This year, the Dublin Diocesan Communications Department has put together a short video for Safeguarding Sunday.
Please also find a letter from the Archbishop of Dublin, Dermot Farrell, regarding Safeguarding – at the following link.
St Michael’s Parish wishes you all a very Happy Christmas and Every Blessing in the New Year.
Beannacht na Nollag oraibh ar fad agus Ath-Bhliain faoi Mhaise!
As the earth turns away from the sun and enters the season of darkness, a darkness which is necessary for the bulbs and seeds to ready themselves for the burst of growth in Spring, so do we enter the time of waiting that is Advent. We pray that we may use this time as wisely as the earth does, preparing our hearts and spirits for the celebration of the wonder of Emmanuel – Christ with us.
As we gaze on the Advent Wreath the evergreen is a sign of hope and the circle a sign of God’s never ending love for us. May the light that shines forth from the wreath brighten our way as we journey towards Christmas.
WEEK ONE – THE CANDLE OF HOPE – PURPLE
God of Hope,
We thank you for the hope that is in our hearts today as we look towards Christ’s birth. It is hope that has sustained us during the challenging times of this past year.
We pray that hope may remain strong within each of us and among our families and community in the coming winter season. Amen
WEEK TWO – THE CANDLE OF PEACE – PURPLE
God of Peace,
May your Holy Spirit of peace come upon each of us – in a new way. So that amid the busyness and chaos of our lives nothing may unduly trouble or disturb us.
May our hearts remain hopeful and our minds tranquil because they are centred in You. Amen.
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