With the easing of Government restrictions on 10 May 2021, up to 100 people (in 2 pods of 50) may attend Masses (all livestreamed)

Mon – Fri: 07:30 and 12 noon (no 10am Mass)

Saturday: 10am, 12 noon & 6pm (Vigil for Sunday)

Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 9pm

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Weekdays: 10am – 11:45


Saturdays: 10:30 – 11:45


Sundays:   10:45 – 11:45


(subject to change, depending on priest availability)

Parish Secretary: Elisa Tozzato

Mon-Fri: 9.30 – 12.30

Tel: 01-269 1825

Email: [email protected]

 

 

From 10 May 2021 up to 100 people (in 2 pods of 50) may physically attend Masses (all livestreamed)

Mon – Fri: 07:30 and 12 noon (no 10am Mass)

Saturday: 10am, 12 noon & 6pm (Vigil for Sunday)

Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 9pm

Weekdays: 10am – 11:45
Saturdays: 10:30 – 11:45
Sundays:   10:45 – 11:45

(subject to change, depending on priest availability)

Parish Secretary: Elisa Tozzato Mon-Fri: 9.30 – 12.30 Tel: 01-269 1825 Email: [email protected]



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Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road, Dublin 4,
D04 NX33, Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)1 269 1825

[email protected]
merrionroadchurch.ie

Confirmation

We are very happy each year to welcome students from St Michael’s College, who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in our Parish.

Some background on the sacrament follows.

History of the Sacrament

At first it was a matter of the laying on of hands, but early on, the better to signify the gift and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, an anointing with perfumed oil or chrism was added to the laying on of hands. In the early centuries Confirmation comprised one celebration with Baptism. But the multiplication of infant baptisms and the growth of dioceses prevented bishops from being present. Hence in the Western Church the desire to reserve the completion of Baptism to the Bishop gave rise to a complete separation of the two sacraments in time.

Confirmation by the Bishop stresses the communion of the new Christian with his/her bishop as guarantor and servant of the unity, catholicity and apostolicity of the Church, and hence the connection with the apostolic origins of Christ’s Church.

The Confirmation Ceremony

Anointing is a very symbolic part of the ceremony. It is a sign of abundance, joy, health, suppleness, healing and setting apart. (Kings and priests were anointed in the Old Testament). We are thus set apart, and given a task as well as the ability to carry it out.

Stages  of the ceremony
  1. The oil is consecrated, usually on the previous Holy Thursday
  2. Baptismal promises are renewed;
  3. The bishop extends his hands over all the confirmands (this gesture signifies the gift of the Spirit. He invokes the outpouring of the Spirit (see CCC 1299) on them; then
  4. He anoints with chrism on the forehead, by the laying on of hands with the words: Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
The effects of Confirmation
  1. It roots us more deeply in our divine filiation;
  2. It unites us more firmly to Christ;
  3. It increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
  4. It renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
  5. It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the faith boldly as
  6. true witnesses of Christ, and not to be ashamed of the Cross;
  7. It confers an indelible spiritual mark which perfects the royal priesthood of the faithful received at Baptism. It is a sharing in the priesthood of Christ.
Who may receive Confirmation?

Every baptized person is eligible. In the Latin tradition the age of discretion is given as the appropriate time. In cases of danger of death it can and should be administered to children, even by a priest.
One must be in a state of grace, and should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Who administers Confirmation?

The original minister is the bishop. who may also permit a priest to confirm when necessary.  Confirmation is regularly administered by a priest in the case of reception of a non-confirmed Christian into the Catholic Church, and in Baptism of adults.

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