Weekly Bulletin August 19th 2018

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“Le Chéile, Le Críost” Dublin Diocesan Opening of WMOF 2018

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warmly invites every parish in the Archdiocese of Dublin to celebrate the Opening of the World Meeting of Families with a Festive Evening Prayer in Hall 8 of the RDS Simmonscourt Building, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, from 7.30pm – 8.30pm on Tuesday 21st August 2018.Sacred Music for the evening will be led by the Dublin Diocesan Music Group, also featuring harpist Denise Kelly and flautist Ellen Cranitch.  Litany of Saints: with entrance procession of parish banners and relics of the saints.

Every Dublin parish will be represented at this unique liturgical event which marks the opening of the World Meeting of Families 2018 and representatives from Gardiner Street too.  There are a small number of tickets available for this event. Would you carry the relics of St Francis Xavier and Blessed John Sullivan to launch the World Meeting of Families? Just contact Fr. Gerry Clarke 01 7073027

Blessed John Sullivan SJ Documentary

2 weeks ago Nationwide showed a wonderful documentary on the Life of Fr John Sullivan which had some lovely clips of his beatification here in Gardiner Street in May 2017. If you missed the Documentary or would just like to see it again, it is available to watch on the RTE Player.

Embark on a 7-Church Pilgrimage in Dublin

The World Meeting Of Families 2018 Pilgrim Walk will take place from Saturday 18 – Saturday 25 August 2018.

Pilgrims are invited, in a single day or over a few days during that week, to undertake the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk.  It involves visiting seven designated churches and spending time in prayer in each of them for a special intention for families before finishing the visit with the WMOF2018 prayer.

Each pilgrim will be issued with a pilgrim walk passport, which will be stamped at each church, in the ancient tradition of the Camino of St James.  A pilgrimage certificate of completion will be stamped when they arrive at the last of the seven churches. The route for the WMF2018 Pilgrim Walk includes the following churches:

  • St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street – the theme is the gift of parents to the family
  • St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street – the theme is the role of teachers in enriching the children of our families.
  • St Saviour’s, Dominick Street – the theme is God walks with families when times are tough
  • St Michan’s, Halston Street – the theme is the gift of children to the family
  • St Michan’s, Church Street – the theme is fostering the gift of forgiveness among families
  • St Audoen’s Church, High Street– the theme is the gift of grandparents to the family
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Whitefriars), Aungier Street – the theme is love at the heart of the family ~All churches will remain open each day between 9.30am and 7pm.


Last week’s Collections, Church €714, Share €369 Thank you. 

The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street)

Moving Statues

Two statues have been re-located in Gardiner Street Church. St Anthony has now moved up to the top left of the Church adjacent to Saint Brigid and St Patrick can now be found in Our Lady’s Chapel. One of the reasons was to highlight the beautiful plinth that St Patrick is now positioned. It is a beautiful marble plinth from a Statue of St Ignatius presented to the Irish Jesuit in 1922 by the Spanish province. The striking statue of St Ignatius may now be viewed in a niche at the top of the Pope Francis Corridor.

Pastoral Symposium on Lay Pastoral Leadership Roles

An opportunity to gather and listen to Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, followed by an invitation to take part in a Pastoral Conversation in Clonliffe College on Wednesday 29th August at 10am.  Register at evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie or call 01 837 3732 – ext. 247/248.

Pathways: Exploring Faith and Ministry Programme

The Pathways Programme is suitable for adults who wish to explore issues and questions of faith, ministry,  the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.  Pathways is a two-year, one evening a week course.  It takes place on Thursday evenings in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road from September to May (7.00 pm – 9.30 pm).  Booking is now open.  Early application is advised as places are limited.  Contact: Pathways Director, Eileen Houlahan at 01 8087594 or pathways@dublindiocese.ie  Web: www.evangelisation.ie

Faith for Life

Faith for Life is an adult faith course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world through relationships, family, home, workplaces and the events of daily life.  It aims to help you to be more active, open, faithful, confident, trusting and willing to work for change.  The Faith for Life course is experienced as a journey of four ‘Movements’ inviting you to explore the call you received in Baptism.  The process for each weekend includes teaching, personal and group reflection, prayer and liturgy.  The course is run over four weekends: 6/7 October 2018, 17/18 November 2018, 12/13 January 2019 and 23/24 February 2019.  To apply, please contact the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism at evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie  This course has been designed and is delivered through a partnership agreement between the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Upon completion, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage

The Catholic Grandparents Association’s Annual National Grandparents Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday 9th September in Knock Shrine at 2.30pm.  Everybody welcome to honour and thank grandparents for all they have done for us down through the ages.  Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio.  Special guest Dana will sing ‘Our Lady of Knock’.

Happy to be Holy?

Messenger Publications have recently published Happy to be Holy?  A short, simple commentary on Pope Francis’ Gaudete et Exsultate by Fr. Alan Hilliard of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  The book is now available for €4.95 at www.messenger.ie.  A discount of 20% is offered on orders of 10 or more copies, when ordered by phone 01-7758522 or by email: b.tynan@messenger.ie