Weekly Bulletin February 17th 2019

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CHANGES TO THE WEEKDAY OPENING HOURS OF THE PARISH REPOSITORY
Mon: 9.30am-1pm + 3-5pm
Tue: 9.30am-8.30pm (lunch break: 1-1.30pm)
Wed: 9.30am-8.30pm (lunch break: 1-1.30pm)
Thu: 9.30am-8.30pm (lunch break: 1-1.30pm)
Fri: 9.30am-5pm (lunch break: 1-1.30pm)

The ANNUAL COLLECTION OF ACCORD, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, will be made at all Masses on the weekend of 16th & 17th February 2019.
The collection for Accord will replace the usual Share Collection.
Accord Dublin throughout the diocese offers:

  • Marriage Preparation Courses
  • Counselling for couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationships
  • A Relationship and Sexuality Programme for Schools

PLANNED GIVING is being discontinued at Gardiner Street Parish for the time being. The small number of donations using this method does not match the costs of the envelopes purchased. So, we will discontinue this form of contribution. Thank you to those who have been faithful to it over the years. Could we ask you to contribute your amounts to the Blue Bag in the Weekend collections at Masses? Thank you.

COLLECTIONS
Last week’s Collections, Church €596 Share €379 Thank you. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street)

THE NOVENA OF GRACE will begin as always on 4th March and continue until the 12th March. Our preacher this year will be Fr. Kevin O’Rourke SJ. We look forward to his message. And in the evenings during the Novena we are opening up a new space for the young with a Faith Fest called “Hearts on Fire”.

BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
The death of someone close touches us to the core and leaves us hurt and wounded. A Bethany group offers a listening ear and help on the road of bereavement. Individual support can also part of it. The Bethany Support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Next meeting Wednesday 20th February

SURVEY ON SACRAMENTS
The diocese has just launched an online survey, as part of the work of the Sacraments Review Group set up by the Archbishop. The brief of the Review Group is to consult widely and deeply and to make recommendations on how we prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation in the future. The hope is that as many as possible will reply to the questions and make their views part of the process.
The survey is open to all.
It can be accessed on the Diocesan Website, homepage, under ‘Latest News’, where there are also a video message and a letter from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
https://www.dublindiocese.ie/survey-on-sacraments/
The survey can also be accessed via the Diocesan Facebook and Twitter. The survey is open until 25th February.

ALPHA IN GARDINER STREET
Alpha got off to a great start at Gardiner Street last Monday with 34 people coming to start the course.
You can still join the course and enjoy the stimulating video and discussion on Monday evenings at 7.30pm.
Alpha always begins with something to eat, so keep some space for delicious sandwiches and a cup of tea.
On Monday we looked at the whole topic of “Belief” and science. The next meeting will look at who is Jesus.
Alpha balances head knowledge with heart knowledge so there is a place for everyone, especially if you’re feeling your faith could need a boost. If you can’t come, consider recommending it to someone who can.

ECOTIP
Save the Bees!
There are plenty of environmental initiatives you can take up, but one of the most important is the need to save our bees. These little beasts are vital to pollenating the Earth’s vibrant ecosystem, but they have been dying out due to the use of pesticides.