Parish News Sunday 24 September 2017 Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


                       

‘And the winner is...’

We love winners; we applaud and join in celebration when the winner receives the Oscar or the Sam Maguire. Sure, we have sympathy for the gallant loser (certainly in the case of Mayo or Waterford) but Marty and the television cameras attend the victory banquet. To be second is to be a loser is essentially Americana and we have taken that pagan proverb to our hearts. We love the rich list and the captains of industry and many, with outrage in their voice, ask: ‘why should I and my husband rise at an ungodly hour, work hard all day for those layabouts who give nothing.’

  That in brief is an outlook directly opposed to the message of Jesus in today’s Gospel. You know the parable well: it’s about the workers who arrived at the wheat field at different times throughout the day. Those who arrived for work in the evening received as much as those who started in the early morning and bore the heat of the day. It makes no sense; certainly, in today’s labour relations world. Was the Lord out of his mind when he told this parable?    

   Here’s a way of understanding it. You know those stories from fairyland where the last and most unlikely of the sons wins the hand of the fair princess. Those stories struck a resonance with us. They reflected hope for the least in the kingdom. And surely that’s what Jesus was getting at. ‘Why be envious because I am generous? Thus the last will be first and the first last.’ Read it prayerfully: Matt 20: 1- 16.                                                                                                       Fr William

Last weekend’s Annual Collection for Community and Homeless Services on behalf of CROSSCARE – the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin – raised a total of €2,083.  A very big thank you to all parishioners who contributed so generously.

Annual SVP Clothing Appeal The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul would like to pass on their appreciation to the generosity of parishioners who responded to their recent appeal for clothes, bedclothes etc, which they say, this year once again, has proved outstanding. 

The Enrolment Mass for the Do This in Memory programme of preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist takes place this Sunday 24th September at 11am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses this weekend 23rd/24th September.  Please give generously.

Diocesan Safeguarding Day takes place this Sunday 24th September.   

The monthly Parish Baptisms will take place next Sunday 1st October at 11am Mass.

Our Annual International Mass will take place next Sunday 1st October at 6pm.  All are welcome to this colourful and joyful celebration of the international nature of our parish.

A series of Scripture Talks by Fr Martin Hogan and Sean Goan (Teacher & Scripture Scholar) will take place in Rathmines church during October/November from 7.30pm to 9pm commencing with Fr Martin Hogan on Thurs 5th October, followed by Thurs 12th October, then with Sean Goan on Weds 25th October and Weds 1st November.  All are welcome.

Special Church gate collection in aid of Sierra Leone

The Parish Priest and Parishioners of Rathmines Parish in Dublin,

Greetings from Freetown! I would like to express our gratitude to you all for your generous donation of 3120.97 Euros which we receive through the hands of Mr Wojciech Mroczek.  We have exchanged the fund and got 26,417,897.10 SLL. We know that it is the fruit of your love, sacrifices and generosity; that brings an added value to the donation! We believe that love transforms the lives of the survivors. We told them about your donation and they promise to pray for you and your families.  At the moment we have 210 survivors in Don Bosco Fambul, 141 little children, few mothers, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. The intervention will continue until the month of November. We hope and pray that the government will find a safe land and build houses for them.  Once again, thanks a lot for your generosity and be assured of our prayers.

Fr Jorge Crisafulli SDB

Director Don Bosco Fambul

Ignatius For Today:  Rathgar Parish: Finding God in All Things, the Ups and Downs of Faith-life, Gratitude the Centre of  Faith, How Desires effect our Faith, the Faith That Does Justice,  are the themes of our October series Ignatius For Today.  Reference will be made to the influence of Ignatius on Pope Francis’ approach to many areas of church life and ministry.  The course will be organised by Fr Donal Neary SJ; speakers for the particular evenings will be finalised very soon.  We begin on Tues 3rd to 31st October from 7.30pm-8.45pm in St Columba’s Centre (adjacent to church).  Come for some evenings or for all.  €5 donation recommended.   Based on the life and teaching of St Ignatius Loyola, the course will link personal spirituality with your everyday experience of life and faith, and will be rooted in the Joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the centre of Ignatian spirituality. 

Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Sunday 24th September 2017

Departure from Rathmines Church at 7.45am sharp.  Cost €25 per adult / €10 per child.  There will be a short tea break stop on route (Meals not included).  For further information and booking contact Rita on 087 953 2071 or Bert on 087 207 7021.

Rathmines, Ranelagh & Rathgar Historical Society The next Illustrated Talk entitled ‘The Dublin City Sports Archive” by Ellen Murphy, Senior Archivist, Dublin City Library & Archive, will take place on Thurs 28 September 2017 at 8pm in Rathmines Town Hall.  Members: Free; Visitors €3.  Acknowledgements: Principal, Rathmines College.

The Autumn Liturgy Seminar 2017 with six workshops will take place on Saturday 30th September in Clonliffe College.  Booking forms and further information is available from the parish office or on www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

Celebrating Significant Wedding Anniversaries (World Meeting of Families 2018): If you were Married in 1992, 1977, 1967, 1957 or 1947 you are invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mourne Road, Drimangh, Dublin 12, on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 12.00 noon as we celebrate with those who are marking Silver, Ruby,  Golden, Diamond and Platinum Wedding Anniversaries - This is also for people who are widowed.  We look forward to meeting everyone and there will be light refreshments served afterwards.  

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. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 13th September 2017  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 (No need to book) For further information phone 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

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.

Foundational Christian Leadership for Young Adults

Would you like to learn more about being a leader in Your Church, Your Parish, Your Community?  We are running the Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults over four weekends from October 2017 to March 2018.  Previous graduates changed their careers,, changed their approach to life and Made a Difference!!  Contact Gerard Gallagher E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Clonliffe College, September to May (7pm – 9.30 pm). Start date: Thursday 28th. September. Applications accepted while places remain.  Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 837 9253 Ext 294 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   www.evangelisation.ie

Spirituality and Human Development Course

Marino Institute of Education has been offering a programme in Spirituality and Human Development for several years. This Adult Education Certificate is an inspiring and life changing programme open to all regardless of formal educational background. It is a two-year part-time course which takes place on Tuesday evenings and six Saturdays throughout the year. There will be ten modules and six workshops (see www.mie.ie under Education Courses for further details). This programme begins on Tues 19th September 2017 at 7pm. For further information, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 087 450 8549.

Volunteers Needed: For a small study aiming to find out from parents what their experience was of communicating with their children about a parent dying from cancer. Our hope is that the information we learn from the study will help us to improve how we support other parents facing this challenge. If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact the researcher, Rachel Millar, at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services  - 01 498 6203.  Thank You.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Starts Tues 5th September to Tues 24th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Free parking available

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 24 September 2017 Since 2016, the World Council of Churches, Global Catholic Climate Movement, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Act Alliance, and several other Christian agencies have collaborated in an ecumenical celebration of Season of Creation. Until the 4th October, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. See www.NewPilgrimPath.ie for links to inspirational and practical resources.

Marriage and Family Life Study: Maryvale Institute invites applications for a new programme of study on Marriage and Family Life. The programme presents the Church’s teaching in a clear and accessible way. It is a six-month programme by distance learning, consisting of two modules. The first Study Day will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath on Saturday 30th September 2017. This would be an ideal preparation for the World Meeting of Families in 2018.   For further information contact 087 9868125 or www.maryvale.ac.uk

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.

Volunteers: Aware is a National Organisation supporting individuals, families and communities concerned about depression. They provide a range of support services such as support groups, telephone and email service and a Life Skills Online programme.  All of which are free. Demand for services is continuing to grow and they are now recruiting volunteers to meet this demand. Our volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.  People with depression need Aware and Aware needs volunteers today.  Please contact Dr Emma Barnes on 01 661 7211 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.aware.ie

Spirituality Programme - Final Reminder

Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock is running a two year part-time programme on Thurs evenings and six Saturdays to start on 28 September 2017.  It is exciting and inspiring and is open to all, no prior learning needed. Contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through 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. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

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

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing. If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older.

Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DEXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Have your memory and blood pressure checked.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. 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.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church.  The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there.  The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome. 

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete.  We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations.  We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control.  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. 

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Parish News Sunday 17 September 2017 Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                       

    ‘I will pray for these men tonight...’

I will pray for these men tonight and every night’ said that saintly man, Gordon Wilson. He was referring to those who exploded a bomb on Remembrance Day in Enniskillen, 8, November, 1987.

  A quiet man, who ran a draper shop in that town, he described the nightmare of losing his daughter, Marie Wilson, a young nurse who, like himself, got trapped under a mound of broken fragments of brick and mortar and glass.

  ‘She held my hand and gripped me as hard as she could’ was the way he described the horrific scene and his dear daughter’s last words. ‘Daddy, I love you very much.’

  Rescuers came and were able to extricate them both from the rubble but the young nurse never regained consciousness.

   Gordon Wilson became a member of the Irish Senate and a tireless worker for peace which included meetings with the IRA. ‘I will pray for these men tonight and every night’ he said in an interview. Senator Wilson represented the best in the faith of Anglican Christians – in all Christians.

   Surely such a visible act of forgiveness is an example to each of us to put aside the smouldering anger we harbour when we meet with a hurt puny in comparison to what Gordon Wilson suffered.  

     Think about this noble gentleman when you listen to the gospel for this Sunday.

Fr William

Annual SVP Clothing Appeal Please return your bags this weekend Sat 16th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 17th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

The Annual Collection for Community and Homeless Services on behalf of CROSSCARE – the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin - takes place at all masses this weekend 16th and 17th September and will replace the normal Share Collection. 

The Liturgy Group will meet on Monday 18th September at 10.30am in No. 52.

The Enrolment Mass for the Do This in Memory programme of preparation for the sacraments of First Penance and First Eucharist takes place next Sunday 24th September at 11am.

The monthly SVP churchgate collection takes place after ALL masses next weekend 23rd/24th September.  Please give generously.

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be a group meeting of the Bethany Bereavement Service at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 20 September at 8pm.  If you have experienced the loss of a loved one 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.

The next Patrician Meeting with Discussion Title ‘The Christian Eucharist’ will take place on Thursday 21st September next at 8pm in St Joseph’s, 191 Rathgar Rd, Dublin 6 (opposite Esso Service Station).

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.

Mass for opening of the Academic Year:  Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass for the opening of the Academic Year Monday, 23rd September at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, DCU/St. Patrick’s Campus - “Catholic Education is one of the most important challenges for the Church” Pope Francis. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Sunday 24th September 2017

Departure from Rathmines Church at 7.45am sharp.  Cost €25 per adult / €10 per child.  There will be a short tea break stop on route (Meals not included).  For further information and booking contact Rita on 087 953 2071 or Bert on 087 207 7021.

The Autumn Liturgy Seminar 2017 with six workshops will take place on Saturday 30th September in Clonliffe College.  Booking forms and further information is available from the parish office or on www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

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. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 13th September 2017  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 (No need to book) For further information phone 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Measc - a festival of Culture, Faith & Community Family Fun and Entertainment -  Join us in Merrion Square on Sunday 17th September for a family and community festival celebrating the rich diversity of cultures, faiths and communities in Dublin. On the day there will be craft bazar, food market, international and local performances, workshops and cultural activies.  For more info: www.dublincityinterfaithforum.org or www.dublincity.ie

Culture, Faith, Cohesion (Moving from Tolerance to Inclusion):  Dublin Interfaith Forum invites you to explore together the changing religious landscape in Dublin City on 19th September in Richmond Barracks, Inchicore, Dublin 8 from 9am – 4:45pm.  The event will engage international and Irish stakeholders on discussions on the added value of interfaith approach in responding creatively to discrimination and prejudice in our Cities and highlight the important contributions our faith communities make to civil society.  RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Tel: 01 567 7174 by 16th September 2017 – All Welcome.

Luisne Spirituality Centre Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon on Saturday 16th September (2pm - 5pm) as part of a series of five on the theme Searching for a Meaningful Faith in Today’s Society. This first workshop will be on Our Rapidly Changing Religious Environment and will be followed by an optional Eucharist. The cost of the afternoon is €20 (or €80 if attending all 5 – see website for details). Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre, Co Wicklow.

Foundational Christian Leadership for Young Adults

Would you like to learn more about being a leader in Your Church, Your Parish, Your Community?  We are running the Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults over four weekends from October 2017 to March 2018.  Previous graduates changed their careers,, changed their approach to life and Made a Difference!!  Contact Gerard Gallagher E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Clonliffe College, September to May (7pm – 9.30 pm). Start date: Thursday 28th. September. Applications accepted while places remain.  Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 837 9253 Ext 294 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   www.evangelisation.ie

Spirituality and Human Development Course

Marino Institute of Education has been offering a programme in Spirituality and Human Development for several years. This Adult Education Certificate is an inspiring and life changing programme open to all regardless of formal educational background. It is a two-year part-time course which takes place on Tuesday evenings and six Saturdays throughout the year. There will be ten modules and six workshops (see www.mie.ie under Education Courses for further details). This programme begins on Tues 19th September 2017 at 7pm. For further information, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 087 450 8549.

Volunteers Needed: For a small study aiming to find out from parents what their experience was of communicating with their children about a parent dying from cancer. Our hope is that the information we learn from the study will help us to improve how we support other parents facing this challenge. If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact the researcher, Rachel Millar, at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services  - 01 498 6203.  Thank You.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Starts Tues 5th September to Tues 24th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Free parking available

The African Chaplaincy of Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and cordially invites the general public to the following events:  Annual Harvest Thanksgiving takes place at the National Show Centre, Cloghran Roundabout, Swords, on Sunday, 17th September at 12.30 p.m. This is  an annual event whereby all the African Catholic faithful around the Archdiocese come together to worship God in praise and thanksgiving for His bountiful blessing of love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness and protection in their lives.   Further enquiries please contact: Fr. Cornelius Nwaogwugwu, CM, 0871467257, Mr. John Kingsley Onwumereh 0899642783, Mr. Francis Okosun 0874182334, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwali 0868824259, Mr. Henry Uzor 0851092562 Or Mr. Martin Gbolagun 0851611640.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 17 September 2017 Written in the spirit of Bach and Handel, whose music he loved, Felix Mendelssohn’s powerful choral masterpiece, Elijah, brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. Fire comes from the heavens, storms gather, and the people cry for vengeance. From the prophet’s curse of drought to his ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, Elijah is an extraordinary and uplifting musical experience. Listen to this, with accompanying lyrics, at  www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

Marriage and Family Life Study: Maryvale Institute invites applications for a new programme of study on Marriage and Family Life. The programme presents the Church’s teaching in a clear and accessible way. It is a six-month programme by distance learning, consisting of two modules. The first Study Day will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath on Saturday 30th September 2017. This would be an ideal preparation for the World Meeting of Families in 2018.   For further information contact 087 9868125 or www.maryvale.ac.uk

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.

Volunteers: Aware is a National Organisation supporting individuals, families and communities concerned about depression. They provide a range of support services such as support groups, telephone and email service and a Life Skills Online programme.  All of which are free. Demand for services is continuing to grow and they are now recruiting volunteers to meet this demand. Our volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.  People with depression need Aware and Aware needs volunteers today.  Please contact Dr Emma Barnes on 01 661 7211 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.aware.ie

Spirituality Programme - Final Reminder

Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock is running a two year part-time programme on Thurs evenings and six Saturdays to start on 28 September 2017.  It is exciting and inspiring and is open to all, no prior learning needed. Contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through 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. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

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

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing. If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older.

Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DEXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Have your memory and blood pressure checked.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. 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.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church.  The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there.  The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome. 

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete.  We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations.  We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control.  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. 

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Parish News Sunday 10 September 2017 Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

                       

   

The Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:

I told my wrath, my wrath did end.

I was angry with my foe:

I told it not, my wrath did grow.

If you aren’t familiar with this verse, have a look sometime at the whole of Blake’s poem. It is a salutary reminder for any one of us who suppresses our anger against the other. The lovely poetic image Blake uses for hidden resentment is that of a seed planted in the garden. The seed becomes a tree which produces poisoned fruit. Now read the poem.

By the way, isn’t there a piece of homespun wisdom that makes a connection between suppressed anger and ulcers? So maybe dealing with hurts or anger, a theme of day’s gospel, has a health and safety warning. But Jesus is not saying that you bite the head off the one who insults you or, when the driver ahead makes a mistake, you honk the horn so loud you would wake the dead.

   So here’s one reflection on the Lord’s counsel: ‘If your brother (sister) does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves.’ Honest confrontation with the one who offended you! Easier said than done. A nun heard those words at a retreat, returned to her community fully intent on confronting the Sister who had offended her. Sadly, instead of reconciliation, the offending nun gave her the cold shoulder for months.

   And yet that is a risk we have to take; otherwise, we are left with a silence that eats into us like Dutch elm disease in one of Blake’s trees. Remember Edmund Burke’s observation: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’  

Fr William

Our sacristan Cecilia Bangura, who is from Sierra Leone, would like to express her heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed so generously to last weekend’s Special church gate collection in aid of Sierra Leone.  The collection raised a total of €3,116.56 and is being forwarded to a specially created account for the Dom Bosco Fambula crisis intervention Freetown, via Fr Jorge Crisafulli, Director of the Salesian Community in Ireland.

The annual SVP Clothing Appeal takes place this weekend 9th/10th September with the distribution of plastic bags at the back of the church.  Please return the bags the following weekend Sat 16th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 17th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

The Annual Collection for Community and Homeless Services on behalf of CROSSCARE – the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin - takes place at all masses next weekend 16th and 17th September and will replace the normal Share Collection. 

Annual Parish Excursion:  Athlone and Clonmacnoise

The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Saturday 16th September (departing 9.30am outside Rathmines Church).  Our plan is to stop in Tyrrellspass for morning coffee, followed by lunch in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone and then take a boat trip from Athlone to Clonmacnoise before returning to Rathmines Church at approx. 7pm.  Cost €50pp (including coach, morning coffee, lunch, boat trip and admission to Clonmacnoise).  To book, please phone Josephine on 01 496 1516 or 086 322 6409 before 13th September. 

Rathmines, Rathgar, Milltown Bethany Bereavement Support Service

There will be group meetings of the Bethany Bereavement Service at the Parish Centre, 52 Grosvenor Road, Rathgar on Weds 13 September at 8pm and at Milltown Parish Centre on Weds 20 September at 8pm.  If you have experienced the loss of a loved one 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.

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.

Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Sunday 24th September 2017

Departure from Rathmines Church at 7.45am sharp.  Cost €25 per adult / €10 per child.  There will be a short tea break stop on route (Meals not included).  For further information and booking contact Rita on 087 953 2071 or Bert on 087 207 7021.

A member of the Legion of Mary will visit the parish of Rathmines from Friday 11 September to Tuesday 15 September next.  They will distribute information such as mass times etc in Rathmines and invite people to attend mass and other ceremonies as well as offer the opportunity to people to perhaps join one of the many ministry groups of our parish.

The Autumn Liturgy Seminar 2017 with six workshops will take place on Saturday 30th September in Clonliffe College.  Booking forms and further information is available from the parish office or on www.litmus.dublindiocese.ie

Mass for opening of the Academic Year:  Archbishop Martin will celebrate Mass for the opening of the Academic Year Mon 23rd September at 7.30pm in Church of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, DCU/St. Patrick’s Campus - “Catholic Education is one of the most important challenges for the Church” Pope Francis. Refreshments afterwards. All welcome.

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. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 13th September 2017  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 (No need to book) For further information phone 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Luisne Spirituality Centre Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon on Saturday 16th September (2pm - 5pm) as part of a series of five on the theme Searching for a Meaningful Faith in Today’s Society. This first workshop will be on Our Rapidly Changing Religious Environment and will be followed by an optional Eucharist. The cost of the afternoon is €20 (or €80 if attending all 5 – see website for details). Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre, Co Wicklow.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Clonliffe College, September to May (7pm – 9.30 pm). Start date: Thursday 28th. September. Applications accepted while places remain.  Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 837 9253 Ext 294 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   www.evangelisation.ie

Spirituality and Human Development Course

Marino Institute of Education has been offering a programme in Spirituality and Human Development for several years. This Adult Education Certificate is an inspiring and life changing programme open to all regardless of formal educational background. It is a two-year part-time course which takes place on Tuesday evenings and six Saturdays throughout the year. There will be ten modules and six workshops (see www.mie.ie under Education Courses for further details). This programme begins on Tues 19th September 2017 at 7pm. For further information, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 087 450 8549.

Volunteers Needed: For a small study aiming to find out from parents what their experience was of communicating with their children about a parent dying from cancer. Our hope is that the information we learn from the study will help us to improve how we support other parents facing this challenge. If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact the researcher, Rachel Millar, at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services  - 01 498 6203.  Thank You.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Starts Tues 5th September to Tues 24th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Free parking available

Annual Pilgrimage: The Grandparents National Annual Pilgrimage takes place at 2.30pm on 10th September in Knock Shrine. Everybody welcome to honour & thank grandparents for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin - Ballina School Choir - Dana sings 'Our Lady of Knock'.  All welcome.

The African Chaplaincy of Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and cordially invites the general public to the following events:  Annual Harvest Thanksgiving takes place at the National Show Centre, Cloghran Roundabout, Swords, on Sunday, 17th September at 12.30 p.m. This is  an annual event whereby all the African Catholic faithful around the Archdiocese come together to worship God in praise and thanksgiving for His bountiful blessing of love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness and protection in their lives.   Further enquiries please contact: Fr. Cornelius Nwaogwugwu, CM, 0871467257, Mr. John Kingsley Onwumereh 0899642783, Mr. Francis Okosun 0874182334, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwali 0868824259, Mr. Henry Uzor 0851092562 Or Mr. Martin Gbolagun 0851611640.

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 10 September 2017 Pathways to God, an English Jesuit website, is a valuable resource for enriching one’s prayer life. Sections include a “Thought for the Day” and resources on the Examen. Also of interest is the section “Where I Found God Today”, which highlights brief, anonymous stories of where people have encountered God. Access this, and other online spiritual resources, at  www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

Marriage and Family Life Study: Maryvale Institute invites applications for a new programme of study on Marriage and Family Life. The programme presents the Church’s teaching in a clear and accessible way. It is a six-month programme by distance learning, consisting of two modules. The first Study Day will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath on Saturday 30th September 2017. This would be an ideal preparation for the World Meeting of Families in 2018.   For further information contact 087 9868125 or www.maryvale.ac.uk

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.

Volunteers: Aware is a National Organisation supporting individuals, families and communities concerned about depression. They provide a range of support services such as support groups, telephone and email service and a Life Skills Online programme.  All of which are free. Demand for services is continuing to grow and they are now recruiting volunteers to meet this demand. Our volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.  People with depression need Aware and Aware needs volunteers today.  Please contact Dr Emma Barnes on 01 661 7211 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.aware.ie

Spirituality Programme - Final Reminder

Lumen – Dominican Centre, Blackrock is running a two year part-time programme on Thurs evenings and six Saturdays to start on 28 September 2017.  It is exciting and inspiring and is open to all, no prior learning needed. Contact Anne Ryan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 086 884 3652.    

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through 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. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

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

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing. If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older.

Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DEXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Have your memory and blood pressure checked.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. 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.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church.  The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there.  The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome. 

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete.  We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations.  We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control.  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. 

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Parish News Sunday 3 September 2017 Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


                       

‘And that has made all the difference...’

Do you remember from your school books that remarkable poem by Robert Frost: The Road Less  Travelled?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference.

  In a strange way it echoes the theme of this weekend’s scripture readings. Jesus took the road less travelled – of that you can be certain. And each of Jesus’ followers is invited to follow in his footstep.

   ‘But let’s be practical, reasonable’ you say. ‘Who wants to bring on trouble on themselves? Isn’t life hard enough without inviting more hardship – opting for the rugged path?’ I agree entirely. And the Lord is not inviting us to be masochists.

   It’s a matter of detachment. Here’s what I mean. Most people today subscribe to the shared notion that having things will confer happiness. (By the way, did you know, ladies and gentlemen, that Prada handbags are now on offer for the knock-down price of €2,400.00). We share a secret desire to win the lotto. Politicians refer to Ireland Inc. Progress, productivity – these are buzz words. And much of this thinking is not to be dismissed. Goodness knows we were long enough on our uppers. And people have to pay for school uniforms and meet their utility bills and have a hard-earned holiday.

   It’s a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Of not selling our souls for the mess of pottage. Of taking the road less travelled. Of never losing sight of the little guy.

   

Fr William

Special church gate collection in aid of Sierra Leone – Sat 2nd / Sun 3rd September 2017

One of our sacristans, Cecilia Bangura, who is from Sierra Leone, will speak briefly at masses this weekend with regards to a special church gate collection after each mass on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September which she has requested in aid of those affected by the recent mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone.   Please give generously.

 

The monthly Parish Baptisms take place this Sunday 3rd September at 11am Mass.

The annual SVP Clothing Appeal takes place next weekend 9th/10th September with the distribution of plastic bags at the back of the church.  Please return the bags the following weekend Sat 16th (Vigil Mass) and Sun 17th September (morning Masses only).  The appeal is for clean, good quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes etc.  The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by parishioners of this parish for their charitable works over the years.  They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

Annual Parish Excursion:  Athlone and Clonmacnoise

The Annual Parish Excursion takes place this year on Saturday 16th September (departing 9.30am outside Rathmines Church).  Our plan is to stop in Tyrrellspass for morning coffee, followed by lunch in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone and then take a boat trip from Athlone to Clonmacnoise before returning to Rathmines Church at approx. 7pm.  Cost €50pp (including coach, morning coffee, lunch, boat trip and admission to Clonmacnoise).  To book, please phone Josephine on 01 496 1516 or 086 322 6409 before 11th September. 

The new season of the monthly Ecumenical Lunchtime Prayer will take place on Tuesday 5th September at 1.05pm in St. Finian’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. Tea/coffee served afterwards.  Please bring your own lunch.

Legion of Mary Annual Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine Sunday 24th September 2017

Departure from Rathmines Church at 7.45am sharp.  Cost €25 per adult / €10 per child.  There will be a short tea break stop on route (Meals not included).  For further information and booking contact Rita on 087 953 2071 or Bert on 087 207 7021.

A member of the Legion of Mary will visit the parish of Rathmines from Friday 11 September to Tuesday 15 September next.  They will distribute information such as mass times etc in Rathmines and invite people to attend mass and other ceremonies as well as offer the opportunity to people to perhaps join one of the many ministry groups of our parish.

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. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you.  Next Coping Programme will commence on Weds 13th September 2017  for 7 Weds evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier St. ,Dublin 2 (No need to book) For further information phone 086 087 7379 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.beginningexperience.ie

Luisne Spirituality Centre Fr Diarmuid O’Murchu will present a very interesting afternoon on Saturday 16th September (2pm - 5pm) as part of a series of five on the theme Searching for a Meaningful Faith in Today’s Society. This first workshop will be on Our Rapidly Changing Religious Environment and will be followed by an optional Eucharist. The cost of the afternoon is €20 (or €80 if attending all 5 – see website for details). Fr Diarmuid always gives much food for thought, often challenges our way of thinking and never disappoints! Please book as soon as possible (M 086 051 7575 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Venue: Kilcoole Community Centre, Co Wicklow.

Registration & Tickets for WMOF2018 Registration for the World Meeting of families in 2018 is now open. Visit the Tickets Section on www.worldmeeting2018.ie  to access information on the different type of tickets and registration available.  Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website. 

Our Lady’s Island – Pilgrimage 2017 Commencing Sun 13th August with ‘Remembering our Departed’ Mass at 3pm.  Official Opening Tues 15th August with Mass at 3pm.  Season runs through to Fri 8th September.  Daily Mass during season 3pm and 8pm.  Healing Blessing with oils after 3pm Mass.  Sacrament of Reconciliation usually after 8pm Mass.  Enquiries: 053 913 1023 (Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm) or 053 913 1235 from 2-6pm weekdays. www.ourladysisland.ie

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings in Clonliffe College, September to May (7pm – 9.30 pm). Start date: Thursday 28th. September. Applications accepted while places remain.  Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 837 9253 Ext 294 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   www.evangelisation.ie

Spirituality and Human Development Course

Marino Institute of Education has been offering a programme in Spirituality and Human Development for several years. This Adult Education Certificate is an inspiring and life changing programme open to all regardless of formal educational background. It is a two-year part-time course which takes place on Tuesday evenings and six Saturdays throughout the year. There will be ten modules and six workshops (see www.mie.ie under Education Courses for further details). This programme begins on Tues 19th September 2017 at 7pm. For further information, contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at 087 450 8549.

Volunteers Needed: For a small study aiming to find out from parents what their experience was of communicating with their children about a parent dying from cancer. Our hope is that the information we learn from the study will help us to improve how we support other parents facing this challenge. If you are interested in finding out more about this study, please contact the researcher, Rachel Millar, at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services  - 01 498 6203.  Thank You.

Saint John of God Hospital are holding an 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. Starts Tues 5th September to Tues 24th October.  From 6pm to 8.30pm.  The course also includes one full day of Mindfulness.  Location: Saint John of God Hospital, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.  Price: €350. Full tuition, support and course material provided.  For further information contact Anne O’Farrell on 01-277 1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Free parking available

Annual Pilgrimage: The Grandparents National Annual Pilgrimage takes place at 2.30pm on 10th September in Knock Shrine. Everybody welcome to honour & thank grandparents for all they have done for us down through the ages. Chief Celebrant Archbishop Eamon Martin - Ballina School Choir - Dana sings 'Our Lady of Knock'.  All welcome.

The African Chaplaincy of Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and cordially invites the general public to the following eventsChoral Night on Saturday 2nd September at 6pm in Westmanstown Conference Centre, Blanchardstown.  10th Year Anniversary Holy Mass & Thanksgiving with Archbishop Martin at 2pm Sunday 3rd September in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.    Annual Harvest Thanksgiving takes place at the National Show Centre, Cloghran Roundabout, Swords, on Sunday, 17th September at 12.30 p.m. This is  an annual event whereby all the African Catholic faithful around the Archdiocese come together to worship God in praise and thanksgiving for His bountiful blessing of love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness and protection in their lives.   Further enquiries please contact: Fr. Cornelius Nwaogwugwu, CM, 0871467257, Mr. John Kingsley Onwumereh 0899642783, Mr. Francis Okosun 0874182334, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwali 0868824259, Mr. Henry Uzor 0851092562 Or Mr. Martin Gbolagun 0851611640.

Catholic Young Adults Conference 2017:  The 16th Annual Young Adults Conference takes place in All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, Dublin 9 on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rdSeptember.  The conference organised by - Legion of Mary Project invites young adults together to learn, share and discuss our Catholic faith. The schedule includes a host of exceptional speakers and group activities.  Theme: “Know Mary, Know Jesus … Dare to Believe!”  2 days non-residential: €50, Residential: €80. Meals included.  For further information call Keith on 086-8899123 or Lucy on 087-9959803 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.facebook.com/deuspatria

Marriage and Family Life Study: Maryvale Institute invites applications for a new programme of study on Marriage and Family Life. The programme presents the Church’s teaching in a clear and accessible way. It is a six-month programme by distance learning, consisting of two modules. The first Study Day will be held in the Pastoral Centre, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath on Saturday 30th September 2017. This would be an ideal preparation for the World Meeting of Families in 2018.   For further information contact 087 9868125 or www.maryvale.ac.uk

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.

Volunteers: Aware is a National Organisation supporting individuals, families and communities concerned about depression. They provide a range of support services such as support groups, telephone and email service and a Life Skills Online programme.  All of which are free. Demand for services is continuing to grow and they are now recruiting volunteers to meet this demand. Our volunteers receive full training and ongoing support.  People with depression need Aware and Aware needs volunteers today.  Please contact Dr Emma Barnes on 01 661 7211 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.aware.ie

Spirituality Course: 2017-2019 programme is now open for our Adult Education Certificate.  This is a two-year, part-time evening programme in Spirituality run in partnership with Lumen in the Lumen Dominican Centre, Sion Hill, Blackrock.  There are no exams and no prior learning is required – all in a relaxed and convivial environment.  For more information or to book contact Anne Ryan on 086 – 884 3652 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – see www.lumenop.ie

Faith4Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through 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. Faith for Life takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Rd, Dublin 3. Called to become … Human & Holy (21st/22nd October), Centred on The Word of God (2nd/3rd December), Church in and for the World (20th/21st January) and Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).  The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary Lavelle: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone 837 3732 ext. 247/239.

 

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

Pathways- Exploring Faith & Ministry. Pathways is a two-year one night a week course for adults of all ages wish to explore their faith.  It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work.  The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate.  You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. This adult faith development programme begins in Clonliffe College on Thursday 28th September from 7pm – 9.30 pm.  Booking is now open. Places are limited so early application is advisable, some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means. For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7.  Tel 01 837 9253 Ext 294 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Certificate in Theology:   This is a one-year course is offered by St Patrick’s College Maynooth from September which aims to provide a dynamic learning environment for those seeking a comprehensive foundation in Catholic Theology or for those who wish to develop and broaden their Theological knowledge. Participants will gain a more thorough understanding of their lived faith and its application to both parish and public life.  Key areas of study: Sacred Scripture, Social Ethics, Sacramental Theology, Liturgical Theology, Spirituality, Pastoral Theology, Church History.  Lectures will be on Mons and Weds 6.30pm-9.30pm, plus two Saturdays in the second semester.  For more info: contact Dr. Suzanne Mulligan Tel: 01 474 7665 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BA in Theology and Lifelong Education is a 4-5 year course offered by the School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University.  The degree is intended for people from a variety of backgrounds. This course suits mature students already involved in areas such as Ministry, Biblical Studies, Social Justice Groups, Ecumenical Projects, Dialogue with other faith communities, Parish Councils, School Boards, or Liturgy. The degree also serves as a qualification for those who wish to pursue postgraduate study or research in theology. To qualify, you must be aged 23 or over on the 1st January in the year of application.  The Programme follows a 5 year cycle with students entering the programme in any of the years of the cycle. Normally a student will study between 5 and 6 modules per year.  Further information www.dcu.ie/DC300

Pontifical Irish College Pilgrimage Programme: The Irish College in Rome Summer pilgrimage programme offers two courses, one for priests and the other for parishioners, scheduled to take place this September 2017. The course for parishioners is scheduled from 18th - 23rd September.  It will provide participants with an opportunity to experience Rome, deepen their theological awareness of the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World” and enjoy a time of guided reflection and prayer together.  Cost of course is €700 (€300 deposit required).   To book phone: 00 39 06 772 631 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.irishcollege.org

New Pilgrim Path Website of the Week 3 September 2017 “Today is my Gift to You” is an inspirational Irish website, with a daily spiritual reflection accompanied by an uplifting image. Access this, and other online spiritual resources, at  www.NewPilgrimPath.ie.

UCD Research to Improve Health with Ageing

 The UCD Institute of Food and Health are recruiting adults of ages 50 years and older to participate in a new research project which will explore the role of B-vitamins in healthy ageing. If you are aged 50 years +, you may be eligible to take part in an exciting 2-year trial to see if B-vitamins can benefit health as we get older.

Over the course of the 2-year trial, you will be asked to:

•   Visit UCD on three occasions, each visit of 1.5 hour duration.

•   Consume a free daily vitamin supplement.

•   Undergo a free DEXA bone and body scan at the beginning and end of the trial.

•   Have your memory and blood pressure checked.

•   Give a blood sample to allow vitamin analysis of your blood.

For more information or to ask any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our researcher: Roberta /Users/pc%20user/Documents/Mary%20Ryan/at%This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01 716 2804.

The weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2017/2018 are available for collection from the parish office. 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.

 

RCIA (The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Be sure to take the time to look at the display board at the back of the Church.  The names of the 47 adults who have come in to full communion with the Catholic Church through our Parish RCIA are written there.  The map shows candidates coming from all over the world, each of whom has received a warm Rathmines welcome. 

Many thanks to those parishioners who have already returned Easter Dues.  Dues envelopes are available for collection in the boxes at the back of the church.  All Christmas and Easter Dues are forwarded directly to the Diocese for the remuneration of the priests of the diocese.

Michaela Foundation’s Summer Camps are like no other! Camp attendees will participate in an array of inspiring activities between 9.30am – 3.45pm Mon - Thurs with a special end of week celebration on Friday.  Each day, Campettes girls aged 11-13, will complete 5 unique activities across the themes of Fun, Fashion, Fáilte, Wellbeing and Faith.  Leaders aim to provide a fun, friendly and welcoming environment in which Campettes not only develop their skills and talents but self-esteem too. Early booking is advised as places are limited and some Camps are already fully booked! Camp costs £60 / € rate equivalent (family rate available upon request)

Visit Michaela Foundation’s website to find out more or to register.

Are you in your 40’s?  The Dublin 40somethings organize spiritual and social events for people in their 40’s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos.  We invite you to come along and get involved.  Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse St, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3 March.  Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8 at 5pm on Sat 11 March.  Contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 760 8268.

Koins for Kids We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of whatever essential life-saving equipment “The New Children’s Hospital” will need when building is complete.  We repatriate foreign coin, collect out of date and damaged currency, bus refund tickets and we also collect 1 & 2 cent coin accumulations.  We have raised in excess of €27,000, a modest sum but we intend to make a big difference to these children who suffer for reasons beyond their control.  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. 

Catholic Papers and magazines are on sale after morning masses from the sacristy.

From 6th March, a Parent and Toddler Group will be held every Monday (Excluding Public Holidays) in Rathmines Library at 12 noon. The sessions will be open to all and no booking is required, but places are limited.  Contact: Eithne Massey, Senior Librarian Tel: 497 3539.

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.

                          

Training for carers - Looking for a career in the care sector? Family Carers Ireland are providing the QQI Level 5 Healthcare Award in 2017 in or around your area based on demand.  One day topic specific workshops also available.  For more info contact the training unit on 0579322920.

1916 Exhibition in the Pro Cathedral:  Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion 1916 exhibition which examines the role of the Catholic Church in 1916 continues from 1.30-5.30pm daily at St. Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral. Admission is free. To arrange a group booking, please contact the Pro-Cathedral parish office at (01) 874 5441 / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. See more at: http://www.dublindiocese.ie/1916-exhibition-in-the-pro-cathedral

Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club: Join other young adults (20's & 30's) each week to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose & how to live life to the full. We read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss our thoughts. Every Thursday 7.00-8:30pm, St Paul's Church Arran Quay (Smithfield).

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.saintjosephscentre.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer Driver Service’ is a free transport service available to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in St. Vincent’s Hospital or Tallaght Hospital. To avail of this service, please talk to your healthcare professional or call Gail in the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

Aware Volunteering Opportunities Aware, the national organisation providing support and information to individuals and families impacted by depression and bipolar disorder, is now recruiting new volunteers to train on a number of services.  Aware was this year awarded the Investing in Volunteering Standard in recognition of the level of training and support it provides for its 400 volunteers.  See aware.ie for specific info and requirements for all volunteering opportunities including the Aware Support Line (phone); Support Mail (email); Support Groups (face-to-face), and Life Skills (Online) programmes.  Minimum commitment is 18 months.  Help Aware continue to be a supporting light through depression.  www.aware.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Volunteer Driver Service is available to patients attending the Dublin hospitals (excluding Beaumont) for chemotherapy treatment. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital & then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from your chemotherapy treatments then please speak to your oncology team or call the Irish Cancer Society on 01 2310 566 / 01 2316 642.

Weekly envelopes for Planned Giving (Family Offering) for 2016/2017 are available for collection at the back of the church. 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.

The Parish Web Committee is urgently looking for new members. The mission of the Parish Web Committee is to establish and maintain a current vibrant virtual presence for the parish that supports and furthers the mission of Mary Immaculate, Refuge of Sinners parish. Some experience with web design, web support or IT is helpful but not essential.  Anyone interested in helping to support and keep an active and interesting website and social network presence for the parish is very welcome. For more information contact the parish office on 01 4971531.

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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to Drive’ free transport service is available for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment in Dublin hospitals. This service is completely free to the patient – a driver will pick you up at the door of your home and bring you to the hospital and then, after treatment, bring you home. So if you are having trouble getting to and from the hospital for your chemotherapy treatment and you are living in Dublin then please speak to your oncology team or call Gail on 01 231 0566.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (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:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.