Of Bishops and Nighties and a Laughing Gaybo
For seminarians in Clonliffe College fado fado, Saturday nights were special. When Night Prayer had ended in the oratory, we left in solemn silence, walked with measured steps along the corridor, down a stone stair until we reached the basement. Now, in the bowels of the college and out of reach of the dean’s eagle eye, we stampeded for the Common Room – bulls let loose in Pamplona.
You see, it was Late Late night in black and white – and everyone (except those who remained in prayer: they are now bishops and monsignors) wanted a seat in the front row. The Late Late was young then, Gay was young; come to think of it, the world was young, and we would never die. And we sat ogling Mary Kenny’s shapely legs and making laddish comments. (But we did go to confession)
And it was an exciting time to be young: The Sun God, JFK himself, had ridden in a chariot of chrome and shining black through O’Connell Street only a few years before. The Vatican Council was opening windows of hope. Fr Fergal O’Connor (always a favourite with Gaybo) brought the wisdom of Socrates to the kitchens of Ireland.
Much has been written about this remarkable man, Gaybo, in the past week – and deservedly so. For me and my fellow seminarians he was a harbinger of better things to come. He asked questions and gave his audience a chance to express themselves. A liberal, a conservative, a man who challenged the Catholic Church and yet remained a devout Catholic all his life. Like all great men and women, he transcends casual definitions. May he rest in peace. Fr William
Congratulations to Baby Brody O’Dwyer, Hannah Kennedy and Katelyn Anne Barcoe who were baptised during the 11am Mass last Sunday.
Our Family Mass takes place this Sunday 10th November and the following Sunday 17th November, both at 11am. We are looking for adult volunteers to help organize the family masses. If you are interested please contact Vivienne at 087 695 6676.
The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 16th/17th November. Please give generously.
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 in the blue safe at the back of the church.
Walk of Light 2019
Please come and join us in pilgrimage on our Annual Ecumenical Walk of Light on Sunday 24 November 2019 from 4pm to 6.30pm. For the fifteenth year in a row, people will come together on an inter-church journey starting with a Welcome and Opening Prayer at 4pm at St Finian’s Church, Adelaide Road, followed by an address by Jane Mellett, Trocaire at 4.45pm at the Church of Mary Immaculate Refuge of Sinners, Rathmines and ending with Concluding Prayer at 5.45pm in Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines. All are most welcome!
In cooperation with the Church of Ireland, Korean, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and Ethiopian Orthodox congregations in the area.
The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘Are the Holy Souls Saints?’ will take place on Thursday 14th November next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite the Circle K Service Station). Rev Fr Brendan McCarron SPS will also attend.
Frank Duff (Founder of the Legion of Mary)
39th Anniversary Mass
St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough St, Dublin 1
Sat 16th November 2019 at 3pm
Principal Celebrant & Homilist:
The Most Reverend Dr Kiaran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly
Activ 8: The Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism present a new course called Activ 8. This course involves 8 practical sessions in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. This course is aimed at people between 30-55 years of age so they can help to build the capacity of parishes to share our faith.
Dates: 6 November / 15 January /12 February / 11 March / 1 April / 6 May/ 10 June. Time: 7.30 -9.30pm / Price: €80 (places are limited).
For more information about this course and to register your interest please contact Mary Dent of the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2019/2020 are available for collection in the sacristy after masses. 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 be given your numbered box with your name on it. For parishioners who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. If you would like to donate this way, please leave your name and address with our parish volunteer who will supply you with a numbered box. 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. Standing Order Mandate Forms (with parish bank details) are also available at the back of the church or from the parish office.
Rathmines International Group
Our parish community is a family composed of members from the far-flung corners of the earth who have come to live and work and worship here in Rathmines. We are delighted that you chose Rathmines: you bring the richness of your country and culture to us and have placed these at our altar. We are grateful for that gift. Lately, you have shown an interest in meeting and praying, singing and celebrating: you are the new wine in new wine skins. Together we will make the future a better place for our parish. The Rathmines International Group aims to actively enhance the social, cultural and spiritual life in our parish. Our goal is to blend our international experience with the Irish spirituality in order to nurture a multinational vibe in our parish. ALL are WELCOME. To join our joyful journey, please contact Paolo & Paola (phone 083 861 9040). God’s blessing on you all.
Eucharistic Ministry If you, or someone you know, is housebound but would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531 or call in Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm. We can then arrange to have one of our Eucharistic Ministers visit to administer Communion. Please also let us know if you would like to be included on the First Friday visits by Fr William.
Literature at the back of the church
Please note that anyone wishing to leave literature (posters, notices, leaflets, newspapers etc) at the back of the church must first receive prior approval to do so with the parish stamp from the parish office before placing on the noticeboard/tables. Unsolicited material will otherwise be removed.
Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Time of prayer and fraternal gathering for men exploring the call to Priesthood The Vocations Office of the Dublin Diocese would like to invite men interested in discerning a call to priesthood to an evening of prayer and fraternal gathering. If you know of someone who might be interested, please RSVP before 29thNovember to Fr. Enda at: email@example.com or Fr. Séamus at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Fri 13th December 2019 Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2
“Free One-To-One IT Skills Course
Taking place in Griffith College beginning on Tues 12th November from 6pm-8pm for 5 weeks. Choose your own learning topic and learn at your own pace with your individual volunteer student tutor. To book your place, call Orlaith on 01 415 0421.
The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to assist in supporting and providing information to patients and families in their Dublin Daffodil Centre’s. Please contact Deirdre Murphy on 01 231 0564 or email@example.com for more information.
All That Fall Samuel Beckett’s play All That Fall will be presented in Our Lady of Dolours Church, Dolphins Barn on 22nd November. Address by Dr. Fergal Whelan of Trinity College followed a wine and cheese reception. All actors are donating their services for free, a voluntary collection will be taken up for the Girls Empowerment Project in Ethiopia which is run by Meki Catholic Diocese.
Do One Thing: This is a new initiative run by The Young Church Dublin to help vulnerable people in our city. We aim to gather young people from across the Dublin Diocese to come to St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay between 5pm and 9pm on Tues 26th November where we will pack boxes and bags for the variety of homeless people of our city. If you would like to donate practical items for this cause, you can bring them to St Paul’s on the following dates:
Mon 11 November 7am – 10am
Weds 13 November 7am – 10am
Fri 15 November 5pm – 7pm
Mon 18 November 7am – 10am
Live While You Can Fr. Tony’s Coote’s inspirational memoir has been shortlisted in one of the categories of the Irish Book of the Year ‘popular non-fiction’. The voting is online and the closing date for voting is Weds 13th November. It would be a powerful tribute to our late friend and dear colleague if his book were lucky enough to win through the public voting. Please vote and why not invite your friends to express their appreciation by voting also. One vote per email address and voting closes at 6pm on Weds 13th November www.irishbookawards.irish/vote2019/
Glenstal Liturgical Conference 2019 Liturgy & Art: By means of icons and other artistic media, this conference takes place from 15-17 November. Speakers on the day are; Richard Temple, Br Thomas Quartier, Br Emmaus osb, Stefan Harlacher and Anne Dietrich will explore the relationship between liturgy, art and theology. Prices – single day €85 /full conference €160. Booking form attached – For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Full conference details on www.glenstal.com
‘Newman: A Short Biography’ – Messenger Publications In this new book from Messenger Publications, Father Michael Collins offers an insight into Newman’s life as an esteemed academic and prolific author. Newman: A Short Biography is published in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications. Priced at €9.95
Service of Remembrance: The Miscarriage Association of Ireland Annual Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 10th November at 3pm in St Teresa’s Church, Donore Avenue, off South Circular Road, Dublin 8. All parents, siblings, grandparents & anyone else affected by the loss of a baby are very welcome to attend, regardless of whether the loss was recent or long ago. It’s a time to come together and remember our loved ones. For more information T 01 873 5702 / www.miscarriage.ie • www.facebook.com/miscarriage.ie • Email: email@example.com
In Memoriam Concert: Come along and hear the Dublin Bach Singers, Palestrina Choir, David Grealy (organist) conducted by Blánaid Murphy performing on Sun 10th November at 3pm in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Tickets cost €15 available from the parish office and from www.eventbrite.ie
Volunteers Needed: St Vincent to Paul urgently need volunteers. You can help once a week or fortnightly for about 3 hours and we always visiting in pairs. We offer full training and support. It is very rewarding and as President Higgins says, it is the best gift you can give to your community and you will be helping those less fortunate. Please join us, we need you! For more information on what we do and how we do it please go to and to join.
The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have 2 free days a month (Monday – Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura for more information on 01 2310 594, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cancer.ie
The Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults (FLP) returns this October. This programme is designed for young adults who wish to train as intentional Christian Leaders. The programme is experiential and draws on the wisdom and experience of a panel of experts who help the participants grow personal, spiritually and as Gospel-Centred Leaders.
Participants on the FLP engage with pastoral and leadership skills such as mentoring, journaling, reflective practice, social analysis and gospel-centred decision making. Alongside these skills participants grow their own network and develop transferable communication, presentation and planning skills. FLP graduates have gone on to hold key leadership roles in their parishes, community groups and workplaces as well as at major events such as the World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day. Parishes and Parish Pastoral Councils are invited to nominate young adults to prepare for future leadership opportunities in faith and in Church.
The FLP runs from October 2019 to April 2020 and is delivered in St Paul’s Church Arran Quay Dublin 7. For more information see www.evangelisation.ie / Youth Leadership
Family Inspirational Publications: The Council for Marriage and the Family introduce two new Family Inspirational Publications. The renewed ‘Family Prayer Book’ and inspirational phrases from Pope Francis’, The Joy of Love – On Love in the Family, in ‘The Family is Good News’, from the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference, ideal as personal gifts or as a gift from your Parish for engaged and newly married couples and families are available from Veritas (see attachments). For info contact: Fr Peter Murphy E: email@example.com or Tel: 01 505 3107.
AUNGIER STREET NOTICE
GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Carmelite (Whitefriar) Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Why not come along and learn more about positive mental health, well-being, recovery and how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge. All welcome. Contact John on 086 8033 126.
GROW Promoting Positive Mental Health
Age Action Computer Courses Age Action are running a number of one to one computer Training Courses for Over 55’s. If you are frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Or feel that the digital age has passed you by? You will come away knowing how to search the Internet, send & receive emails, shop and book flights. Train on your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience. Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks – Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin and are Free. For more info about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer Tel 01 475 6989.
Visit the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre, in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross and hear the story of a remarkable Irish woman who set up the first hospital for the poor run by women in Ireland and who visited women prisoners in Kilmainham Jail. She also sent sisters to Australia to minister to Irish women convicts. Admission free. Cuppa served. Tel 086 7247 660.
Do you have Type 2 Diabetes?
Sign up to a FREE diabetes support course for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
The diabetes support courses gives information on:
- What is diabetes and how it affects the body
- Weight management, physical activity, sitting time & healthy eating
- Blood glucose monitoring
- Carbohydrate food and drink & how they affect blood glucose levels
- Tips for food shopping & how to read labels
- Possible effects of diabetes on health and How to prevent them
- Support on how to make lifestyle changes and self manage diabetes
- Treatments available
Courses in your area are:
- FREE of charge
- Informal, friendly and fun.
- You can bring a partner, carer or friend along.
- Run in various locations across Dublin
The next X-PERT and DESMOND courses are running in the Meath Primary Care Centre and Rathmines Library. Places are limited and you must register to attend. Contact Elaine Brennan on 076 6958054 for more information and to register for the course..
Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of life-saving equipment for “The New Children’s Hospital” when building is complete. Koins for Kids collects out of date and damaged currency and one & two cent coins. We are open to any donation. None is too big or small. To date we have raised over €80,000. We would greatly appreciate any donation of this type of currency. Please leave into the Parish Office (Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm) for subsequent collection by Koins for Kids.
Luisne Kilcoole (www.luisne.ie) Going Green –
Dominican Retreat Centre Upcoming Events 2019:
Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, D24 KA40 T 01 404 8123 / 404 8189
- firstname.lastname@example.org www.domsrc.ie www.goodnews.ie
Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover new ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world, within relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. The course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism. The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy. Particpants are required to attend all four weekends. This course has taken place in Dublin Diocese for the past six years and is designed and delivered, through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The course will take place again this year starting in October – Registration form attached. If you would like more information please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not try an MPhil in Christian Theology? Here at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, we offer an excellent suite of modules, and opportunities to dialogue with fascinating classmates, with a variety of experiences of Church. Teaching is in the evening. For further details check our website or email Helen at email@example.com Generous scholarships available.
Why Not Study for an MA in Applied Spirituality? Spiritual Autobiography; Personal Spiritual Accompaniment; Contemporary Spiritual Writers; Spirituality, Social Concern and Gender; Contemplative Psychology…….This unique programme takes place at Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Places are limited and applications for 2019-20 are now being received. It brings the resources of spirituality to bear on issues about the meaning of life that come up at work, at home, in relationships, in life-transitions, and in concerns regarding personal, societal, and planetary wellbeing. See www.spiritualityinstitute.ie for further information or contact Dr Michael O’Sullivan, SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses in Pastoral Liturgy and Ministry: The National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth offers four Modules in the first semester of the academic year 2019-20. What is Liturgy? The Church’s Year; Christian Initiation: Order of the Christian Initiation of Adults; Scripture and Liturgy – Ministers, Proclamation, Books. These modules will provide training for those who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership in parishes, cluster of parishes and deaneries. Lectures will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, morning and afternoon, beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm. For more information: Tel: 01 7083478 / Email: email@example.com Or visit: www.liturgy-irela
Scholarships for the Study of Theology at DCU Have you ever wanted to explore your faith further, and study topics such as theology, Scripture, spirituality, and ethics? On its All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, DCU now offers flexible theology programmes suitable for parishioners from all academic backgrounds and phases of life. The DCU School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is offering scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, for both the MA in Theology and the BA in Theology and Religious Studies programmes. Both of these are flexible programmes with evening lectures that cater to those with careers and other responsibilities. If you are interested in talking to us further or arranging a visit to the All Hallows Campus, contact Dr Joseph Rivera: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01 700 7053. https://www.dcu.ie/theology_philosophy_music/index.shtml
(July 2019) St Vincent De Paul urgently need volunteers in the areas of Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare to work in assistance with individuals and families for just once a week. This will be for about 3 hours, day or night, (whatever suits you best). Full training and support provided – for more information Tel: 01 8198405 or visit: www.SVP.ie / email@example.com /
Volunteers Needed (June 2019): Aware, Ireland’s leading organisation providing support, education and information services for people impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions, is seeking new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland. Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across three services – Support Line, Support Mail and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organization. For more information: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/ or phone Emma on 01-2374926.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is looking for volunteer drivers who will drive patients to and from their chemotherapy appointments in St. James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. The service is free to the patient with all driver expenses being paid. We are currently looking for volunteers specifically in the Dublin 6, 8, 10, 12, 22 and 24 areas. For more information or an application form please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 01 2310 566 or visit the website at www.cancer.ie (June 2019)
The Irish Wheelchair Association are now working directly with the elderly in the community under our Enhanced Homecare Services and are seeking employees to carry out this service on our behalf. To work in this capacity you will need to be studying or have completed a Fetac Level 5 in healthcare or its equivalent. If you are interested in working with the IWA as a caregiver please send your Curriculum Vitae to Mairin.email@example.com. We offer excellent rates and inter client mileage and training is provided.
Volunteers Needed: Do you have some spare time? An interest in music, singing, gardening or another skill? If so, why not help us here in the Iona Resource Centre. Your skills and interest are required for National Council for the Blind. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Maggie or Elena at the Iona Resource Centre on 01 830 4014 or go to: www.ncbi.ie
Volunteer with Trócaire in Ireland Trócaire supports some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Dublin to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire. Would you be interested in becoming involved? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trocaire.org/volunteer for more information.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres in Dublin are walk-in information and support centre based in seven hospitals across the city for cancer patients, their families and anyone concerned about cancer. We’re looking for volunteers to work with our Daffodil Centre Nurses. Duties include;
- Welcoming enquirers to the centre
- Talking to enquirers, listening and identifying their needs and signposting to appropriate sources of information and support
- For medical or complex queries arranging for the enquirer to talk to the Cancer Nurse.
Training will be provided. If you’d like more information on becoming a volunteer please contact; Deirdre Murphy, Irish Cancer Society Tel: 01 231 0564 or email@example.com
Your Experience Counts so make it matter!
Get in Touch with Dublin City Volunteer Centre Tel 01 473 7482
Unit 4, Whitefriars, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 10 November 2019 The Society of St John the Evangelist is a monastic community in the Anglican Episcopal Church, based in Cambridge, Mass. Rooted in the ancient traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, the Brothers seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. ‘Silence’ is one of many short and beautiful online talks available on their website. Access it and other rich spiritual online resources, at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time. Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion. Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost. For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.towardspeace.ie Columba Centre, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.
Take The First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin – if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today – Viatores Christi +353-1-8689986 or email email@example.com for more info.
The latest book from Historian and novelist Maurice Curtis The Little Book of Rathmines, has just been published. This is a hugely enjoyable and fascinating glimpse at our historic parish and one of the most famous suburbs in Dublin. The book is now available from Hanna’s, Dubray, Easons and all good bookshops. Don’t miss it!
COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!
1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s
Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
LEARN HOW TO:
Search the Internet Send & receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues
Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre
ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE
If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course
TEL: (01) 475 6989
Diocesan Prayer Book: The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book – ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90). For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness. Of use for personal prayer on many occasions – in parish – at home – in hospital – healthcare facilities, – for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls. Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House – Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie. More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 – www.catholicbishops.ie
Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne’s new book of prayers, meditations and reflections Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us. Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in ordering a Pew Memorial Plaque in memory of a deceased loved one, please contact the parish office.
Morning prayer is recited every weekday at 9.45am. You are invited to join in this beautiful prayer. New participants are especially welcome. Prayer books are available in the church.
Many parishes have been contacted recently with information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course being marketed by Avalon RC Limited. The information and the Avalon website suggest that this course meets the “Bishops’ Guidelines”. This DVD course and online questionnaire cannot meet the Irish Episcopal Conference Criteria for Courses of Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage and is not an acceptable course of marriage preparation in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
Crosscare’s Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Befriender, to pay a friendly weekly visit to someone’s home. Visits usually involve a simple cup of tea and a chat with someone in the volunteer’s own area. This simple gift of time makes a huge difference to an older person experiencing loneliness and isolation. Minimum commitment of one hour per week for one year. To learn more, please call Sheila Desmond, Margaret O’Sullivan or Emma O’Shea on 01 836 0011 ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.
Crosscare’s Care Local service is seeking volunteers throughout Dublin as Appointment Companions. Appointment Companions are on call to accompany an older person to hospital visits, providing the security of company. This flexible role is ideal for those who would like to befriend an older person but who cannot commit to a regular, weekly visit. When a referral comes in, the nearest on-call volunteer is called and availability checked before confirming the appointment. To learn more, please call Emma O’Shea or Sheila Desmond on 01 836 0011, ext. 308 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application form at www.carelocal.ie.
Crosscare’s Care Local service is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companion in nursing homes in your area with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition among the older population by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01 836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website at www.carelocal.ie.
Volunteers: Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services is recruiting for Bereavement Support Volunteers in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. No experience is necessary as full training will be provided. The training will commence in September for the duration of the academic year. If you think you have the personal qualities and are interested in training to provide a support service to bereaved people. Please contact Ann D’Arcy, Bereavement Co-ordinator on 01-406 8794 for further information OR Email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish Cancer Society operates a free Volunteer Driver Service that is available to patients attending the following hospitals for chemotherapy treatments; St. Vincent’s University Hospital; Tallaght Hospital & St. James’s Hospital. Volunteer drivers will pick a patient up at the door of their home, drop them at the hospital door and then when finished treatment, pick them up and drop them home again. All volunteer expenses are paid. Patients wishing to avail of this free service should contact their healthcare professional, visit the website at irishcancer.ie or contact the Irish Cancer Society for more information on 01 2310 522.
Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is in need of volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in our partner Dublin hospitals (St. James’s; The Mater; Tallaght & St. Vincent’s). Driver expenses are paid. Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or Email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you caring for someone with dementia at home? Saint Joseph’s Shankill, Dedicated to Dementia Care presents The Caring for Carers Training Courses covering: Information about dementia, How best to communicate with someone living with dementia, How to manage your worries & stress, Where to access support, services or help. For more info or to register your interest, contact Teresa on 01 282 3000 E email@example.com www.saintjosephscentre.ie
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie
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 email@example.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.