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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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Fourth Formers from St Michael's Junior School visit parish during Catholic Schools Week

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we were very happy to welcome the students of Fourth Form from St Michael's College to Our Lady Queen of Peace on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, feast of St John Bosco. 
 
They came for 12 noon Mass, led by their teacher, Enda Ruane, with Miriam Gaughan in support. Several of their grandparents also attended the Mass.
 
The boys stayed on for a tour of the church given by parishioners Catherine and Brian O'Flynn.
 
Afterwards they saw how a priest vests before Mass and viewed some short episodes from the life of St Josemaría Escrivá. The highly successful visit concluded with a treat!
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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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Requiem Mass for Bishop Javier Echevarría, Prelate of Opus Dei (1932-2016)

 See photo album 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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Youth Group Year of Mercy Pilgrimage, Wednesday 10 August 2016

Members of the recently formed Parish Youth Group went with Fr James on a Year of Mercy pilgrimage.
 
 
 
 
They began with a Rosary visit to Our Lady of Dublin in Whitefriar Street.
 
A short walk then to St Teresa's Church in Clarendon Street, where it was possible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
   
 
 
Then across the Liffey to St Mary's Pro-Cathedral for Mass, to pray for the Pope's intentions and to gain the Year of Mercy Indulgence by going through the Holy Door.
 
After all the spiritual food, the group went for an enjoyable lunch in nearby O'Connell Street.
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Mass in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Saturday 25 June 2016 at 12 noon

This year Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated the annual Mass honouring St Josemaría, Founder of Opus Dei.
 
The large congregation, which filled the church, included people of all ages and of many continents, illustrating the universality of the Church and the scope of the charism of St Josemaría.
 
In his homily (downloadable below) Archbishop Martin stressed the universal call to holiness and the essential role of lay people in the spreading of the "Joy of the Gospel".
"Saint Josemaría had a special gift in leading men and women into a form of holiness which would become fruitful through a life lived within the realities of daily life".
After Mass, Archbishop Martin kindly made time to meet large numbers of those attending, including many parents with young children, whom he greeted very warmly.
See Photo Album here.
 
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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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.
 

 
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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.
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