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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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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 24th April 2018.
In preparation for World Meeting of Families, we are studying Vocation to Marriage and the Christian Family, by Fr Thomas McGovern, who writes: "Family and Marriage are ... so closely related that one cannot exist without the other".
 
In addition, we shall reflect briefly on the First Reading and the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April 2018

Universal - For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters: 
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Video of the Pope:

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

I wish to repropose the call to holiness: "Rejoice and be glad”. (9 April 2018)

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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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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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Patrician Meeting, 26 March 2018: ‘The Divine Will’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 26 March 2018 at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre (entrance and carpark at back of church, at the top of Ailesbury Road).
The topic was: The Divine Will. Rev. Brian Grogan, SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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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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Novena of Grace: 4-12 March 2018

The Novena of Grace began on Sunday 4 March and ended on Monday 12 March, anniversary of the canonisation of St Francis Xavier in 1622.

Each day of the novena, the prayer seeking the intercession of St Francis Xavier was recited at the end of Mass.

At the 12 noon Mass each day Fr Philip Griffin, of the Opus Dei Prelature, gave a special homily taking in an aspect of the life of St Francis Xavier. Practical lessons were drawn for ordinary life, and especially family life, as a preparation for the World Meeting of Families next August.

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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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