PARISH NOTICES TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022
BUILDING HOPE FIRST PHASE
The first phase of Building Hope towards parish renewal continues this week. From the Process and Timeline for the second and third week of Easter, April 24 to May 7:
- Parish prays the Building Hope Prayer as we begin this first phase of Building Hope towards parish renewal. The Building Hope prayer can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/the-building-hope-prayer/
- Parish team, parish pastoral council and parish finance committee gathers to form together the Parish Building Hope Leadership Group. The Chair of the PPC or another person chosen in their place for this role, should chair the Parish Building Hope Leadership Group.
- The group reflects prayerfully together on the Archdiocese of Dublin Statement of Mission and the Building Hope Task Force Report.
- Then the group reviews the parish profile data and resources provided and, in synodal manner, reaches a broad understanding of the direction of its response. Before coming to a final partnership determination, the parish profile material is shared widely and at a parish gathering. This is a very important part of the process intended to encourage as many parishioners as would wish to join in the dialogue and discernment.
- The Parish Building Hope Leadership Group invites local animators and asks them to register on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Together they agree an appropriate date, suggested in the fifth and sixth week of Easter (May 15 to May 28), for a Building Hope Parish Gathering
The Building Hope resources, including Archbishop Farrell’s Easter Pastoral Letter Living the Hope of Easter, can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/category/building-hope/. A video of Archbishop Farrell reading from his pastoral letter can be watched at https://youtu.be/TdWLWj_lCEU/.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
“At the heart of the Christian vocation is an invitation, the same invitation Jesus extended to the first disciples, to ‘come, follow me… I will make you fish for people’.” – Archbishop Dermot Farrell.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed this Sunday, May 8. That weekend, priests and parishes are invited to pray for vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese. The usual Share collection will be taken.
A resource document issued by the National Vocations Office is attached to this email.
Further information including contact details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vocations/.
NOTICE FOR CHOIRS AND MUSIC GROUPS
One of the many effects of Covid was the inability of choirs and music groups to meet together for practice or to lead music at liturgies. The Advisory Committee on Church Music (National) will offer one hour of inspiration and encouragement on May 13 beginning at 7.30 p.m. to help communities breathe new life into their music programmes. This will be live from the Monastery of St Alphonsus when some local groups will join with the Sisters in singing together and enjoying musical exercises led by members of the ACCM Committee. Full details on poster attached.
IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCATION SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS
The Irish Church Music Association are resuming their Summer School in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. They resume their ‘in person’ Summer School with two days of workshops this year. Dr John O’Keeffe and Ronan McDonagh will be guest presenters on Thursday, July 14. Poster attached.
LAY MINISTRY COLLECTION – MAY 14 AND 15
The Archdiocese of Dublin Lay Ministry Collection takes place on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. The Lay Ministry Collection will support the development of a variety of lay ministries, providing for more women and men to work alongside the priests and deacons. Our hope is that lay ministry will make a significant contribution to pastoral life into the future.
Donations can be made online at https://pay-payzone.easypaymentsplus.com/customer/10012/product-list/.
ROSARY AT THE GROTTO
The “Rosary at the Grotto” will take place at the Grotto at St Paul’s Church in Ayrfield during the month of May. We invite you to join us and thousands of people in Ireland during the month of May. The Rosary will be recited each evening at 8pm beginning on Sunday, May 1, and ending with a special devotion on Tuesday, May 31. Please spread the word and let’s honour Our Blessed Mother all over Ireland throughout the month of May.
Message from Mgr Joseph McGuinness, Executive Secretary of the Irish Episcopal Conference: Sincere thanks to all who contributed so generously to the recent Special Collection for Ukraine. Nationally, this collection has raised to date over €3.25 million. The war in Ukraine, and the terrible suffering which has resulted, has seen a tremendous outpouring of compassion and generosity from our parish communities. Your contributions will bring much-needed relief to those in the region whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated. The funds raised will be used by the international Catholic Church agency, Caritas Internationalis, which is currently operating on the ground in Ukraine and its surrounding areas. We continue to keep the people of Ukraine in our thoughts, praying for peace and an end to this appalling humanitarian crisis.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE COURSE
Pope Francis is urging all Catholics to understand that they are called to be missionary disciples. This calls for a different vision of what it means to be Church. In this course – ideal for members of parish pastoral councils as they look ahead – we wish to explore together this new vision through reflecting on the signs of the times, the teaching of Pope Francis and a biblical understanding of faith. Our presenters have a wide range of experience in pastoral ministry as well as being theologians, missionaries, and teachers. The course is jointly organised by Spiritan Mission Ireland and the office of Mission and Ministry in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Early registration is advisable as places are limited. For more details, and how to register, see the attached poster.
MATT TALBOT PILGRIMAGE
Do you or somebody you know suffer from an addiction? Yes? Join us at the Shrine of Matt Talbot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermot Street, Dublin, on Sunday 12th June at 2:00pm-4:30pm, where we will pray for freedom from addiction through Jesus. This will be a day when Ireland unites in prayer to rid our country from the plague of addiction. For more information, visit www.matttalbotprayersociety.com or contact email@example.com or (048) 71262894
ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK
Now in its ninth year, Ecumenical Bible Week, led by the Archdiocese of Dublin and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in collaboration with many other Christian traditions, will run this year from Pentecost to Trinity Sunday, 5-12 June. The overall theme for this year is ‘A New Pentecost: Moving to the Edges’.
As in previous years, EBW will have opening and closing prayer events. There will be a Theological Symposium on the afternoon of Thursday 9 June where the theme will be ‘Listen to the Word’. That evening in Thinking Allowed a panel of Faith leaders will each give their ‘Personal Vision of a New Pentecost’. A new event being introduced this year will focus on the experiences of the ‘new’ Irish.
Check out the Ecumenical Bible Week’s Website at www.bibleweek.ie for further information and to register for the events which will be online. You can also follow and share Ecumenical Bible Week’s online posts on Facebook and Instagram. Poster attached.
CANA 1,2,3 – RETREAT FOR COUPLES
Rediscover the meaning and fun in your marriage, your family life, and your commitment to each other. Experience the seven thematic days of the CANA Week over three weekends through April, May and June. Including talks, testimonies and, most importantly of all, time to share with each other as a couple and with other couples. Contact details: Brian and Lisa Harmon, 041 6851563, 086 8386725, 087 9080023, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.canaireland.org.
RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS
Parishes have been contacting the Archdiocese with offers of possible accommodation for Ukrainian refugees. The Irish Red Cross has launched an online portal where offers of accommodation can be submitted. We have been in touch with the Irish Red Cross for further details. Please get in touch with Íde Finnegan (email@example.com) or Patrick Nelson (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any queries. We would also appreciate if you could also get in touch if the parish has registered on the portal already, so we can record these submissions on our records.
LANGUAGE SKILLS FOR REFUGEES
The Third Age charity’s ‘Failte Isteach’ service is now available in most counties across the State in order to facilitate, in an informal setting, improved English language skills for refugees. This service is free and run by local volunteers. In order to locate the nearest English language class in your location, please see https://www.thirdageireland.ie/failte-isteach/locations/.
OFFICE FOR MISSION AND MINISTRY
FOUNDATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
The Foundational Leadership Programme offers participants a unique opportunity to explore and develop Gospel centred transformational leadership Skills. These skills can be readily applied to the participants own context. The Foundational Leadership Programme is based mainly in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. It is uniquely placed to nurture and mission a new generation of faith leaders. Commitment will be one Saturday per month starting in April 2022. Initially it will mix input with blended and in-person learning. For more information, please see the attached poster. To register, please email email@example.com.
PASTORAL CONVERSATION RESOURCES
The Resources for Pastoral Conversation 4 are now available on the Diocesan website and the Mission and Ministry Department.
ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT
For Parish Human Resource queries please contact Adare HR on 01 549 0450 or Tim Conway TConway@adarehrm.ie
AWARE – SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS
If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone in and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie/ If you would like to volunteer with Aware, please see their website for more information: https://www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/.
(Resources for Vocations Sunday from the National Vocations Office are attached below