Weekly Bulletin- 7th February 2021

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Novena of Grace 2021: Let us Dream

The bare bones of the Novena of Grace are ready. Just like our logo … the colour will follow!

This year we will have one evening Mass at 7.30pm. It will be online only (given the COVID-19 situation).

There will be various ways to connect: on a computer and on the phone.

All your intentions are welcome and candles too.

During Lockdown Pope Francis has invited us to dream … what have we learned from this pandemic and what kind of people can we be after it?

Our preachers will help us understand our lockdown experience and prepare us for the future,

We welcome Fr. John Callanan SJ, Dr. Jessie Rogers and Fr. Ashley Evans SJ.  You may be familiar with Fr. John and Dr. Jessie but Fr. Ashley is new to the parish.  He’s returned to Ireland after decades of missionary work in the Far East.  We welcome Fr. Ashley home and all of our speakers.

God bless.

Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ

Parish Priest

Springtime Spirituality continues on Saturday 13th February

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.

To get a link for the meeting email us at SFXgardinerstreet@outlook.com

The waiting room will open at 11.00 am – please log in from 11.00 am onwards for admission.  You will remain in the waiting room until 11.30 am.  Take this time to make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee to bring with you to the workshop.  You will be admitted to the workshop at 11.30 am.  The waiting room will close at 11.30 am sharp and the workshop will begin immediately.

“Let us Dream” Reading Group

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” book club on Monday 15th and 22nd of February and the 1st March at 7.00 pm

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

Installation of Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin

“I am happy to embrace this new mission. I come to you with hope in my heart. It is not a naive hope that everything will be better tomorrow, but a hope born of a conviction that transcends these difficult days through which we are living, and a hope that transcends the limits our own capabilities.  Faith is not an invitation to put up with life’s difficulties and frustrations. Rather, faith asks us to see these as a time of grace”.

+Dermot Farrell

Archbishop of Dublin

Full Homily

The new Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, was installed on Tuesday morning at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral. The Principal Celebrant was Archbishop Farrell, who was joined by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.

The former Bishop of Ossory, takes up the reigns of the Archdiocese amid a global pandemic and as the Church in Ireland faces a number of challenges.

May God give our Archbishop holiness of life and wisdom to guide our archdiocesan family so that we may grow in your love.

Pope’s prayer intention for February: For women who are victims of violence

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of February sends a powerful message against the various kinds of violence against women, which he describes as the “degradation of all humanity”.

“It’s shocking how many women are beaten, insulted, and raped.

The various forms of ill-treatment that many women suffer are acts of cowardice and a degradation of all humanity. Of men and of all humanity.

The testimonies of the victims who dare to break their silence are a cry for help that we cannot ignore.

We must not look the other away.

Let us pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded by all”.

Accord Annual Collection

Accord Dublin’s Annual Collection will take place on the weekend of 13th%2nbsp;& 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.