24/05/2019 parishsec

Parish News Sunday 26 May 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter

A Serious House on Serious Earth

 

Recently I attended Sunday Mass in a country church built soon after Catholic Emancipation. Magnificent stained-glass windows functioned as a delightful backdrop to the altar. Lit up by the late spring sunshine, the colours of gold, crimson and royal blue rested gently on the limestone. A small church, it was representative of many such buildings of mid-19th century Ireland.

Empowered by a newfound freedom, Catholics at the time were determined to be as good if not better than their ‘separated brethren.’  Of course, after Vatican II the churches became unsuitable for good liturgy. Yet, for the most part, these churches became a feature in the life of the parishioners through the ages: there they took their children for baptism; there they were married and, finally, there Mass, with the priest in black vestments, was offered for their souls.

In the church on that Sunday morning, one felt that the congregation (about 70 or 80) wanted to be there – nothing was contrived; up at the holy end, the African priest seemed a humble man who was satisfied simply to be a mediator between God and God’s people.

Yes, as Philip Larkin put it – a serious house on serious earth it is: and the thought struck me: this may be the form the Irish Church will take from now on. No fulminating from pulpits, no judgement or condemnation, but instead; a Sunday gathering with their African priest and the love of God in their hearts.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises that he will be with his people always; well, it seems from that snapshot in Enniskerry Church that the faithful remnant will not desert Him either. 

Addendum: the cup cakes and coffee in the parish centre afterwards were a delight.  

Fr William

 

 

 

Last weekend, the first annual Ministry Sunday Collection, devoted to support the building up of new forms of lay ministry in our parishes raised a total of €975.  Thank you to all who contributed.  The work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus in our changing religious culture will require more lay men and women working in various ways alongside our priests at the heart of parish communities.

 

Our congratulations to all the children from St Louis Senior Primary School and Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School who received the Sacrament of First Eucharist last Sundays 12th May and 19th May respectively.

 

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 25th/26th May.  Please give generously.

 

Our Family Mass takes place this Sunday 26th May (Preparing to welcome the Holy Spirit) at 11am.  We welcome families, parents and their children, to actively participate in any of our Family Masses at 11am. If you (either adults or children) would like to participate in any simple tasks during the Mass such as doing a reading, saying Prayers of the Faithful, bringing gifts for the Offertory, or a Reflection after Communion, please contact Vivienne on 087 695 6676.

 

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 2nd June at 11am.

 

 

 

The Disciples got to know Jesus simply by being with him.  It’s exactly the same for us. The Scriptures are a privileged location to meet Him. Fr. George O’Brien SPS continues his facilitation of this in a small group setting, for about half an hour, once a week each Friday at 10.30am in the Prayer Room.  All welcome.

 

Parish Pastoral Centre

It is very encouraging for the leadership groups to witness the splendid response to our appeal for donations to build the Parish Pastoral Centre. I believe it is a glowing endorsement of the dream we have conceived to meets the requirements of a modern parish.  The donations vary in size: big or small they are all welcome. You will be glad to know we are on course with the development: the ‘first fixings’ are almost complete; the aim to achieve completion (early September) is still unchanged.

 

Easter Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  Many thanks to all who have already returned Easter Dues. All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

 

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2019/2020 are now 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.

 

Remembrance Service:  A Little Lifetime Foundation (ALLF) will hold a Blessing of Remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery at the Old Angels Memory Garden on Sunday 26 May at 3pm.  This special Blessing of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or died shortly after birth.  This invitation is for all families who have lost a baby – we hope you will find some comfort in coming together to remember your baby in a special way.

 

Christus Vivit! Christ is Alive!! A Reflective Symposium of Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation to Young People. This symposium is for Youth Leaders, Mentors and Young Adults. Morning will be led by Gerard Gallagher and Brother Martin Bennett Ofm Cap. On Sat 25th May in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, from 9:30 – 1pm.  Hosted by the Diocesan Foundational Leadership Programme and The Young Church Dublin.   Registration form and information please email: st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie

 

St. Benedict’s Priory, Cobh – you are invited to a Day of Recollection. Talks, Adoration, Holy Mass at 9am (Priory), or 10am in Cobh Cathedral.  Lunch provided. 25th May, 11am-3.30pm. Overnight accommodation available.  For more information contact Mother Prioress: 021 4811354, cobhtyburnconvent@gmail.com

 

Que Sera Sera – Whatever will be, will be:  Come along on Monday 27th May at 8pm for an evening of praise, peace and trust with music, prayer and reflection with the Dublin Diocesan Music Group in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus, St. Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

 

All Ireland Rosary Rally, Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, Sat 1st June 2019 from 2pm-5pm.   Mass celebrated by Bishop John Fleming, homilist Fr Frank Fahey. Buses available locally. Contact Kay (Dublin) on 01 837 8504.

 

Always Be ReadyEcumenical Bible Week 2019 will take place from 10th – 16th June 2019 from 7am-8.15am. The theme for this year is Always Be Ready “To give and answer…for the hope that you possess.” 1 Peter 3:15. It will take place in 9 venues from city centre and in greater Dublin and Co Wicklow. It will open with Prayer Breakfast in St. Paul’s Church Arran Quay (10 June). On Thursday 13 June Holy Cross College Clonliffe will host a Symposium on “How can we be Christian in Ireland today?” Chaired by Archbishop Michael Jackson.  Thinking Allowed will take place in the evening reflecting on the theme “What does it mean to be a Christian in Ireland today?” Among the panellist will be Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and some leaders of other Christian faiths. All details on www.bibleweek.ie and www.facebook.com/bibleweek

 

Lough Derg:  Why not take some time and space on Lough Derg personally or as a parish group this May? A new event for those who serve in lay parish ministry, is our Parish Ministry Day Sat 18th May. Loughderg – St. Oliver Plunkett 2019: Three Day Pilgrimage dates will run from 31 May – 2 June; 5-7 July and 9-11 August.  Direct from Dublin: Cost €115 & €105 for OAP’s and students. For more info tel (after 6pm) M: 086 358 3027 / 01 494 1171.  Booking essential. Tel: 071 986 1518. Email: info@loughderg.org www.loughderg.org

 

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 buckets@barnardos.ie

 

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

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

 

Free Dietitian Led XPERT Course for Type 2 Diabetes in Meath Primary Care Centre

A free 6 week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes.  This is an award winning education course delivered by the HSE Community Dietitian.  X-PERT course starting Thurs 9th May and every Thurs up to and including Thurs 13th June (evenings) in Meath Primary Care Centre.  Places are limited and you must register to attend.  Call Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Co -ordinator on 076 695 8054 to register.

 

MMT will take place from 29th July – 2nd August in Cistercian College, Roscrea. MMT is a fun course where you not only get to learn new music, skills and ideas get to form friendships that are sure to last for years to come. We hope that you will join us. The full course costs €320 and day visitor rates are from €60. Make sure to visit http://musicministry.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  

 

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

 

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 pathways@dublindiocese.ie or go to: www.evangelisation.ie

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

 

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 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

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 transport@irishcancer.ie 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

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 26 May 2019  “There is a direct connection between the Transfiguration, the Ascension and the Second Coming… However, like the disciples in the reading from Acts, we often fail to make these connections. We are still left looking up at the feet, which is the enigma posed by Salvador Dali 50 years ago in his painting, The Ascension (1958)”. Anglican priest and former Director of Spiritual Formation at the Church of Ireland Theological College, Revd Canon Patrick Comerford, writes about the Ascension of the Lord in his always stimulating online journal.  For this, and other rich online spiritual resources, visit: 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: 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.