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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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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' Tweet of the Month

Nobody can delude themselves by thinking, "I’m fine because I’m not doing anything wrong”. To be a follower of Jesus it is not enough not to do wrong, because there is good that we must do!.  (17 November 2018)

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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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Veneration of Relic of the True Cross: 8pm on Friday 14 September 2018

14 September is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It commemorates the day in 320 when St Helena discovered the True Cross on the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem now stands. Relics of the Holy Cross have been venerated since then, in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ on Calvary.
 
At 8pm on Friday 14 September a very well attended liturgy venerating a relic of the True Cross took place in Our Lady Queen of Peace. The celebration included a homily and blessing with the relic. It was also possible for those attending to personally venerate the relic.
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Solemn Mass honouring St Josemaría Escrivá on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 12 noon

On Saturday 30 June at 12 noon, Fr Justin Gillespie, Opus Dei's vicar for Ireland celebrated a Solemn Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, who died on 26 June 1975.

Homily available for downloading below.

A very large congregation, which reflected all generations, attended. An innovation this year, was the serving of refreshments afterwards from a marquee erected in the grounds. The beautiful weather made this a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and greet.

See photo album hereMore photos here.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation (including our parish), that manages and processes people’s personal information.
 
We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed, through updates on this website page and otherwise, as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
 
Regarding contributions to the Family Offering, Dues, First and Second Collections, the personal information provided by parishioners is used by the parish to process these contribution in line with Revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is only kept for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.
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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 3 June 2018, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession began at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then proceeded along the Merrion Road to St Mary's Chapel in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession returned along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy.
This year, for the first time, we used our beautiful new processional canopy, generously donated by a parishioner.
 
 

Other photos from this year's procession herePhoto albums for 2018 & 2017.
  
We are very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Charity for allowing us to use their beautiful chapel.
 
We wished to honour Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and live out these words of St John Paul II:
Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings. (Mane nobiscum Domine, 7 October 2004, no. 18)
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St Michael's College, First Holy Communion, Saturday 12 May 2018

Students of St Michael's College made their First Holy Communion in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Saturday 12 May 2018 at a special Mass at 1pm.

 

We invite them to reflect on these words of Pope Francis to a group of first communicants on 26 May 2013:

What does Jesus do when he walks with us? Louder! First: he helps us. He leads us! Very good. He walks with us, he helps us, he leads us and he teaches us to journey on. [...] 

 
More photos here.

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