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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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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

We are called to assist the elderly, the sick and the unborn: life must always be protected and loved, from conception to its natural conclusion.  (27 June 2018)

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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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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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