Weekly Bulletin- 11th July 2021

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The news about Fr. Richard is good!  He has come through the operation but he’s tired and sore. Let us continue to pray for his full and prompt recovery.

July’S MONTHLY MASS for Blessed John Sullivan SJ with Blessing of the Sick and Thanksgiving for his Life will be celebrated on Saturday the 17TH July at 1pm.

JESUITS ANNUAL MAGAZINE 2021

The 2021 edition of the annual magazine which highlights “The Society of Jesus in the world” was distributed last November. It is now available in digital format on Jesuit.global website

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STAN SWAMY, SJ, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST IN INDIA, PASSES AWAY

Fr. Stan Swamy, 84, a leading advocate for adivasis and marginalised people in India, died in a Mumbai hospital on Monday 5 July. He was unjustly accused and imprisoned last October and, despite his age and frail health, was consistently denied bail. Let us pray for him; let us give thanks for his life given to the service of the poor.

PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AS AN ADULT

Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week, Adult Faith Development course on Thursday evenings.  Run by the Archdiocese of Dublin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus (MDCCE), Drumcondra Road. Late September to May (7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m). Application now open for September 2021. Early application advised. Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie.   Web: www.evangelisation.ie

ST PATRICKS COLLEGE MAYNOOTH – NEW RESEARCH ON THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON FUNERALS

Bereaved families, and those who support and care for them, have had to adjust to dramatically different circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, we want to explore the impact of public health measures, which were meant to limit virus transmission, on your experience of dealing with dying, death, and Catholic funerals. We invite you to participate in our study: by taking our survey and/or participating in an interview. Find out more at https://maynoothcollege.ie/covid-19-and-funeral-rituals-and-practices-a-study  Here is the link to our online survey: https://maynoothcollege.ie/covid-19-and-funeral-rituals-and-practices-a-study

TASK FORCE: BUILDING HOPE – PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Archbishop Farrell has set up a Task Force under the title of Building Hope.  The Task Force aims to stimulate engagement with the whole diocesan family and shape an inclusive approach to a pastoral strategy appropriate to our times.  It is intended to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity, enabling the Archdiocese of Dublin to act now, so as to give effective witness and service in the years ahead. You are invited to take part in this consultation.  There is a video, a prayer and a form on the www.dublindiocese.ie website.  Please watch the video from the Archbishop and join with your family to pray and to discuss the future of the Church together.  It is hoped that you might nominate one member of your family to return to the website and make a contribution by filling out the form. The consultation form will remain online until the 18th July 2021.

A WARNING FROM GARDAI

In recent days Gardaí have received reports of persons receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be members of An Garda Síochána. The number calling appears to be the phone number of a genuine Garda station.

  There are several stages to these scam calls –

1.The person receiving the call is subjected to a pre-recorded or automated message that prompts them to select an option.
2. The person is then put through to a person alleging to be a member of An Garda Síochána.
3. The scammer either looks for personal information or informs the person that their details have been involved or linked to a crime.
4. After giving over personal details the victim receives a follow up call from another scammer seeking more details on behalf of An Garda Síochána (This call appears to be coming from a genuine Garda station number).

An Garda Síochána will never make contact with members of the public in this fashion. Most members of the public realise these types of calls are not legitimate and do not engage with scammers. 

However, we at An Garda Síochána appreciates that a section of society may have very little to no previous interaction with An Garda Síochána and may be more susceptible to this type of fraud.

With this in mind, the Garda National Diversity and Integration Unit have decided to reach out through our various networks to highlight this scam to all. 

On receipt of these communications, the advice of An Garda Síochána is as follows:

  • Do not engage with the caller.
    • Do not return the call.
    • Do not follow the automated instructions – Do not press 1 etc.
    • Never transfer money.
    • Never disclose personal or financial information.
    • Hang up and end the call.

Whilst the scammers may change their stories and methods, their goal is always the same – they want to access your sensitive information and get their hands on your money. Gardaí are urging the public to spread the word of fraud prevention as people continue to fall victim to scams on a daily basis.  In many cases, the subsequent call from the fraudsters appears to provide reassurance to the victim that this is a legitimate call, which it is not.

If you believe you may have fallen victim to this scam, contact your financial institution and report the matter to your local Garda station.