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During Level 3 restrictions, Masses will be as follows (also livestreamed):

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

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

Sunday: 10am, 12 noon & 9pm

 for Confession times, click on tab above or here

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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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Our Lady Queen of Peace WEBCAM

All Masses are livestreamed each day on the Parish Facebook page.
We welcome parishioners and friends who may wish to participate online in our liturgies. They are also recorded and may be viewed afterwards here.
Join us via webcam for the Rosary, Monday - Saturday at 11:30.
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Arrangements during Level 5 restrictions

Due to Government Level 5 restrictions, religious services have moved online from Saturday, December 26. Unfortunately, once again Masses will be online only and celebrated behind closed doors with no public presence. Outside of Mass times, Our Lady Queen of Peace will be open for private prayer and Confessions (see times below).
  • From December 24, only 10 mourners are allowed to attend a funeral.
  • Up to and including January 2, up to 25 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.
  • From January 3, only 6 people can attend a wedding ceremony and reception.
 
MASSES in Our Lady Queen of Peace (all livestreamed) will be as follows:

Monday - Friday

07:30, 12 noon

Saturdays

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

Sundays

10am, 12 noon, 9pm

 
 
CONFESSION TIMES:

Monday - Friday

10am - 11:45

Saturdays

10:30 - 11:45

Sundays

10:45 - 11:45

 
 Church Opening Times:

Monday - Friday

7am - 8pm *

Saturdays

09:30 - 7:15pm *

Sundays

09:30 - 9:45pm *

 * Church is closed during celebration of Mass
 
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Christmas 2020 Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

Our Annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya was been launched on the First Sunday of Advent.

Last year €16,170 was donated.  
(See School website, Facebook page 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. 

Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €140,930.

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2020 email:

"I wish to take this opportunity to thank you and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish for supporting our school Queen of Peace Girls Primary School during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenya, like many other countries, have been affected by the virus. The virus has distrusted learning in our schools. All our schools were closed since March until recently when those preparing for national schools were allowed to go back to school.

For Church schools like Queen of Peace that do not get government funding, it has been a very difficult period. The big challenge has been paying the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff. Many such schools have been unable to operate and have opted to close for good.

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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples

Our next meeting will be on Monday 1 February at 8:45pmIf you'd like to receive a link, contact Fr James by email at jpatrickhurley@gmail.com. You can also reach him by phone at 086-107 2930(Should you have a couple you'd like to present on, do let us know!)
 
At our first meeting of the year on Mon 11 January, Sol and Mike took us through the story of the marriage of Emperor Charles of Austria-Hungary and of his wife Zita. Their married life took on so many unexpected turns yet they were very faithful even after having been exiled to Madeira, Portugal, following the collapse of the empire.
 
On Mon 7 December  we had a special presentation from Fr Andrew Black on Christmas in the Holy Land and the significance of Christmas for relationships. Fr Andrew, who is studying Scripture in Rome, spoke about a visit to the Holy Land which overlapped with the Advent and Christmas season.

Our meeting on Mon 23 November featured a famous writer who fell in love with his future wife as a teenager but had to wait till he was 21 before he could propose Marriage to her. Unity in their relationship despite differences in personality, tastes and attitude to religion provided scope for a lively discussion.
 
Scroll down to links to the podcasts on Family Time and Communication by the experienced Couples Counsellor, Nacho Tornel
  
Short podcasts available here
 
Relationships Enrichment meets regularly on Mondays. 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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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for January 2021

Human fraternity:
May the Lord give us the grace to live in full fellowship with our brothers and sisters of other religions, praying for one another, open to all.



Video of the Pope:
    

Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Monthly 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 7 February 2021

Pope Francis has been encouraging all of us to listen to and encourage youth. In his Apostolic Exhortation following the 2018 Synod on Youth, he wrote:

"We cannot just say that young people are the future of our world. They are its present; even now, they are helping to enrich it”.
(Christus Vivit, 64)

In  response to the Holy Father's invitation, we continue to celebrate our monthly 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome to connect with our Mass by livestream (see above re parish webcam).
 
 
For the moment, due to Covid restrictions, we regret that, in accordance with public health guidelines, it will not be possible to open the doors of our church during Mass or to offer refreshments after Mass.

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Bambinelli Sunday, 13 December 2020 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday will be celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace on 13 December. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, Fr Fergus will say a short prayer (see here) and then go down through the church blessing the Bambinelli 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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Annual Mass for the Deceased of the Parish, Sunday, 15 November 2020 at 12 noon

The month of November is traditionally the time of year when Church liturgy invites us to pray for all those who have passed from this world. It is a particular duty in charity to remember deceased family and friends at this time.

The 12 noon Mass on Sunday, 15 November 2020 will be offered for all those we love who have gone before us and especially for members of our parish who have died during the past year. We will also include those who have no one to remember them.

Unfortunately due to Level 5 restrictions, the Mass will be celebrated without a public presence and livestreamed via the webcam.
A video recording of the Mass can be viewed here.

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World Mission Sunday, 18 October 2020

On World Mission Sunday, all Mass collections, including those from the most impoverished churches in the developing world, will be offered to help further the reach of missionaries and mission. The collection is a lifeline, not only to missionaries, but also the future of the Church.

However, it is in jeopardy. The worldwide pandemic means that less of us can physically attend Mass, resulting in less offerings in the basket. Its implications for suffering overseas communities in the months ahead will be devastating.
 
COVID-19 brings fear, but it also shows us that selfless and courageous actions are not reserved solely for saints. In fact, they can be found in every one of us, and that by standing in solidarity together we can do more. Please, if you can, be extra generous this weekend. Your kindness will be used in the coming months to support overseas missionaries who dedicate their lives to some of the most impoverished and overcrowded communities in the world.
  • Donate €4.00 by texting the word ‘Mission’ to 50300.
  • Alternatively donate at https://www.wmi.ie/donate
  • or call Fiona in World Missions Ireland on 01 497 2035.
(Texts cost €4. World Missions Ireland will receive a minimum of €3.60.
Service Provider: LikeCharity. Helpline: 076 680 5278. Republic of Ireland only)
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