Weekly Bulletin 10th November 2019

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DURING NOVEMBER we traditionally remember all our loved ones who have gone to their rest.
Envelopes for the Altar List of the Dead are available at the back of the Church or in the Parish Office. Envelopes can be left into the Sacristy or the Parish Office and will be placed in a Basket beside the Altar and will be prayed for During the Month of November
Parishioners are invited to light a candle any time through November and place it in the Cross. Memorial Candles are available in the Parish Office for €1 and may also be taken home or given to a friend who might be grieving.
Remembrance Board ~ At the back of the Church we have a board with the names of all the people whose funerals took place in Gardiner Street this year. Parishioners are invited to write down the names of anyone they would like to be remembered.


Archbishop Martin has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practices in the Diocese and its parishes. The review will take place in November.
If you have any views on this matter which you would like to share with the reviewers, please contact CSPS and we will pass on your contact details to the reviewers.  Alternatively, you can contact the National Board directly on 015053124 or admin@safeguarding.ie


Last week Collection: Church € 554 Share € 400.The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share.
Thanks for your generosity!


GARDINER STREET PARISH READING CLUB continues on 12th November at 7:30 with a chat with Brian O’Leary, author of “God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality”. All welcome.
“Brian O’Leary, an Irish Jesuit, has worked in the field of Ignatian spirituality over many years and in many countries. He has been on the staff of the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality at Manresa House and was an Associate Professor of Spirituality at the Milltown Institute. Brian continues to explore both the history of the Ignatian tradition as well as its new manifestations today.”



NOVEMBER’S MONTHLY MASS for Blessed John Sullivan SJ with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his Life will be celebrated on Saturday the 16TH November at 1pm.


On Friday morning the trusteeship of Gardiner Street National School was handed from the Sisters of Charity to the Jesuits.  The ceremony took place in the school hall and was enriched by the song and dance of the children.  A candle was handed from the Provincial of the Sisters Una O’Neill to Fr. Bruce Bradley SJ who had been delegated by Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ, the Jesuit Provincial (Fr. Moloney was presiding at the funeral Mass of broadcaster Gay Byrne in the Pro-Cathedral).  Our prayer is that the Jesuits can continue the near 200 year tradition begun by Sr. Mary Aikenhead with a wide and inclusive education for children in the parish.


Find the Joy of Jesus in peace and quietness as we prepare for Christmas. Join us here in Gardiner Street at 7:30 pm, starting on the 26th November


BEING A CHRISTIAN MEANS: Showing the way to God through prayer and discernment
The final talk was facilitated by Brendan McManus, SJ on Saturday last, and focused on the final UAP, “Showing the Way to God through Prayer and Discernment”. This was a wonderful morning, rich and spiritually nourishing, where the group got to experience prayer in practical and experiential ways.  Brendan also introduced us to key Ignatian concepts such as discernment in decision making, use of the daily examen prayer as a means of reflection, spiritual direction, and the spiritual exercises as ways of deepening our relationship with God.  He taught us through the sharing his own personal story that “The glory of God is the human being fully alive” and that God will go to great lengths to bring each and every one of us into the fullness of our being!
The team at Gardiner Street were delighted with the turnout for the Autumn series of talks, especially when people had to forego their Saturday morning lie-in and get to St. Francis Xavier church by 10.00am.  We believe that the talks allowed us introduce parishioners to the key Christian values that will guide our actions and ways of being parish as we move into the next decade of Jesuit ministry in our inner-city parish.


Every household in Ireland is responsible for one ton of food waste per year. That’s between €400 and €1,000 per household per year thrown into the bin.  And it’s not just a waste of money, it’s also costing the earth. 
Where possible we should prevent food waste in the first instance. Top tips to prevent food waste include checking your store cupboard before you shop, have a list, only buy what you need and don’t be tempted by special offers on perishable foods. https://www.mywaste.ie/what-to-do-with-my-food-waste/