FAREWELL TO CLONLIFFE

On Sunday, Archbishop Farrell hosted a farewell event at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. The evening, which included a prayer service in the College Chapel and a buffet reception in the grounds, marked the end of the Archdiocese of Dublin’s long association with the premises. More than 200 people, including priests and current and former diocesan staff members, attended.

Archbishop Farrell acknowledged the contribution of Holy Cross College to the life of the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin for 168 years. He underlined the need for new modalities of formation for those who will be involved in the ministry of the Church and the proclamation of the Gospel in the coming decades.

Photographs from the event can be found here.

ACCOMPANYING FAMILIES

A reminder that the policy statement Accompanying Families: Sacraments of Initiation Policy Dublin 2022 is available. Archbishop Farrell said: “This new Policy Statement seeks to affirm, strengthen and develop the many years of consultation about the Sacraments of Initiation in the Archdiocese.” His letter and the document can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/accompanying-families/.

DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Attached is a letter from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office about this year’s pilgrimage (which takes place from this Wednesday, September 7, to next Monday, September 12), the office’s new address, and associate membership. Please distribute this letter in your parish.

HEALTH CARE CO-ORDINATOR ROLE

The Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin is the largest diocese in Ireland and shares the mission of the Church to make the gospel of Jesus Christ a reality in the lives of people today. A vacancy for a Health Care Co-ordinator has arisen to provide assistance to the priest with pastoral responsibility for sick and retired priests of the diocese. The role is being offered on a full time basis (35 Hours) per week, temporary maternity cover role.

Full job description at www.dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/Deadline September 14.

FACILITIES CO-ORDINATOR ROLE

  • To work with local building co-ordinators (Corpus Christi Drumcondra, Archbishop’s House, 79 Lower Drumcondra Road, Gate Lodge, Archives Building) to ensure all facilities and maintenance requirements are completed efficiently and economically.
  • To oversee management/co-ordination of 2 x Arran Quay locations (church and offices) and 80 Lower Drumcondra Road with regard to all facility and maintenance needs.

Full job description at www.dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/Deadline September 14.

SEASON OF CREATION IN BAWNOGUE

To honour this year’s Season of Creation, you are invited to join four meditations on Creation themes at Bawnogue Parish Church. They will take place on Monday evenings during the month of September from 7.30pm to 8 pm. Adoration group begins with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.45pm to 7.30 pm. Tonight, Monday, September 5: Meditation led by Fr Pat Coughlan. Monday the 12th – Fr Brian Starken. Monday the 19th – Colm Hogan, Trócaire Church Manager. Monday the 26th – Saule Cameron, Parish Pastoral Worker.

DIOCESAN OFFICES – NEW ADDRESSES

Please note that the Dublin Diocesan Offices are no longer located at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. Below are the new addresses of the various offices. There may be some delays in the receipt of postal items due to the changes of address. Email and telephone contact information can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/archdiocese-overview/diocesan-offices/.

Education Secretariat and Lourdes Pilgrimage Office
51 Home Farm Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 W5W4

Chancellery, Office for Clergy and Office for Religious & Extern Priests
Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 H4C2

Dublin Diocesan Archives
204-206 Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, D03 PD86

Dublin Metropolitan Tribunal
14A Berkeley Street, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Mission & Ministry
St Paul’s Church, 19 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 KX66

Moderator, Finance, Child Safeguarding and all other offices
Dublin Diocesan Offices, 20-23 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 XK85

OFFICE OF MISSION AND MINISTRY – SEPTEMBER NOTES

(Check in every day on the Mission and Ministry Facebook page at 10am to read a snippet from Archbishop Farrell’s Pastoral Letter for the Season of Creation. Visit https://www.facebook.com/OfficeforMissionandMinistry/.)

Training of Funeral Leaders

In response to requests from parishes about the training of people to lead prayer specifically at the cemetery and the crematorium, the Office of Mission and Ministry has prepared the outline of such a course (See attached). There will be four monthly sessions to the training with practical ‘homework’ in between. These will take place on Wednesday evenings: 14 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov and 7 Dec 2022 from 7.30-9.30 p.m. The first session will take place in the Donnybrook Parish Centre. The remaining three will be in the new Mission and Ministry Centre – St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay.

Please fill in the attached form – Parish Funeral Leaders – and email it to jacinta.kennedyralph@dublindiocese.ie to reserve your place. Direct Line 018087572. You will receive confirmation of your place and an information sheet to help guide your transport choices for our new venue at St. Paul’s.

New Funeral Team Members

We are offering training for new members of funeral ministry teams over three sessions on Wednesdays – 28 Sept, 19 Oct and 23 Nov 2022 from 7.30 – 9.30 p.m. in the Mission and Ministry Centre, St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. Please fill in the attached form – New Funeral Team Members – and email it to jacinta.kennedyralph@dublindiocese.ie to reserve your place. Direct Line 018087572.

(This programme is only for new members and is a continuation of our formation work over the years. This is not to be confused with the new initiative on the training of Parish Funeral Leaders)

Emmanuel 2023 Music Programme

The Emmanuel 2023 Music Programme for Second Level Schools will be available in mid-October.

New Initiatives

Watch out for details of new Catechetical Support which will be rolled out from mid-September. We welcome Natalie Doherty (Faith Development Worker) to our team, who is seconded to work on this new initiative.

Training for online sacramental registration

Parishes have an opportunity to take part in a Webinar on Zoom to learn how to set up online parish registration for sacraments. The session will be run twice, with session notes emailed to all participants after. Parishes are invited to attend one of the following dates: Monday, September 12, 7:30pm to 9pm or Monday, September 19, 7:30pm to 9am. To take part in this, parishes should register with jacinta.kennedyralph@dublindiocese.ie. Parishes should state which Webinar they wish to take part in. Those who have registered will then be sent the link for the Zoom meeting by email on the morning of the session. Poster attached.

Laudate 2023 for schools and parish choir groups

Schools, family Mass groups and parish choirs are invited to engage in Laudate 2023 so that together we may raise our voices in songs of praise to God in January during Catholic Schools Week a part of the diocesan celebrations. Let’s build a common repertoire together.

For your diary! Representatives from interested parish choir groups along with participating school choirs are invited to a meeting at which the repertoire and all supporting materials (music, PowerPoints etc) will be demonstrated and made available: Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm in the Parish Centre in Holy Child Church, Whitehall.

Please register interest or send queries to communications@dublindiocese.ie. For organisational purposes it is important to know the numbers of people intending to present at the meeting.

All places for Pathways have now been filled

All places for the Pathways Adult Faith Development Programme 2022-2023, beginning on September 28, have now been filled. A waiting list is in operation in case of any last-minute cancellations. Contact the Director, Pathways Programme, Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

 

SEASON OF CREATION TALKS IN MILLTOWN

A series of talks will take place in Milltown Parish Pastoral Centre during the Season of Creation, beginning this Thursday, September 8. See the attached poster for full details.

OLV GOSPEL CHOIR

OLV Gospel Choir is currently seeking piano/keyboard players and other instrumentalists to join the choir. The group is made up of people aged 18 to 35 years old who meet every Tuesday at 7pm, and sing at the 6pm Sunday evening Mass. Please call or text Ciara at 0851580742, or fill out this form.

PRIORY INSTITUTE REGISTRATION

Study theology online – is this for you? The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. Register before September 13. Find out more at www.prioryinstitute.comClick here to watch a two-minute introductory film.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts are almost completed at St Michael’s Church. Visit www.dunlaoghaireorganconcerts.ie for full details. Advance booking is advised for the final concert of this series on September 11.

GLENSTAL LITURGICAL CONFERENCE

The Glenstal Liturgical Conference, with the theme “Recovering Liturgical Space”, takes place from October 29 to 31. The conference will explore different aspects of the community’s liturgical experience when gathered in locus iste, the space of worship. Details, including how to book, on the attached poster.

SEASON OF CREATION RESOURCES

The Season of Creation runs until October 4, with the theme Listen to the Voice of Creation. An abundance of liturgical resources for the Season of Creation are available at www.catholicbishops.ie. These resources, prepared by the Laudato Si’ Working Group, are ready for use by parish groups and schools. These Season of Creation resources can be the impetus for the formation of care of creation groups as they provide the opportunity for us to fulfil our commitment to celebrate the gift of creation, exercise our duty to support the poor of developing countries most affected by climate change and offer hope for a sustainable future for our young people into the future.

TAIZÉ AT UNIVERSITY CHURCH

Weekly Taizé services resumes at Newman University Church tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6, at 6pm. The Taizé service includes about 40 minutes of song, prayer, and silence. The church is dimly lit, the Taizé cross is brought out as a focal point of prayer, and the congregation brings forward lit candles with their prayers. There is tea and biscuits after the service each Tuesday.

RETREAT FOR PRIESTS

The Community of Franciscans of the Renewal in Moyross, Limerick, are holding a day retreat for priests in Knock. Priests can begin the retreat on the evening of Tuesday, September 13, at 5pm, or arrive at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 14. It will be held at the International Hostel, Main Street, Knock. Dinner and refreshments provided and there is no cost. Click here to register or email cfrpriestretreats@gmail.com.

GLASNEVIN CEMETERY

Glasnevin Cemetery has organised its annual Mass and blessing of graves for Sunday, September 11, at 3pm.

BLESSED CARLO ACUTIS EXHIBITION

The Blessed Carlo Acutis International Exhibition of the Miracles of the Eucharist will be at Blessed Sacrament Shrine on Bachelors Walk on September 19, 20 and 21. See attached poster for full details. Further information from Fr Jim Campbell SSS.

LUMEN AUTUMN PROGRAMME

The autumn programme of the Lumen Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, is ready and registration is now open. Both in-person and online modules are available. For more information visit www.lumenop.ie.

VERDI’S REQUIEM WITH OUR LADY’S CHORAL SOCIETY

The magnificent Verdi Requiem featuring Our Lady’s Choral Society with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and wonderful soloists conducted by Proinnsias Ó Duinn.  This concert will be dedicated to the many families and friends of those who died from Covid-19 during the pandemic. Orla Boylan, soprano; Jennifer Johnston, alto; Andrew Gavin, tenor; Markus Suikonen, bass. National Concert Hall, 8pm, Friday, October 21. Visit www.olcs.ie.

NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL SERVICE

The National Maternity Hospital Annual Remembrance Service will take place on October 9 at 3pm in St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row. Contact chaplainber@nmh.ie with enquiries.

COUPLES SOUGHT FOR RTÉ DOCUMENTARY

Independent TV production company Esras Films is producing a religious documentary series for RTÉ. The theme is multicultural marriage, and the production team is searching for couples planning a wedding where there is a mix of nationalities, cultures, ethnicities or religious faith. Producer Peter Kelly says that 21% of marriages in Ireland in 2021 had a nationality other than Irish. He said: “We want to find those couples who overlook difference and who want a religious wedding ceremony. The series aims to show young people embracing diversity and spirituality.” If any parishes know multicultural couples preparing for marriage who would be willing to participate in the production of the documentary, please contact peterkelly@esras.com.

UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

Fr Vasyl Kornitsky is Chaplain to the Ukrainian community and curate in Donnycarney Parish. He can be contacted at 086 2359561 or ugccie@gmail.com. Ukrainian Mass (Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine rite) is held every Sunday at 1pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS

If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we ask you to inform the Archdiocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES

ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT

For parish human resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 5490450 or Tim Conway at 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, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit www.aware.ie.

RADICAL RENEWAL: HOW DUBLIN ARCHDIOCESE IS ‘BUILDING HOPE’

An article by Fr Gareth Byrne from the Irish Catholic newspaper is attached to this email. The article, entitled Radical Renewal: How Dublin Archdiocese is ‘Building Hope’, contains material that may be useful for parish newsletters as we move forward with Building Hope. Fr Byrne is the Moderator of the Dublin Diocesan Curia and Chair of the Building Hope Pastoral Strategy Implementation Group. The article can also be found on our website at https://dublindiocese.ie/radical-renewal/.

DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Attached is a letter from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office about this year’s pilgrimage (which takes place from September 7 to 12), the office’s new address, and associate membership. Please distribute this letter in your parish.

The pilgrimage pre-departure Mass with Blessing of Hands Ceremony for all involved with the pilgrimage takes place on Sunday, August 28, in Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road, at 3.30pm and all are welcome.

SYNOD SYNTHESIS PUBLISHED

The Synthesis of the Consultation in Ireland for the Diocesan Stage of the Universal Synod 2021 – 2023 has been published. Dr Nicola Brady, chair of the Steering Committee for the Irish Synodal Pathway, said: “The strong sense of shared responsibility that has guided our synodal process so far, from the local to the national level, has been a great encouragement. It is hoped that this will continue to to motivate us to develop our skills of deep listening and discernment, as we reflect on the significance of our national synthesis, and the different voices of the church around the world, asking what God wants of us in light of what we have heard.” Click Here to access Synthesis Document.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS

Please find attached prayers of the faithful for the Sundays of August from the National Vocations Office. All parishes are asked to continue to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING NEWSLETTER

The July 2022 newsletter of the Child Safeguarding & Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin is available at https://csps.dublindiocese.ie/safeguarding-newsletter-july-2022/.

SUMMER DUES COLLECTION

Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. A poster is attached to this email.

30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR OUR CHILDREN

With schools, universities and colleges starting back soon, help us make September a month of prayer for our young people (our children and grandchildren). Please share this little resource, use it and remember to say at least one short prayer for them each day in September. You can download, print and share this short resource from here. For more information contact Frank Brown, Parish Pastoral Worker in Saggart-Rathcoole, at frank.brown@dublindiocese.ie.

LAUDATE 2023 FOR SCHOOLS AND PARISH CHOIR GROUPS

Schools, family Mass groups and parish choirs are invited to engage in Laudate 2023 so that together we may raise our voices in songs of praise to God in January during Catholic Schools Week a part of the diocesan celebrations. Let’s build a common repertoire together.

For your diary! Representatives from interested parish choir groups along with participating school choirs are invited to a meeting at which the repertoire and all supporting materials (music, PowerPoints etc) will be demonstrated and made available: Wednesday, September 21, at 7pm in the Parish Centre in Holy Child Church, Whitehall.

Please register interest or send queries to communications@dublindiocese.ie. For organisational purposes it is important to know the numbers of people intending to present at the meeting.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

NATIONAL NOVENA AT KNOCK

The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock is taking place from Sunday, August 14, to next Monday, August 22, offering nine days of reflection and prayer and a chance to connect with your faith in the unique and sacred space of Knock Shrine. This year’s theme is ‘A Journey in Hope’. For more information and the programme of events, visit knockshrine.ie.

LEGION OF MARY CENTENARY CONCERT

To mark the 100th year anniversary of the Legion of Mary, a concert will take place in the historical surroundings of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, September 3. Special guests include award winning soprano Celine Byrne, the Dublin Concert Band, Lorraine Mathews. Book at Eventbrite. Tickets are €30 (premium – seating in reserved area) and €20 (general admission). Poster attached.

RETREAT FOR PRIESTS

The Community of Franciscans of the Renewal in Moyross, Limerick, are holding a day retreat for priests in Knock. Priests can begin the retreat on the evening of Tuesday, September 13, at 5pm, or arrive at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 14. It will be held at the International Hostel, Main Street, Knock. Dinner and refreshments provided and there is no cost. Click here to register or email cfrpriestretreats@gmail.com.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.iePoster attached.

LIMERICK YOUTH MINISTRY CO-ORDINATOR

The Diocese of Limerick is recruiting a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator. The role will involve the creation, resourcing, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the diocese. Full details here.

UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHAPLAINCY

Fr Vasyl Kornitsky is Chaplain to the Ukrainian Community and curate in Donnycarney parish. He can be contacted at 086 2359561 or ugccie@gmail.com. Ukrainian Mass (Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Byzantine Rite) is held every Sunday at 1pm in Our Lady of Consolation Church, Donnycarney.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS

If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we ask you to inform the Archdiocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES

ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT

For parish human resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 5490450 or Tim Conway at 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, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit www.aware.ie.

RADICAL RENEWAL: HOW DUBLIN ARCHDIOCESE IS ‘BUILDING HOPE’

An article by Fr Gareth Byrne from the Irish Catholic newspaper is attached to this email. The article, entitled Radical Renewal: How Dublin Archdiocese is ‘Building Hope’, contains material that may be useful for parish newsletters as we move forward with Building Hope. Fr Byrne is the Moderator of the Dublin Diocesan Curia and Chair of the Building Hope Pastoral Strategy Implementation Group. The article can also be found on our website at https://dublindiocese.ie/radical-renewal/.

 

DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

Attached is a letter from the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office about this year’s pilgrimage (which takes place from September 7 to 12), the office’s new address, and associate membership. Please distribute this letter in your parish.

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS FOR VOCATIONS

Please find attached prayers of the faithful for the Sundays of August from the National Vocations Office. All parishes are asked to continue to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood.

ST JOHN VIANNEY NOVENA

A novena to St John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, is taking place at St John Vianney, Ardlea Road, Artane, from August 4 to this Friday, August 12. All services are be available at www.churchservices.tv/ardlea/Poster attached.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING NEWSLETTER

Attached is the July 2022 newsletter of the Child Safeguarding & Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin. It is also available online at https://csps.dublindiocese.ie/safeguarding-newsletter-july-2022/.

SUMMER DUES COLLECTION

Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. A poster is attached to this email.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.

KNOCKADOON MUSIC AND LITURGY COURSE

The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course takes place from August 14 to 20. Book and find out more at www.knockadoonml.ie.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

NATIONAL NOVENA AT KNOCK

The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will take place from this Sunday, August 14, to Monday, August 22, offering nine days of reflection and prayer and a chance to connect with your faith in the unique and sacred space of Knock Shrine. This year’s theme is ‘A Journey in Hope’. For more information and the programme of events, visit knockshrine.ie.

LEGION OF MARY CENTENARY CONCERT

To mark the 100th year anniversary of the Legion of Mary, a concert will take place in the historical surroundings of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday, September 3. Special guests include award winning soprano Celine Byrne, the Dublin Concert Band, Lorraine Mathews. Book at Eventbrite. Tickets are €30 (premium – seating in reserved area) and €20 (general admission). Poster attached.

PRIORY INSTITUTE SUMMER SCHOOL

Mysticism in an Age of Calamity: Meister Eckhart, John Tauler and Henry Suso. The Priory Institute two-week online Summer School will run again from August 15 to 26. The course includes eight recorded presentations and two online Zoom discussions and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online. Visit www.prioryinstitute.com.

CHOOSE HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY

Choose healthcare chaplaincy as a profession in the health service – study Theology and Pastoral Theology/Healthcare Chaplaincy. A bursary is available with the support of the Bon Secours Health System for those choosing to train as Healthcare Chaplains for work in the Irish Health Service. Further information is available from the Healthcare Chaplaincy Board at informationHCBoard@gmail.comSee attached poster.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.iePoster attached.

SECRETARY VACANCY IN GARRISTOWN

The Pastoral Area of Garristown, Naul, Rolestown is currently recruiting a Secretary. This role is offered initially on a one-year fixed term and part-time basis, 12 hours per week. Closing date is Monday, August 15. Visit https://www.pastoralareagnr.com/ for more information.

LIMERICK YOUTH MINISTRY CO-ORDINATOR

The Diocese of Limerick is recruiting a Youth Ministry Co-ordinator. The role will involve the creation, resourcing, delivery and support of youth ministry programmes and initiatives across the diocese. Full details here.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS

If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we request you to please inform the Diocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES

ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT

For parish human resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 5490450 or Tim Conway at 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, consider using Aware’s phone-in and Zoom support and self-care groups, support line or support mail. For more information, visit www.aware.ie.

 

 

BUILDING HOPE ONLINE RESPONSE FORM

Many thanks to all those parishes who submitted their online digital Building Hope Response.

REMINDER: Each parish is invited to submit ONE DIGITAL response via the online digital Building Hope Response Form and using the unique Parish Code recently distributed via email on June 3 to your Parish Team, Chairs of PPCs and PFCs.

To submit your response please click on this link to the Building Hope Response Form and type in the Parish Code provided on the first page of the form.  Then answer the questions page by page clicking ‘next’ at the end of each page to move on. Then at the end click on the ‘submit’ button and the response is sent to us in that way.

It is suggested that those making submissions should compose their responses in a programme like Microsoft Word first, and save or print a copy before transfer (copy and paste) of their answers into the online form.

Should you need further assistance or guidance please email buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.

Thank you for your engagement with the Building Hope initial phase and we look forward to receiving your parish’s digital submission.

ARCHDIOCESE SEEKING TO APPOINT PROPERTY ASSET MANAGER

The Archdiocese wishes to appoint an experienced Property Asset Manager to devise and deliver a comprehensive property strategy. We would be grateful if you could mention this job opening in your parish newsletter. The Property Asset Manager will assist parishes to:

  • Develop an asset management strategy, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to reflect emerging requirements.
  • Develop efficient and effective property management tools to deliver appropriate support and quality service to parishes and other end users.
  • Provide and deliver a property consolidation plan.
  • Develop a residential model to reflect the future needs of the diocese.
  • Manage all property related stakeholder relationships.

Full details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/. Please contact ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie with enquiries.

PRO-CATHEDRAL SEEKS TO APPOINT CHOIRS MANAGER

The Manager of the Pro-Cathedral Choirs has responsibility for the planning and management of both long term and day to day non music related activities, of the Choirs in consultation with the Administrator of the Pro-Cathedral and the Director of the Choirs. The job description outlines the key responsibilities for the Choir Manager. This role includes responsibilities for and support of the two choirs, the boys and men of the Palestrina Choir and St Mary’s Pro- Cathedral Girls’ Choir. Closing date July 15Click here for full job description and application details.

SUMMER DUES COLLECTION

Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. A poster is attached to this email.

MATT TALBOT MASS

The next Matt Talbot Freedom from Addiction Mass takes place tonight, Monday, July 4, at 7:30pm in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Seán McDermott Street. We welcome you to join us at this Mass to pray for all those battling addiction, their families and all those affected by addiction. We pray specifically at this Mass for all those enrolled in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society. If you wish to enrol somebody in the Matt Talbot Prayer Society please email vita@matttalbotprayersociety.com.

PHILOSOPHY OF EDITH STEIN READING GROUP LECTURE

The annual public lecture of the Philosophy of Edith Stein Reading Group will be presented by Dr Timothy Burns. Dr Burns will speak on the topic ‘Why We Need Empathy’, with specific reference to the writings of Edith Stein. This meeting will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 3pm in the Edith Stein Room, St Teresa’s Priory, St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. Free admission. For more information contact 087 1384367 or 087 2206092.

PRIORY INSTITUTE SUMMER SCHOOL

The Priory Institute two-week online summer school will run from July 18 to 29 and again from August 15 to 26. The subject is Mysticism in an Age of Calamity: Meister Eckhart, John Tauler and Henry Suso. The course includes eight recorded presentations and two online zoom discussions and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online. Find out more and register at www.prioryinstitute.com.

LAUDATE RETURNS

Schools, family Mass groups and parish choirs are invited to engage in Laudate 2023 so that together we may raise our voices in songs of praise to God in January during Catholic Schools Week. Let’s build a common repertoire together. Letters of invitation will issue to every parish school of the diocese. A repertoire of easy-to-sing hymns will be made available in September along with audio and PowerPoint materials to support easy engagement of all. If you wish to talk with anyone in the meantime, if considering participating, please email communications@dublindiocese.ie and your query will be forwarded to the relevant person.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts have returned at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.

KNOCKADOON MUSIC AND LITURGY COURSE

The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course takes place from August 14 to 20. Book and find out more at www.knockadoonml.ie.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

GODLY PLAY 3 BOOKINGS

Are you or someone you know still thinking of applying for a place on the Godly Play 3 Day Core Training in Thurles from July 6 to 8? For all information you need, visit https://godlyplayireland.com/399-2/. There is also an option on the web page to pay via PayPal. Address any queries to godlyplayireland@gmail.com.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.iePoster attached.

CALL FOR PARISHIONERS TO TRAIN FOR THE ROLE OF FUNERAL LEADER

In response to requests from parishes about the training of people to lead prayer specifically at the cemetery and the crematorium, the Office of Mission and Ministry has prepared the outline of such a course. See attached.

There will be four monthly sessions to the training with practical ‘homework’ in between. These will take place on Wednesday evenings: 14 Sept, 12 Oct, 9 Nov and 7 Dec 2022. Specific time and locations later.

The initiative envisages that the Funeral Leader will be visibly present for the Funeral Mass/Service and participate in the Final Commendation Ritual.

Then they will be publicly delegated by the priest to lead the prayers at the cemetery or crematorium on behalf of the parish.

If this project would fit your parish training needs, please look through the selection criteria and prayerfully discern those who would suit this role in your community.

For further information or simply a chat about it this please email patricia.carroll@dublindiocese.ie or pat.odonoghue@dublindiocese.

We will continue to work with Funeral Teams in the autumn as usual and those gathering dates will be sent out shortly so that you mark your autumn calendars.

A TIME TO RENEW FUNERAL MINISTRY TEAMS

The celebration of funerals in our churches during Covid lockdowns was affected in many ways. Restricted numbers, social distancing and the uncertainty about the various public health recommendations took their toll on the quality of our celebrations, who could be present and inevitably the participation of Funeral Teams.

It is time to look now at refreshing our Funeral Ministry Teams. As more people work from home, with flexibility, it could be possible to engage some of them in this ministry of service and compassion. Other people have taken early retirement and might be happy to be invited to contribute to parish life in a new way.

We will offer training for new members of funeral ministry teams in the coming months so start recruiting. Venues will be announced nearer the dates with hybrid possibilities (face to face and zoom) and the way to book places.

Save the Dates: ‘New Funeral Team Members’ Training Dates: 28 Sept, 19 Oct and 23 Nov 2022

This programme is only for new members and is a continuation of our formation work over the years. This is not to be confused with the above initiative on the training of Parish Funeral Leaders.

For further information please email patricia.carroll@dublindiocese.ie or pat.odonoghue@dublindiocese. Document attached.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCATION SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS

The Irish Church Music Association is resuming its Summer School in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. There are two days of workshops this year. Dr John O’Keeffe and Ronan McDonagh will be guest presenters on Thursday, July 14. Poster attached.

COURSES AT ST PATRICK’S, MAYNOOTH

Attached to this email is a document containing information about the Diploma in Arts (Church Music) and the Master’s Degree in Liturgical Music at St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth.

DCU THEOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS

Study Theology and World Religions at the postgraduate level at DCU. The MA programme has been expanded to include a strong comparative and interreligious component: it is an MA in Theology and World Religions. The programme will go ahead in the coming academic year on campus, as it did last year. The Theology programme is carried out on the beautiful All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra.

The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is a part-time, flexible programme is designed for mature students, and holds lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. Classes are small and academic support is provided for all students. Scholarships are available for new incoming students

Visit https://www.dcu.ie/your-guide-to-student-application-portals/.

GARDINER STREET SEEKS PARISH MANAGER

Gardiner Street Parish is seeking to employ a Parish Manager, a dynamic person with a passion for parish life who can take on many of the organisational and administrative responsibilities that typically fall to the Parish Priest. They will manage daily operations, develop and manage the parish’s communications, be responsible for organising and running events, and be a key person of contact for priests, staff and volunteers. There may also be some scope for pastoral work. For a full job description and details of how to apply, see the parish website, ask at reception or call 01 8363411.

VACANCY FOR PARISH SACRISTANS IN KNOCKLYON

Applications are invited for the position of part time Sacristan in the Parish of St Colmcille, Knocklyon, Dublin 16. The position will be a job sharing role split between two individuals. Potential applicants should be enthusiastic, motivated and possess a strong work ethic. Ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic parish team will be essential as will a requirement to have excellent customer service skills and a capacity to work proactively using your own initiative. Requests for further information and expressions of interest should be notified to Fr Eamonn Donnelly SVD at 01 4941204 or knocklyonparish@gmail.com. Deadline: July 31.

PARISH SECRETARY OPENING IN BLANCHARDSTOWN

There is a vacancy for a Parish Secretary in St Brigid’s Parish, Blanchardstown. The position is part-time for 20 hours per week. The recruitment is handled by Adare Recruitment and a job description is available from them or on request by email to office@blanchardstownparish.ie. Closing date for applications is July 8. Applications should be sent to St Brigid’s parish office, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

ETHOS OFFICER POSITION

The Spiritan Education Trust invites applications for the position of Ethos Officer. The successful candidate will support and actively develop the Spiritan Ethos across the school network. To request an application form including a job description please email sheila.lanney@spiritaneducation.ie. The closing date for the application is July 7 at 4pm. Interviews will be held before the end of July.

GENERAL SECRETARY FOR THE SYNODAL PATHWAY

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference wishes to appoint a General Secretary for the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. The role of the General Secretary will be to coordinate the work of the Synodal Pathway with responsibility for consultation, planning, communications and administration. Click here for more information about this position.

TWO PEWS AVAILABLE

St Brigid’s, Cabinteely, has two church pews available following church renovations. Good condition – offers welcome. Contact info@cabinteelyparish.ie or 01 2858835 for details and photographs.

SHEKINAH BLENDED LEARNING COURSES

Certificate and diploma courses – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications: July 23, 2022. Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS

If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we request you to please inform the Diocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

GRANTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation (closes July 14): In the most recent meeting, the trustees of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation awarded grants of over €1,000,000 to church and diocesan projects in the Republic of Ireland ranging from €30,000 to €500,000. Their priority is to support active parishes which are in areas with socio-economic challenges. Some examples of grants from the last round include: adapting spaces for pastoral use; upgrading parish halls; roof repairs; stained glass repairs. The next round of grants closes on July 14. Grant applications must be made through the grants officer. Please call me on 0868923336 or email ceire.sadlier@iecon.ie if you have a project that you would like to discuss.

Benefact Trust: This funder has a number of themes that parishes can apply for funding under:

–           General grants : small grants towards capital projects

–           Mental health projects: 30 – 80% of projects promoting mental health

Esme Mitchell Trust: Appeals over a wide area of benefit are supported, available in Ireland as a whole, but principally in Northern Ireland.  The present policy of the Trust is to give special consideration to charitable projects of a cultural or artistic nature, which includes grants to museums, churches and preservation trusts.  Appeals for other charitable projects are also considered. The trustees are keen that the level of benefit covers a wide area.  Examples of eligible projects/themes include the following: Archives and artefacts; Buildings and built environment; Built heritage; Good relations; Multiculturalism.

Community Centre Fund (closes July 14, up to €300,000):  This is a new capital fund of €15 million which will provide funding for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. Parishes are eligible to apply once they can clearly show the church/parish facility is available and used by the whole community for events and delivering services. Application closing date: Thursday 14th July 2022 at 3:00pm.

Funding will be available under 3 Categories, with grants of between €10,000 and €300,000 available:

  • works to improve communal facilities such as kitchen and toilet facilities
  • energy retrofitting, new windows / doors / heating systems
  • upgrades to lighting systems and stage areas
  • works to address safety concerns, including as a result of fire safety audits
  • works to improve disability access
  • improvements to assist in providing additional or better services to the community such as Meals for the elderly and youth facilities
  • works to develop Community Centres as Social Hubs through the development of Community Cinemas, Youth Hubs and Community Libraries
  • essential maintenance works, repairs to roof

To enquire about grants, contact Céire Sadlier at ceire.sadlier@iecon.ie or 086 892 3336.

SUPPORT SERVICES

ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT

For Parish Human Resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 549 0450 or Tim Conway at 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/.

ADMINISTRATION NOTICES

 

PETERS PENCE

The annual Peter’s Pence collection takes place on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of SS Peter and Paul.   This year it will be held on Saturday, 3rd and Sunday 4th July.   The Peter’s Pence Collection provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world. This year’s Peter’s Pence collection will replace the second collection for Share.

ADARE HUMAN RESOURCE WEBINAR

We are to invite you to our upcoming webinar Dignity and Respect in the Workplace hosted by Adare Human Resource Management in association with the Archdiocese of Dublin.  This expert-led webinar will provide you with updates on the latest developments and best practices regarding Dignity and Respect in the Workplace and support your understanding of your key obligations as an employer.

Date:          Tuesday 20th July
Time:          11.00am – 12.00pm
Location:    Zoom Webinar
To Register click on the link below to register for this COMPLIMENTARY webinar today.
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4tT3USkzQvuAKmCwWKCY1A

VACANCIES

VACANCY ON PARISH ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM – CELBRIDGE PARISH

The Faith Community of St Patrick and St Brigid in Celbridge and Straffan, the home of the Roncalli Community, requires someone to work on a part – time fixed contract basis at 20 hours per week.  Duties include accounts, banking, including internet banking, and interconnecting with the diocese on finance. Applications in writing including a current CV to Rev. Fr JoeMcDonald PP VF, Parochial House, Main Street, Celbridge  or by email to joe_mcdonald2006 @yahoo.ie by 5pm Thursday 1st July

 INITATIVES/EVENTS

 

TASK FORCE: BUILDING HOPE – PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Archbishop Farrell has set up a Task Force under the title of Building Hope.  The Task Force aims to stimulate engagement with the whole diocesan family and shape an inclusive approach to a pastoral strategy appropriate to our times.  It is intended to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity, enabling the Archdiocese of Dublin to act now, so as to give effective witness and service in the years ahead. You are invited to take part in this consultation.  There is a video, a prayer and a form on the www.dublindiocese.ie website.  Please watch the video from the Archbishop and join with your family to pray and to discuss the future of the Church together.  It is hoped that you might nominate one member of your family to return to the website and make a contribution by filling out the form. The consultation form will remain online until the 18th July 2021.

  

NEW VOCATIONS TEAM FOR THE PRIESTHOOD IN DUBLIN

Archbishop Dermot Farrell has appointed a New Team for Vocations to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Dublin. Fr. Séamus McEntee is now the new Director of Vocation to the Priesthood with Fr. Bill O’Shaughnessy as the new Assistant Vocations Director. Fr. Séamus has assisted on the vocations team for the past seven years and is delighted to be working alongside Fr. Bill in this exciting role of assisting men discern their call to priesthood as well as vocations promotion. Let us pray that God will continue to call enthusiastic men to the priesthood for our Archdiocese. If you know of anyone who thinks they might have a vocation to be a priest or is interested in finding out more about being a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin, please ask them to contact either Fr. Séamus or Fr. Bill on the Vocations Team at: vocations@dublindiocese.ie or check out: Vocations | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)

ORDINATION TO TRANSITIONAL DIACONATE 

Archbishop Dermot Farrell will ordain our seminarian Joe Keegan to the Transitional Diaconate on Saturday 3rd July 2021 at 12pm. The Ordination will take place in the parish of the Immaculate Conception and St. Killian, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. (Webcam link: http://www.clondalkinparish.com/?page_id=1461) The Vocations team have asked that you keep Joe in your prayers as he prepares for this important step on his journey to priesthood. Please include a prayer for Vocations to Priesthood in your prayers of intercession on Sundays and if you know of anyone seeking assistance in discerning God’s call for them, please ask them to contact Fr. Séamus or Fr. Bill at vocations@dublindiocese.ie

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AS AN ADULT

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings.  Run by the Archdiocese of Dublin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus (MDCCE), Drumcondra Road. Late September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m). Application now open for September 2021. Early application advised. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.   Web: www.evangelisation.ie

ST PATRICKS COLLEGE MAYNOOTH – NEW RESEARCH ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FUNERALS

Bereaved families, and those who support and care for them, have had to adjust to dramatically different circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, we want to explore the impact of public health measures, which were meant to limit virus transmission, on your experience of dealing with dying, death, and Catholic funerals. We invite you to participate in our study: by taking our survey and/or participating in an interview. Find out more at https://maynoothcollege.ie/covid-19-and-funeral-rituals-and-practices-a-study  Here is the link to our online survey: https://maynoothcollege.ie/covid-19-and-funeral-rituals-and-practices-a-study

 FAMILIES WALKING TOGETHER IN HOPE

The ‘Walking Together in Hope’ initiative will be launched on 25 August 2021 at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple and achievable ideas for families and parishes starting in September 2021. We want to encourage families to take part in various initiatives to support faith lived in the home and celebrated together in our parishes. Our goal is to celebrate moments of hope and joy in family life, with resources suitable for learning, living and leading faith that are complementary to the way family is lived today.

DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies – Scholarships Available

Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you! This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. Classes are small and academic support is provided for all students. Scholarships are available for new incoming students. More info at www.dcu.ie/dc300, or contact John Murray (john.murray@dcu.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES

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. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

 

BUILDING HOPE ONLINE RESPONSE FORM

Many thanks to all those parishes who submitted their online digital Building Hope Response.

REMINDER: Each parish is invited to submit ONE DIGITAL response via the online digital Building Hope Response Form and using the unique Parish Code recently distributed via email on June 3 to your Parish Team, Chairs of PPCs and PFCs.

Thank you for your engagement with the Building Hope initial phase and we look forward to receiving your parish’s digital submission in due course.

Training resources for the Building Hope parish gathering, including video material, are available on the Building Hope section of the Archdiocese of Dublin website here. Should you need further assistance or guidance please email buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.

It is suggested that those making submissions via the online Building Hope Response Form should compose their responses in a programme like Microsoft Word, and save or print a copy before transferring their answers to the online form.

SUMMER DUES COLLECTION

Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. A poster is attached to this email.

NATIONAL PRE-SYNODAL ASSEMBLY HELD IN ATHLONE ON SATURDAY

The National Pre-Synodal Assembly took place in Athlone on Saturday. The Archdiocese of Dublin was represented by Archbishop Dermot Farrell and Diocesan Synodal Steering Committee members Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA, Patricia Carroll and Peter Siney. A hymn written by Patricia Carroll, pictured speaking at the assembly, was sung at the opening prayer moment and at the Clonmacnoise prayer walk on Saturday. Click here for more about Saturday’s Pre-Synodal Assembly.

ARCHDIOCESE SEEKING TO APPOINT PROPERTY ASSET MANAGER

The Archdiocese wishes to appoint an experienced Property Asset Manager to devise and deliver a comprehensive property strategy. We would be grateful if you could mention this job opening in your parish newsletter. The Property Asset Manager will assist parishes to:

  • Develop an asset management strategy, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to reflect emerging requirements.
  • Develop efficient and effective property management tools to deliver appropriate support and quality service to parishes and other end users.
  • Provide and deliver a property consolidation plan.
  • Develop a residential model to reflect the future needs of the diocese.
  • Manage all property related stakeholder relationships.

Full details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/. Please contact ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie with enquiries.

SUMMER 2022 GENERAL MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE

Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered in-person for their Summer 2022 General Meeting at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The President of the Conference is Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and the Vice-President is Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin.

During their meeting bishops prayed for the repose of the souls of those who died from Covid-19; in consolation for their bereaved, and for everyone who continues to suffer from the virus. Bishops also remembered in their prayers victims and families of the violent atrocities perpetrated against the innocent during Mass on Pentecost Sunday in Owo, Nigeria. They also included in their prayers victims of shootings in the United States, on 24 May, in Uvalde, Texas, and in Buffalo, New York, on 14 May.

The full statement can be read here.

ARCHBISHOP FARRELL AT ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK

At Ecumenical Bible Week, Archbishop Farrell spoke on the topic A New Pentecost: Moving to the Edges. Archbishop Farrell’s speaking notes can be read here.

CONFIRMATION PROCESS AND RESOURCE EVENING

The Archdiocese of Dublin has produced a package of resources for parishes to supplement the preparation of young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

  • A Confirmation Journal to equip parishes to run a nine-week Confirmation youth group.
  • Three Confirmation Preparation Rites with preparatory sessions.
  • Three Confirmation Videos to run three sessions for parents and children.

To find out how to make the most of these resources, join us on Zoom from 7pm to 8.30pm next Tuesday, June 28. To register, email gerard.hanley@dublindiocese.ie.

LAUDATO SI AWARD INFORMATION EVENING

The Archdiocese of Dublin has developed a parish-based initiative to encourage young people from the ages of 13 to 17 to engage with ecological action, education and spirituality. Based on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si, the goal is for young people to lead and inspire the whole parish to embrace caring for our common home. To find out how to run the award in your parish, join us on Zoom from 7pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, June 30. To register, email gerard.hanley@dublindiocese.ie.

ROSARY RELAY FOR SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS

The Annual Global Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests will take place this Friday, June 24, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This will be its 13th year, involving more prayer locations than ever, having grown from 24 single prayer locations in June 2003 its first year to 2,600 in 2020.

Each of the participating prayer location countries prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a specific allocated time on the day in thanksgiving to God for our priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all priests, for all her priestly sons.

Several Dublin parish are participating. Click here for a full list of locations. See the attached document for more about the Rosary Relay for the Sanctification of Priests.

CEMETERY MASSES AND BLESSING OF GRAVES

Mass for those interred in Kilgobbin Cemetery will be held in St Mary’s Church, Sandyford, on Sunday, June 26, at 11am, followed by Blessing of Graves at 1.30pm in Kilgobbin Cemetery. Mass in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Glencullen, will be held on Sunday, July 3, at 3pm.

‘THE GIFT OF BELONGING’ AT DOMINICAN RETREAT CENTRE, TALLAGHT

The Dominican Retreat Centre at St Mary’s Priory in Tallaght has a programme of retreats over the summer. From Saturday, June 25, to Friday, July 1, residential retreat with Canon Michael Hurley. “The gift of belonging”. Cost: Residential €525.00, non-residential €350.00. Booking 01 4048189 or dominicanretreats@gmail.com.

SACRED HEART MESSENGER MASS

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, this Friday, June 24Sacred Heart Messenger has organised a Mass at 7pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. All are welcome to join with Messenger promoters and readers in person and on the church  webcam at www.donnybrookparish.ie. The homily will be by Fr Donal Neary SJ, Editor.

SACRED HEART TRIDUUM

The Sacred Heart Fathers at St John Vianney Parish, Ardlea Road, Artane, D05 TH79, are celebrating a Triduum to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from this Wednesday, June 22, to Friday, June 24. There will be Mass each day at 10am and on Friday at 7.30 pm. Also Meditation and Song at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 22nd and a Holy Hour at 7.30pm on Thursday the 23rd.  Confessions after each service. Poster attached.

GARDINER STREET SACRED HEART NOVENA

Novena in honour of the Sacred began on June 16 and continues until this Frday, June 24. The guest preacher this year is Fr Shane Daly SJ. Mass Times: Monday to Friday 11.00am & 7.30pm. Saturday 11.00am & 6.00pm. Sunday 11.00am & 12.30pm.

PHILOSOPHY OF EDITH STEIN READING GROUP LECTURE

The annual public lecture of the Philosophy of Edith Stein Reading Group will be presented by Dr Timothy Burns. Dr Burns will speak on the topic ‘Why We Need Empathy’, with specific reference to the writings of Edith Stein. This meeting will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 3pm in the Edith Stein Room, St Teresa’s Priory, St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2. Free admission. For more information contact 087 1384367 or 087 2206092.

PRIORY INSTITUTE SUMMER SCHOOL

The Priory Institute two-week online summer school will run from July 18 to 29 and again from August 15 to 26. The subject is Mysticism in an Age of Calamity: Meister Eckhart, John Tauler and Henry Suso. The course includes eight recorded presentations and two online zoom discussions and is very flexible as it is delivered entirely online. Find out more and register at www.prioryinstitute.com.

LAUDATE RETURNS

Please encourage parish schools and parish choirs to engage in Laudate 2023 so that together we may raise our voices in songs of praise to God in January during Catholic Schools Week. Letters of invitation will issue to schools of the Archdiocese this week. A repertoire of easy to sing hymns will be made available in September along with audio and PowerPoint materials to support easy engagement of all.

DEANSGRANGE CEMETARY MASS AND BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

On Sunday, July 3, at 3pm there will be Mass and Blessing of the Graves in Deansgrange Cemetery.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS

The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts returned on Sunday at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.

SACRED HEART NOVENA IN CRUMLIN

St Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road, Crumlin, D12 NX05, is hosting its Sacred Heart Novena from June 16 to 24. The theme is: “Peace is God’s gift. Let us never lose the courage to say, Jesus, give us your peace.” Mass each evening at 7.30pm. For further information please contact 01 4733109 or visit www.sbcc.ie.

KNOCKADOON MUSIC AND LITURGY COURSE

The Knockadoon Music and Liturgy course takes place from August 14 to 20. Book and find out more at www.knockadoonml.ie.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY

Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

GODLY PLAY 3 BOOKINGS

Are you or someone you know still thinking of applying for a place on the Godly Play 3 Day Core Training in Thurles from July 6 to 8? For all information you need, visit https://godlyplayireland.com/399-2/. There is also an option on the web page to pay via PayPal. Address any queries to godlyplayireland@gmail.com.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

  • Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
  • Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
  • Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system

Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.ie.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCATION SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS

The Irish Church Music Association is resuming its Summer School in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. There are two days of workshops this year. Dr John O’Keeffe and Ronan McDonagh will be guest presenters on Thursday, July 14. Poster attached.

DCU THEOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS

Study Theology and World Religions at the postgraduate level at DCU. The MA programme has been expanded to include a strong comparative and interreligious component: it is an MA in Theology and World Religions. The programme will go ahead in the coming academic year on campus, as it did last year. The Theology programme is carried out on the beautiful All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra.

The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is a part-time, flexible programme is designed for mature students, and holds lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. Classes are small and academic support is provided for all students. Scholarships are available for new incoming students

Visit https://www.dcu.ie/your-guide-to-student-application-portals/.

GARDINER STREET SEEKS PARISH MANAGER

Gardiner Street Parish is seeking to employ a Parish Manager, a dynamic person with a passion for parish life who can take on many of the organisational and administrative responsibilities that typically fall to the Parish Priest. They will manage daily operations, develop and manage the parish’s communications, be responsible for organising and running events, and be a key person of contact for priests, staff and volunteers. There may also be some scope for pastoral work. For a full job description and details of how to apply, see the parish website, ask at reception or call 01 8363411.

PARISH SECRETARY OPENING IN BLANCHARDSTOWN

There is a vacancy for a Parish Secretary in St Brigids Parish Blanchardstown. The position is part-time for 20 Hours per week. The recruitment is handled by Adare Recruitment and a job description is available from them or on request by email to office@blanchardstownparish.ie. Closing date for applications is July 8. Applications should be sent to St Brigid’s parish office, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

ETHOS OFFICER POSITION

The Spiritan Education Trust invites applications for the position of Ethos Officer. The successful candidate will support and actively develop the Spiritan Ethos across the school network. To request an application form including a job description please email sheila.lanney@spiritaneducation.ie. The closing date for the application is July 7 at 4pm. Interviews will be held before the end of July.

TWO PEWS AVAILABLE

St Brigid’s, Cabinteely, has two church pews available following church renovations. Good condition – offers welcome. Contact info@cabinteelyparish.ie or 01 2858835 for details and photographs.

SHEKINAH BLENDED LEARNING COURSES

Certificate and diploma courses – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications: July 23, 2022. Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS

If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we request you to please inform the Diocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES

ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT

For Parish Human Resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 549 0450 or Tim Conway at 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/.

(Some of the attendance at Clonmacnoise on Saturday.)

SUMMER DUES COLLECTION
Archbishop Farrell has written to priests regarding the return of congregations to regular attendance at Sunday Mass and to ask that they invite parishioners to contribute again to a Summer Dues collection for the support of priests. It is asked that this collection begin this coming weekend. A poster is attached to this email.

ARCHDIOCESE SEEKING TO APPOINT PROPERTY ASSET MANAGER
The Archdiocese wishes to appoint an experienced Property Asset Manager to devise and deliver a comprehensive property strategy. Specifically, the Property Asset Manager will assist parishes to:

Develop an asset management strategy, in collaboration with all stakeholders, to reflect emerging requirements.
Develop efficient and effective property management tools to deliver appropriate support and quality service to parishes and other end users.
Provide and deliver a property consolidation plan.
Develop a residential model to reflect the future needs of the diocese.
Manage all property related stakeholder relationships.
Full details can be found at https://dublindiocese.ie/vacancies/. Please contact ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie with enquiries.

ARCHBISHOP FARRELL AT ECUMENICAL BIBLE WEEK
Ecumenical Bible Week took place last week. Archbishop Farrell spoke on the topic A New Pentecost: Moving to the Edges. Archbishop Farrell’s speaking notes can be read at https://dublindiocese.ie/a-new-pentecost-moving-to-the-edges/

SYNODAL PATHWAY REPORT
On the feast of St Kevin, Archbishop Farrell published the Synodal Pathway Report with an accompanying letter. These can be read at https://dublindiocese.ie/synodal-pathway-report-and-letter-from-archbishop-farrell/.

BUILDING HOPE PARISH GATHERING RESOURCES
Training resources for the Building Hope parish gathering, including video material, are available on the Building Hope section of the Archdiocese of Dublin website at https://dublindiocese.ie/building-hope-parish-gathering-resources/. They include;

A PowerPoint for use in the Building Hope parish gathering;
A Microsoft Word template you can use to invite people to the Building Hope parish gathering;
Speaking notes for the chair of your parish’s Building Hope Leadership Group or Animators;
Group leader guidance and
Key words and prompts.
In addition the following were recently distributed via separate emails to your Parish Team, Chairs of PPCs and PFCs;

a version of the PowerPoint which includes Presenter’s Notes to aid the presenter at your parish gathering
the link to the digital Building Hope Response Form and
a unique Parish Code required for your parish’s ONE digital submission.
Should you need further assistance or guidance please email buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.

CONFIRMATION PROCESS AND RESOURCE EVENING
The Archdiocese of Dublin has produced a package of resources for parishes to supplement the preparation of young people for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

A Confirmation Journal to equip parishes to run a nine-week Confirmation youth group.
Three Confirmation Preparation Rites with preparatory sessions.
Three Confirmation Videos to run three sessions for parents and children.
To find out how to make the most of these resources, join us on Zoom from 7pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday, June 28. To register, email gerard.hanley@dublindiocese.ie.

LAUDATO SI AWARD INFORMATION EVENING
The Archdiocese of Dublin has developed a parish-based initiative to encourage young people from the ages of 13 to 17 to engage with ecological action, education and spirituality. Based on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si, the goal is for young people to lead and inspire the whole parish to embrace caring for our common home. To find out how to run the award in your parish, join us on Zoom from 7pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, June 30. To register, email gerard.hanley@dublindiocese.ie.

SACRED HEART MESSENGER MASS
On the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday, June 24, Sacred Heart Messenger has organised a Mass at 7pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. All are welcome to join with Messenger promoters and readers in person and on the church webcam at www.donnybrookparish.ie. The homily will be by Fr Donal Neary SJ, Editor.

SACRED HEART TRIDUUM
The Sacred Heart Fathers at St John Vianney Parish, Ardlea Road, Artane, D05 TH79, are celebrating a Triduum to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Wednesday, June 22, to Friday, June 24. There will be Mass each day at 10am and on Friday at 7.30 pm. Also Meditation and Song at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 22nd and a Holy Hour at 7.30pm on Thursday the 23rd. Confessions after each service. Poster attached.

DEANSGRANGE CEMETERY MASS AND BLESSING OF THE GRAVES
On Sunday, July 3, at 3pm there will be Mass and Blessing of the Graves in Deansgrange Cemetery.

DÚN LAOGHAIRE ORGAN CONCERTS
The Dún Laoghaire Summer Organ Concerts return this Sunday at St Michael’s Church. See the attached poster for full details.

SACRED HEART NOVENA IN CRUMLIN
St Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road, Crumlin, D12 NX05, will host its Sacred Heart Novena from June 16 to 24. The theme is: “Peace is God’s gift. Let us never lose the courage to say, Jesus, give us your peace.” Mass each evening at 7.30pm except Saturday, June 18 (Mass at 6pm), and Sunday, June 19 (Mass for the Sick/Healing at 3pm). For further information please contact 01 4733109 or visit www.sbcc.ie.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY
Application is now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. The programme, run by the Dublin Archdiocese, begins this year on Thursday, September 29, in DCU St Patrick’s Campus. Places are limited so early application is advisable

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course, for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and mid-terms. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. The cost is €400 per year which may be paid in instalments throughout the year.

For more information visit www.missionministry.ie or contact Pathways director Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023
Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place August 1 to 6 in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29.

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well.

Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

Parishes are now invited register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also
Individuals can also use this system to register their interest
Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system
Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023

Contact wyd@dublindiocese.ie.

IRISH CHURCH MUSIC ASSOCATION SUMMER SCHOOL RETURNS
The Irish Church Music Association is resuming its Summer School in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, on Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15. There are two days of workshops this year. Dr John O’Keeffe and Ronan McDonagh will be guest presenters on Thursday, July 14. Poster attached.

DCU THEOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS
Study Theology and World Religions at the postgraduate level at DCU. The MA programme has been expanded to include a strong comparative and interreligious component: it is an MA in Theology and World Religions. The programme will go ahead in the coming academic year on campus, as it did last year. The Theology programme is carried out on the beautiful All Hallows Campus in Drumcondra. Please see the attached document for the scholarships announcement. Applicants for the scholarships must apply for the MA in Theology and World Religions programme on PAC (PAC Code DC693 Full-time and DC694 Part-time) after registering interest in the scholarships. Visit https://www.dcu.ie/your-guide-to-student-application-portals/. Email joseph.rivera@dcu.ie for more information or to arrange a campus visit.

GOSPEL CHOIR MUSIC FESTIVAL
A Gospel Choir music festival takes place in Mountjoy Square Park, Dublin, and surrounding areas this Sunday, June 19, from 12.30pm to 6pm. This is a free public outdoor concert which features live performances from gospel choirs from around Ireland including Gardiner Street, Discovery, Our Lady of Victories and Fingal Gospel Choir. There will also be a performance from the Forget Me Nots choir, an inclusive, fun choir that unites older people and those affected by dementia with caregiver family and friends as part of the festival’s dementia-friendly focus this year.

Food trucks, children’s entertainment, picnic tables and necessary facilities will all be available in the park so that you can make a day of it with family and friends. No tickets required. Image attached.

TWO PEWS AVAILABLE
St Brigid’s, Cabinteely, has two church pews available following church renovations. Good condition – offers welcome. Contact info@cabinteelyparish.ie or 01 2858835 for details and photographs.

SHEKINAH BLENDED LEARNING COURSES
Certificate and diploma courses – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications: July 23, 2022. Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie.

APPLYING FOR LEGAL STATUS
Are you living in Ireland undocumented? Do you know someone who may be an undocumented migrant? Undocumented people can apply for a legal status now. Applications for the new government undocumented scheme are open until 31 July. Don’t miss this life-changing opportunity. To check your eligibility and get support to apply visit the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland website www.mrci.ie or email info@mrci.ie or contact 083-0755387.

RESPONSE TO UKRAINE CRISIS
If parishes have made offers to accommodate Ukrainian refugees with the Red Cross, or are already hosting, we request you to please inform the Diocese by emailing Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) and Victoria Leatham (victoria.leatham@dublindiocese.ie).

SUPPORT SERVICES
ADARE HR – PARISH CONTACT
For Parish Human Resource queries please contact Adare HR at 01 549 0450 or Tim Conway at 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/.

PARISH NOTICES , MAY 9, 2022

LAY MINISTRY COLLECTION – MAY 14 AND 15

The Archdiocese of Dublin Lay Ministry Collection takes place this 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. Poster attached.

BUILDING HOPE EASTER INITIATIVE

Many thanks to the large number of people attending Building Hope training, on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th May, ahead of parish meetings. It is great to see the momentum building. Thank you to all who participated. Training will be available again along the way.

It is time now to make the parish profile material widely available in your parish – speaking to it also on Sundays. The parish profile for your parish was sent out at Easter by email to priests, deacons, parish pastoral workers, parish secretaries, chairs of pastoral council (where email addresses had been submitted) and chairs of parish finance committees. Animators and group leaders should access it through them.

A separate communication will issue tomorrow Friday 13th May providing an update on how things are progressing along with the PowerPoint for the parish meeting, a template for the invitation to the Building Hope Parish meeting and speaking notes for the Chair of the parish Building Hope Leadership Group and/or Animators. Group Leader guidance will also be made available tomorrow.

Many thanks to everyone who has engaged with this initial phase of the Building Hope process – and also to those who are working their way into it now. Your efforts are much appreciated.

From the Building Hope Pastoral Strategy Implementation Group.

CLONLIFFE COLLEGE AUCTION

The auction of items from Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, took place on Tuesday. To see the results of the auction, visit www.victormeeauctions.ieAll proceeds from the auction will go to relief for those affected by the war in Ukraine.

GODLY PLAY

‘Knowing Jesus in a New Way’ will be held this month on Tuesdays the 10th, 17th and 24th, with a Pentecost story on Tuesday, May 31, from 11am to midday for adults; 3pm to 4pm for children. Venue: St Thomas the Apostle parish pastoral centre, Jobstown, Tallaght. Facilitators: Rosemary Lavelle and Saule Cameron. See the attached poster.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of new and ongoing opportunities to apply for funding for your parish or organisation. Community Centre Investment Fund (closes July 14): Grants of up to €25,000, €100,000 and €300,000 for capital works to community centres. Community Foundation (closes May 20): Eligible organisations can apply for €3,000 to €20,000 to develop and enhance a green space in their local area. Contact Céire Sadlier, Grants Officer, Finance and General Purposes Council, Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, at 086 892 3336 or ceire.sadler@iecon.ie for more information.

BLESSING OF GRAVES

Mass and Blessing of Graves will take place in Shanganagh Cemetery on Sunday, May 29, at 3pm

NO VISIBLE SCAR: WORKSHOP AT DROMANTINE CENTRE, NEWRY

Losing a loved one can be a lonely, isolating and disorienting experience. These feelings of loss have been felt even more keenly in the time of a global pandemic. This workshop provides a gentle, safe and comforting space to help those bereaved before or during the pandemic to better understand their feelings, sensitively unpack the layers of grief their loss has brought and learn how to respectfully carry grief and embrace life again. Friday 20 May (arrive 5pm) to Sunday 22 May (depart 2pm). €260. Workshop facilitator Fr Hugh Lagan SMA. Fr Lagan is a priest with the Society of African Missions and a chartered clinical psychologist. He has led retreats, workshops and trainings internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive change, trauma, mental health and resilience. Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place: 048 30821964 or admin@dromantineconference.com

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 tomorrow, Friday, 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.

SHEKINAH BLENDED LEARNING COURSES

Certificate and diploma courses – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications:  July 23, 2022 Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie

MUSICAL EVENT AT OUR LADY OF DOLOURS IN GLASNEVIN

Our Lady of Dolours Church in Glasnevin is holding a musical event on Sunday, May 22, at 4pm. Proceeds from ticket sales and an on-the-day raffle are being donated to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal. The Forget-Me-Nots choir will perform at the event. The Forget-Me-Nots is an inclusive choir for the vulnerable elderly, older people, family, friends, neighbours and with a special welcome for those affected by dementia or memory loss. Image 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.

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.

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, Seán McDermott Street, Dublin, on Sunday, June 12, 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 vita@matttalbotprayersociety.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, June 5 to 12. 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.

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 (ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie) or Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) 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 ‘Fáilte 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/.

BALLYFERMOT VACANCY

A part-time secretary is required for St Matthew’s Parish. 20 hours per week. The secretary will be working for the Parish Priest and parish team. The parish office is in the Parish Centre which is attached to the church, which is on Blackditch Drive, Ballyfermot. Currently there are three small national schools and two secondary schools in the parish. If you would like to apply for the position, or to request the full job description, please write to piarasmacl@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 30.

SUPPORT SERVICES

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/.

PARISH NOTICES , MAY 9, 2022

LAY MINISTRY COLLECTION – MAY 14 AND 15

The Archdiocese of Dublin Lay Ministry Collection takes place this 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. Poster attached.

BUILDING HOPE

Please note that the email address for registering for this week’s Building Hope Zoom training for chairs of PPCs, chairs of Parish Building Hope Leadership Groups and Building Hope animators is buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS / GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

“Let us pray, brothers and sisters, that the People of God, amid the dramatic events of history, may increasingly respond to this call.   Let us implore the light of the Holy Spirit, so that all of us may find our proper place and give the very best of ourselves in this great divine plan!” (Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer Vocations, 2022).

World Day of Prayer for Vocations / Good Shepherd Sunday was observed yesterday, Sunday, May 8.

Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s homily for Good Shepherd Sunday, which he delivered yesterday morning in Sandyford, can be read here: https://dublindiocese.ie/homily-of-archbishop-dermot-farrell-good-shepherd-sunday/

Pope Francis’s message for the day can be read here: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/20220508-messaggio-59-gm-vocazioni.html

CLONLIFFE COLLEGE AUCTION

The auction of items from Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10, at 3pm. For the auction catalogue and further details visit www.victormeeauctions.ieAll proceeds from the auction will go to relief for those affected by the war in Ukraine.

GODLY PLAY STORIES

Knowing Jesus in a New Way on will be held this month on Tuesdays the 10th, 17th and 24th, with a Pentecost story on Tuesday, May 31, from 11am to midday for adults; 3pm to 3pm for children. Venue: St Thomas the Apostle parish pastoral centre, Jobstown, Tallaght. Facilitators: Rosemary Lavelle and Saule Cameron. See the attached poster.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of new and ongoing opportunities to apply for funding for your parish or organisation. Community Centre Investment Fund (closes July 14): Grants of up to €25,000, €100,000 and €300,000 for capital works to community centres. Community Foundation (closes May 20): Eligible organisations can apply for €3,000 to €20,000 to develop and enhance a green space in their local area. Contact Céire Sadlier, Grants Officer, Finance and General Purposes Council, Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, at 086 892 3336 or ceire.sadler@iecon.ie for more information.

NO VISIBLE SCAR: WORKSHOP AT DROMANTINE CENTRE, NEWRY

Losing a loved one can be a lonely, isolating and disorienting experience. These feelings of loss have been felt even more keenly in the time of a global pandemic. This workshop provides a gentle, safe and comforting space to help those bereaved before or during the pandemic to better understand their feelings, sensitively unpack the layers of grief their loss has brought and learn how to respectfully carry grief and embrace life again. Friday 20 May (arrive 5pm) to Sunday 22 May (depart 2pm). €260. Workshop facilitator Fr Hugh Lagan SMA. Fr Lagan is a priest with the Society of African Missions and a chartered clinical psychologist. He has led retreats, workshops and trainings internationally on psychological and spiritual well-being, positive change, trauma, mental health and resilience. Please contact Jacinta or Louisa to reserve your place: 048 30821964 or admin@dromantineconference.com

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.

SHEKINAH BLENDED LEARNING COURSES

Certificate and diploma courses  – in Spirituality/Applied Youth Ministry. Accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth. Diploma can be done over one or two years. Duration of courses: August 27, 2022 – April 1, 2023. Closing date for applications:  July 23, 2022 Diploma: 16 Days – 12 on Zoom & 4 in Maynooth. Certificate: 9.5 Days – 6.5 on Zoom & 3 in Maynooth. Suitable for Parents, Teachers, School Chaplains and Youth Workers in parish ministry. For further information and application form see www.shekinah.ie

MUSICAL EVENT AT OUR LADY OF DOLOURS IN GLASNEVIN

Our Lady of Dolours Church in Glasnevin is holding a musical event on Sunday, May 22, at 4pm. Proceeds from ticket sales and an on-the-day raffle are being donated to the Irish Red Cross Ukraine appeal. The Forget-Me-Nots choir will perform at the event. The Forget-Me-Nots is an inclusive choir for the vulnerable elderly, older people, family, friends, neighbours and with a special welcome for those affected by dementia or memory loss. Image 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.

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.

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, Seán McDermott Street, Dublin, on Sunday, June 12, 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 vita@matttalbotprayersociety.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, June 5 to 12. 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.

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 (ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie) or Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) 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 ‘Fáilte 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/.

SUPPORT SERVICES

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/.

(St Patrick and St Brigid in one of the pictures in the Clonliffe College auction, taking place tomorrow, Tuesday.)

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 buildinghope@dublindiocese.ie.
  • 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.

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.

UKRAINE COLLECTION

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 vita@matttalbotprayersociety.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 info@canaireland.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 (ide.finnegan@dublindiocese.ie) or Patrick Nelson (patrick.nelson@dublindiocese.ie) 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 gerard.gallagher@dublindiocese.ie.

PASTORAL CONVERSATION RESOURCES

The Resources for Pastoral Conversation 4 are now available on the Diocesan website and the Mission and Ministry Department.

SUPPORT SERVICES

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

ADVISORY-COMMITTEE-ON-CHURCH-MUSIC-13-MAY-2022.pdf

Mission Impossible Poster 2022

Vocations Sunday Resources 2022