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Celebration of Sunday & weekday Masses
with members of the public present
has been suspended until further notice.
 
Funeral Masses are celebrated privately
with up to 10 family members present.

 

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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. At the moment the Government Roadmap indicates that the resumption of public Masses is foreseen for mid-July.
The Archbishop points out that: "Like all other measures, it is possible that if the public health situation permits it, these dates could be brought forward."

See Communications from Archbishop Martin here (includes 11 May 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 still cocooned at home. Fr James will normally be available in the church from 10:00 - 13:00 each day, for Confession or a chat etc. 
 
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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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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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples

During the Covid-19 public health alert, we are meeting virtually, every Monday.
 
 
On Monday 18 May we were joined by Andrew and Valeria Larkin. Married with two young children, they talked about the importance of seeking solutions from the first moment. The bigger the problem the greater the need to seek a solution together. Using examples from personal experience - including a dramatic airport "nightmare" - Valeria and Andrew showed how a readiness to listen and seek solutions makes even the worst of problems bearable and strengthens one's Marriage enormously.

If you'd like to join our virtual meetings, contact Fr James by email jpatrickhurley@gmail.com. You can also reach him by phone at 086-107 2930.
 
Short podcasts available here

On Monday 10 March, it was one story after another from Karen Hickey as she shared her experience of how she and her husband Mark from quite different family backgrounds make decisions about rearing and educating their three young children. She also talked about the pain of miscarriage and the consolation of being able to bury one's child's remains. Husband Mark offered complementary insights when he spoke to our group on 11 May. He stressed the need to learn to strike the right balance between paradoxical differences, e.g. sensitivity/anxiety in women and insensitivity/anger in men. 

John and Jennifer Kehoe made a most welcome return visit on Monday 10 February. Following John's insightful introductory reflections on 25 years of Marriage, Jennifer talked us through the classic Five Languages of Love - very useful to know for a successful loving relationship!  
 
Relationships Enrichment meets regularly, usually on Mondays, in the Upper Room of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church. 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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€16,170 raised in 2019 Christmas 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 raised €16,170.

Last year €15,010 was donated. In 2017 a total of €13,960 was raised. 
(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. 

The school is developing very well, as Bishop Dominic outlined in his November 2019 email:

"I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to you and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace for helping me achieve my dream of building a Church school for the girls in Turkana. Now we have Queen of Peace Primary School. This year it recorded very impressive performance and I am proud to note that all the girls who did their Class 8 Kenya National Primary Education examinations attained the marks to join good Secondary schools. Now they have the opportunity to a bright future. 

The latest structure that has just been completed in the school, with your help, is the Convent for the sisters who are teaching and at the same time forming the girls. There are 4 sisters now in the school and they are very happy because they have moved into the brand new convent - thanks to the collection you made last year."
 
 Total donations from our parish since 2011 amount to €128,210.
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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for May 2020

Deacons:
We pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.

 

Video of the Pope:
 

 
Helpful reflections on the Pope's intention from Apostleship of Prayer here.
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Spiritual Batteries

 
The monthly sessions of Spiritual Batteries LIVE have been suspended and will resume when the public health 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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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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Monthly 9pm Mass with a Youth Focus

 
These Masses will resume as soon as the public health situation permits.
 
 
 
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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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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