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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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2019 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

We have launched our Annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya.

Last year €15,010 was donated. In 2017 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 2019 email:

"I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace for helping me achieve my dream of building a Church school for the girls in Turkana. Now we have Queen of Peace Primary School. This year it recorded very impressive performance and I am proud to note that all the girls who did their Class 8 Kenya National Primary Education examinations attained the marks to join good Secondary schools. Now they have the opportunity to a bright future. 

The latest structure that has just been completed in the school, with your help, is the Convent for the sisters who are teaching and at the same time forming the girls. There are 4 sisters now in the school and they are very happy because they have moved into the brand new convent - thanks to the collection you made last year."
 
 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €112,040.
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The Light is ON for YOU: Experience the JOY of Reconcilation with God our Father

Jesus is the face of God's merciful love
You are invited to experience Christ's healing love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. If it has been a long time since your last Confession, we will do all we can to help you prepare for and receive the Sacrament of God's mercy.
 
Confessions available in Our Lady Queen of Peace:
  • EVERY DAY, before and after every Mass 
  • all Saturday morning
  • during the Holy Hour on Thursdays (7-8pm)

We gratefully acknowledge this idea from the Boston Archdiocese site: The Light is on for you.
 
For more information visit our Confession resources page here.
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Patrician Meeting - Monday, 17 February 2020: ‘Faith and Reason’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 17 February at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre.


The topic was: Faith and Reason. Fr Bernard McGuckian SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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Making your FIRST COLLECTION and SHARE donations more tax-efficient, using envelopes

There has been a good response to our initiative of using an envelope system for our First Collection and Share Collection, which began on 1 July 2017. 
If you would like to participate in this scheme, please fill out the form (downloadable at the bottom of the page) and hand it in or email it to the Parish Office.
If you prefer not to use the envelope system and wish to make your contributions tax efficient, you might like to make your Collections contributions via the Parish Office. Once we can trace donations back to you, then they can be processed for tax reclaim purposes.
 
What are the benefits of such a system and how will it work
Under current tax law, since we have charitable status, any cumulative donation in a given tax year to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish of €250 or more (by way of Family Offering, Dues, First Collection or Share Collection) is eligible for tax relief (amounting to almost 45% of the donation). This tax relief would be paid directly to Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish.
 
As can be appreciated, we can only reclaim tax for First Collection or Share Collection contributions when we are able to record the source of these donations. The envelope system facilitates this.
 

For example, a €5 donation for the First Collection or Share Collection, using the envelope system, could possibly yield an extra €2.25 on that donation.

 
More information here.

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Bambinelli Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace on 15 December. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, 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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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

The Lord gives each of us a vocation, a challenge to discover the talents and abilities we possess and to put them at the service of others.  (14 October 2019)
Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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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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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 23 June 2019, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession began at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then planned to proceed along the Merrion Road to the Convent Chapel, St Mary's Centre in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession was to return along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy.
 
Unfortunately, due to rain, we ended up just processing within the church itself, which being big, had space for the large attendance to walk behind the Blessed Sacrament. 
The Habemus Chamber Choir sang beautifully and helped make it a very prayerful liturgy.
 
 

Other photos from this year's procession herePhoto albums for 20192018 & 2017.
  
We are very grateful to the Religious Sisters of Charity for allowing us to use their beautiful chapel.
 
We wished to honour Our Lord in the Blessed Eucharist and live out these words of St John Paul II:
Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings. (Mane nobiscum Domine, 7 October 2004, no. 18)
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Beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz, 18 May 2019

Spanish chemist and researcher, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (1916-1975), is the first lay member of Opus Dei to be beatified. The beatification took place in Madrid on Saturday, 18 May 2019. 
 
 
 20 minute summary of Beatification ceremony

Pope Francis: the new Blessed "put her many qualities at the service of others"
Pope Francis wanted to unite himself to the "joy and thanksgiving" for the beatification with a letter addressed to the Prelate of Opus Dei. In it, the Holy Father says Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, "put her many human and spiritual qualities at the service of others, helping in a particular way other women and their families in need of education and development." The Pontiff also noted that the new blessed "did all this not with a proselytizing attitude but simply through her prayer and witness", "with the joy that came from knowing she was a daughter of God, as she had learned from Saint Josemaría himself."

The new Blessed, the Holy Father writes, is a "witness of holiness lived out in the ordinary circumstances of her Christian life." The example of her life serves as encouragement to always aspire "to this holiness of ‘normality’, which burns within our hearts with the fire of Christ's love, and which the world and the Church are so in need of today.” Holiness, the Pontiff said, means, "opening one’s heart to God" and "going out of ourselves so as to meet others where Jesus awaits us, to bring them a word of encouragement, a helping hand, a look of tenderness and consolation."

The Pope concluded his message with the following words: "I also ask you not to stop praying for me, while at the same time I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all. May Jesus bless you and may Our Lady look after you.”
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