Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast Day of the Parish. Mass times will be as follows:
Tuesday, August 14: Vigil Mass at 7:30pm;
Wednesday, August 15: Mass at 10am.
Our Vigil Mass on Tuesday evening will be a very special celebration. The coordinators of our 25 active parish groups have received an invitation to this Mass, as we look forward to the full resumption of our parish activities next month.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful for August 15, 2018, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
World Meeting of Families
The time for the World Meeting of Families has arrived. We hope and pray that all the work of preparation bears much fruit. Many of our parishioners will attend various events at the RDS during the WMOF week, including the celebration in Croke Park on Saturday, August 25, and at the Mass with Pope Francis in Phoenix Park on Sunday, August 26. For that, some of our parishioners have volunteered as Ministers of the Eucharist.
We are very pleased to have been invited to host German pilgrims and we look forward to welcoming them to a Service of Evening Prayer in our church, on Friday, August 24 at 7pm. After the service we will light refreshments will be served in the Our Lady of Mercy School Hall. If you can assist in setting up the school hall for this event, please meet the Parish Secretary, Therese, at the school at 3pm on Friday, August 24. Or, if you can assist with serving tea/coffee etc. on the evening, please let Therese know. Therese can be contacted on (01) 2831593.
The Papal Mass will be celebrated in the Phoenix Park on Sunday, August 26 at 3pm. Please note that the regular Sunday Masses will take place, as usual, in this parish on August 26. The coach is fully booked for the Papal Mass and will depart from Booterstown Church at a time still to be advised to us. The cost per person for the bus is €15 return, which must be paid during the coming week by cash or cheque payable to Booterstown Parish. The Parish Office is located at 52 Booterstown Avenue and is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 1:30pm.
Pilgrims attending the Papal Mass should note the following – Click HERE for more information.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who await their Leaving Certificate results on August 15. We all come to those moments in life when we have to move on. This can be challenging, but that is natural and can be very positive. Here is a little prayer:
“As I move on, I give thanks for my teachers and all those who have helped me thus far in life and whose love and support I appreciate, especially my family and friends. May they all be blessed by you, Lord, Amen.”
Please note the following:
1. There will be no 7:30am Mass until September.
2. Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays will resume on September 11.
Something Great is Happening! Booterstown Pastoral Centre Opening Late 2018. Work on our new Parish Pastoral Centre commenced immediately after Easter and is progressing very well. 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. If you have yet to do so, please do it NOW! As we have arranged funding, which we plan to pay off over 3 years, we are asking you to please consider making a monthly pledge over those 3 years. We know that it is easier for us all to pay a small amount regularly. Click on HERE for the donation form.
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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