June 6th, 2021
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
“This is my body. This is my blood” Mark 14
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. There is a donate button on the Archdiocese of Dublin Website where parishioners can make donations directly.
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 7th: St. Colman, bishop
*Wednesday 9th: St. Columba, (Columcille) Abbot and Missionary, Secondary Patron of Ireland
Thursday 10th: St. Ephrem, deacon and doctor of the church
Friday 11th: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saturday 12th: The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This year is the 1500th anniversary of Columba’s birth in Donegal in 521. He is one of Ireland’s pilgrim – missionaries who went to Scotland and Northern England. He founded the monastery in Iona. Columba is noted for his great love for people and for all living creatures. Columba is unique in that he never left a written rule. He died on the 9th June 597.
We offer our condolences to the families and friends of the late Maire Flynn and Bridget Cummins whose funerals took place here during the last week.
Letter from Michael Barry, Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council:
Archbishop Farrell has established a Task Force on a Church for the Dublin of Tomorrow under the title Building Hope. It is composed of clergy, religious and lay people. It has been asked to report back to the Archbishop before the end of the summer.
We have received a letter and questionnaire from the Chairperson of the Task Force inviting the Parish Pastoral Council to discuss and contribute ideas with respect to a vision for the pastoral future of the Diocese.
Questions posed for consideration by the Council include:
- What can we do now to ensure that we will be a vibrant faith community in ten years’ time?
- What are the three pastoral priorities for the Council?
We are asked to submit our responses before June 23rd and with this in mind a special meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council has been convened for Thursday June 10th
In the run up to this meeting the Council would welcome suggestions/feedback from parishioners.
Our Parish Church has reopened for the public to attend Mass. Please note that attendance in this 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Priory Institute provides online Theology courses to degree level. Attend Saturday lectures in Tallaght or from the comfort of your own home. An Open Day will take place on June 12th. For further information on this please call 086 8510769 or email www.prioryinstitute.com
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.