SUNDAY MASS: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
11am Mass via Webcam only
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS AT 7PM: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
MONDAY TO FRIDAY DAILY MASS AT 10AM: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER EACH DAY FROM 2PM TO 7PM.
PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL/PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AT ALL TIMES. PLEASE KEEP A SPACE OF AT LEAST 2 METRES (6.5 FEET) BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE.
DUE TO MEASURES INTRODUCED BY HEALTHCARE AUTHORITIES AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN, PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE RE MASS TIMES IN RATHMINES CHURCH.
Source and Summit
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Life and Mission of the Church (Vatican ll). Eucharist is the source of the sacramental life of the church and also of her mission. What is her mission? Evangelization, yes, but also works of mercy. That is why it is enjoined on us at the end of every Mass to go and serve, go, and glorify the Lord by our lives.
Eucharist means thanksgiving. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the glorified living Christ is offered in thanks to the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit. His death is symbolised by the separate consecration of the bread and wine.
The doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist has its roots in the 6th chapter of St. John’s gospel. It has been ably defended from the earliest times by the Fathers and Doctors of the church – St Ignatious of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Origen of Alexandria, St. Gregory Nyssa, St. John Chrysostom, Lanfranc of Canterbury and St. Thomas Aquinas. St Pope Paul VI in his encyclical “Mysterium Fidei” reiterated the teaching of the Council of Trent, that Jesus is truly really and substantially present in the consecrated bread and the consecrated wine, and not merely as symbol only.
The Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ was instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264 at a time when reception of the Eucharist was widely neglected.
We sing hymns of praise to the Eucharist – Pange Lingua, Panis Angelicus, Ecce Panis Angelorum, Mozart’s Ave Verum and O Sacrum Convivium (O Sacred Banquet.
O Sacred Banquet in which Christ is received
The memory of His Passion is recalled
The soul is filled with Grace
And a pledge of future Glory is given.
Let us participate in this Banquet with love and reverence.
Josephine Bennett (Chairperson, Parish Pastoral Council)
You are welcome to join us every Sunday at 11am for broadcast Mass. All you need to do is to log into the parish website and you’ll find us in the church to which I know you have a close attachment.
If you wish to have the names of any of your deceased loved ones mentioned or you wish to dedicate the intentions of the Mass for a private intention, you are welcome to do so. Just phone the parish office and your call will be acknowledged.
You know by now that our church is open from 2pm till 7pm for private prayer. We ensure that the church is cleaned twice daily. Be advised that hand sanitizers are located just inside the inner door.
With every blessing,
Fr William King
Fogra (Croke Park in days of old)
You may be assured to know that the main leadership group, the Parish Pastoral Council is in constant contact: each Sunday morning for prayer and reflection and for meeting purposes.
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Serving the common good
As people of faith we are called to face the fears of this moment with a courage not our own and with a generous heart. God is with his people in good times and bad. Like believers in every age we say: ‘If I should walk in The Valley of Darkness no evil would I fear for You are there’. In our hour of trial Jesus calls on us, his followers, to serve the common good by taking responsibility for each other and to prioritise the most vulnerable in our community ahead of our own individual wants and aspirations. At this time our first concern has to be for the elderly, the ill and those with underlying medical conditions.
As bishops we present the following directions in the light of current public health authority advice in Ireland, north and south, aware that these might have to change at very short notice.
Reviewing this information
We ask everyone to continue to follow the guidance of the public health authorities north and south. As the situation evolves, Church-specific information will be updated and published on local diocesan websites, on the website of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference www.catholicbishops.ie and on their related digital media platforms.
Prayer for our protection
We ask for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, we invite everyone to pray these prayers:
Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Is your heart in the right place?
Gardiner Street church is closed but the Sacred Heart Novena is going ahead!
Is your heart in the right place? Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA explores the question “Is your heart in the right place?” From 11th to the 19th June every evening at 7.30pm focussing on the Gospel of St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Visit our website www.gardinerstparish.ie
Join the Mass, send in an intention or thanksgiving and our team will light a candle in the shrine of the Sacred Heart.