Mass Times

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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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 14 December 2019

The next monthly session of Adoration for Children will take place from 4 - 5pm on Saturday, 14 December.

 
 
The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent (younger children meanwhile colour holy pictures)
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (around 10 minutes), 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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Bambinelli Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace on 15 December. 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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 18 December 2019, 7:15-9:30pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE will take place on 18 December 2019, 7:15-9:30pm, the Third 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 Donncha Ó hAodha.

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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Christmas Arrangements 2019

An important step in our preparation for Christmas will  be Bambinelli Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), which falls on 15 December. 
The programme for Christmas and the New Year below is taken from our Christmas Card.
 
 
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2018 Christmas Appeal raises €14,010 for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

€14,010 was generously donated over Christmas by parishioners in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. A further €1,000 was donated in September 2018.

Last year a total of €13,960 was raised. (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 €110,440.
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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday 15 December after 12 noon Mass. We'd like for each couple to bring some small dish for a special pre-Christmas gathering. For more information, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930. 
 
Our November meeting proved to be a very pleasant one. It was nice to be able to welcome Eamon and Giselle back after their recent wedding, while others had news of first babies on the way!
 
A few ideas from the podcast Jay Shetty interviews his wife for the first time were discussed on Monday 30 September.  Themes included where to meet the person you love, different love languages and how to balance family commitments and personal priorities. 
 
On Sunday 25 August after 12 noon Mass, we met to mark the first anniversary of Pope Francis' encounter with couples in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral during World Meeting of Families in 2018. It was a very happy occasion with a variety of dishes, plenty of chat and a fun quiz afterwards.

Relationships Enrichment meets regularly, usually on Mondays, 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 December 2019

The Future of the Very Young:
That every country take the measures necessary to prioritize the future of the very young, especially those who are suffering.

 

Video of the Pope:

   

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
 

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9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 5 January 2019 (TBC)

Pope Francis has been encouraging all of us to listen to and encourage youth. In his Apostolic Exhortation following the 2018 Synod on Youth, he wrote:


"We cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. They are its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it”.
(Christus Vivit, 64)

In  response to the Holy Father's invitation, we have begun a fresh initiative called 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome. Several have volunteered already to take part in the liturgy by greeting people as they enter the church, by reading at Mass or by participating in the Choir.
 
Some light refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Tea Room (on the LHS of the main porch as you exit). All welcome.
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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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