You would have a sneaking admiration for Thomas called the Twin (today’s gospel) wouldn’t you? No groupthink for him. It’s his courage, his honesty with himself that merits our respect. ‘There is more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds’ as Tennyson once observed. Thomas – the patron saint of agnostics!
When the apostles said: ‘we have seen the Lord,’ his reply was: ‘unless I put my finger into where the nails were, I will not believe.’ A 21st man: ‘I’ll have to do my research before I give assent.’ And yet, if Thomas embodies our brave new world with its reluctance to believe only what can be seen and heard, he also represents its limitations. Some things – central to our human condition – are beyond analysis in the scientist’s lab. The love that drives a highly-educated young person to traipse half-way across the world to bring comfort to distressed peoples is something that is outside logical thought. One of life’s mysteries.
When Thomas looked for proof, a small dose of Shakespeare might have set him right. Remember that scene in Hamlet when the prince counsels his friend: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
And here’s a footnote: Thomas was alone when Jesus appeared to the apostles. ‘It is not good for man to be alone,’ (Genesis 2: 18) it makes all things including faith a greater challenge. Conversely, the community at prayer can be a stepping stone. But let’s not forget, Thomas uttered the words that have echoed through the generations: My Lord and my God.
The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 27th/28th April. Please give generously.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place on Friday 3rd May (First Friday) on St Joseph’s side altar from 10.30am to 4pm. Please sign the book if available.
The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Sunday 5th May at 11am Mass.
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 resumes his facilitation of this in a small group setting, for about half an hour, once a week, on Friday 3rd May next 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.
Many thanks to all those who took home a Trocaire Lenten Box. Please return your boxes to the Sacristy if you have not already done so.
The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2019/2020 are now available for collection at the back of the church 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 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 0838619040). 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.
ACCORD Dublin Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG is currently recruiting volunteers:
Volunteers For: Marriage and Relationship Counsellors and Marriage Preparation Facilitators
- To give courses for couples preparing for marriage and
- Marriage and Relationship counsellors.
If you would like to join a committed and professionally trained team who support couples in their marriage and those preparing for marriage, please contact us. Training for both roles will take place in the Pontifical University in Maynooth. For further info, please contact 01 478 4400 before 30 April 2019.
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.
Lough Derg: One Day Retreats begin on Saturday 4th May. 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: email@example.com www.loughderg.org
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.
2019 Knock Pilgrimage – Save the Date (Saturday 27th April 2019) Celebrating 140 years of our National Marian Shrine, Our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock will be led by His Grace Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Saturday 27th April. Please see flyer on the noticeboard. For all queries email: email@example.com
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
- firstname.lastname@example.org www.domsrc.ie www.goodnews.ie
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. Next residential weekend will be held 17th-19th May 2019 in Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght D24. For further info please contact 086 0877379 or email email@example.com. www.beginningexperience.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.
Maynooth Courses on Offer: Applications are opening for a number of Programmes in Pastoral Theology ideal formation for lay people involved or interested in getting involved in ministry. Ranging from Diploma to Higher Diploma and Masters-level, there are options available to suit a wide range of candidates. We are delighted to announce two new programmes, The Higher Diploma in Healthcare Chaplaincy and the Postgraduate Diploma in Christian Communications and Media Practice (in association with Kairos). Deadline for applications: Friday 26th April 2019. Late applications considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 email@example.com
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
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 28 April 2019 One New Testament book is reserved for Easter Sunday and the fifty days up to Pentecost, and is never otherwise read publicly in Catholic Sunday or weekday liturgies. This book is The Acts of the Apostles. A short online course explores its background and character in order to help participants grasp the significance of Easter and deepen the peace, hope and joy which the season offers. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.