Mass Arrangements from 10th May 2021

Posted in Announcements

The parish churches will re-open for public Masses on Monday 10th May 2021.

We will be allowed a maximum of 50 people in either church, with face coverings recommended. The documents below detail the safe practices that we will follow, which are the same as we applied during similar circumstances last year.

Church Notice - St. Benedict's
Church Notice - St. Monica's
 
As before, anyone who can attend Mass during the week is urged to make one of those days their ‘Sunday’ and so free up a place at the weekend for someone who is working Monday to Friday.

Click here for details of Mass Times.

Funerals and weddings will both be limited to 50 people attending the ceremony.

Praying for Vocations

Posted 26th July 2021 in Announcements

dublin-vocations-posterArchbishop Farrell is asking for people and priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on a regular basis. As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call and “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”.

Follow this link for more information:
Is God calling you to be a Priest?

World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly

Posted 16th July 2021 in Announcements

Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly’ which will take place for the first time this year on Sunday 25th July 2021.

pope-francis-message-for-world-day-for-grandparents-and-the-elderly-2-300x251“Grandparents and the elderly are often overlooked but this new day in the Universal Church calendar is a momentous achievement for grandparents and the elderly and will hopefully reassure them that they are loved and that they are needed. It is refreshing also to note the renewed commitment by the Church for the Pastoral Care of the elderly, a group of people who have suffered greatly during the Covid-19 pandemic due to being isolated from family, from their faith and from many of their daily supports.”

“I firmly believe that grandparents and the elderly are needed now more than ever, not just as teachers of the faith, but as fountains of wisdom and sensibility – qualities which our world needs these days.” (Pope Francis)

Prayer for Grandparents

Lord Jesus, you were born of the Virgin Mary,
the daughter of Sts. Joachim and Anne.
Look with love on grandparents the world over.
Protect them! They are a source of enrichment for families,
for the Church and for all of society.
Support them! As they grow older,
may they continue to be for their families
strong pillars of Gospel faith,
guardians of noble domestic ideals,
living treasuries of sound religious traditions.
Make them teachers of wisdom and courage,
that they may pass on to future generations
the fruits of their mature human and spiritual experience.
AMEN

grandparents

Peter’s Pence Collection

Posted 30th June 2021 in Announcements

peters-penceThe annual Peter’s Pence collection takes place on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This year it will be held on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July. The Peter’s Pence Collection provides Pope Francis with the funds he needs to carry out his charitable works around the world. This year’s Peter’s Pence collection will replace the second collection for Share.

Click here to read a letter from Archbishop Dermot Farrell concerning this year’s Peter’s Pence collection.

Building Hope Task Force

Posted 30th June 2021 in Announcements

building-hopeArchbishop Dermot Farrell has established a Task Force called Building Hope. The Task Force has been asked to begin with an assessment of the needs of the people of the Archdiocese emerging from Covid-19 and to work to support parish communities to undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity. Sharing your thoughts and experiences will be invaluable as we seek to enable the Archdiocese to act now so as to give effective witness and service in the years ahead.

Click here to see a short video from Archbishop Farrell inviting all of us to take part.

Click here to read an invitation from Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, the Chairperson of the Task Force.

Click here to respond to the questions mentioned in the letter.

Letter from Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Posted 8th June 2021 in Announcements

Archbishop Dermot Farrell has written to all parishioners thanking them for their continued support of the priests and parishes of the Archdiocese, and asking them to contribute to a special Summer Offering collection which will provide much needed practical and moral support for priests working at the heart of every local community of faith. Click the link below to read his letter.

  Letter to Parishioners (Summer Dues 2021)

Sacraments Update

Posted 4th May 2021 in Ceremonies

As we prepare for the safe return to public worship on May 10th Archbishop Farrell has updated parishes on the celebration of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation in 2021.

The public health advice is that ceremonies such as these should not take place at the time of resumption of public worship. For that reason, celebrations of these sacraments cannot take place until we are notified it is safe to do so.

The Archbishop believes that engagement with the public authorities will enable the position to be reviewed in due course over the coming weeks and months.

Given these circumstances he says it is appropriate and necessary that the celebration of First Reconciliation and Holy Communion for 2021 candidates should be deferred until the Autumn. We will follow this advice here in St. Benedict’s and St. Monica’s.

The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for 2021 candidates may be possible over the summer months if we are notified by public health authorities and the Archbishop that it is safe and appropriate to do so. We will update you as soon as we know ourselves.

The Archbishop realises that this situation will be a cause of disappointment to many families but trusts that they will understand the rationale for this approach.

I trust this new information from the Archbishop provides greater clarity for all parents and children.

Kind regards,
Fr. Paddy

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

Posted 12th April 2021 in Announcements

knock-2021Online Adult & Family Pilgrimage – Saturday April 24th

The online Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine at Knock will take place on Saturday April 24th.

For the second year, it will be a virtual pilgrimage. It will include a programme of online workshops from Our Lady of Victories Church, Ballymun Road which can be accessed by webcam commencing at 11.50am. Archbishop Dermot Farrell will address online pilgrims following the Regina Caeli at 12pm. The workshop themes will include Challenge for Families, the Holy Spirit and St Joseph & the Apparition.

After a break for lunch, you are invited to switch to the Knock Shrine webcam at 2.30pm for the rosary. The Pilgrimage Mass will follow immediately afterwards at 3pm and will be celebrated by the Rector of Knock Shrine, Father Richard Gibbons. Our pilgrimage will conclude with an opportunity for quiet prayer with an online visit to the Apparition Chapel.

We hope that you find the pilgrimage to be an inspirational and positive experience. And pray that we may be in a position to gather together in Knock as an Archdiocese for our 2022 pilgrimage.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

Posted 6th April 2021 in Announcements

aloneALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am - 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024Calls cost no more than a local call and in some instances are free.

Easter Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Posted 4th April 2021 in Announcements

urbi-et-orbi-2021If you missed Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing on television this morning, click here to watch it on the Vatican News channel.

The video begins with the Pope’s Easter Message to the world; the Urbi et Orbi blessing is at 20:13.