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Adoration on Easter Monday, 10.30am - 9pm

We are very happy in Our Lady Queen of Peace to be part of the Jesus Youth Awakening initiative.
 
It comprises of 100 days of Eucharist Adoration in various European countries for the following intentions:
  • Revival of the Faith in Europe
  • Vocations to the priesthood, religious, consecrated and family life
  • Persecuted people all over the world

It is a wonderful opportunity to pray for these intentions and to continue our own thanksgiving for the graces of Easter.
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Confirmation of St Michael's College students, 12 noon, Wednesday 22 March 2017

Students of St Michael's College received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Our Lady Queen of Peace on Wednesday 22 March, at the 12 noon Mass.

The boys were confirmed by Rt. Rev. Mgr. Paul Callan, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Archdiocese, who is a former pupil of St Michael's.

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Syro-Malabar Mass in honour of St Joseph, 18 March 2017, at 14.00

Parishioners from India held a special Mass in honour of St Joseph, in the Syro-Malabar Rite, on Saturday 18 March at 14.00.

 

 

 

After Mass, despite a strong wind and a little rain, the statue of St Joseph and a relic of St Alfonsa were brought in procession through the Church grounds.

 

More photos here

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Novena of Grace: 4-12 March 2017

The Novena of Grace will begin on Saturday 4 March and end on Sunday 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 will be recited at the end of Mass.

At the 12 noon Mass each day Fr Donncha Ó hAodha / Fr Walter Macken of the Opus Dei Prelature will give a special homily taking in an aspect of the life of St Francis Xavier, with practical lessons being drawn for ordinary life. This will be especially appropriate for the first days of Lent.

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YES to LIFE briefing meeting, Our Lady Queen of Peace, Tue 21 February 2017 at 8pm

This briefing session provided information on how to get involved in a parish-based pro-life initiative. Very helpful support was given on articulating pro-life views with compassion and factual clarity, together with well-presented documentation with background information.
 
YES to LIFE aims to facilitate as many one-to-one personal conversations as posssible about the right to life and the 8th Amendment. So, this is a chance to become involved in a nationwide effort to protect life.
 
People have genuine questions about how we, as a society, can provide compassionate and truly progressive answers to women and their unborn babies, especially those facing unexpected pregnancies.
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Mass for Couples and Families, 12 noon on Sunday, 12 February 2017

There was a large attendance at the special Mass for couples (both married and preparing for marriage) on Sunday, 12 February at 12 noon, in anticipation of the feast of St Valentine. Among the congregation were lots of young children, which was a joy to behold.
 
The liturgy celebrated the love of spouses and included intercessionary prayers for families.
 
This celebration is part of our preparation for next year's World Meeting of Families (22-26 August 2018) and prompted by the words of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia, n. 208.
 
WMOF St Valentine's Day flyers may be downloaded at: http://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/stvalentinesday/
 
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Pope Francis' Prayer to the Holy Family

At their October 2016 meeting, the bishops of Ireland encouraged the faithful to pray the Prayer to the Holy Family written by Pope Francis and published in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) - (more info here).

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love;
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience
violence, rejection and division;
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.

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Fourth Formers from St Michael's Junior School visit parish during Catholic Schools Week

As part of Catholic Schools Week, we were very happy to welcome the students of Fourth Form from St Michael's College to Our Lady Queen of Peace on Tuesday, 31 January 2017, feast of St John Bosco. 
 
They came for 12 noon Mass, led by their teacher, Enda Ruane, with Miriam Gaughan in support. Several of their grandparents also attended the Mass.
 
The boys stayed on for a tour of the church given by parishioners Catherine and Brian O'Flynn.
 
Afterwards they saw how a priest vests before Mass and viewed some short episodes from the life of St Josemaría Escrivá. The highly successful visit concluded with a treat!
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€12,480 raised in 2016 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, our parishioners, with a donation of €12,480, have responded very generously, as in the past,  to our annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. (See school Facebook page here).

The photo on the right shows Fr Fergus with Bishop Dominic in Nairobi in August 2016, giving him our summer contribution of €5,290.

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €81,220.

Last year, a total of €15,996 was donated (in the 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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National Transport Authority proposal to run road through Our Lady Queen of Peace car park

The National Transport Authority has recently published a Public Consultation Document, for a section of the Sutton-Sandycove Cycleway, which includes their Scheme to fix the Merrion Gates bottleneck.
  • See Appendices to Public Consultation Document here.
  • See Irish Times report here.

Public Consultation with National Transport Authority

Our Lady Queen of Peace engaged planning, engineering and traffic consultants and made a comprehensive submission to the National Transport Authority.

Our objective was to seek a better solution for the Merrion Gates problem - while not depriving our parishioners of irreplaceable ground-level parking spaces, when attending Mass in our church.

 
The Emerging Preferred Option has a very significant impact on Our Lady Queen of Peace, taking over half of the side carpark. It would also seriously affect Phase 3 of our parish development plan: to provide a day-chapel, offices & meeting rooms, wheelchair-friendly WCs and easier access to the Upper Room for older people. Map and satellite photo with overlay of proposed road here.

 
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