22 October 2018, Monday
Parish News



Envelopes and Lists for this purpose are available in the Church.

You are requested to kindly prepare them and return them to the safe in the Church or hand them in at the Parish Office or Sacristy. Mass on the First Friday of each month is offered for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead.

“It is a Holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins”.



The Annual Mass for all those whose Funerals took place from St. Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire during the past year will be offered in our Parish Church on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 11.30 a.m. You, your family, relatives, neighbours and friends are all invited to this Concelebrated Mass.



“The Last Anchorite” is the story of Father Lazarus El Anthony, a university lecturer who abandoned his life in Australia and became a Coptic monk. He lives in solitude on the Egyptian Al-Qalzam mountain, in the pursuit of what the Desert Fathers called apatheia, holy stillness. His remarkable story is shared at www.newpilgrimpath.ie



10 A.M. - 2 A.M. WEEKENDS. 1800 707 707


Letter of thanks to Dun Laoghaire Parish September 2018

On behalf of the many communities and families which benefit from your support, I would like to thank the people of Dun Laoghaire Parish for their most generous donation of €1,981.23 to Trócaire.

Your spirit of compassion is helping people like 7 year-old Kumba and her family to rebuild their lives after disaster and tragedy. Children, in particular young girls, are extremely vulnerable in the aftermath of humanitarian disasters such as Ebola or the devastating landslide which struck Sierra Leone last year. They can miss out on months, sometimes years, of education which can never be recovered.

Your support enables Trocaire to work with families so they can rebuild their lives and livelihoods. We also help them to give their children a better future by providing school books, uniforms, stationery and other essential items to help keep them in school.

With your help, we can continue to be there for the poorest and most vulnerable communities, no matter how long it takes. The communities we work with really do understand this shared sense of love. Your remarkable sense of solidarity means we will be there, until love conquers fear. So thank you and your parishioners, once again, for your very kind donation of €1981.23.

To find out more about how your support is having a positive impact on people's lives, please visit our website www.trocaire.org

Yours sincerely, Eamonn Meehan, Executive Director.


Monthly Meeting will be held on Friday 26th October 2018 at 2 pm in the Boylan Centre, Sussex Street. New members welcome. Activities include: Bridge, Indoor Bowling, Chair exercises, Arts and Crafts, Creative Writing, Theatre visits, Drama and Trips.


Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults 2018 – 2019  

Would you like to learn more about being a leader in your Church, your parish, your community?  We are running the Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults over four Saturdays (10am-3pm) from October 2018 – March 2019.  This course is designed to support young adults and, in turn, their parishes.  It is a dynamic, integrative and highly practical programme which will enable the participants to begin developing their skills as leaders and role models within their local faith–based communities.

Pope Francis reminds us that “young people are the windows through which we see the future”.  Previous graduates changed careers, changed their approach to life and made a difference!  Some took up leadership positions in their parish, community, school, work and World Youth Day, and many volunteered at the World Meeting of Families 2018.  The venue will be St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7 – some of the course will also take place online.  The programme concludes with a Weekend Retreat in April 2018.  The cost is €100 (includes course materials and retreat).

The programme is a mix of input from highly experienced experts, reflective practices, mentoring, journaling, spiritual accompaniment, workshops & social immersion.  Participants are required to produce a learning log as part of an overall portfolio to serve as a framework for integrative practice.  The programme endeavours to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be Gospel–centred transformational leaders within their own parishes, communities and pastoral settings.  For more information on the course, contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Volunteer with Trócaire in Ireland   

Trócaire supports some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Dublin to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire. Would you be interested in becoming involved?  If so, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.trocaire.org/volunteer for more information.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centres in Dublin are walk-in information and support centre based in seven hospitals across the city for cancer patients, their families and anyone concerned about cancer.  We’re looking for volunteers to work with our Daffodil Centre Nurses. Duties include: Welcoming enquirers to the centre;Talking to enquirers, listening and identifying their needs and signposting to appropriate sources of information and support;For medical or complex queries arranging for the enquirer to talk to the Cancer Nurse. Training will be provided. For more information on becoming a volunteer please contact Deirdre Murphy, Irish Cancer Society Tel: 01 231 0564 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Living with Loss Bereavement Information Evening 

Thursday 1st November, 5.30 – 8.00pm at the Alex Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2. Niamh Fitzpatrick, sister of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick will address the gathering and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.  Admission is free. For more information see The Irish Hospice Foundation: www.hospicefoundation.ie


The October Devotions continues after the 10 a.m. Mass each morning Monday - Saturday for the month of October. The October Devotions consist of - The Rosary, Litany of Our Lady and the Prayer to St. Joseph. Everyone is encouraged to pray these Devotions either in Church or at home. The Devotions in the Church will be led by the members of the Parish Rosary Group.

Full text of the Pope's video message at the Opening of the World Meeting of Families.

Dear Friends,

"As I prepare to visit Ireland in a few days' time for the World Meeting of Families, I send a warm word of greeting to all the Irish people. I am excited at the thought of returning to Ireland.

"As you know, the World Meeting is a celebration of the beauty of God's plan for the family. It is also an occasion for families from all over the world to meet and support one another in living out their special vocation.

"Families today face many challenges in their efforts to embody faithful love, to bring up children with sound values and to be a leaven of goodness, love and mutual concern in the larger community. You know all this.

"I hope that this festival will be a source of renewed encouragement to families everywhere, especially those families that will be present in Dublin. May it remind us all of the essential place of the family in the life of society and in the building of a better future for today's young people.

"Young people are the future! It is very important to prepare them for the future, preparing them today, in the present, but also rooted in the past: young people and grandparents. This is very important.

"Although the specific reason for my visit to Ireland is the World Meeting of Families, I would like to include all the members of the Irish family.

"I know that many people are working hard to prepare for my Visit, and I thank all of them from my heart. I ask everyone to pray that this great festival will be a moment of joy and serenity, a caress of Jesus' tender love for all families, and indeed, for all God's children.

"I assure you of my closeness in prayer, and I would ask you to pray for me. From my heart, I send you my blessing.

"May God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, bless you. Amen


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.



Rosary for Peace at 3 p.m. every Saturday in St. Michael’s Church, Dun Laoghaire.


The Rosary Intention and Eucharistic Adoration after the 10 am Mass each morning will be for the family and for the protection of the unborn child. Booklets on the table beside the Adoration signing register. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 to 11.30 a.m. Adorers unable to attend at this time may continue Adoration before the Tabernacle at their usual hour.


Items for the Newsletter must be received by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call into Parish Office not later than

12.30 p.m. on the preceding Monday.



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.



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.


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.  


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.


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. 


Divine Mercy Devotions take place each Wednesday afternoon from 2.30 to 3.30 p.m. in Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin.


A limited number of copies on sale in the Sacristy at €5. Companion and study guide to the encyclical by Pope Francis published by the Irish Catholic available to order. Tel: 01 687 4095. Cost: €12.99.


Dun Laoghaire          10 a.m.

Cabinteely                10 a.m.  - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Blackrock                10 a.m. and 1.05 p.m.

Monkstown              10 a.m.

Dalkey                      10 a.m.

Sallynoggin             9 a.m. 

                                 Monday evenings only at 6.30 p.m.

Kill-o-the-Grange 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Glasthule                 10 a.m.

Booterstown            7.30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Newtownpark          9.15 a.m. and 10 a.m.


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 contact: Fr. Eamonn Bourke at 086 834 6071 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Recovery, inc. you will learn how to manage Stress, Fears, Anxiety, Phobias, Depression and Panic Attacks. Meetings offer hope and reassurance and Techniques for getting well. Your local group meets at Holy Family Resource Centre, Kill Avenue (behind Baker’s Corner) every Tuesday at 8 pm. Tel: 626 0775 for further information.      

Counseling for couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationship. Experienced Counsellors, confidential service, donation based. Tel: 01 2801682 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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 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.
You are respectfully reminded not to forget to turn on your Mobile phone after you have left the Church.THANK YOU.
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.