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Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road, Dublin 4,
D04 NX33, Ireland

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Confirmation of Benjamin Bisonga, Saturday, 11 June 2016

Warmest congratulations to Benjamin on receiving the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit at his Confirmation in Our Lady Queen of Peace on the Memorial of St Barnabas. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benjamin began attending Sunday Mass in our church, with the assistance of the social worker at the hostel near the RDS he initially lived in. He joined our parish choir and continues to be a member, even though he now resides in Dublin 24.
Benjamin made his First Holy Communion in our church a couple of years ago and was prepared for Confirmation by Catherine O'Flynn, who was his Sponsor. Among the Congolese friends who attended were Fr Etienne Ntale, currently working in Belgium, some who travelled from Norway, and others now based in Drogheda and Sligo. It was a lovely occasion, much appreciated by the usual 12 noon Mass congregation. See photo album here.
We wish Benjamin well in his Leaving Certificate exams. He plans to go to Krakow in July for World Youth Day 2016 with a group from Citywise Education, based in Tallaght. The parish was very happy to facilitate a collection to help fund the wonderful opportunity for these students to be with Pope Francis in the company of up to a million other young people.



Parish Corpus Christi Procession, Sunday 29 May 2016

Our parish Corpus Christi procession (the first for many years) took place in glorious sunshine on Sunday 29 May.
It 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. See photo album here.
We are very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Charity for allowing us to use their beautiful chapel.
It was a joy to see all ages and many nationalities take part in the procession, as we honoured Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and lived 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)


First Holy Communion, Syro-Malabar Rite, 30 April 2016

Warmest congratulations to the 9 boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Saturday, 30 April 2016.
The liturgy, in honour of St Joseph, included a procession in the church grounds with a statue of the saint.
See VIDEOS here and here.


Students from Kianda School sang at 12 noon Mass on Sunday 17 April 2016

The liturgy of our 12 noon Mass on Sunday 17 April was enhanced by the beautiful hymns sung in Kiswahili by a choir from Kianda School in Nairobi. The girls were on a two-week exchange programme with Rosemont School in Sandyford. The previous week they made a much appreciated visit to St Mary's Centre Nursing Home nearby on Merrion Road. There they met residents in the Loyola House Nursing Unit and sang for them.
Words of hymns with English translation here.
(Note: Beginning of first hymn not in video)
Fr Fergus had been an assistant chaplain in Kianda for 2 years in 2004-2005 and it brought back many happy memories.



Mass for Msgr Robert Bucciarelli RIP, 8pm, Tuesday 8 March 2016

A Mass for Msgr Bob Bucciarelli RIP, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Ireland 2003 - 2011, was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace at 8pm on Tuesday 8 March 2016.
The main celebrant was Fr Justin Gillespie, current Regional Vicar, and among the large congregation were many faithful of the Prelature and cooperators.
Fr Bob passed away peacefully at his home in Chestnut Hill,  Massachusetts on 24 February last. It was in 2008, during his time in Ireland, that Archbishop Martin asked if Opus Dei could provide priests to look after our parish.
See obituary notice here.


Bishop Ray Field celebrated 12 noon Mass on Sunday, 6 March 2016 (Laetare Sunday)

A month after the Diocesan Celebration of World Day of the Sick in our parish, Bishop Ray Field (Diocesan Committee for the World Day of the Sick) returned to celebrate Mass at 12 noon on Sunday, 6 March 2016.

At the end of Mass Trish Conway (Chair of the Diocesan Committee for the World Day of the Sick) spoke and thanked our parish for the manner we had hosted the WDOS celebration on 7 February 2016. 

Bishop Field presented a beautiful plaque commemorating the event to Fr Fergus and certificates to many of the student volunteers from local schools who participated in the WDOS and looked after the sick so well.



Diocesan World Day of the Sick Celebration, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Sunday, 7 February 2016

Our Lady Queen of Peace had the privilege of hosting the annual Mass for World Day of the Sick on Sunday, 7 February 2016. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was the principal celebrant. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was celebrated within the Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance was available beforehand. See Message of Pope Francis.
A very large number of the sick or people confined to home and their carers, from all over the Archdiocese joined the celebration, and we were especially happy to welcome those from our own parish and neighbouring parishes and care institutions in our local area.
  • Photo album here.
  • Fr Fergus' words of thanks at end of Mass here.
This celebration took place during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, when we are encouraged to perform acts that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need. One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to visit the sick. On this occasion, we invited the sick to visit us.
The World Day of the Sick, inaugurated by Saint John Paul II, was first celebrated on 11 February 1993, feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It's an occasion during which the Church throughout the world is invited to focus on her mission to give witness to the love of God towards all who suffer and their carers. World Day of the Sick each year is a time to pause and be in prayerful solidarity with the sick and with all who care for them.



24 Hours for the Lord: Fri 4 March - Sat 5 March 2016

Come back to Confession in the Year of Mercy!
Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.
 Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 17
Join in this world-wide celebration of God's mercy.
CONFESSIONS in Our Lady Queen of Peace
 Friday 4 March
 6pm - 11pm
 Saturday 5 March
 9am - 6pm

 Other events in 24 Hours for the Lord programme
 Friday 4 March 
 6pm  Confessions begin
 Stations of the Cross
 Church closes
 Saturday 5 March
 Confessions begin  
 10am  Mass of Saturday of Third Week in Lent
 11.30 am
 12 noon
 Mass of Saturday of Third Week in Lent
 Syro-Malabar celebration
 Penitential Service for Youth
 Mass of Fourth Sunday in Lent
 Church closes


Adult Studies of the Catechism: Unit 6 concluded on Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The programme of Adult Studies of the Catechism on Unit 6, which began on 15 September 2015, concluded on 1 December. Sessions are on Tuesdays from 7.30 - 9.15pm in the Upper Room (accessed from the Tower).

So far, the group have covered the following topics:

 Unit 1
 Faith & Revelation; The Creed: God the Father  Spring 2013 
 Unit 2  Creed: God the Son, God the Holy Spirit  Autumn 2013
 Unit 3  Liturgy and the Sacraments  Spring 2014
 Unit 4
 Introduction to Morality
 Autumn 2014
 Unit 5
 The Ten Commandments
 Spring 2015

 This Autumn, in 12 sessions, the group studied:
  • Unit 6: Prayer
  • Dates: 15 September - 1 December 2015


Mass in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Saturday 20 June 2015

Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio, was the main celebrant at a Mass in honour of St Josemaría in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Saturday, 20 June.

It was a joyous celebration and the church was filled with people of all ages. The Nuncio was assisted by two deacons, both ordained to the priesthood within a fortnight: Robert McGivney (Meath) and Aidan McCann (Armagh). Six other priests concelebrated, among them Fr Justin Gillespie, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Ireland, Fr Fergus and Fr James. A group of four altar servers from St Michael's College in their red cassocks and surplices added more colour. The liturgy was enhanced by the beautiful music of the choir, under the direction of Gerard Downey, and the Communion hymn sung by the Rosemont School choir. After the Mass Archbishop Brown spent quite a while greeting many of the people who gathered in glorious sunshine in the church plaza.

For more details on the life of St Josemaría click here.

An album of photos of the Mass may be viewed here.


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