Parish of The Assumption and Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 15th

Parish of The Assumption and Sts. Columbanus & Gall, Milltown

Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 15th


I give you a new commandment: love one another; just as I have loved you.” John 13



Parish Contact Details: Fr. Peter Briscoe: 2196600

Parish Office: 2196740

Parish Centre: 2680041

Parish Email Address:

Parish Web Site:

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:


The church remains open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday 10.45 to 4.30pm, and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 4.30pm.





Sat. 10am: Frank Carthy – 20th Anniversary

Sat. 6pm:  Raymond Kearns – Month’s Mind

Sun.10am: Jim Burke – 14th Anniversary

11.30am: Karen Meegan – 1st Anniversary


We offer our condolences to the families and friends of Dina Ryan whose funeral will take place here on Monday morning.





Monday 16th: St. Brendan, abbot

Wednesday 18th: St. John 1, pope and martyr

Friday 20th: St. Bernardine of Sienna, priest

Saturday 21st: Ss. Christopher Magallanes, priest and companions, martyrs



A PARISH ASSEMBLY will take place on Wednesday, May 25th at 7.30pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre. All parishioners are invited to attend this Assembly which will give all an opportunity to share your   experience and hopes for the future of your Parish.



 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.


Thank you for your recent donations to the Offertory and Share Collections. On last Sunday the Offertory Collection amounted to €655 and the Share Collection

amounted to €490.

There are two Tap and Go machines in our church where donations to the Sunday Offertory and Share Collections only and not for donations to the parish can be made. There is also a donate button on the Archdiocese of Dublin Website where parishioners can make donations directly.

We thank those of you who have already returned your Easter Dues. Dues envelopes may be posted to 67 Ramleh Park, Milltown, Dublin 6, or placed in the parish post box which is located on the railing beside the Parish Office.

The Archdiocese of Dublin Lay Ministry Collection takes place on next Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. The Lay Ministry Collection will support the development of a variety of lay ministries, providing for more women and men to work alongside the priests and deacons. Our hope is that lay ministry will make a significant contribution to pastoral life into the future.

Donations can be made online at


Trocaire boxes are available on the tables at the back of the church. Please remember to return your filled Trocaire Box. Donations to Trócaire can also be made on line or by phone. The on line address is:


Thank you to all who supported the recent Coffee Morning in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Total donations of €285 were received and have been forward to the Alzheimer’s Association.



We are delighted to resume our monthly listening sessions for those of you who have suffered a bereavement or other significant loss.  For further information on this free service please contact: 087 2841276 (Siobhán) or 086 3602198 (Anne).

The next Bethany meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 17th in St. Patrick’s Hall Rathgar.

Individual meetings can be arranged at Milltown. Please phone 087 2243787 if you require this service.


Sr. Kathleen (MSHR) has donated one of her paintings to a raffle in aid of

 Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.

This painting will soon be on display in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

Raffle Tickets for €5 are now on sale in the Parish Pastoral Centre.

 This raffle will take place in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 12pm on Monday May 23rd.


 A request has been received by Dublin City Council to install some “Welcome to Milltown” signage in the area, as seen in other villages.  The locations identified for the two signs are at either end of Milltown Road; one opposite the car park next to the Dropping Well pub and the other just before Mount Sandford, as one approaches from Ranelagh.  Any comments can be submitted to Dublin City Council’s South East Area Office at / (01) 2222243 by May 31st.


The Milltown Branch of the ICA have arranged a play called “BEEZIE” to be held in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday 2nd June at 4:30 pm.

Information on this production can be found on our parish Notice Boards. Entry fee is €7.Members and non-members of the ICA are invited to attend. This production is sponsored by Dublin City council.


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.


A Vacancy for a Project Worker / Caretaker is now available   in our Parish Pastoral Centre. Please see details below:

Joint Church Community Project CLG

Vacancy for

Project Worker / Caretaker

Community Employment

Ref:  CES: 2220302

Based in Milltown Pastoral Centre

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.

Informal enquiries to      087-2372136

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.

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.



Weekly Quote from Laudato Si

“The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God. (LS, 83)

 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 website. Copies of the encyclical are available from Veritas for € 4.99.


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:


Rosary at the Grotto

For peace in the troubled places in the world, for the final defeat of the Covid 19 Virus and for all our own intentions, a public Rosary will be recited at the Grotto, St. Columbanus Rd.(near the Windy Arbour Luas stop ) at 3p.m. on Friday, 13th May (the feast of the Our Lady of Fatima). All are welcome. Please come along and invite your friends and neighbours as well.

(Arranged by the Legion of Mary)



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 will visit Killruddery House and Gardens on Thursday, May 26th.The coach will leave Milltown at 11am and return at approx. 4pmIf you would like to visit Kilruddery with the Active Retirement Group on Thursday May 26th we ask you to please leave your name and €20 in the Parish Pastoral Centre before Tuesday 24th May.

The Active Retirement Association are looking for new committee members. For further information please leave your name into the Parish Office

MILLTOWN PARISH ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP have recommenced their GENTLE EXERCISE TO MUSIC CLASSES In the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday at 11am



“Easter is not just some date, but the meeting with Jesus that restores our lives, and rekindles the hope every person needs.”Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Archbishop Farrell’s Easter 2022 Pastoral Letter, Living the Hope of Easter, can be read at A video of Archbishop Farrell reading from his pastoral letter can be watched at


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


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




Support Services

 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:

 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

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 and all of our services on

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 or ring Marian Pilgrimages on (01) 878 8159.