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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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Easter Ceremonies and Masses 2019


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Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent at 8pm

Stations of the Cross in Our Lady Queen of Peace at 8pm every Friday evening during Lent.
Confessions available.
 
We will begin the series using the reflections of St Josemaría Escrivá in his book The Way of the Cross. Other reflections will be used over the 7 Fridays, including one composed by Blessed JH Newman.
 
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Patrician Meeting - Monday, 15 April 2019: ‘The Face of Christ’

The next monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium will take place on Monday, 15 April at 8pm.
The Patrician meeting was held in Donnybrook Parish Centre.


The topic will be: The Face of Christ.  Rev. James Hurley will attend.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 13 April 2019

Our next monthly session of Adoration for Children will take place from 4 - 5pm on Saturday, 13 April.


 
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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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

#Lent invites us to look upward with prayer, which frees us from a horizontal, flat life, where we find time only for our ego, but forget God. (7 April 2019)

Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April 2019

Doctors and their Collaborators in War Torn Areas:
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others



Video of the Pope:

  
   

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 10 April 2019, 7:30-9:30pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 10 April 2019, 7:30-9:30pm, the Second 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 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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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples, weekdays at 8pm

John and Bridie McCarthy gave us a very engaging and encouraging presentation on Fertility Awareness (NFP) on Wednesday 27 March. They enhanced their superb presentation with various tips about 'special dating nights' for spouses, and about family life together.
 
On Monday, 11 March Laura Giust gave a very nice presentation on the life of Chiara Corbella, a young mother of three who packed a lot of joy into a short life.
 
John and Jennifer Kehoe gave an excellent explanation of the four classic Temperaments and Married life on Monday, 11 February. 

Our next meeting is currently being planned for April. The date and topic have yet to be finalized. For more details, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.
 
We have been 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, 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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2018 Christmas Appeal raises €14,010 for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

€14,010 was generously donated over Christmas by parishioners in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya. A further €1,000 was donated in September 2018.

Last year a total of €13,960 was raised. (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 €110,440.
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