Mass Times

Sundays:
6pm Vigil (on Sat night);10am; 12 noon; 9pm

Holydays (Mon-Fri):
6pm
(Vigil) - no 6pm Mass if vigil falls on Sunday;
7.30am; 10am; 12 noon9pm

Mon-Fri: 7.30am; 10am; 12 noon

Saturdays: 10am; 12 noon; 6pm (Vigil for Sun)

Bank Holidays: 10am; 12 noon

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Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road, Dublin 4,
D04 NX33, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 269 1825

info@merrionroadchurch.ie

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Welcome to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish!

Apart from providing useful information about the parish, its groups and the various activities, it is our desire to use this website to share our faith with you, providing resources and links for faith development, both personal and family.

We also want to facilitate piety and prayer and hope you will find the Daily Mass Readings (with commentary) helpful.

Since 2008, priests of the Opus Dei Prelature have been entrusted with the pastoral care of Our Lady Queen of Peace. See Daily Message taken from the writings of St Josemaría, Founder of Opus Dei, which gives some insights into his charism.

We would appreciate your feedback. God bless you and please visit us often!

Fr Fergus

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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 12 October 2019

The next monthly session of Adoration for Children will take place from 4 - 5pm on Saturday, 12 October.
Dates for your diary: 9 November and 14 December.
 
 
The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (around 10 minutes), with brief reflections and prayers led by a parent. There are gaps to permit the children to speak to Jesus in their own words.
  • Refreshments and Games
I recommend that priests, religious men and women, as well as lay people, continue and intensify their efforts to make the younger generation aware of the meaning and value of adoration and Eucharistic devotion. How can young people know the Lord if they are not introduced into the mystery of his presence? 
St John Paul II,  28 May 1996
Letter on 750th anniversary of Feast of Corpus Christi, n.8

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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 16 October 2019, 7:15-9:30pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE will take place on 16 October 2019, 7:15-9:30pm, the Third Wednesday of the month.
 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com.
Also Irish Catholic article.
 
Young Adults are invited to come to Our Lady Queen of Peace and spend time in adoration before the Eucharist, while being guided in their prayer through Scriptural reflection by Fr Donncha Ó hAodha.

During this time, priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Afterwards, in the Choir Gallery, there will be a discussion on the great philosophical questions, seeking to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.

This will be followed by refreshments in the Upper Room.
 
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for October 2019

A Missionary "Spring” in the Church:
That the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary "spring” in the church.


Video of the Pope:

  


Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
 

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Masses on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 October 2019

Masses will be at 10am and 12 noon.

There will be no early morning Mass at 7.30am.

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Annual Mass for the Deceased of the Parish, Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 12 noon

The month of November is traditionally the time of year when Church liturgy invites us to pray for all those who have passed from this world. It is a particular duty in charity to remember deceased family and friends at this time.

The 12 noon Mass on Sunday, 3 November 2019 will be offered for all those we love who have gone before us and especially for members of our parish who have died during the past year. We will also include those who have no one to remember them.

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9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 3 November 2019

Pope Francis has been encouraging all of us to listen to and encourage youth. In his Apostolic Exhortation following the 2018 Synod on Youth, he wrote:


"We cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. They are its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it”.
(Christus Vivit, 64)

In  response to the Holy Father's invitation, we have begun a fresh initiative called 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome. Several have volunteered already to take part in the liturgy by greeting people as they enter the church, by reading at Mass or by participating in the Choir.
 
Some light refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Tea Room (on the LHS of the main porch as you exit). All welcome.
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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

The next meeting is being planned for Monday 4 November (TBC). For more information, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930. 
 
Our most recent gathering was on Monday 30 September at 8pm. A few ideas from the podcast Jay Shetty interviews his wife for the first time were discussed. Themes included where to meet the person you love, different love languages and how to balance family commitments and personal priorities. 
 
On Sunday 25 August after 12 noon Mass, we met to mark the first anniversary of Pope Francis' encounter with couples in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral during World Meeting of Families in 2018. It was a very happy occasion with a variety of dishes, plenty of chat and a fun quiz afterwards.

Relationships Enrichment meets regularly, usually on Mondays, in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. We draw on the teaching of the Catholic Church, as well as on the help and advice of experienced married couples.
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Parish Family Fun Day, Sunday 15 September 2019

Our sixth annual Parish Family Fun Day was a most enjoyable event. Even the light rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm.

Lots of families with young children came to the 12 noon Mass, during which seven couples celebrated significant wedding anniversaries this year. Our celebration continued afterwards with a range of outdoor entertainment. Throughout the afternoon, a continuous supply of tea, lemonade, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and sweets was provided by volunteers.

Old favourites like bouncy castles, face-painting and games galore, were complemented by tours of the church given at intervals by a team of enthusiastic young volunteers. 
 
Special thanks to all our volunteers, to all who came, to all who contributed towards covering our Fun Day expenses and to those who brought refreshmentsin response to our Family Fun Day Pot Luck page
 
See 2019 photo album.
Also photos from previous years here: 2018201720162015 and 2014.
 
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Veneration of Relic of the True Cross: 3pm on Saturday, 14 September 2019

14 September is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. It commemorates the day in 320 when St Helena discovered the True Cross on the site where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem now stands. 
 
Relics of the Holy Cross have been venerated since then, in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ on Calvary.
 
At 3pm on Saturday 14 September a liturgy venerating a relic of the True Cross took place in Our Lady Queen of Peace. The celebration  included a homily and blessing with the relic. It was also possible for those attending to personally venerate the relic.
 
The Habemus Chamber Choir sang beautifully to enhance the prayerfulness of the liturgy.
 
Photo album here.
 
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