SUNDAY MASS: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
11am Mass via Webcam only
SATURDAY VIGIL MASS AT 7PM: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
MONDAY TO FRIDAY DAILY MASS AT 10AM: SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
THE CHURCH IS OPEN FOR PRIVATE PRAYER EACH DAY FROM 2PM TO 7PM.
PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL/PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES AT ALL TIMES. PLEASE KEEP A SPACE OF AT LEAST 2 METRES (6.5 FEET) BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER PEOPLE.
DUE TO MEASURES INTRODUCED BY HEALTHCARE AUTHORITIES AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN, PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE RE MASS TIMES IN RATHMINES CHURCH.
A Very Different Schoolgirl
Greta Thunberg is seventeen and from Sweden: most people know that. They know that she addressed the United Nations Climate Control Committee. They may not know that this girl suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Does it overwhelm her? Not a bit of it. Her school strike for climate control caught the imagination of young people world-wide. They followed her example.
Many would consider Greta’s mission to lower carbon footprint as having great merit; some would deem it naïve and impractical and might lead to greater poverty in vulnerable countries. Maybe so. But her courage captured the imagination of millions.
Greta Thunberg is a prophet of our time. The prophets of the Hebrew Bible announced another way to live also: they urged their listeners to ‘think outside the box.’ They preached a way of life that includes a Supreme Being: some followed, some didn’t. The prophets urged social justice and a god who is a Father. They intimated that a special messenger, a Messiah, the Son of God would come into the world to herald a better way: a way that includes truth, (to thine own self be true)
When the Messiah (Jesus of Nazareth) came, he promised after his Ascension that the Spirit would come to bring inspiration, peace, and fulfilment to the human soul.
And there we have Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity of Persons, we celebrate on this day.
You are welcome to join us every Sunday at 11am for broadcast Mass. All you need to do is to log into the parish website and you’ll find us in the church to which I know you have a close attachment.
If you wish to have the names of any of your deceased loved ones mentioned or you wish to dedicate the intentions of the Mass for a private intention, you are welcome to do so. Just phone the parish office and your call will be acknowledged.
You know by now that our church is open from 2pm till 7pm for private prayer. We ensure that the church is cleaned twice daily. Be advised that hand sanitizers are located just inside the inner door.
With every blessing,
Fr William King
Fogra (Croke Park in days of old)
You may be assured to know that the main leadership group, the Parish Pastoral Council is in constant contact: each Sunday morning for prayer and reflection and for meeting purposes.
Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference statement on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Serving the common good
As people of faith we are called to face the fears of this moment with a courage not our own and with a generous heart. God is with his people in good times and bad. Like believers in every age we say: ‘If I should walk in The Valley of Darkness no evil would I fear for You are there’. In our hour of trial Jesus calls on us, his followers, to serve the common good by taking responsibility for each other and to prioritise the most vulnerable in our community ahead of our own individual wants and aspirations. At this time our first concern has to be for the elderly, the ill and those with underlying medical conditions.
As bishops we present the following directions in the light of current public health authority advice in Ireland, north and south, aware that these might have to change at very short notice.
Reviewing this information
We ask everyone to continue to follow the guidance of the public health authorities north and south. As the situation evolves, Church-specific information will be updated and published on local diocesan websites, on the website of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference www.catholicbishops.ie and on their related digital media platforms.
Prayer for our protection
We ask for prayers for those affected by the Coronavirus. Placing all our trust in the Lord, and asking Our Lady to intercede for us, we invite everyone to pray these prayers:
Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Franciscans Online Retreat
As the traditional Novena cannot take place in any of our Friary Churches this year due to the Convid-19 restrictions we are hosting an online retreat in Honour of St. Anthony of Padua. Dublin’s Adam & Eve Church welcomes everybody from across Ireland, Europe and internationally to join us on line from June 9th -13th. For more information contact Louise O’Sullivan 086 174 8649 / firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome all who want to pray to St. Anthony to intercede on their behalf with God. The online retreat can be accessed via a link on www.franciscansdublin.ie or on You Tube at Franciscans Dublin Adam and Eve.
Ecumenical Bible Week 2020
“In light of the C19 crisis and the increased digital presence, where to from here for faith communities?” This question will be part of the Ecumenical Bible Week 2020. In response to the current health crisis, we have postponed parish events and instead we are offering two periods of Ecumenical Prayer and one online discussion of the effect of coronavirus on the lives and worship of believers. Registration details available on: www.bibleweek.ie & Facebook @bibleweek.
Tues 2 June at 10am: Morning Prayer (Julie and Philip McKinley)
Thurs 4 June at 3 pm: Webinar on the effects of the pandemic on faith communities
Sun 7 June at 7pm: Evening Prayer (Martin Sauter and St Finian’s)
Is your heart in the right place?
Gardiner Street church is closed but the Sacred Heart Novena is going ahead!
Is your heart in the right place? Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA explores the question “Is your heart in the right place?” From 11th to the 19th June every evening at 7.30pm focussing on the Gospel of St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Visit our website www.gardinerstparish.ie
Join the Mass, send in an intention or thanksgiving and our team will light a candle in the shrine of the Sacred Heart.