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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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Bambinelli Sunday, 17 December at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

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.
 
This year, we will celebrate Bambinelli Sunday for the first time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. The blessing will take place at the end of the 12 noon Mass and will consist of a short prayer followed by a blessing with holy water of the Bambinelli.
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Christmas Arrangements 2017

This Christmas we are inaugurating a new custom in our preparation for Christmas: Bambinelli Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), which falls on 17 December.  We are very pleased with the interest and enthusiasm it is generating.
 
The programme for Christmas and the New Year below is taken from our Christmas Card.

 
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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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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. 
 
On Tuesday 19th December, we continue our study of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri (subtitled Understanding what we say and do in the liturgy).
 
The next topic (pp 138-143) we shall consider is: Holy Communion 

In addition, we shall reflect briefly on the readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (which this year falls on Christmas Eve):

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, 18 December 2017: ‘Pharisees and Tax Collectors’

The next monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium takes place on Monday, 18 December 2017 at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre (entrance and carpark at back of church, at the top of Ailesbury Road).
The topic will be: Pharisees and Tax Collectors. Rev. Noel Barber, SJ will attend.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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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. We plan to print a second batch of envelopes as soon as the numbers warrant it.
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.
 
At present we cannot reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection donations because the current system does not permit recording the source of these donations. 
 

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 December 2017

The Elderly: That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations .



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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World Meeting of Families: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The World Meeting of Families is being held in Dublin from 21 to 26 August 2018.

Large numbers of volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event and during the event itself.
 
If you would like to volunteer to help in any way, you can apply by clicking here.
  
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