Monday, 29 November 2010

An Appeal

The snow may be a time of pleasure for some but for others it can be isolating. Can we ask that you call into any neighbours that you feel may be in need of some help? They may need some messages done or even more simply a little company.

(Photo: The Irish Times)

Welcoming the International Eucharistic Congress to Dublin, June 2012.

In the second week of November a delegation from the Congress Organising Committee, led by Archbishop Martin, participated in an international gathering in Rome, hosted by the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

Pope Benedict said “your Assembly has paid great attention to this event, which is also part of the modernisation programme of the Church in Ireland. The theme, recalls the centrality of the Eucharistic Mystery for the growth of the life of faith and every authentic process of Church renewal”.

Pope Benedict also remarked that this week’s meeting falls on the 50th anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress in Munich, Bavaria, which marked a turning point in understanding these ecclesial events, and which the Pope said “I had the pleasure of attending that assembly in person, as a young professor of theology”. In addition, he said the 2012 Congress in Ireland will have a jubilee character, as it will be the 50th Congress and it will also be 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council.
The Eucharistic Congress will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Dublin on behalf of the whole Irish Church. The theme of the 2012 Congress is “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and one another” and pastoral planning and preparations are well under way throughout Ireland.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Some News from our Diocese

Christmas Carol Service: St Joseph's Church Berkeley Road, Wednesday 8th December - 7.30pm. Choir of St Teresa's Clarendon Street in aid of the Church Heating Fund. Tickets €10 - available in repository, parish office & on the night.

St Joseph's Christmas Fair: St Joseph's Church Berkeley Road. Sunday 5th December - 10.30am - 2pm. Santa, gifts, cakes, mulled wine, holly & ivy and more.
Liam Lawton will perform 3 concerts within the Dublin Archdiocese: St. Mocha's Church, Porterstown, Dublin 15, Wednesday December 1st.St. Mary's Church, Lucan, Thursday 9th December. Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin on Tuesday 21 December. Please see for further details.
Manresa Advent Prayer: On each Tuesday evening of vent from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Manresa invites you to a time of quiet Advent prayer and reflection (30 November, 7, 14 and 21 December). No need to book - just come along. You can also book into our weekend retreat for lay people, beginning on Friday 3 December and ending with lunch on the Sunday. Contact Eileen or Valerie at (01) 833 1352 or or visit [Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, 426 Clontarf Road, Dollymount, Dublin 3.]
Cabra Resource Centre: would like to invite you to join us in a celebration of Hope and Commemoration on Tuesday 30th November in the Church of Most Precious Blood, Cabra West at 7pm. This is promote awareness of a wide range of supports and services in the Cabra area, information will be distributed to the community on the night.
Ringsend Parish: Is looking for a 4 to 5 foot statue of our Lady of Lourdes (for outdoors) for a Flat Complex. If any parish has such a statue they are no longer using please contact Fr Ivan Tongue Tel: 087 272 6868
Diocesan Advent Service: Vigil for Nascent Life. Through reflection song and prayer in St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. Saturday 27th November at 4.00p.m. Led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
Crosscare Launch “Thanks to Teachers”: Parents and kids are being asked to buy a very special present for their teacher this Christmas - a helping hand to those most in need. Instead of buying gifts this year - we are asking you to make a donation to Crosscare ( and download our specially designed Thanks for Teachers cards.
Christmas with the Palestrina Choir: National Concert Hall, Thursday 2nd December 2010 at 8pm. Tickets €28, €20 (choir balcony €15)

Available from the National Concert Hall Box Office. Book online at For further information visit

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Well done to the students of Holy Family Community School who attended the launch of the John Paul II Student Awards. For full details click here.

To know more about the John Paul II awards see

If you are aged between 16 and 18 and living or going to school in participating Dioceses, the Pope John Paul II Award will enable you to become more actively involved in the life of your parish and community. Religion is not just for learning, nor a list of rules designed to stop you doing what you want. Religion is for living and through taking an active part in your church and community you will experience the contentment and fulfilment that comes from serving others, especially those in great need... Read More »

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Some of the latest News of Our Diocese

Christmas with the Palestrina Choir: National Concert Hall, Thursday 2nd December 2010 at 8pm. Tickets €28, €20 (choir balcony €15)

Available from the National Concert Hall Box Office. Book online at For further information visit

Introduction to Church Music of Advent: with Tim Thurston of Gloria fame on RTE Lyric FM, St. Fergal’s Church, Wednesday 1st December
at 8.00p.m. Organised by Bray Churches Together.

Annual Advent Walk of Light: 21st November 4pm. Starts in Rathmines Parish Church. The 5th ecumenical Walk of Light is sponsored by the Dublin Council of Churches. For further information visit:

Faith Family Centre- Events: Crash Course: ‘What Catholics Believe’- Nov 16th – Dec 7th, Tuesday Evenings 8 – 9.30 pm.
Advent Evenings of Reflection 7-9.30 pm. For Couples Wednesday Dec 1st . For Youth Wednesday Dec 8th. Advent Family Day
3-5 pm. Sunday Dec 12th. Call or Email for more information Tel 01 288 9317 or

REMINDER: Pastoral Co-Ordinator Vacancy: The Office of Evangelisation is recruiting a pastoral co-ordinator on a two year fixed term contract. You may know of a person who may be interested and qualified for this role and it would be appreciated if you would refer them to the advertisement. The advertisement can be found on 

Lecture in Haddington Road: Clifford Longley will give a lecture in St. Mary’s Church Haddington Road on Thursday 11th November 2010 at 8.00 p.m.  The title of the lecture is “Catholic Social Teaching – Irrelevant, or the Answer?” Clifford Longley is an author, broadcaster and journalist.