So it leads us to Easter Day
Lent has joined us once again on our life’s journey. Nowadays, Lent could pass you by on the street unnoticed, silenced by the roll of buses, the growl of angry traffic, like a little elderly lady on her way from the shops. She is overawed by the din and the Deliveroo cyclists weaving their merry way through narrow spaces so she disappears into a side street.
Pity. Lent has a rich and proud tradition: poetic as well as biblical. Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai; Elijah the prophet also journeyed for 40 days in the desert. In our western culture, Lent has been given a musical rendering from the great composers and poetic representations from Christina Rossetti to Leonard Cohen to Patrick Kavanagh: ‘… the sugarless tea/ of penance will charm back the luxury/ of a child’s soul.’
Once upon a time, Lent came with the biting winds of March, and even if it promised spring and Easter eggs, it had a strident tone that enjoined us ‘to give up sweets for Lent, for Ye’er oul sins.’ Uncertain about the theological implications of the embargo, we, like the reluctant son in Matt, 21:30, wore the jersey (as they used say in the best banking circles)
The sacrifice was lessened by those all around us: dance halls were closed. No meat on Wednesdays and Fridays: one full meal and so on. The Schoolmaster gave up the ‘fags’ (and was like a demon out of hell)
Yes, Lent was all around us. As Wallace Stevens puts it: ‘we were as Danes in Denmark all day long. Let’s hope it opened us up to a world beyond the here and now, to what theologians like to call the transcendent. ‘Give up ye’er oul sins.’
The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place this Sunday 3rd March at 11am Mass.
Congratulations to all the pupils of St Mary’s Junior School who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish on Friday 1st March last.
Next Weds 6th March, is Ash Wednesday marking the beginning of Lent. Mass with distribution of ashes will take place at 10am and 1.10pm.
Please note, to facilitate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 8th March next, the usual morning mass at 10am will be brought forward to 9.30am on that date.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered to the pupils of both St Louis Senior Primary School and the RMDS next Friday 8th March at 11am by V Rev Enda Cunningham.
The next Family Mass will take place on Sunday 10th March at 11am.
PARISH GATHERING 10th March after the 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.
Trocaire Boxes and information packs are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church. Please take one.
The monthly lunchtime Ecumenical Prayers will take place on Tuesday 5th March at 1.05pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. Tea/coffee served afterwards. Bring your own lunch.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: February
Survive and Thrive Weds 20th Feb to 27th March 6pm to 8.30pm. Marie Keating’s Survive and thrive is free to attend but registration essential.
Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, D24 KA40 T 01 404 8123 / 404 8189
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Praying the Scriptures – An Introduction to Lectio Divina: A three-evening introduction to praying the Bible with Fr Séamus O’Connell in the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Holy Faith Sisters, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin,. All welcome, no experience necessary. Tues, 19, 26 Feb & 12 March from 7.30-9pm. Cost: €35. Tel 01 797 9364 Mob: 087 6649862 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.margaretaylwardcentre.ie
Maynooth College Lecture David Hollenback, SJ, of the Berkley Centre for Religion and Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University will speak on Human Rights in Catholic School Thought: A Living Tradition and Some Urgent Challenges today. Lecture takes place on Monday 4th March in the Loftus Halls, Maynooth College at 7.30pm. RSVP: email@example.com
Faithfest for Teenagers Join us on Fri 8 March for Faithfest from 6-9.30pm in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. Faithfest aims to create spaces where teenagers have an experience of a peer community, explore faith, and encounter an experience of welcoming, belonging, discipleship, worship and prayer in a creative and fun atmosphere. All welcome.
Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Monday 11th March at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.
Women of Welcoming Hearts Retreat: Thinking about joining religious life? Come and spend few days with Presentation sisters from the 13-15 March in the Acorn Centre, Warrenmount, Dublin. Get to know us and our work, share your life story and explore your spirituality. Participation fee €30 – Info and registration: www.presentationsistersne.ie/events
Seeking Volunteers for Healthy Ageing Research at Trinity College Dublin
Researchers in TCD Institute of Neuroscience are looking for volunteers to take part in an exciting new study examining how grip strength training programmes influence various types of learning and could provide benefits for the brain as we age. We are looking for 50 healthy adults over the age of 66 who are right-handed. Participation involves approximately 8 hours commitment over the course of 4 weeks, with a short follow-up one month later. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Eimile Holton, School of Psychology Trinity College Dublin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 085-8245898.
Lenten Reflections on the Sunday Gospels with Fr. Kieran O’ Mahony OSA, Scripture Scholar on Mons 4, 11 and 18 March at 7.30pm in the Rosary Pastoral Centre at Church of the Holy Rosary, Harold’s Cross. All Welcome.
Trócaire Lent 2019-Stations of the Cross: Come along for an evening of prayer on the 27 March at 7.30pm in St. Paul’s Church Arran Quay, Dublin 1. All welcome.
Luisne: Journey Through Lent These sessions will look at the Way of the Cross in the light of Pope Francis’ teachings in Laudato Si and will be based on a document published by Trócaire in cooperation with CAFOD and SCIAF. Thurs of Lent beginning 7 March. 11am to 12pm. Facilitator: Sr. Miriam Cost: Suggested Donation: €15 for the series. Luisne Centre for Well-Being, Kilcoole via GreystonesA63 WO89. T 086 051 7575. E email@example.com www.luisne.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 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 3 March 2019 American theologian Tim Muldoon writes that, “Life in Christ demands the same kind of vigilance, preparation, and training that a person undertakes as an athlete. This Lent, become a spiritual athlete and join Tim for the online “Ignatian Workout for Lent.” Each Monday he’ll share audio reflections accompanied by suggestions for prayer and action. The online retreat begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter Week. You can access it at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie
Towards Peace Towards Peace is a spiritual support service designed for those who have experienced sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. Support is also available for family members of abuse survivors. The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time. Towards Peace provides spiritual support through one-to-one spiritual direction sessions, with a qualified spiritual companion. Up to nine sessions are offered and there is no cost. For further information please contact the Towards Peace office: Tel 01 505 3028 Email: 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.
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
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 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.