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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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Patrician Meeting, 20 February 2016. Topic: 'I was hungry and you gave Me to eat - Mary's Meals'

The next monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium will take place on Monday, 20 February 2016 at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre (entrance and carpark at back of church, at the top of Ailesbury Road).
The topic will be: I was hungry and you gave Me to eat - Mary's Meals. Rev. Frank Sammon S.J. will attend.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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YES to LIFE briefing meeting, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Tue 21 February 2017 at 8pm

This briefing session will provide information on how to get involved in a parish-based pro-life initiative. It will take place next Tuesday, 21 February, at 8pm in the Upper Room (accessed through the Tower).
 
YES to LIFE aims to facilitate as many one-to-one personal conversations as posssible about the right to life and the 8th Amendment. So, this is a chance to become involved in a nationwide effort to protect life.
 
People have genuine questions about how we, as a society, can provide compassionate and truly progressive answers to women and their unborn babies, especially those facing unexpected pregnancies.
 
At the meeting you will learn how best to articulate your pro-life views with compassion and with factual clarity. Documentation will be available to help you do so.
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YOUCAT Study Group, Tuesdays 8-9pm. Next Session is on 28 Feb 2017

The YOUCAT is 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).

 
On Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017  the session will focus on the 4th and 5th Commandments (YOUCAT qq. 367 - 399).

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 starting again on 17 January 2017. Even if you have missed the first sessions, it is still possible to join the group.
 
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Mass for Couples and Families, 12 noon on Sunday, 12 February 2017

There was a large attendance at the special Mass for couples (both married and preparing for marriage) on Sunday, 12 February at 12 noon, in anticipation of the feast of St Valentine. Among the congregation were lots of young children, which was a joy to behold.
 
The liturgy celebrated the love of spouses and included intercessionary prayers for families.
 
This celebration is part of our preparation for next year's World Meeting of Families (22-26 August 2018) and prompted by the words of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, n. 208.
 
WMOF St Valentine's Day flyers may be downloaded at: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/stvalentinesday/
 
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Pope Francis' Prayer to the Holy Family

At their October 2016 meeting, the bishops of Ireland encouraged the faithful to pray the Prayer to the Holy Family written by Pope Francis and published in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) - (more info here).

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.

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Fourth Formers from St Michael's Junior School visit parish during Catholic Schools Week

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we were very happy to welcome the students of Fourth Form from St Michael's College to Our Lady Queen of Peace on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, feast of St John Bosco. 
 
They came for 12 noon Mass, led by their teacher, Enda Ruane, with Miriam Gaughan in support. Several of their grandparents also attended the Mass.
 
The boys stayed on for a tour of the church given by parishioners Catherine and Brian O'Flynn.
 
Afterwards they saw how a priest vests before Mass and viewed some short episodes from the life of St Josemaría Escrivá. The highly successful visit concluded with a treat!
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€12,480 raised in 2016 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, our parishioners, with a donation of €12,480, have responded very generously, as in the past,  to our annual Christmas Appeal in support of 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 in August 2016, giving him our summer contribution of €5,290.

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €81,220.

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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for February 2017

General prayer intention: Comfort for the Afflicted: That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.
 
 
Video of the Pope - Welcome the needy.
  
 
 
Urgent intention: Sacredness of Life: We pray for the children who are in danger of the interruption of pregnancy, as well as for persons who are at the end of life — every life is sacred! — so that no one is left alone and that love may defend the meaning of life.
 
Helpful reflections on these intentions from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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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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