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Merrion Road, Dublin 4,
D04 NX33, Ireland

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Beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz, 18 May 2019

Spanish chemist and researcher, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (1916-1975), is the first lay member of Opus Dei to be beatified. The beatification took place in Madrid on Saturday, 18 May 2019. 
 
 
 20 minute summary of Beatification ceremony

Pope Francis: the new Blessed "put her many qualities at the service of others"
Pope Francis wanted to unite himself to the "joy and thanksgiving" for the beatification with a letter addressed to the Prelate of Opus Dei. In it, the Holy Father says Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, "put her many human and spiritual qualities at the service of others, helping in a particular way other women and their families in need of education and development." The Pontiff also noted that the new blessed "did all this not with a proselytizing attitude but simply through her prayer and witness", "with the joy that came from knowing she was a daughter of God, as she had learned from Saint Josemaría himself."

The new Blessed, the Holy Father writes, is a "witness of holiness lived out in the ordinary circumstances of her Christian life." The example of her life serves as encouragement to always aspire "to this holiness of ‘normality’, which burns within our hearts with the fire of Christ's love, and which the world and the Church are so in need of today.” Holiness, the Pontiff said, means, "opening one’s heart to God" and "going out of ourselves so as to meet others where Jesus awaits us, to bring them a word of encouragement, a helping hand, a look of tenderness and consolation."

The Pope concluded his message with the following words: "I also ask you not to stop praying for me, while at the same time I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all. May Jesus bless you and may Our Lady look after you.”
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Patrician Meeting - Monday, 17 June 2019: ‘Crisis in the Church’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 17 June at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre.


The topic was: Crisis in the Church. Rev. Noel Barber SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 8 June 2019

Our most recent monthly session of Adoration for Children took place from 4 - 5pm on Saturday,  8 June.
Note: this was the final session before the summer break.
 
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' Tweet of the Month

Through your attention to the little ones and to the poor, you can kindle stars in the night for those who suffer. (2 July 2019)
Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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New Ministry Sunday Collection, 18-19 May 2019

 
This new annual collection will replace the Share Collection and will be devoted to support the building up of new forms of lay ministry in our parishes. The work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus in our changing religious culture will require more lay men and women working in various ways alongside our priests at the heart of parish communities.
 
We are already blessed with many people who give of themselves generously in various ministries in parishes. These include our Parish Pastoral Workers. We also count on an increasing number of parish catechists, attending to the faith development of young adults and young families and to the catechetical needs of the increasing number of children who do not attend Catholic schools.
 
The Ministry Sunday Collection is about ensuring that we will have the people we need – men and women who will be to the fore in making our parishes vibrant faith communities into the future.
 
While many of those involved will be volunteers, we will have to equip and train leaders and provide facilities for formation. We want to work towards a situation where all parishes in this Archdiocese benefit from their gifts and expertise. The new collection is one-step in that process.
 
In the second reading on Ministry Sunday our God says, ‘I am making all things new’. This is a powerful challenge to us to trust in God’s future.  I hope that today’s appeal will inspire a generous response in your hearts for our future as vibrant communities of faith.
 
+Diarmuid Martin,
Archbishop of Dublin
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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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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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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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World Day of Peace Mass, Tue 1 Jan 2019

On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady Queen of Peace had the privilege of hosting the annual Diocesan World Day of Peace Mass.

 
 
The main celebrant was Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin preached the homily. The President and Taoiseach were represented by their ADCs and the Lord Mayor by Councillor Dermot Lacey. Members of Seanad Éireann, the Diplomatic Corps, the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána were also present. There was also a good representation from various orders of Knighthood in the Church.

There was a strong local presence in the congregation, with many of our parishioners participating in the liturgy as servers, readers, and as part of the whole assembly of faithful. The liturgy was beautifully enhanced by the music of the Habemus Chamber Choir who sing regularly in our church.

See Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Peace. Theme: Good politics is at the service of peace.
 
Photo album here.
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Bambinelli Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated for the second time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, a large number of children gathered before the altar with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus said a short prayer (see here) and then blessed each Bambinello with holy water.
 
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful custom instituted by St John Paul II during his Papacy. On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square and bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the Bambinelli – from their family Crib. After the Angelus the Pope blesses both the children and the figurines.
 
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