Parish Contact Details:
Parish Office: 2196740
Parish Centre: 2680041
Parish Adm. Fr. Paul Kenny
Parish Email Address:
Parish Web Site: www.milltownparish.ie
Registered Charity Number: RCN 20016166
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 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:
FORTHCOMMING PARISH LITURGIES
This Friday, December 1st is the First Friday of the month. The 10am Mass on the day will be offered for all who are recently deceased and those whose names are on the Parish Altar list of the Dead.
Wonder with the Word: People are invited to wonder and pray with the Advent Sunday readings over 4 Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, November 28th and continuing on Dec. 5th, 12th, and 19th at 3pm – 4.15 in the Parish Pastoral Centre. In this busy world of ours we have decided to “make room” and to “prepare” for the feast of Christmas in our own hearts and communities. In a small setting we help each other to do that. Everyone is welcome.
Please join with us in “Prayer for Peace” which commenced in our church on last Thursday, and will continue from 3.30pm – 4pm. on November 30th and December 7th & 14th.
Our Carol Service will take place at 3pm on Sunday December 17th. Traditionally our Carol Service was followed by a reception in the Parish Pastoral Centre. In order to continue with this tradition we need a sufficient number of volunteers to help. Please contact the Parish Office at 2680041/ 2196740 if you are available to help with this parish reception.
Our FAMILY MASS ON CHRISTMAS Eve will be at 6pm. If you would like your child to participate in the Mass or join a children’s choir, please email Clodagh or Mairead at email@example.com
Thank you for your donations to the diocesan collections at Masses on last Sunday. The Offertory Collections amounted to €970 and the Share Collections amounted to €575.
Our Posture at Mass: On the tables at the church doors you will find a leaflet which outlines the appropriate times during which we stand, sit or kneel during Mass. We show our unity as an assembled people not only by our sung and said responses during Mass, but also externally.
Copies of this leaflet are available on this website.
This Week’s Feast Days
Monday 27th: St. Fergal, bishop and missionary
Thursday 30th: St. Andrew, Apostle
Milltown Active Retirement Association invite members and their friends to their annual Christmas Party in the Milltown Golf Club on Saturday 9th December at 7pm. Cost €50 includes Mulled wine reception on arrival, three course meal, tea and coffee. New members are welcome. Bookings can be made in the coffee dock of the Parish Pastoral Centre during opening hours.
CHANGE IN THE CLOSING TIME OF CHURCH
Please note that the church closes at 4.00pm, with the exception of Saturday evening when it is closed after the 6pm Vigil Mass.
Due to a shortage of volunteers the Parish Pastoral Centre will only be open to the public on weekdays from 10.30am – 11.30am. Signed Mass cards are available during this time. Organised classes and meeting will continue as arranged. Please contact the Parish office if you are available to help.
In November each year when we pray for our dead, churches enrol the names of our relatives and friends who have departed this life on an annual ‘Altar List of the Dead’. There are envelopes available on the tables beside the entrance doors to the church if you wish to complete your Altar List of the Dead and return it to the church.
From 2023 our Parish is in a Parish Partnership with Donnybrook, Merrion Road and Booterstown.
Each parish retains its identity, particular sense of community and its financial independence.
However, the Partnership will be a more formal collaborative arrangement and will focus on the development of a Partnership Council with representatives from all four parishes, reviewing Mass scheduling, setting up Funeral Ministries and extending and supporting Lay Ministries in each parish.
Parishioners will be kept informed of progress.
Copies of our Child Safeguarding Policy Statement are on display in the Church porches and in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
MILLTOWN PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
The following items were included in the October 2023 meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council which took place last Wed. evening.
Welcome to Fr. Paul as president of PPC
Remembering Fr. Peter
Child & Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding & Protection
Parish Partnership updates
The Synod on Synodality – Communion, Participation and Mission, opened in Rome on October 4th, representing the next stage in the process of listening and discerning what God wants from us His People in the world of today.
Copies of the a “Letter of the XV1 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God” are available at the back of the church and on this Parish Web Site.
MESSAGE FROM CROSSCARE
You may come in contact with people who experience food poverty through your work.
We help families and individuals with food supplies, and through our caseworkers, with any other issues that have brought them into poverty, for example, the rising cost of living, debt, illness, increasing rents or lack of access to social welfare.
We have food collection and casework centres across Dublin – in Finglas, Ronanstown, Jobstown, Nutgrove, Bonnybrook, Blanchardstown and Dublin 1. We plan to establish more where needed.
Close to 500 families and individuals, including 300 children, have needed help with food from us since the start of the year, and we know many more need our support. Please share details of this service (below) through your networks so we can reach as many people in need as possible. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 01 8913022.
MILLTOWN PARISH ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP continues their GENTLE EXERCISE TO MUSIC CLASSES In the Parish Pastoral Centre on Thursday at 11am.
We require additional volunteers to help prepare and serve tea and coffee in the Parish Pastoral Centre on weekday mornings. Please call into the Parish Office if you are available to help.
Weekly Quote from Laudato Si:
“When people become self – centered and self – enclosed their greed increases” (LS, 204)
We have to realise that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach: it must always integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so that we hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. (LS 49).
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.
St. Philip’s Church will have Organ Recitals on the 19th November and the 3rd December. All are welcome to these recitals, Admission is free.
Further information on both of these events are on our parish notice boards and at https://sandford.dublin.anglican.org
For further information on local Bethany Services please phone: 087 2841276 (Siobhán) or 086 3282151 (Marie).
You may avail of the Bethany service at Clarendon Street church on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m.
The Bethany service is confidential, non-judgmental and open to all who have suffered bereavement or other significant loss and who need to speak in a supportive setting. Our trained listeners are here to help. This is a free service.
The Parish are inviting girls and boys, who have received their first Holy Communion, to join our team of Altar Servers.
Training will be provided for this Ministry. Parents are required to complete an Application Form before their children commence training.
Please contact the Parish Office at 2196740 / 2680041 if you wish to receive an Application
Form for your son or daughter.
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.
Eligibility to participate on CE is generally linked to those who are 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.
Driver Appeal: For the last 30 years the Mary Aikenhead Day Centre have been providing a Meals on Wheels service to people in our community. They now require additional volunteers to deliver these meals. Drivers are also required to bring clients to and from the Day Centre. If you are available to help please contact the centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 2698995.
BANK ACCOUNT REMINDER
Our accounts in Ulster Bank are now closed.
We would kindly request donors to complete their new Standing Order Forms and return the confirmation slips to the parish.
If you are not already a donor to the Family Offering we would ask you to consider doing so.
Bank Standing Order Forms for donations to the new Family Offering Account are available at the church doors.
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.
For your information: For security reasons we have our CCTV cameras back in action in our parish church.
Copies of our Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding Policy Statement are on display in the Church porches and in the Parish Pastoral Centre.
If you are interested in starting a Rosary/Divine Mercy Group in the parish please contact Mary at 0872959518
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.
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 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.