Little Boxes, Little Boxes …
Back in ’63 (when the world was young, and we would never die) Pete Seeger had much success with a song entitled: Little Boxes:
Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky…
Little boxes all the same
The song is a broadside against the boredom and the sameness in life when people, without question. buy into a life that is considered the respected way to live. Where the main aspiration of parents is for their children to climb the social ladder at all costs.
While I was filling out her marriage papers recently, a hard-working and dedicated teacher who is on the staff of a well-endowed school, told me that she had recently been lacerated by parents in relation to her assessment of their child. ‘Afric is a straight As student who will go to Surgeons and you have given her only a B. Not good enough!’
Any wonder that we have a marked growth in self-interest (and sometimes greed) to the exclusion of any thought for those on the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ By the way, this is not a criticism of ambition or the desire to have your child in the Law Library.
The thing is – when a society is obsessed with climbing the greasy pole (from the Christian perspective) then the senses are dulled to the condition of the weak. Did you know that nearly one quarter of Irish people are obese; thirty per cent of young people are grossly overweight in a world which over 800 million lack basic nutrition. And one in nine goes to bed hungry every night.
As we see in today’s gospel, Jesus came on earth, not to dampen our ambition but to look out for the poor, the defenceless, the marginalised. And by the way, I hope Afric makes it to Surgeons and becomes a doctor who will have special care for lost souls.
Our Masses have resumed as follows:
Monday – Friday 10am
Saturday – 7pm
Sunday – 9am, 11am (Please note there will be no 6 pm Mass for the present)
For the next few weeks, we are obliged to follow the guidelines of the HSE and the government. Briefly, the directives are as follows:
- We are limited to a congregation of 50 people.
- We are directed to make use of the hand sanitizers in the interest of your and others health. These are placed in prominent positions in the church.
- A social distance of 2 metres must be maintained at all times.
- You are asked not to delay on entering or leaving the church.
- Anyone who is vulnerable or for any other reason, is not obliged to attend Mass. If anyone wishes they may attend a weekday Mass instead of Saturday/Sunday.
If we follow these directives greater benefits lie ahead, so let’s look after ourselves and one another, in God’s name. As a nation we can be justifiably proud of our response to combat this virus. Fr William and the Parish Pastoral Council
You are welcome to join us every Sunday at 11am for broadcast Mass. All you need to do is to log into the parish website and you’ll find us in the church to which I know you have a close attachment.
If you wish to have the names of any of your deceased loved ones mentioned or you wish to dedicate the intentions of the Mass for a private intention, you are welcome to do so. Just phone the parish office and your call will be acknowledged.
We ensure that the church is cleaned twice daily. Be advised that hand sanitizers are located just inside the inner door.
With every blessing,
Fr William King
Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
The Irish Hospice Foundation – National Freephone Service
Have you been impacted by a bereavement during COVID-19? Are you finding it difficult to cope with a bereavement at this time? Would it help to talk to someone in confidence about your loss? The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is a national freephone service – 1800 80 70 77 Available from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.
The Irish Hospice Foundation – ‘How can teachers support bereaved children’
Irish Childhood Bereavement Network and Irish Hospice Foundation is hosting a free online webinar on 11th August from 2 – 3pm. This webinar is aimed towards teachers to help them prepare for bereavement questions/issues that may arise when schools open at the end of August. This is a free event but booking is required. Further information and booking process for this event can be found on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-can-teachers-support-bereaved-children-in-the-classroom-tickets-113560564706
Marriage Preparation Courses
ACCORD Dublin continues to provide marriage preparation courses for couples in the diocese. Despite having had to cancel 26 courses between March and July, we were able to reschedule the majority of our couples, and for those whose weddings are going ahead during this period, we are delivering individual courses via Zoom. Our team of experienced facilitators is being assisted by 3 priests and a deacon. The feedback from these courses has been overwhelmingly positive. We can reassure you that any coupled referred to us will be taken care of to our usual high standard. For further information please contact: email@example.com
Young Church Dublin On-Line Faith Course
Join the Diocesan Young Church Dublin Team for their online Alpha course which began on 8th July. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Anyone over 18 is invited to take part. The course will be run from the comfort of your own home over Zoom until September 16th), from 8.00-9.00pm.. All participants must register by emailing your name and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org See https://ireland.alpha.org/ for further details about Alpha.
Part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies via Blended Learning
Interested in studying Theology in 2020? The one year, part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is now offered as a “Blended Learning” programme. Suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in any discipline (or equivalent). The course will run from September to May, with online lectures taking place on Weds evenings, complimented with self-directed study.
There will also be 6 residential weekends over the course of the year. More details of the programme are available at: https://maynoothcollege.ie/courses/higherdiploma-in-theological-studies For admission to the course or other details, please contact Barbara Mahon, at the SPCM – Admissions Office at: email@example.com ; +353 (0)1 708-4772
N.B. If COVID-19 restrictions make the weekend residential impossible, these will be held virtually.
DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies – Scholarships Available
Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you. This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. For 2020/21, the programme will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities. Scholarships are available for new incoming students. More info at www.dcu.ie/dc300, or contact Brad Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Priory Institute Theology, Spirituality and Religious Experience – On Line Course
This course consists of 10 one-hour online lectures by Fr Pat Collins C.M. given over two weeks delivered online. It is offered on 13 – 24 July and again on 10 – 21 August. Participants can interact on our e-learning platform and there will be a streamed question and answer session following the final lecture. https://prioryinstitute.com/events/summer-school-2020-theology,-spirituality-and-religious-experience
Come and Study Theology in the Loyola Institute, TCD.
The Loyola Institute is delighted to offer a new Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Theology. This is an opportunity to undertake three modules in one academic year: two compulsory modules: Readings in Classical Theological Texts and Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word (Monday evenings, first semester) and one optional module. Scholarships available. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.tcd.ie/loyola-institute/. Join our Open Evening Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live on Thursday 16th July at 6:00pm (register on our website) to hear more about this exciting course!