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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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Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent at 8pm

Stations of the Cross in Our Lady Queen of Peace at 8pm every Friday evening during Lent.
Confessions available.
 
We will begin the series using the reflections of St Josemaría Escrivá in his book The Way of the Cross. Other reflections will be used over the 7 Fridays, including one composed by Blessed JH Newman.
 
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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

I ask everyone to remember in prayer both myself and my collaborators in the Roman Curia, who this evening will be beginning the week of Spiritual Exercises. (10 March 2019)

Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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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, weekdays at 8pm

There was a big turnout for John and Jennifer Kehoe, who gave an excellent explanation of the four classic Temperaments and Married life on Monday, 11 February. 
On Monday, 11 March Laura Giust gave a very nice presentation on the life of Chiara Corbella, a young mother of three who packed a lot of joy into a short life.
 
Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 27 March at 8pm. John and Bridie McCarthy will speak to us about Fertility Awareness (NFP).
For more details, 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, 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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 3 April 2019, 7:30-9pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 3 April 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: 4-5pm, Saturday, 13 April 2019

Our next monthly session of Adoration for Children will take place from 4 - 5pm on Saturday, 13 April.


 
The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent
  • 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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for March 2019

Recognition of the Right of Christian Communities: 
That Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.



Video of the Pope:

 
   

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Patrician Meeting, 11 March 2019: ‘The Joy of Faith’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 11 March at 8pm.
The Patrician meeting wwas held in Donnybrook Parish Centre (in a building that was formerly a priest's residence).

The topic will be: The Joy of Faith.  Rev. Frank Sammon SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Novena of Grace: 4-12 March 2019

The Novena of Grace begins on Monday 4 March and ends on Tuesday 12 March, anniversary of the canonisation of St Francis Xavier in 1622.

Each day of the novena, the prayer seeking the intercession of St Francis Xavier was recited at the end of Mass.

At the 12 noon Mass each day priests of the Opus Dei Prelature gave a special homily taking in an aspect of the life of St Francis Xavier. Practical lessons were drawn for ordinary life, providing a focus for interior conversion during Lent.

 Fr Fergus O'Connor, PP  March 4, 6-9, 11
 Fr Walter Macken  March 5 & 12 (Tuesdays)
 Fr Gavan Jennings  March 10 (Sunday)
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