SAFEGUARDING: What has been happening to date?
St. Francis Xavier's Gardiner Street Parish is striving to create and maintain safe environments for children, yorth persons and vulnerable aduhs within the parish through:
- Appointing two Child Safeguarding Representatives, that are trained and Garda vetted. Child Safeguarding and Protection is a standing item on the agenda of Parish Pastoral Council meetings.
- Disseminating information on "Safeguarding Children-Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland*. Copies of these documents are available at the Sacristy, Parish staffs offices and on our website.
- Ensuring that the contact details of the Diocesan Designated Officer, The Duty Social Worker of the Child and Family Agency and the Gardai are widely publicised on the Parish's Notice board and website.
- Ensuring the wellbeing and safety of children involved by having appropriate levels of supervision and insurance.
- Implementing procedures for recruiting volunteers that include: Adult Volunteer Application and declaration, seek and check references and Garda vetting. To date, all the Parish's staff members and active volunteers are Garda vetted and have adhered to the Code of Behaviour in respect of attitudes and behaviour relating to children and vulnerable adults.
- Raising awareness on Child safeguarding and protection: 162 people (clergy, parish staff and volunteers) received appropriate Child Safeguarding and Protection Training. Later on this year there will be more training opportunities for our new staff members and volunteers.
- Keeping an up-to-date register of all volunteers. This register also complies with the General Data Protection Regulations that came into force on 25th of May.
- Maintaining an up-to-date register of non parish based groups which use parish property: Licence agreement has been made with all these groups in compliance with Diocesan policies.
- Ensuring that Parents/guardians of children volunteers (Family Mass volunteers) sign a parental consent form, including child consent.
- Keeping attendance records, an attendance book and an accident / incident book for any activity involving children volunteers, according to the standards set by the Catholic Church of Ireland to ensure that child protection concern could be property reported to the appropriate authority.
- Preventing misconduct and bullying: the Parish is working on an anti-bullying policy and on a code of behaviour for children volunteers agreed among themselves. (to be launched shortly).
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Tickets for Knock and Phoenix Park events on 26 August 2018
There will be no admission to either of these venues on the day without a ticket - all adults and children attending these events will need to have a ticket in advance. Tickets will be free and will be available to book from Monday 25th June on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.
At the time of booking there will be an invitation to make a voluntary contribution to the WMOF2018 to offset the costs of the event. This is optional and will have no impact on a person's ability to access a ticket. More information available on https://www.worldmeeting2018. ie/en/Media-Centre/Pressreleases/World-Meeting-of Families-announces-details-of-
If you want the Parish to book tickets for the Final Mass at Phoenix Park, please leave your names at the front desk before 1:30 pm on Sunday 24 June.
Pilgrimage to Knock
Pilgrimage to Krmck Shrine on Sunday 22nd July from Gardiner Street and with St Joseph's East Wall. The story of Knock began in August 1879, when 15 pecqale witnessed an apparition at the gable wall of the parish church. On hearing their testimonies the witnesses described a heavenly vision of Our Lady/St Joseph, St John the Evangelist and a Lamb on an altar surrounded by angels. Pick up a brochure at the front desk and secure your place(s).
Oasis Day-14 July 2018
Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet wrth a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharlst condudes each day. Please use our Contact form. email email@example.com or phone (01) 833 1352 for more information or to make a booking.
Planters far the front of the church: We are delighted to report that we will be getting planters forthe front of the churth in the coming months. These are being provided through Sunflower Recyding and we plan to keep them filled with bright scented ftowers. If you think this is a good idea, perhaps you would give us an hour one Saturday a month? We hope to get a gardening Ministry going, to keep them groomed and watered. You might leave your name with a member of staff in the shop or email us at sfx(@jesuit.ie or complete a form after Mass in September. Feel free to tip a bottle of water in a planter any time!
Last week s Collections. Church €642, Share €431 Thank you. The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Fracis Xavier's Gardiner Street).
"Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature ha$ its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God's love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress oif God."
(Pope Francis. "Laudato Si". 2005. Paragraph 84)
We need volunteers for some practical help in the church on Sundays and on Tuesday when a helping hand would be very welcome, have a couple hours free and the willingness to give us a hand we would appreciate it. Just mention this to any of the priests.
Thanks, Fr. Gerry Clarke SJ
A space for encounter and solidarity
In the June edition of The Pope Video, Pope Francis remarks that The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility."
Francis says that'Communication technotogy, its places, its instruments have brought with it a lengthening of horizons, a widening, forsomanypeopte". He adds "ft can offer immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity," but explains it must be used in a way that respects the dignity of other peopte. 'May the digital network not be a place of alienation* he says.
The internet can help us to be better citizens, according to the
Pope. "May it be a concrete place, a place rich in humanity^, he proposes. Concluding his message the Holy Father says "Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences," calling to mind his monthly prayer intention for June.