Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
In the Care of the Redemptorists

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“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

Sharing Responsibility on the Journey of Faith

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.

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Welcome

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, or Holy Day, Mass remains suspended during COVID.

Weekday Masses, Monday to Saturday, are at 10am.

Holy Day Masses – 7pm Vigil on the night before & 10am on the day itself.

Funerals will normally be at 11.30am (sometimes 11.15am). 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

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.

The church is open most days from about 8.30am to 6pm. It closes earlier on Friday afternoon for cleaning.

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.

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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.

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Catholic Schools Week 2022

Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated in schools across the island of Ireland from Sunday 23 January – Sunday 30 January. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2022 is ‘Catholic Schools: Living Life to the Full’. During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools reflecting on their contribution to the common good of society. For Catholic Schools Week, Fr Gareth Byrne, Moderator for the Curia will celebrate Sunday Mass broadcast on RTE One television on 30 January 2022 at 11am. Resources are available at

Catholic Schools Week 2022 | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)

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Sunday of the Word of God 2022

In his Apostolic Letter of 30 September 2019, Aperuit illis Pope Francis established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be the Sunday of the Word of God. Sunday of the Word of God is a day to be devoted to the celebration, study, and spreading of the Word of God. Pope Francis is clear from the very first paragraph of this letter that the relationship between the Risen Lord, a community of believers, and sacred Scripture is essential to who we are as Christians. This year it will fall on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Resources are now available at

Sunday Word of God – January 23rd 2022 | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)

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First Holy Communion & Confirmation 2022

If your child attends St. Michael’s, St. Raphael’s or St. Gabriel’s Primary Schools, and you wish to register your child for First Holy Communion or Confirmation in Assumption Church, Ballyfermot for 2022,  please click on the links below, fill in the form and send .

First Holy Communion Registration 2022

Confirmation Registration 2022

The information you provide will only be used to facilitate the celebration of this Sacrament and the associated preparation programme. It will not be shared with anyone else. The information will be retained by Assumption Parish for administration purposes.  The information entered in the Sacramental Register is a permanent record.

Diocesan Notices

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

Theme

The theme for the 2022 Week of Prayer is ‘We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him’ (Mt 2:2), taken from the account of the visit of the magi to pay homage to the infant king (Mt 2:1-12). It is a call to unity, of those from the North and the South, from the East and from the West, old and young, men and women.

Introduction

The story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem is one very familiar to us. The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ–child. The story might therefore represent the unity of all created that God desires.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences, and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness.

Serving the Gospel today requires a commitment to the human being, especially the poorest, the weakest and those marginalised. It requires from the churches transparency and accountability in dealing with the world, and with each other. This means churches need to cooperate to provide relief to the afflicted, to welcome the displaced, to relieve the burdened, and to build a just and honest society. This is a call for churches to work together so that young people can build a good future according to God’s heart, a future in which all human beings can experience life, peace, justice, and love.

Click here for more resources

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TOWARDS A NATIONAL SYNODAL ASSEMBLY

Welcome to the Irish Synodal Pathway

On 10 March 2021, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced a new Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly or Assemblies within the next five years. This process will focus on the question:

What does God want from the Church in Ireland at this time?

Full details:

https://synod.ie/

For more information from Dublin Diocese on the Synodal Pathway – Click Here

For Resources from Dublin Diocese for the Synodal Pathway – Click Here

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DIOCESAN UPDATES & ADMINISTRATION NOTICES

Click here for the latest news and updates for the Archdiocese of Dublin

 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.

ACCORD

ACCORD Dublin has launched a new website.  For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie

Some COVID Notices

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.  

Homeless Services

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.

Food Services

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

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.

Parish Newsletter

Parish Contacts

Priests:
Fr. Adrian Egan, C.Ss.R. (PP), Fr. Seamus Devitt, C.Ss.R.;
Tel: 01-6264789

Pariah Secretary:
Mildred Healy;
Tel: Working from home; contact by email.
email:parishcentreballyfermot@gmail.com

Sacristans:
Ann Marie Murray & Margaret Killeen;
Tel: 01 – 6264691 (9am to 12 Noon)

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