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Sundays:
6pm Vigil (on Sat night);10am; 12 noon; 9pm

Holydays (Mon-Fri):
6pm
(Vigil) - no 6pm Mass if vigil falls on Sunday;
7.30am; 10am; 12 noon9pm

Mon-Fri: 7.30am; 10am; 12 noon

Saturdays: 10am; 12 noon; 6pm (Vigil for Sun)

Bank Holidays: 10am; 12 noon

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Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road, Dublin 4,
D04 NX33, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 269 1825

info@merrionroadchurch.ie

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Welcome to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish!

Apart from providing useful information about the parish, its groups and the various activities, it is our desire to use this website to share our faith with you, providing resources and links for faith development, both personal and family.

We also want to facilitate piety and prayer and hope you will find the Daily Mass Readings (with commentary) helpful.

Since 2008, priests of the Opus Dei Prelature have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady Queen of Peace. See Daily Message taken from the writings of St Josemaría, Founder of Opus Dei, which gives some insights into his charism.

We would appreciate your feedback. God bless you and please visit us often!

Fr Fergus

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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples, Mondays at 8pm

Couples preparing for Marriage or recently married are welcome to join us on Mondays at 8pm for Relationships Enrichment.
Next session: Monday, 19 November 2018, in the Upper Room. For more details, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.
 
The idea is inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love, in which the Holy Father highlights the importance of accompanying couples before and after Marriage.
 
Relationships Enrichment meets weekly, usually in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Once a month we meet in the house of a host couple.
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for November 2018

Universal - In the Service of Peace: 
That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.



Video of the Pope:
 

   
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7:30-9pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 5 December 2018, 7:30-9pm, the first Wednesday of the month. 
 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com
 
Young Adults are invited to come to Our Lady Queen of Peace and spend time in adoration before the Eucharist, while being guided in their prayer through Scriptural reflection by Fr Justin Gillespie.

During this time, priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Afterwards, in the Choir Gallery, there will be a discussion on the great philosophical questions, seeking to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.
 
December discussion topic: God exists: a statement of faith or of fact?
In this talk we will explore key ideas about God’s existence and why knowing about that existence is something we can arrive at rationally. Along the way, we will try to see why a hot cup of tea shows us why God exists (even if you don’t like tea!)
 
This will be followed by refreshments in the Upper Room.
 
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Tuesday Cuppa and Chat for Mothers and Babies, after 10am Mass

On Tuesday's, after 10am Mass, over a cuppa in the Coffee Room (inside Church Porch), there is an opportunity for mothers with babies to make new friends & share parenting experiences.
 
Pope Francis has placed the Family high on his agenda of pastoral outreach. At Our Lady Queen of Peace we want to make parents and their young children feel very welcome in our church.
 
Dads are welcome too!
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Adoration for Children: Saturday, 8 December 2018

Our next monthly session of Adoration for Children will take place from 4-5 pm on Saturday, 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 
The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with brief reflections and prayers led by a parent. There are gaps to permit the children to speak to Jesus in their own words.
  • Refreshments and games
I recommend that priests, religious men and women, as well as lay people, continue and intensify their efforts to make the younger generation aware of the meaning and value of adoration and Eucharistic devotion. How can young people know the Lord if they are not introduced into the mystery of his presence? 
St John Paul II,  28 May 1996
Letter on 750th anniversary of Feast of Corpus Christi, n.8

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Making your FIRST COLLECTION and SHARE donations more tax-efficient, using envelopes

There has been a good response to our initiative of using an envelope system for our First Collection and Share Collection, which began on 1 July 2017. 
If you would like to participate in this scheme, please fill out the form (downloadable at the bottom of the page) and hand it in or email it to the Parish Office.
If you prefer not to use the envelope system and wish to make your contributions tax efficient, you might like to make your Collections contributions via the Parish Office. Once we can trace donations back to you, then they can be processed for tax reclaim purposes.
 
What are the benefits of such a system and how will it work
Under current tax law, since we have charitable status, any cumulative donation in a given tax year to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish of €250 or more (by way of Family Offering, Dues, First Collection or Share Collection) is eligible for tax relief (amounting to almost 45% of the donation). This tax relief would be paid directly to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.
 
As can be appreciated, we can only reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection contributions when we are able to record the source of these donations. The envelope system facilitates this.
 

For example, a €5 donation for the First Collection or Share Collection, using the envelope system, could possibly yield an extra €2.25 on that donation.

 
More information here.

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Novena to the Immaculate Conception 2018

The Novena to the Immaculate Conception will be preached by Rev. Gavan Jennings (editor of Position Papers).

Each day Fr Gavan will deal with aspects of Christian life, drawing very practical considerations from the life of Our Lady.
 
  • These texts of St Josemaría may be helpful on days when you are unable to attend our Novena.
  • See also texts from the Gospel for your personal prayer, along with some ideas from Saint Josemaría and Pope Francis. 
 
Confessions will be available as usual for 20 minutes before and after each Mass. 
 

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Bambinelli Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

This year, Bambinelli Sunday will be celebrated for the second time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, children will gather before the altar  with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus will say a short prayer (see here) and then bless each Bambinello with holy water.
 
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful custom instituted by St John Paul II during his Papacy. On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square and bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the Bambinelli – from their family Crib. After the Angelus the Pope blesses both the children and the figurines.

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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

Nobody can delude themselves by thinking, "I’m fine because I’m not doing anything wrong”. To be a follower of Jesus it is not enough not to do wrong, because there is good that we must do!.  (17 November 2018)

Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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