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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

Many thanks to all who contributed to our New Year's Brainstorming session  (Mon 14 January). It proved to be a great opportunity to ask why, about what and how often participating couples should meet to help each other grow in their respective relationships over the next twelve months.
 
Our next 'major' meeting will be Monday 11 February at 8pm. For more details, or if any couple would like to make a personal appointment (i.e., separate from the meetings), contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.
 
We have been 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 regularly on Mondays, usually in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. We draw on the teaching of the Catholic Church, as well as on the help and advice of experienced married couples.

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for January 2019

Universal - Young People and the Example of Mary: 
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.



Video of the Pope:
 
 

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 6 February 2019, 7:30-9pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 6 February 2019, 7:30-9pm, the first Wednesday of the month. 
 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com.
Also Irish Catholic article.
 
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.

This will be followed by refreshments in the Upper Room.
 
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Adoration for Children: Saturday, 9 February 2019, 4 - 5pm

Our next monthly session of Adoration for Children takes place from  4 - 5pm on Saturday,  9 February.

 
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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2018 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, we launch our Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. Last year a total of €13,960 was generously contributed. (See school Facebook page here and photos).

The photo on the right shows Fr Fergus with Bishop Dominic Kimeng'ich in Nairobi in August 2016, giving him our summer contribution of €5,290. A further €12,480 was raised at Christmas 2016. 

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2018 email. There are now 700 students and it is expected that this will rise to 720 in the next Academic Year (January 2019).

Bishop Dominic pointed out that:

"This year the school did exceptionally well in the National Exams. Out of 45 students who sat for their Class 8 Examinations, 30 of them are assured of going to good quality secondary schools in Kenya. We are all elated and are very grateful to God and Our Lady Queen of Peace for such good results. 
 
... the completion of the new dormitory was possible due to the donation of almost €14,000 we received from your Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, that you raised in December last year. Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity.


 ... the construction of the Convent for the Sisters (photo below) ... got stuck along the way due to lack of funds.  We need about €20,000 to complete and furnish it. Our inability to complete the construction of the convent means that we cannot accommodate more Sisters in the school.  Currently we have only two Sisters who are overstretched in their effort to run and manage the school.


A very important and crucial project planned, after the completion of the Convent, is to build more classrooms for the Nursery children.  Originally we had planned for a school that would accommodate 640 students. Now we have almost 700 and with the new intake due in January we expect the population to go up to 720. That is why we desperately need at least 4 classrooms."

 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €96,430.
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World Day of Peace Mass, Tue 1 Jan 2019

On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady Queen of Peace had the privilege of hosting the annual Diocesan World Day of Peace Mass.

 
 
The main celebrant was Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin preached the homily. The President and Taoiseach were represented by their ADCs and the Lord Mayor by Councillor Dermot Lacey. Members of Seanad Éireann, the Diplomatic Corps, the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána were also present. There was also a good representation from various orders of Knighthood in the Church.

There was a strong local presence in the congregation, with many of our parishioners participating in the liturgy as servers, readers, and as part of the whole assembly of faithful. The liturgy was beautifully enhanced by the music of the Habemus Chamber Choir who sing regularly in our church.

See Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Peace. Theme: Good politics is at the service of peace.
 
Photo album 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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Patrician Meeting, 17 December 2018: ‘Reflections on Mass Readings with St Thomas Aquinas’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 17 December 2018 at 8pm.
Due to building works on the new Pastoral Centre, the Patrician meeting was held in a room in one of the parochial houses. Pedestrian and vehicles used Stillorgan Road entrance.

The topic was: Reflections on Mass Readings with St Thomas Aquinas.  Rev. Noel Barber SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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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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