The icon of the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre, originally created by Andrei Rublev c. 1410, is often interpreted as an icon of the Trinity, full of symbolism. The three faces are identical, each a figure at rest within Itself. All the figures wear a blue garment, the colour of the heavens, but each wears something that speaks of their own identity. They are turned towards the one looking at the icon – drawing them into their relationship. The Father figure, clasping the staff with both hands, and behind this figure, a house, representing the dwelling place of God, containing ‘many mansions’. The Christ figure, clad in the blue of divinity and the brown garment which speaks of the earth, his humanity, and the gold stipe that speaks of kingship. Two fingers resting on the table signify his divine and human nature, pointing to a cup filled with wine, and a tree behind the figure – all very symbolic. The Spirit figure also touches the table, earthing the divine life of God, and inclines towards the central figure, drawing our gaze to Christ.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 27, 2018.
Apologies if you find our webcam is turned off at times, due to building work. We hope to have it back full time shortly.
Last weekend we were blessed with a lovely day for the First Holy Communion of 27 girls attending Our Lady of Mercy School. The Senior pupils provided a wonderful choir. You can see a video of some of the ceremony on our parish Facebook page. On Saturday, May 26, at 11am, it is the turn of the boys at St. Mary’s Boys’ School. There will be no 10am Mass on this Saturday.
On Tuesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 7, two training sessions on Child Safeguarding in our Parish will be held in Our Lady of Mercy School, close to our Church, at 7:30pm. Given by Mr Garry Kehoe, it is very important that all volunteers with parish ministries or with groups whose work brings them into contact with vulnerable adults or children attend both of these training evenings. Click here for more information.
Here are some more dates to be noted:
- Monday, May 28: The Parish Office will be closed.
- Monday, June 4: Mass for the intentions of Second Level Exam Students will be celebrated at 11am.
- Sunday, June 10: Annual Mass in celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage will take place at 10:30am Mass.
- Tuesday, June 19: The 23rd Annual Parish Golf Outing will take place in Elm Park Golf Club. Click here for the Booking Form. The proceeds this year will be donated to our Pastoral Centre Building Fund.
- Eucharistic Adoration, which takes place every Tuesday from 10:30am to 10pm, provides us with a space for Sacred Silence. Please join us at some time during the day if you can.
As you can see, the team of builders continues the hard work on the development of our Parish Pastoral Centre. Our next fundraising event will the the Summer Cake Sale organized by our Social Committee. This takes place after all Masses next Sunday, May 27 – you will see the display just inside the Church gates! We are deeply grateful to all the local businesses who supported the Red Hurley evening of spiritual song – see the list of sponsors here. We are also very encouraged by and grateful for the support we received from the Booterstown Community and Arts Centre and the Art Exhibition Committee, who donated the entire net proceeds of this year’s Annual Art Exhibition, amounting to €2,740, to our building fund. You can check out the plans for our Parish Pastoral Centre by clicking here. We are appealing to all our parishioners and supporters to make a donation to help us with this development. To donate, click on the Donation Form.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), was introduced on May 25, 2018. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress, and over the next few months, we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Office.
Child Protection: All members of our parish groups who are in contact with children or vulnerable adults have completed the Garda vetting procedure. Click here for Parent Consent Form for youth activities: Youth Application form. The latest document from the Archdiocese is the Code-of-Conduct for parish staff and volunteers. You can also download from here the Application Form for Volunteers with any of our parish groups. We observe the Archdiocese of Dublin Guidelines on Use of Information Technology when working with children and young people. See also our parish Child Protection Policy, Anti Bullying Policy, Guidelines for an Away Trip, Code of Behaviour, Complaints Procedure for Young People and Parents, and Youth Application and Parental Consent Form.
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