05/04/2019 parishsec

Parish News Sunday 7 April 2019 Fifth Sunday in Lent

It takes two to tango

Today’s Gospel story is, like all the others, well-known to those of us who can remember where we were when JFK was gunned down in Dallas. Familiarity breeds contempt, they say; I believe it breeds indifference. And that’s a pity, because the scriptures are rich in meaning for our daily lives. To safeguard then against the soup growing cold, we should try to imagine we’ve never heard this story; give it a close read or reflect on it with a small group sometime – the merit of the small group is fast gaining popularity. Fresh minds who haven’t allowed the Word to grow stale.

   During the week I had that experience of teasing out the story of the woman taken in adultery. We read, reflected and then pooled our thoughts. The usual ones came up: how cruel the Scribes and Pharisees were; the wretched condition of the poor woman and so on. Then a young woman who hadn’t been saying much, chirped up: ‘no mention of the man, after all it takes two to tango. Did he leg it?’ See how a fresh mind can discover what we who had been hearing it all our lives missed! More than that: the young woman was representing a feminist perspective that can be wholesome to hear when it is neither shrill nor strident.

   And the two main actors in the drama? the Lord Jesus representing infinite mercy (it droppeth like the gentle rain from heaven) And the woman, well, we know nothing about her: was she searching for the love that was escaping her? One thing’s sure: she must have been delighted to hear this man of God leave her critics speechless. Are we able to show mercy? It’s at the heart of Christian teaching, you know!                                                                                                       Fr William

 

 

Parish Pastoral Centre

Surprised by Joy

I hope C.S. Lewis in heaven forgives me for stealing his title. His Joy came in the form of a vivacious American woman. Well, believe it or not, there are moments in the humdrum of parish life when one is surprised too: this time by generosity. I refer to the great response to our fund-raising appeal for the new pastoral centre. It is very encouraging for the leadership groups to witness such a response: I believe it is a glowing endorsement of the dream we have conceived in our hearts. The donations vary in size: big or small, they are all welcome.

Our architect tells us that the pastoral centre should be completed by September: the week after the Dubs win their 5 in a row; or will it be Mayo – the first in 67 years. Who would begrudge them!

Keep the contributions coming in; and many thanks from the leadership groups in the parish.

 

 

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.

 

Palm will be blessed at each Mass next Sunday 14th April, Palm Sunday marking the beginning of Holy Week. You are welcome to bring your own palm also for blessing.

 

The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 14th April at 11am.

 

 

 

 

The Annual Advocate Collection for the Sunshine Fund takes place next Sat 13th and Sun 14th April. The Sunshine Fund, a special works conference of the St. Vincent de Paul provides summer holidays for children all over Dublin who need a holiday. This collection is their only source of funds.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Trocaire Boxes and information packs are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  Please take one.

 

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The Resurrection – Fact or Fiction?’ will take place on Thursday 11th April next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite the Circle K Service Station).  Fr Brendan McCarron SPS will also attend.

 

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Parish Centre, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar on Weds 10 April at 8pm and in Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 17 April at 8pm.  If you are bereaved or experiencing loss of any kind and would appreciate talking to trained listeners in a supportive, confidential setting, you would be very welcome. This is a free service. For further information please phone: 085 223 8032.

 

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.

 

Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin Open Evening Tues 9 April (6-7.30 pm) 

Learn about the possibilities of doing theology – short courses, masters, doctorates. Includes a short lecture, ‘Fake News – Why Truth Matters’ by Dr Fáinche Ryan, Director, Loyola Institute. All are welcome. Venue: Loyola Institute, G16

 

J.S. Bach St. John Passion Concert:  Come along to St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral on Palm Sunday (14 April at 8pm) to enjoy the wonderful operatic voices of the Dublin Bach Singers in concert.  Conducted by Blánaid Murphy and joined by the Marlborough Baroque Orchestra and many more guests.  Tickets cost €25 and are available on www.eventbrite.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. 

 

Annual Spring Sale Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver Sun 7th April from 10.30am to 2.30pm in St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Terenure.  In aid of the Missions in Nebbi, Uganda. Bric-a-brac, Bread & Cakes. Plants, Wheel of Fortune etc.  To donate goods, please ring Julia on 086 407 1972.  All goods to be delivered to the convent at 81 Bushy Park Road T 01 490 9360.

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Parent Evening on Mon 8 April at 7.20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, D 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.

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: knockpilgrimage@dublindiocese.ie

 

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:

Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, D24 KA40 T 01 404 8123 / 404 8189

  1. retreathouse@eircom.net www.domsrc.ie www.goodnews.ie

 

Minding the Mind Public Lecture Series 2019 St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

Mon 8 April 8pm to 9.30pm Aging Well in the Modern World: What Psychology Tells Us

Speakes: Dr Nicola McGlade (Senior Clinical Psychologist) and Dr Beth McEvoy (Clinical Psychologist)

Mon 15 April 8pm to 9.30pm Let’s Talk Health and Wellbeing

Speaker: Tracey McDonagh (Health Promotion Nurse)

 

 

Living well with Dementia and Saint Joseph’s Shankill

present an

‘Afternoon of Song’ on Sunday 7th of April at 3pm

in Foxrock Church, Kill Lane, Foxrock, Co Dublin.

Tickets €10 per person.  Come early and bring a cushion!

Includes Sweet Memories Choirs, The Ballinteer Gospel Choir, Students from Oatlands College, Glencullen / Dundrum Musical & Drama Society

And performances from Gerry Noonan, Patricia Dolan, Kylabelle McKinney.

In aid of the Living well with Dementia choirs Stillorgan and Shankill and Saint Joseph’s Shankill.

 

 

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 bedublin@gmail.com. www.beginningexperience.ie 

 

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 mosullivan@spiritualityinstitute.ie  

 

 

LENT

Lent 2019 in Mount Argus Parish (In the Upper Room) 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Weds 10 April Exploring the Gospel of the Passion – The Passion according to John

(with Fr Anthony O’Leary CP)

Fri 12 April Praying the Journey of Lent – Jesus, Remember Me

Sat 13 April Lenten Reconciliation Service at the 11am Mass (Open to All)

 

Lent in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral:  Come along to St Kevin’s Oratory – (Entrance from Cathedral) for Lent Wednesdays A Springtime of Faith with Fr Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA from 11.15am to 12.30pm continuing on 10th April.  Masses will be at 10.30am and 12.45pm.  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 office@luisne.ie   www.luisne.ie

 

Exploring Easter through Movement/Mediation and Reflection:  Come along for a great evening of dance in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 8 on Mon 15th April from 7.30-9.30pm no experience of dance necessary. Chaplain Bernadette Purcell will facilitate the evening. To book: E Bernadette.purcell@ittdublin.ie  M. 086 1022698.  Parking available in or near Jury’s Hotel. 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

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

 

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: b.tynan@messenger.ie

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 7 April 2019 Saint Ignatius believed that God could speak to us just as clearly in our imagination as through our thoughts and our memories. Contemplation isn’t about trying to place yourself in a historic setting, it’s about trying to encounter Jesus in a personal and unique way. Some excellent imaginative contemplation exercises provided by the English Jesuits can be accessed 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: 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 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.

 

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.