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Confirmation of St Michael's College students, 12 noon, Wednesday 18 April 2018

Students of St Michael's College received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Wednesday 18 April, at the 12 noon Mass.

The boys were confirmed by Rt. Rev. Mgr. Eoin Thynne, VF, Administrator of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Mulhuddart.


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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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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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2017 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, our parishioners have been very generous in their response to our annual Christmas Appeal. This is for the continuing support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. A total of €13,960 was contributed this Christmas. (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 2017 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 €95,430.

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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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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Bambinelli Sunday, 17 December 2017 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

This year, Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated for the first time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. It was great to see so many children gather before the altar at the end of the 12 noon Mass 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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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. 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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