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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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Ash Wednesday (26 February 2020) Masses: 7.30am, 10am & 12 noon

Ashes will be distributed at all Masses.

Note that since Ash Wednesday is NOT a holy day of obligation there will be NO EVENING MASS at 9pm.

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Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent at 8pm

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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9pm Mass with a Youth Focus, Sunday 1 March 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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Adoration for Children: 4-5pm, Saturday, 7 March 2020

The next session of Adoration for Children takes place on Saturday, 7 March.


 
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

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Relationships Enrichment: Sessions for engaged and recently married couples.

Our next meeting will take place in the Upper Room on Monday 9 March at 8pm. the topic for discussion will be Parenting. 
For more information, contact Fr James at 086-107 2930.

 
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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Spiritual Batteries, Wednesday 19 February 2020, 7:15-9:30pm

The most recent session of Spiritual Batteries LIVE took place on 19 February 2020, 7:15-9:30pm, the Third Wednesday.


 
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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2019 Christmas Appeal for Parish Outreach Project: Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, Lodwar, Kenya

We have launched our Annual Christmas Appeal in support of Queen of Peace Primary School for Girls, our parish outreach project in Lodwar, Kenya.

Last year €15,010 was donated. In 2017 a total of €13,960 was raised. (See school Facebook page here 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 €112,040.
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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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Patrician Meeting - Monday, 17 February 2020: ‘Faith and Reason’

The most recent monthly Patrician meeting organised by Our Lady Queen of Peace Præsidium took place on Monday, 17 February at 8pm in Donnybrook Parish Centre.


The topic was: Faith and Reason. Fr Bernard McGuckian SJ attended.

Fr Conall O CNoel
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