This weekend throughout the world, the Church celebrates Mission Sunday. The usual Share collection will be replaced with a collection to enable Pope Francis to assist the young churches. The money we donate is managed by World Missions Ireland, who are part of a global network that responds to requests from young churches struggling with great burdens. A Sister from the Medical Missionaries of Mary will speak at the Vigil Mass, a Sister from the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary will speak at the 9am Mass. The 10:30am Family Mass will be addressed by a member of our new Net Ministries team of young missionaries, and at the 12noon Mass, a member of the community of Sisters of Mercy will speak.
Click here for the Prayers of the Faithful, October 21, 2018.
Joy at Canonisations. We rejoice at the canonization, last weekend, of Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. He knew that announcing the Gospel can also mean denouncing what is wrong – when justice is flagrantly abused, causing repression and murder by a ruthless regime. Like many of his people and priests and missionaries in El Salvador, he paid with his life while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. Also canonized was Pope Paul VI, and five others, three of them founders of religious orders, a priest who worked among the poor in Naples, and an Italian teenage orphan boy who died in 1836.
Note re Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays: Due to the unavoidable noise on our building works, Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. till the work ends.
Note re Bank Holiday Mondays: Commencing on the Bank Holiday, Monday October 29, we will no longer have Mass at 11am on Bank Holidays. We regret this decision, but the shortage of priests, and the fact that Monday is our Sacristan’s day off, makes it impossible to continue this service. The Church will not be opened on Bank Holiday Mondays. Masses are available in neighbouring parishes.
Child Safeguarding – Important Date: On Tuesday, November 13, at 7pm, in Foxrock Pastoral Centre beside Foxrock Church, there will be an Information Evening. The following are requested to attend:
• All our parishioners whose work brings them into contact with children, youth and vulnerable adults;
• Parish Volunteers who have not attended a similar session during the past three years;
• Those who intend to volunteer in our new Pastoral Centre.
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. 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.
Family Mass: In the spirit of the World Meeting of Families, we are inviting families to volunteer to take part in the liturgy of the 10:30am Mass on the following Sundays: November 25, December 2, February 3, April 7, and May 12. Families can mean any combination of parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, and aunts/uncles etc. Family members would act as Ministers of the Word, reading the Prayer of the Faithful or as Gift bearers at the Offertory, for example. You might wish to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, a wedding anniversary or the anniversary of a deceased family member. If you are interested, please contact Therese in the Parish Office to make a booking. You will get all the help and guidance that you need in relation to the preparation. A member of the Liturgy team or the Family Mass group will meet you beforehand to plan with you.
Children’s Choir: If your child would like to join the Children’s Choir, please approach Faye or Julia after Mass and ask them for a Parental Consent Form.
Great Progress at Our New Pastoral Centre
We are delighted to see that our deficit is reducing steadily thanks to the generosity of all our donors. It is now down to €498,850. Our Finance Committee is working hard to meet the construction bills which are coming in all the time. We hear the progress is amazing and we see the delivery trucks driving in each day with various fittings. We are eagerly awaiting the day, soon enough now, when we can move in and resume all our parish activities in this very bright open building with great amenities.
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.
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