COVID 19 NOTICE

St Michael’s Parish adheres strictly to the government and diocesan guidelines regarding Covid 19.

Our church is currently open for private prayer only.
Funerals and Weddings by arrangement.

We wish all our community most well at this challenging time.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine!

OBITUARY – LUARENA McCORMICK RSM 1942 – 2021

During the summer months our faith community suffered the sad loss of Sr Luarena McCormick RSM [ late of Emmet Crescent] who died in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, on 29th July 2021. 

Luarena is survived by her sisters Betty and Margaret, her brothers Charlie, Liam and Frank, her sisters-in-law Mary and Aideen and their families.  

Luarena was born in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, on the 6th of July 1942 to Teresa Brady and Arthur McCormick. 

She was finally professed in April 1969 in Carysfort Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin having entered the Mercy Congregation there in 1963.

She spent her teaching years in the Secondary Schools of Golden bridge, Inchicore and Mourne Road, Drimnagh and in the Irish Prison Service.  She also taught in the Prison Service in North East Brazil for three years.  

On receiving news of her death, one former pupil at Golden bridge wrote ‘ I have fond memories of Sr. Luarena from school, a lovely gentle human being’. 

In the last twenty years of her life Luarena’s consciousness of the sacredness of the Earth deepened. She lived her life out of this awareness and shared it with an urgency bourne out of a profound understanding and commitment to right relationship with God’s creation. She did much work for Eco-Congregation and at her funeral mass celebrant and dear friend, Tom McCabe OMI, spoke beautifully about Luarena’s gift for hospitality and of her ‘ breaking the bread of creation’.  

Luarena never lost her zest for life and was an inspiration to us all in the Parish as she bravely bore her illness. As one Parishioner said, ‘Luarena combined all her hard work with great good humour and fun’.  In spite of her physical suffering she remained committed to Parish events attending; liturgies, reflection groups, book clubs, Irish conversation classes, as well as baking delicious cakes for the community and weaving St Brigid crosses with the children at Our Lady of Lourdes NS.   

In her latter days she was graciously cared for by the staff in Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross, in Catherine McAuley Nursing Home Beaumont and St. James’s Hospital.

Her funeral mass was a tribute to her life’s work in education and social and climate justice. She had asked the choir and musicians at St Michael’s  to sing and play at her passing which they did beautifully.  It was a particularly nice nuance to learn afterwards that Luarena had taught our two flautists, Martina Condon and Ann Macken.  

The people of the Parish extend their deepest sympathy to the Religious Sisters of Mercy and to Laurena’s family of origin, her many friends and especially her life-long anamchara, Sr Agnes Coll, on their sad loss.   

We wish Luarena eternal rest and eternal joy. May her memory live on in our mind and be an encouragement and inspiration to us all. 

Solas na bhFlaitheas, a Luarena a stór, go luighe an chré go héadtrom ar do cholainn uasal.

Pádraigín Clancy, on behalf of St Michael’s Faith Community.

REMEMBERING PRANCISKUS RAMEIKA

The community of St Michael’s offer our deepest sympathy to the family,  friends, and Lithuanian community in Ireland on the sudden death of Pranciskus Rameika. Mass will be offered for Pranciskus at St Michael’s this evening (May 31st), whose remains will be removed to Lithuania for a funeral later in the week. 

As well as his family here, we remember in our prayers, his sister, who has made the sad journey to Ireland to bring him home.

We also extend our deepest condolences to his mother, children and relatives in Lithuania on their tragic loss.

Tegul ilsisi ramybėje. May he Rest in Peace. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá anam dílis.

Please Support Trócaire’s Petition and Prayer Vigil for Gaza

Yet another war has destroyed homes and lives in Gaza. Hundreds of men, women and children have died in the past few weeks. Entire families have been wiped out, while many others have been left injured, homeless and without any means to provide for themselves.

The situation must end and peace must be built. Trócaire’s partners are delivering medical aid and we are campaigning to tackle the underlying injustices which are sustaining the cycle of conflict in Palestine.

Trócaire met with the Irish Government about the crisis last week and this coming week Dáil Eireann will convene to discuss the crisis. Our politicians must know the truth about what is happening and be
urged to take action. We invite you to sign our online petition urging the Irish Government to take necessary action –https://www.trocaire.org/gaza-in-crisis/

You can also read stories written by our friends and colleagues in the community at Gaza about what is a happening. The following is one account from Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei who leads the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme – https://www.trocaire.org/news/this-must-end/

Join with Trócaire in a Prayer Vigil for Gaza in your home

The nights are hardest in Gaza due to the fear of bombardments.  It is dark and people are scared, hungry, and cold.  As we look on with pain in our hearts, it is all too easy to feel hopeless, so Trócaire are inviting you to join us in offering light in the dark, to create connection, solidarity, and support for the people of Gaza. 

Please light a candle and hold space in any way that feels right for you during the coming weeks. You may sit in quiet reflection, play some gentle music, read a little about the Palestinian people and their plight for justice, draw, write, pray, meditate. There is no right or wrong way, simply the intentional moving into connectedness with people in Gaza. 

If you would like to share an image or a message of support, we will collate these and share them with our colleagues and friends in Gaza. Contact Janet Twomey at Trócaire (janet.twomey@trocaire.org). 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers for the people of Palestine.

May Newsletter

Please find in the link below the May Newsletter for our Parish. It contains important information about the community as well as next Masses and celebrations.

THERESA O’ BRIEN R.I.P. A LIFE WELL-LIVED

REMEMBERING Theresa, and a life so well-lived, and someone who contributed to many and varied aspects of our society, local community, St.Michael’s and the broader Oblate Family over a long number of years.

A fervent and dedicated Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee, and choirs to name but a few. And of course she was at the heart of her family in every way. May her courage and determination, her strength, faith and sense of life and indeed her elegance and style bring to all who miss her, and knew her, consolation at this time.

https://rip.ie/death-notice/theresa-o-brien-inchicore-dublin/457724/
A lovely photo of Theresa with her notification of death and funeral arrangements.

Beannacht na Cásca oraibh – Easter Blessings to you all.

Our Easter Garden was kindly erected by Derek Bunyan and Jerry Byrne. Thank you to all who donated plants and flowers!

Live Feed – Holy Week 2021

Find here the live feed for the Holy Week online masses.

You can use the controls to check the Parish’s broadcasting schedule, mass recordings, etc.

You can also check the live feed (as well as the recordings) outside our website through the link: https://www.churchservices.tv/bulfinroad

Easter Newsletter 2021

Please find in the link below the Easter Newsletter for our Parish. It contains important information about the community as well as Holy Week and Easter Masses.

CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

FRUIT TREE PLANTING IN INCHICORE   

Lauren Tuite, from the Inchicore Environmental Group gave an excellent talk at St Michael’s – Sunday March 7th 2021 (see Link below).

The group is looking for gardens and green spaces in which to plant fruit trees in the Dublin 8 area. 

Please contact Pádraigín Clancy Parish Pastoral Worker if you would like a tree planted in your garden. 

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT

Hi there! Here is some information about Ash Wednesday and Lent in our Parish!

1. Ashes will be blest at 10AM mass on Ash Wednesday. Small bags of Ashes will  then be available to collect in the porch at St Michael’s  church from 10.30AM  – 7.00PM. 
Fr Louis will also administer a virtual blessing for anyone who has clay or ash at home during the mass.    
 
2.  A small Lenten Prayer Card will also be available in the porch of the church.

3. Please find a list of some Prayer and Reflection courses for Lent here. Click the link below to download it!

4. Please also find a list of some Support Services available in the community. Click the link to download it! 

“Lent, the Church’s springtime,
Waiting to burst into bloom.
Emptiness waiting to be filled with God-ness, goodness.
An invitation to Grow in Love”

Ag Críost an Síol…