From this coming Friday, 8 May, we hope to be equipped with sanitizer dispensers, wall-mounted in the church. In the interest of your own health and safety, please make use of the sanitizers. The church will be open from 2pm until 6pm.
We hope you will find consolation from your private prayer before the Lord.
We are glad to announce that we’ve installed webcam so that anyone who links up with our site will be able to enjoy a spiritual presence at the Eucharist next Sunday (Palm Sunday) at 11am.
You are also invited to join us on line through webcam on Friday 3 April at 10 am for prayers for guidance, strength and hope at this critical time in our country’s history. (In keeping with the guidelines of the HSE and the archdiocese) the church is not open for people to congregate at either of these two ceremonies At the Mass and the prayer session, we will give thanks to the health care workers and all on the front line who are a shining example of self-sacrifice and commitment to our well-being.
With God’s blessing, William King, Adm. Rathmines Parish
Thought for the week
That most private of men, the poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins wouldn’t have much difficulty with self-isolation; on the contrary, he would probably welcome cocooning. You could say, he was paying homage to silence and solitude all his life. Here’s a soupcon:
Elected silence sing to me
And beat upon my whorled ear
Pipe me to pastures still and be
The music that I care to hear.
But not everyone welcomes silence and solitude; in fact, we are hearing that a by-product of the absolute necessity to stay at home is causing stress and anxiety to many.
Unless, gentle reader, you happen to be a monk or vowed to the enclosed life, long hours on one’s own can be a severe strain on our mental resources. We’re not hard-wired to being home alone.
The flightpath of life today is towards the notion that hanging out with one’s friends is the open sesame to happiness. You’ve got to have plans for the weekend. You might even post it up on Facebook and get more ‘likes’ than the Dubs have won All-Irelands – Grrrr.
And so, to be on your own is, in that mode of thinking, to be a failure.
Something wrong with you. No ‘likes’! My goodness, what’s the world coming to?
And while we don’t grow as human beings on our own, we can gain much from occasional periods of solitude. ‘Pipe me to pastures still…’
The other morning, soon after sunrise I found myself strolling through that splendid Victorian quadrangle, Dartmouth Square. Then suddenly through the fresh green trees the cuckoo decided to entertain me. I was just in time for the early morning show.
I’ll admit it wasn’t up to Vera Lynn’s experience of the nightingale and Berkeley Square and angels dining at the Ritz, but it became a prayer of thanks and kept me company through the day. Stay well.