September 5th, 2021
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“He has done all things well, he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak” – Mark 7
Parish of The Assumption and Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown Road, Dublin 6 D06 NX24
Parish Contact Details : Fr. Peter Briscoe: 2196600
Parish Office: 2196740
Parish Centre: 2680041
Parish Email Address:
Parish Web Site: www.milltownparish.ie
Registered Charity Number: RCN 20016166
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 offer our condolences to the families and friends of Margaret Treanor and Frank Egan whose funerals took place here during the last week and for Fintan Ardagh, recently deceased.
This Week’s Feast Days
Wednesday 8th: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday 9th: St. Ciaran, abbot
Friday 10th: St. Peter Claver, priest
Archbishop Dermot Farrell has published a Pastoral Letter on Climate Crisis – ‘The Cry of the Earth – The Cry of the Poor’. Hard copies of this publication will be available for sale in the Parish Pastoral Centre and on line copies are on the Diocesan website. Archbishop Farrell’s introduction to this Pastoral Letter is on this parish website.
A Prayer for Our Earth
All powerful God,
you are present in the universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with your peace, so that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle,
for justice, love and peace.
A Prayer for Our Earth was published in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.
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.
PRAYING FOR VOCATIONS: Archbishop Farrell is asking for people and priests to pray for vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on a regular basis. As you are well aware, the need is great, so let’s answer God’s call and “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest”
The Legion of Mary has resumed its meetings in Bird Avenue Church, Clonskeagh. They meet in St. Joseph’s Oratory every Wednesday at 7.30p.m. New members and visitors are always welcome.
For further information please contact Una 087 2253845
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 was 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 and final recital will be on this Friday September 12th . Cormac O hAodain (Horn) and Delmaine String Quartet will perform music for horn and strings by Norah Constance Walsh and others.
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.