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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for May 2019

The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity:
That the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.



Video of the Pope:

 
   

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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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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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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2018 Christmas Appeal raises €14,010 for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

€14,010 was generously donated over Christmas by parishioners in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. A further €1,000 was donated in September 2018.

Last year 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 2018 email. There are now 700 students and it is expected that this will rise to 720 in the next Academic Year (January 2019).

Bishop Dominic pointed out that:

"This year the school did exceptionally well in the National Exams. Out of 45 students who sat for their Class 8 Examinations, 30 of them are assured of going to good quality secondary schools in Kenya. We are all elated and are very grateful to God and Our Lady Queen of Peace for such good results. 
 
... the completion of the new dormitory was possible due to the donation of almost €14,000 we received from your Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, that you raised in December last year. Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity.


 ... the construction of the Convent for the Sisters (photo below) ... got stuck along the way due to lack of funds.  We need about €20,000 to complete and furnish it. Our inability to complete the construction of the convent means that we cannot accommodate more Sisters in the school.  Currently we have only two Sisters who are overstretched in their effort to run and manage the school.


A very important and crucial project planned, after the completion of the Convent, is to build more classrooms for the Nursery children.  Originally we had planned for a school that would accommodate 640 students. Now we have almost 700 and with the new intake due in January we expect the population to go up to 720. That is why we desperately need at least 4 classrooms."

 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €110,440.
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Novena of Grace: 4-12 March 2019

The Novena of Grace begins on Monday 4 March and ends on Tuesday 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 priests 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, providing a focus for interior conversion during Lent.

 Fr Fergus O'Connor, PP  March 4, 6-9, 11
 Fr Walter Macken  March 5 & 12 (Tuesdays)
 Fr Gavan Jennings  March 10 (Sunday)
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World Day of Peace Mass, Tue 1 Jan 2019

On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady Queen of Peace had the privilege of hosting the annual Diocesan World Day of Peace Mass.

 
 
The main celebrant was Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin preached the homily. The President and Taoiseach were represented by their ADCs and the Lord Mayor by Councillor Dermot Lacey. Members of Seanad Éireann, the Diplomatic Corps, the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána were also present. There was also a good representation from various orders of Knighthood in the Church.

There was a strong local presence in the congregation, with many of our parishioners participating in the liturgy as servers, readers, and as part of the whole assembly of faithful. The liturgy was beautifully enhanced by the music of the Habemus Chamber Choir who sing regularly in our church.

See Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Peace. Theme: Good politics is at the service of peace.
 
Photo album here.
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Bambinelli Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated for the second time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, a large number of 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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Novena to the Immaculate Conception 2018

The Novena to the Immaculate Conception was preached by Rev. Gavan Jennings (editor of Position Papers).
 
Large numbers attended each day and many more came for the solemn celebration on the solemnity itself, beautifully enhanced by the invitation choir led by Gerard Downey. Our team of 5 altar servers played their part too.

Each day Fr Gavan dealt with aspects of Christian life, drawing very practical considerations from the life of Our Lady.
 
  • These texts of St Josemaría may be helpful on days when you are unable to attend our Novena.
  • See also texts from the Gospel for your personal prayer, along with some ideas from Saint Josemaría and Pope Francis. 
 
Confessions were available as usual for 20 minutes before and after each Mass. 
 

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Annual Mass for the Deceased of the Parish, Sunday, 4 November 2018 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, 4 November 2018 was 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.

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Parish Family Fun Day, Sunday 16 September 2018

Our fifth annual Parish Family Fun Day was a most enjoyable event.

 
 
Lots of families with young children came to the 12 noon Mass. Our Sunday celebration continued afterwards with a range of outdoor entertainment. Throughout the afternoon, a continuous supply of tea, lemonade, sandwiches and biscuits was provided by volunteers.

Old favourites like bouncy castles, face-painting and games galore, were complemented by tours of the church given at intervals by a team of enthusiastic young volunteers.
 
Special thanks to all our volunteers, to all who came, to all who contributed towards covering our Fun Day expenses and to those who brought refreshments, in response to our Family Fun Day Pot Luck page
 
Also photos from previous years here: 201720162015 and 2014.
 
 

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