07 August 2020, Friday
Parish News

 

THE PARISH OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 10 am to 12.30 PM

ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH DUN LAOGHAIRE

We warmly welcome everybody back. We are concerned for the safety of everybody and it is important to remember that the obligation to attend Mass in person was lifted at the start of the pandemic and will continue for some time to come.

Face masks are highly recommended, please bring your own.

The dispensation, issued by the Irish Bishops Conference, from attending Mass on Sundays and holydays remains in place. You don’t have to attend Mass on Sundays and holydays but you might like to attend the weekday Mass (Monday to Saturday) at 10 a.m.

Physical Distancing:The capacity of the church has been reduced, numbers attending have to be restricted. Please enter & leave the church in an orderly manner. Do not cluster in aisles or doorways. Follow the instructions of ushers & signs around the Church. Pews have been marked to facilitate physical distancing. Please remain in your pew throughout Mass. Those in the same household may enter and sit together. All others please maintain a distance of 2 meters (6ft). There will be no Offertory Procession or Sign of Peace. Holy Communion will be distributed to the congregation in their seats and may only be received in the hand.

Hygiene: Always cough or sneeze into a tissue/elbow. You are encouraged to carry & use hand sanitiser. The Celebrant, Eucharistic Ministers & Ushers, will wear face masks if they approach the congregation. On Sundays, the church will close between morning masses to allow cleaning of pews, kneelers etc. On weekdays the church will not close.

If you are feeling unwell please do not attend church services.

Volunteers are needed to help with stewarding at all Masses and prepare the Church for each Mass. Please contact the Parish Office at 280 4969 between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday if you wish to volunteer.

YOUTH 2000 SUMMER FESTIVAL

The annual Youth 2000 Summer Festival is Ireland's largest Catholic Youth event, but this year, for the first time, it will be streamed live on the 14th-16th of August.   Hear talks and workshops from some of the best Catholic speakers including Fr. John Harris OP, Dr. Scott Hahn, John Pridmore, Petroc Willey (University of Steubenville), Katie Ascough, Sr. Colleen Mattingly, Sr. Mary Hanrahan, Bill Keimig (University of Steubenville), Beth Davis (Blessed is She) and others from Ireland and around the world. Youth 2000 Ireland's motto is 'Youth leading Youth to the Heart of the Church' and we do this by leading Eucharistic-centred festivals, retreats and prayer meetings throughout the country. Register FREE at www.youth2000.ie/summerfestival2020  

NEW PILGRIM PATH WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

The Bible mentions trees more than any living thing other than humans. From the Fall to the Crucifixion, almost every major event in the Bible features a tree, branch, fruit, seed, wood or other part of a tree. Trees are also a powerful metaphorical presence in the Old and New Testaments, from the Tree of Life to the parable of the mustard seed. The Christian has immensely valuable lessons to learn from trees – whose magnificence emerges from a rich darkness, silence and stillness. For the week beginning 9th August, New Pilgrim Path is devoted to the spiritual dimensions of these marvels of creation. The website of the week draws on related spiritual reflections from three different sources; the music and poem of the week also have an arboreal theme. Access all this at: www.newpilgrimpath.ie.

 

HOLLYWOOD MASS ROCK

Join Hollywood parish on Sunday 9th August next as they start the pilgrimage in the Church car park at 7.00a.m. They  proceed from here to the Mass Rock at Corragh. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Eamonn Walsh at approximately 9.00a.m. More information email: HollywoodParish Office at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

PART-TIME HIGHER DIPLOMA IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Interested in studying Theology in 2020? The one year, part-time Higher Diploma in Theological Studies at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth is now offered as a "Blended Learning" programme. Suitable for those with an undergraduate degree in any discipline (or equivalent). The course will run from Septemberto May, with online lectures taking place on Wednesday evenings, complimented with self-directed study. There will also be 6 residential weekends over the course of the year.More details of the programme are available at: https://maynoothcollege.ie/courses/higherdiploma-in-theological-studies For admission to the course or other details, please contact Barbara Mahon, at the SPCM - Admissions Office at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 01 -708-4772

N.B. If COVID-19 restrictions make the weekend residential impossible, these will be held virtually.

 

VACANCIES

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service team for the Technical University Dublin (TU Dublin). The Archdiocese of Dublin is seeking to fill two full-time vacancies on a two-year fixed term basis. These roles form part of the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service team for the Technical University Dublin (TU Dublin).

Role 1. Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Worker (PCCW) – All Campuses

Role 2. Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Worker (PCCW) - Peer Mentoring Role for TU Dublin University.

These roles form part of the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service (PCCS) team being delivered to TU Dublin. Both roles offer dual support service as they provide both pastoral care and chaplaincy support for students and staff. These roles will complement existing student support services and provide associated social, emotional and spiritual support including holistic pastoral care.  If you think either of these roles are for you, please email your CV with a covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 5.00pm Monday 10th August 2020. For more information go to https://www.dublindiocese.ie/job-vacancies/

 

THE PRIORY INSTITUTE

The Priory Instituteis taking registrations now for their second online Summer School 'Theology, Spirituality and Religious Experience' starting on August 10. The course consists of 10 online lectures by Fr Pat Collins C.M. given over two weeks - email Frances O'Loughlin This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

A NEW PILGRIMAGE ON LOUGH DERG’S LAKESHORE

Walk and Pray in the Lough Derg tradition on 16, 18, 22, 26 & 30 August. At times in the 1600s and 1700s when StationIsland was closed by the Penal Laws, pilgrims undertook a form of pilgrimage on the lough shore. Walk in their footsteps. Contact 0 71 9861518 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for details. Numbers are limited. Advance booking essential.

DCU BA IN THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES - SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you. This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a number of Saturdays throughout the year. For 2020/21, the programme will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities. Scholarships are available for new incoming students. More info at www.dcu.ie/dc300, or contact Brad Anderson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

SUPPORTING POPE FRANCIS’ COVID-19  EMERGENCY FUND – WORLD MISSIONS IRELAND

On behalf of our Holy Father and the poorest and most vulnerable communities in our wider Church family, thank you for taking action and donating towards Pope Francis' COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Already, his life-giving Fund is making an impact in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In dioceses in Pakistan, the majority of people live below the poverty line. The virus has forced many to isolate. Now lack of food is becoming the most urgent and fundamental need. The Fund is being used to help feed these hungry men, women, and children. In countries, like Sierra Leone and Chad, Health and Public Announcement systems are fragile. Here a problem is the lack of information about the virus; how it spreads and its consequences. In response, the Fund is allowing the Church to use local radio to inform parishes about the virus and the simple precautions needed to take.Thank you for playing your part in making this happen. Your support and prayers for our overseas missionaries and the people they serve are always appreciated and greatly needed.

To donate go to www.wmi.ie/covid-fund or call Fiona on 01 497 2035.

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

Other Support Services

SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10 am and 10 pm on any day of the week on 1800 80 45 91.

Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01 6424600 or Tel: (01) 475 6989   Lo Call: 1890 369369

APPOINTMENT OF TEMPORARY AGENT FORM DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL PROTECTION

TO BE USED WHEN THE DEASP CLAIMANT IS PAID BY SOCIAL SERVICES SWIPE CARD AND IS UNABLE TO ATTEND AT THE POST OFFICE. Please note: A Temporary Agent Form must be completed for every collection. If you can’t get to the post office to collect your pension or any other social welfare payment, you can now allow somebody else, known as a temporary agent, to collect it. The Temporary Agent form is available in all post offices or online. We would highly recommend that a family member or trusted friend does this for you. If you do not have a nominated person available please contact the

dlr Community Call Helpline where you will be referred to a support organisation that will be able to facilitate you. Call: 01-271 3199 (Monday to Sunday 8 am – 8 pm – 7 days a week), email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Accord – important new support line  ACCORD Dublin has setup a helpline to provide support for people struggling with  relationship issues during this time of self-isolation.  The contact number is 01 9059555. The line is open from 10 until 1 pm every Monday to Friday.  More details from their new website www.accorddublin.ie

COVID-19 SUPPORT LINE FOR OLDER PEOPLE

ALONE still has in place the national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of 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, 8.00 am – 8.00 pm, by calling 0818 222 024.

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

GROW IN LOVE PARISH LINK - Wish to inform you of the postponement of the weekly group until further notice.  

SCRIPTURE STUDY - The Scripture Study Classes have been postponed until further notice. Contact: 087 612 3675.

THE DLR NETWORK FOR OLDER PEOPLE AND CROSSCARE COMMUNITY CAFÉ

Wish to inform you of the postponement of the weekly Coffee Mornings in the Crosscare Community Café, until further notice.

SAINT JOSEPH’S SHANKILL 

If you’d like to make a donation to Saint Joseph’s Shankill contact Siobhan on (087) 967 0602 or by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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. 

 POPE FRANCIS ENCYCLICAL 

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.

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.