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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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Christmas Arrangements 2018

An important step in our preparation for Christmas will  be Bambinelli Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), which falls on 16 December. 
The programme for Christmas and the New Year below is taken from our Christmas Card.

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World Day of Peace Mass, 11am, Tue 1 Jan 2019

Our Lady Queen of Peace has the privilege of hosting the Diocesan World Day of Peace Mass. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be main celebrant and homilist. An t-Uachtarán, an Taoiseach and members of the Diplomatic Corps will attend. 
 
 
All are invited to participate in this wonderful liturgical celebration to begin the New Year. Note that the Mass starts at 11am, and it is the only Mass in the parish that day.
 
The theme of the Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Peace is Good politics is at the service of peace.
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2018 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Once again, we launch our Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. Last year a total of €13,960 was generously contributed. (See school Facebook page here and photos).

The photo on the right shows Fr Fergus with Bishop Dominic Kimeng'ich in Nairobi in August 2016, giving him our summer contribution of €5,290. A further €12,480 was raised at Christmas 2016. 

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2018 email. There are now 700 students and it is expected that this will rise to 720 in the next Academic Year (January 2019).

Bishop Dominic pointed out that:

"This year the school did exceptionally well in the National Exams. Out of 45 students who sat for their Class 8 Examinations, 30 of them are assured of going to good quality secondary schools in Kenya. We are all elated and are very grateful to God and Our Lady Queen of Peace for such good results. 
 
... the completion of the new dormitory was possible due to the donation of almost €14,000 we received from your Parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace, that you raised in December last year. Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity.


 ... the construction of the Convent for the Sisters (photo below) ... got stuck along the way due to lack of funds.  We need about €20,000 to complete and furnish it. Our inability to complete the construction of the convent means that we cannot accommodate more Sisters in the school.  Currently we have only two Sisters who are overstretched in their effort to run and manage the school.


A very important and crucial project planned, after the completion of the Convent, is to build more classrooms for the Nursery children.  Originally we had planned for a school that would accommodate 640 students. Now we have almost 700 and with the new intake due in January we expect the population to go up to 720. That is why we desperately need at least 4 classrooms."

 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €96,430.
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Patrician Meeting, 17 December 2018: ‘Reflections on Mass Readings with St Thomas Aquinas’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 17 December 2018 at 8pm.
Due to building works on the new Pastoral Centre, the Patrician meeting was held in a room in one of the parochial houses. Pedestrian and vehicles used Stillorgan Road entrance.

The topic was: Reflections on Mass Readings with St Thomas Aquinas.  Rev. Noel Barber SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Bambinelli Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated for the second time in Our Lady Queen of Peace. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, a large number of children gathered before the altar with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus said a short prayer (see here) and then blessed each Bambinello with holy water.
 
Bambinelli Sunday is a beautiful custom instituted by St John Paul II during his Papacy. On the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday), children and their families travel to St. Peter’s Square and bring with them figures of baby Jesus – the Bambinelli – from their family Crib. After the Angelus the Pope blesses both the children and the figurines.
 
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Adoration for Children: Saturday, 8 December 2018, 3 - 5:30pm (including party)

Our most recent monthly session of Adoration for Children took place from 3:00 - 5:30 pm on Saturday, 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was a most enjoyable celebration for children and parents alike!

The special format this month included a Christmas Party:
  • Short talk given by a parent
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, with brief reflections and prayers led by a parent. There are gaps to permit the children to speak to Jesus in their own words.
  • Christmas Party around the Crib, with Carols, Refreshments and Games


Most of the children are included in this photo. It's not easy to get them all in together!

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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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples, Mondays at 8pm

Couples preparing for Marriage or recently married are welcome to join us on Mondays at 8pm for Relationships Enrichment.
 
Many thanks to all who contributed a treat for our recent pre-Christmas celebration - it was a very enjoyable evening.

Our next session will take place in January. For more details, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.
 
The idea is inspired by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love, in which the Holy Father highlights the importance of accompanying couples before and after Marriage.
 
Relationships Enrichment meets regularly on Mondays, usually in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. Once a month we meet in the house of a host couple.

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for December 2018

Universal - In the Service of the Transmission of Faith: 
That people, who are involved in the service of the transmission of Faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.



Video of the Pope:


   
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 9 January 2019, 7:30-9pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 9 January 2019, 7:30-9pm, the SECOND Wednesday of the month (a week later than usual!). 
 
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 Justin Gillespie.

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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