Who Is Responsible for Evil?
On this October day the sun beams down on the boulevard that runs through the Brandenburg Gate, linked in everyone’s mind with The Wall that ripped Germany apart. Along the boulevard, the variegated colours – from pale ochre to blazing orange – of the linden trees put on such a show of natural beauty that you could almost succeed in clearing your mind of the carnage, the slaughter and the stench of human misery that visited Europe and especially Germany over 70 years ago.
All is quiet now except for the Mercedes and BMW and Audi cars gliding by, and groups of well-dressed, mobile-carrying young Germans on some school tour of historic sights. Their hair bleached by a summer’s sun, they lick ice-cream and flirt with each other. Cyclists are going home from work – it could be the Rathmines Road.
But this morning’s experience for me and about 30 other priests who are on an onsite study of Martin Luther and the Reformation was very different. We had gone underground to the Holocaust Museum. We had read on bare walls about hatred, butchery and heart-rending last letters from the doomed Jews. We had stared with disbelief at the rows of meat hooks from which many were hanged. The air was heavy with the reek of evil. The faces of the condemned haunted us as we emerged into the daylight.
Reflect on this for a moment. We have a foolish notion that the devil, Satan – call him what you will – is this creature with horns, a long tail and a trident. Nonsense. Let me put it like this: Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk, writer and mystic who asked the fundamental question when writing about the Nazi atrocities: Who is responsible for evil? And his answer – you and I whenever we harbour the spirit of evil, we are setting in motion the dark side of our nature which, carried to an extreme, resulted in the meat hooks. Let us always work towards peace. Fr William
OFFICIAL FAMILY PRAYER FOR WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018
God, our Father,
We are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son,
One family, in the Spirit of your love.
Bless us with the joy of love.
Make us patient and kind,
gentle and generous,
welcoming to those in need.
Help us to live your forgiveness and peace.
Protect all families with your loving care,
Especially those for whom we now pray:
[We pause and remember family members and others by name].
Increase our faith,
Strengthen our hope,
Keep us safe in your love,
Make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share.
This we ask, through Christ our Lord,
Mary, mother and guide, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.
Church Gate Collection in aid of Pax Christi Sat 13th & Sun 14th October
Your generous support is requested this weekend for the work of Pax Christi Ireland which is based on the grounds of this church. It is the Irish section of Pax Christi International Catholic Peace Movement. Pax Christi was born out of the ashes of World War II in the winter months of 1944-45 to bring peace in our broken world starting by working for peace between the French and Germans. It works in wide ranging areas related to peace, justice, resolution of conflicts through non-violent means including Northern Ireland. The Irish section has worked internationally to ban inhumane weapons like landmines, cluster bombs, blinding laser weapons and continues to work to eliminate nuclear weapons and development of robot weapons among other issues. It has worked at the UN over many years for the development of laws related to the issue of Child Soldiers and control of Small Arms and Light Weapons. It has consultative status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. It is the recipient of UN Peace Messenger award and UNESCO peace award.
Our Family Mass will take place this Sunday 14th October 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.
Our Parish Pastoral Council will meet next Monday 15th October at 7pm in the Prayer Room of the church.
Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday. Next Sunday, 21st October, the second collection at all masses will go to support the missionary activities of the church and will replace the usual Share collection. Your contribution will be used to help spread faith, hope and love by supporting overseas missionaries, many of whom work in some of the worlds most impoverished and remote communities.
An Invitation to our
To meet others living and worshiping here in Rathmines
Come share your experiences and make new friends in an informal setting
NEXT SUNDAY 21st October 2018
After 6pm Mass
In the Prayer Room in the Church
Light refreshments will be provided
The Annual Mass of Remembrance for parishioners who died during the past year will take place on Saturday 3rd November next at 7pm. The Mass is organised by the parish Bethany Bereavement Support group and the Funeral Ministry team.
Parish Pastoral Centre The parish launched its campaign to raise €410,000 towards the revitalised Parish Centre on 1st September last and we are now approaching potential donors. Our first contributions have been lodged and pledges of support made. All contributions or pledges are welcome. Tax refunds will enhance all donations over €250. Please contact Fr William or the parish office for more details or pick up a leaflet from the back of the church.
Artist Paul Abell is having a free entry fund raising art exhibition at Rathmines Library with Art sales proceeds going to Capuchin Day Care centre and Mellon Educate. Paul hopes to raise €8,000 for these charities. 108 paintings are all available at vastly discounted prices.
Thurs 11 October 10am – 8pm
Fri 12 October 10am – 5pm
Sat 13 October 10am – 5pm
Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service
There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 17 October at 8pm. If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please tel 085 223 8032.
Volunteer Recruitment Fair 2018 – Join us for the biggest volunteer recruitment event in Dublin on Tues 16th October between 6.30-8pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral. This FREE event will host over 30 Dublin city-based charities where information will be provided about what they do and how you can get involved. For more information – please contact Dublin City Volunteer Centre at 01-473 7482 or visit www.volunteerdublincity.ie
Pastoral Reflection Evening for Funeral Ministry Teams in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre on 24th October next from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. An opportunity for you to reflect on your ministry and how it is developing. To register please email (by 17th October) firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Living with Loss’ Bereavement Information Evening Thurs 1st November, 5.30–8pm at the Alex Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2. Niamh Fitzpatrick, sister of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, will address the gathering and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’. Admission is free. For more information, contact The Irish Hospice Foundation: www.hospicefoundation.ie
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.
An Evening of Prayer, Music & Reflection – Join us on Monday 15th October at 8pm in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus for an evening of prayer, music and reflection which will explore the call to holiness of Pope Francis – Rejoice and be Glad. The Prayer Service will be prepared by the part-time Chaplaincy students of DCU with music by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group or view on www.rednuns.com
Parish Pastoral Councils Induction Day An Induction Day for new and recent members of Parish Pastoral Councils will take place on Saturday 20th October 2018 from 9.45am–4.30pm at Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. To ensure your place, please register with email@example.com by Friday 12th October. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.
|Date||Diarmiud O’Murchu Saturday Talks
|20th October||Adult Faith Development in these Changing Times 1of 3||2-5pm||€20 / €60|
|24th November||Adult Faith Development in these Changing Times 2 of 3||2-5pm||€20 / €60|
|15th December||Adult Faith Development in these Changing Times 3 of 3||2-5pm||€20 / €60|
Volunteer: Anam Cara is committed to continue offering all our services at no charge to bereaved parents and families throughout Ireland. Anam Cara’s main fundraising event for 2018 is our national bag pack, once again in conjunction with the lovely people at Dunnes Stores. We are looking for some supportive volunteers for a couple of hours on Saturday 17th November at Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt between 10am – 6pm. Please contact Pam by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or visit www.trocaire.org/volunteer for more information.
Social Justice in St Paul’s YCW and SMA invite young adults (18-35 years) to ‘Building a Just Society’, an Autumn 2018 series of social justice events in St Paul’s, Arran Quay. Mon 5th November: ‘Increasing Peace Around Us’. Facilitator: Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). firstname.lastname@example.org
World Youth Day Panama (January 2019) A number of places are still available for World Youth Day in Panama. Pastoral preparation for all pilgrims will commence later in September. More information and details for online registration are available on www.evangelisation.ie
Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided. For more information please visit: www.aware.ie/volunteering or call 01 661 7211.
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
The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2018/2019 are now available for collection in the sacristy after all weekend 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 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.
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.
Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.
Happy to be Holy? Messenger Publications have recently published Happy to be Holy? A short, simple commentary on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate by Fr. Alan Hilliard of the Archdiocese of Dublin. The book is now available for €4.95 at www.messenger.ie. A discount of 20% is offered on orders of 10 or more copies, when ordered by phone 01-775 8522 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 course is running in Meath Primary Care Centre starting on Fri 2nd November up to and including Fri 7th December at 10am – 12.30, running for 2.5 hours each week.
Places are limited and you must register to attend. Contact Michelle Carey, Diabetes Dieititan on 076 6958080 if you would like to register for the course.
It’s time to change your INTERIOR LIFE. Step Inside
Explore a programme in spirituality in Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock: This two year part-time Certificate programme runs on Thurs evenings and six Sats to start 27 September 2018. It is exciting and inspiring. It’s open to all. No prior learning needed. There are no exams. Contact Anne Ryan, email@example.com, 086 884 3652. www.lumenop.ie
The Irish Cancer Society needs an extra 80 drivers for our Volunteer Driver Service in South Dublin to drive cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy appointments. We are looking for drivers with free weekday availability and who have a car available to them. Drivers should be able to commit to driving at least two full (week)days a month. All volunteer expenses are paid. If you would like to volunteer, please call Laura on 01 2310 594, email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme The Pathways Programme is suitable for adults who wish to explore issues and questions of faith, ministry, the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development. Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course. It takes place on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. September to May (7pm – 9.30 pm). Booking is now open. Early application is advised as places are limited. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or email@example.com. Web: www.evangelisation.ie
Icon Painting Workshop Six day painting workshop from October 8th–13th in the Alexian Brothers Monastery, Churchfield, Knock, Co. Mayo with instructor Theodoros Papadopoulos. Fee €440. For more information/to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith for Life Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through 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 Faith for Life 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. The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019. To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at email@example.com This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool. Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Awake My Soul Retreat 16th-18th November2018 in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal. Directed by Br. Richard Hendrick Ofm Cap. Young adults take time out to reflect, explore faith, experience prayer and build fellowship over the course of a weekend. So often we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, stressed and grappling with acute anxiety. This retreat through the theme – Encountering Peace, offers us the opportunity to explore end experience the deep peace which Jesus offers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and www.facebook.com/awakemysoulretreats
Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open! Young Dubliners are now being invited to join in a pilgrimage to Panama for World Youth Day in January 2019. World Youth Day is an international Church event, similar to the World Meeting of Families, which is focused on young people. It is held in a different country every three years and takes place in Panama for 2019. Pope Francis is expected to travel for the first time to Panama to engage with young people there, and the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism is inviting parishes, parish groups and deanery areas to nominate young people who might be interested in travelling on this inspirational pilgrimage. Unfortunately, due to the distance involved, places are limited to 30 pilgrims. The travel dates are 18th–30th January 2019. Deposits and bookings can be made online and the cost of the trip can be covered by scheduled payments. All pilgrims will undergo preparation and will take part in the Diocesan young adult leadership programme. To find out more or to book, go to www.evangelisation.ie email@example.com
Are you caring for a family member at home? A spouse, a partner or a close relative or neighbour? Then you are a Family Carer, become a member of Family Carers Ireland and benefit from a local and national network that helps family carers who need advice and that informs and influences Government policy relating to home-based care. As a member you can also avail of our exclusive deals. For more information call 05793 22920 or visit our website www.familycarers.ie
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 14 October 2018 The monastic community of Cistercian or Trappistine nuns of St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, Co Waterford, live an austere life based on the Rule of St Benedict, which has barely changed in over 1,000 years. Believing in the power of deep, contemplative prayer, they pursue it wholeheartedly. Their deep inner lives, distinct daily rhythms and shared spiritual journey become a continuous prayer of life—to God and for the world. Over the course of a year, the Sisters gave RTÉ’s religious documentary series Would You Believe? unique access to film their way of life. You can watch the resulting film at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
The BA in Theology and Religious Studies [BATRS – formerly known as the BATLE programme] is a parr-time, evening programme of studies in DCU All Hallows campus. A wide range of modules is offered in areas such as theology, biblical studies, ethics, religious studies, liturgy, church history, theological languages, and faith education. Classes take place on Thursday evenings and some Saturdays during the two academic terms each year. We promote lifelong learning and welcome applicants of 23 years or older. For further information, please email Dr John Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him at 086 078 3438.
Masters in Theology at DCU Taught by staff with international reputations in their fields, this course welcomes students from varied religious and secular backgrounds. A flexible programme delivered over one or two evenings per week to suit those with careers and other commitments. Attainable over one year (full–time) or two years (part–time). If you are interested in completing a Masters in Theology, please visit www.dcu.ie/DC694
Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents. Foster carers are needed to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old for respite, short term and long term foster care. For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or www.fostering.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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF RANELAGH is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about this Dublin suburb. The book is written by well-known local historian, Maurice Curtis, who also wrote a best-selling book on Rathmines. In his latest book, you will find out about Ranelagh’s rural past, its sporting heritage, its arts and culture, its schools and churches, shops and industries, and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through main thoroughfares and twisting back streets, this book takes the reader on a journey through Ranelagh and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this fascinating south Dublin suburb. Published by The History Press Ireland. www.thehistorypress.ie and available in all good bookshops.
Aware, the national organization providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is urgently seeking 100 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 its four support services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups 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 organisation. For more information, please visit aware.ie/volunteer or call 01 6617211.
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
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.
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.
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).
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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: email@example.com
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.