Our mission at this Dublin city centre Jesuit parish is that people find strength, light and consolation in our church. We offer a heartfelt welcome to all and and the support of a lively faith community whose source of meaning and purpose in life comes through friendship with Jesus Christ. We feel special inspiration comes through the missionary spirit of St Francis Xavier our patron, the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, and the holiness of the Venerable John Sullivan the saintly healer whose remains are venerated here.
If you are new to the parish, we extend a special welcome to you and pray that you will find a warm home here. Please introduce yourself to one of the priests after Mass or call into the office.
Fr Gerry Clarke SJ
BLESSED JOHN SULLIVAN SJ MONTHLY MASS
JANUARY’S MONTHLY MASS for Blessed John Sullivan SJ with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his Life will be celebrated on Saturday the 18th January at 1pm.
Annual Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, blessing of the sick and thanksgiving for his life will take place on SATURDAY 22ND OF FEBRUARY at 11:00 am.
Last week Collection: Church € 607 Share
€398. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share. Thanks for your generosity!
THANKS FROM PETER McVERRY TRUST
PETER McVERRY TRUST HAS SENT A NOTE TO THANK GARDINER STREET PARISH
“Dear Fr. Clarke,
On behalf of Peter McVerry Trust, I would like to thank you and all at St. Francis Xavier Church for your support in helping us to raise funds for our work with people who are homeless.
Congratulations on your success in raising € 4,102.37 through your Christmas Concert…
Your generosity this Christmas will ensure that Peter McVerry Trust can continue to provide crucial accommodation to over 1,600 people each night across Ireland.
Your kindness ensures the gift of a home, hope and new future for those we work with and support every day.
Wishing you a Happy New Year from all of us at Peter McVerry Trust”.
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTE TO CHRISTMAS DUES
They are an important help towards the running costs of the Church. Envelopes may be left at the front desk.
Mass at 9.15 on Sunday 19th January will be offered for the intentions of the donors.
GARDINER STREET PARISH READING CLUB resumes on Tuesday 21st January. This time we are reading “The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr.
Meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 (21st and 28th January -4th and 11th February).
PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18-25, 2020 IS THE ANNUAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY. The theme chosen for 2020 is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness.” (cf. Acts 28:2) Throughout 2020, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians an annual opportunity to continue the quest for the unity we already share in Christ. By joining in this annual celebration Christians raise their voices, hands and hearts to God seeking the fulfilment of the prayer of Jesus, the Son of God, “that they all may be one.”
This year we are reviving an old custom at Gardiner street of exchanging readers with Abbey Presbyterian Church. Rev. Alan Boal is keen to revive this gesture and please God it will move us a little further along the road of listening to each other and learning about our respective Christian traditions.
VACANCY Book-keeper/Office Administrator – Permanent Part-Time (15 hrs per week). Halston Street Parish are looking to fill the position of a Book-keeper/Office Administrator located in the Macro Building, Green St., Dublin 7 and St Michan’s Church, Halston Street, Dublin 7. For more information contact the parish office and please send by the 31st January a most recent and updated C.V. and Cover Letter to Fr. Martin Bennett OFM, Cap, P.P., St. Michan’s Parish, Halston St., Dublin 7 or email: email@example.com CONFIRMATIONS AND COMMUNIONS 2020 Following a decision of the Priests’ council and with the approval of the + Diarmuid Martin the preparation for the sacraments in parishes throughout the diocese is now to be based in the parish church community. We are running a pilot programme this year to include families of those preparing for Confirmation and Communion at the monthly Family Masses (1st Sunday of every month at 12.30). Please remember this initiative in your prayer at Mass today.
WORD OF GOD
THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE!
On the feast of St Jerome 2019 (30th September), Pope Francis instituted the new Sunday of the Word of God, with a Motu Propio declaration named “He opened their eyes”.
Pope Francis declared that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.This Sunday of the Word of God will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. This is more than a temporal coincidence: the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.
The Feast marks the start of a year of increased engagement with the Word.
See https://www.tarsus.ie/page-73/ for materials and resources for the first celebration of the feast on Sunday, 26 January 2020.
The Sunday Vigil Mass is Saturday – 6 pm – with music/cantor
11.00 am (Church choir/Cantor and organ)
12.30 pm (The 12.30pm mass on the first Sunday of the month is a Family Mass)
7.30 pm (Sep-May only) There is no 7.30 Mass on bank holiday weekends
Gospel Choir Mass
The Gospel Choir sings at the Sunday 7.30 pm Mass from September to May (except on bank holiday weekends).
There is no 7.30 Mass on bank holiday weekends
Monday to Friday 8.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm.
Saturday and Bank Holidays: 11.00am and 1.00pm.
HOLY DAY MASSES
Holy Days – Jan 6, Aug 15, Nov 1, Dec 8
8.30am (except Saturday), 11 am, 1 pm.
Christmas Day and St Patrick’s Day – check home page
No Gospel Choir Mass on holy days.
Pray with Pope Francis
During the month of January Pope Francis invites us to pray
that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world.
BLESSED JOHN SULLIVAN SJ MONTHLY MASS JANUARY’S MONTHLY MASS for Blessed John Sullivan SJ with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his Life will be celebrated on Saturday the 18th January at 1pm. Annual Mass of thanksgiving for the beatification of Blessed John Sullivan SJ, blessing of the sick and thanksgiving for his life […]
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