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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Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 13-21 September 2017

The inaugural pilgrimage of Lady Queen of Peace to the Holy Land began on Wednesday 13th  to  Thursday 21 September 2017 (flights between Dublin and Tel Aviv, via Instanbul).
 
For many people a trip to the Holy Land is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We will spend 3 nights in Tiberias and 5 nights in Jerusalem and visit the major holy sites in Galilee and in Jerusalem and surroundings. 
 
In order to make fuller use of the potential of our pilgrimage, we will also go to the soon-to-be-opened Saxum Visitor Centre. This Saxum visit will facilitate obtaining the spiritual means and essential instruction and resources to enter more deeply into the Gospels and prepare our parishioners for a deeply personal and transformative encounter with Jesus Christ. Through our visit to the Holy Land we hope to seek, find and to love Christ at a deeper level.
 
For more background on the Holy Sites, see eBook In the Footprints of our Faith, which can be downloaded in various formats here.  

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Parish Family Fun Day, Sunday 24 September 2017 (after 12 noon Mass)

The Parish Family Fun Day will take place in the church grounds this year on Sunday 24 September.
 
  
 

  • Bouncy Castle
  • Marquee
  • Face-painting
  • Refreshments
  • Games Galore
  • & Tours of the Church

 
 All generations welcome!
 
Let us know if you are coming by signing up online here, and also if you wish to bring some food or drink with you (Pot Luck).
 
 
Photos of previous Fun Days:
2014, 2015, 2016.
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Faith Forum for Young Adults, Tuesdays, 8-9pm

Do you have BIG Questions? Like to share them with FRIENDS?

Why not join us at FAITH FORUM, where we explore faith, make friends and develop interior freedom.
 
 
Every Tuesday at 8pm in the Upper Room.
 
On Tuesday 19th September, we continue our study of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri (subtitled Understanding what we say and do in the liturgy).
 
The topic (pp. 93-101) we shall consider is the Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer.  

In addition, we shall reflect briefly on the readings for the following Sunday (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time):

See First Reading and Gospel.
The basic weekly format is to consider a text (e.g. Catechism, YOUCAT, book on the Mass, other theological or spiritual text), reflect on and discuss it, have a period of guided prayer together, followed by a cup of tea/coffee.

Some feedback from participants here.

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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. We plan to print a second batch of envelopes as soon as the numbers warrant it.
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.
 
At present we cannot reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection donations because the current system does not permit recording the source of these donations. 
 

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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Very Rev Seamus Canon Moore PE (7 April 1933 - 31 July 2017) RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our much-loved Fr Seamus, who became Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace in 1991 and served the people of Merrion so faithfully over so many years. Even after his retirement, as Pastor Emeritus, he continued this service and celebrated Mass in our parish several times a week and looked forward to meeting and chatting with our parishioners -his friends- after Mass.
 
 
He will be fondly remembered for his kindness, his readiness to help, his sense of humour and his characteristic and endearing smile.
 
 
Archbishop Martin received his mortal remains at Our Lady Queen of Peace on Wednesday 2 August and in his homily highlighted inspiring aspects of Fr Seamus' almost 60 years of faithful ministry as a priest.
Fr Brian O'Sullivan, a classmate, was main celebrant at the Funeral Mass on Thursday 3 August. A large number of other classmates and local clergy, as well as many parishioners attended on both days. 
 
A Month's Mind Mass for Fr Seamus was celebrated by Fr Fergus on Saturday, 2 September and the large congregation attested to the affection of parishioners for him.
 
Maureen and Kathleen, sisters of Fr Seamus, and other members of his family have asked us to express their deep gratitude for the love shown him during his 26 years in Our Lady Queen of Peace, and especially in the last few months of his life.
 
(See RIP.ie Death Notice here). 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for September 2017

Pope's prayer intention: Parishes: That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
 
 
 
Video of the Pope:
 
 
 
Pope Francis has decided to keep one monthly prayer intention and no longer proposes an urgent prayer intention. However, every Sunday on which he gives an Angelus Address, he asks for prayers for specific people and situations that are of deep concern to him.

Helpful reflections on these intentions from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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World Meeting of Families: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The World Meeting of Families is being held in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018.

Large numbers of volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event and during the event itself.
 
If you would like to volunteer to help in any way, you can apply by clicking here.
  
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Fr Michael Fagan celebrated Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace, 26 July 2017

Fr Michael Fagan, from Washington DC was ordained for the Opus Dei Prelature last summer by the then Prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría, since deceased. On his return to take up an appointment in Dallas, Texas he stopped off in Dublin to celebrate Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace.
 
His father, Pat, grew up in Drimnagh and then moved to the United States, where he met and married Theresa (Gallagher). He has been back in Ireland frequently, lecturing on Family and Pro-Life issues. 30-year-old Fr Michael is the sixth of eight children.
The Mass was attended by many of his Irish relations as well as parishioners and members of Opus Dei. In the course of his homily, Fr Michael promised to remember our parish and our country in his prayers and asked that we would also pray for him.
 
More photos here. 
 
 

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Thank you for the generous donation of €6,673 for East Africa on 22 & 23 July 2017

We are very happy with the very generous response in Our Lady Queen of Peace to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's appeal for support of the National Church collection for Trócaire relief in East Africa.
 
The appalling situation facing the people has reached a critical stage. There are severe food shortages in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia brought about by drought and conflict.
 
Over half the population of Somalia (6.2 million people) is experiencing food shortages and malnutrition. There have also been major outbreaks of cholera across the country.  South Sudan is on the brink of famine, with drought and conflict affecting millions. Millions of people in south-eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
 
On behalf of Irish Catholics, Trócaire is doing all it possible can – currently helping over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation.
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