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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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Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent at 8pm

Stations of the Cross in Our Lady Queen of Peace at 8pm every Friday evening during Lent.
Confessions available.
 
We will begin the series using the reflections of St Josemaría Escrivá in his book The Way of the Cross. Other reflections will be used over the 7 Fridays, including one composed by Blessed JH Newman.
 
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Parish Conversations: Let's Talk Family! Beginning Wednesday 21 February 2018, for 6 weeks

You are invited to attend these facilitated Parish Conversations on the Wednesdays of Lent at 8pm in the Upper Room.
 
These 6 interactive sessions have been specially developed to help prepare for the World Meeting of Families (21-26 August 2018).
 
In each session, you will be invited to take part in a process which is designed to be interactive and participative. You will be helped to reflect on and articulate your experience of family life and your response to Pope Francis’ reflections in The Joy of Love.
 
 Content of Sessions
 21 February  The Reality of Family Life Today
 28 February  The Christian Vision for the Family
 7 March  God's Dream for Love
 14 March  Married Love Growing to Maturity
 21 March  God's Mercy - No One Excluded
 28 March  A Gospel of Hope for our Families


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Faith Forum for Young Adults, Tuesdays, 8-9pm

Do you have BIG Questions? Like to share them with FRIENDS?

Why not join us at FAITH FORUM, where we explore faith, make friends and develop interior freedom.
 
 
When: Tuesdays at 8pm.
Where: the Upper Room. 
 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
In preparation for World Meeting of Families, we are dedicating  nine sessions to the Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), following the outline presented by Fr Gavan Jennings, who preached the Novena to the Immaculate Conception in Our Lady Queen of Peace before Christmas. This week we look at Manliness.
 
In addition, we shall reflect briefly on the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent (25th February 2018):
The basic weekly format is to consider a text (e.g. Catechism, YOUCAT, book on the Mass, other theological or spiritual text), reflect on and discuss it, have a period of guided prayer together, followed by a cup of tea/coffee.

Some feedback from participants here.

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Patrician Meeting, 19 February 2018: ‘Faith and the Afterlife’

The next monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium will take place on Monday, 15 January 2018 at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre (entrance and carpark at back of church, at the top of Ailesbury Road).
The topic will be: Faith and the Afterlife. Rev. Bernard McGuckian, SJ will attend.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Mass for Couples and Families, 12 noon on Sunday, 11 February 2018

A special Mass for couples (both married and preparing for marriage) took place on Sunday, 11 February at 12 noon, in anticipation of the feast of St Valentine. There was a wonderful blend of generations at the refreshments afterwards in Upper Room.
 
The liturgy celebrated the love of spouses and included intercessionary prayers for families.
 
This celebration was part of our preparation for the World Meeting of Families (22-26 August 2018) and prompted by the words of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, n. 208.
  
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2017 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, we launch our annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. (See school Facebook page here 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 last Christmas. 

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his recent email. There are now 620 students and it is expected that this will rise to 700 in the next Academic Year.

Bishop Dominic pointed out that:

"the two projects that are ongoing now simultaneously are the Convent and a new dormitory expected to accommodate 200 students.  We urgently need financial help to complete the two projects.  

  • The dormitory will cost 8,000,000 Kenyan Shillings (€80,000) and we only have Ksh. 6,000,000 (€60,000) 
  • The convent will cost Ksh. 6,000.000 (€60,000) and as of now we have Ksh. 4,000.000 (€40,000)."  

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €81,220.

A total of €15,996 was donated between summer and Christmas of 2015.

During his visit to Lodwar in July 2015 Fr Fergus celebrated Mass for the students and staff of the school in the new multi-purpose dining hall. The liturgy was enhanced by the beautiful singing of the choir. Afterwards there was some poetry and singing to entertain the visitor, which among other things illustrated the talent of the girls and highlighted their dreams for the future.

It was a joy to see how much has been achieved already and to be able to assist in the ongoing development of this wonderful project.

Our initial donation was in fact the catalyst for launching the construction of the school.

Fr Fergus stayed with Bishop Dominic and also met Fr John O'Callaghan, a Kiltegan missionary from Kilmallock, who has been very involved in the execution of the project and Mr Tony Woods, from Doon, the diocesan administrator.

In 2014 our Christmas Appeal raised €10,539.

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Making your FIRST COLLECTION and SHARE donations more tax-efficient, using envelopes

There has been a good response to our initiative of using an envelope system for our First Collection and Share Collection, which began on 1 July 2017. 
If you would like to participate in this scheme, please fill out the form (downloadable at the bottom of the page) and hand it in or email it to the Parish Office.
If you prefer not to use the envelope system and wish to make your contributions tax efficient, you might like to make your Collections contributions via the Parish Office. Once we can trace donations back to you, then they can be processed for tax reclaim purposes.
 
What are the benefits of such a system and how will it work
Under current tax law, since we have charitable status, any cumulative donation in a given tax year to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish of €250 or more (by way of Family Offering, Dues, First Collection or Share Collection) is eligible for tax relief (amounting to almost 45% of the donation). This tax relief would be paid directly to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.
 
As can be appreciated, we can only reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection contributions when we are able to record the source of these donations. The envelope system facilitates this.
 

For example, a €5 donation for the First Collection or Share Collection, using the envelope system, could possibly yield an extra €2.25 on that donation.

 
More information here.

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for February 2018

Say "No" to Corruption: That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
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Video of the Pope:

    
   
 
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Tuesday Cuppa and Chat for Mothers and Babies, after 10am Mass

On Tuesday's, after 10am Mass, over a cuppa in the Coffee Room (inside Church Porch), there is an opportunity for mothers with babies to make new friends & share parenting experiences.
 
Pope Francis has placed the Family high on his agenda of pastoral outreach. At Our Lady Queen of Peace we want to make parents and their young children feel very welcome in our church.
 
Dads are welcome too!
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