Mass Times

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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Church remains open for private prayer as you pass by on your walk

Celebration of Sunday & weekday Masses with public has been suspended until further notice.
See Communications from Archbishop Martin here (includes 3 April 2020 update), regarding the application of Government restrictions on movement etc.

To facilitate your coming to pray as you pass by on your walk, Our Lady Queen of Peace will be open from:
  • 08:00 - 20:00 on weekdays
  • 09:30 - 20:00 on Saturdays and Sundays
The Archbishop asks everyone to please respect social distancing scrupulously. Health authorities advise maintaining a distance of 2 metres.
 
Fr Fergus is now cocooned at home. Fr James will normally be available in the church from 10:00 - 13:00 each day. 
 
It is important that we pray for each other during this testing time, especially remembering those who are ill and front-line health workers, many of whom worship in our church. 
 
Since it will not be possible to physically attend Mass on Sundays or weekdays, one may follow Mass on TV, Radio or Internet and here.
When you cannot go to God's House, it's even more necessary to invite him into your own home.  

Going to Mass Online? 6 Tips
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Easter Triduum with Pope Francis

Rome time is 1 hour ahead of Dublin.
 
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RTÉ broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week 2020

Good Friday, 10 April
15:00-16:00       Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday:  Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols. (RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1Extra/LW252)

22:00-22:30      The Leap of Faith: Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland (Radio 1).
 
Holy Saturday, 11 April
22:00-23:00       Easter Vigil Mass:  Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death (RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252). 
 
Easter Sunday 12 April
10:00-11:00       Easter Sunday Mass: A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).
 
11:00-11:20       Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message.  Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican.  Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP (RTÉ One).
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Support Services for Older and Vulnerable People

COVID-19 community supports are now in place to ensure vulnerable members of the community are reached and helped at this time.

 These comprise the local authority, Health Service Executive, County Champions, An Post, Community Welfare Service, An Garda Síochána, other State organisations, charities and other stakeholders.
 
These Dedicated helplines are focused specifically on ensuring that the cocooning elderly, vulnerable members of the community or those living alone can access deliveries of groceries, medicine and fuels. 
 
Please try to ensure any vulnerable or elderly people you know are aware of these services.
 
Dublin City Council 
Helpline 01-222 8555    Email - covidsupport@dublincity.ie
Fingal County Council 
Helpline: 01-890 5000 with the lines open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week.     Email: covidsupport@fingal.ie
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown  
Helpline: 01-271 3199. Opens 9am every day. 
Email: covidsupport@dlrcoco.ie
South Dublin County Council 
Helpline: 01-414 9043 with the lines initially open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. 
Out of hours email contact through covidsupport@sdublincoco.ie
Wicklow County Council 
Helpline FREE contact number 1800 868 399 with the lines open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. 
Email: covidsupport@wicklowcoco.ie. 

Other Support Services

ALONE national support line for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. 
The support line is open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024
SeniorLine is a national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers. 
If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on 1800 804 591.
Age Action and the Irish Red Cross have raised funds to provide additional assistance to older and vulnerable people around Ireland who are experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by making once-off grants, up to a maximum of €500, per person/household affected.
Email: hardship2020@redcross.ie  Phone: Irish Red Cross at 01-642 4600
or Tel: 01-475 6989     Lo Call: 1890 369 369
Women’s Aid  
The Women's Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline offers confidential information, support and understanding to women who are being abused by current or former boyfriends, partners or husbands. 
Tel: 1800 341 900    Tel: 01-678 8858    Email: info@womensaid.ie 
Men’s Aid
Men’s Aid Ireland formerly known as Amen, is the only dedicated national service supporting men and their families experiencing Domestic Violence in Ireland.  
Tel: 01-554 3811  Tel: 01-539 4277    Email: hello@mensaid.ie
ISPCC Dublin 
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s national child protection charity. 
Call: 01-676 7960   Email: ispcc@ispcc.ie
The Samaritans 
Available round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call on the phone. This number is FREE to call.   
Tel: 116 123      Email: jo@samaritans.org 
Pieta House 
Pieta provides free therapy to those engaging in self-harm, with suicidal ideation, or bereaved by suicide.  Freephone  and no referral needed. Tel: 1800 247 247
Jigsaw
Offering younger people going through a hard time, or for those worried about a young person in your life. www.jigsaw.ie

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April 2020

Freedom from Addiction:
We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.

 

Videos of the Pope:
 
 
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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CANCELLED: Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent at 8pm

NOW CANCELLED
Stations of the Cross in Our Lady Queen of Peace at 8pm every Friday evening during Lent.

Confessions available.
 
 
We will begin the series using the reflections of St Josemaría Escrivá in his book The Way of the Cross. Other reflections will be used over the 7 Fridays, including one composed by St John Henry Newman.
 
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CANCELLED: Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 18 March 2020, 7:15-9:30pm

The session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE scheduled for 18 March 2020, 7:15-9:30pm is now CANCELLED. A new date will be determined when the COVID-19 situation permits. 

 
More details and podcasts: http://www.spiritualbatteries.com.
Also Irish Catholic article.
 
Young Adults are invited to come to Our Lady Queen of Peace and spend time in adoration before the Blessed Eucharist, while being guided in their prayer through Scriptural reflection by Fr Donncha Ó hAodha.

During this time, priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Afterwards, in the Choir Gallery, there will be a discussion on the great philosophical questions, seeking to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.

This will be followed by refreshments in the Upper Room.
 
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CANCELLED: Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 4 April 2020

NOW CANCELLED 
the next session of Adoration for Children takes place on Saturday, 4 April.
Dates for your calendar are: 9 May and 13 June.

 The format is:
  • Short talk given by a parent (younger children meanwhile colour holy pictures)
  • Period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (around 10 minutes), with brief reflections and prayers led by a parent. There are gaps to permit the children to speak to Jesus in their own words.
  • Refreshments and Games
I recommend that priests, religious men and women, as well as lay people, continue and intensify their efforts to make the younger generation aware of the meaning and value of adoration and Eucharistic devotion. How can young people know the Lord if they are not introduced into the mystery of his presence? 
St John Paul II,  28 May 1996
Letter on 750th anniversary of Feast of Corpus Christi, n.8

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SUSPENDED: 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, (Palm) Sunday 5 April 2020

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 have begun a fresh initiative called 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus. All youth are welcome. Several have volunteered already to take part in the liturgy by greeting people as they enter the church, by reading at Mass or by participating in the Choir.
 
Some light refreshments will be offered after Mass in the Tea Room (on the LHS of the main porch as you exit). All welcome.
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