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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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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Eve of First Friday, Thursday 1 September 2016

There will be Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
from 12.30 (after the 12 noon Mass) until MIDNIGHT on Thursday, 1 September2016.

The usual Thursday Holy Hour will take place during the Vigil from 7-8pm.

A roster has been placed in the church porch. If you are able to watch one hour with Jesus, it would be helpful if you could sign up the roster.
You can also ring 01 269 1825 or email info@merrionroadchurch.ie to let us know and we can put your name down.

The usual Friday period of Adoration will take place on Friday 2 September from 10.30-11.55.

See current status of Roster here.

24 Reasons for Spending a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament

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Youth Group Year of Mercy Pilgrimage, Wednesday 10 August 2016

Members of the recently formed Parish Youth Group went with Fr James on a Year of Mercy pilgrimage.
 
 
 
 
They began with a Rosary visit to Our Lady of Dublin in Whitefriar Street.
 
A short walk then to St Teresa's Church in Clarendon Street, where it was possible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
   
 
 
Then across the Liffey to St Mary's Pro-Cathedral for Mass, to pray for the Pope's intentions and to gain the Year of Mercy Indulgence by going through the Holy Door.
 
After all the spiritual food, the group went for an enjoyable lunch in nearby O'Connell Street.
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Recollections for Men and Women: September 2016

Recollections for Men and Women are scheduled as follows:
 
 
 

 Men
 Wed, 14 September
 7.30 - 9.30pm
 Women  Tue, 20 September
 2 - 4pm
 Women
 Wed, 21 September
 7.30 - 9.30pm
 
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Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again our parishioners have responded very generously on the occasion of the visit of Fr Fergus to Kenya this July (2016)  - with donations amounting to €5,290 for our Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. This brings the total donations from our parish since 2011 to €65,655. (See school Facebook page here).

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

During his vist to Lodwar last year (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 August 2016

General prayer intention: Sports. That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
 
 
 
Video of the Pope on Sports, a culture of encounter:

 
 
 Prayer intention for evangelization: Living the Gospel. That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbour.
 
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 during this Jubilee of Mercy

Jesus is the face of God's merciful love
You are invited to experience Christ's healing love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Jubilee of Mercy. 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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Mass in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Saturday 25 June 2016 at 12 noon

This year Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated the annual Mass honouring St Josemaría, Founder of Opus Dei.
 
The large congregation, which filled the church, included people of all ages and of many continents, illustrating the universality of the Church and the scope of the charism of St Josemaría.
 
In his homily (downloadable below) Archbishop Martin stressed the universal call to holiness and the essential role of lay people in the spreading of the "Joy of the Gospel".
"Saint Josemaría had a special gift in leading men and women into a form of holiness which would become fruitful through a life lived within the realities of daily life".
After Mass, Archbishop Martin kindly made time to meet large numbers of those attending, including many parents with young children, whom he greeted very warmly.
See Photo Album here.
 
 

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Confirmation of Benjamin Bisonga, Saturday, 11 June 2016

Warmest congratulations to Benjamin on receiving the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit at his Confirmation in Our Lady Queen of Peace on the Memorial of St Barnabas. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benjamin began attending Sunday Mass in our church, with the assistance of the social worker at the hostel near the RDS he initially lived in. He joined our parish choir and continues to be a member, even though he now resides in Dublin 24.
 
Benjamin made his First Holy Communion in our church a couple of years ago and was prepared for Confirmation by Catherine O'Flynn, who was his Sponsor. Among the Congolese friends who attended were Fr Etienne Ntale, currently working in Belgium, some who travelled from Norway, and others now based in Drogheda and Sligo. It was a lovely occasion, much appreciated by the usual 12 noon Mass congregation. See photo album here.
 
We wish Benjamin well in his Leaving Certificate exams. He plans to go to Krakow in July for World Youth Day 2016 with a group from Citywise Education, based in Tallaght. The parish was very happy to facilitate a collection to help fund the wonderful opportunity for these students to be with Pope Francis in the company of up to a million other young people.
 

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Parish Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday 29 May 2016

Our parish Corpus Christi procession (the first for many years) took place in glorious sunshine on Sunday 29 May.
 
It began in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then proceeded along the Merrion Road to St Mary's Chapel in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession returned along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy. See photo album here.
 
 
We are very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Charity for allowing us to use their beautiful chapel.
 
It was a joy to see all ages and many nationalities take part in the procession, as we honoured Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and lived out these words of St John Paul II:
Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings. (Mane nobiscum Domine, 7 October 2004, no. 18)
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