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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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 22 January 2020, 7:15-9:30pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE will take place on 22 January 2020, 7:15-9:30pm, the Fourth Wednesday of this month. It is will usually be the Third Wednesday.
 
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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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18-25 January 2020

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Churches of all faiths are called together to form a vibrant and prayerful witness for Christian Unity by heeding Jesus’s prayer "that they all may be one.”
 
The theme this year is They Showed Us Unusual Kindness (cf. Acts 28:2), reminding us of the need for "unusual kindness” in the dialogue that leads to growth in unity, in a world where separation and division hinder the quest for Christian Unity.
 
The dates have a symbolic significance. It starts on 18 January, original date of the feast of the Chair of St. Peter and ends on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (25 January).
 
Ecumenical Services for Christian Unity near Our Lady Queen of Peace on Sunday, 19 January:
  • 3:30pm: Church of the Divine Word, Marley Grange 
  • 4pm: Church of the Assumption, Booterstown Ave (organised by the Archdiocese)
  • 4:30pm: Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Ave
More resources here.
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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

Our next meeting will take place on Monday 10 February at 8pm in the Upper Room. For more information, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930. 
 
"One can have friendship without intimacy but not intimacy without friendship" was one of the observations made at our first gathering of the New Year, as we discussed Love and Friendship. Jesus as Extraordinary and Ordinary Friend was another theme covered in a most engaging session.

A most enjoyable pre-Christmas gathering took place on Sunday 15 December after 12 noon Mass, with couples bringing very tasty dishes for the celebration. 

Our November meeting proved to be a very pleasant one. It was nice to be able to welcome Eamon and Giselle back after their recent wedding, while others had news of first babies on the way!
 
A few ideas from the podcast Jay Shetty interviews his wife for the first time were discussed on Monday 30 September.  Themes included where to meet the person you love, different love languages and how to balance family commitments and personal priorities. 

Relationships Enrichment meets regularly, usually on Mondays, in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. 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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2019 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

We have launched our Annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya.

Last year €15,010 was donated. In 2017 a total of €13,960 was raised. (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 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 €112,040.
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The Light is ON for YOU: Experience the JOY of Reconcilation with God our Father

Jesus is the face of God's merciful love
You are invited to experience Christ's healing love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. If it has been a long time since your last Confession, we will do all we can to help you prepare for and receive the Sacrament of God's mercy.
 
Confessions available in Our Lady Queen of Peace:
  • EVERY DAY, before and after every Mass 
  • all Saturday morning
  • during the Holy Hour on Thursdays (7-8pm)

We gratefully acknowledge this idea from the Boston Archdiocese site: The Light is on for you.
 
For more information visit our Confession resources page here.
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for January 2020

Promotion of World Peace:
We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world..

 

Video of the Pope:

    

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

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9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 2 February 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 have begun a fresh initiative called 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome. Several have volunteered already to take part in the liturgy by greeting people as they enter the church, by reading at Mass or by participating in the Choir.
 
Some light refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Tea Room (on the LHS of the main porch as you exit). All welcome.
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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 8 February 2020

The next session of Adoration for Children takes place on Saturday, 8 February. 

 
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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Bambinelli Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace on 15 December. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, children gathered before the altar with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus said a short prayer (see here) and then blessed each Bambinello with holy water.
 
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful custom instituted by St John Paul II during his Papacy. On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square and bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the Bambinelli – from their family Crib. After the Angelus the Pope blesses both the children and the figurines.
 
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