Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017.

Dear Friends.

Happy Christmas! Once again a year has gone by and we are celebrating anew the birth of Jesus. How time flies as it does not appear that long since we took down the decorations from last Christmas! As we look back over the last year we take stock of the various events that have occurred here in the Parish. Along with the normal cycle of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, we also celebrated First Communions, and we welcomed Archbishop Martin for the celebration of Confirmation. During the year the former Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown bestowed the 'Bene Merenti Medal' on Phyllis Kelly and Liam O'Neill in recognition of their great work here over many years. We said farewell to Natasha Geoghegan, our Cluster Parish Pastoral Worker, and we welcomed Kevin Mullally who is now working with us and also with Christ the King Parish, and St Peter's in Phibsboro. In November we had a Wedding Anniversary Celebration and over twenty couples came along to renew their Marriage Vows. We hope to make this an annual event, so please let us know next year if you are celebrating a significant anniversary.

As we look ahead we are of course looking forward to the celebration of The World Meeting of Families due to take place towards the end of August. It is hoped that the Pope will be in Ireland for that celebration. As we get nearer the event we will know more about what exactly is planned, so watch out for the weekly newsletters.

Pope Francis recently urged the world to rediscover the tenderness that comes from the stable in Bethlehem. That tenderness should guide everything we say and do as followers of Jesus. It should inform our thinking about those who society forgets about most often, the poor, the homeless, the refugee, the sick, and especially the unborn. Christmas asks us to celebrate the beauty of human life, to be Christ to others, and to have on our faces the look of those who are redeemed.

I thank you all for your support and friendship over the last year, and especially thank all who support the work of the Parish by means of the Family Offering Collection. Thanks to all who give of their time so generously throughout the year in so many different ways. You are the living stones that build up this local Church dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. On behalf of Fr John Joe, Sr Philomena, Kevin, our Parish Pastoral Council, and all involved here, I wish you and your loved ones grace and peace at Christmas, and every blessing in 2018. In the words of Blessed John Henry Newman, “May each Christmas, as it comes, find us more and more like him who at this time became a little child for our sake; more simple-minded, more humble, more affectionate, more resigned, more happy, more full of God.”

 May God bless you always.

Fr Michael


Fr Michael

Cemetery Masses in Diocese 2017

  • Cemetery Sunday - St. Philomena’s Parish  The Annual Cemetery Mass & Blessing of the graves takes place at Palmerstown Cemetery on Sunday, 18 June at 3.00pm.
  • Cemetery Sunday - Mulhuddart Parish:  The Annual Cemetery Mass and Blessing of the Graves will take place on Sunday 18th June, at 3.00pm in Mulhuddart parish.  
  • Cemetery Sunday – Glasnevin - Annual Cemetery Mass on Sunday 25th June at 3.00pm. 
  • Cemetery Sunday – Templeouge  Sunday 25th June at 11.30am in St Jude's Church Willington  followed by blessing of graves up in Templeogue Cemetery directly after Mass. 
  • Cemetery Sunday, Deansgrange Parish:  Sunday 2nd July at 3.00pm with Mass &Blessing of the graves.



Pathways Course 2017


pathways course


Thursday Evening Course                 Clonliffe College, Dublin 3.



Exploring Faith as an Adult

The Pathways Programme is geared towards those who wish to explore issues and questions of: faith; ministry; the Church today and the nature of belief, in an environment appropriate to Adult Learning and Adult Faith Development.

The Course

The programme runs over two years from late September to late May each year.  It takes place on Thursday evenings from 7.00p.m. – 9.30 p.m. in Clonliffe College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.  There are three optional Saturday sessions each year. The programme this year will be starting on Thursday 28th September

Who is the Course for?

This course is suitable for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who are looking for an opportunity to consider questions about belief and Church today.

Course Aims

The course values the life experience which the participants bring and, accordingly, group sharing is an integral part of the learning process each year.  The course also offers the spiritual and theological formation which will enable participants to explore their faith with greater confidence.  It also helps assist people to prepare themselves to respond to the needs of the Church and community and to work in partnerships and parish teams.  Participants have an opportunity to take part in various liturgies and times of Directed Prayer during the year.

Course Entry Requirements

The main requirements are: a desire to explore faith; openness to participation; a willingness to listen and an interest in new ideas and approaches to ministry. No academic qualifications and no previous study in theology or spirituality are necessary.  There is no required written work and there are no exams.

Course Cost

Fees are €400 each year.  Fees may be paid in a full at the beginning of the year or in instalments throughout the year. Part-sponsorship may be available from some parishes.

Course Content

First Year – In the first year the emphasis is on the personal experiences and the faith journeys of the participants.  Subjects include: How Adult Learn; Stages of Faith; Images of God; Introduction to Scripture; Celebrating the Church’s Year; the Person of Christ; Personal Journey; Sacraments; the Moral Life; Spirituality and Prayer.

Second Year – The focus of the second year is on Christian living, the Gospel call and how we respond to it.  Subjects include: Visions and Models of Church; Approaches to Ministry; Bereavement and Loss; Family; Pastoral Issues Today; Justice and Peace, Ecumenism; Ecology; Caring for Yourself.  

For further information please contact:

Eileen Houlahan, CHF, PhD

Director, Pathways Programme, Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,

Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, D03 P2E7.

Tel: +353 1 8379253 Ext 294

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Prayer for Exams

The Church of the Most Precious Blood would like to wish all those who are preparing for their Junior and Leaving Certificate the best of luck. The Parish will keep all those in their thoughts are prayers as they sit their exams. 



Prayer for Exams

Ecumenical Bible Week 2017

Ecumenical Bible Week takes place from Pentecost (4th June) to Trinity Sunday. There’s a wide variety in the programme this year, including a symposium on the Reformation and Thinking Allowed It is recommended to book for theSymposium  which will be held on Friday, 9th June, from 2.00pm, chaired by Archbishop Michael Jackson) consists of two papers and a discussion. Prof. Tony Lane will open the proceedings with a discussion of the agreed statement on justification, signed by the World Lutheran Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The second paper, by Prof Salvador Ryan, asks the question “How should we remember the Reformation?” The Thinking Allowed event, also on Friday 9that 7.30 pm, offers again reflections, this time from four different traditions. They will all respond to one question: Is the Reformation over? All details are on

This year for Ecumenical Bible Week, we are delighted to offer a very user friendly series of reflections on Scripture called Hearing, Happening and Hoping. The Scripture Reflections are based on the readings for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday and a mid-week reflection based on Psalm 148. They are easy to use and allow the reader to engage more fully with God’s Word and provide an opportunity to hear and listen to what God is saying. We hope parishes will make these available for people during Bible Week 2017. They can be downloaded from: