John Paul II Awards 2015

The Pope John Paul II Awards took Place in Arran Quay on the 27th of November 2015 and we are delighted that thirteen young people from the Cluster of Parishes of The Church of the Most Precious Blood,  Cabra West; Christ the King, Cabra, Our Lady Help of Christians, Navan Road, St. Peter's Church, Phibsboro  received. Eleven young people received the Gold Award, and two young girls received the highest award, The Papal Cross . We are so proud of their achievements, and would like to thank them all for their commitment. Also a thank you to St. Dominic's College and St. Declan's College for their support. For more Pictures please look in our Photo Gallery.


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Advent 2015

ADVENT 2015.

With the celebration last weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, the Liturgical Year draws to a close. We will celebrate this coming weekend a new Liturgical Year and a new Liturgical Season, Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin word, Adventus, meaning coming. It is my favourite Liturgical Season, and yet it is often overlooked in our desire to celebrate Christmas. The Season of Advent is divided into two, from the First Sunday of Advent until the 16th of December, and then from the 17th December to the Vigil Mass of Christmas.

Advent looks back to the first coming of Christ, and it looks forward to his second coming. The very haunting Advent refrain,’ O come, O come, Emmanuel’ helps us to prepare our hearts for the coming of 'God with us'. A more modern hymn contains the words, 'for you my soul in stillness waits, truly my hope is in you'. The central figures of Advent are above all John the Baptist, and Our Lady. John calls us to prepare, to get ready, and to repent. Our Lady invites us to listen as she listened, to trust that God is with us, that God never abandons us.

In the middle of Advent this year the Church will also begin a Holy Year of Mercy. This year which will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception was called by Pope Francis as he wants the Church to be above all else a place of God's mercy. This should not be solely about the Institutional Church; it is a call that includes each one of us. In what way are we people of mercy, at home, at work, in school, and in Society?  Pope Francis since he was elected Pope has spoken continuously about the need for frequent confession. This is a Sacrament of healing and hope, not of condemnation or despair. Pope Francis has reminded us that the confession box is not a torture chamber! It is a place of encounter where God welcomes us, listens to us, forgives us, and encourages us to live more like Jesus. Here in the parish confessions are heard every Saturday from 6pm. Our Penitential Service in preparation for Christmas will take place on Monday, December 21st at 7.30pm. I encourage you all to come along as we together confess our sins and receive God's forgiveness.

As we enter Advent let us set aside a few minutes each day to pray that our hearts may be open to God's Word; and that we may recognise him as he comes to us, not only in the extraordinary, but also in the ordinary events of life. May Mary guide our steps as we accompany her to Bethlehem. Have a good Advent.                       Fr Michael

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News from Fr. John Greene

News from Fr. John Greene

Fr. John is settling into life in Chile.

He says,

“In another couple of weeks I’ll be getting into my own parish and seeing the enormity of the task of having nine chapels; I will live with the other four men, being installed as PP in early January. The space in the house will be tight but hopefully we will manage.

We have lots of big moments coming up: 8th Nov - 8th Dec.  The month of Mary is a big thing in Chile; 15th Nov - a big Mass in St. Columban’s parish for the 1400 years, with a special garden been inaugurated at that church; the following day our annual Columban picnic, St. Columban’s Day on 23rd Nov - Mass and party, with a lot of invited guests; 12th Dec - the ordination of a Chilean as a deacon. My greetings to you all from Chile”.

We continue to pray for Fr. John while on mission in Chile.

Ecology Award 2015

On the 30th August 2015 Cabra West Parish were presented with the Eco-Congregation Ireland award.

On receiving the award, Fr John Greene said, “Having a Care for The Earth and Ecology as a priority has been important for the parish team of the parish of The Most Precious Blood, Cabra West since 2008. The aim of the seminars, Prayer of the Faithful and having a guest speaker at weekend Masses during Creation Time each year was to create a greater awareness of the need to appreciate the beauty of Creation as something to be grateful to God for, and the importance of caring for it. An awareness was also created among the children of the national schools by inviting them to take part in art competitions and prayer services in the schools.  Our Eco-Congregation Award is proudly displayed on the wall, inside the Church.  For more information on this award and our Parish Eco-friendly efforts click on “Ecology/Creation” on the menu bar.

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Upcoming Events in the Dublin Diocese

World Youth Day Information Night  Are you interested in finding out more about World Youth Day – Krakow, 2016?  An information night will take place in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7 this evening, Wednesday 9th September, from 7.30 - 9.00 pm.

Culture Night 2016  This year’s Culture Night takes place on Friday 18th September as Holy Cross College, Clonliffe again displays the Diocesan Archives to the public.  Visit gems from the Archives such as Abraham Lincoln’s death on Good Friday 1865.  Learn about Marc Chagall (1887-1985) with an illustrated talk on his religious art by Fr. Damien McNeice.  Savour the sounds of the Dublin Diocesan Music Group with a concert of sacred music with Fr. Pat O’Donoghue. From 6.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 18th September at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 3.

Faith4Life is a new course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world: through relationships, family, home, parish, work and the events of daily life.  The course takes place in two locations again this year this year, the Oblate Retreat Centre, Inchicore (3rd/4th October, 21st/22nd November, 23rd/24th January 2016, 27th/28th February 2016) and The Margaret Aylward Centre for Faith and Dialogue, Glasnevin (31st Oct./1st Nov., 28th/29th November, 23rd/24th January 2016, 27th/28th February 2016).  It will be delivered in partnership agreement with the Archdioceses of Dublin and Liverpool.  Further information and application forms are available from the Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Autumn Liturgy Seminar  The Autumn Liturgy Seminar will take place on Saturday 3rd October in Clonliffe College.  Once again we offer a range of workshops on various topics which we hope will interest you in your ministry to your parish community.  You will meet others involved in liturgy throughout the diocese and attend two workshops of your choice from the five on offer.  Registration is at 9.00 am and sessions begin at 9.30 am.  Booking is essential as it helps us decide the locations of the workshops since the size of the rooms available vary.  Booking forms are available at or from the Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre – tel: 01 8087554 | email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Milltown Annual Fun Day  Milltown Parish Dublin will have their Annual Fun Day on Sunday 13th September from 12.30 - 3.00pm.  A magician, face painters and a D.J. will be at our open day.  There will also be a bouncing castle, spot prizes, and refreshments.  All welcome.

National Grandparents Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock  on Sunday 13th September.  Blessing of the Sick at 2.30pm, Mass at 3.00pm.  ​Chief Celebrant: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick.​  Guest Soloist: Fr. Liam Lawton.  ​All welcome.  Children are invited to compose a prayer for their grandparents and send it to CGA Office, Castlebar St, Westport, Co Mayo.  For further information please phone 09824877 / email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Note:  A bus will depart from Our Lady Help of Christians, Navan Rd - some seats may be available for neighbouring parishes (tel. Navan Rd parish office at 01 8380265).

The Practice of Christian Living  Course beginning on Monday 14th September at 8.00 pm in the Pastoral Centre, Harold's Cross Church.  It will run for eight Monday evenings and will include a philosophical talk, Q&A and prayer.  The director is Professor Tom Casey, a Jesuit who has lectured in Philosophy in the Gregorian University in Rome and is now in Maynooth.  All welcome.  Harold’s Cross Parish Office:  Tel. 01-4965055 | Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5thCentenary of St. Teresa of AvilaCan St. Teresa help me to Pray?  Bishop Philip Boyce, O.C.D. at St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 at 7.00 pm on Monday 14thSeptember.

Anam Cara parent evening  Anam Cara is holding its monthly Parent Evening on Monday 14th September from 7:30pm - 9:00pm in Dominic’s Community Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.  All Anam Cara Services are available free of charge to bereaved parents.

Adult Studies of the Catechism will resume at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Road, on Tuesday 15th September.  The sessions take place on Tuesdays from 7.30-9.15pm in the Upper Room (accessed from the Tower), with a break for a cup of tea.  The subject this semester is Prayer (Unit 6; Part IV of the Catechism; see,104,0)

Monthly Social Evening for Young Couples  The next Social Evening for Couples preparing for Marriage (or just considering it) takes place at 8pm on Thursday 17th September in Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Road.  A brief introduction by a priest is followed by a short video and discussion over tea/coffee with a facilitating couple.  All couples are welcome!  More details at:,145,0

Conference on Pope Francis’ new Encyclical  ‘On Care for our Common Home / Laudato Si’  Friday 18th September: 7.30pm-9.30pm.  Saturday 19th September: 9.30am-2.30pm.  Balally Pastoral Centre, Cedar Road, Dublin 16.  Speakers will include: John Fitzgerald, Economist, Chair of National Advisory Council on Climate Change;  Lorna Gold, Head of Policy and Advocacy, Trócaire; Fr. Dermot A. Lane, Balally Parish; Celine Mangan OP, Scripture Scholar; Fr. Padraig McCarthy, Dublin Diocese; Fr. Sean McDonagh SSC, Eco-theologian.  Donation appreciated.  All welcome.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Muintearas Críostaí  Irish prayer meeting at Emmaus, Lissenhall, Swords.  Every Thursday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.  We pray some psalms and a spiritual book is read and discussed.  Further information from Br Dan Healy at 01-8700050 or at 0872595195.

Merrion Road Parish Fun Day  Merrion Road hosts its annual Parish Family Fun Day after 12 noon Mass on Sunday 20th September on the church grounds.  In addition to last year’s attractions (bouncy castle, face painting, etc.), trained young volunteers will offer Tours of the Church.

Irish Missionary Union  Celebrating 50 years of ‘To the Peoples’ - a series of talks on Thursday evenings in October from 7.30-9.00pm at St Paul's Church, Arran Quay, Dublin.  Organised by the Irish Missionary Union for the 50th anniversary of ‘To the Peoples’ as an opportunity to evaluate its impact on peoples, cultures and religions around the world and also to look forward to continuing that mission into the future.  For more information contact Irish Missionary Union at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01-4923326.

Beechwood Avenue Parish, Ranelagh  Friday 16th October at 7.30pm: Evening Thanksgiving prayer based on Creation and Environment prayers (Sung).  Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm: Fr. Donal Dorr, talk on Laudato Si Encyclical, Caring for the Earth.  Sunday 25th October at 11.30am: Harvest Mass of Thanksgiving with Schools - Sandford, Scoil Bríd & Scoil Lios Na N'Og.  Prayers based on Laudato Si.

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