Prepare a Way for the Lord:
He was in his mid-twenties when I first met him, one fine August day many years ago. A boyish delight on his face when showing me his first car – a Volkswagon Beetle. He had left the Christian Brothers for whom he had the highest regard but could no longer endure petty restrictions. Gerry was a free spirit. A Kilkenny man, and a member of the county hurling panel while teaching in Callan; he had now arrived in the city to take up a post and be near the girl he would later marry.
Without any posturing, this man had a remarkable effect on his pupils: the respect he showed them, the special care for children from poor families. After school, he set up hurling and football competitions; in winter, he put on concerts.
But it was the quiet effect he had had on those pupils that was most impressive and, as the scripture says: it is by their fruits you shall know them, (Matt. 7, 16) When his pupils had gone to secondary school or university or to take up employment, they came back to him – if they were in trouble or in doubt, or going through a dark moment in their young lives, they lingered at the school gate until he appeared.
Gerry (not sure if he was aware of this) was freeing young souls from the nets in which they had been caught. John the Baptist too was doing a similar work (not much good at training a hurling team though!). John was preparing the way for Jesus: freeing the heart to see God as the great theologian, Hans von Baltazar puts it. You don’t have to wear your heart on your sleeve – human goodness is enough. Fr William
Congratulations to Baby Ciara Brick who was baptised during the 11am Mass last Sunday.
A very big thank you to all who donated to our special Collection for the Altar Society last weekend which raised a total of €671 towards the cost of flowers and other altar requisites.
The collection for Trocaire during the Walk of Light procession on Sun 24th November last raised a total of €1,113. Thank you to all who donated so generously.
Our Family Mass takes place this Sunday 8th December at 11am. We are looking for adult volunteers to help organize the family masses. If you are interested please contact Vivienne at 087 695 6676.
The Annual SVP collection takes place at all Masses this weekend 7th/8th December and will replace the Share collection. Please give generously.
The Enrolment Mass for the You Shall be My Witness programme of preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place this Sunday 8th December at 6pm. Please keep them in your prayers.
The monthly Do this in Memory Mass takes place next Sunday 15th December at 11am.
A special church gate collection will take place after all masses next weekend 14th /15th December in aid of the 5th humanitarian project of the 94th Dublin Scout Group who are aiming to raise €25,000 for their project “Seomra Nua”, a construction based project in Havana, Cuba. They will be working with the Cuban charity “Quisicuaba” to assist in the building of shelters, improving plumbing infrastructure and much more in central Havana. Please give generously.
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 11 December 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: 087 284 1276.
Leeson Park School of Music
CHRISTMAS ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Featuring the LPSM Choir, String Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble & more
Venue: Rathmines Church
Sunday 8th December 2019 at 3pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Slovakian Carols and Shepherds’ Play
Performed by the Slovak Folklore Ensemble Ostroha
Venue: Rathmines Church
Sunday 15th December 2019 at 5pm
St Louis High School Christmas Fair
Sunday 8th December
12 noon – 3pm
Charleville Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Visit Santa – Wheel of Fortune – Home Baking – Festive Foods
Books – Coffee Shop and Lots More!
Christmas Concert at St Louis
Celebrating 80 years of excellence in education
11th December 2019
Doors open at 7pm
Venue School Hall, St Louis High School, Charleville Rd, Rathmines
Tickets €25pp (Tickets can be reserved with the parents association at email@example.com)
Join us for an evening of music with John Sheahan of the Dubliners,
Colm mac Con Iomaire, Loah, May Kay and others.
All proceeds go to the playground development fund for St Louis Primary School.
The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The Annunciation & the Birth of Jesus’ will take place on Thursday 12th December next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite the Circle K Service Station). Fr Brendan McCarron SPS will also speak.
The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2019/2020 are available for collection in the sacristy after masses. The Family Offering is the only collection that directly supports the pastoral services and maintenance costs of the parish. Those who have used a box in previous years will be given your numbered box with your name on it. For parishioners who do not yet contribute regularly to the Planned Giving, this is an ideal opportunity to start. If you would like to donate this way, please leave your name and address with our parish volunteer who will supply you with a numbered box. The envelopes can be left in the blue safe at the back of the church each Sunday. An alternative way to contribute to the Family Offering is by Standing Order. Standing Order Mandate Forms (with parish bank details) are also available at the back of the church or from the parish office.
Rathmines International Group
Our parish community is a family composed of members from the far-flung corners of the earth who have come to live and work and worship here in Rathmines. We are delighted that you chose Rathmines: you bring the richness of your country and culture to us and have placed these at our altar. We are grateful for that gift. Lately, you have shown an interest in meeting and praying, singing and celebrating: you are the new wine in new wine skins. Together we will make the future a better place for our parish. The Rathmines International Group aims to actively enhance the social, cultural and spiritual life in our parish. Our goal is to blend our international experience with the Irish spirituality in order to nurture a multinational vibe in our parish. ALL are WELCOME. To join our joyful journey, please contact Paolo & Paola (phone 083 861 9040). God’s blessing on you all.
Eucharistic Ministry If you, or someone you know, is housebound but would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please contact the parish office on 01 497 1531 or call in Mon-Fri from 10am to 12pm. We can then arrange to have one of our Eucharistic Ministers visit to administer Communion. Please also let us know if you would like to be included on the First Friday visits by Fr William.
Literature at the back of the church
Please note that anyone wishing to leave literature (posters, notices, leaflets, newspapers etc) at the back of the church must first receive prior approval to do so with the parish stamp from the parish office before placing on the noticeboard/tables. Unsolicited material will otherwise be removed.
Please note we now have envelopes for Donations for Flowers available at the back of the church. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Advent Scripture Talks delivered by Dr Kieran O Mahony in St Kevin’s Oratory in the Pro Cathedral at 11.15am on four consecutive Wednesday’s, will continue with the third talk on Weds 11th December. All are welcome.
AN ENRICHING ADVENT EXPERIENCE AT LUISNE
Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu is offering a series of three workshops ‘Advent – The Season of the Parables’ on 30th Nov, 7th and 13th December (2pm to 5pm). €25 each or €60 for three. To gain interesting insights into parables PRE BOOK at firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 051 7575.
Welcome the Word in Advent Mount Argus Young Adult Group (18-35) are offering three evenings of prayer and restful reflection for Advent from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursdays 5, 12 and 19 December in the Meeting Rooms beside Mount Argus Church, 101 Lower Kimmage Road, Dublin 6W.
O Come Emmanuel: An evening of reflection and music led by Marie Dunne, CHF to celebrate the joy of the great season of Advent will take place on Weds 11 December from 7.30-9pm in Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Holy Faith Sisters, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin D11. Afterwards there will be Tea/Coffee with Mince Pies. For more info Tel: 01 797 9364 or email: email@example.com
Advent Online Retreat: The Priory Institute, Tallaght, offers an online retreat based on the ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent which were composed in the sixth or seventh century to accompany the Magnicat Evening Prayer for the last seven days of Advent. A team of presenters will guide participants through a series of reflections on these great ‘O Antiphons’ during the second part of Advent from 17th to 23rd December. This retreat is entirely online with one reflection per day beginning with an introduction on 16 December and ending on Christmas Day itself, comprising ten reflections in all. For more information Tel: Frances O’Loughlin 01 4048129 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.prioryinstitute.com
The Little Lifetime Foundation Christmas Tree Lighting Service takes place on Sun 8th December at Glasnevin cemetery New Angels Plot at 4pm.
Ring Christmas Bells: Produced by Noel McDonagh and conducted by Blánaid Murphy see the Palestrina Choir in concert in the National Concert Hall on Sat 7 December at 8pm. Experience Dublin Brass, David Grealy, Organist Mary Kennedy, Compere. Tickets from €20. Ticket office
T 01 417 0000 or nch.ie
Multicultural Christmas Carol Concert: The Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street is hosting a Multicultural Christmas Carol concert on Sun 8th December at 7pm. Choirs include the Brazilian, Greek Catholic, Syro-Malibar, Spanish/Hispanic, Italian, African, Filipino and Polish Communities who will sing in their own language. Admission is free.
Christmas Voices Concert: Our annual Christmas Concert in aid of Dogs Aid and Peter McVerry Trust, will be in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral on the 17th December at 7.30pm. Performing on the night; Rod Hurley, Linda Martin, Cliona Hagan, Anna Kearney, St. Mary’s Continuum Choir along with organist Ronan Murray and accordionist Yvonne Chilton. Tickets cost €25 and available from the parish office and www.eventbrite.ie Tel: 01 8745441.
The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to assist in supporting and providing information to patients and families in their Dublin Daffodil Centre’s. Please contact Deirdre Murphy on 01 231 0564 or email@example.com for more information.
‘Newman: A Short Biography’ – Messenger Publications In this new book from Messenger Publications, Father Michael Collins offers an insight into Newman’s life as an esteemed academic and prolific author. Newman: A Short Biography is published in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications. Priced at €9.95.
Volunteers Needed: St Vincent to Paul urgently need volunteers. You can help once a week or fortnightly for about 3 hours and we always visiting in pairs. We offer full training and support. It is very rewarding and as President Higgins says, it is the best gift you can give to your community and you will be helping those less fortunate. Please join us, we need you! For more information on what we do and how we do it please go to and to join.
The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments in all public hospitals nationwide. Volunteers will need their own car but all expenses are paid. If you have 2 free days a month (Monday – Friday) and an active email address we would love to hear from you. Please call Laura for more information on 01 2310 594, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.cancer.ie
Family Inspirational Publications: The Council for Marriage and the Family introduce two new Family Inspirational Publications. The renewed ‘Family Prayer Book’ and inspirational phrases from Pope Francis’, The Joy of Love – On Love in the Family, in ‘The Family is Good News’, from the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Irish Episcopal Conference, ideal as personal gifts or as a gift from your Parish for engaged and newly married couples and families are available from Veritas (see attachments). For info contact: Fr Peter Murphy E: email@example.com or Tel: 01 505 3107.
AUNGIER STREET NOTICE
GROW Community Mental Health Movement meets every Thursday at 6.30pm in the Carmelite (Whitefriar) Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Why not come along and learn more about positive mental health, well-being, recovery and how GROW may help you achieve this. Free of charge. All welcome. Contact John on 086 8033 126.
GROW Promoting Positive Mental Health
Age Action Computer Courses Age Action are running a number of one to one computer Training Courses for Over 55’s. If you are frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Or feel that the digital age has passed you by? You will come away knowing how to search the Internet, send & receive emails, shop and book flights. Train on 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. Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks – Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin and are Free. For more info about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer Tel 01 475 6989.
Visit the Mary Aikenhead Heritage Centre, in the grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross and hear the story of a remarkable Irish woman who set up the first hospital for the poor run by women in Ireland and who visited women prisoners in Kilmainham Jail. She also sent sisters to Australia to minister to Irish women convicts. Admission free. Cuppa served. Tel 086 7247 660.
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.
Luisne Kilcoole (www.luisne.ie) Going Green –
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
Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover new ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world, within relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life. It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change. The course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism. The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy. Particpants are required to attend all four weekends. This course has taken place in Dublin Diocese for the past six years and is designed and delivered, through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The course will take place again this year starting in October – Registration form attached. If you would like more information please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not try an MPhil in Christian Theology? Here at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, we offer an excellent suite of modules, and opportunities to dialogue with fascinating classmates, with a variety of experiences of Church. Teaching is in the evening. For further details check our website or email Helen at email@example.com Generous scholarships available.
Why Not Study for an MA in Applied Spirituality? Spiritual Autobiography; Personal Spiritual Accompaniment; Contemporary Spiritual Writers; Spirituality, Social Concern and Gender; Contemplative Psychology…….This unique programme takes place at Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. Places are limited and applications for 2019-20 are now being received. It brings the resources of spirituality to bear on issues about the meaning of life that come up at work, at home, in relationships, in life-transitions, and in concerns regarding personal, societal, and planetary wellbeing. See www.spiritualityinstitute.ie for further information or contact Dr Michael O’Sullivan, SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses in Pastoral Liturgy and Ministry: The National Centre for Liturgy, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth offers four Modules in the first semester of the academic year 2019-20. What is Liturgy? The Church’s Year; Christian Initiation: Order of the Christian Initiation of Adults; Scripture and Liturgy – Ministers, Proclamation, Books. These modules will provide training for those who may be called upon to undertake roles of leadership in parishes, cluster of parishes and deaneries. Lectures will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, morning and afternoon, beginning at 10am and ending at 4pm. For more information: Tel: 01 7083478 / Email: email@example.com Or visit: www.liturgy-irela
Scholarships for the Study of Theology at DCU Have you ever wanted to explore your faith further, and study topics such as theology, Scripture, spirituality, and ethics? On its All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra, DCU now offers flexible theology programmes suitable for parishioners from all academic backgrounds and phases of life. The DCU School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is offering scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year, for both the MA in Theology and the BA in Theology and Religious Studies programmes. Both of these are flexible programmes with evening lectures that cater to those with careers and other responsibilities. If you are interested in talking to us further or arranging a visit to the All Hallows Campus, contact Dr Joseph Rivera: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01 700 7053. https://www.dcu.ie/theology_philosophy_music/index.shtml
(July 2019) St Vincent De Paul urgently need volunteers in the areas of Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare to work in assistance with individuals and families for just once a week. This will be for about 3 hours, day or night, (whatever suits you best). Full training and support provided – for more information Tel: 01 8198405 or visit: www.SVP.ie / email@example.com /
Volunteers Needed (June 2019): Aware, Ireland’s leading organisation providing support, education and information services for people impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions, is seeking 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 three services – Support Line, Support Mail 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 organization. For more information: https://www.aware.ie/volunteering/ or phone Emma on 01-2374926.
The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is looking for volunteer drivers who will drive patients to and from their chemotherapy appointments in St. James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital. The service is free to the patient with all driver expenses being paid. We are currently looking for volunteers specifically in the Dublin 6, 8, 10, 12, 22 and 24 areas. For more information or an application form please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 01 2310 566 or visit the website at www.cancer.ie (June 2019)
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.email@example.com. We offer excellent rates and inter client mileage and training is provided.
Volunteers Needed: Do you have some spare time? An interest in music, singing, gardening or another skill? If so, why not help us here in the Iona Resource Centre. Your skills and interest are required for National Council for the Blind. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Maggie or Elena at the Iona Resource Centre on 01 830 4014 or go to: www.ncbi.ie
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
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.
New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 8 December 2019 “In these daily Advent reflections, we have resolved to be bearers of light and bringers of joy to a world so in need of both, for we have come to know them ourselves in Christ. It is our prayer that these little embers, the lectio of our lives, will provide light for your path as we walk one another home.” The Sisterhood of St John the Divine, a monastic community within the Anglican Church of Canada, provides beautiful daily reflections for Advent. Access these, and other rich online Advent spiritual resources 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 latest book from Historian and novelist Maurice Curtis The Little Book of Rathmines, has just been published. This is a hugely enjoyable and fascinating glimpse at our historic parish and one of the most famous suburbs in Dublin. The book is now available from Hanna’s, Dubray, Easons and all good bookshops. Don’t miss it!
COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED!
1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s
Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
LEARN HOW TO:
Search the Internet Send & receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues
Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified! Courses run once a week for 5/6 weeks in Mounttown, Foxrock, Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Bray and City Centre
ALL COURSES ARE FREE OF CHARGE
If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course
TEL: (01) 475 6989
Diocesan Prayer Book: The Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick Committee has published for the 25th Silver Jubilee Celebrations of World Day of the Sick a renewed version of their very popular prayer book – ‘I Am With You’ (Psalm 90). For those experiencing suffering and illness, and for those caring for those who are facing sickness. Of use for personal prayer on many occasions – in parish – at home – in hospital – healthcare facilities, – for pastoral visitation of the sick and carers and First Friday calls. Additional copies of the prayer book are available from Ms. Sheila Pyne, Archbishop’s House – Tel: 01 8379253, (Ext. 116) and from VERITAS.ie. More information on World Day of the Sick 2017 – www.catholicbishops.ie
Love One Another as I Have Loved You Fr. Gareth Byrne’s new book of prayers, meditations and reflections Love One Another as I Have Loved You is a response to the publication by Pope Francis of Amoris laetitia, his apostolic exhortation ‘on Love in the Family’ (2016). This collection includes reflective pieces on love, family, friendship, community and on the Church as the family of Christ. With the World Meeting of Families to be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin in August 2018, this is an opportunity to begin to think and pray in new ways about what family and relationships mean to us. Love One Another as I Have Loved You is available from Veritas stores for €4.99.
The Sisters of the Sacred Hearts, 11 Northbrook Road, Ranelagh are opening their oratory every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm to anyone who wishes to spend some quiet reflective time. Feel free to spend as much time as you wish. All are welcome.
B.E. (Beginning Experience) is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. For further information please contact 01 679 0556 or email 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.