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Mon-Fri: 7.30am; 10am; 12 noon

Saturdays: 10am; 12 noon; 6pm (Vigil for Sun)

Bank Holidays: 10am; 12 noon

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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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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.
 
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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.
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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 (andrewjpl@gmail.com / 086-125 7713), after the Sunday 12 noon Mass.

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International Eucharistic Congress 2012 in Our Lady Queen of Peace

We were privileged to have been asked to be a Host Church during the Eucharist Congress. That historic week was a time of grace and growth for us in the parish and also for the many pilgrims who visited our newly renovated church.

59cardinal-robert-sarah cropped.jpgThere was a great sense of the universality and youthful vitality of the Church in our parish that week. We had concelebrated Masses in Spanish and Chinese, a large group of French-speaking pilgrims from the island of Guadalupe, in the Caribbean, various groups from North and South America, as well as bishops and priests from the United States, Kenya, India and the Czech Republic who concelebrated on various occasions. And we had a talk from Cardinal Robert Sarah, born in Guinea and now President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum in Rome.

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Friday Penance - Pastoral Letter of Irish Bishops

Arising from the Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father, the Bishops of Ireland have published a new resource leaflet called Friday Penance. This is amongst a number of initiatives aimed to support renewal in the Catholic Church in Ireland. More details here

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