Saturday, 24 September 2011

Some News from around the Diocese

Prayer Around the Cross with Br Jean Marie: On Friday 23rd September, he will be present at a Prayer Around the Cross in St Paul's Church,
Arran Quay, Dublin 7, starting at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Culture Night 2011: St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral – Marlborough Street, Carmelite Church - Whitefriar Street and St. Paul’s - Arran Quay are the three
Roman Catholic Churches participating in Dublin’s Culture Night– 23rd September 2011
Pro-Cathedral: 5.15 p.m. Vespers and Mass Palestrina Choir. 6.30 p.m. Singing the Psalms in various styles. 7.30 p.m. The Sacred and Secular in Dialogue
through Song (contemporary and ancient). Story (poetry and prose) and Music (organ, harp, cello, violin, flute and new chamber organ).
The evening will finish at 9.30 p.m. with a short recital of the music of Seán Ó Riada in place of Taizé style night prayer advertised which now takes place at St. Pauls.
Whitefriar Steet: offers an evening of Choir singing from 7.30pm.
St. Paul’s Arran Quay: Will host a special Taizé Prayer Service with Brother Jean Marie at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

Child Protection Training: The Child Protection training planned for the Blessington Deanery on 24th September in the Blessington Parish Centre has been postponed.
This will be rescheduled shortly.

Viatores Christi are hosting an evening entitled Cambodia Living in the Now at the Irish Aid Centre in O’Connell St. Dublin on Thurs evening 29th
September 2011, from 6.00 to 8.30 pm.  Presentations will be by Pat Mooney, a VC member who has been working in Cambodia and Thailand for
the past 10 years and Mr. Khuon Sokundy, Project Manager of Partners in Compassion, a Cambodian NGO, who are on a working visit to Ireland.   
Eilís Ryan, Trócaire Liaison Officer for Asia, will give a presentation on Trócaire’s work in Cambodia. Sally Roddy

Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Director: Fr. Brian Nolan C.Ss.R. Monday 26th September, to Tuesday 4th  Oct 2011. Mass at 10.00 am and 8.00pm
These times replace the regular Mass times for the period of the Novena. Weekday Exposition and Evening Prayer as per usual. Monastery of St Alphonsus,
St Alphonsus Road, Dublin 9. Tel: 01 830 5723 You can also join us live on the Internet via Web Camera on

Our Lady’s Choral Society: Verdi Requiem, Our Lady’s Choral Society (The Dublin Archdiocesan Choir)
With Fiona Murphy (soprano), Ulrike Schneider (mezzo-soprano), Peter Auty (tenor), John Molloy (bass)
RTE Concert Orchestra, Conductor Proinnsias Ó Duinn. Thursday 29th. September 8pm at the National Concert Hall.

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Courses at All Hallows: The Pathways Course: Have you ever thought about exploring your faith? Or wished that you could broaden your understanding of your faith? 
Perhaps you are feeling challenged by questions your children or grandchildren are asking about God and the meaning of faith for which you feel you have ‘no answers’. 
Perhaps you are feeling challenged by all that is happening in the Irish Church right now.  If so, Pathways may be the course for you.
Pathways is a course for adults who wish to explore their faith.  There are no exams on this course, no written work.  The only qualification is an openness to listening to others.
For more information please phone 01 8373745 or email us at

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Ger Brennan, true blue and devotion to God

By Colm Keys in The Irish Independent
Thursday September 15 2011

The 'ambition' question at the end of the personal player profiles on the the 'dubhub' section of the 'Hill 16' website throw up answers you would expect to see from a group of footballers in their 20s still striving to reach the top of their craft as a team.
Without exception, every player canvassed placed an All-Ireland title with their county as the stand-out goal; many more includedsuccess with their club as an equal priority. Few, if any, ventured outside the parameters with anything else.
Ger Brennan did, however. After success with St Vincent's and Dublin, Brennan's 'ambition' in life is to "deepen my relationship with God."
It is not uncommon for such strong spirituality and sport to mix, even in an Irish context. Ireland rugby player Andrew Trimble studied theology at Belfast Bible school and considers himself a devout Christian.
Former England wing Jason Robinson also took a spiritual path in his life after coming into closer contact with the former Samoan and New Zealand powerhouse Va'aiga Tuigamala.
For Brennan his desire to deepen his relationship with God has also manifested in a theology degree from St. Patrick's College Maynooth and his immersion in the preparations for next year's 50th Eucharistic Congress.
The Congress, staged every four years across the world, is back in Ireland for the first time in 80 years and after six days of celebration and information at the RDS it will culminate inCroke Park with an expected 80,000 congregation.
Dublin centre-back Brennan has been a key component of the preparations, acting as a pastoral assistant for the Congress' ministry to youth until recently, a task that involves delivering talks in various Dioceses across the country. Those who have heard the testimony of his faith have been impressed by his powers of communication on the subject.
On the weekend of October 14-16, he will share a platform with Tyrone manager Mickey Harte as part of the Diocese of Meath's Eucharistic Congress preparations, outlining to young people the role that God plays in his life.
Tuigamala brought a huge physical edge to his game -- the image of him smashing his way through opponents with such force was somewhat at odds with a softer spiritual side. And there is something of that contrast with Dublin's defensive enforcer too who, by his own admission, has had to overcome a discipline issue on the field to mature into the player that he is.
He takes his sport seriously. He takes his faith very seriously too. And both are leading him to 80,000-plus congregations of the faithful in Croke Park.
- Colm Keys

Monday, 12 September 2011

Junction 4

To view Junction 4 - the common Parish Newsletter of the Parishes of Newcastle, and Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas please click here

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Former Parish Priest Fr Ciarán O’Carroll appointed as new Rector of the Irish College in Rome

Father Ciarán O’Carroll, former Parish Priest of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas has been appointed as Rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.  
We wish him every good blessing on his future ministry. 
Father O’Carroll is the Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Administrator of the Catholic University Church on Saint Stephen’s Green, Dublin. 

Father O’Carroll succeeds Monsignor Liam Bergin from the Diocese of Ossory, who has been Rector of the Irish College since 2001. For more information, please click here

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Introducing the New Missal

A new edition of the Roman Missal is being introduced this year. But what is the Roman Missal?

The term “Missal” refers to the book that contains all the prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass. The scripture readings used at Mass are also part of the Missal but are published separately in the “Lectionary.”  The Missal is first written in Latin and this Latin text is then translated into the particular language of the people. In this way, while the Mass may be celebrated in many languages across the Roman Catholic world, it is the same core Latin text that is being prayed by the Church. In Ireland we have been using our current Missal since St. Patrick’s Day 1975. A new edition, the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, is coming into use in Ireland and in other English speaking countries in Autumn 2011. -prepared by the National Centre for Liturgy
Why are we getting a new edition of the Roman Missal?
The new edition of the Missal will come into full use over a period of time between September and the First Sunday of Advent 2011. The new edition is necessary for a number of reasons. Firstly, in the years since 1975 when our current Missal was published, a number of additional texts have been made available for use in the Mass. These include additional Eucharistic Prayers, some new Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Masses for over 20 new Feasts of Saints (for example St Pius of Pietrelcina – Padre Pio, Edith Stein, Maximillian Kolbe).   These and other new material now need to go into the Missal so that they can be used in our celebrations.
Secondly, in recent years Rome gave new directions for the translation of the Latin texts. Translators were asked to make the English text follow more closely the original Latin in its wording and structure. They were also asked to strengthen the Biblical language and images in the texts and to re-introduce some theological vocabulary that may have been lost over years.Across the English speaking world the new edition of the Roman Missal will, therefore, contain both new material and a new style of translation. -prepared by the National Centre for Liturgy
Is the Mass changing?
The structure of the Mass is not changing. Its order and the actions of the Mass remain unchanged. The readings at Mass are not changed. However, with the introduction of the new edition of Roman Missal we will notice a change in how the Mass sounds. The translations of a significant number of our prayer texts from the original Latin have changed – sometimes by just a change in a particular word or in the word order. Prayers that we have become used to reciting by memory will need to be relearned. Prayers that we are used to hearing the priest say will sound different to us. The style of language we will hear and pray may seem more formal to us and perhaps, in parts, more complex. But over time, with the praying of these texts, the sound of the Mass will again become familiar to us. -prepared by the National Centre for Liturgy
For More Information please click here

Monday, 5 September 2011

Some of the Latest News from around the Diocese

Remembrance Service Notice: The National Maternity Hospital is holding its Annual Remembrance Service on Sunday 2nd October 2011 at 3pm in
St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin 2. We warmly welcome all the parents and families of babies who have died in the hospital,
especially those during the last year (this includes miscarriages, stillbirths and neonatal deaths). Light refreshments will be served following
the Service, and there will be an opportunity to meet members of the hospital staff and other parents.  No need to book, just come along and
bring any family or friends you wish with you.  Street parking is available in the vicinity of the church on the day. If further information is required
contact the Chaplaincy Department at 6373121 or email

Child Safeguarding and Protection Training:
The new Child Protection Training Modules for Priests, deacons, parish pastoral workers and Child Safeguarding Representatives, devised by the
National Office for Safeguarding Children will be delivered to the parishes, deanery by deanery, throughout the diocese beginning on the 3rd of September.
Date: 3rd September 2011, Venue: Aras Lorcan, Arklow, Deanery: Wicklow.
Date: 17th September 2011, Venue: Kilian House Family Centre, Greystones, Deanery: Bray.
Date: 24th September 2011, Venue: Blessington Parish Centre, Deanery: Blessington.
If you haven’t already registered please call Ger Tierney at 01 8360314. Further dates to follow

Triduum to Saint Therese at Aughrim Street:  Triduum to Saint Therese will take place in the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, on 
Thursday/Friday 29th, 30th September at 10am and 7.30pm Masses,  Saturday the 1st October at the 10am and 7pm (vigil) Masses. Each evening
at Mass there will be a special homily with guest speakers.  Blessing with the Relic and Blessing of Roses at 7pm Mass on Saturday. All are welcome.

Triduum to Our Lady of the Rosary: The Call to Fatima team and the Capuchin Friary is aiming to invite people from all over Ireland to
Dublin to intercede to Our Lady of the Rosary on the 7th 8th and 9th October. The Triduum will take place in St Mary of the Angels Church Street Dublin
7. Please join us. We will be handing out over 5,000 Rosaries free and enrolling a similar number in the brown scapular during the three days.
In additional with the prayers from the Poor Clares, Redemptive Nuns, Dominican Nuns, the Carmel Nuns / priests in Ireland and the Carmel nuns in
Coimbra, Portugal, we hope to break down the indifference with the international guest speakers. See for more details

Prayer Around the Cross with Br Jean Marie: Br Jean Marie, a member of the Taize ecumenical monastic community, will be visiting Ireland at the end of this month.
On Friday 23rd  September, he will be present at a Prayer Around the Cross in St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, starting at 8.30pm. All are welcome,
especially 18-35 year olds. [St Paul's is located beside CYC's main offices, the Smithfield LUAS stop is nearby, parking in Smithfield is free after 7pm].
For further information follow Taize Dublin on facebook.

YCW Handbook Now Available: Is your parish interested in engaging you adults 18 years+ in a real and meaningful way?
Do you already have a youth group who are looking for a deeper understanding of how to link their faith with their everyday life?
Do you have a Youth section of your Parish Council who could do with a little extra help?
Are there young adults in your parish who have been to World Youth Day and are now looking to expand on the experience?
If you answered yes to any of the above then the YCW Handbook is just what you need!
Free to download with training and advice available from the YCW Team, this Handbook is a must for any Parish wishing to engage young
adults in a real and meaningful way. The handbook can also be used by existing groups wishing to broaden their experience of faith in action
and develop a sense of the See, Judge, Act method.   Download the programme – or contact the YCW National Office for further
details or to request a hard copy – YCW National Office, 11 Talbot Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 01-8780291 E:

Parish request for a Statue: 4ft. Statue of St. Patrick in good condition required. Please contact Ballinteer Parish Office on 01 499 4203.

Lough Derg Upcoming Events: One Day Retreats. Places are still available on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th & 20th September
Cost €30 per person includes boat fare, tea/coffee & scones on arrival and a light lunch.
Wednesday 7th September Reflection Day: Facilitated by Sr Maureen James, this Guided Quiet Day includes group discussion, personal
prayer and reflection and free time to enjoy the Sanctuary. Cost €35 per person includes boat fare, tea/coffee & scones on arrival and a light lunch.
Sunday 11th September 9km Pilgrim Path Walk: Lough Derg Visitors Centre starting at 12 noon – (Registration from 11:30am)
Entry Fee:  €20 Adults / €10 child (includes refreshments, t-shirt & kit bag).
RESERVATIONS ESSENTIAL.  Lough Derg Office, Pettigo, Co Donegal. Email:  Telephone:  071 9861518 (from N.I. 028 686 32391)

International Day of Peace: The International Day of Peace takes place this year on the 21st of September. The UN representative for Dublin has asked for the help of the
Churches of the diocese to ring the bells of all the churches together at 12.00 noon on the 21st of September to signify our support for Peace around the World…
For further details click here

BPW National Conference on Family Issues -“The Family in Ireland 2011, Challenge or Opportunity”.
Conference to be held in Hotel Meyrick, Galway on Thursday 22nd September commencing at 10.30am.
The conference will bring together leading national thought leaders on family law, child and family research, human rights, sociology,
consumer protection and gerontology.  A key focus of the conference will be an exploration of the rapidly changing dynamics of the family in the current society.
The conference will be officially opened by Mrs. Fionnuala Kenny, wife of An Taoiseach.
Admission costs €25(includes lunch) with a concession of €15 for students, seniors and the unwaged.
Bookings can be made by logging into and downloading the booking form. 
Or email your booking enquiry to or contact Maureen Mooney on 087-2843493.