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 During Level 3 restrictions, all Masses will be livestreamed, with no public attending.

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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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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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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 18 September 2020, 7-9:30pm

 
We are happy to announce that the monthly sessions of Spiritual Batteries LIVE will resume on Wednesday 18 September.

 
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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Adoration for Children

 
Monthly sessions of Adoration for Children will resume as soon as the public health situation permits.
 


 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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The Light is ON for YOU: Experience the JOY of Reconcilation with God our Father

Jesus is the face of God's merciful love
You are invited to experience Christ's healing love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. If it has been a long time since your last Confession, we will do all we can to help you prepare for and receive the Sacrament of God's mercy.
 
Confessions available in Our Lady Queen of Peace:
  • EVERY DAY, before and after every Mass 
  • all Saturday morning
  • during the Holy Hour on Thursdays (7-8pm)

We gratefully acknowledge this idea from the Boston Archdiocese site: The Light is on for you.
 
For more information visit our Confession resources page here.
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Bambinelli Sunday, 15 December 2019 at 12 noon Mass: blessing of Infant Jesus from Family Crib

Bambinelli Sunday was celebrated in Our Lady Queen of Peace on 15 December. At the end of the 12 noon Mass, children gathered before the altar with their Bambinelli. Fr Fergus said a short prayer (see here) and then blessed each Bambinello 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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Pope Francis' Tweet of the Month

The Lord gives each of us a vocation, a challenge to discover the talents and abilities we possess and to put them at the service of others.  (14 October 2019)
Follow at https://twitter.com/Pontifex
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Parish Family Fun Day, Sunday 15 September 2019

Our sixth annual Parish Family Fun Day was a most enjoyable event. Even the light rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm.

Lots of families with young children came to the 12 noon Mass, during which seven couples celebrated significant wedding anniversaries this year. Our celebration continued afterwards with a range of outdoor entertainment. Throughout the afternoon, a continuous supply of tea, lemonade, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and sweets 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 refreshmentsin response to our Family Fun Day Pot Luck page
 
See 2019 photo album.
Also photos from previous years here: 2018201720162015 and 2014.
 
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Veneration of Relic of the True Cross: 3pm on Saturday, 14 September 2019

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 3pm on Saturday 14 September a liturgy venerating a relic of the True Cross took place in Our Lady Queen of Peace. The celebration  included a homily and blessing with the relic. It was also possible for those attending to personally venerate the relic.
 
The Habemus Chamber Choir sang beautifully to enhance the prayerfulness of the liturgy.
 
Photo album here.
 
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Parish Corpus Christi procession, Sunday 23 June 2019, 3-5pm

Our parish Corpus Christi procession began at 3pm in Our Lady Queen of Peace and then planned to proceed along the Merrion Road to the Convent Chapel, St Mary's Centre in Elm Park. Following a station there the procession was to return along the Merrion Road back to Our Lady Queen of Peace for the final part of our liturgy.
 
Unfortunately, due to rain, we ended up just processing within the church itself, which being big, had space for the large attendance to walk behind the Blessed Sacrament. 
The Habemus Chamber Choir sang beautifully and helped make it a very prayerful liturgy.
 
 

Other photos from this year's procession herePhoto albums for 20192018 & 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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Beatification of Guadalupe Ortiz, 18 May 2019

Spanish chemist and researcher, Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri (1916-1975), is the first lay member of Opus Dei to be beatified. The beatification took place in Madrid on Saturday, 18 May 2019. 
 
 
 20 minute summary of Beatification ceremony

Pope Francis: the new Blessed "put her many qualities at the service of others"
Pope Francis wanted to unite himself to the "joy and thanksgiving" for the beatification with a letter addressed to the Prelate of Opus Dei. In it, the Holy Father says Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri, "put her many human and spiritual qualities at the service of others, helping in a particular way other women and their families in need of education and development." The Pontiff also noted that the new blessed "did all this not with a proselytizing attitude but simply through her prayer and witness", "with the joy that came from knowing she was a daughter of God, as she had learned from Saint Josemaría himself."

The new Blessed, the Holy Father writes, is a "witness of holiness lived out in the ordinary circumstances of her Christian life." The example of her life serves as encouragement to always aspire "to this holiness of ‘normality’, which burns within our hearts with the fire of Christ's love, and which the world and the Church are so in need of today.” Holiness, the Pontiff said, means, "opening one’s heart to God" and "going out of ourselves so as to meet others where Jesus awaits us, to bring them a word of encouragement, a helping hand, a look of tenderness and consolation."

The Pope concluded his message with the following words: "I also ask you not to stop praying for me, while at the same time I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you all. May Jesus bless you and may Our Lady look after you.”
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