“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.
Task force created by Archbishop to aid ‘radical renewal’ of the Diocese of Dublin
A task force composed of clergy, religious and laypeople has been established by Archbishop Dermot Farrell to prepare an assessment of the needs of the people of the Archdiocese of Dublin as they emerge from the Covid crisis. He has done this in recognition of the fact that the Church in Dublin “faces challenges” which require immediate action, one of the key challenges being preparing a recovery from the “severe” impact of the pandemic.
“To advance analysis and encourage dialogue and engagement, I established a ‘Task Force on a Church for the Dublin of Tomorrow’, under the title ‘Building Hope’,” Dr Farrell said. The aim of the task force will be to “prepare an approach to a pastoral strategy” that supports parishes to undertake a “radical renewal”, and that will allow communities of faith to look to the “future with creativity”. “I want the task force to stimulate reflection and creative thinking across the whole community, in parishes and in organisations committed to the well-being of the people, to guide a process of dialogue which will continue as we develop and implement our plans for the future. “To assist the task force, I am also establishing an expert panel in the areas of the economic, social and pastoral situation in Dublin, and the trends which will shape our situation over the next 25 years. Their advice will help us to consider the views and priorities of the many organisations delivering services to the people of Dublin,” Archbishop Farrell said.
The archbishop has urged the task force to haste, asking it to complete its work by the end of the summer. “There is an urgency, and this cannot be an endless process,” he said, continuing, “It will give us all a basis for moving forward together with hope, confident that the Spirit is with those who respond to the call to follow the one who is the Lord of tomorrow as well as today”.
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From Monday , May 10th, people are able to be physically present at Mass again. So our weekday Mass time, Monday to Saturday, is 10am, and our Sunday Mass times return to the Vigil Mass on Saturday night at 7pm, and 9.30am and 11.30am on Sunday Mornings. All our services will continue to be available online.
The usual precautions remain in place; keep a social distance, sanitise your hands and wear a face mask.
Welcome back. Stay safe!
Archbishop Farrell also offered the following clarification today; In the spirit of the present guidelines no Sacraments such as First Confessions, First Communions, Confirmations or Baptisms should be organised at this time. A government review will happen at the end of June and, following this, further diocesan directives will be given. We are in the stages of reopening our churches and society which needs to be done carefully and systematically so that we don’t end up back in more restrictions. Let us move forward together supporting one another and also caring for the people we serve.
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.
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 & PARISH UPDATES
SACRAMENTS OF FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
Requests for clarification have been received. The celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation should only take place in the parish church. As pointed out by Archbishop Farrell in his recent communication, ‘We have yet to receive clarification about the circumstances under which a return to public worship will be permitted under public health guidelines. However, apart from such specific guidelines, we must be cognisant of the foreseeable risks of social gatherings which typically follow such celebrations.’ In solidarity with neighbouring parishes, parents, young people, school communities, please do not issue dates even provisionally for the celebration of Sacraments until we are all ready to move forward together and the Archbishop is in position to issue relevant pastoral guidelines.
VACANCY FOR PARISH SECRETARY
The Parish of Divine Mercy, Lucan South is currently recruiting a Parish Secretary. This role is offered initially on a one-year fixed term, part-time basis at 20 hours per week. Letters of application with enclosed C.V. should be emailed to Fr. Ubaldo Muhindo: firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Fr. Ubaldo Muhindo, 32 Earlsfort Rd, Lucan, K78 AP11 Co. Dublin The closing date for applications is: 1pm on Wednesday 9th June 2021
LOUGH DERG 2021:
Lough Derg regrets that it will not be possible in 2021 to reopen Station Island for the Traditional Three Day Pilgrimage or even for the autumn programme of Day Retreats. Lough Derg will again offer the opportunity to “Do Lough Derg from wherever you are” on 3rd – 5th July. The outdoor Pilgrimage on the Lough Shore Pilgrim Path will also be available as the summer goes on. Further information from Lough Derg office 0(0353) 71 9861518 or www.loughderg.org.
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.
NATIONAL GATHERING ON ZOOM FOR CANTORS
The Advisory Committee on Church Music with the National Centre for Liturgy will host a Conversation on Zoom for Cantors and their Accompanists on Wednesday, 16 June 2021 from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. The conversation is titled ‘Keeping the Song Alive – Celebrating and Supporting the Work of Cantors in our Church’. The brochure is attached in PDF form and contains the link for the Registration of each participant. When the participant registers, he or she will then, in due course, receive by email, the link to be admitted to the Zoom conversation.
INTERDIOCESAN RETREAT – ARDS FRIARY RETREAT CENTRE
We are pleased to advise that due to the easing of restrictions in June we are able to schedule the Interdiocesan Retreat this year from Sunday, 20th to Thursday, 24 June. Kindly let us know if you would like to join the retreat, call Ards Friary Retreat Office on 074 913 8909. It would be helpful to our catering staff if you could advise of any special dietary requirements that you may have at the time of booking.
THEOLOGY OPEN DAY – PRIORY INSTITUTE
Online Theology Open Day, 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. Click here or email email@example.com to find out more about our Online Open Day on Saturday 19 June. This is the link to register for the Online Open Day https://prioryinstitute.com/events/priory-institute-open-day
YOUTH INITIATIVES (FROM THE OFFICE FOR EVANGELISATION AND ECUMENISM)
TEEN HOPE CONNECTED
3 Week Series on Scripture on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7pm for Teenagers. Expect some fun, exploring of faith and life, small group discussions, some top class games, and prayer. To register for this youth group you will need to complete the online parental consent form with your parents by clicking here: https://forms.gle/2uGwM3jnLM1Mwyeu5
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.