It was the eve of the children’s Confirmation and, at the eleventh hour, the church needed a good cleaning after workmen, using a cherry picker to replace used bulbs high up near the gods, had gone. Meanwhile, eight of us, two men and six women were seated around the presbytery table preparing the next Mass for the First Communion children. The meeting was lively but my mind was elsewhere.
The worry machine went into overdrive. Would the sacristans, who had enough to do, have the time in the morning? Would the few grumblers bleat at the condition of the carpet and cry shame?
Towards the end of the First Communion meeting, I followed Lady Macbeth’s advice to her husband: ‘screw your courage to the sticking place’ and asked if anyone could help to clean the church for Confirmations. No one hesitated.
What followed may seem insignificant to you; to me it was remarkable. I was transported to a time when ‘the world was young and we would never die,’ when parishes ran Summer Projects, and campsites in Kilcoole, and day trips to Butlins, and talent competitions for children during their long summer holidays.
We chatted while the vacuum cleaners sang.
‘Where did you yourself make your Confirmation?’
‘I made mine in James’s Street. Bishop O’Mahony. Lovely man.’ From his perch on the dome, St Charles Borromeo blessed us.
When the women had gone and the church, now spotless, was quiet again, a surge of gratitude to those women rose within; they embodied that great spirit of community involvement that is the heartbeat of any parish. And lines from Kavanagh came winging back.
Surely my God is feminine. For Heaven
Is the generous impulse. Is contented
With feeding praise to the good…
You could reach out and touch God’s presence that night in Rathmines Church.
The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 11th/12th March. Please give generously.
Congratulations to all the pupils of St Mary’s Junior School and of both St Louis Senior Primary School and the RMDS who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish on Friday 3rd and 10th March last celebrated by Fr Enda Cunningham.
The Liturgy Group are meeting on Monday 13th March at 10.30am in No. 52.
The First Sacrament of Reconciliation for the children on this year’s Communion (Do This in Memory) Program will take place in Rathmines church on Mon 13th March at 7.30pm for the Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School and on Tues 14th March at 7.30pm for St Louis Senior Primary School.
Next Friday 17th March is St Patrick’s Day. There will be a Vigil Mass on Thurs 16th at 5.45pm and two Masses on St Patrick’s Day at 9am and 11am
The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 19th March at 11am.
The Annual Collection for CROSSCARE Youth Services – Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin – will take place at all masses next weekend 18th/19st March 2017, replacing the normal Share Collection. Please give generously.
A sacred prayer space has been set aside in the baptistery of the church during the season of Lent for prayer and reflection.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 15th March at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. New members welcome.
The Bethany Bereavement Support Group are meeting on Wednesday 15th March at 8pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. A one to one facility is also available.
Trocaire Boxes and information packs will be available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church from Ash Wednesday onwards. Please take one.
A series of lectures on ‘The Bible for Grown Ups’ by Sean Goan (Teacher & Scripture Scholar) continues in Rathmines church in Lent from 7.30pm to 9pm on Weds 15th March and Weds 22nd March All are welcome.
In association with the Rathgar-Terenure Fellowship, The Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar will host Silence in the Parish: A Meditative Pilgrimage for Peace during Lent, offering Christian Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Prayer. It will take place on weekdays from 1st March until 12th April from 7.45am to 8.15am in St Patrick’s Hall at the rear of the Church. The entrance is off Leicester Avenue.
Novena of Grace: The Carmelite Community invite you to Novena of Grace with Fr Bernard McGuckian, SJ (Clongowes Wood Community) from 4th to 12th March at 3pm (Monday – Saturday) and (4pm on Sundays) in Saint Francis Xavier Church, Whitefrair Street. All welcome.
Please join in the Novena of Grace on 4th-12th March at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Harold’s Cross. Mon-Fri: 10am, Sat: 11.30am, Sun: 12pm.
A new term begins at Luisne on March 6th. All classes/workshops, with the exception of meditation sessions and sacred dance, will be at the Kilcoole Community Centre. The meditation will be at the old convent and the sacred dance, as usual, at the primary school, St Brigid’s Building. Early booking through the tutors (See www.luisne.ie)
Rathmines, Ranelagh & Rathgar Historical Society The next Illustrated Talk entitled ‘Sydney Owenson , Lady Morgan’ by Sally Corcoran will take place on Thurs 30 March 2017 at 8pm in Rathmines Town Hall. Members: Free; Visitors €3. Acknowledgements: Principal, Rathmines College.
Fr Liam Lawton Charity Concert IT Tallaght in association with CEDF Charity presents Liam Lawton in concert with very special guests Victoria Massey (Mezzo Soprano), Darren Holden High Kings Star with St. Jude the Apostle Children’s Choir at Mount Argus Church, Dublin 6W on Thurs 6th April. All proceeds going to the CEDF School’s programme in Uganda. Tickets €20 available locally from Open Window Art Gallery Rathmines, Templeogue United FC, The Paint Pot Orwell Shopping Centre or online at www.eventbrite.ie
The Annual Spring Sale of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will be held on Sun 2nd April 2017 from 10.30am to 3pm at St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Terenure. Proceeds this year will go to Fr Anthony Reddy of Karimnagar Parish, Telangana, India.
Annual Retreat/Conference: The First Annual Retreat and Conference for the Catholic Grandparents Association will take place on Weds 26th – 27th April in the Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Theme: “Helping our Children and Grandchildren to know, love and share God in these highly secularised times “through lively discussions, workshops and resources with speakers: Fr. Enda Barry, Fr. Benny McHale, Mrs Kate Liffey and Catherine Wiley. Price is €160 per person (single room) with full board and €120 non-residential attendance for two days – meals included. Further info contact Connie on 098 24877 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org All welcome.
Pioneer Lenten Challenge: Many people abstain from alcohol and take the Short-Term Pledge for the duration of Lent. Take this opportunity to help someone you know/love with an alcohol or drug problem by offering up your Lenten sacrifice as a prayer for his or her freedom and well-being. Make your Lenten pledge by visiting and joining online or by contacting your local Pioneer centre representative www.pioneerassociation.ie
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week: St. Patrick left behind a unique document, his Confession, which tells us much about both his life and his beliefs. The work provides an intriguing glance into one of history’s best-known saints. Access this, along with a haunting musical rendition of his famous poem, “The Deer’s Cry”, via www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.
Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding its next monthly Parent Evening on Mon 13th March from 7.30pm to 9pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (please note change of venue). This event is open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether the death was recent or not.
Are you in your 40’s? The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos. We invite you to come along and get involved. Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March. Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March. Contact us on email@example.com or 087 760 8268.
Many thanks to those parishioners who have already returned Christmas Dues. Christmas Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.
Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete. We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations. We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control. 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.
Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.
Caring for the Future of our Planet: We invite you to participate in four nights of reflection on one of the most critical issues of our time exploring the environmental impact of our lifestyles in view of creating a sustainable world for our children. Each night we will explore our topics with short talks, videos and group discussions. Pope Francis’ Letter Laudato Si will inform our reflections as we make this Lenten journey together. Join us at 8pm each evening from Monday 6th -27th March in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Glendalough, Co Wicklow Tel: 0404 45600. We will discuss The Environmental Story Today, The Social Consequences of our Choices, An Integral and Sustainable Ecology and Committing to a Better Future.
Spirituality Course: Manresa has offered training in the theory and practice of spiritual direction since the 1970’s. Applications are currently being processed for the 2017 enrolment in the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) course, currently validated by Maynooth. Find out more about this singular opportunity for personal and ministerial enhancement.
More info and application forms are available on www.manresa.ie/content/spiritual-direction-training, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited. Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.
FaithFest 10 The FaithFest team, with the support of the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, will host the tenth FaithFest event in Clonliffe College. FaithFest is a faith inspired event for young people of secondary school age. Upwards of 80 teenagers take part in each event from parishes around the Diocese. Teenagers take part in dynamic programmes, which support their faith and create opportunities for them to meet other young people. On Friday 10th March from 6 – 9.30pm we are inviting all parishes to send a group of young people to FaithFest. Each young person is asked to bring €2, walking shoes, a warm jacket or coat and a signed consent form. Parishes are asked to contribute €5 per person to defray some of the costs involved. Registration: email@example.com Consent forms, fliers, posters http://www.evangelisation.ie/2017/02/01/faithfest-10-10th-march-2017-an-amazing-teenager-iniative/ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/faithfest4teens
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.
Faith, Imagination and the Arts – A series of ten lectures from 11 January to 22 March 2017 (Weds 8.15pm – 9.45pm) by Dr Gesa E. Thiessen MPhil, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Trinity College. She has lectured and published widely on theology and the arts and on ecumenical theology. Venue: Lutherhaus 24 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2. Further info and booking email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01-290 7536 (10-6pm). Course Fee: Є120 (cash or cheque in one or two instalments). As places are limited early booking is recommended.
Training for carers – Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand. One day topic specific workshops also available. For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.
1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral: Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: email@example.com See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral
Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul’s Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).
Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Want to get fit? Embrace God in nature and build true friendships? Join other young adults (20’s & 30’s) for reflective hikes around Dublin area. monthly event. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway
Faith for Life – Join us for our adult faith course suitable for anyone seeking a deeper connection between their faith and their daily lives. This year the course will take place in three venues over 4 weekends:
BENILDUS Pastoral Centre, KILMACUD RD. UPPER Mar 11/12 2017
BALBRIGGAN Parish Centre, 1/2 Apr 2017,20/21 May 2017. The cost is €200. Sponsorship may be available from your parish. For further information and application forms contact: 01 837 3732 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.saintjosephscentre.ie
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
The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services. Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers. See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes. Minimum commitment is 18 months. Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression. www.aware.ie
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 email@example.com or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie
B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy 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 chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.
Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 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.
The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential. Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.