“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.
DIOCESAN UPDATES & ADMINISTRATION NOTICES
Our annual diocesan Safeguarding Sunday will take place on Sunday 26th September. The theme for this year’s event is “Safeguarding in a pandemic”.
Crosscare Annual Collection 2021
The Annual Collection for Crosscare, the social support agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin will be taken up at all Masses in the Diocese on the weekend of 18th and 19th September 2021. It will replace the usual Share collection. Through their services for Homeless, Youth, Migrants and Refugees, Crosscare focuses on helping people and families when they need it most or when they can’t find support anywhere else. In their Community Foodbanks and Cafes, they provide food parcels and nutritious meals every day. Demand for their services continues to increase as the pandemic has impacted the most vulnerable in our parishes and communities.
Please give generously in the second collection at all Masses on 18th and 19th September next or on line at www.crosscare.ie
Vacancy for a Parish Secretary – Ashford/Glenealy Parish
Ashford/Glenealy Parish has a vacancy for a part-time Parish Secretary (15 hours per week).
If you are interested in this position, please post your letter of application and current CV to Fr. Eamonn Crosson, Parochial House, Ashford, Co. Wicklow or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 5.00pm on Friday, 8 October 2021
FAMILIES WALKING TOGETHER IN HOPE
The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple and achievable ideas for families and parishes starting in September 2021. The ‘Walking Together in Hope’ initiative was launched on 25th August 2021 at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. To watch please click here Launch of Families Walking Together in Hope – YouTube
An Invitation to Families and Parishes
The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple and achievable ideas for families and parishes starting in September 2021. We are inviting families in our parishes to take part in various initiatives to support faith lived in the home and celebrated together in our parishes. The ‘family of families’ (parish) will be encouraged to reconnect the ‘holy’ to the home by suggesting rituals of faith in the home with parish rituals.
- 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.
- To create 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.
Connect the Kitchen Table to the Eucharistic Table
- We are inviting Families to pray with our suggestions at your kitchen table.
- We are inviting Parishes and Parish Liturgy Groups to create a Sacred Space in their Church – using the core items of the Kitchen Table and copy/print/replicate our monthly suggestions in order to inspire families to try some of these initiatives at home.
Join us for our Table Talk Conversations Series to demonstrate ways these resources can be used in the home and in parishes. More details to follow…
August – SOUL FOOD FOR FAMILIES– Opening Liturgy – Pro-Cathedral 25th August
Table Talk – Watch Fr Pat, Patricia and Gerard discuss resources during September for Families. View here Table Talk – August – Families Walking Together in Hope – YouTube
September – All Connected
October- Say Thanks
Guided Pilgrimages on the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path
A guided pilgrimage will be offered on Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th & Sunday 26th September and Sunday 3rd October, with Mass outdoors, weather permitting. The full route is a 12km loop, with a shorter 8km option. Advance booking is essential. For further information email email@example.com or telephone 0(0353) 71 9861518. www.loughderg.org Lough Derg Pilgrim Path, Pettigo, Co Donegal.
PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS
Archbishop Farrell is asking for people and priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on a regular basis. As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call and “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out: Vocations | Archdiocese of Dublin (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 email@example.com. Web: www.evangelisation.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. 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.
Anam Cara Bereavement Support Evening
Anam Cara would like to invite you to join us for an online Bereavement Information and Support Evening taking place 16th September at 7pm. This events will give you an opportunity to hear a bereavement professional talk about the difficult challenges and many milestones grieving a child of any age has on you and your family. If you would like to join us please register here https://bit.ly/3Dzyphc or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 085 288 8888.
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.