In this edition...
- A Note from the Editor
- Sacred Heart Novena 2019
- Gardiner Street Summer Book Club
- Fr. Marcin hands over to Fr. Leszek
- Africa Day Mass
- Arrangements for Your Future
- Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences
- News from a Pilgrim - John Bosco NSJ
- A Seder Meal at Gardiner Street
A Note from the Editor...
This really has been a tremendous year since September: Packed Gospel Choir Christmas Concert; inspiring Novena of Grace; lively and prayerful Holy Week (mini Film Festival; Seder Meal; community Way of the Cross; Family Mass Easter Egg Hunt). And we ended with the Gospel Rising Festival; Africa Day Mass and soon to come Sacred Heart Novena and the Pilgrimage to Knock.
As we go to print, preparations are in train for the summer BBQ in the hope that the sun will shine … it always does sooner or later. All are welcome especially if you bring a dessert or a salad to share.
Thanks to a generous donor a data projector and screen have been installed to the right of the altar. Soon another one will take its place to the left so that the whole congregation may see notices, hymn lyrics, announcements etc.
Holy Week and Easter were the most active ever: Film Festival, Service of Reconciliation, Seder Meal, Good Friday Way of the Cross in the local community, Evening devotions and the Easter Egg Hunt in the garden on Easter Sunday.
For the first time there was a youth programme at the Novena of Grace called “Hearts on Fire”. This will run again next year with Transition Year pupils from local schools.
Culture Night will come to Gardiner Street Church on 20th September as before.
The October Talks will focus on the 4 Apostolic Priorities of the Jesuits and see what they mean for Gardiner Street.
Sacred Heart Novena
Christine Halloran writes...
Fr. Gerry and Fr. Richard along with the Parish Team here at St. Francis Xavier’s church look forward to welcoming you to our annual Novena in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year promises to be a thought provoking, spiritually nourishing nine days. We hope that through the inspiring words of our carefully chosen homilists, and in the quiet reflective space of our beautiful church, you will find yourself re-connecting on a deep and personal level to God’s passionate love for you as shown in the heart of Jesus.
Over the nine days, mass will be celebrated daily @11.00am and 7.30pm. You will be encouraged to engage with the daily Gospel readings through the homilist’s personal reflections while also being provided with daily resources around prayer and spiritual reflection. So, we invite you to come and join us from Thursday, June 20th to Friday, June 28th and gift yourself with some quiet, devotional prayer time in the company of fellow devotees. We trust that this time apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life will help open your heart to a personal experience of God’s boundless and unconditional love for each and every one of his children…especially you!
Alone and On Foot
Sonia Obregon writes ...
Reading is a healthy habit, but it is quite a solitary activity. When you share your thoughts and reflections with someone else, reading becomes more enjoyable and fruitful.
This is where the idea for a Book Club emerged in Gardiner Street Parish, but inspiration also came from the apostolic preferences of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) recently announced by Fr. Arturo Sosa, particularly the preference for promoting Ignatian Spirituality. What better than starting our book club by reading about the spiritual journey of St. Ignatius of Loyola!
We thought that “Alone and on Foot”, by Brian Grogan SJ, would be a perfect start because it combines entertaining reading with reflective questions that help the reader become familiar with Ignatian spirituality.
Hopefully the Gardiner Street Parish Book Club will be a regular summertime activity. Please God it will help people to walk a pathway of deeper prayer, good decision making guided by keen discernment, and for living an active life of service to others.
How available are you to what God might want you to do?
From “Alone and On Foot” by Fr. Brian Grogan SJ
Fr. Marcin hands over to Fr. Wilzak ...
Gardiner Street Polish Ministry
My name is Leszek Wilczak. I was born in 1982. I joined the Society of Jesus in 2003. I went through my novitiate in Stara Wieś, which is a village located in Poland near beautiful area of the Bieszczady Mountains. I studied philosophy in Cracow and started regency there, working as a provincial's assistant. In 2009 I was assigned to Rome, where I was working in the Polish section of the Vatican Radio. In 2011 I moved back to Poland and later on graduated in theology from the Collegium Bobolanum in Warsaw.
Since 2014 I've been working in Wroclaw. I teach in the primary and secondary schools as a catechist. I work in the parish, run academic pastoral ministry and handle the preparation of confirmation's candidates.
Now it's time to start another chapter of my life here. I'm really looking forward to whatever life will bring me. For now I have more questions than answers, but that's fine. The few days I've already spent in Dublin leave me with hope and enthusiasm for the future work not only for the Poles living here, but with them. Perhaps I will be able to help in our Irish parish also, as soon as I've improved my language skills.
Africa Day Mass
Africa Day Celebrations at Gardiner Street Church on Sunday 26th May, a week before Ascension. Fr. Terry Mutesha SJ contacted the African Religious Priests and sisters resident in Dublin. They brought drums and dressed in national costume and sang with the Gospel Choir some very moving songs and dance. Some native Irish even joined the dance as participants came up to the basket in front of the altar to place their offerings. See if you can pick out choir members. Missing are Mons. Jude Okolo (Papal Nuncio), who celebrated the Mass, Fr. Terry Mutesha (Organiser) and Frs Gerry and Richard who concelebrated (Having tea perhaps! (Credit to James Hutchinson for the Mobile Phone shot)
Fr. Terry Mutesha writes ...
Africa Day, an annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) (now known as the African Union) on 25 May 1963, was celebrated with mass at St Francis Xavier Church in Gardiner Street in Dublin on Sunday the 26th of May, 2019. The Papal Nuncio for Ireland, His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo who is from Nigeria was the main celebrant of the colourful mass with singing of African hymns and dancing to the African drums. The African Christians in Ireland put up a prayerful moment punctured with ululating and clapping to African melodies which made the Irish faithful led by the Gospel Choir join in the dancing. The African clergy, Fr Richard the Superior of the Jesuit Community and the many sisters who graced the occasion led in dancing. During Offertory there was a procession with dancing and the Irish encouraged by Fr Gerry the Parish Priest joined in to the contagious sound of the drum. The message of the day was about peace which the preacher, Fr Terry Mutesha, stated that could be achieved through forgiveness and not revenge or by the use of guns. Indeed, the event affirmed: Yes, we believe in the God of peace!
Arrangements for Your Future
Patricia Rickard Clarke advises ...
One day you may need help managing your money and property in a way that reflects your wishes. There is plenty of advice out there and many different agencies.
Former Law Reform Commissioner and Solicitor Dr. Patricia Rickard Clarke is offering to help you pick your way through the issues that arise as you get older and thoughts necessarily move to the future.
- Asking your bank for help
- setting up a power of attorney
- What medical treatments do you want (Advanced Healthcare Directives)
- The place where you need care in later life
- How can I protect someone I care for from fraud?
- What is financial abuse?
- Making a will
Come to an information hour after the 11am Novena Mass on Saturday 22nd June at Gardiner Street Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.
Universal Apostolic Preferences
Fr. John Guiney SJ writes ...
The Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus are four major preferences of the Jesuits for the next ten years.
The 1st preference and the foundational one is: Promoting Discernment and the Spiritual Exercises and includes making good decisions: We are saying that we must allow ourselves as a Church and as Jesuits to be led by the Holy Spirit and not get in the way. The 2nd preference, Walking with the Excluded includes walking with the survivors of abuse. The Society of Jesus is saying that the whole world of victims and of survivors is where we should be because that’s where God is: God hears the cry of the poor.
The 3rd preference, Caring for our Common Home must be a primary inspiration for the kind of work we do and the 4th preference, Journeying with Youth, means not just teaching people but really being with them and allowing them to say, ‘This is how we see the world’.
“Preferences are not just about doing but about being; they involve our entire life. They are calls extending over the next ten years, calls that come to us from the Holy Father himself.”
Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Jesuits
News from a pilgrim
John Bosco Noronha NSJ writes ...
Dear Gerry and Richard,
Greetings from a very beautiful and very hot Manresa, Spain.
I am here with Dunstan (another first year novice) and we are about to embark on our pilgrimage from Manresa to Loyola. God willing all will be well and we shall have an enriching time.
I hope you are all well over in Dublin and enjoying the start of the summer. I remember the Sacred Heart Novena starts soon but I could not recall the date. Do let me know and I shall pray for you all.
Please pray for me over the next month. I think I shall need it.
God bless you all. Love to the community and Henry, Sr Eilish, Padraig and Christine etc. John Bosco
(John Bosco is a Jesuit Novice who with Fr.Paul Prior, an Irish Novice, joined the Gardiner Street Team for the Novena of Grace 2019 and Holy Week)
Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ writes ...
I’ve always wanted to participate in a Seder Meal in Holy Week. It is a Christian re-enactment of the Passover Meal shared by Jewish people to commemorate the escape from Egypt.
In our celebration in the
Ignatian chapel on Spy Wednesday there was unleavened bread, a reminder to eat in haste before the escape to the Promised Land and bitter herbs to recall times of suffering. Then there are the “cups”, like a toast at a celebration dinner. Ever since, while celebrating the Eucharist I recall those special moments when 55 people sat down to simple ritual, song and a delicious Lamb Tagine prepared by Jesuit Novice John Bosco. Afterwards we went to the John Sullivan Room for the final in the series of Fr. Jake Martin’s Film Festival. We watched “Jesus of Montreal”, a very thought provoking entry to the final three days of Holy Week.
Parish Staff & Pastoral Personnel
Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ
Fr. Richard O’Dwyer SJ (Superior of the Jesuit Community & Curate of the Parish)
Fr. Marcin Włodarek SJ
(Outgoing Polish Ministry)
Fr. Leszek Wilczak SJ (Incoming Polish Ministry)
Fr. Dermot Mansfield SJ
Fr. Fergus O’Keefe SJ
Fr. Paul Farquharson SJ
Fr. Jake Martin SJ
Fr. Peter McVerry SJ
Ms Sonia Obregon
Front Desk Staff:
Melanie, Brandon & Louise
Bernie & Michelle
Upper Gardiner Street,