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Saturday 8th / Sunday 9th December 2018


Remembering our Dead  

Recently Deceased:   Loughlin Sweeney, Margaret Quigley, George Kenny,
               Brian Mahon, Stephen Moloney, Christopher Cullen, Jim Farrell

Month’s Mind:                        Tony Clements

Anniversaries:           Tony Byrne, John Crowe, Renee Kelly, Con Garraghy,
Patsy Hickey, Maeve Ward, Marie Fitzgerald, Paddy Duggan,
William J O’Keeffe, Frank Kennan

May they rest in peace.

Society of St Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Appeal
The appeal will take place at all masses today, replacing the usual Share collection.  We earnestly request your special support for our indoor collection.  Your very generous donations, at this time, together with monthly contributions to our outdoor collections, enable our Parish Conference to assist those who seek the Society’s help.  Our volunteers visit families in their homes on a regular basis, bringing friendship and genuine support in a confidential manner.  Christmas is the time of greatest need and your help does make a huge difference.  Go raibh maith agaibh.

Crosscare Food Appeal 
Thank you for your generous response to last week’s food appeal. 

Senior Citizens acknowledge with thanks the sum of €940 collected last weekend.  The Christmas Dinner will be held in the New Year – date to be confirmed.

Our Christmas Concert was a great success, a fantastic evening of music and song enjoyed by an enthusiastic audience.  Thanks to all our volunteers, without whom this event could not run successfully.

Wool Needed for our Hats for Homeless –  Donations of wool for our knitters would be much appreciated.  Wool can be left at the end of the church


Bambinelli Sunday (Baby Jesus Sunday): A Beautiful Advent Tradition.  Every year on the third Sunday of Advent, families bring the figure of the Baby Jesus to St. Peter’s Square in Rome for a Papal Blessing.  On Sunday 16th December we invite you to bring the Baby Jesus from your home to 9.30 am Mass for blessing.

A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place in All Saints Church, Carysfort Avenue on Sunday 16th December at 7.00pm.  All welcome.

Handel’s Messiah with the Palestrina Choir, St. Marys’ Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the Dublin Bach Singers conducted by Blánaid Murphy will take place in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Tuesday 18th December at 8.00pm.  Tickets cost €20 on sale in the parish office of the Pro-Cathedral, Tel: 01 8745441 or

Monastic City in Glendalough: Come and join St. Kevin's choir and the community of Glendalough for a Carol Service in the ancient Cathedral.  Meeting at the steps of the monastic site at 7.15pm to walk to the Cathedral for 7.30pm start on Tuesday 18th December.  Refreshments afterwards in the Glendalough Hotel.

Centring Prayer group will meet on Monday at 7.15pm in Conference Rm 2.  All welcome.  For further information contact Eileen 087 2644790

Faith Affirmed group will meet on Monday at 7.00pm in the Murray Centre.  This group (typically in their 20s/30s or 40s) invites anyone, in or outside the parish, who is questioning their faith or who wants to deepen their faith journey and to meet like-minded people to share how faith relates to life today.  Drop in any Monday, or contact Pauline at

An Irish Christmas with Moya Brennan and guests Hazel O’Connor and Craobh Phiarais Uí Chréagáin will take place in Monkstown Parish Church on Friday 21st December at 7.30pm.  Tickets €20 (€10 concession) available from Hewett’s, Carrickbrennan Road and Monkstown Post Office, or on line at or  For further enquiries 086 813 9981

Aware Volunteers Needed:  Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services for those affected by depression, bipolar and other mood related conditions.  Aware is now recruiting volunteers across four services – Support Line, Support Mail, Support & Self Care Groups and Life Skills Online.  No prior qualifications or experience is required, as full training, ongoing support and education will be provided by the organisation.  For information on each opportunity, please visit or phone Emma  01 2374926.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”    
(Book of Revelations 3:20)





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