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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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Solemn Mass honouring St Josemaría Escrivá on Monday 26 June 2017 at 8pm

Monday, 26 June is the Feastday of St Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, who died on that day in 1975.
 
On Monday 26 June 2017 at 8pm, Fr Justin Gillespie, Opus Dei's vicar for Ireland will celebrate a Solemn Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace.
 
From Saturday 24 June to Monday 26th, the prayer seeking the intercession of St Josemaría will be recited after all Masses.
 
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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 20th June 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. 36-41) we shall consider is the Lord, have mercy ...  

In addition, we shall reflect briefly on the readings for next Sunday (12th Sunday in Ordinary Time).

Additional readings for next Tuesday:  See here.
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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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 18 June 2017, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession 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.
 
Other photos from this year's procession here.
Photo album for 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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Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, 13-21 September 2017

The inaugural pilgrimage of Lady Queen of Peace to the Holy Land will take place from 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.
 
If you would like to book, please contact MAP Travel and also leave your name with the Parish Office. More details for download below.
 
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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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 from the first weekend of July 2017. This first batch of envelope boxes is now being distributed.
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.
 
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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Lecture on Holy Land, 8.15pm on Thursday, 22 June 2017

In preparation for the inaugural Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, there was a good attendance at an illustrated talk by Chris Noonan, Chairman (Ireland) of the Saxum Project in the Holy Land on Thursday 22 June 2017.
 
Familiarity with the Holy Land brings the Gospel scenes closer to you and is invaluable for everyone, whether going there or not.
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for June 2017

General prayer intention: National Leaders: That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
 
 
 
Video of the Pope:

   
   
Urgent intention: War and Terrorism: May the Holy Spirit grant peace to the entire world.  May He heal the wounds of war and terrorism, which most recently struck innocent civilians in London.  Let us pray for the victims and their families.

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 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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Tuesday Cuppa and Chat for Mothers and Babies, after 10am Mass

On Tuesday's, after 10am Mass, over a cuppa in the Coffee Room (inside Church Porch), there is an opportunity for mothers with babies to make new friends & share parenting experiences.
 
Pope Francis has placed the Family high on his agenda of pastoral outreach. At Our Lady Queen of Peace we want to make parents and their young children feel very welcome in our church.
 
Dads are welcome too!
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