13/03/2020 parishsec

Parish News Sunday 15 March 2020 Third Sunday of Lent

One For All

They appeared through the automatic doors of the supermarket; a line of trolley loaded with household goods. One after another – they would have formed a slow-moving train; had they been hooked together. Car boots shot up; children were delighted to unload: ‘all hands to the pumps’ was the motto.

   The scene was typical of a weekend shop; but this was only Tuesday. The contents of the trolleys corresponded: toilet rolls dominated; peas, beans and other imperishable goods a close second. The squirrelling generated by the dreaded beast from the east affects us all and is easily understood. And it brings out the urge that we or those who are dear to us should survive and not have to shuffle off this mortal coil’ for all its headaches and frustrations.

   We, right now, are going through, not just coronavirus but panic virus, and we need one another to come out of this: just as Jesus calmed the fear of the followers on many occasions, we too ought to pay attention to each other’s panic virus. We do this together: we observe the advice from the health authorities (they include our new bestie: Professor Luke O’Neill, a most unassuming and level-headed expert in this field)

   With the strength within, which is nothing more than the spark of the Divine, we will see it through.                                                                                                                                                            Fr William

 

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CORONAVIRUS MEASURES

DUE TO MEASURES INTRODUCED BY HEALTHCARE AUTHORITIES LIMITING ATTENDANCE AT PUBLIC INDOOR GATHERINGS TO 100 PEOPLE, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING RE MASS TIMES IN RATHMINES CHURCH:

 

SUNDAY MASS IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

SATURDAY VIGIL MASS AT 7PM WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY DAILY MASS AT 10AM WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

ST PATRICK’S DAY (TUES 17TH MARCH)        NO MASSES

THE CHURCH WILL ALSO BE OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER EACH DAY. PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AT ALL TIMES.

                                                               

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IMPORTANT LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN

ON CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL MEASURES

Dear Father,

Please read carefully the advice (below) issued this afternoon Thursday 12 March by the Irish Bishops.

Whereas I realise that many of these restrictive measures will make pastoral life more difficult, we have to remember that as a society we have a duty of care to protect ourselves and above all to protect others.

  • All Confirmations are postponed until further notice.  This applies with immediate effect.
  • Are Masses cancelled?   Not absolutely.  Where normal attendance on Sundays or Weekdays is less than 100, there is no reason not to hold public Mass.  Mass with limited congregations can be celebrated to permit participation by web-cam.  Pope Francis does this himself every morning. Attention can be drawn for those who cannot attend Mass to the traditional practice of Spiritual Communion. 
  • In the current emergency, all are dispensed from the obligation to physically attend Sunday Mass.
  • Funerals: Funeral Masses can be celebrated but limited to close relatives or friends with at most 100 people inside the Church.  Larger gatherings of up to 500 could take place outside after Mass or at a graveyard.
  • Similarly Church Weddings and Baptisms can take place on condition that attendance does not exceed 100 people inside the Church.
  • Within Churches it is necessary that people observe a distance of at least one metre from each other.  This is because one of the easiest ways in which the virus is transmitted is through close contact.
  • It is not permitted to pass baskets or collection bags from person to person.  Arrangements must be made for closely monitored collection points at entrances to Churches, with distinction between the first and second collections.  There is also an on-line payment facility for the Common Fund and Share collections on the front page of the diocesan website.  Click on “Donate”.

The situation of isolation that many will feel with the current restrictions challenges the Christian community to be attentive to and remember those in our communities who live alone and especially families carrying extra burdens.

I am well aware of the burdens and uncertainty that this complex situation places on priests. We will experience a workload that is uncharted.   We must pray for each other, support one another and remain hopeful and be a focal point to provide hope for others.  Our Churches can remain open and offer consolation and comfort to us all. 

Over the next days, up-dated information will be made available on the diocesan website.

 

Yours very sincerely

 

+Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop of Dublin

 

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Extract from the 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.

 

Memorare      

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.

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 ALONE COVID-19 Helpline

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) in Ireland. Professional staff will be available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024, and hours may be extended to meet the demand.

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Trocaire Boxes and information packs are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  Please take one.

 

Ministers of the Eucharist

To reflect the important role of ministers of the Word, the pastoral council and I invited all readers to join us in a brief prayer before Mass; this has pointed to the significance of their role.

Now, we invite the Ministers of the Eucharist to do the same. The following is the rubric: before each Mass, Ministers of the Word and Eucharistic Ministers will assemble in the vesting room and recite a short prayer. They will then go in procession to the altar and reverence the tabernacle with the Readers.

After Mass they will again join the celebrant and Readers in the procession to the back of the Church. We will begin this practice this coming First Sunday in Lent.                              Fr William

 

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.

 

Free Dietitian-Led DISCOVER DIABETES Course for Type 2 Diabetes DISCOVER Diabetes is a free 4-week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes and is run by your local Dietitian. It runs for 2.5 hours each week for 4 weeks.

What is covered in the course?

  • Session 1:  What is diabetes and how to manage it
  • Session 2:  How to eat healthily and manage your weight
  • Session 3:  Learn more about carbohydrates and how to read food labels
  • Session 4:  Planning for the future and living well with diabetes

There are two DISCOVER DIABETES courses starting soon in the area:

Course 2: starting Tuesday 21st April in Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2 (afternoons)

Places are limited and you must register to attend.

Call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Co -ordinator on 01 7958054 to book a place or to find out more information.

 

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 086 803 3126.

GROW Promoting Positive Mental Health

 

Biodiversity Day in Dalgan:  Join Ben Malone of the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Sat 21st  March from 10am – 3pm (Registration 9.30am) in the Columban Ecological Institute, St Columbans, Dalgan, Navan, Co Meath.  The day begins with an introductory workshop on Ireland’s biodiversity, what it is, how it sustains us, and how we can explore nature through what is called ‘citizen science’. Find out how to get involved in the latest citizen science initiatives focusing on the biodiversity on your doorstep, in your community and further afield. After coffee, we will head outdoors to explore and identify some of the plant and animal species which live in the grounds of Dalgan Park. These findings will be recorded and inputted into Ireland’s Citizen Science Portal.  Please contact Elizabeth Mc Ardle at devofficemail@gmail.com. Early booking is advised. The cost is €30, payable on the day. Lunch will be provided. Suitable footwear and outdoor clothes are recommended, and the day will go ahead whatever the weather.       

 

Monastic Day Retreat:  This is an opportunity for women discerning Religious Life to experience life in a contemporary Monastery and participate in the Divine Office and Adoration on Saturday 21st March from 9am -5pm in St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co. Cork (lunch provided). There will be time for talking, monasticism and studying the monastic Saints. If you can’t make this date in March why not come to the Monastic Experience running from 16th – 18th April.  Contact Mother Prioress on Tel: 021 4811354 or email: cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com

 

SAVE THE DATE: 52nd International Eucharistic Congress Join Bishop Kevin Doran on the Irish National Pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Budapest from 12th – 21st September 2020. A Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people every four years which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. Be part of this unique event and re-live the atmosphere of the recent International Eucharistic Congress and World Meeting of Families held in Ireland, Cost: From €1,050 per person sharing. For more info: www.catholicbishops.ie To book https://www.joewalshtours.ie/holidays/pilgrimages-international-eucharistic-congress

 

LENT

 

 

Christ Our Light – Towards Easter 2020  Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA  presents The Sunday Reading Lent Programme in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, continuing every Wednesday during Lent at 11:15am.

 

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Volunteers Needed

Aware is currently seeking volunteers for three of their Support Services.  Aware relies on committed volunteers to deliver information and support to individuals and families concerned about depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Full training is provided. You can read about the roles and apply online here: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/

 

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 dmurphy@irishcancer.ie for more information.

 

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.  

www.SVP.ie     or volunteer@svp.ie or phone Enda at 01 8198405.

 

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 transport@irishcancer.ie or go to www.cancer.ie

 

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‘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.

 

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: peter.murphy@iecon.ie or Tel: 01 505 3107.

 

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.                             

 

 

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

  1. retreathouse@eircom.net 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: rlavelle@dublindiocese.ie or evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie

 

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 loyola@tcd.ie  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 mosullivan@spiritualityinstitute.ie  

 

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: liturgy@spcm.ie 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: joseph.rivera@dcu.ie, 01 700 7053. https://www.dcu.ie/theology_philosophy_music/index.shtml

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

(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 / volunteer@svp.ie /

 

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 gflinter@irishcancer.ie , 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.oneill@iwa.ie.  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 volunteering@trocaire.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 dmurphy@irishcancer.ie

 

 

 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

info@volunteerdublincity.ie

www.volunteerdublincity.ie

 

 

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 15 March 2020 Saint Patrick really existed. Two Latin works, still surviving, can definitely be attributed to Patrick’s own authorship. Composed in Latin, in the fifth century, and preserved in manuscripts dating from the 800’s onwards, these are the oldest extant texts written in Ireland. One of these documents is his Confessio or “Confession”, which is a testimony to Patrick’s personal faith and trust in God, to whom he attributes the entire success of his mission in Ireland. This short document, in a very accessible and accurate English translation by Pádraig McCarthy, can be read  at  www.newpilgrimpath.ie

 

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: towardspeace@iecon.ie   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 apply@viatoreschristi.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 bedublin@gmail.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 adarcy@olh.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 jane@arccancersupport.ie 

 

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 transport@irishcancer.ie  

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 enquiries@alone.ie

 

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 teresa.mooney@sjog.ie 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 michelle.rooney@sage.thirdageireland.ie 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 mcahillane@thirdageireland.ie (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:  admin@dublin.accord.ie

 

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.