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REOPENING OF THE CHURCH FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP-10th May

Sing to the Lord a new song,
 his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Psalm 149

We are delighted to reopen St. Francis Xavier’s Church for public worship. It has been sad to celebrate Mass behind closed doors for so long. Please God we won’t have to do this again.

The Parish team has prepared a reopening plan based on strict adherence to the norms of public health keeping in mind that the safety and wellbeing of our congregations is paramount.  Based on the advice of public health authorities, we have set the following guidelines to ensure that everyone feels safe in our Church.

  1. Mass times

From Monday 10th May our Mass timetable will be as follows:

Mon-Fri:       11.00, 13.00 (8.30 am mass is suspended until further notice)

Saturday:      11.00 am, 6.00 pm (Sunday Vigil Mass)

Sunday:         9.15am and 11.00 am

                          12:30 Mass in Polish

                          7.30 pm Gospel Choir Mass (only on Zoom and Facebook)

All masses (except Gospel Choir Mass) may be viewed on our webcam.  (Visit www.gardinerstparish.ie)

Please remember that the dispensation from the Sunday and Holy Day obligation is extended for the time being.  We await advice from the Conference of Bishops.

  1. In order to comply with social distancing regulations, the Church can only accommodate a limited number of people for each Mass. Therefore, please only occupy the separated and marked places to ensure that we keep a safe distance during celebrations. Family groups living in the same household are permitted to sit together. We would appreciate strict adherence to these protocols for your own safety and out of respect of others.
  2. Upon entering the Church, please take one of the seats marked with an X on the pews. It is important to keep the entrances and exits of the Church clear, so please do not remain standing at the back of the Church during the Mass.
  3. It is important to avoid gathering when entering and leaving the Church. Entrance and exit ways will be signed. Please follow the signs and the guidance of our volunteer stewards and try not to linger around when entering or leaving the Church.
  4. The Blessed John Sullivan sanctuary will be open for prayer and lighting candles but only 4 persons at a time are permitted in the area. Please be as brief as you can in order to allow others to visit and pray at the Blessed John Sullivan Tomb and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine. Unfortunately, the Bl. John Sullivan Crucifix cannot be made available for blessings. Please do not insist.
  5. Candles will be sold in the shop but unfortunately, lighters cannot be provided.
  6. The Parish Office will be open as usual. Only one person at a time is permitted inside. Don’t forget to sanitize your hands at the sanitation station placed at the entrance of the Office.
  7. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays after 11.00 am Mass in the Bethany Room (Pope Francis Corridor). Please ask at the Parish Office.

And remember that people who are ill should not attend religious services. If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, high temperature) do not visit the Church.


Ignatian Year 2021-2022: a year to celebrate the anniversary of the conversion of St Ignatius

In a letter written to Jesuits on the 7th September 2019 Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Jesuits wrote:

“In 1521, while Ignatius was convalescing at his family home in Loyola from the wound that damaged his leg at the battle of Pamplona, God brought about his conversion and put him on the road that led to Manresa. Together with our friends and the whole Church, the universal Society wants to remember that privileged moment when the Holy Spirit inspired Ignatius of Loyola in his decision to follow Christ and to deepen our understanding of this pilgrim way in order to ‘draw fruit’ from it.”

There will be many activities throughout the year both nationally and internationally. Our hope on the organizing team is to keep you updated and encouraged so that at the end of the year we will all be able to say we have “drawn fruit” from this anniversary in some concrete way and perhaps, that we “see all things new in Christ” as Ignatius did.


Gardiner Street Parish Gardening Group

Our Gardening Group volunteers would like to prepare for when we can celebrate Mass together again by making the front of the church as colourful and welcoming as possible. They are inviting people to join them in the rewarding work. If you would like to be involved, call Maura on 087 9015853.


Opening hours- Parish Office

The Parish Office is open

  • Mon-Fri: 9.30 to 16.30  (Break  13.00-13.30 )
  • Sat-Sun: 10.00-13.30

Confessions 

Tuesday and Thursday from 11.30 to 12.30

Phone (01) 836 34 11 to make appointments


Spiritual Communion Prayer


 

Mass Readings

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Please click here for reflections

 

Sunday Homilies

Fifth Sunday of Easter  - 2nd May 2021

 

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

In John’s Gospel, in the words written by St John the Evangelist, we really meet Jesus.  Or we really meet a side to Jesus that the other Evangelists don’t reveal. We are brought into the family of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Read more

 

Thank You

 

Thanks to all who have donated to the Church through our website. Your generous contributions help in the running expenses of the Church and are greatly appreciated, especially in this difficult time.

You can know donate online in three easy steps. For more details visit our website and click the red DONATE button.

Pray with Pope Francis

 

Pope’s prayer intention for April:

For Fundamental Rights

“Let us pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis, that they may see their sacrifice and their work bear abundant fruit.”

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