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

Tel: +353 (0)1 269 1825


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.



Golden Jubilee Wedding Celebration, 8 September 2014

In 1964, on the feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, a young officer from the Air Corps, Lieut. Fergus P. O'Connor, married Helen White, of Merlyn Park, in Our Lady Queen of Peace. Now living in Arklow, they came back to our church on their anniversary to celebrate and give thanks to God for those 50 years of married life.
It was a joyful occasion. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Fergus, who apart from having the same name as the groom also retired from the Defence Forces as a Commandant. At the end of the Mass Helen was presented with a beautiful bouquet, which included some golden flowers, by Miryam Fitzgerald on behalf of the parish.
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Successor of Saint Josemaría Escrivá Beatified on 27 September 2014

The beatification of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo (1914-1994), first successor of Saint Josemaría as head of Opus Dei, took place in Madrid on Saturday, 27 September 2014.

  • See various videos, letter of Pope Francis and homily of Cardinal Amato here.
  • Zenit report here.
  • Photos of ceremony here.
As Prelate of Opus Dei, in 1990 Blessed Alvaro called Fr Fergus to the priesthood for ordination in St Peter's Basilica by Saint John Paul II. Fr Fergus and a number of parishioners and others who worship in Our Lady Queen of Peace attended the beatification ceremony.
(LEFT) Photo of 11-year-old Chilean Jose Ignacio Ureta Wilson with the relic of Blessed Alvaro. His miraculous recovery as a new born following a cardiac arrest lasting longer than half an hour was attributed to Blessed Alvaro. For more on this see here (at bottom of page).
Blessed Alvaro made several visits to Ireland. His command of English was good. When he was very young, his mother got some help in minding the children from an Irish woman living in Madrid, and she was his first English teacher.


Renovation of Church Car Park

We are happy to say that Phase 2 of a series of improvements to Our Lady Queen of Peace, that will make it more beautiful and more suitable to our needs, has been completed.

This phase addressed the exterior of the church and involved the following:

  • Provision of a Park and Pray area in front of the church with a paved plaza where people can gather.
  • Reorganisation of the vehicle entrances and exits to the main road.
  • New front boundary along the main road, incorporating an attractive capped boundary wall with railings.
  • Safer and more user-friendly Pay and Display area.
  • Enhanced landscaping that will soften the front of the church and improve its setting.
  • Upgrading of the car park surface and underground drainage throughout the Church grounds.
  • Necessary repairs and remedial works to the church building exterior facades, perimeter concrete plinths and flat roofs.
  • Provision of secure bicycle parking facilities.


Choir Members and Cantors needed

We are seeking new members for the parish choir. All parts (SATB) are required. Rehearsals, on Sundays from 11am until just before 12 noon, take place in the recently refurbished Upper Room, which is accessed from the Tower.

In addition to the choir enhancing the 12 noon Mass liturgy on Sundays and major Feast Days, it is also hoped to train cantors who will lead the congregation during other Sunday Masses and also on weekdays, where possible.

If you love to sing... and especially if you have singing experience in a choral setting, your talent is needed in Our Lady Queen of Peace. Previous experience is NOT essential, just basic ability and a love to take part in singing beautiful sacred music on a regular basis - weekly, if possible.

Please let Fr Fergus know if you have an interest or have a chat with Andrew Larkin, our organist/choir director ( / 086-125 7713), after the Sunday 12 noon Mass.

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