26 November 2022, Saturday
Parish News

CHRISTMAS NOVENA OF MASSES

Enrolments have now commenced for our Annual Christmas Novena of Masses. Enrolments can be made any morning Monday to Friday after the 10 am Mass in the Parish Office before 12.30 p.m. (office closes). The intentions of all enrolled will be included in Masses from 16th December to the 24th December.

MINISTERS OF THE WORD AND EUCHARIST

A Month's Mind Mass will be offered for Fr. Cecil Johnston (Retired Curate of St. Michael's Parish) on Sunday 27th November at 11.30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church. All welcome to attend the Mass.

HALLELUJAH CHRISTMAS CONCERT

A classic Christmas concert aimed at the whole family; our goal is to bring some old-fashioned Christmas spirit, and that feeling of goodwill to all who join us. The music has been carefully chosen to create that nostalgic, ambient Christmas mood those of us of a certain age remember so well. Hallelujah Christmas will be held on Sunday 4th December 2022 in St Michael's Church at 7 pm (Doors open at 6.30 pm). A concert, a raffle and a night amongst friends. What more could you ask for. Book now to avoid disappointment... Tickets €20 available from the Parish Office

ALTAR LIST OF THE DEAD

As we now approach the end of November we would like to remind anyone who may not have sent in their Altar List to please do so. Envelopes for this purpose are available on the tables inside the Main doors of the Church. Mass on the First Friday of each Month is offered for all those on the Altar List of the Dead.

NEW PILGRIM PATH WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

Superb Advent Resources. This Sunday, the 1st Sunday in Advent, we celebrate the 7th year of New Pilgrim Path. The website has grown from a handful of visitors to thousands across the world. Reflecting the ecumenical nature of the site and the international spread of our visitors, we offer a feast of Advent material this week from many sources, ranging from poetry, music and art to Advent traditions, practices, and prayers. Access these rich spiritual resources at www.newpilgrimpath.ie

LOCAL CONFERENCE OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Monthly Collection will take place next weekend Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th November 2022. Your generous support will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

PARISH MAINTENANCE FUND

Takes place after all Masses the weekend Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December. Many thanks to all Collectors and Subscribers. Your generous support is deeply appreciated. This Collection remains here in the Parish.

DUN LAOGHAIRE CHORAL SOCIETY

The second concert of the 2022/23 season on Sunday 11th December in Monkstown Parish, Church of Ireland at 5 pm. We shall be performing Handel's Messiah with soloists, accompanied by Dun Laoghaire Consort. As has been our tradition for many years, we invite audience members who wish to sing along with us to bring their scores and join in. Tickets are €20 or €25 and available from Eventbrite.ie https://tinyurl.com/MessiahDLCS) or at the door.

YOUTH 2000 CHRISTMAS RETREAT

The Retreat will take place between 9th and 11th December in Newbridge College, Newbridge. This retreat is for anyone aged 16-35.  Great CRAIC!!, Excellent Speakers, Inspiring Talks & Workshops, Fantastic music, Group activities, Youth Masses, Adoration, Reconciliation, prayer, Drama, Games & plenty of time to chill out, meet new people and find out what it means to be young & Catholic today!! Donation only. Free buses leaving from all over Ireland. Register now on www.youth2000.ie

CROSSCARE CHRISTMAS FOOD POVERTY APPEAL

2022 has been very difficult for families coming to Crosscare needing help. For the first time in many years, they have seen a rise in the number of working families struggling with ongoing increases in the cost of living. The demands of Christmas put even more pressure on people already finding it hard to make ends meet.

This Christmas, they are asking for help for the Food Poverty Service, where Crosscare supports families who find it hard to provide nutritious food. Sadly, almost 800 families and individuals, including 1,000 children, have needed help from the Service this year and demand is likely to increase in the coming months. Crosscare ensures they have a good supply of food while at the same time looking at all the issues that may have brought them into food poverty.

If you can, you can donate online at www.crosscare.ie or call 01 836 0011 or send a cheque or postal order to Crosscare Christmas Appeal, 2 Saint Mary’s Place North, Dublin D07 Y768.

LONGING FOR LIGHT - A WAITING PEOPLE

Kerrie O’Connor, one of our parish cantors and her group Vox Hiberniae together with the Carmelite community of Avila, Donnybrook will facilitate an Advent Day Retreat on Saturday 26th November, 10 am to 4 pm. Join them on the eve of Advent to prepare in quiet, Word and music. Donation only. Contact Avila to book: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01-6430200. Further details on church notice boards or www.avilacentre.ie

ST. ANNE’S PARISH CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Christmas Fair returns this year (a scaled back version) it will take place on Sunday November 27th from 10 am to 3 pm in St. Anne’s Resource Centre, beside the Church, Dublin Road, Shankill. Christmas Fair Raffle - Great prizes to be won! All are welcome.

DIOCESAN ALTAR SERVERS DAY

Takes place on Saturday 26th November in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. Begins 1pm and ends with Mass at 4 pm. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will send you a registration form. If you want more information, please call Fr Paul Thornton at 087 7404729.

RETREAT AT MERCY CENTRE

From 5pm on Thursday 1st December to 4pm Sunday 4th December. This three-day retreat will provide participants with space to step back from the day-to-day and focus on preparation for Christmas, the birth of new stirrings, and a deeper calling to connection. We will explore the Gospel messages of the Advent season and the journey of the Magi from searching to discovering. Residential: €385. Non-residential: €185. To express your interest please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information is available at https://www.mercyworld.org/our-centre/programmes/advent-retreat/.

PLEDGE FOR NOVEMBER

Many people offer spiritual support to a relation who is struggling because of alcohol or an addiction problem. Parishioners who wish to take a short-term Pioneer pledge during the month of the Holy Souls are invited to visit www.pioneers.ie/pray/

A PEOPLE'S HISTORY

Capturing The Voices Of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, in partnership with the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, is carrying out an oral history project in the county, The People's History of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. We are looking to speak with residents (and former residents) of the county area with a view to recording what they know about their families' and their own histories in the area.

We would love to reach out to members of parishes all over the county in the hope of connecting in particular with older parishioners who would be interested in taking part in this important project, which will become part of a major national archive and an invaluable research resource for years into the future. There is no need for participants to carry out any research, or to have specific information relating to particular dates or noteworthy events - we are interested above all in the experiences of ordinary families from the-area over the generations. Interviews can be carried out in English or Irish.

Anyone who would be interested can contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 087 118 3160 and we will get in touch to arrange an interview.

SHINE CARERS GROUP

For The Carers of those who are effected by Mental Illness meeting on First Monday each month 8 pm (2nd Monday if it's Bank Holiday) in the Centre for Living, top of Carysford Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. www.shinecarersblackrock.ie

WORLD YOUTH DAY – LISBON 2023

Parishes and Individuals are now invited to register their interest in either attending WYD Lisbon or organising a parish group to participate. Over the past year many parishes and people have noted in submissions for the Task Force and also preparatory meetings on Synod the importance of reaching out to younger people.

World Youth Day will take place 1st to 6th August in Lisbon 2023. Package options and costs are still being determined and the registration system will open in September. At present it is intended to have the option for teenagers aged 16-18 to participate as well as those aged 18-29. 

The Archdiocese of Dublin has a great tradition in participation at World Youth Day. This is a great opportunity to reach out to young people and connect them to young people in many parishes that will participate at WYD. A full pastoral programme for all pilgrims will also commence later in the year, with opportunities for leadership roles as well. Get in touch and keep in touch

We would like to hear from you between now and before September so that we can focus and fine tune the various package options that will be proposed.

Parishes are now invited to register their interest – providing information if possible on numbers and maybe local leaders also. Individuals can also use this system to register their interest. Groups (Schools, Third Level Chaplaincy, Faith groups) – can also use this system Expression of Interest for WYD Lisbon 2023   

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .        

AWARE - SUPPORT & SELF CARE GROUPS

If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone in and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. For more information about the groups www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/and all of our services on www.aware.ie/If you would like to volunteer with Aware, please see their website for more information:www.aware.ie/get-involved/volunteering/

TEEN HOPE CONNECTED 

Teen Hope Connected is a weekly Youth Group. It takes place every Wednesday 6-7pm via Zoom. Join us for fun, exploring faith and life with other Teens through small group discussions, top class games and prayer. If you are interested in joining, please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

YCD CONNECTED – BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE TOGETHER

The Young Church Dublin invite you to join our connected group for Young Adults (20’s 30’s) We meet online every Wednesday, from 8.00-9.00pm for some time of fellow, reflection on Scripture and prayer together. It provides an opportunity to connect in with other young adults in a community of faith. For more information please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GENERATION TECH

Generation Tech is a free service and is run by volunteers. Volunteer run FREE HELPLINE to help older people in Ireland with tech issues. Our volunteers are tech experts and work in shifts from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday. Support is provided over the phone. If you need help with smartphones, tablets, social media, apps, PCs, printers, etc. CALL US on: 01-9633 288. 

ACCORD Dublin has launched a new website.  For Sacramental Marriage Preparation Courses or for Marriage and Relationship Counselling please visit www.accorddublin.ie 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown  Helpline 01 271 3199. Opens 9 am every day. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

South Dublin County Council - Helpline 01-4149043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. Out of hours email contact through  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

COVID-19 TECH SUPPORT FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Covid19 Tech is a  group of I.T professionals who have come together from  across Ireland to volunteer and offer free tech support to Irish seniors in our communities so they can stay connected with their loved ones and required services during the Covid19 crisis. More information visit: https://covid19tech.ie

IMPORTANT NOTICE

FOR YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY CCTV CAMERAS ARE NOW INSTALLED IN THE CHURCH AND RECORDING ON A 24 HOUR BASIS.

EUROPEAN DATA PROTECTION LAW

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. The Diocese is now working on ways of ensuring that what Parishes do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

 

PRAYER FOR FAMILIES

God, our Father, we are brothers and sisters in Jesus your Son, one family, in the Spirit of your love. Bless us with the joy of love. Make us patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need. Help us to live your forgiveness and peace. Protect all families with your loving care,   especially those for whom we now pray:

(We pause and remember family members and others by name.)

Increase our faith, strengthen our hope, keep us safe in your love, make us always grateful for the gift of life that we share. This we ask, through Christ our Lord, Amen. 

Mary, Mother and guide, pray for us. Saint Joseph, father and protector, pray for us.  Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us. Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, pray for us.

 

ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH 

BAPTISMS  Baptisms in St. Michael’s Parish will take place on the second Saturday of each month at 12 noon. Please contact the Parish Office in person to make arrangements.

MONTH’S MIND MASSES

To facilitate the families of those who funerals take place in St. Michael’s Church, the 6 p.m. Mass on the first Saturday of each month will be offered for those who have died in the previous month.

Please contact the Parish Office at 01 280 4969 for further information.  

BETHANY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP

If you were recently or long-time bereaved the Bethany Group are there to support you. Please contact the Parish Office on 01 280 4969 for further details.

AIFREANN 10 A.M. (SUNDAY IRISH MASS)

Fáilte roimh gach éinne, (óg, sean agus mean-aosta!) chun canadh agus chun ceol a dhéanamh leis an gcór, in onóir Dé. Siúl isteach! Fáilte romhat gach Domhnach ag 9.45 a.m. 

EMMAUS VOCATION JOURNEY
The Emmaus Vocation Journey is designed to allow the participants to form a kind of faith-community, in which each person will be supported by the others in the process of discernment. For that reason, participants are invited to make a commitment to the whole programme. For more details see This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it       

 
ST. ANTHONY’S BLESSING
May the Lord Bless you and take you into His keeping; may He show you His countenance and take pity on you; may He turn His eyes towards you and give you His Peace.
        
THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VUNERABLE ADULTS
The Pastoral Council of St. Michael’s published on 31/3/08 a policy for the protection of Children and Vunerable Adults. This policy is available on the Parish website (www.dunlaoghaireparish.ie).

The Child Protection Officers on the Parish Council are Noreen Tierney and Margaret Brennan. Notices are displayed at the main and side entrances to the Church with further contact numbers.
JUST A REMINDER!
You are respectfully reminded not to forget to turn on your Mobile phone after you have left the Church.THANK YOU.
     
RESERVED SPACES
Once again you are asked to please ensure that the Car places marked for WHEELCHAIR users are reserved absolutely for their use only. Thank you.