We are delighted that Faye Potts, Director of our Adult Choir, has also taken over as Director of our Children’s Choir. She will build on the good work already done by the outgoing Director, Deirdre Dempsey. Faye is a past member of the Children’s Choir, as well as a past pupil of Our Lady of Mercy Convent School and Coláiste ĺosagáin. We wish Faye and the children singers every blessing in this ongoing work. Faye will be supported by a Transition Year student, Julia Quinn, a past member of the children’s choir, who is doing her TY community work in the parish. If your child would like to join the Children’s Choir, please approach Faye or Julia after Mass and ask them for a form, which must be completed prior to joining.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful, September 23, 2018.
Our Family Mass at 10:30am each Sunday takes on a different format this year. The first three Sundays of the month will be allocated for First Holy Communion preparation – one Sunday each to the second class pupils of Our Lady of Mercy Girls’ School, St Mary’s Boys’ National School and Willow Park Preparatory School. On the fourth Sunday of the month, the Mass will be an intergenerational Family Mass. Families are invited to volunteer, to provide readers and gift bearers. If possible, we hope it will include grandparents who play such an important role in passing on the Faith to their grandchildren.
Next Sunday, September 30, is an important date for enrolling children for First Holy Communion in our parish in 2019. This takes place at the 10:30am Family Mass on September 30. Please ensure you arrive early to avoid problems in the car park!
Eucharistic Adoration: We apologize for the noise during Adoration, due to the building work on the Parish Pastoral Centre. To remain focused, you might reflect on these thoughts: Jesus was used to the noise from Joseph’s carpenter’s workshop, or you might call to mind the hammering of nails into the hands and feet of Jesus during his Crucifixion. You might like to read the passage from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21: Verse 9 to end, about the building of the New Jerusalem. We hope it won’t be long now before our current building work is completed, and we feel grateful for the progress, despite the noise and inconvenience to everyone.
Our Spiritual Reading Group welcomes new members. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 8pm. This month’s book is ‘Radical Amazement’ by Judy Cannato, and reflects on ‘contemplative lessons from black holes, supernovas and other wonders of the Universe’. This will be discussed on October 10. If you are interested, please contact our parish office for venue details.
Progress on our new Parish Pastoral Centre continues and we plan to open before Christmas 2018. Please watch here for updates. You can read more about the new Pastoral Centre by clicking HERE.
A big THANK YOU to all who have already contributed. Our Fundraising Committee is delighted to report that our original deficit is now down to €543,415 due to your generosity to date. This shortfall is still a serious amount, and if you are in a position to make a pledge, donation or bequest, please click on HERE for the donation form. Or, if you could host or help to host a fundraising event, please contact the Fundraising Committee through our Parish Office, by clicking on our CONTACT US page.
Volunteers for Parish Activities
While we will have fewer parish activities during the summer months, we are already looking ahead to resuming our many group activities in the autumn. We are appealing for new volunteers to help in the many services provided in our parish.
There are two forms that have to be completed by new volunteers. The first one provides the parish with your name and contact details and your areas of interest. You can download this form here. When completed, please bring it to the Parish Office.
The second form is to start off the process of Garda Vetting. All members of our parish groups who are in contact with children or vulnerable adults are required to have completed the Garda Vetting process. This is done through the website of the Archdiocese of Dublin. This is what you need to do: download the NVB1 Form here from the Archdiocese of Dublin website, complete it and bring it to the Parish Office for signature by our parish representative. It is then sent to the Archdiocese, and you will receive an invitation by email to complete the Vetting Application procedure. You will receive your Vetting approval in due course.
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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