World meeting of Families 2018
Celebrating Significant Wedding Anniversaries
If you were Married in 1992, 1977, 1967, 1957 or 1947 you are invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mourne Road, Drimangh, Dublin 12, on Sunday 15th October 2017 at 12.00 noon as we celebrate with those who are marking Silver, Ruby, Golden, Diamond and Platinum Wedding Anniversaries. This is also for people who are widowed.
There will be light refreshments served afterwards
As we prepare for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next August, we should recall the words of Pope Francis:
“Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home”.
Considerable efforts have been made in the Archdiocese of Dublin to ensure that the Church is a safe and secure home for children. Last year alone, nearly 1,200 people attended one day safeguarding training sessions and a further 1,500 attended information sessions. We now have almost 400 parish safeguarding representatives who are working alongside clerical and lay colleagues to ensure that best safeguarding practice is followed in each of our 199 parishes. I commend this work and I am grateful to those of you who have accepted this responsibility.
Family Mass: Next Sunday at 12.30pm. All welcome. The theme is “Promises”.
Primary School Opening Year Mass will take place at the 11am Mass on Thursday 28th September. All welcome.
Last week’s Collections, Church €864 Crosscare €707 Thank you
The Blue Bag is for the Church Collection (St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street)
The red bag is for Share.
Scripture Prayer Groups are starting up again. No need for any expertise, just yourself and an openness to listening. Times: Wednesday at 6.45pm, Thursday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 6pm (before the Gospel Mass.)
A Bethany Support Group is starting up in the parish and is looking for volunteers. Training will be provided.
Would you consider offering your time?
The Bethany Support Group provides a compassionate and sensitive approach to help people as they go through their grieving process. We offer our help as trained volunteers who have gone through our own losses and realise that the experience of grief is something that people shouldn’t have to go through alone. The service and it is provided free of charge to anyone who needs help. Support is provided in a number of ways: Group meetings – monthly or as the need arises. Personal support arranged by appointment. Telephone support Events to support the bereaved persons e.g. talks, workshops, remembrance services, weekend retreats.
Please contact Maura Dee 0879015853 or any of the parish priests and staff at 01 836 3411
Falling Fruit Ireland – Food Sharing Project
Fallingfruit.ie is a project to harvest the seasonal glut of local fruit (apples, pears, plums, nuts, etc.) in Dublin and to direct it to charities that cater for those in need. Each year hundreds of fruit trees go unpicked. ‘Falling Fruit’ organises a team of volunteers to pick the fruit and distribute it to local charities or other good causes. In 2017, we also aim to collect surplus vegetables from the grower’s fields – gleaning for charities!
This initiative acts as a helpful service to households who have fruit going to waste in their gardens. It also serves the community by directing the surplus fruit to local charities, where possible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 086 2134897 if you wish to offer fruit or volunteer.
Radio Mass: The 11am Mass this Sunday will be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra, on Long Wave 252 and SaorView Channel 201. Web access is at www.rte.ie/digitalradio/radio1extra or you can listen back at www.rte.ie/radio1/mass.
Parish Pastoral Council meets for the first time after the summer on Monday 25th September. We welcome issues or contributions. Chair: Michael Moriarty.