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.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful, September 16, 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.
Eucharistic Adoration: We received a great response to our request for new volunteers and are grateful to you all, including those who are returning after our summer break. We hope that the hour in the presence of the Lord will be an enriching spiritual experience for each individual, and that it will bring graces to our parish. For those new to Adoration, please see the table at one of the pillars, where there is a guide to Adoration under the sign-in register, as well as some other resources for Adoration which you may like to use. Don’t forget to sign in!
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 at a satisfactory pace and this week, the top floor where our state-of-the-art gallery will be located, is taking shape. 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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