Ignatius-Loyola_thumb3Opening our Hearts to God
An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality course will be held weekly on Thursdays from 23rd January to 13th march, 7.30pm to 9pm, in the Church of the Apostles, Churchview Road, Ballybrack. The talks will be given by a panel of distinguished speakers on Ignatian Spirituality. All are welcome. No need to book and no charge – just a basket collection each evening to cover costs. The book ‘Alone and on by Foot’ by Brian Grogan, S>J. on the life of St. Ignatius will be on sales at a special price of €10. Pick up a brochure in the church or email igcobbk@gmail.com for more details.

 

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

Untitled Images of St Sebastian that abound usually depict his suffering; his being tied to a tree with arrows piercing through him. He appears young, strong and athletic, but these depictions do not indicate that Sebastian was a fully paid up member of his local gym or even that he liked to play soccer now and then, but rather they depict his incessant physical endurance and his great energy in spreading and defending his beloved Saviour, Jesus Christ.  It is this energy of Sebastian, or what we might properly call ‘zeal’, that has given him the reputation as patron saint of athletes.

He was born sometime around the year 256, and like many Saints of the time he is subject to the usual hagiography and legend, so we must be discerning when finding the truth behind the story of his life, for such was the mode of history in ancient times. Sebastian was said to have suffered under the Emperor Diocletian, the last great persecutor of the Church, before its emancipation under Constantine. We must question therefore the date of Sebastian’s birth here as the persecutions did not begin until the year 303 or so.

Sebastian was educated in Milan and secured an eminent post as captain of the Praetorian Guard under the anti-Christian emperors Diocletian and Maximian. This post was given in ignorance of Sebastian’s Christian faith. Meanwhile Sebastian was supporting and encouraging his fellow brothers and sisters who were suffering simply for being Christian. An example of this is recorded of a certain pair of deacon twins, namely Mark and Marcellian who were arrested for refusing to offer sacrifice to the Roman gods. Not only did Sebastian support them in their faith but he is said to have converted their parents who were encouraging their twin sons to renounce the Christian religion so as to spare their lives.

The tireless influence of Sebastian spread even to a Roman official Nicostratus and his mute wife Zoe whom Sebastian is said to have healed. As a result many of the prisoners were freed before Nicrostratus legged it, retiring to the country of Campania. Sebastian we expect by now should have been dismissed from his post as Captain and promptly given his P45, but the incensed emperor Diocletian commanded that he be brought to a field, where he would be bound and killed by a firing squad of archers.  After been left for dead by the firing squad a certain Irene of Rome retrieved his body and sought to ascertain a decent burial for him. Finding him still alive she nursed him back to health.  Hey one way to get back at your boss who arranged to have you shot!

While recovering from his ordeal Sebastian continued in God’s service, healing a blind girl with the words: Do you want to be with God? The sight he restored we can assume was far more than physical.

In his passion and athletic desire for God he pursued Diocletian once more, confronting him with strong words as he passed by. The emperor was furious and ordered him beaten unto death and deposed of in a privy!  Legend has it that Sebastian spirit spoke of his awful resting place to a Christian widow so that she would ensure it received a decent Christian burial.

While many athletes pray to Sebastian before they enjoy their sports, treating him as some sort of good luck charm, we Christians still running the race of our faith should remember him, asking him to help us persevere in a faith, a fight in which we have yet to shed our blood.

Download a PDF of this article here

 

 
aBREAKING NEWS …  RTE  Radio 1 will be broadcasting the 7 p.m. Mass from St. Marys on the Monday the 6th of January ….  We will also include the link so you those who can not attend in person can pray with us through RTE player.  More information will come next week regarding this very exciting event for our Parish.

 

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

fr andrew on altarWork is currently underway in relighting St Marys Church with a much more energy efficient system and a softer light, which will truly enhance the sacred atmosphere of our beautiful Church. The emergency lighting at the doors has been replaced and emergency lighting has now been fitted in the main body of the Church. The Sanctuary will be completely relit in a more sympathetic and effective way. Fr Andrew

 

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

a3The focus of the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome that runs from October 5th – 19th will focus on family life.  They are meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of family in the context of evangelisation.”   All diocese and parishes have been encouraged to take part by reading and answering some of the questions that can be found here.  (To download the entire preparatory document from the Vatican click here.)

The Church wants responses from as many Catholics as possible from around the world, whether they are practicing or lapsed.  In time there will be an online survey that you can fill in and we will include that link once it becomes available.  “We recognise that some of the questions are formulated in complex terms. You can help us by using the 9 headings of the questionnaire as a guide for your answers. The Church wants to know what you think about these issues so do not hesitate to put things in your own words as you write the answer on-line (or if you wish to leave your comments in a sealed envelope in the parish office we will make sure they get to the appropriate office)” Thank you (Parish team)which are ,

1. The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Magisterium

2. Marriage according to the Natural Law

3. The Pastoral Care of the Family in Evangelization

4. Pastoral Care in Certain Difficult Marital Situations

5. On Unions of Persons of the Same Sex

6. The Education of Children in Irregular Marriages

7. The Openness of the Married Couple to Life

8. The Relationship Between the Family and the Person

9. Other Challenges and Proposals

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll.

In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area.

Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

 

evangeli“Evangeli Gaudium” –  The Joy of The Gospel.  Pope Francis has written this 85 page document to all the faithful expressing a special attention to the needs of the poor.  This has been a key theme of his Papacy and it is a timely reminder that Christ’s own birth, which we celebrate in a few weeks, was one of poverty.  You can read and download the full document here.
 
 

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

St. NicholasThe fact that this saint is so associated with Santa Claus makes him so attractive to people of all ages. If we look at the name: Saint Nicholas we already see a Latin connection between the word ‘Sancta’ meaning ‘holy’ and our Christmas word ‘Santa’. In fact, the Dutch legend of Sinterklaas has the name quite exact; Sint meaning saint and klass short for Niklaas or Nicholas. -So he is caught out, this guy is one and the same! So what’s his story?  Read more here

Archbishop Charles BrownVisit from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Breaking News and a date to add to your Diary!!!.  His Excellency, The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev Charles John Brown is coming to our Parish on Sunday the 8th of December to celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor on 13 May 1989 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an assistant Priest in the Bronx.  In 2000 after having ministered for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he became a chaplain for His Holiness on May 6th, 2000. Brown was named Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and nuncio to Ireland on 26 November 2011 and was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 January 2012.  It is a great honour and privilege to have him visiting our Parish and we hope all who can attend will come to celebrate with us on this special day.

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

confirmation

 

 

We are delighted to announce the dates, times and venues for Confirmation this coming spring.  The full details are as follows and can be found on our calendar page here

 

Friday 14th of March, 2014, 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

St. Mary’s N.S., Holy Trinity N.S. and Church of Ireland N.S.

 

 

Friday 28th of March, 2014 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

Gaelscoil Thaobh na Coille

 

 

Friday 4th of April, 2014 ,11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church Sandyford

Our Lady of the Wayside N.S. and St. Patrick’s N.S.

 

our lady dedicationCome and join us for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St. Mary’s Church this December 9th.  Masses will be celebrated at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  We hope to see you there…..It is a wonderful feast day where we honour Our Lady and since we are under her patronage in a special way let us ask her for our needs and the needs of the world…..

 

Archbishop Charles BrownVisit from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Breaking News and a date to add to your Diary!!!.  His Excellency, The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev Charles John Brown is coming to our Parish on Sunday the 8th of December to celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor on 13 May 1989 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an assistant Priest in the Bronx.  In 2000 after having ministered for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he became a chaplain for His Holiness on May 6th, 2000. Brown was named Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and nuncio to Ireland on 26 November 2011 and was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 January 2012.  It is a great honour and privilege to have him visiting our Parish and we hope all who can attend will come to celebrate with us on this special day.

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll. In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area. Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

Thank YouA very special word of thanks to all who helped contribute to last week’s collection of which 50% went to help the people in war torn Syria and the other half to provide food and shelter to those displaced by the Typhoon in the Philippines.  Thanks to your generosity a total of €7,540.00 was raised and will go to aid those suffering in these two countries.  Please keep united with us and the whole Church in prayer for those affected by wars and natural disasters.

 

Archbishop Charles BrownVisit from Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown

Breaking News and a date to add to your Diary!!!.  His Excellency, The Papal Nuncio, Most Rev Charles John Brown is coming to our Parish on Sunday the 8th of December to celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m.  It will be followed by refreshments in the Parish Room.  He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal John Joseph O’Connor on 13 May 1989 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as an assistant Priest in the Bronx.  In 2000 after having ministered for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith he became a chaplain for His Holiness on May 6th, 2000. Brown was named Titular Archbishop of Aquileia and nuncio to Ireland on 26 November 2011 and was ordained to the episcopate by Pope Benedict XVI on 6 January 2012.  It is a great honour and privilege to have him visiting our Parish and we hope all who can attend will come to celebrate with us on this special day.

Parish Race Day

Come and Help Restore our Iconic Blue Church at Our Lady of the Wayside.  On Sunday the 11th of May Sandyford Parish will sponsor the Leopardstown Racecourse.

RACEDAY NEWThe funds raised will go to restoring the Historical and Iconic Church in Kilternan.

Those who buy a place for €100 per person will be treated to lunch at the Pavillion Restaurant, rewarded with the days Racecard, tips, music and much more.  There are 62 tables with 10 seats each so hurry and book your places now.  Tables can be reserved for $1,000.  This promises to be a wonderful event for the whole family and support our local community.

Click on the image to the right to see the full size flyer.

To book your tickets, please call 01-295-6414

Email :  office@sandyfordparish.org

Web  : www.sandyfordparish.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Poland 2014

Publication2Following our Parish ‘Year of  Faith’ Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in June 2013 a number of people have been asking if we could facilitate a pilgrimage this year.  In April 2014 Pope Francis will celebrate the Canonisations of Blessed Pope John XXlll and Blessed John- Paul ll.

In light of this the parish proposes  a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland  ‘Walking in the Footsteps of Pope John –Paul ll‘  from Monday 14th—Mon 21st  July 2014. Copies of the proposed itinerary  are available  at the church doors. All bookings are made directly with MAP Travel but we ask that if you are booking  you would also contact the parish office and let us know of your intention to do so . Please spread the word as this is a very beautiful trip  which balances  all aspects of a prayerful pilgrimage with ample time to rest and enjoy the beautiful city of Krackow and the surrounding area.

Please see the proposed Itinerary at the doors of the church.  Download the Proposed Itinerary Here   and Booking Form Here

 

e-newletterAs a new initiative, we will be sending out important updates each month by email with an inclusive link to the full newsletter. To sign up and benefit from this service just send your email address and the words SUBSCRIBE in the subject line to newsletter@sandyfordparish.org, or fill in the submissions form on the right.   It is open to anyone and a great way to keep in touch for those who live abroad .  One of the many benefits of receiving the E-Newsletter is that key information is to hand wherever your are via a smartphone, tablet or laptop.  Thanks for taking part and please spread the word!!!

fr andrew on altarJust to keep you up-to-date on a few matters, firstly CCTV has now been installed both inside and outside of St. Mary’s, new signage and also measures have been put into place in order to restrict parking and ensure that Parishioners can enter and leave safely. (You can view photos of these works here)  I am currently looking for people to join our Fund Raising Committee for the restoration of our Blue Church which we hope to restore in 2014. If you would like to join or help please contact me or the office. On a personal level, as well as serving Sandyford Parish I am also a member of the Dublin Diocesan Finance  committee and the Archbishop has now appointed me to lead a new Committee on future diocesan needs.  With every blessing, Fr. Andrew