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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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 5 October 2018, 7:30-9pm

The next session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE takes place on 5 October 2018, 7:30-9pm, the first Wednesday of the month.
 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com
 
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, a priest will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Afterwards, in the Upper Room, there will be a discussion on the great philosophical questions, seeking to challenge ourselves to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.
 
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Parish Family Fun Day, Sunday 16 September 2018

Our fifth annual Parish Family Fun Day was a most enjoyable event.

 
 
Lots of families with young children came to the 12 noon Mass. Our Sunday celebration continued afterwards with a range of outdoor entertainment. Throughout the afternoon, a continuous supply of tea, lemonade, sandwiches and biscuits 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 refreshments, in response to our Family Fun Day Pot Luck page
 
See 2018 photo album.
Also photos from previous years here: 201720162015 and 2014.
 
 

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Veneration of Relic of the True Cross: 8pm on Friday 14 September 2018

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 8pm on Friday 14 September a liturgy venerating a relic of the True Cross will take place in Our Lady Queen of Peace. The celebration will include a homily and blessing with the relic. It will also be possible for those attending to personally venerate the relic.
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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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for September 2018

Universal - Young people in Africa: 
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.



Video of the Pope:
   
    
 
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Faith Forum for Young Adults, Tuesdays, 8-9pm

Do you have BIG Questions? Like to share them with FRIENDS?

Why not join us at FAITH FORUM, where we explore faith, make friends and develop interior freedom.
 
 
When: Tuesdays at 8pm.
Where: the Upper Room. 
 
In preparation for World Meeting of Families, we have been studying Vocation to Marriage and the Christian Family, by Fr Thomas McGovern. Our most recent topic was: The Scriptural Basis for Marriage, pp 41-52.
 
(We are currently on a break. Watch this space for news of our next meeting!)
The basic weekly format is to consider a text (e.g. Catechism, YOUCAT, book on the Mass, other theological or spiritual text), reflect on and discuss it, have a period of guided prayer together, followed by a cup of tea/coffee.

Some feedback from participants here.

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Solemn Mass honouring St Josemaría Escrivá on Saturday 30 June 2018 at 12 noon

On Saturday 30 June at 12 noon, Fr Justin Gillespie, Opus Dei's vicar for Ireland celebrated a Solemn Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace in honour of St Josemaría Escrivá, Founder of Opus Dei, who died on 26 June 1975.

Homily available for downloading below.

A very large congregation, which reflected all generations, attended. An innovation this year, was the serving of refreshments afterwards from a marquee erected in the grounds. The beautiful weather made this a wonderful opportunity for people to meet and greet.

See photo album hereMore photos here.

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is being introduced on 25 May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation (including our parish), that manages and processes people’s personal information.
 
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 updates on this website page and otherwise, as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.
 
Regarding contributions to the Family Offering, Dues, First and Second Collections, the personal information provided by parishioners is used by the parish to process these contribution in line with Revenue guidelines. It is not shared with any other person or organisation. The information is only kept for as long as necessary and is then deleted from our systems.
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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 3 June 2018, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession began at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then proceeded along the Merrion Road to St Mary's Chapel in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession returned along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy.
This year, for the first time, we used our beautiful new processional canopy, generously donated by a parishioner.
 
 

Other photos from this year's procession herePhoto albums for 2018 & 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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