Once upon a Time…
Once upon a time – four thousand years ago or so, Abraham prayed to God for guidance; his prayer was answered. ‘Go to the Land of Canaan,’ said God, ‘you and Sarah, your wife, and I will give descendants as many as the stars in heaven.’ If Abraham had a sense of humour, he must have laughed in God’s face. Descendants, offspring at eighty! The Land of Canaan, the most fertile land in all of Israel – it still is.
There was a price tag! Abraham and his descendants were to be a model, an exemplum for all the nations; in other words, they would embody the nature of a loving God. They would be God’s ambassadors.
Now read on ….
No sooner had they arrived in the land flowing with milk and honey than they forgot about God – a case of eaten bread soon forgotten.
They became tribal and later, they would plunder and pillage. ‘No different from the way the Israelis conquered parts of Palestine – West Bank and Gaza.’ So said a man one day testing my knowledge of the Bible.
I was able to point out to him that the Israelites had among them, exceptional people – fearless individuals, prophets who opposed Kings, Princes and potentates, who reminded them how they had lost the plot – they were to be a model of good living. They failed.
One of those prophets was Jeremiah of today’s First Reading. We don’t seem to have many Jeremiahs today: those who risk their lives for the sake of truth. They are those who take the road less travelled. Fr William
A Pact with God
When he was little more than a teenager, Welshman, Albert Gubay, made a pact with God. He vowed to the almighty that if he became a millionaire, he would donate half his fortune to the Roman Catholic Church. He did become a millionaire many times over and he kept his promise and that, in a nutshell, is how we (Rathmines Parish) benefited from his vast estate.
I should add that it was through the good offices of members of the finance committee in the diocesan centre that the considerable sum of €54,000 was donated towards the building of the pastoral centre. They were the rainmakers. But it was in the gift of Mrs Carmel Gubay, widow of Albert, that we are the happy beneficiaries. May she be rewarded for her goodness.
I’m glad to say that the pastoral centre is taking a beautiful shape: you’ll be delighted with it (I hope!) The builders and the architects deserve our commendation.
If you are in a position to make a donation, big or small, we should be very grateful as there is a considerable shortfall. Many thanks to all who have shown tremendous generosity by their contributions. Fr William
Our Parish welcomes a man in training to be a deacon
Next Sunday we extend a cead mile failte to Mr John Hannifin, who begins his training, academic and pastoral next month. John has been called to the Bar recently; he is married with three grown up children. And he is glad to journey with us for the next three years until his ordination.
I’ll leave it at that, because next Sunday (11 am, Mass) Ms Josephine Bennett, Chair of the Pastoral Council will formally welcome him and I’m sure you will be glad to meet and have a cup of tea with him after Mass. (Don’t keep him all day: he’s a Tipperary man and Tipp will be jousting with the Cats in the afternoon). Fr William
The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 17th/18th August. Please give generously.
St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society are meeting next Wednesday 21st August at 4.30pm in St Mary’s Community Centre. New members welcome.
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.
Legion of Mary Youth Conference The annual Young Adult Catholic Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Dublin on Sat 31st August and Sun 1st September 2019. This is a fantastic weekend packed full of interesting events for young Catholics. Prices range from €25-€50, accommodation also available. For further details visit http://www.legionofmary-deusetpatria.com/ or contact Lucy 087 995 9803.
Women’s Forum Mass Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral on Sat 31st August to remember deceased members of the Diocesan Women’s Forum. If your parish is aware of any former members of the forum, who would like to be remembered at this Mass, please e-mail us with the details to firstname.lastname@example.org Mass begins at 6:30pm and all are welcome.
Family Inspirational Publications: The Council for Marriage and the Family introduce two new Family Inspirational Publications. The renewed ‘Family Prayer Book’ and inspirational phrases from Pope Francis’, The Joy of Love – On Love in the Family, in ‘The Family is Good News’, from the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference, ideal as personal gifts or as a gift from your Parish for engaged and newly married couples and families are available from Veritas (see attachments). For info contact: Fr Peter Murphy E: email@example.com or Tel: 01 505 3107.
AUNGIER STREET NOTICE
GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Carmelite (Whitefriar) Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Why not come along and learn more about positive mental health, well-being, recovery and how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge. All welcome. Contact John on 086 8033 126.
GROW Promoting Positive Mental Health
Age Action Computer Courses Age Action are running a number of one to one computer Training Courses for Over 55’s. If you are frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Or feel that the digital age has passed you by? You will come away knowing how to search the Internet, send & receive emails, shop and book flights. Train on your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience. Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks – Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin and are Free. For more info about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer Tel 01 475 6989.
Visit the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre, in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross and hear the story of a remarkable Irish woman who set up the first hospital for the poor run by women in Ireland and who visited women prisoners in Kilmainham Jail. She also sent sisters to Australia to minister to Irish women convicts. Admission free. Cuppa served. Tel 086 7247 660.
Statue of Our Lady: The Parish of the Travelling people is looking for an outdoor statue of Our Lady in good condition no more than four foot high for an outdoor grotto on a Traveller site. Should you know of any, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pallottine Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Our Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on 28th August and is led by Spiritual Director Fr. Jaimie Twohig S.A.C. You will stay in the Hotel Saint Sauveur for five nights full board. Cost is €749 pp sharing; single room supplement. To book contact St. Anne’s Parish Centre, Shankill, Co. Dublin 01 282 2704.
Activ8: The office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism would like to invite to you to an Open Evening on 4th Sept at 7.30pm in Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3 to introduce their new course Activ 8. This course involves 8 practical sessions to help build the capacity of parishes to share faith and is aimed at people who are between 30-55 years of age. For more information about this course and to register your interest contact Mary Dent by email: email@example.com
Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage: The Catholic Grandparents Association Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage will be held on 8 September in Knock Shrine at 2.30pm. Everybody welcome to honour & thank Grandparents alive & dead for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant on the day will be Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin Also in attendance are Combined Choirs of Knock Parish – Dana sings ‘Our Lady of Knock’. All welcome.
Lecture Series on Cardinal John Henry Newman – “A Saint for a Secular time”: The Parish Centre of Booterstown will host several talks on Cardinal Newman who will be canonised this coming 13th October. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Cost: €110 pp.
Contact Adrienne Hughes to book: Tel 01 441 9303 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Key speakers will be: Fr Bill Dailey, Maria Steen and John Morgan
Dates / Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Tues 10th September “Faith and Reason”
Tues 17th September “Catholic Education Now”
Tues 24th September “Lead kindly light—-amid the encircling gloom?”
Tues 1st October (Bishop Barron Documentary, “Word on Fire Series”)
Location: Booterstown Parish Centre, Booterstown Avenue, Co. Dublin.
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 – Series of Environmental Talks this August
With all the concern over our environment many are looking for ways to inform themselves on this issue and also find practical things to do in our daily lives.
Booking essential at 086 051 7575.
Dominican Retreat Centre Upcoming Events 2019:
Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, D24 KA40 T 01 404 8123 / 404 8189
- email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Pathways: Exploring Faith as an Adult: Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road. Late September to May (7.00– 9.30pm). Application now open for September 2019. Early application advised. Contact Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: www.evangelisation.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 email@example.com Generous scholarships available.
Why Not Study for an MA in Applied Spirituality? Spiritual Autobiography; Personal Spiritual Accompaniment; Contemporary Spiritual Writers; Spirituality, Social Concern and Gender; Contemplative Psychology…….This unique programme takes place at Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Places are limited and applications for 2019-20 are now being received. It brings the resources of spirituality to bear on issues about the meaning of life that come up at work, at home, in relationships, in life-transitions, and in concerns regarding personal, societal, and planetary wellbeing. See www.spiritualityinstitute.ie for further information or contact Dr Michael O’Sullivan, SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses in Pastoral Liturgy and Ministry: The National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth offers four Modules in the first semester of the academic year 2019-20. What is Liturgy? The Church’s Year; Christian Initiation: Order of the Christian Initiation of Adults; Scripture and Liturgy – Ministers, Proclamation, Books. These modules will provide training for those who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership in parishes, cluster of parishes and deaneries. Lectures will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, morning and afternoon, beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm. For more information: Tel: 01 7083478 / Email: email@example.com Or visit: www.liturgy-irela
Scholarships for the Study of Theology at DCU Have you ever wanted to explore your faith further, and study topics such as theology, Scripture, spirituality, and ethics? On its All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, DCU now offers flexible theology programmes suitable for parishioners from all academic backgrounds and phases of life. The DCU School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is offering scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, for both the MA in Theology and the BA in Theology and Religious Studies programmes. Both of these are flexible programmes with evening lectures that cater to those with careers and other responsibilities. If you are interested in talking to us further or arranging a visit to the All Hallows Campus, contact Dr Joseph Rivera: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01 700 7053. https://www.dcu.ie/theology_philosophy_music/index.shtml
(July 2019) St Vincent De Paul urgently need volunteers in the areas of Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare to work in assistance with individuals and families for just once a week. This will be for about 3 hours, day or night, (whatever suits you best). Full training and support provided – for more information Tel: 01 8198405 or visit: www.SVP.ie / email@example.com /
Volunteers Needed (June 2019): Aware, Ireland’s leading organisation providing support, education and information services for people impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions, is seeking new volunteers. Aware relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers to ensure that the organisation can continue to provide free support services nationwide, essential services that have a profound impact on individuals and families throughout Ireland. Aware is currently recruiting volunteers across three services – Support Line, Support Mail and Life Skills Online. No prior qualifications or experience is required, as comprehensive training as well as ongoing support and education is provided by the organization. For more information: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/ or phone Emma on 01-2374926.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is looking for volunteer drivers who will drive patients to and from their chemotherapy appointments in St. James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. The service is free to the patient with all driver expenses being paid. We are currently looking for volunteers specifically in the Dublin 6, 8, 10, 12, 22 and 24 areas. For more information or an application form please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 01 2310 566 or visit the website at www.cancer.ie (June 2019)
Le Harve to Rome Charity Walk 2019 Why not join us on the 50 day Le Havre-Rome Charity Walk departing Le Havre on Wednesday, 11th September 2019. You can also join us for a section or two or three days, or whatever your time allows. Meet people from all walks of life and age groups (18 or over) and use your sponsorship funds to help GORTA, self-help African in their wonderful work. Make lifelong friends, and improve your health on this well planned, life changing experience organised by people who have walked every step of the way. For more information phone Paul Vignoles or Mary Coates on 089 / 9762825 or visit www.romewalks.org
Barnardos National Collection Day (kindly supported by Dell) Fri 13th September 2019
Team leaders/volunteers needed to help with organised bag packs and on-street collections in communities across the country. This is a fun opportunity to take part in a very worthy cause. Not only will you be giving back to the community, you will also get the opportunity to meet people, make new friends, and establish new networks. By generously volunteering your time you’ll be helping change lives and create brighter futures for some of the most vulnerable children across Ireland. Please contact us on (01) 7080418 or email email@example.com
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Experience Counts so make it matter!
Get in Touch with Dublin City Volunteer Centre Tel 01 473 7482
Unit 4, Whitefriars, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Family Offering collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is kept only for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 18 August 2019 ‘Celebrate what’s right with the world!’ National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones, discovered a way of seeing that changed his life. ‘The more that I went out and just celebrated the best in humanity, the more I could see it.’ In a TED talk charged with energy, he shares – through his stories and unforgettable images – a personal journey that leaves the audience with an extraordinary lens of possibility and celebration with which to view the world as one of light and potential, ‘a banquet laid, a cup overflowing’. Access it at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time. Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion. Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost. For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: 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 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 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.