to place the larger one on a door/window to show that their home is a place where all who enter will meet the face of mercy and compassion and the smaller one on a car to let people know that a Jubilee of Mercy is being celebrated and that they are making this journey.  Booking form attached.

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

Venerable Matt Talbot 90th AnniversaryThe Salesians of St John Bosco have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street in inner city Dublin for over twenty years. The large beautiful Church hosts also the mortal remains of Venerable Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, and was renowned for his holiness, having overcome a crippling alcohol addiction, through prayer and penance. He has been a heroic inspiration to many people in Ireland and abroad battling addiction. His shrine attracts quite a number of pilgrims who come seeking spiritual strength to be able to overcome their addiction. A number of special activities to mark the 90th Anniversary of Matt Talbot’s death, and a Matt Talbot year will take place. 

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

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 29th November 2015 First Sunday of Advent

 

The Age of Anxiety

‘Be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly like a trap.’

While he was struggling with the ‘demon drink’, an Irish bishop and, believe it or not – a popular one – used to relate how some of his friends offered him various pieces of advice in regard to how he might overcome his problem.

    ‘What you should do, John (not his real name) is exercise will-power.’ They were well-intentioned but their advice was about as effective and relevant as traffic lights in a bog. One day the bishop lost his cool: ‘tell you what,’ he said, ‘the next time you have an attack of gastritis and the movements of your body are out of control – exercise will-power!’ He had one Christmas card less that year!

    The same goes with worry. No use in giving similar advice to a worrier. ‘Don’t be upsetting yourself. Everything will be fine’ – much of the time that’s a cop out. We don’t want to be bothered listening and yet, therein lies the healing. It is much better if we have the time and the interest to listen to the worrier. And no – you don’t need to be a trained psychotherapist: the best therapy is often done between friends who trust each other. Healing in a profound way can come about if we are capable of doing a very simple thing: Listening without judging. It’s the age-old principle of the Samaritans.

     Yes, we live in an age of anxiety: pharmacists will tell you how high in the list of prescriptions are sedatives and other chemicals to gain a good night’s sleep. These are often necessary; they bring comfort to people who would otherwise be staring at the curtains until the edges turn bright.                  

    The movement from anxiety to peace of mind though, one that is lasting, comes about where there is trust – a safe haven – where one can reveal the worries and feel confident that this trust will never be violated.

    And by the way, the bishop recovered and became a creative member of society. You see, he had gone through the valley of darkness and the hand of God was with him in the listening presence of good, caring human beings. ‘God’ said the poet, Patrick Kavanagh, ‘is in the bits and pieces of every day.’ Yes, and in the people who embody God’s goodness.        Fr William

It is the beginning of Advent and Trócaire has launched its Christmas gift range that will directly benefit families in some of the world's poorest countries. From olive trees for farmers in Palestine (€5/£4) to business support for women in Ethiopia (€250/£200), when you buy a Trócaire gift you're not just giving, you're joining the fight for justice. Further info at www.trocaire.org/gifts

 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 4th December (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.

The monthly lunchtime Ecumenical Prayers will take place on Tuesday 1st December at 1.05pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. Tea/coffee served afterwards.  Bring your own lunch.

A sacred prayer space is set aside in the Baptistery of the church during the season of Advent.

 

Rathmines Women’s Refuge Christmas Toy Appeal When doing your Christmas shopping, why not pick up a new toy for a child who may not get anything this Christmas? The Women’s Refuge will distribute any toys to children who have previously been residents or are from the local area.  Toys can be left into the Women’s Refuge, Lower Rathmines Rd (directly opposite the church) Tel 01 496 1002.

 

St. Mary's College Rathmines Christmas Fair on Saturday 28th November 10.00am-4.00pm.  All Welcome.

Advent Service in Beechwood Avenue  Preparing to meet Jesus, the Face of Mercy, at the  Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, Dublin 6 at 7pm, Sunday 29th November (1st Sunday in Advent).  Come and experience a beautiful hour of reflection along with choral music as we begin our journey through Advent.

 

Milltown Christmas Fair A Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 29th November from 10.30am – 2.30pm in Milltown Parish Pastoral Centre.  The Centre is located in Maple Hall, Milltown Road, Dublin 6.  Admission to the Fair is free.  There will be a Cake stall, crafts, Christmas gifts, preserves, Christmas cards, raffle, treasures stall and tea & coffee.  All are welcome to attend. Santa and some of his elves will arrive on their sleigh at 1.00pm.  

The People’s Climate March will take place in Dublin on Sunday 29th November at 2pm.  Hundreds of thousands of us will be marching in cities around the world on November 29th in what we hope will be the largest climate change mobilisation in history, just before our leaders travel to Paris for the climate summit.  Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, encourages us all to take action like this for Climate Justice.  He says, “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”  2pm – People’s Climate Rally, Dublin at Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

CHRISTMAS FAIR St. Louis High School Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Sunday 6th December from 12pm - 3pm.  Admission: €2 (Family), €1 (Individual).  Lots of stalls - Cakes, Preserves, Christmas Wreaths, Christmas Decorations, Candles, Books, Toys, Bric-a-Brac, Café and Wheel of Fortune.  Santy and his Elves will be there too.

Calling all Cake Decorators for a Good Cause

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s national confidential helpline for older people, is holding a fund-raising Gingerbread House decorating competition for all the family.  Houses will be on display at our Gingerbread Village celebration in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on December 6 from 2-5pm, and ensures a fun afternoon for all the family.  For further information about the event and how to become involved, visit our website on www.gingerbreadvillageireland.com or contact Ruth or Yvonne at 046-9557766.

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.

Envelopes and slips for the November Altar List are available in the boxes at the back of the church. You are invited to write the names of your loved ones on the slips of paper provided and place the envelopes with an offering (if desired) in the blue safe at the back of the church.

 

November - Month of the Holy Souls Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones and for someone they know or love with an addiction.  You can do likewise!  Take the short-term pledge for November.  www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact (353) 1 8749464.  Small fee applies for certificate and emblem.

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. 

Feast of Saint Francis Xavier Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street invite you to join us and celebrate the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, Patron Saint of the Missions, on Thursday 3rd December at 11.00 am.

A Little Lifetime Foundation  Christmas Service of Remembrance on Sunday 6th December at 7.30pm in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublinwith Archbishop Martin.  Blessing of Remembrance and Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday 13th December at 4.00pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.  This special Service of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who have had the experience of a baby’s death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died shortly after birth.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone.

Scripture Day with Kieran O’Mahony in Orlagh.  Sunday 6th December from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.  The theme is ‘Christmas for Grownups’.  A special focus will be the readings actually used on Christmas Day.  Cost: €55.   To book, contact Orlagh, Old Court Road, Dublin 16.  Tel: (01) 495 8190; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Website: www.orlagh.ie

St Paul’s Publishing invites you to the launch of Remembering God’s Mercy Luke’s Virtue of Compassionby Kevin O’ Gorman, SMA. To be launched by Dr Pádraig Corkery, Department of Moral Theology, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Venue: Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Date: Weds 9th December at 7.30pm.

The Three Tenors in Concert Sunday 20th December in Mary Immaculate Church, Inchicore at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost €25 - phone (01) 4534408 or call into the parish office between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.  Tickets are also available at the door on the night.  oblateparishinchicore.ie

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. 

Advent Pack – Year of Mercy The Jubilee of Mercy will be inaugurated by Pope Francis on Tuesday 8th December 2015 in Rome when he will open the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica.  As presented at the Autumn Liturgy Seminar, an Advent Pack has been prepared to encourage people to cross the threshold of mercy and promote the Jubilee of Mercy.  The pack will comprise an illustrated envelope which will include a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, a bookmark which explores the theme of mercy and the specially designed official logo.  Two copies of the logo in different sizes which are printed on a PVC base with adhesive backing are also supplied.  People are invited to place the larger one on a door/window to show that their home is a place where all who enter will meet the face of mercy and compassion and the smaller one on a car to let people know that a Jubilee of Mercy is being celebrated and that they are making this journey.  Booking form attached.

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.

Autumn Lecture Programme at the Central Catholic Library Tuesday 1st December with Fr Brian Doyle OP: ‘The Journey of a Poet - the influence of Christianity on the poetry of T.S. Eliot’.  6.30pm each evening at the Central Catholic Library, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  Tel: 01 676 1264 | Web: www.catholiclibrary.ie

Liturgy Annual Meeting Due to circumstances beyond their control, the National Centre for Liturgy has to postpone the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th November.  It is now scheduled to take place on Thursday 3rd December in Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The day will include reports from the Council for Liturgy and its Advisory Committees.  It is also proposed that two publications will be launched on that day – Singing the Mystery of Faith and It Is Good For Us To Be Here – gathered on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Representatives from the diocese are invited to attend on 3rd December.

Beginning Experience (B.E.) 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.  The next residential weekend will be held from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.  For further information please contact 086 0877379 | email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.beginningexperience.ie

Nazareth Family Institute - Marriage Preparation Courses Non-residential weekend courses given by an experienced team of couples and a priest in a relaxed friendly environment in Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  From 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Friday and 9.30am to 5.15pm on Saturday; lunch and tea/coffee provided.  The course is fully compliant with Catholic Church guidelines and derives much from the teaching of St. John Paul II.  The next immediate dates are Friday 13th/ Saturday 14th November.  Bookings can made online at www.nazarethfamilyinstitute.net or by ringing 01-2896647 or 087-6290041.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group ‘Exploring Death and Loss of Our Loved Ones’.  Residential Weekend led by Fr. Myles O'Reilly SJ.  This weekend explores the loss of our loved ones and the meaning of death from a Christian perspective through prayer, meditation, discussion, videos and sharing.  Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Rd., Dublin 16.  Friday 20th November at 7.30pm to Sunday 22nd November at 4.30pm.  Cost €180 per person (Deposit €50) with all meals included.  Apply to: Anne @ 087 2050514 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A National Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Bishop Eamonn Walsh will be participating in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit in the presence of President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann.  This event is organised by Trócaire, Christian Aid and ECI.  All are welcome to attend.

Project Messiah 2015 Join us for the Third Year in celebrating the beginning of Year of Mercy and Advent in Whitefriar St. Church on Saturday, November 28th with a rousing performance of G.F. Handel’s masterpiece.  Rehearsals take place (22nd October – 26th November) in All Hallows College, Gracepark Rd., D. 9 from 7.15-9.30pm. Please register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further information contact Germaine Carlos 086 – 1973774 or Deirdre Seaver 086 8380881.

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

Venerable Matt Talbot 90th AnniversaryThe Salesians of St John Bosco have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street in inner city Dublin for over twenty years. The large beautiful Church hosts also the mortal remains of Venerable Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, and was renowned for his holiness, having overcome a crippling alcohol addiction, through prayer and penance. He has been a heroic inspiration to many people in Ireland and abroad battling addiction. His shrine attracts quite a number of pilgrims who come seeking spiritual strength to be able to overcome their addiction. A number of special activities to mark the 90th Anniversary of Matt Talbot’s death, and a Matt Talbot year will take place. 

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 Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments in Dublin. We are looking for volunteers to pick a patient up at their home, drive them to the door of the hospital, then when they have finished treatment, to pick them up again and bring them home. The service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid. Telephone the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

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 22nd November 2015 Feast of Christ the King

 

 

    It was the grey 50s (not as grey as some today like to believe) when Tom had come to teach in a small rural school after leaving the Christian Brothers. The two other teachers, like most in those days, applied the cane liberally to children who got their sums wrong or didn’t know their catechism. Tom was an exception. He had the rare gift of getting across a lesson without threat or menace. ‘A born teacher’ was the way they described him in The Dew Drop.

    He bought a size four leather football out of his own modest salary and coached the children in a field behind the school. During the month of May he brought his wind-up gramophone to the school and played Canon Sydney McEwan singing Bring Flowers of the Rarest and other hymns to the Virgin Mary.     

   The odd clatter he gave to a pupil across the legs (mild in 1955) was done with restraint; his authority over them was founded on his deep love for his profession and his care for the children. He wasn’t a saint but he gained the respect of his pupils and the people of the parish. And when many of those children grew up and had to emigrate to England to help in the building of the M1 out of London, they never failed to send him a Christmas card.

    His was the authority that is suggested to us by the Lord in today’s Gospel: an authority founded on care and respect. ‘My kingdom is not of this world,’ says Jesus, whose power is stems from respect and commitment to the cause of humanity. On the Feast of Christ the King, the Lord invites us to avoid the way of brute force and aggression and chose an authority of service. Fr William

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place at 11am this Sunday 22nd November, Feast of Christ the King.

The Family Mass group meets next Thursday 26th November at 7.30pm in the parish house No. 52.

The Walk of Light 2015 takes place this afternoon, Sunday 22 November 4.30pm - 7pm.  An Inter-church journey starting at 4.30pm with Welcome and Opening Prayer in Rathmines church, then at 5pm onto St Finian’s Church, Adelaide Road and followed at 6pm by a walk to St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street for Concluding Prayer.  This year’s theme is "He raises the lowly".  Come and join us! (In co-operation with the COI, Korean, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, RC and Ethiopian Orthodox congregations in the area). www.dublinchurches.ie

Parish Pastoral Council Meeting 101       11th November 2015

Discussion on Avila Report regarding the way forward for our Parish

  • How build community, involving everyone
  • Hospitality and Welcoming
  • Need to improve communication
  • Website to be updated
  • Space for gathering to be created at the back of the Church
  • Need for Parish Community Centre

A Pax Christi Seminar “The Challenge of Peace in the Middle East” voices from the region

Fri 27th November 2015 from 10am to 1pm, followed by tea/coffee & snacks in Avila, Bloomfield Ave (off Morehampton Rd), Dublin 4.  Chair: Richard Downes, RTE. Speakers will include: Ahmed Mostafa, Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Egypt and Ms Jilan Abdal Majid, Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission, Mission of the State of Palestine.  RSVP latest by Weds 25th Nov.  Tel 01 496 5293 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free parking on campus

Advent Service in Beechwood Avenue  Preparing to meet Jesus, the Face of Mercy, at the  Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, Dublin 6 at 7pm, Sunday 29th November (1st Sunday in Advent).  Come and experience a beautiful hour of reflection along with choral music as we begin our journey through Advent.

Calling all Cake Decorators for a Good Cause

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s national confidential helpline for older people, is holding a fund-raising Gingerbread House decorating competition for all the family.  Houses will be on display at our Gingerbread Village celebration in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on December 6 from 2-5pm, and ensures a fun afternoon for all the family.  For further information about the event and how to become involved, visit our website on www.gingerbreadvillageireland.com or contact Ruth or Yvonne at 046-9557766.

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.

Patrick Finn Lectures, Haddington Rd - The Irish Peace Process -its achievements and shortcomings, 21 years on Thurs 26th November 2015 at 7pm.  Dr. Martin Mansergh is a historian, a former Minister of State and a former senior adviser to successive Taoisigh. He was a Fianna Fáil TD for the Tipperary South constituency from 2007 until 2011. Prior to that he was a Senator from 2002 to 2007. He played a leading role in formulating Fianna Fáil policy on Northern Ireland.  He brings to this lecture a very direct and personal knowledge of the peace process informed by his analytical skills as a historian.  This should be a very interesting evening.  Please note the earlier starting time of 7pm

Envelopes and slips for the November Altar List are available in the boxes at the back of the church. You are invited to write the names of your loved ones on the slips of paper provided and place the envelopes with an offering (if desired) in the blue safe at the back of the church.

 

November - Month of the Holy Souls Many people choose to abstain from alcohol for the month of November and offer this prayerful act in honour of their deceased loved ones and for someone they know or love with an addiction.  You can do likewise!  Take the short-term pledge for November.  www.pioneerassociation.ie or contact (353) 1 8749464.  Small fee applies for certificate and emblem.

Service of Remembrance The Board, Master and Staff of the Rotunda Hospital invite you to a Service of Remembrance for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.  The Service will be held in the Pro-Cathedral on Sunday 22nd November at 3pm.  Afterwards light refreshments will be served in the Gresham Hotel.  If you have any queries please contact the Hospital Chaplain on 01 817 1700.

Special Children’s Charity Event: An evening with Lorna Byrne and Cathy Kelly, 22nd November, National Concert Hall, DublinTwo of Ireland’s best loved authors Cathy Kelly and Lorna Byrne have come together for a very special fundraising speaking event which takes place at the National Concert Hall, Dublin on 22nd November. All proceeds of An evening with Lorna Byrne and Cathy Kelly will go directly to support the Lorna Byrne Children’s Foundation’s three chosen charities for 2015, Unicef Ireland’s Syria Appeal and Irish charities Blue Box and APA – A Partnership with Africa, organisations who are working tirelessly to change the lives of children in Ireland and around the world for the better. All of you are encouraged to come along and tickets are priced from €15 to €25 from the National Concert Hall on www.nch.ie or 01 417 0000.

A National Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Bishop Eamonn Walsh will be participating in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit in the presence of President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann.  This event is organised by Trócaire, Christian Aid and ECI.  All are welcome to attend.

Ian Callanan in Concert St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7 will host an evening of music, led by Ian Callanan, on Thursday 26th November @8pm.  Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie or on the door for €10.  Further information on www.evangelisation.ie/2015/11/03/ian-callanan-concert-in-st-pauls-arran-quay-26th-november

St. Mary's College Rathmines Christmas Fair on Saturday 28th November 10.00am-4.00pm.  All Welcome.

Milltown Christmas Fair A Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 29th November from 10.30am – 2.30pm in Milltown Parish Pastoral Centre.  The Centre is located in Maple Hall, Milltown Road, Dublin 6.  Admission to the Fair is free.  There will be a Cake stall, crafts, Christmas gifts, preserves, Christmas cards, raffle, treasures stall and tea & coffee.  All are welcome to attend. Santa and some of his elves will arrive on their sleigh at 1.00pm.  

The People’s Climate March will take place in Dublin on Sunday 29th November at 2pm.  Hundreds of thousands of us will be marching in cities around the world on November 29th in what we hope will be the largest climate change mobilisation in history, just before our leaders travel to Paris for the climate summit.  Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, encourages us all to take action like this for Climate Justice.  He says, “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”  2pm – People’s Climate Rally, Dublin at Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

A Little Lifetime Foundation  Christmas Service of Remembrance on Sunday 6th December at 7.30pm in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublinwith Archbishop Martin.  Blessing of Remembrance and Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday 13th December at 4.00pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.  This special Service of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who have had the experience of a baby’s death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died shortly after birth.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone.

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. 

Advent Pack – Year of Mercy The Jubilee of Mercy will be inaugurated by Pope Francis on Tuesday 8th December 2015 in Rome when he will open the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica.  As presented at the Autumn Liturgy Seminar, an Advent Pack has been prepared to encourage people to cross the threshold of mercy and promote the Jubilee of Mercy.  The pack will comprise an illustrated envelope which will include a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, a bookmark which explores the theme of mercy and the specially designed official logo.  Two copies of the logo in different sizes which are printed on a PVC base with adhesive backing are also supplied.  People are invited to place the larger one on a door/window to show that their home is a place where all who enter will meet the face of mercy and compassion and the smaller one on a car to let people know that a Jubilee of Mercy is being celebrated and that they are making this journey.  Booking form attached.

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.

A Week of Guided Prayer is a way of making a retreat in the midst of ordinary daily living, an opportunity for the people to experience the Gospel speaking to and in their own lives and a means of spiritual nourishment.  There are some weeks available between now and Christmas 2015, commencing on: 1st Nov, 15th Nov, 22nd Nov and 29th Nov.  Parishes are invited to contact Sr Éibhlís NicUaithuas DC in the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 8373732 for further information, to book these or other weeks.

Autumn Lecture Programme at the Central Catholic Library Tuesday 3rd November with Fr Seán McDonagh SCC: ‘Laudato Si - does it contain new teaching on the environment?’  Tuesday 17th November with Dr Mary Ann Bolger: ‘Mass Production - the curious history of altar bread manufacture in Ireland’.  Tuesday 1st December with Fr Brian Doyle OP: ‘The Journey of a Poet - the influence of Christianity on the poetry of T.S. Eliot’.  6.30pm each evening at the Central Catholic Library, 74 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.  Tel: 01 676 1264 | Web: www.catholiclibrary.ie

Liturgy Annual Meeting Due to circumstances beyond their control, the National Centre for Liturgy has to postpone the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th November.  It is now scheduled to take place on Thursday 3rd December in Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The day will include reports from the Council for Liturgy and its Advisory Committees.  It is also proposed that two publications will be launched on that day – Singing the Mystery of Faith and It Is Good For Us To Be Here – gathered on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Representatives from the diocese are invited to attend on 3rd December.

Beginning Experience (B.E.) 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.  The next residential weekend will be held from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November in All Hallows, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.  For further information please contact 086 0877379 | email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | www.beginningexperience.ie

Nazareth Family Institute - Marriage Preparation Courses Non-residential weekend courses given by an experienced team of couples and a priest in a relaxed friendly environment in Avila Carmelite Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.  From 7.00pm to 10.00pm on Friday and 9.30am to 5.15pm on Saturday; lunch and tea/coffee provided.  The course is fully compliant with Catholic Church guidelines and derives much from the teaching of St. John Paul II.  The next immediate dates are Friday 13th/ Saturday 14th November.  Bookings can made online at www.nazarethfamilyinstitute.net or by ringing 01-2896647 or 087-6290041.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group ‘Exploring Death and Loss of Our Loved Ones’.  Residential Weekend led by Fr. Myles O'Reilly SJ.  This weekend explores the loss of our loved ones and the meaning of death from a Christian perspective through prayer, meditation, discussion, videos and sharing.  Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Rd., Dublin 16.  Friday 20th November at 7.30pm to Sunday 22nd November at 4.30pm.  Cost €180 per person (Deposit €50) with all meals included.  Apply to: Anne @ 087 2050514 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A National Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Bishop Eamonn Walsh will be participating in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit in the presence of President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann.  This event is organised by Trócaire, Christian Aid and ECI.  All are welcome to attend.

Project Messiah 2015 Join us for the Third Year in celebrating the beginning of Year of Mercy and Advent in Whitefriar St. Church on Saturday, November 28th with a rousing performance of G.F. Handel’s masterpiece.  Rehearsals take place (22nd October – 26th November) in All Hallows College, Gracepark Rd., D. 9 from 7.15-9.30pm. Please register by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For further information contact Germaine Carlos 086 – 1973774 or Deirdre Seaver 086 8380881.

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

Venerable Matt Talbot 90th AnniversaryThe Salesians of St John Bosco have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermott Street in inner city Dublin for over twenty years. The large beautiful Church hosts also the mortal remains of Venerable Matt Talbot, a Dubliner who died in 1925, and was renowned for his holiness, having overcome a crippling alcohol addiction, through prayer and penance. He has been a heroic inspiration to many people in Ireland and abroad battling addiction. His shrine attracts quite a number of pilgrims who come seeking spiritual strength to be able to overcome their addiction. A number of special activities to mark the 90th Anniversary of Matt Talbot’s death, and a Matt Talbot year will take place. 

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 Care to Drive service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments in Dublin. We are looking for volunteers to pick a patient up at their home, drive them to the door of the hospital, then when they have finished treatment, to pick them up again and bring them home. The service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid. Telephone the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

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.