Author Archives: St Michaels

ADVENT – A TIME OF WAITING AND PREPARATION

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.

Advent Wreath

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.

Advent newsletter

Please find attached our Advent newsletter!

October 2021 Parish Newsletter

Here is the October Newsletter, containing important information and news from our parish!

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