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

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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

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WDOS 2016: Fr Fergus Words of Thanks:

World Day of the Sick 2016

Words of Fr Fergus at end of Mass

I would like to begin by saying thank you to Archbishop Martin for being with us this afternoon. Your last visit was less than a year ago - for the St Michael’s College Confirmations. Your braving the cold breeze blowing across the forecourt to meet the boys and their families and pose with them for photos was greatly appreciated!

Thanks also to Bishop Ray, Fr Justin Gillespie, Regional Vicar of Opus Dei in Ireland, the other concelebrants, Deacon Noel and the priests who heard confessions.

We are blessed to have been selected to host this celebration and I cannot thank enough Bishop Ray and the Diocesan Committee for all the support they have given us over the past year. The liturgical expertise of Fr Damian McNeice was invaluable.

It takes a whole team to organise a celebration like this and I have been blessed by the enthusiasm and professionalism of the Parish Pastoral Council and other parishioners who formed our Planning Committee. Thank you!

A special word of gratitude to the 60 student volunteers (and their teachers) here today

  • the 7 altar servers from St Michael’s Junior School, who did so well
  • the 12 oil bearers from the Teresians and St Michael’s College
  • and the 40 or so other volunteers from local schools (Marian College, Muckross, Gonzaga, Coláiste Eoin, Coláiste Iosagáin, and Sion Hill), who were so attentive to the sick

It’s wonderful to see such a spirit of service in these young people and we look forward to having them back with us for a special Mass with Bishop Ray for the presentation of certificates of their participation today.

The lovely singing of Heather and the choir helped us raise our hearts to God. My thanks to Michael, at the organ, to Patrick, from Rockbrook Park School, on cello, and especially to Andrew, our choir director. And of course to our Deaf Choir, Pamela and those who did the signing.

I’m grateful to the ladies who arranged the flowers so beautifully and to Tony our sacristan, who is so versatile, willing and dependable.

My thanks especially to the sick or infirm. One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to visit the sick, but today it is you who visit us. May the graces of today’s liturgy be a source of strength and comfort to you all.

It’s been a great reassurance having the Order of Malta bring many of you here and also to have Dr Lisa Cogan, Medical Director of the Royal Hospital on standby in our First Aid station.

My thanks also to the consultants, nurses, carers, and other health professionals - from 4 continents - who were readers or brought up the Offertory gifts.

And not forgetting Yvonne and her team who have prepared some light refreshments for you.

Finally, I wish Fr Pat McManus and all in St Gabriel’s every success in preparing for WDOS 2017.

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