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During Level 3 restrictions, Masses will be as follows (also livestreamed):

Mon - Fri: 07:30 and 12 noon (no 10am Mass)

Saturday: 10am, 12 noon & 6pm (Vigil for Sunday)

Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 9pm

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

Tel: +353 (0)1 269 1825

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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

All Masses are livestreamed each day on the Parish Facebook page.
We welcome parishioners and friends who may wish to participate online in our liturgies. They are also recorded and may be viewed afterwards here.
Join us via webcam for the Rosary, Monday - Saturday at 11:30.
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Arrangements during Level 3 restrictions

We are very pleased that, with the 1 December 2020 introduction of Level 3 (with special provisions regarding public worship), it is now possible to have a congregation of up to 100 people at Masses in Our Lady Queen of Peace (in 2 separated areas).
Note that attendance at wedding liturgies and funerals is still limited to 25.
See reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on this new situation here.
 
MASSES in Our Lady Queen of Peace (also livestreamed) will be as follows:

Monday - Friday

07:30, 12 noon

Saturdays

10am, 12 noon & 6pm (Vigil for Sunday)

Sundays

10am, 12 noon, 9pm

 
 
CONFESSION TIMES:

Monday - Friday

10am - 11:45

Saturdays

10:30 - 11:45

Sundays

10:45 - 11:45

 
 Church Opening Times:

Monday - Friday

7am - 8pm

Saturdays

09:30 - 7:15pm

Sundays

09:30 - 9:45pm

 
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From Tuesday 1 December, Our Lady Queen of Peace can accommodate 100 people at Mass

We are very pleased that Our Lady Queen of Peace will reopen for Public Worship on Tuesday 1 December, when we return to Level 3 restrictions which include special provisions that permit limited public attendance at Mass.
See reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on this new situation here.

We are very 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. We livestream all Masses by webcam.

To comply with the restrictions, 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.  
Confession times here and in Top Box above.
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Novena to the Immaculate Conception 2020 begins Monday 30 November

The Novena to the Immaculate Conception this year will be preached by Revv. Gavan Jennings, Philip Griffin and Brendan O'Connor. The homilies at 12 noon Mass each day will deal with aspects of Christian life, drawing very practical considerations from the life of Our Lady.
 
From Day 2, Tuesday 1 December, it will be possible for up to 100 people to attend the Novena Mass. All Masses will be livestreamed.
  • See also various resources for your personal prayer, which include ideas from Saint Josemaría and Pope Francis, audio reflections and other helpful texts. 
Confessions will be available. 

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Christmas 2020 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 was been launched on the First Sunday of Advent.

Last year €16,170 was donated.  
(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. 

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €140,930.

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2020 email:

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish for supporting our school Queen of Peace Girls Primary School during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenya, like many other countries, have been affected by the virus. The virus has distrusted learning in our schools. All our schools were closed since March until recently when those preparing for national schools were allowed to go back to school.

For Church schools like Queen of Peace that do not get government funding, it has been a very difficult period. The big challenge has been paying the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff. Many such schools have been unable to operate and have opted to close for good.

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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples

Our next meeting is on Mon 7 December @ 8:15pmIf you'd like to receive a link, contact Fr James by email at jpatrickhurley@gmail.com. You can also reach him by phone at 086-107 2930(Should you have a couple you'd like to present on, do let us know!)
 
Our last meeting (Mon 23 November) featured a famous writer who fell in love with his future wife as a teenager but had to wait till he was 21 before he could propose Marriage to her. Unity in their relationship despite differences in personality, tastes and attitude to religion provided scope for a lively discussion.
 
On Mon 9 November there was lots of discussion following a presentation profiling a Royal Couple (from an earlier century) who at first seemed to have agreed to marry for expedience yet whose love for each other really matured as their relationship developed. 
 
On Monday 19 October  Eamon and Giselle profiled the marriage of Aquila and Priscilla, a fascinating couple from the first century AD, who did everything together, from changing home several times, to befriending St Paul and Apollos, to making tents, to having Mass in their home - if only we could do that now!
 
Our first Autumn meeting (via Zoom) on Monday 5 October went very well. Photos were displayed from Kerry and from Spain, and stories told from Wales and Dublin.
  
Scroll down to links to the podcasts on Family Time and Communication by the experienced Couples Counsellor, Nacho Tornel
  
Short podcasts available here
 
Relationships Enrichment meets regularly on Mondays. 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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Annual Mass for the Deceased of the Parish, Sunday, 15 November 2020 at 12 noon

The month of November is traditionally the time of year when Church liturgy invites us to pray for all those who have passed from this world. It is a particular duty in charity to remember deceased family and friends at this time.

The 12 noon Mass on Sunday, 15 November 2020 will be offered for all those we love who have gone before us and especially for members of our parish who have died during the past year. We will also include those who have no one to remember them.

Unfortunately due to Level 5 restrictions, the Mass will be celebrated without a public presence and livestreamed via the webcam.
A video recording of the Mass can be viewed here.

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Monthly 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 6 December 2020

Pope Francis has been encouraging all of us to listen to and encourage youth. In his Apostolic Exhortation following the 2018 Synod on Youth, he wrote:

"We cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. They are its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it”.
(Christus Vivit, 64)

In  response to the Holy Father's invitation, we continue to celebrate our monthly 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome to join us by attending in person (in accordance with the latest public health guidelines for the reopening of churches for religious worhsip) or by livestream (see above re parish webcam).
 
 
For the moment, due to Covid restrictions, we regret that it will not be possible to offer refreshments after Mass.

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for November 2020

Artificial Intelligence:
We pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind.



Video of the Pope:
 
 

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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