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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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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation (including our parish), that manages and processes people’s personal information.
 
We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed, through updates on this website page and otherwise, as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
 
Regarding contributions to the Family Offering, Dues, First and Second Collections, the personal information provided by parishioners is used by the parish to process these contribution in line with Revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is only kept for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.
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Mass for Couples and Families, 12 noon on Sunday, 11 February 2018

A special Mass for couples (both married and preparing for marriage) took place on Sunday, 11 February at 12 noon, in anticipation of the feast of St Valentine. There was a wonderful blend of generations at the refreshments afterwards in Upper Room.
 
The liturgy celebrated the love of spouses and included intercessionary prayers for families.
 
This celebration was part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families (22-26 August 2018) and prompted by the words of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, n. 208.
  
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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 was a wonderful experience for everyone. Photo album here. Some videos here.
 
As one of our pilgrims put it:
 
We walked where He walked, sailed where He sailed, felt the same desert sun on our backs as He did. I defy anyone to come to this holy place and not be moved to tears, buoyed up and strengthened in their faith in God made man.
 
We spent 3 nights in Tiberias and 5 nights in Jerusalem and visited the major holy sites in Galilee and in Jerusalem and surroundings. 
 
We also went to the very impressive Saxum Visitor Centre, which is nearing completion. This Saxum visit helped a lot to give an overview of the history of salvation and to bring the Gospels alive.
 
The consensus was that through our visit to the Holy Land we were able to seek, find and to love Christ at a deeper level.
 
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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Very Rev Seamus Canon Moore PE (7 April 1933 - 31 July 2017) RIP

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of our much-loved Fr Seamus, who became Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace in 1991 and served the people of Merrion so faithfully over so many years. Even after his retirement, as Pastor Emeritus, he continued this service and celebrated Mass in our parish several times a week and looked forward to meeting and chatting with our parishioners -his friends- after Mass.
 
 
He will be fondly remembered for his kindness, his readiness to help, his sense of humour and his characteristic and endearing smile.
 
 
Archbishop Martin received his mortal remains at Our Lady Queen of Peace on Wednesday 2 August and in his homily highlighted inspiring aspects of Fr Seamus' almost 60 years of faithful ministry as a priest.
Fr Brian O'Sullivan, a classmate, was main celebrant at the Funeral Mass on Thursday 3 August. A large number of other classmates and local clergy, as well as many parishioners attended on both days. 
 
A Month's Mind Mass for Fr Seamus was celebrated by Fr Fergus on Saturday, 2 September and the large congregation attested to the affection of parishioners for him.
 
Maureen and Kay, sisters of Fr Seamus, and other members of his family have asked us to express their deep gratitude for the love shown him during his 26 years in Our Lady Queen of Peace, and especially in the last few months of his life.
 
(See RIP.ie Death Notice here). 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
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Fr Michael Fagan celebrated Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace, 26 July 2017

Fr Michael Fagan, from Washington DC was ordained for the Opus Dei Prelature last summer by the then Prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría, since deceased. On his return to take up an appointment in Dallas, Texas he stopped off in Dublin to celebrate Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace.
 
His father, Pat, grew up in Drimnagh and then moved to the United States, where he met and married Theresa (Gallagher). He has been back in Ireland frequently, lecturing on Family and Pro-Life issues. 30-year-old Fr Michael is the sixth of eight children.
The Mass was attended by many of his Irish relations as well as parishioners and members of Opus Dei. In the course of his homily, Fr Michael promised to remember our parish and our country in his prayers and asked that we would also pray for him.
 
More photos here. 
 
 

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Thank you for the generous donation of €6,673 for East Africa on 22 & 23 July 2017

We are very happy with the very generous response in Our Lady Queen of Peace to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's appeal for support of the National Church collection for Trócaire relief in East Africa.
 
The appalling situation facing the people has reached a critical stage. There are severe food shortages in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia brought about by drought and conflict.
 
Over half the population of Somalia (6.2 million people) is experiencing food shortages and malnutrition. There have also been major outbreaks of cholera across the country.  South Sudan is on the brink of famine, with drought and conflict affecting millions. Millions of people in south-eastern Ethiopia and northern Kenya are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
 
On behalf of Irish Catholics, Trócaire is doing all it possible can – currently helping over 150,000 people across the region with emergency food, water and sanitation.
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Adoration on Easter Monday, 10.30am - 9pm

We are very happy in Our Lady Queen of Peace to be part of the Jesus Youth Awakening initiative.
 
It comprises of 100 days of Eucharist Adoration in various European countries for the following intentions:
  • Revival of the Faith in Europe
  • Vocations to the priesthood, religious, consecrated and family life
  • Persecuted people all over the world

It is a wonderful opportunity to pray for these intentions and to continue our own thanksgiving for the graces of Easter.
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Syro-Malabar Mass in honour of St Joseph, 18 March 2017, at 14.00

Parishioners from India held a special Mass in honour of St Joseph, in the Syro-Malabar Rite, on Saturday 18 March at 14.00.

 

 

 

After Mass, despite a strong wind and a little rain, the statue of St Joseph and a relic of St Alfonsa were brought in procession through the Church grounds.

 

More photos here

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National Transport Authority proposal to run road through Our Lady Queen of Peace car park

The National Transport Authority has recently published a Public Consultation Document, for a section of the Sutton-Sandycove Cycleway, which includes their Scheme to fix the Merrion Gates bottleneck.
  • See Appendices to Public Consultation Document here.
  • See Irish Times report here.

Public Consultation with National Transport Authority

Our Lady Queen of Peace engaged planning, engineering and traffic consultants and made a comprehensive submission to the National Transport Authority.

Our objective was to seek a better solution for the Merrion Gates problem - while not depriving our parishioners of irreplaceable ground-level parking spaces, when attending Mass in our church.

 
The Emerging Preferred Option has a very significant impact on Our Lady Queen of Peace, taking over half of the side carpark. It would also seriously affect Phase 3 of our parish development plan: to provide a day-chapel, offices & meeting rooms, wheelchair-friendly WCs and easier access to the Upper Room for older people. Map and satellite photo with overlay of proposed road here.

 
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Bishop of Lodwar (Kenya) celebrated the 12 noon Mass on Sunday 25 September 2016

Bishop Dominic Kimengich of Lodwar, Kenya, whom Fr Fergus met in Nairobi last month (August 2016), celebrated the 12 noon Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Sunday 25 September 2016.
 
Among other things, Bishop Dominic wished to express his gratitude for all the support our parishioners have given since 2011 to the Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls in Lodwar. Once again, on this occasion, generous donations were made for the project.
 
The bishop visited us briefly in the Spring of 2011 and we were very happy to welcome him back to our parish.
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