August 22nd, 2021
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“You have the message of Eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God” – John 6
Thank you for your donations to last week’s Offertory and Share Collections.
Donations to these collections can be made online from our Parish Website at www.milltownparish.ie
We also thank you for your great generosity to the Christmas, Easter and Summer Dues. Donations to these collections go towards the payment of the priests of the parish and the diocese.
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 23rd: St. Eugene
Tuesday 24th: St.: Bartholomew, Apostle
Wednesday 25th: St. Louis of France. Patron saint of barbers
Friday 27th: St. Monica. Patron saint of mothers
Volunteers are urgently required for stewarding and sanitizing the church after our weekend Masses. Please contact Fr. Peter or the Parish Office if you are available to help.
Please note that attendance at Mass in our parish church is limited to a maximum of 50 people.
Parishioners who come to Mass on weekday mornings now sanitise their section of the church seat after use. Anti – bacterial wipes are available on the tables inside the church doors, together with hand sanitiser dispensers.
Please dispose of used wipes in the bins provided and sanitise your hands before you leave the church.
Monday – Saturday 10am.
The Vigil Mass on Saturday – 6pm
Sunday Mass – 10am and 11.30am.
All Masses in Milltown Parish will be available online. These Masses can be viewed at:
The church will remain open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday 10.45 to 5.30pm, and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 5.30pm.
For your information:
For security reasons we have our CCTV cameras back in action in our parish church.
PATHWAYS: EXPLORING FAITH AND MINISTRY: An Adult Faith Development Programme
Applications are now open for the next intake of participants for Pathways. This programme is run by the Archdiocese of Dublin. It will begin in DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, (MDCCE), Drumcondra Rd. Dublin, 9. on Thursday 30th. September 2021 (7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m.). Places are limited so early application is advised.
Pathways is a two-year, one night a week, course for adults of all ages who wish to explore their faith. It runs from late September to May each year. There are no exams and no written work. The only requirement is an openness to listening to others and to participate. You can just come along and enjoy! The cost is €400 for the coming year which may be paid in instalments. Some sponsorship may be available for those of limited means.
For more information please visit your webpage: www.evangelisation.ie or contact: Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD, Director, Pathways Programme, Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin, DO3 P2E7. Phone : 01 8087594 Email: email@example.com
An information booklet containing details on forthcoming courses in Lumen Dominican Centre in Sion Hill is available on our Book Stand. Further details on these courses can be found on the Lumen website: www.lumenop.ie and by calling 01 – 2882075.
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19.
Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.
The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222
We wish to remind parishioners that copies of our Child Safeguarding Policy Statement are on display in the Church porches and in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
Please note that there is an automatic switch installed on the side door into the church. To enter or exit the church please always use the silver, square button with the word “Press” on it.
Walking Together in Hope – Spiritual Journey for Families
Year of the Family 2021/2022
What’s Another Year?
Having hosted the World Meeting of Families so recently we could reasonably ask – what’s another year going to do for us? Will, we not have enough on our plate adapting to the post-Covid church and society? Is this all a big ask? Can the two become one?
We propose a ‘family first’ emphasis for this year by offering accessible ideas for nurturing faith at home.
The Archdiocese of Dublin will provide some simple and achievable ideas for families and parishes starting in September 2021.
We want to encourage families to take part in various initiatives to support faith lived in the home and celebrated together in our parishes. Our goal is to celebrate moments of hope and joy in family life, with resources suitable for learning, living and leading faith that are complementary to the way family is lived today.
The ‘Walking Together in Hope’ initiative will be launched on 25th August, 2021 at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on the third anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis to the ‘Pro’. Pope Francis asked for this special Year of the Family to be celebrated as a preparation for the next World Meeting of Families in Rome, June 2022.
Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
Come to me Lord, come at least spiritually into my heart,
and unite my soul completely to You.
Never let me be separated from You.
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
Almighty and All–loving God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.
TOWARDS HEALING is a support service, funded by the Catholic Church for Survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse. This service provides Helpline Support and Counselling.
The Freephone number is 1800 303 416 and the website address is: www.towardshealing.ie
Summer Music at Sandford: Recitals will be uploaded every second Friday to Music at Sandford and St Philip’s YouTube channel. The next recital will be on this Friday the 27th August. Anne-Marie O’Farrell (Harp) will perform “Music for Irish harp by Seoirse Bodley, Eibhlis Farrell and Daniel McNulty.
This recital is presented in conjunction with Pipeworks Festival: see www.pipeworks.ie. Donations gratefully received Via Sandford GoFundMePage:https://www.gofundme.com/f/sandford-parish-ranelagh-dublin-6
Glenstall Abbey – Stations of the Cross
There is a recording of the Stations of the Cross available on the Glenstall Abbey website. You can access these Stations of the Cross on the video section of the Glenstall Abbey Website: https://www.glenstal.com/abbey
Overseas Volunteers Training Course September 2021
Viatores Christi, a faith-based development organisation has specialised in the recruitment, training and deployment of overseas volunteers since 1960.
VC runs an online volunteer preparation course covering Community Development, Health, Global Awareness, Mission, etc. This is open to all! Once completed, participants can be considered for volunteer roles through VC EU Aid Volunteers #EUAVI programmes.
Generation Tech is a free service and is run by volunteers. Volunteer run FREE HELPLINE to help older people in Ireland with tech issues. Our volunteers are tech experts and work in shifts from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday. Support is provided over the phone. If you need help with smartphones, tablets, social media, apps, PCs, printers, etc. CALL US on: 01-9633 288.
Aware – Support & Self Care Groups
If you, or those with whom you work wish to connect with people in relation to your mental wellbeing, please consider using the Phone In and Zoom Support & Self Care Groups, the Support Line or Support Mail, now and throughout the holiday season. These services provide support, coping skills and information – and most importantly help people who are in distress to know and feel that they are not alone in their experience. For more information about the groups https://www.aware.ie/support/support-groups/ and all of our services on www.aware.ie
COVID-19 Support Line for Older People
ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to COVID-19. Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, by calling 0818 222 024.
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.
The Mary Aikenhead Centre in Donnybrook operate a ‘Meals on Wheels Service’ for our area. This 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.
_________________________________________________________________________________________Marian Pilgrimages have released their pilgrimage schedule for 2021 & 2022 to Lourdes, Medjugorje, Fatima, Italy & Holy Land. For more information or to register your interest please visit www.marian.ie or ring Marian Pilgrimages on (01) 878 8159