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 Family Fun Day, Sunday 15 September 2019 (after 12 noon Mass)

The Parish Family Fun Day will take place in the church grounds this year on Sunday 15 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: 
201420152016, 2017, 2018
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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

Our next gathering will be on Sunday 25 August after 12 noon Mass. The idea is to mark the first anniversary of Pope Francis' encounter with couples in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral during World Meeting of Families in 2018. 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.
 
Last May we began using a book on Marriage by Fr Arturo Cattaneo (Preparing for Marriage with Pope Francis). Thus each session features a short period where, availing of ideas in Fr Cattaneo's book, couples 'coach' each other on different aspects of Married Life. 
 
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.
 
On Monday 12 August Fr James gave a presentation on a sermon of John Henry Newman on Infant Baptism. Newman will be canonized in Rome on 13 October. The well-attended session prompted discussion about the immortality of the soul, the necessity of Baptism, the role of parents in their  children's spiritual as well as academic and professional education, etc.
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9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 1 September 2019

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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for August 2019

Evangelisation - Families:
That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human growth".



Video of the Pope:
 


Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer 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.
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.
 
As can be appreciated, we can only reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection contributions when we are able to record the source of these donations. The envelope system facilitates this.
 

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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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 23 June 2019, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession began at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then planned to proceed along the Merrion Road to the Convent Chapel, St Mary's Centre in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession was to return along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy.
 
Unfortunately, due to rain, we ended up just processing within the church itself, which being big, had space for the large attendance to walk behind the Blessed Sacrament. 
The Habemus Chamber Choir sang beautifully and helped make it a very prayerful liturgy.
 
 

Other photos from this year's procession herePhoto albums for 20192018 & 2017.
  
We are very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Charity for allowing us to use their beautiful chapel.
 
We wished to honour Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and live 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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 19 June 2019, 7:30-9:30pm

The most recent session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE took place on 19 June 2019, 7:30-9:30pm, the Third Wednesday of the month.
This was the final session before the summer break.
 
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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Solemn Mass in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, 22 June 2019 at 12 noon

On Saturday 22 June at 12 noon, Fr Justin Gillespie, Opus Dei's vicar for Ireland celebrated a Solemn Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, who died on 26 June 1975.
 
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