Weekly Bulletin- 31st January 2021

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Springtime Spirituality

Following on the successful series of November Coffee Mornings, we have organized a new series to fill us with hope. Every Saturday of February join us via Zoom. To get a link for the meeting email us at SFXgardinerstreet@outlook.com

February 6th:  Mental Health Tips for Resilience and Well-being in Time of Crisis.

Brendan McManus SJ

With the new lockdown restrictions and people starting to feel the strain, Brendan McManus SJ will offer his top tips for mental health and well-being from an Ignatian perspective. It will include prayer/meditation, exercise, diet, routine and discernment- how to keep balanced and well.

February 13th: Beyond Worry – Living the Serenity Prayer 

Michelle Russell

The Serenity Prayer touches on our common universal experience of struggling to deal with, and accept, life’s worries and anxieties.  Join us for an in-depth exploration of this simple but compelling prayer.  Its’ truths will provide us with incredible lessons to help us navigate these very stressful, uncertain, and difficult times.

February 20th: The Invitation 

Christine Halloran

In this workshop you are invited to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life.  Plumb the depths of your own heart to discover that your deepest desires are actually God’s desire to bring you to full and present participation in your “one precious life”.

February 27th: “When the doors were locked, Jesus came and said ‘Peace be with you.'” (Jn 20:19)

Grainne Doherty

For many of us, the locked room of Jesus’ disciples has become a daily reality.  Like them, we live with a combination of fear and hope, grief and new beginnings, confusion and trust. Gráinne Doherty explores how the scripture accounts of the first Lent and Easter almost 2,000 years ago, can speak to our experience of lockdown today.

Novena of Grace 2021

 We are pleased to announce that the Novena of Grace is going ahead as usual on 4th March 2021.

It will be different, of course, given the likely pandemic lockdown restrictions in place in March.

It is next to impossible to predict whether any congregations will be permitted.

Therefore the Novena will be online and currently we are seeking additional ways to make it available to the widest number of people.

More information will follow. Please watch our website for details.

The Novena is a key point in the year for all at St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street.  For some it’s a way of living Lent, for others an important support to prayer and petition.

Our team is going to do the very best we can to bring the Novena into your homes this year and indeed we are praying for it.

God bless.

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

Parish Priest

Book Club

Inspiration for this year’s Novena comes from Pope Francis’s topical best-seller “Let us Dream”.

Someone described it as “a slim volume that slipped under the radar” but full of wisdom and light.

Our chosen preachers will be inspired by the three fold challenge of “A Time to see”, A Time to Choose” and “A Time to Act” which are the titles of Pope Francis’s easily accessible book.

To prepare for the Novena why not join a “Let Us Dream” bookclub on Tuesday 16th and 23rd of February and the 2nd March.

To receive a link to this book club please email Sonia at sfxgardinerstreet@outlook.com

Copies of the book are available from Veritas at €12.99.  Call 01 8788177 or visit www.veritasbooksonline.com

Accord Annual Collection

Accord Dublin’s Annual Collection will take place on the weekend of 13th & 14th February. We realise that it will be much more difficult for parishes to support us this year – although the demand for services is greater than ever. Your parishioners can donate in the following ways:

Online at www.accorddublin.ie where you will find a DONATE button.

By post to Accord Dublin, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

By bank transfer to ACCORD Dublin Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG, Bank of Ireland, 88 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2. IBAN: IE27 BOFI 9001 1357 0742 03; BIC:BOFIIE2D.

Trocaire Lenten Campaign 2021

This year Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign will focus on exploring the Impact of Conflict on Families in South Sudan. This Lent, we learn more about the suffering of people who have lost their homes and loved ones to war, and how they are rebuilding their lives through love, friendship and solidarity. Parish resources are now available at Parishes – Resources | Trócaire (trocaire.org)

 COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024. Calls to the ALONE National Support Line cost no more than a local call to a landline. Calls from Vodafone or landline bundles, PAYG bundles, and mobile contracts are free.