Weekly Bulletin 3rd November 2019

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Archbishop Martin has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice 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


continues on 12th November at 7:30 with a chat with Brian O’Leary, author of God Ever Greater (no meeting on 5th November). All welcome.


Mass of Remembrance next Saturday, November 9th at 6 pm in Saint Francis Xavier’s Church, Gardiner Street for all whose funerals took place from the Church since November 2018. We will also take time to remember all our dear departed loved ones.
Envelopes for the Altar List of the Dead are available at the back of the Church or in the Parish Office.


Last week Collection: Church € 532 Share € 335.The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street), The red bag is for Share.
Thanks for your generosity!


You may have noticed the paint peeling.  Well behind this is a build-up of moisture which could cause the plasterwork to fall away.  We have some serious remedial work to do.  For this reason, we are postponing the October Appeal until November when we will have a better understanding of the cost and work to be done.  Thank you for your support in the past and counting on your support in the future. 


From mid-November , we are thinking of celebrating the Vigil Mass 6 pm Saturdays in the Ignatian Chapel behind the Sanctuary. Entrance will be through the door at the right-hand side of the High Altar. What do you think?


This is a new initiative run by The Young Church Dublin to help vulnerable people in our city. It is aimed to gather young people from across the Dublin Diocese to come to St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay between 5.00 pm and 9.00 pm on Tuesday, November 26th where they will pack boxes and bags for the variety of homeless people of our city. If you would like to donate for this cause, please find the list of practical items attached below, you can bring them to St Paul’s on the following dates:
Thursday 7th November 5pm – 8pm
Monday 11th November: 7am – 10am
Wednesday 13th November 7am – 10am.
Friday 15th November 5pm – 7pm.
Monday 18th  November 7am – 10am
Essentials: Toothbrush/ Toothpaste/ Mouthwash, Shower Gel/ Soap, Facecloth, Brush/ Comb, Baby wipes, Deodorant, Moisturiser, Shampoo, Sanitary items for women, Bag for toiletries. Winter Wear: Underwear (medium-sized is best): Warm Gloves/ Hat/ Scarf, Thermal Vest/ Leggings, Socks. Treats: Chocolate/ Sweets/ Crisps/ Cereal Bars/ Biscuits, Deck of cards/ A game/ Puzzle book, Mini Christmas pudding/ A Christmas card.


“Despite it being a bank holiday weekend, a fairly large group gathered on Saturday morning for the third talk in our autumn series. We were privileged to have Fr. Peter McVerry SJ, and Sr. Bernadette McMahon DOC (from the Vincentian Partnership) relate some of their experiences with regards to their walking with, and working for, people in poverty and the homeless. 
Peter and Bernadette we discovered have quite a lot in common.  Both contend that our lives are shaped by God and their work emanates from a deep spirituality rooted in the gospel values of Jesus as espoused by the Jesuit and Vincentian communities to which they belong. They believe that they were called to bring the ‘Good News’ to those who are most in need. Peter understands that being a Christian today means that we share Jesus’ dream of building a world of justice and peace. By helping those in need we open our hearts and so become more like God.  Bernadette visualizes God as never being alone; God is always surrounded by the impoverished and less fortunate among us.
This was yet another hugely rich and insightful morning where two inspirational and unbelievably humble social activists shared the knowledge and wisdom that they have garnered over the years from working with the marginalised. Over time they have come to regard everything in life as a gift and, therefore, operate from a place of deep and heartfelt gratitude.  They have also come to the realisation that we are neither in a position to, nor do we have the right to judge anyone. Most importantly of all, they have learned that regardless of life circumstances we need to value all people, and we should afford everyone the dignity and respect that all human beings deserve. We are all God’s children, belonging to the one big family. People end up homeless, addicted to drugs or living in poverty for many reasons and it is our responsibility as Christians to do what we can to help our brothers and sisters in their need. In truth, when all is said and done, it is simple yet profoundly a case of: “there but for the grace of God go I”
Review by Christine Halloran


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