What’s In a Name?
Children today have none of the foreboding my generation had when we plodded our way over a country lane to school. While not overlooking the many fine teachers of 1950s Ireland, one tends to remember those – lay and religious – who, like Lady Macbeth showed little of ‘the milk of human kindness.’ A soulless feature of the teacher’s attitude was the way we were addressed – rarely by a first name; instead it was: ‘Walsh, pay attention! O’Shea, sit up straight! King, stop looking out of the window!’ We hated it.
Hold that thought and turn your attention now to the poetic lines of Isaiah who, in order to affirm a despondent Israelite people, says: ‘you will be called by a new name … no longer are you to be named ‘Forsaken’ or ‘Abandoned’ , but you shall be called ‘My Delight.’ This is the language of love. Ambrosia! And it is the voice of God who holds us all in the palm of his (her) hand.
Our name and the way it is uttered are sacred to us. And the language of love is the only idiom God knows. You don’t believe me? Alright check out 1John 4:8. The people were asking St John: ‘what’s God like? Man? Woman? What’s God?’
His answer: ‘Whoever loves knows God, because God is love.’
And as for names: well, T.S. Eliot knew that even cats meditate on the importance of what they are called:
When you notice a cat in profound meditation
The reason, I tell you, is always the same.
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name.
The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 19th/20th January. Please give generously.
The next Mass for the You Shall be My Witness programme of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place this Sunday 20th January at 6pm. Please keep them in your prayers.
PARISH GATHERING 27th January after 6pm mass in the prayer room: The International Group warmly invite the whole congregation to join their gathering. The event should help strengthen the sense of Christian community in our parish. Light refreshments will be available.
The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 27th January at 11am.
Minutes of Parish Pastoral Council Meeting 14 January 2019
- The contract with the builder for the new parish centre has been signed. Work will begin at end of January and will be completed within 6 months.
- The international group will have a mass at 6pm on Sunday 27 January. It is hoped that as many international and national parishioners as possible will attend since the mass is intended to bring all parishioners together into one community.
- The Parish Council would like to extend its appreciation to the Family Mass Committee for the very uplifting service at the Christmas Eve 6pm Family Mass.
- Once again this year, the pastoral committee will try and meet with the various committees in the parish. It was pointed out that all groups in the parish need younger members.
Many thanks to those parishioners who have already returned Christmas Dues. Christmas Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.
The Parish 2019 calendar is now available at the back of the church. Please take one home.
The New Year Liturgy Seminar will take place on Sat 26 January 2019 in Clonliffe College from 9am to 1.30pm. Please see the poster on the noticeboard for details of workshops. Contact Grainne on 01 808 7554 or email email@example.com. Contribution: €10pp.
Catholic Schools Week 2019: Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools during Catholic Schools week which takes place from 27th January – 2nd February.
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.
Parish Pastoral Centre The parish has launched its campaign to raise €410,000 towards the revitalised Parish Centre. All contributions or pledges are welcome. Tax refunds will enhance all donations over €250. The Pastoral Centre will greatly enhance the life of the parish. For more information on this project, leaflets are available at the back of the church. Thank you for your interest.
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.
The Rathmines International Group Committee was formed on 29th October last. The aim of this working group (currently 10 members) is threefold: i) meet the needs of the international community, ii) continue to enrich the social, cultural and spiritual life of the whole congregation, and iii) contribute to the achievement of a blended Irish-multinational parish vitality.
World Youth Day Panama in Dublin 2019 Calling all Youth and Young Adults aged 16-29!
Rathmines College OPEN DAY Thurs 31 January 2019. From 2pm to 5pm at the Town Hall, Rathmines. T 01 497 5334 www.rathminescollege.ie
Laudate 2019: 50 Primary Schools are gearing up for the 3rd Laudate Festival of Liturgical Music which will take place during Catholic Schools Week. The festival nights are: Mon 28 January at 7pm in St. Pius X, Templeogue; Tues 29 January at 7pm Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road; Weds 30 January at 7pm in Church of St. Therese, Mount Merrion. All welcome.
Dominican Retreat Centre Upcoming Events 2019: January
- Resilient Wellbeing
15th, 22nd, 29th January & 5th February 2019 led by Teresa Larkin
Four week course 10.30am-12.30pm Tues mornings cost: €60 for 4 weeks.
** Possible to attend some of weeks – €50 for 3 weeks (22th & 29th & 5th)
- Cultivating Happiness 6 week course Jan 27th, Feb/3rd/10th/17th/24th & 3rd March
10am-12pm. (Orlaith O’ Sullivan, 087 2140488). Cost: €210
- Positive Living 30th January 12-3pm
Marie Keating’s positive living is free to attend but registration is essential.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01 6283726
Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, D24 KA40 T 01 404 8123 / 404 8189
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Day for Consecrated Life: Come and join with religious from around the Diocese on Sat 2 February at 3pm in the Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Avenue. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will lead this prayer service of reflections and music.
B.E. – BEGINNING EXPERIENCE B.E. 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. Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 6th February 2018 for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 087 7379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. www.beginningexperience.ie
Retrouvaille – a Lifeline for Married Couples: Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme starts 8 – 10 February 2019. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text or call 086 413 5440, or email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.ie
Save the Date: World Day of the Sick 2019 will take place on 9 February 2019 in All Hallows, Drumcondra (9:30am to 1.00pm) on the topic Community struggle with addiction – A Pastoral response Mass for World Day of the Sick will be held on10 February 2019 in Corpus Christi 3.00pm. More details closer to the time please save the dates!
Emmanuel 2019 at the Helix: Join 70 Second Level Schools who will participate in Emmanuel 2019 on Mon 25th /Tues 26th / Weds 27th and Thurs 28th February at 7.30pm each evening. Come along and as a choir / music group to listen to young people praising God with energy. A list of participating schools and their days are on: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Priory Institute: Registration is now open for Spring Semester we offer a number of theology courses through distance education (beginning on 2 March 2019). For more information on our courses contact us by email at: email@example.com or Tel: +353 (0)1 404 8125 or www.prioryinstitute.com
Kildare / Dublin Group Pilgrimage Medjugorje for the Youth Festival at August Bank Holiday Weekend 2019 one of the biggest events of the year in Medjugorje. ex Dublin costs €725 pps for 7 nights. Payment can also be made in instalments. Contact James Treacy on 061921470 or 086 0572216 details on both.
Volunteers Needed: Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services for those affected by depression, bipolar and other mood related conditions. 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, ongoing support and education will be provided by the organisation. For more information on each opportunity, please visit: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/ or phone Emma on 01 2374926.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 20 January 2019 The internet has made it possible for anyone with a broadband connection to access thousands of radio stations all over the world. There are many Christian stations – from CNN’s “Belief”, covering the faith angles of the world’s biggest news stories to Ireland’s “Soul Waves” which provides excellent weekly interviews on a range of religious and social topics. In terms of television, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world, transmitting programming 24/7 to 148 million homes in 144 countries and also accessible on the internet. Access these, and several other inspiring stations at www.newpilgrimpath.ie
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.