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worldpeacedayjpgOn the morning of the 16 th of October, 2017, in the grounds of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, there was a smell of burning. It was not the smell you get from an active fire, but the smell of burnt ash. October 16 th . . was the day ex hurricane Ophelia reached Ireland. It carried with it ash from the forest fires in Portugal and sand, possibly Africa. We live in one world. There are other storms, the storms of life, armed conflicts, wars, genocides, ethnic cleansings, natural disasters, environmental degradation, famine, poverty, economic crises and the absence of opportunity. All these generate movements of people across the world, driven by desperation, by hopelessness. The storms of life carry migrants and refugees.

a christmas giftDid you get two fitness watches yesterday, three pairs of socks, four sets of perfumes and no gold rings? Or simply more than you need? From today, staff at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin will take in your unwanted Chrismtas gifts and will pass them to Crosscare who will redistribute them this time next year to people living in their homeless services.  .

Paris2Nice17 1On Friday 15th September, Gillian McMahon headed off to Paris, France to embark on her biggest challenge yet – cycling 720km in 6 days from Paris down to Nice all in aid of ARC Cancer Support Centres.

crosscare foodbankSunday, November 19th marks the first ever World Day of the Poor, announced by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy. It is an opportune moment to remind parishes that Archbishop Martin is seeking practical support for a ParishFood Appeal on December 2nd and 3rd for the Crosscare Foodbanks.
Please bring non-perishable food items ONLY to the Church, any Sunday during Mass times or on weekdays to the Parish Centre during office hours (Monday to Friday 9:30am – 1pm) up to and including Sun 3rd Dec.

WDR SmallWorld Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, Sunday 19 November 2017.
The Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, first held in 1993 in the United Kingdom and organised since then by non-governmental organizations in a number of countries, was created as a means to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and the plight of their loved ones who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these events.

WMS 2017On Sunday 15th October, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection. Every person in every parish in every country where the Church is present will be celebrating together and sharing what they have, no matter how little.

Finding Faith in IrelandSt. Paul’s Church will host an ecumenical study event on October 20th at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7 on Finding Faith in Ireland.

UCD 5000 Steps Poster image 17Changing the conversation about mental health and wellbeing, one step at a time.
Mental Health Ireland is hosting our 5,000 Steps to Wellbeing Walk on Sunday 14th October at 2pm in the leafy surrounds of UCD.

Mission Month Pack CoverSince 1926, the Church has traditionally remembered its universal mission during the month of October. This year Mission Sunday will be celebrated globally on the 22nd October 2017. The theme is ‘Reach Out, Spread the Joy.’ Throughout the world the faithful will reflect on the universal call to Mission of all the baptised. They will be invited to contribute what they can to support the development and growth of young churches internationally. Mission Sunday is celebrated by every Church worldwide, including the poorest.

Day for LifeDay for Life is celebrated annually by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales. It is a day dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.

This year’s Day for Life will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday 1 October and will focus on the theme: ‘Fostering a Culture that Protects Life and Respects Women’.