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
Prayer Intentions for March
'For formation in spiritual discernment'
Every Christian ought to grow in the ability to “read within” his or her life, and to understand where and to what he or she is being called by the Lord, in order to carry on his mission.
Let us pray together that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
Only fill the electric kettle with the amount of water you need. The energy wasted in boiling a full kettle of water when it is not required is enough to run an energy saving bulb (20W=100W equivalent) for nine hours!
Trocaire Lenten Campaign 2018
Please take a Trócaire Box and let’s not forget those in difficulty in Western Africa.
Trócaire is the overseas development agency for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Pope Francis has asked us to reconsider the heart of Lent this Lenten season. Many people give up things or fast for Lent. He quotes the early Christian mystic John Chrysostom who said: "No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great." Francis writes that "whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God's voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades."
"What are you giving up for Lent?" It's a question a lot of people will get these next few days. If you want to change your body, perhaps alcohol and candy is the way to go. But if you want to change your heart, a harder fast is needed. This narrow road is gritty, but it isn't sterile. It will make room in ourselves to experience a love that can make us whole and set us free.
News and Notes
Apologies for any inconvenience caused during renovations to the parish office and rooms adjacent to the Church. Work is progressing and should be back to normal before the Novena.
Choose Life 2018 is a short Newsletter circulated by the Catholic Communications Office on a weekly basis. Choose Life 2018 promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject. Unfortunately because of media technical problems we were not been able to publish the first 2 issues, but now we are happy to say the first 4 issues are available at the table at the back of the Church. We encourage our Parishioners to take time to read and reflect on the Choose Life Newsletter.
Confession Boxes. Many parishioners have remarked how difficult it is to use the confession boxes because the kneelers are too low down and nowhere to sit. In acknowledgement of this difficulty we have removed the kneelers and placed a seat in the boxes. Thank you for your feedback and hopefully the new layout will work.
Shrines., We have introduced three New Candle Systems in the Church this week. They are on a Month’s trial and are in front of St Francis Xavier, The Sacred Heart and Blessed John Sullivan. Lighting a candle is a way of extending one's devotion in prayer and also a way of showing solidarity with a person on whose behalf the prayer is offered. The new system we have on trial have a number of benefits. ~ No Smoke Damage ~ Environmentally Friendly ~ No Pushing Buttons ~ Greater Capacity for all to light Candles. Your feedback on the new candles is appreciated.
Ministers of the Eucharist: Over the next few weeks we will be actively seeking volunteers to become Ministers of the Eucharist. We need new volunteers, we have been always very lucky to have such dedicated people helping out in our Church. But now we are looking for people to join our volunteers. It is not a huge commitment, maybe 2 Sundays a month or/and if you were available for 1 day a week. Training and formation will be provided. If you think you could help, please let one of our Priests or a member of our team know after Mass. We are delighted that Peter Gilsenan has become coordinator for the Ministers of the Eucharist, Peter is also Sacristan at the 9.15am Mass
Parish Conversations is a six-part programme that will be offered at Gardiner Street based on Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”. Using engaging short videos, animations and activities to encourage discussion, it will offer families an opportunity to think about our vision and hopes for family and marriage, and a chance to rediscover the gift that family is to the world.
The programme will also challenge us to reflect on how we can provide greater support for marriage and family in our local communities. In particular, Pope Francis has asked us to think about support for newly married couples and outreach to families in need. Schedule of Parish Conversations:
13th March: The Reality of Family Life today
20th March: The Christian Vision for the Family
HOLY WEEK (No session this week)
3rd April: God’s Dream for Love
10th April: Married Love growing to Maturity
17th April: God’s Mercy – No one excluded
24th April: A Gospel of Hope for our Families
NOVENA OF GRACE
Thanks to all who helped to make our Novena a wonderful occasion of prayer and celebration.
Notes from our Novena
9 Days of Grace 2018
Cardmaking Workshop for Women
First Sunday of Lent Lent 2018 Beginning Lent ~ There are plenty of ideas for actions and practices during Lent; coming up with ideas usually is not the problem. But we don’t want to do anything simply to be doing it, even if it’s a good thing. We don’t want to make a list of […]
The ‘Giving Tree’. This year our Parish linked up with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society to help children who are less fortunate. SVP has sent a note to thank Gardiner Street Parish. “On behalf of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, we wish to acknowledge with sincere gratitude the generous contribution of Gardiner […]
Come, Lord Jesus, with your light and love: A Service of Reconciliation to prepare Christmas at 7.30pm on Monday 18th December at Gardiner Street Church. There will be an opportunity for individual confession following a quiet preparation using scripture, song and text. Last week’s Collections, Church €689, St Vincent De Paul Collection €2168 Thank you. […]
Mass & Confession
Vigil Mass -Saturday 6 pm
9.15 am, 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 7.30 pm
The 7.30 pm Mass is our Gospel Choir Mass with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. The 12.30pm Mass on the first Sunday of each month is a Family Mass.
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.
No Gospel Choir Mass on holy days.
Weekdays – 11.30am (Tues and Thurs)