Sunday, 20th December 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
“I am the handmaid of the Lord” said Mary “let what you have said be done to me”Luke 1
Thank you for your donations to last week’s Offertory and Share Collections. Donations to these collections can be made online from this Parish Website.
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 21st: St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor of the Church
Wednesday 23rd: St. John of Kanty, priest
Thursday 24th: Christmas Eve
Friday 25th: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Saturday 26th: St. Stephen, First Martyr
Our PARISH CAROL SERVICE will take place today at 3pm. This service can be viewed online.
CHRISTMAS MASSES IN MILLTOWN
Level 3 Covid 19 Public Health Restrictions allows 50 people to take part in Mass in our church. In order to manage the limited attendance that is permitted at each Mass we held a draw for parishioners who wished to attend. Tickets have been issued to those whose names were drawn. We remind ticket holders to bring their ticket with them as it will be required at the entrance door to the church.
Entrance to all Christmas Masses is by ticket only.
All Masses in Milltown Parish are livestreamed and can be viewed on:
The church is open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday from 10.45 to 5.30pm and on Sunday from 12,30pm to 5.30pm.
The Annual Christmas Collection for the Society of St. Vincent De Paul took place here last weekend. Parishioners are continuing to donate to this appeal and the total amount donated will be included in next week’s bulletin. In previous years, donations to this collection have greatly helped the Society to provide food, heating and educational costs for those in need.
The Society has arranged for donations to be lodged directly into the Society’s bank account, and to be made on line and by telephone. Details required to complete these donations are on the Parish Website and Notice Boards. Parishioners may also leave their donations into the Sacristy or Parish Office.
1) Donate directly to their bank account – IBAN: IE70 AIBK 931187 16662000 & BIC: AIBKIE2D
2) Donate online to Conference @ svp.ie
3) Telephone 0818 176 176 or 028 9075 0161
4) You may also leave your donation into the Sacristy or Parish Office.
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8.00am – 8.00pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
Accord Dublin continues to provide a Marriage and Relationship Counselling service. Accord continues to offer preparation courses for the Sacrament of Marriage. These courses are conducted via zoom during the current lockdown. Contact details for Accord Dublin are on their website: www.accorddublin.ie
The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. Drivers with a free weekday availability and who can commit to driving twice a month. Please email Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 2310 566 for an application form.
Thank you to the parishioners who have volunteered to help with the re-opening of our church for public Masses. Some additional volunteers are required to help with stewarding and sanitising. Please phone Fr. Peter Briscoe or the Parish Office.
The Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Support Line is 1800 80 70 77 and is open from 10am – 1pm from Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). If the line is busy when you call, they can call you back if you leave your contact details.
YCD Connected Group
The Young Church Dublin have started a connected group for Young Adults (20’s 30’s) to gather online. We meet every Wednesday, from 8.00-9.00pm. We will have time to catch up, reflect on Scripture, chat in small discussion groups and enjoy time in prayer together. It provides an opportunity to connect in with other young adults in a community of faith. If you would like to join us, email email@example.com
Teen Hope Online Teen Hope is a space where teens can be themselves – a pressure free zone. It is a space where through fun and engaging activities you can build friendships, and encounter an experience of welcome, belonging and discipleship. While we physically cannot gather due to Covid 19, the Young Church Dublin is offering the Alpha Youth Series online as a way to reach out to Teens during this time. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mary Aikenhead Centre in Donnybrook operates a ‘Meals on Wheels Service’ for our area.
The service provides a healthy meal delivered direct to elderly and housebound person’s homes five days a week Monday to Friday. If you are an elderly person from this area and would like to avail of this service, please contact the Centre at 01 2698995