Parish of The Assumption and Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 25th
“If they will not listen either to Moses or the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead” Luke 16
Diocesan Safeguarding Day.
At today’s Masses, one of our Parish Safeguarding Representatives will be making a presentation on our parish’s safeguarding practises.
The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church, particularly since Pope Francis established the 1st September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The Season of Creation is marked throughout the Christian world from the 1st of September to the 4th of October (Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encouraging awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment.
The theme for the Season of Creation 2022 is “Listen to the Voice of Creation”. “
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
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am.
Vigil Mass on Saturday – 6pm
Sunday Mass – 10am and 11.30am.
Thursday – Prayer and Communion Service 10am
All Masses and Prayer Services in Milltown Parish will be available online.
These can be viewed at:
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 26th: Ss Cosmas and Damian, martyrs
Tuesday 27th: St. Vincent de Paul
Thursday 29th: St Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Friday 30th: St. Jerome, priest and doctor of the Church
Thank you for your donations to last Sunday’s Collections. The Offertory Collection amounted to €3935 and the Share Collection amounted to €7648.
Weekly Quote from Laudato Si
“Men & Women of our postmodern world run the risk of rampant individualism, and many problems of society are connected with today’s self – centred culture of instant gratification” (LS, 162)
Laudato Si‘ (2015) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. This encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”.
It is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man. Laudato Si can be downloaded from the laudatosi.va website. Copies of the encyclical are available from Veritas for € 4.99.
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Paul Toomey whose funeral took place here during the last week.
SEASON OF CREATION 2022
Milltown Parish invite you to the following talk in the Parish Pastoral Centre on this Thursday evening, September 29th at 7.30pm.
Practical Kindness to the Environment – Dos and Don’ts of Retrofitting
Gerry McManus MRIA
Gerry is a conservation architect who works on repairing and upgrading historic and not-so-historic buildings of mid-20th century date and earlier.
She will share some of her knowledge about how to make wise decisions about upgrading your older house to make yourself more comfortable and be good to the environment at the same time.
An Information sheet on the forthcoming activities in the Parish Pastoral Centre is available on the tables at the back of the church.
Wonder with the Word: Prayer with Scripture
A group of Parishioners meet on Tuesday afternoons at 3pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre to seek inspiration, hope and good news. They also renew their personal encounter with Jesus Christ at the invitation of Pope Francis. Everyone is welcome.
30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR OUR CHILDREN
With schools, universities and colleges starting back soon, help us make September a month of prayer for our young people (our children and grandchildren). Please remember to say at least one short prayer for them each day in September.
The Legion of Mary Centenary Celebration
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff on 7th September 1921 in Myra House, Francis St and legionaries throughout the world have been celebrating its Centenary Year.
On the parish notice boards and website you can find information on a forthcoming celebration which will take place in Rathgar on Sunday Oct. 9th from 3-6pm.
Our Parish Church remains open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday 10.45 to 4.30pm and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 4.30pm.
In our church there is a private area beside the organ where confessions can take place. Fr. Peter will be available to hear confessions after the 10am Mass on Saturday mornings.
Rathmines & Rathgar Bethany Bereavement Support Service (incl. Milltown & Ranelagh)
Bethany services are resuming for autumn, offering monthly listening sessions for those of you who have suffered a bereavement or other significant loss. Our service is confidential, non-judgmental and open to all who need to speak in a supportive setting. Our trained listeners are here to help.
This is a free service. For further information please phone: 087 2841276 (Siobhán) or 086 3602198 (Anne).
Individual meetings can be arranged at Milltown: please phone 087 2243787.
VACANCY – Housekeeper
On our Parish Notice Boards you will find an advertisement for a Housekeeper to work 4 hours/day for 5 days/week with 10-15 adult residents in Dublin 6. Details of the position are included in this notice. Applications to include current CV and cover letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATE COINS – CHANGE FOR GOOD
Help save children’s lives by donating your non euro coins to this voluntary organisation. They upcycle these coins in order to provide a pediatric MRI scanner that will save lives into the future. For further information please see our notice boards and the koinsforkids website.
Joint Church Community Project CLG
Milltown Parish has a Vacancy for a Project Worker / Caretaker
Community Employment Ref: CES: 2220302
Duties to include:
Routine setting up of facilities for service users.
Reception – Meet and Greet Visitors
Operation of Coffee Dock – Prepare and Serve Refreshments
General Cleaning Duties
Sale of Mass Cards
Light Gardening Duties
Other Ad hoc duties as required.
Applicants must supply suitable character references and be prepared to complete Garda vetting application form.
Apply to DEASP Employment Services / Intreo office to make an application.
Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are over 21 years of age or over and in receipt of an Irish Social Welfare payment for 1 year or more.
For further information please call Milltown Parish Office at 2196740/2680041 or email email@example.com.
For your information:
For security reasons we have our CCTV cameras back in action in our parish church.
Copies of our Child Safeguarding Policy Statement are on display in the Church porches and in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
In April, Archbishop Dermot Farrell established a Task Force called Building Hope. The Task Force was asked to assess the needs of the people of the Archdiocese emerging from Covid-19 and to work to support parish communities as they undertake a radical renewal, looking to the future with creativity. 3,000 people, mostly lay faithful, responded to the invitation to share their views. The Task Force report is now available on the Diocesan Website.
If you are interested in starting a Rosary/Divine Mercy Group in the parish please contact Mary at 0872959518
On the Parish Notice Boards you will find information on this season’s Pilgrimages to Lough Derg. A booking facility for their pilgrimages is available on the Lough Derg website:
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
MILLTOWN PARISH ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP continues their GENTLE EXERCISE TO MUSIC CLASSES In the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday at 11am.
The Dodder Action is an umbrella group of volunteers who want to maximise the potential of the River Dodder as an amenity for the people of Dublin.
They organise working groups to regularly go out and clean the river banks with equipment from Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Dublin South County Council.
More information on this group can be found on the Dodder Action website.
Home from Home Dodder Area Community Sponsorship Group
Community Sponsorship for refugee resettlement: Can you help?
Community Sponsorship is an alternative model to state-led resettlement under which local groups of volunteer’s source accommodation for a family and provide a ready-made network of support and friendship when the families come to Ireland.
Outcomes for both resettled families, sponsors and local communities have been demonstrated time and again to be extremely positive.
A local Community Sponsorship group was formed in this area in late 2021 and we hope to welcome a family during 2022.
To do this we need to find accommodation and raise sufficient funds to provide the required support over a two-year period.
Please consider how you might be able to help.
For more information or to donate, see https://www.homefromhomedodder.com/
Diocesan Synodal Pathway Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.
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 are available for sale on the Parish Book Stand. On line copies are on the Diocesan website. Archbishop Farrell’s introduction to this Pastoral Letter is available on this website.
Remarks by Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the recent launch of the Pastoral Letter, are available on our 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’.
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.
Glenstal 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
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
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
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
Rathmines & Rathgar Bethany Bereavement Support Service (Including Milltown & Ranelagh) Offer a monthly listening sessions for those of you who have suffered a bereavement or another significant loss. For further information on this free service please contact: 087 2841276 (Siobhán) or 086 3602198 (Anne).
Individual meetings can be arranged at Milltown. Please phone 087 2243787 if you require this service.
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.