Diocese Newsletter 16th November 2015

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Volunteer for the Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage  Are you a young adult looking for a new challenge hoping to meet other likeminded people and help others at the same time?  The Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage (DDCP) is inviting new volunteers to travel to Lourdes next Easter.  Our 41st Annual Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Easter Monday 28th March to Saturday 2nd April 2016.  Each year we bring up to 36 children from throughout the Dublin Diocese to visit Lourdes during ‘children’s week’.  An introductory meeting for potential new helpers takes place tonight Monday 16th November in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road at 8.00 pm.  Please contact the Secretary, Aileen McCusker at [email protected] or  call the Chairperson, Olivia Dobbs on 087 241 7731.

Advent Pack – Year of Mercy  The Jubilee of Mercy will be inaugurated by Pope Francis on Tuesday 8th December 2015 in Rome when he will open the Holy Door of Mercy in St. Peter’s Basilica.  As presented at the Autumn Liturgy Seminar, an Advent Pack has been prepared to encourage people to cross the threshold of mercy and promote the Jubilee of Mercy.  The pack will comprise an illustrated envelope which will include a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, a bookmark which explores the theme of mercy and the specially designed official logo.  Two copies of the logo in different sizes which are printed on a PVC base with adhesive backing are also supplied.  People are invited to place the larger one on a door/window to show that their home is a place where all who enter will meet the face of mercy and compassion and the smaller one on a car to let people know that a Jubilee of Mercy is being celebrated and that they are making this journey.  Booking form attached.

Remembrance Service  The Annual Remembrance will take place in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus on Thursday 19th November at 8.00 pm.  Liturgy is prepared by the 3rd year students of Mater Dei/DCU and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

Advent is coming  ‘Preparing to Meet Jesus – the Face of Mercy’ is the theme of the Diocesan Advent Service which takes place in the Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Artane on Saturday 28th November at 4.00 pm.  This is one of the events in the Year for Consecrated Life.  Liturgy is prepared by the full time chaplaincy students of Mater Dei/DCU and the music will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group.

Mass of Thanksgiving for Gift of the Priesthood with St. Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society.  Invitation to Parish Clergy:  The P.P. or another priest from each parish is cordially invited to join in the concelebration of the annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of the Priesthood organised by the Society’s Dublin Diocesan Committee.  The Mass will be concelebrated in St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row on Sunday 22nd November at 3.30 pm.  Alb and stole required.  Seminarians from Maynooth have also been invited to attend.  Fr. Seamus McEntee, Chaplain to the Society, will be the Principal Celebrant and Fr. Cyril Mangan, Administrator Blanchardstown parish, will preach the Homily.

Cancellation of Safeguarding Awareness Training Day  Due to insufficient bookings, regrettably the Safeguarding Awareness Training Day scheduled to take place on Saturday 21st November in the Parish Centre, Kilcullen, has been cancelled.  It is hoped to reschedule this at a later date.

Vacancy for Parish Secretary  St. Patrick’s Parish, Skerries, Co. Dublin is currently recruiting a Parish Secretary.  This role is offered initially on a one year fixed term, part-time basis.  Further details www.dublindiocese.ie/parish-secretary-skerries  The closing date for completed applications is Wednesday 18th November at 6pm.

Margaret Aylward Centre  Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue – events for Winter 2015.  Lifting the Lid on Islam –  a short introductory course for people who want to understand the origins of Islam and the cultural diversity of those who practise it;  Sing With Joy in Your Heart  – an evening of liturgical music;  Dance Meditation;  Practising Mindfulness; Advent Reflection;  Ecumenical Carol Service;  Christian Meditation (every Thursday);  Spiritual Guidance;  Space for reflection.  Booking is essential.  For more information, contact the centre at: 01 7979364 | 087 6649862 | [email protected]  Holy Faith Sisters, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.  www.margaretaylwardcentre.ie

Series of Talks on Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’  Thurs 19th November: ‘Care of the Earth: the Ecological Encyclical’ – Donal Dorr.  Thurs 26th November: ‘Laudato Si and the Search for a new Solidarity’ – Eamonn Meehan, Director of Trócaire.  Thurs 3rd December: ‘Your Yes can last a Lifetime’ – Larry Tuomey and John Monaghan.  Each talk takes place from 7.30-8.30pm at the Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue (behind the Holy Faith Convent), Glasnevin Hill, and will include time for questions and discussion followed by refreshments.  The talks are organised by the Glasnevin Grouping of Parishes, comprising Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun Road; Our Mother of Divine Grace, Ballygall; St. Columba, Iona Road; Corpus Christi, Drumcondra; and Our Lady of Dolours, Glasnevin.

Advent – Where is Your God?  We prepare for Christmas in so many ways.  However, with all the pressures of our consumerist culture, Christmas can sometimes seem more like an ordeal than a religious celebration!  So how can you move your Christmas from a ‘tizzy’ to a time of spiritual comfort, of gratitude, of celebration?  John Callanan S.J. is an Irish Jesuit priest who has written a number of books on the life and prayer style of Anthony de Mello S.J., an Indian Jesuit.  Thursday evenings, 19th & 26th November, 7.30pm at the Iona Pastoral Centre, Idrone Ave, Knocklyon, Dublin 16. 

Series of Talks at St. Dominic’s Parish  An opportunity to hear recorded talks of Jean Vanier, filmed in the Holy Land, on the coming three Thursdays: 19th and 26th November and 3rd December, between 10.45am and 11.45am in the Pastoral Room of St. Dominic’s Parish, Tallaght.  All are most welcome!  Jean, founder of the L’Arche Communities, speaks about the reality of who Jesus is and of who we ourselves are.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group  ‘Exploring Death and Loss of Our Loved Ones’.  Residential Weekend led by Fr. Myles O’Reilly SJ.  This weekend explores the loss of our loved ones and the meaning of death from a Christian perspective through prayer, meditation, discussion, videos and sharing.  Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Rd., Dublin 16.  Friday 20th November at 7.30pm to Sunday 22nd November at 4.30pm.  Cost €180 per person (Deposit €50) with all meals included.  Apply to: Anne @ 087 2050514 or email: [email protected]

Benildus Pastoral Centre: November Remembrance service  Friday 20th November at 10am.  St Benildus Pastoral Centre, 160a Upper Kilmacud Road, Dublin 14.  All are welcome.

Service of Remembrance  The Board, Master and Staff of the Rotunda Hospital invite you to a Service of Remembrance for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.  The Service will be held in the Pro-Cathedral on Sunday 22nd November at 3pm.  Afterwards light refreshments will be served in the Gresham Hotel.  If you have any queries please contact the Hospital Chaplain on 01 8171700.

Lay Retreat Association  Silent one-day retreats for men and women will be held on Sunday 22nd November and Sunday 29th November at Milltown Park, 10.00am to 6.00pm.  Spiritual direction by Jesuit Fathers. Talks, Guided prayer, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and Blessing of the Sick.  Meals provided.  Suggested offering €30.  Contact Lay Retreat Association 01 5577113.

Laurel Lodge Parish Mission  Come hear the story of John Pridmore – author of ‘From Gangland to Promised Land’ – at our Parish Mission led by the St. Patrick’s Lay Community from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th November.  Daily Masses at 10am / evening services at 7.30pm.  Parish Mission will be held in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Laurel Lodge Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Leixlip Parish Cell Groups  In the words of Pope Francis, “Meet in homes to share the joys and expectations that are present in each person’s heart, your cells are a genuine experience of Evangelisation that is very similar to what happened in the early days of the church” (Pope Francis, Sept 5th 2015, Vatican).  An invitation is extended to everyone to come and experience a cell meeting in a home near you (morning or evening).  Meeting dates: November 24th, December 8th & 22nd.  For further information please contact: Bridie 0863807917, Donal 0864472605, Dan 0831290657.  Men’s Group: Dave 6244635, Morning Groups:  Mary  0876205435, Maura 0874141706, Young Adult Group:  Sinead 0863663760.  Email: [email protected]  website: www.leixlipparishcells.com

A National Ecumenical Service will take place on Wednesday 25th November at 7.30pm in St Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin.  Bishop Eamonn Walsh will be participating in preparation for the U.N. Climate Summit in the presence of President Michael D Higgins, Uachtarán na hÉireann.  This event is organised by Trócaire, Christian Aid and ECI.  All are welcome to attend.

Ian Callanan in Concert  St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7 will host an evening of music, led by Ian Callanan, on Thursday 26th November @8pm.  Tickets available on www.eventbrite.ie or on the door for €10.  Further information on www.evangelisation.ie/2015/11/03/ian-callanan-concert-in-st-pauls-arran-quay-26th-november

Christmas Fete  Our Lady Help of Christians, Navan Road invites you to our Christmas Fete on Sunday 29th November, 11.00am to 4.30pm.  Lots of stalls and fun for all the family – come and visit Santa.  Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Office, Navan Road, Dublin 7.  Phone: (01) 8380265 | [email protected] | www.navanroadparish.com

Advent Service in Beechwood Avenue  Preparing to meet Jesus, the Face of Mercy, at the  Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, Dublin 6 at 7.00 pm, Sunday 29th November (1st Sunday in Advent).  Come and experience a beautiful hour of reflection along with choral music as we begin our journey through Advent.

Festival of Faith  The Redemptorist Fathers will conduct a ‘Festival of Faith’ in St Joseph’s Church, Glasthule, Co. Dublin from Sunday 29th November to Saturday 5th December.  All are welcome!  It will be a celebration of who we are and what we stand for.

Milltown Christmas Fair  A Christmas Fair will take place on Sunday 29th November from 10.30am – 2.30pm in Milltown Parish Pastoral Centre.  The Centre is located in Maple Hall, Milltown Road, Dublin 6.  Admission to the Fair is free.  There will be a Cake stall, crafts, Christmas gifts, preserves, Christmas cards, raffle, treasures stall and tea & coffee.  All are welcome to attend.

The People’s Climate March will take place in Dublin on Sunday 29th November at 2pm.  Hundreds of thousands of us will be marching in cities around the world on November 29th in what we hope will be the largest climate change mobilisation in history, just before our leaders travel to Paris for the climate summit.  Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si, encourages us all to take action like this for Climate Justice.  He says, “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”  2pm – People’s Climate Rally, Dublin at Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

Focus Group on Suicide Prevention  “Flourish” is an existing partnership project between Lighthouse in Northern Ireland, the Churches’ Community Work Alliance Northern Ireland, and clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland.  It aims to support churches to develop a shared approach to addressing the needs of vulnerable people and people affected by suicide, and to develop and provide appropriate training and good practice guidelines for clergy, church leaders and pastoral teams.  Flourish works to raise awareness of suicide prevention and support services, help churches respond to those affected by suicide.  An initial focus group consisting of key clergy, church youth workers, lay leaders or other relevant church staff will be held on Wednesday 2nd December from 9.30am-1.00pm at Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

Liturgy Annual Meeting  The Liturgy Annual Meeting will be held in on Thursday 3rd December in Renehan Hall, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The day will include reports from the Council for Liturgy and its Advisory Committees.  It is also proposed that two publications will be launched on that day – Singing the Mystery of Faith and It Is Good For Us To Be Here – gathered on a weekday when Eucharist is not celebrated.  Representatives from the diocese are invited to attend on 3rd December.

Concert with Red Hurley on Thursday 3rd December at 8.00pm in the Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, together with the choirs of Guardian Angels N.S. and Rockford Manor Secondary School.  Tickets €20 available from the Parish Office (Ph. 01-2832988), ‘Good News’ stand in the church and Texaco Service Station, Newtownpark Avenue.

A Little Lifetime Foundation  Christmas Service of Remembrance on Sunday 6th December at 7.30pm in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Francis Street, Dublin.  Joined by Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin.  We look forward to being together at a very special time of year.  Blessing of Remembrance and Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday 13th December at 4.00pm in Glasnevin Cemetery.  This special Service of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who have had the experience of a baby’s death, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or a baby who died shortly after birth.  We extend a warm welcome to everyone.

Year of Mercy launch in Lucan South  To launch the special ‘Year of Mercy’ designated by Pope Francis to begin on 8th December 2015, the Parish of Lucan South, Dublin are holding an all-night prayer vigil starting at 10pm on Monday 7th December concluding with Mass at 10am for the feast of the Immaculate Conception on the 8th of December.  There will be a Holy Hour from 10pm, Mass at 11pm taking us up to midnight.  There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from midnight to 9.30am during which Priests will be available for Confessions going on all through the night beginning at 12 midnight.  All are welcome.

Advent Bible Programme 2015  Two midday events to help us enrich our understanding of God’s compassion.  1. Mercy in the Psalms: How does the Old Testament portray the compassion of God in its prayer book?  2. Mercy in the Parables: How can the parables of Luke still speak to us today?  Holy Cross College on 9th and 16th December from 12.00pm-2.30pm.  Lunch available in MDI.  Presenter: Kieran O’Mahony, OSA.  Booking: [email protected]  Handouts: www.tarsus.ie

Full listing of notices available at www.dublindiocese.ie/category/notice-board