Friday, February 5, 2010

From the Newsletter: 7 February 2010

Special Haiti Collection
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has announced that there will be a special collection at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February to contribute to relief assistance and the reconstruction in Haiti.

While most of the collection will go towards relief work it is hoped it will also be possible to provide support for parishes and religious institutions which have been destroyed. This can be done through some religious communities which have Irish links.

Mass goers in Dublin will be informed of the collection this weekend and are being asked to give their support generously on the weekend of the 6th and 7th.

World Day of the Sick 2010
This year World Day of the Sick will be marked on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February in the Dublin Diocese. There will be two events over the weekend:

Sunday 7th February 2010
Celebration of Mass with Anointing of the Sick
Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin 14.

Please remind any carers in your parish interested in taking part in the Saturday conference to register as soon as possible with Trish Conway, 37 Monastery Drive Clondalkin 087 6220349 or e-mail

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
To all those thinking of joining us on our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes. A 200e non-refundable deposit is required before the end of the month. It may be left into the Parish Office or any of the Sacristies. Our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taking place next year from the 26th June to the 1st July. It is always a wonderful event, full of healing, fun and the presence of God. We are looking forward to an even better pilgrimage in the coming year. Full details are on the notice board. Forms are available in the Sacristies of the Churches and the Parish Office.

For the six weeks of Lent there will be an Alpha programme running in Rathcoole Church beginning on the 18th February – the day after Ash Wednesday. It is a wonderful way of learning and discussing a little more about the faith we share in a warm and hospitable way. Anyone who recently did the Alpha programme, can you please contact Sean O’Rourke, Parish Pastoral Worker, at the office.

Next week, the second collection, ordinarily taken up for the SHARE fund, will be replaced by a special collection in support of ACCORD, the Catholic Agency which supports Marriage and Relationships. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Concert – Haiti Appeal

A team of musicians and singers from home and abroad will spend St. Valentine’s Day “singing for Haiti” in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin. Funds raised will go help fund medical supplies for nurses working with the Camillian Order in Haiti – among them Irish nurse, Anita Ennis.

Music on the day will be lead by Fr. Marino Nguekam CSSp from Cameroon. Fr. Marino was featured recently on Joe Duffy’s Christmas Show and again on Spirit Level, the Sunday evening spiritual programme

Also taking part is the Romanian Opera singer, Michaela Loredana-Chirvase along with Mary Flynn, Patricia Bourle and Susan Kinsella from the Dublin Diocesan Music Group. Owen Lynch, a composer and singer from Newbridge will also take part with members of his Paradisum Choir. Tickets at the door on the day or from Pro-Cathedral Office.

The Pioneer Youth Weekend: The Pioneer Youth Weekend for 12-17-year-olds has been a highlight on the Pioneer calendar since 1998. This year it takes place in Gormanston College Co.Meath from the 2nd - 4th of July. The event is organised by the Meath Diocesan Youth Committee PTAA.

The Gospel of Luke
For the attention of Parish Pastoral Councils, Priests, Sisters and Parish Pastoral Workers. You are invited to a presentation on St. Luke's Gospel in Kilcullen Parish Centre on 13th February 2010 between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm. During the morning there will be an opportunity for Parish Pastoral Councils to reflec on their needs and opportunities for ongoing formation. For further information, contact the Office of Evangelisation at 01 8379253 ext 251 or email

Fundraising for St. Mary's National School
A call for you old mobile phones. Join us in making use of your old phones. Hand them into the St. Mary's National School or place them in the box available in Saggart Church. When enough are collected, they can be transformed into interactive white boards which are invaluable for the modern classroom. Thanks for all your help.

In honour of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th
Inchicore-Bluebell Pastoral Area: Novena: 2nd Feb - 11th Feb (10am & 8pm) in the Church of MaryImmaculate, Inchicore. This includes: Anointing of the Sick, 6th Feb, at 12 noon, and Torchlight Procession, 11th Feb at 8pm.
Celebrate St. Brigid with stories, music, dance and the making of Brigid's crosses in the De Mazenod Centre, St. Michael's, Inchicore on Sunday 31st January at 4pm.
St. Luke's Gospel & Lectio Divina with Jane Mellett: Tues 16th Feb and Tues 23rd Feb, 7.30pm - 9pm, in the Annexe, House of Retreat, Inchicore.

Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize
The Office of Evangelisation have announced details of the Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize from 11th - 18th July 2010. Young adults are invited to join over two thousand other young Christians from around the world who come to this ecumenical monastery in Burgundy, France every week during the summer to experience the prayer and fellowship of the community founded by Brother Roger. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be taking part. Cost of return flight and coach transfers, meals and basic accommodation for the week is e440 (incl. taxes and insurance).
For further information contact: Ewelina at the Office of Evangilisation, or at 018087538
Or Fr Damian McNeice, 018087553,

Saturday, February 13
The theme of our monthly DAY FOR YOURSELF may find an echo in the experience of many people in these days. It is “PERSEVERANCE WHEN LIFE IS DIFFICULT” and will give those taking part an opportunity to reflect on how we can find energy, hope and enthusiasm for living in the face of difficulties. The day will be led by Fr. John Byrne and Dr. Bernadette Toal. It starts at 10 am and goes to 4.30 pm with the opportunity of staying on for Mass at 4.30 pm. Cost €50 (including a full lunch).
To book for this event contact Fr. John Byrne, Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Tel (01) 495 8193; E-mail

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