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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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Welcome to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish!

Apart from providing useful information about the parish, its groups and the various activities, it is our desire to use this website to share our faith with you, providing resources and links for faith development, both personal and family.

We also want to facilitate piety and prayer and hope you will find the Daily Mass Readings (with commentary) helpful.

Since 2008, priests of the Opus Dei Prelature have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady Queen of Peace. See Daily Message taken from the writings of St Josemaría, Founder of Opus Dei, which gives some insights into his charism.

We would appreciate your feedback. God bless you and please visit us often!

Fr Fergus

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Our Lady Queen of Peace WEBCAM

We have just installed a webcam and will live stream the 12 noon Mass for parishioners and friends each day on the Parish Facebook page. We're working at fixing some teething technical problems. Thank you for your patience.

If you are unable to enter the church because of our current limit of 100 people, you may be able to follow the Mass on your phone in the Church Carpark, while maintaining social distance. Please make contact with one of the ushers and we will try to enable you to receive Holy Communion.
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NEW: Our Lady Queen of Peace can now accommodate 100 people at Mass

We are very pleased that Our Lady Queen of Peace has reopened for Public Worship on Monday, 29 June after over 3 months without Masses for the Public.
In accord with the Cabinet Committee Review on Ireland’s Covid 19 Response on Friday 3 July, received from the Archdiocese, our church can now accommodate 100 people for Mass. See details here.

A special committee has put in a lot of work to prepare the church for this and we are especially grateful to the parishioners who have heroically cleaned and sanitised each day during lockdown so that we could remain open for prayer and Confessions.

More ushers and cleaners are needed to ensure the safety of those who come to Mass. Volunteers are most welcome. Please contact Fr James.

At present the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is dispensed with. You might consider coming to Mass and receiving the Blessed Eucharist on a weekday instead.

To comply with the Cabinet decision, for Masses the church is divided into 2 separate areas, front and rear. Each can accommodate 50 people.
  • There is to be no movement between these areas during Mass.
  • Entrance/exit to the
     - front area is through the side door,
     - rear area is through the main door.
    Please follow the indications of ushers
  • Please sanitise your hands on entry.
  • The wearing of face coverings or masks is very strongly recommended.
  • Come to receive Holy Communion (in the hand) in single file by the centre aisle and return by a side aisle, while respecting the social distance of 2m that is marked.
      - those in the front area will receive at the Altar,
      - those in the rear area will receive at the end of the rear block.
  • After Mass, please follow indications of ushers to facilitate exiting that will respect social distancing.
  • Should anyone have symptoms of possible COVID-19, (a temperature, a cough) they shouldn’t come to church.  People over 70 are still encouraged under HSE guidelines to stay at home for the moment.  
Fr Fergus is still partially cocooned at home and will be in the church occasionally. Fr James will normally be available in the church each morning.
 
Confession times here and in Top Box above.
 

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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples

This week's meeting (Monday 13 July @8:15pm) will feature a short podcast on the importance of Family Time by the experienced Couples Counsellor, Nacho TornelIf you'd like to receive a link to our virtual meetings, contact Fr James by email at jpatrickhurley@gmail.com. You can also reach him by phone at 086-107 2930.

A record audience "tuned in" for our virtual meeting on Monday 29 June which featured the screening of a wonderful talk on Marriage by Scott and Kimberly Hahn, entitled: Living Sacrament - Primary Channel of Grace. There was a very lively discussion afterwards.

On Monday 15 June we were joined from Scotland by Emmet Dooley and his wife Lucy who hails from there. Married for ten years, having changed homes multiple times and had four children along the way, they talked about challenges they faced and how God has helped them find solutions every time.
 

 
Short podcasts available here
 
Relationships Enrichment meets every Monday. We draw on the teaching of the Catholic Church, as well as on the help and advice of experienced married couples.
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€16,170 raised in 2019 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Our Annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya raised €16,170.

Last year €15,010 was donated. In 2017 a total of €13,960 was raised. 
(See School website, Facebook page and photos).

The photo on the right shows Fr Fergus with Bishop Dominic Kimeng'ich in Nairobi in August 2016, giving him our summer contribution of €5,290. A further €12,480 was raised at Christmas 2016. 

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2019 email:

"I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace for helping me achieve my dream of building a Church school for the girls in Turkana. Now we have Queen of Peace Primary School. This year it recorded very impressive performance and I am proud to note that all the girls who did their Class 8 Kenya National Primary Education examinations attained the marks to join good Secondary schools. Now they have the opportunity to a bright future. 

The latest structure that has just been completed in the school, with your help, is the Convent for the sisters who are teaching and at the same time forming the girls. There are 4 sisters now in the school and they are very happy because they have moved into the brand new convent - thanks to the collection you made last year."
 
 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €128,210.
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Presentation to Tony Collard on his retirement as Sacristan, 1 December 2019

Our very popular Sacristan, Tony, has retired after many years of selfless service to Our Lady Queen of Peace. We will miss his huge support, his smile, his versatility and we wish him many years of happiness.
 
A good number of Tony's many friends in the parish gathered for the occasion. Peter Flanagan, Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council, presented him with a generous gift from our parishioners. Afterwards we mingled over refreshments prepared by Yvonne, Peter's wife.
 
See more photos here. Photo album here.
 
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for July 2020

Our Families:
We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

 

Video of the Pope:
 

 
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Support Services for Older and Vulnerable People

COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.

 These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
 
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. 
 
Please try to ensure any vulnerable or elderly people you know are aware of these services.
 
Dublin City Council 
Helpline 01-222 8555    Email - covidsupport@dublincity.ie
Fingal County Council 
Helpline: 01-890 5000 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.     Email: covidsupport@fingal.ie
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown  
Helpline: 01-271 3199. Opens 9am every day. 
Email: covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie
South Dublin County Council 
Helpline: 01-414 9043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. 
Out of hours email contact through covidsupport@sdublincoco.ie
Wicklow County Council 
Helpline FREE contact number 1800 868 399 with the lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 
Email: covidsupport@wicklowcoco.ie. 

Other Support Services

ALONE national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. 
The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024
SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers. 
If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 804 591.
Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.
Email: hardship2020@redcross.ie  Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01-642 4600
or Tel: 01-475 6989     Lo Call: 1890 369 369
Women’s Aid  
The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands. 
Tel: 1800 341 900    Tel: 01-678 8858    Email: info@womensaid.ie 
Men’s Aid
Men’s Aid Ireland formerly known as Amen, is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland.  
Tel: 01-554 3811  Tel: 01-539 4277    Email: hello@mensaid.ie
ISPCC Dublin 
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s national child protection charity. 
Call: 01-676 7960   Email: ispcc@ispcc.ie
The Samaritans 
Available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call.   
Tel: 116 123      Email: jo@samaritans.org 
Pieta House 
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.  Freephone  and no referral needed. Tel: 1800 247 247
Jigsaw
Offering younger people going through a hard time, or for those worried about a young person in your life. www.jigsaw.ie

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Spiritual Batteries

 
The monthly sessions of Spiritual Batteries LIVE have been suspended and will resume when the public health situation permits. 

 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com.
Also Irish Catholic article.
 
Young Adults are invited to come to Our Lady Queen of Peace and spend time in adoration before the Blessed Eucharist, while being guided in their prayer through Scriptural reflection by Fr Donncha Ó hAodha.

During this time, priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Afterwards, in the Choir Gallery, there will be a discussion on the great philosophical questions, seeking to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.

This will be followed by refreshments in the Upper Room.
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Adoration for Children

 
Monthly sessions of Adoration for Children will resume as soon as the public health situation permits.
 


 The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent (younger children meanwhile colour holy pictures)
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (around 10 minutes), with brief reflections and prayers led by a parent. There are gaps to permit the children to speak to Jesus in their own words.
  • Refreshments and Games
I recommend that priests, religious men and women, as well as lay people, continue and intensify their efforts to make the younger generation aware of the meaning and value of adoration and Eucharistic devotion. How can young people know the Lord if they are not introduced into the mystery of his presence? 
St John Paul II,  28 May 1996

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