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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. We have included a 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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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thursday, 8 December 2016

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thursday 8 December, is a holy day of obligation.

 
Wednesday 7 Dec Vigil Mass at 6pm
Thursday 8 Dec
7.30am, 10am, 12 noon and 9pm
 
 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes Our Lady's unique divine gifts:
"Through the centuries the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, 'full of grace' through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception . . . The 'splendour of an entirely unique holiness' by which Mary is 'enriched from the first instant of her conception' comes wholly from Christ: she is 'redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son'” (nos. 491-2).
 If you wish to do a Novena in preparation for this feast of Our Lady, you might like to avail of a novena that makes use of texts and prayers from St. Josemaría available for download below.

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National Transport Authority proposal to run road through Our Lady Queen of Peace carpark

The National Transport Authority has recently published a Public Consultation Document, for a section of the Sutton-Sandycove Cycleway, which includes their Scheme to fix the Merrion Gates bottleneck.
  • See Appendices to Public Consultation Document here.
  • See Irish Times report here.

Public Consultation with National Transport Authority

Our Lady Queen of Peace has engaged planning, engineering and traffic consultants to help us in making a comprehensive submission to the National Transport Authority.

Have you made YOUR SUBMISSION about the proposed road through our church car park to the National Transport Authority yet? You may wish to choose some of the points here and put them into your own words to express your view on this proposal.

It can be done by post, email or on line. Details here.

 
The Emerging Preferred Option has a very significant impact on Our Lady Queen of Peace, taking over half of the side carpark. It would also seriously affect Phase 3 of our parish development plan: to provide a day-chapel, offices & meeting rooms, wheelchair-friendly WCs and easier access to the Upper Room for older people. Map and satellite photo with overlay of proposed road here.
 
We will engage contructively with the National Transport Authority to see how a better solution can be found for the Merrion Gates problem - while not depriving our parishioners of irreplaceable ground-level parking spaces, when attending Mass in our church.
"To ensure the plan is as good as it can possibly be, we are actively consulting with the public. If members of local communities, or public transport users, or cyclists, or road users or the business community have suggestions as to how we can do this better, we will certainly reflect that in the finalised plans." (from NTA website)
Note that the closing date for all submissions to NTA is 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016. More info here.
 
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YOUCAT Study Group, Tuesdays 8-9pm (began on 4 October 2016)

There has been a good turn out for our study sessions on the YOUCAT, a catechism produced for young people that ‘speaks of our own destiny and so deeply engages every one of us’ (Benedict XVI, Foreword to YOUCAT).

ALL OF US have big questions:    
  • Why did God create us?
  • How can we describe heaven?
  • What does the fall of Adam and Eve have to do with us?
  • Did God will the death of his only Son?
  • Can I be a Christian without believing in Christ’s resurrection?
  • Why does God want there to be a church? 
YOUCAT has the answers. (See useful links)
YOU are invited to CATCH up by joining our YOUCAT study group every Tuesday, 8-9pm. Even if you have missed the first sessions, it is still possible to join the group.
 
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Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, with our annual Christmas Appeal, we invite our parishioners, who have responded very generously in the past, to continue their support for Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. (See school Facebook page here).

The photo on the right shows Fr Fergus with Bishop Dominic in Nairobi last August (2016), giving him our summer contribution of €5,290.

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €68,990.

Last year, a total of €15,996 was donated (in the summer and Christmas of 2015).

 During his visit to Lodwar in July 2015 Fr Fergus celebrated Mass for the students and staff of the school in the new multi-purpose dining hall. The liturgy was enhanced by the beautiful singing of the choir. Afterwards there was some poetry and singing to entertain the visitor, which among other things illustrated the talent of the girls and highlighted their dreams for the future.

 It was a joy to see how much has been achieved already and to be able to assist in the ongoing development of this wonderful project.

Our initial donation was in fact the catalyst for launching the construction of the school.

Fr Fergus stayed with Bishop Dominic and also met Fr John O'Callaghan, a Kiltegan missionary from Kilmallock, who has been very involved in the execution of the project and Mr Tony Woods, from Doon, the diocesan administrator.

In 2014 our Christmas Appeal raised €10,539.

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Advent Recollections for Men and Women: Dec 2016

Recollections for Men and Women are scheduled as follows:
 
 
 
 Men
 Wed, 14 December
 7.30 - 9.30pm  
 Women  Tue, 20 December
 2 - 4pm  
 Women
 Wed, 21 December
 7.30 - 9.30pm  
 
More details here.
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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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The Light is ON for YOU: Experience the JOY of Reconcilation with God our Father

Jesus is the face of God's merciful love
You are invited to experience Christ's healing love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If it has been a long time since your last Confession, we will do all we can to help you prepare for and receive the Sacrament of God's mercy.
 
Confessions available in Our Lady Queen of Peace:
  • EVERY DAY, before and after every Mass 
  • all Saturday morning
  • during the Holy Hour on Thursdays (7-8pm)
We gratefully acknowledge this idea from the Boston Archdiocese site: The Light is on for you.
 
For more information visit our Confession resources page here.
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for November 2016

General prayer intention: Countries Receiving Refugees. That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
 
Video of the Pope - Countries Receiving Refugees:
 
 

Prayer intention for evangelization: Collaboration of Priests and Laity. That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.
 
Helpful reflections on these intentions from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Bishop of Lodwar (Kenya) celebrated the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 25 September 2016

Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Lodwar, Kenya, whom Fr Fergus met in Nairobi last month (August 2016), celebrated the 12 noon Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Sunday 25 September 2016.
 
Among other things, Bishop Dominic wished to express his gratitude for all the support our parishioners have given since 2011 to the Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls in Lodwar. Once again, on this occasion, generous donations were made for the project.
 
The bishop visited us briefly in the Spring of 2011 and we were very happy to welcome him back to our parish.
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