Weekly Bulletin- 7th June 2020

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Dear Friends, there may be a relaxation of the restrictions on movement sooner than we thought. In a communication to all the parishes Archbishop Diarmuid Martin writes:There is a willingness on the part of public authorities to examine the possibility of bringing forward the opening of Churches for public worship into Phase 3 of the Roadmap, which would begin on 29 June. Naturally, any decision would have to take place closer to that date and would have to take into consideration the overall situation of the virus at that time.

Therefore, our Sacred Heart Novena which is scheduled this Thursday 11th June until 19th June will still have to be behind closed doors. But as a parishioner/author Sean Walsh puts it:

Turn to Him – and you will find

He is already turned to you.

And this you can do very, very well –

not in a packed hall or crowded church –

but in the quiet of your own space –

your house, home, room… Stay safe, find Jesus.


Day 1: A listening heart

Day 2: A compassionate heart

Day 3: A prayerful heart

Day 4: A heart for nature

Day 5: An open heart

Day 6: A divided heart

Day 7: A heart of thanksgiving

Day 8: A trusting heart

Day 9: A heart in pilgrimage

Gardiner Street church is open for private prayer and  the Sacred Heart Novena is going ahead!

Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA explores the question “Is your heart in the right place?” every evening at 7.30pm focussing on the Gospel of St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. From 11th to the 19th June visit our website ww.gardinerstparish.ie, join the Mass, send in an intention or thanksgiving and our team will light a candle in the shrine of the Sacred Heart.
Don’t settle for less during this crisis: He is waiting for you with His words of consolation and love at the Gardiner Street Novena.

Join the online Sacred Heart Novena
Online using a desktop or laptop computer or smartphone: Webcam accessible via our website: www.gardinerstarish.ie
Facebook via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/GardinerStreetParish/
Parish Radio: Short Wave/FM 27.6021

Sacred Heart Novena Booklets
Scripture Readings, Prayers and Hymns for the Novena at Gardiner Street
• At front office of Gardiner Street Church
• By post on request to phone: 01 8363 411 or email: sfx@jesuitlink.ie
• In pdf on the website from 5th June
Make an offering at front office or online via donations button on website www.gardinerstparish.ie

Prayer Intentions, Thanksgiving & Novena Candles
• Drop intentions into the Front Office (9.30am -8.30pm except Sat & Sun 10am-1.30pm)
• Via Facebook online as you participate, before or after
• By letter to us at Sacred Heart Novena Gardiner Street Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin D01RK07
Payment at front office or online via donations button on website www.gardinerstparish.ie


Fr. Paddy Carberry SJ share lovely memories of the Sacred Heart Novena, Fr. Tom Casey SJ sings The Beatles’s “Do you want to know a secret” and reflects on “A Listening Heart”, Nicole Stapff shares her reflections on “A Heart of Nature” and Patricia Hallahan tells a story of tribulation and faith during the lockdown. Watch videos and read stories on www.gardinerstparish.com

Would you be interested in joining this community project by contributing a short recording of your own? If so,  

please see the attached sheet of instructions

It can be video, audio, written or image, so use whatever you’re most comfortable with!


“In light of the C19 crisis and the increased digital presence, where to from here for faith communities?” This question will be part of the Ecumenical Bible Week 2020. In response to the current health crisis, we have postponed parish events and instead we are offering two periods of Ecumenical Prayer and one online discussion of the effect of coronavirus on the lives and worship of believers.  Registration details, posters and website resources available on: www.bibleweek.ie  & Facebook @bibleweek.


Nature is sending us a message
World Environment Day is observed on 5 June every year for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. World Environment Day was established in 1972 by United Nations.
This year, the theme is biodiversity and the motto chosen by UN is “Nature is sending us a message”. Over the past months the world has suffered dramatic events such as bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia, locust infestations across East Africa and now a pandemic which have had an impact on numerous aspects. All those events are signs of the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which we all exist.
Section III of Chapter One of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si treats the issue of biodiversity, and its loss:
“32. The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses. Different species contain genes which could be key resources in years ahead for meeting human needs and regulating environmental problems.”
Did you know?
• Biodiversity involves 8 million plant and animal species, the ecosystems that house them, and the genetic diversity among them.
• In the last 150 years, the live coral reef cover has been reduced by half.
• Within the next 10 years, one out of every four known species may have been wiped off the planet.
• It would take 1.6 Earths to meet the demands that humans make on nature each year.
Source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day


Thanks to all who have donated to the Church through our website. Your generous contributions help in the running expenses of the Church and are greatly appreciated, especially in this hard time.
Through gifts, large and small, our donors make to keep the church going during these days. All donations are gratefully accepted, and the donors are remembered in our prayers. You can know donate online in three easy steps. For more details visit our website and click the red DONATE button.