“They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
The Parish Pastoral Council aims to promote a parish with Jesus at the centre of its mission; making welcome searchers and believers. We strive to reach out to all in our community, sharing responsibility on the journey of faith.
Our Sunday Masses times are as follows:
Vigil on Saturday at 7pm, and 9.30am & 11.30am on Sunday mornings.
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.
Weekday Masses, Monday to Saturday, are at 10am.
(The church sometimes closes after 10am Mass on Saturday for cleaning)
Funerals will normally be at 11.30am. However, in the rare event of two funerals needing to be held on one day, the regular 10am Mass will be cancelled, and the funerals will be at 9.30am & 11.30am.
All our Masses can also be viewed live, online, via our webcam at www.assumptionballyfermot.ie
Please observe all the necessary safety measures both inside and outside the church if attending in person, including the wearing of face coverings.
Please use all the available exits when leaving the church.
Towards a National Synodal Assembly
Click here to learn more about the Irish Bishops announcement concerning a new Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly within the next five years, and click here for all the latest local synod updates and resources from Dublin Diocese.
If people wish to donate towards the maintenance and upkeep of our parish and church, there is a facility to do that via a link on our website and Facebook page. Just press on the ‘Donate’ button and follow the instructions. Otherwise, people can post, or drop a donation in via the letterbox, to The Parish House, 197 Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin D10 P659.
Webcam Difficulties – If you ever have difficulty accessing our webcam through our parish website, try this link, via the Church Services site, for an alternative way of getting to the same place.
DIOCESAN UPDATES & ADMINISTRATION NOTICES
TRÓCAIRE SPECIAL APPEAL FOR EAST AFRICA – NOVEMBER 6th & 7th NOVEMBER
The Bishops of Ireland have called for a national Church collection on the 6th and 7th of November to support Trócaire in providing life-saving aid to vulnerable communities in East Africa and DRC, where millions of people are being pushed to the edge of starvation. Trócaire teams are already responding on the ground, and are ready to provide more life-saving assistance but need more resources. Any support the Parish can give to this Emergency Appeal will help the urgent work of Trócaire and their hardworking local partners. For more information see www.trocaire.org. This collection will replace the share collection.
ACTIVITY CENTRE ADMINISTRATOR – ST FINTAN’S PARISH
St. Fintan’s Parish Pastoral Centre is looking for a part time Activity Centre Administrator. Monday – Friday mornings for approx. 20 – 25 hours per week. Please see attached the full role description. To apply, please email: email@example.com
ALTAR SERVER DAY
The annual Diocesan Altar Server day for both Altar Servers and Altar Server coordinators will take place on Saturday 20th November in the Capuchin Church, St. Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7. It will begin at 11:00am and finish around 3:30pm. The day and will be a celebration and a time of formation for all. To register or to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registration is November 15th.
FAMILIES WALKING TOGETHER IN HOPE – NOVEMBER RESOURCES
The Office for Mission and Ministry has created great resources for the year of Families Walking Together in Hope. They can be used both in parishes and at home. The November resources are now available at: Families Walking Together in Hope | The Office for Mission and Ministry (missionministry.ie)
CHRIST THE KING – CELEBRATING WORLD YOUTH DAY IN YOUR PARISH.
Pope Francis has released his message for WYD 2021, to be marked in the Local Church on the Solemnity of Christ the King. (available on the link attached). Young people, and former WYD pilgrims are invited to attend the Vigil Mass of Christ the King on Saturday 20th November in Halston Street Parish @6pm. It will be animated by members of the Foundational Leadership Programme and for WYD pilgrims. Please extend a welcome of invitation. Parishes are invited to celebrate young people in their liturgies on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Resources and suggestions can be found on the www.missionministry.ie website. The next international WYD will take place in August (1-6) 2023 in Lisbon. Diocesan preparations for WYD will commence early in 2022. More information to follow.
All welcome to join us at the Pro-Cathedral on Sunday lunchtimes in November for: Remembering. The choirs associated with the Pro-Cathedral present a series of four Sunday lunchtime performances singing a varied and wide-range of choral music. At each performance, we will remember those lost during the Covid period in a special way. November 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th all at 1.15pm
Admission is free.
VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD – INVITATION TO MEN INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE
Fr. Séamus McEntee (Vocations Director) will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Priesthood for St. Josephs Young Priest’s Society on the Feast of Christ the King, in the Church of St. Andrew, Westland Row, on Sunday 21st November at 3.30pm.
I would like to invite as many priests as possible who are available, to join in concelebrating Mass (please bring stole) and also to invite along any men who might be interested in finding out more about a Vocation to Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Dublin. Members of the Vocations Team will be available to chat with them afterwards.
If any parish would like to receive A4 Vocations posters, please email me at email@example.com and I will post them out to you. Also, please refer any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond immediately. Let’s continue to invite our parishioners to pray that more men will hear the call of God and respond. Thank you, Fr. Séamus and Fr. Bill.
LAUDATO SI – OPEN INVITATION TO ALL
You are invited to join us for a Zoom Mini Course on Laudato Si, Pope Francis Encyclical “On Care For Our Common Home” We will explore Pope Francis inspiring document which is addressed to each of us and offers a blueprint for responding to the Cry of the Poor and the Cry of the Earth. Jane Mellett, Laudato Si officer with Trócaire will be our host. Our mini course is for six Wednesdays, starting October 27th to December 1st from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.To register please email: email@example.com A Zoom link will be sent to you later. Encyclical is available at Veritas or online.
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.
ACCORD Dublin has launched a new website. For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie
Crosscare COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
Crosscare’s focus has always been to serve the most vulnerable in our society. During this crisis we are working hard to ensure that the essential services we provide remain available to our service users while operating in line with Government and HSE advice to ensure that our service users and staff are protected.
While some of our face to face services have had to be adapted to meet HSE requirements, as much as possible we are continuing to provide supports through other remote means including phone and web based technologies.
Our Homeless Services including our residential facility for young people are open and operating normally and in line with HSE guidelines. We are working closely with the HSE, DRHE, Tusla and other government bodies, local authorities and colleagues in other similar organisations to ensure that our service users’ needs are supported and our people are kept safe.
Crosscare opened a new inner city 100 bed cocooning services for people who are homeless to keep them safe from the virus.
Our Food Banks remain open to support those most in need at this difficult time and we have made changes at a local level to ensure that the health of all involved is safeguarded.
Close to 7,000 emergency food parcels have been delivered to vulnerable individuals and families as a crisis response since the pandemic began.
Our Community Cafes remain open providing takeaway services to protect the health of our teams and customers.
Our Carecall team are operating a normal service making calls daily to all our clients.
Youth services had to close initially and staff were redeployed to help keep the essential food and residential services running. Services are now open with a greater emphasis on on line and telephone work and working more intensely with smaller numbers of particularly vulnerable young people.
Our Drugs and Alcohol Programme team are carrying out online sessions with their clients.
Our Voluntary Clubs team continue to link in with and support our volunteers by phone and other web-based technologies.
Please support this important work if you can by taking an envelope from the back of the Church or donating on-line at www.crosscare.ie
COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.
These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels.
Click here to see a list of these services.