Weekly Bulletin- 10th October 2021

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Tree Planting in in the walled garden of the Gardiner Street Jesuit Community

On October 4th, to mark the end of the Season of Creation and coinciding with National Tree Day, communities, schools and works across the Irish Jesuit Province were planting trees. Here in the parish local school children enthusiastically helped to plant a tree and spring flowering bulbs in the walled garden of the Gardiner Street Jesuit Community. The event was organised by Dr Ciara Murphy of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and was attended by priests from the Jesuit Community, parishioners, staff, parish team and Eco Congregation team members. It was enjoyed by all, especially the children.

Fr Niall Leahy SJ and Dr Ciara Murphy engaged with the children and the children were very aware of the important job trees do for the environment. They liked Crab apple tree they planted will not only provide food for pollinators but will also help fertilise other apple trees growing nearby resulting in more apples growing on different apple trees. While crab apples might not make the tastiest fruit for humans, birds love them and they do make excellent apple jelly. The Eco Congregation team provided apples for the children and one of the children remarked that she had gotten apples at Mass the previous day.

While these small additions themselves will not be enough to turn the tide of the climate and biodiversity crises, small acts always need to be celebrated as they inevitably lead to larger actions. Sowing the seed of action with students and adults alike, fostering a love of nature and appreciation of the fruits it provides is a vital part of the ecological conversion that we are called to have.

Blessed John Sullivan SJ Monthly Mass

The Practice of Silence and Stillness- Exploring Contemplative Prayer

Jon us at St. Francis Xavier’s Church on the 23rd / 3oth October and 13th/ 20th November  (11 am to 12 noon). Facilitated by Suzanne Mangan and Fr. Eddie Cosgrove SJ. All welcome.

Newly Baptised

We welcome Olivia into the Christian Community through the Sacrament of Baptism celebrated this weekend in St. Francis Xavier’s Church.

May the Holy Spirit be with her and guide her always.

Coastal Rosary

On the following day (Sunday Oct 10th), the Coastal Rosary will take place at 2.30pm. Join people from around Ireland to pray the Rosary for Life and Faith at our grottos, churches, at the coasts and other suitable places.  We encourage you to gather safely being mindful of COVID 19 regulations.

Meditating on the mysteries of salvation – a guide to praying the rosary with joy and dedication by Frank Drescher

This book is a practical and spiritual guidebook to the Holy Rosary, which not only examines the meaning of its mysteries, but also creates awareness that the Rosary is a prayer deeply rooted in sacred scripture. The way of praying the Rosary presented in this book is rich in variety and offers, in a special way, what the famous theologian Romano Guardini called a ‘participation in the life of Mary, whose focus was Christ’.

Volunteer with Crosscare

Drug and Alcohol Programme

Crosscare’s Drug & Alcohol programme offers a free addiction counselling service. We are currently looking for Student, Pre-accredited and Accredited counsellors/Psychotherapists to volunteer once a week for a minimum of 1-3hrs, in our Blanchardstown and Balbriggan Service. If you are interested in volunteering for DAP, please contact susan@crosscare.ie or call us 01 836 0911

Romanian and Roma Interpreters

Let your language skills do the talking in this meaningful phone interpreter role. (No experience necessary as all training provided!) We are looking for Romanian Or Roma speaking volunteers with fluent English to join our Housing & Welfare Clinic team.
Phone Clinics: Wed 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Volunteer Commitment once every 2/3 weeks.
Call Orla on 086 130 1575 or email 
volunteer@crosscare.ie to hear more.

Aware – Support & Self Care Groups

If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone in and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience.  For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie