March 6th, 2022 – First Sunday in Lent
“You must worship the Lord your God, and serve him alone” Luke 6
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. Last week’s Offertory Collection amounted to €820 and the Share Collection amounted to €415.
Donations to these collections can be made online from our Parish Website at: www.milltownparish.ie.
We have installed two Tap and Go machines in the church. These machines are for the Sunday Offertory and Share Collections only and not for donations to the parish.
During the month of February the Tap and Go machines in Milltown Parish collected €1329 from 127 transactions.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am.
The 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 will remain open for private prayer on Monday – Saturday 10.45 to 4.30pm, and on Sunday from 12.30pm – 4.30pm.
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 7th: Ss Perpetua and Felicity
Tuesday 8th: St John of God, religious
Wednesday 9th : St. Frances of Rome
Friday 11th: St. Aengus, bishop and abbot
We pray for Maire Cranny, whose funeral took place here yesterday, and for Fr. John O’ Connell retired Parish Priest of The Holy Redeemer Church, Bray, recently deceased.
We also pray for Grace McDonald and Gerry Devitt whose anniversaries occur at this time.
A Lenten Challenge
You are invited to join a group on a journey towards the great feast of Easter each Tuesday from 3 – 4.15pm in the Parish Pastoral Centre as we “Wonder with the Word” by reading, reflecting, sharing and praying the Sunday Scriptures.
Pope Francis says “We aim to set the Church on a bold new Gospel path”. This is a gentle way of doing something practical and new for yourself. Just come along! All are welcome.
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.
During Lent Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in our church on Tuesday mornings from 10.30 – 11.00am.
Weekly Quote from Laudato Si – (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.)
“Where ever food is thrown out it is as it were stolen from the table of the poor”
Jane Mellett, the Laudato Si’ Officer at Trócaire, a Climate Pilgrim and Co-Author of “The Deep End will speak at all our Masses next weekend.
Parishioners are invited to place their Personal Planet Pledges into the basket provided in the church.
We remind parishioners to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Parish office at 2196740 if they wish to attend the forthcoming Parish Assemblies.
These assemblies will take place on Wednesday, March 23rd and Wednesday, April 6th from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.
Milltown Parish Active Retirement Group have recommenced their GENTLE EXERCISE TO MUSIC CLASSES in the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday at 11am
The Active Retirement Group invite its members to a cup of coffee in the Parish Pastoral Centre at 2.30pm on Thursday 24th March.
Last weekend a sum of money was found outside the Parish Pastoral Centre. For further details please call 2196740.
Synodal Resources are available at: Synodal Resources | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)
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. For further information please see their website.
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
Our thanks to all of the parish volunteers who ensured Covid regulations where adhered to in our church over the last two years.
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/
Covid regulations remain in place. When entering the church all must sanitise their hands, wear a face mask and practise social distancing. Please co- operate with our Stewards.
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.
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
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’.
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.
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
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
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
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.