Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Special Haiti Collection


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has announced that there will be a special collection at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February to contribute to relief assistance and the reconstruction in Haiti.

While most of the collection will go towards relief work it is hoped it will also be possible to provide support for parishes and religious institutions which have been destroyed. This can be done through some religious communities which have Irish links.

Mass goers in Dublin will be informed of the collection this weekend and are being asked to give their support generously on the weekend of the 6th and 7th.

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said his prayers were with those coming to terms with losing family members and friends in the disaster.
"I ask for special prayers to be offered for the injured so that they may find the courage to rebuild their lives, and, that we remember in our prayers those who have died in Haiti due to this catastrophe. "
He also asked for prayers of support to those providing emergency assistance and medical treatment to the injured and displaced.

Appeals for aid
Trócaire has also appealed for funds to help those affected by the earthquake. To donate, visit trocaire.org or call 1850-408408 (NI: 0800-9121200).
Concern Worldwide, which has been working in Haiti since 1994, has launched an emergency appeal following the earthquake.
Donations will be accepted on 1850-410510 or through concern.net.
People can donate to Oxfam by calling 1850-304055 (NI 0800-0304055), by visiting oxfamireland.org, or at their local Oxfam Ireland shop.
GOAL has allocated €250,000 from its emergency fund as an immediate response and is accepting donations from the public. Call 01-2809779 or visit goal.ie.
UNICEF Ireland launched an emergency appeal this morning for the children of Haiti. Donations can be made securely at unicef.ie or by calling 01-8783000.
The Irish Red Cross launched an emergency appeal also, donations are being accepted online at redcross.ie or by calling 1850 50 70 70.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Schools

Catholic Schools Week January 31 - February 6th

Education is, to a very significant extent, the way in which the various overlapping communities to which we belong as human beings - the family first of all - initiate us into the richness of a shared life and heritage. Education can never be reduced to becoming simply a good citizen, or a productive contributor to the wealth of society. Whiles these form part of the process, education is always about more than any of them as it is concerned with the whole person. Irish Bishops' Conference, Vision 08.

Primary Level
Holy Family National School
Principal: Martin Hoban
Tel: 01 4580570

Scoil Chronain, Rathcoole
Priomhoide: Siobhan Mhic Gearailt
Guthan: 01 458 8889
Riomhphoist: schoilchronain@eircom.net

St. Martin's National School, Brittas.
Principal: Cormac O'Farrell
Tel: 01 4582311

St. Mary's National School, Saggart.
Principal: Maria Nowlan
Tel: 01 4580922


Secondary Level
Holy Family Community School
Kilteel Rd., Rathcoole, Co. Dublin.
Principal: Brenda Kelly
Tel: 01 4580766
Tel: 01 4580031

From the Newsletter: 31st January 2010

The Gospel Today
One of the sad lessons we learn as young adults is change. The home and family that seemed would be there for our support transforms. The young college student who returns home finds a new dynamic. The son or daughter that comes home for the holidays discovers a new environment. They soon learn what some of us already know. Once you leave, you can’t come home.
Jesus also learned that lesson when he returned to his hometown, Nazareth. He revealed his true identity and mission to his friends and relatives, but they rejected him.
(See www.sunday-word.com)

Special Haiti CollectionArchbishop Diarmuid Martin has announced that there will be a special collection at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February to contribute to relief assistance and the reconstruction in Haiti.

While most of the collection will go towards relief work it is hoped it will also be possible to provide support for parishes and religious institutions which have been destroyed. This can be done through some religious communities which have Irish links.

Mass goers in Dublin will be informed of the collection this weekend and are being asked to give their support generously on the weekend of the 6th and 7th.

World Day of the Sick 2010This year World Day of the Sick will be marked on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of February in the Dublin Diocese. There will be two events over the weekend:

Saturday 6th February 2010
‘Caring for those who Care’
A time-out for people who dedicate their lives as careers
Venue: Cherith Centre, Carmelite Monastery, Firhouse, Dublin 24
10.30am to 3.30pm

Sunday 7th February 2010
Celebration of Mass with Anointing of the SickChurch of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin 14.
3.00pm

Please remind any carers in your parish interested in taking part in the Saturday conference to register as soon as possible with Trish Conway, 37 Monastery Drive Clondalkin 087 6220349 or e-mail wds@dublindiocese.ie

Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council will be holding its regular meeting on February 2nd at 8.00pm in St. Mary's Parochial House, Saggart. All members are invited to attend. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please pass them on to any member.

ConfirmationOur blessings go to with the young adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation formally begin their journey with an Enrolment Ceremony this weekend We ask for your prayers for these young people.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taking place next year from the 26th June to the 1st July. It is always a wonderful event, full of healing, fun and the presence of God. We are looking forward to an even better pilgrimage in the coming year. Full details are on the notice board. Forms are available in the Sacristies of the Churches and the Parish Office.

The Gospel of LukeFor the attention of Parish Pastoral Councils, Priests, Sisters and Parish Pastoral Workers. You are invited to a presentation on St. Luke's Gospel in Kilcullen Parish Centre on 13th February 2010 between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm. During the morning there will be an opportunity for Parish Pastoral Councils to reflec on their needs and opportunities for ongoing formation. For further information, contact the Office of Evangelisation at 01 8379253 ext 251 or email evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie

Fundraising for St. Mary's National School
A call for you old mobile phones. Join us in making use of your old phones. Hand them into the St. Mary's National School or place them in the box available in Saggart Church. When enough are collected, they can be transformed into interactive white boards which are invaluable for the modern classroom. Thanks for all your help.

St. Brigid's DayThe feast of St. Brigid is on the 1st of February. Considered in Ireland to be the first day of spring, it is also associated with the making of St. Brigid's crosses. Some locals enjoyed a lovely afternoon last week making these beautiful crosses. They are being sold with a donation after all masses in Saggart in aid of the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. All are welcome.

In honour of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th
Inchicore-Bluebell Pastoral Area: Novena: 2nd Feb - 11th Feb (10am & 8pm) in the Church of MaryImmaculate, Inchicore. This includes: Anointing of the Sick, 6th Feb, at 12 noon, and Torchlight Procession, 11th Feb at 8pm.
Celebrate St. Brigid with stories, music, dance and the making of Brigid's crosses in the De Mazenod Centre, St. Michael's, Inchicore on Sunday 31st January at 4pm.
St. Luke's Gospel & Lectio Divina with Jane Mellett: Tues 16th Feb and Tues 23rd Feb, 7.30pm - 9pm, in the Annexe, House of Retreat, Inchicore.

Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to TaizeThe Office of Evangelisation have announced details of the Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize from 11th - 18th July 2010. Young adults are invited to join over two thousand other young Christians from around the world who come to this ecumenical monastery in Burgundy, France every week during the summer to experience the prayer and fellowship of the community founded by Brother Roger. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be taking part. Cost of return flight and coach transfers, meals and basic accommodation for the week is e440 (incl. taxes and insurance).
For further information contact: Ewelina at the Office of Evangilisation, evangelisatoin@dublindiocese.ie or at 018087538
Or Fr Damian McNeice, 018087553, taizedublin@gmail.com

PERSEVERANCE IN DIFFICULT TIMESSaturday, February 13
The theme of our monthly DAY FOR YOURSELF may find an echo in the experience of many people in these days. It is “PERSEVERANCE WHEN LIFE IS DIFFICULT” and will give those taking part an opportunity to reflect on how we can find energy, hope and enthusiasm for living in the face of difficulties. The day will be led by Fr. John Byrne and Dr. Bernadette Toal. It starts at 10 am and goes to 4.30 pm with the opportunity of staying on for Mass at 4.30 pm. Cost €50 (including a full lunch).
To book for this event contact Fr. John Byrne, Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Tel (01) 495 8193; E-mail info@orlagh.ie

Friday, January 22, 2010

From the Newsletter: 7th February 2010

Special Haiti Collection
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has announced that there will be a special collection at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February to contribute to relief assistance and the reconstruction in Haiti.

While most of the collection will go towards relief work it is hoped it will also be possible to provide support for parishes and religious institutions which have been destroyed. This can be done through some religious communities which have Irish links.

World Day of the Sick 2010
Sunday 7th February 2010
Celebration of Mass with Anointing of the Sick
Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, Dublin 14.
3.00pm

Confirmation
Our blessings go to with the young adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation formally begin their journey with an Enrolment Ceremony this weekend We ask for your prayers for these young people.

Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taking place next year from the 26th June to the 1st July. It is always a wonderful event, full of healing, fun and the presence of God. We are looking forward to an even better pilgrimage in the coming year. Full details are on the notice board. Forms are available in the Sacristies of the Churches and the Parish Office.


The Gospel of Luke
For the attention of Parish Pastoral Councils, Priests, Sisters and Parish Pastoral Workers. You are invited to a presentation on St. Luke's Gospel in Kilcullen Parish Centre on 13th February 2010 between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm. During the morning there will be an opportunity for Parish Pastoral Councils to reflec on their needs and opportunities for ongoing formation. For further information, contact the Office of Evangelisation at 01 8379253 ext 251 or email evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie

Fundraising for St. Mary's National School
A call for you old mobile phones. Join us in making use of your old phones. Hand them into the St. Mary's National School or place them in the box available in Saggart Church. When enough are collected, they can be transformed into interactive white boards which are invaluable for the modern classroom. Thanks for all your help.

St. Brigid's Day
Thank you to all who contributbed so generously in buying St. Brigid Crosses. Our thanks also go to those who took time to make them and distribute them. All monies raised is going to the funds of the Haiti Appeal.

In honour of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11th
Inchicore-Bluebell Pastoral Area: Novena: 2nd Feb - 11th Feb (10am & 8pm) in the Church of MaryImmaculate, Inchicore. This includes: Anointing of the Sick, 6th Feb, at 12 noon, and Torchlight Procession, 11th Feb at 8pm.
Celebrate St. Brigid with stories, music, dance and the making of Brigid's crosses in the De Mazenod Centre, St. Michael's, Inchicore on Sunday 31st January at 4pm.
St. Luke's Gospel & Lectio Divina with Jane Mellett: Tues 16th Feb and Tues 23rd Feb, 7.30pm - 9pm, in the Annexe, House of Retreat, Inchicore.

Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize
The Office of Evangelisation have announced details of the Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize from 11th - 18th July 2010. Young adults are invited to join over two thousand other young Christians from around the world who come to this ecumenical monastery in Burgundy, France every week during the summer to experience the prayer and fellowship of the community founded by Brother Roger. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be taking part. Cost of return flight and coach transfers, meals and basic accommodation for the week is e440 (incl. taxes and insurance).
For further information contact: Ewelina at the Office of Evangilisation, evangelisatoin@dublindiocese.ie or at 018087538
Or Fr Damian McNeice, 018087553, taizedublin@gmail.com

PERSEVERANCE IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Saturday, February 13
The theme of our monthly DAY FOR YOURSELF may find an echo in the experience of many people in these days. It is “PERSEVERANCE WHEN LIFE IS DIFFICULT” and will give those taking part an opportunity to reflect on how we can find energy, hope and enthusiasm for living in the face of difficulties. The day will be led by Fr. John Byrne and Dr. Bernadette Toal. It starts at 10 am and goes to 4.30 pm with the opportunity of staying on for Mass at 4.30 pm. Cost €50 (including a full lunch).
To book for this event contact Fr. John Byrne, Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Tel (01) 495 8193; E-mail info@orlagh.ie

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Gospel of Luke


Archbishops Diarmuid Martin and John Neill launched a unique venture to spread the good news of the Gospel of Luke throughout their Dioceses.

Over the coming weeks and months, specially commissioned copies of the Gospel of Luke, will be distributed widely. This is the Church Liturgical year of St. Luke and it is the Gospel being read in churches throughout the year.

As part of the year of Evangelisation, this is the latest in a series of ecumenical initiatives spearheaded by both Archbishops. 100,000 copies of the Gospel of Luke have been commissioned for this project. It will be followed up with further resources to help people understand and pray the Gospel, including a DVD for families and children – “Luke the Book”. Both churches are planning a joint youth pilgrimage to Taizé, the ecumenical place of prayer in France, is planned for later in the year.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th January to 24 January

The Biblical Theme: You are Witnesses of These Things
In the ecumenical movement we have often meditated on Jesus' final discourse before his death. In this final testament the importance of the unity of Christ's disciples is emphasized: "That all may be one ... so that the world may believe." (John 17.21)
This year the churches of Scotland (please click here for background) have made the original choice of inviting us to listen to Christ's final discourse before his ascension, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24.46-48). It is on these final words of Christ that we shall reflect each day.
During the 2010 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we are invited to follow the whole of chapter 24 of Luke's gospel (please click here for text). Whether it be the terrified women at the tomb, the two discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus or the eleven disciples overtaken by doubt and fear, all who together encounter the Risen Christ are sent on mission: "You are witness of these things". This mission of the Church is given by Christ and cannot be appropriated by anyone. It is the community of those who have been reconciled with God and in God, and who can witness to the truth of the power of salvation in Jesus Christ.
We sense that Mary Magdalene, Peter or the two Emmaus disciples will not witness in the same way. Yet it will be the victory of Jesus over death that all will place at the heart of their witness. The personal encounter with the risen One has radically changed their lives and in its uniqueness for each one of them one thing becomes imperative: "You are witnesses of these things." Their story will accentuate different things, sometimes dissent may arise between them about what faithfulness to Christ requires, and yet all will work to announce the Good News.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

17th January: 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees


MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI FOR THE 96th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES (2010)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees once again gives me the opportunity to express the Church's constant concern for those who, in different ways, experience a life of emigration. This is a phenomenon which, as I wrote in the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, upsets us due to the number of people involved and the social, economic, political, cultural and religious problems it raises on account of the dramatic challenges it poses to both national and international communities. The migrant is a human person who possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance (cf. n. 62).
This year's theme – “Minor migrants and refugees” – touches an aspect that Christians view with great attention, remembering the warning of Christ who at the Last Judgement will consider as directed to himself everything that has been done or denied “to one of the least of these” (cf. Mt 25:40, 45). And how can one fail to consider migrant and refugee minors as also being among the “least”? As a child, Jesus himself experienced migration for, as the Gospel recounts, in order to flee the threats of Herod, he had to seek refuge in Egypt together with Joseph and Mary (cf. Mt 2:14).
While the Convention on the Rights of the Child clearly states that the best interests of the minor shall always be safeguarded (cf. Art. 3, 1), recognizing his or her fundamental human rights as equal to the rights of adults, unfortunately this does not always happen in practice.
Although there is increasing public awareness of the need for immediate and incisive action to protect minors, nevertheless, many are left to themselves and, in various ways, face the risk of exploitation. My venerable Predecessor, John Paul II, voiced the dramatic situation in which they live in the Message he addressed to the Secretary General of the United Nations on 22 September 1990, on the occasion of the World Summit for Children.
“I am a witness of the heart-breaking plight of millions of children on every continent. They are most vulnerable, because they are least able to make their voice heard” (L’Osservatore Romano, English edition, 1 October 1990, p. 13). I warmly hope that proper attention will be given to minor migrants who need a social environment that permits and fosters their physical, cultural, spiritual and moral development. Living in a foreign land without effective points of reference generates countless and sometimes serious hardships and difficulties for them, especially those deprived of the support of their family.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prayer

"Prayer, as a means of drawing ever new strength from Christ, is concretely and urgently needed. People who pray are not wasting their time, even if a situation appears desperate and seems to call for action alone ... In the example of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta we have a clear illustration of the fact that time devoted to God in prayer not only does not detract from effective and loving service to our neighbour but is in fact the inexhaustible source of that service. In her letter for Lent 1996, Blessed Teresa wrote to her lay co-workers: “We need this deep connection with God in our daily life. How can we obtain it? By prayer”. Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 36.
The churches of Saggart and Rathcoole are open all day. You are more than welcome to spend a quiet time in the presence of God.

Or you may wish to join others who take some time every Friday evening at 7.30 pm in Rathcoole in Eucharistic Adoration.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Parish Finances

The Parish Finance Committee
The finance committee advises the parish priest in relation to financial matters.
It also oversees many of the financial aspects of the parish including the analysis and review of the annual audit statement, monthly income, expenditure and liability requirements and coordination of all parish fund-raising programs in accordance with Diocesan rules.

The Weekly Family-Giving Programme / Envelope Collection  The Family Offering is our most important source of income and we appreciate the generosity of all our contributors. This money covers the day-to-day running of the church which includes utility bills, insurance, small repairs and maintenance.
While we are pleased to receive money in any form, we have a preference for Standing Orders as it reduces the administrative burden on the Parish. The form is available from the Sacristies of the Churches or the Parish Office.
The weekly total contributions to the Family Offering are included in the parish newsletter.

The First Collection at Mass
The first collection at mass supports the local priests and the retired and sick priests of the diocese.

The Second Collection at Mass  The second collection at mass unless otherwise stated is the Share collection. Share was originally set up in the 1970s to provide funding to meet the needs of new and developing parishes. In more recent years, however, as the need for new churches diminished, Share has been used to refurbish parish churches, build parish pastoral centers and fund the diocesan administration of central services. The share collection is replaced by 7 special collections during the year.

Raise the Roof Campaign
The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is 160 years old this year (2009). Our beautiful church is in need of extensive repair and restoration. Much great work in raising funds to meet this project has already been undertaken. However, substantial funding is still required to begin the project itself. Any contribution that you can give will be most appreciated and used to ensure that the Church building continues for another 160 years and beyond. The parish has charitable status through the Archdiocese of Dublin Chy No 7424.

Tax Relief  Under the finance act, there is a scheme of tax relief on donations to eligible charities. Through this scheme it is possible for the parish to claim PAYE back on contributions greater than €250 made by a parishioner in a calendar year. This scheme, of great financial benefit to the parish, will not cost you anything extra, all that is required being your signature of consent.  If you have paid Income Tax in the last calendar year and you are agreeable to co-operate with this scheme of reclaiming the tax for the benefit of the parish, please contact the parish office. Many thanks.

Support Services

The Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas is dedicated to the development of the spiritual development of all, including children. Therefore, we are committed to the protection and care of all. We encourage anyone who is need of support to please contact one of the following services.

Support services for Adults include
Faoiseamh was set up to listen to and, if required, arrange face-to-face counselling for victims of abuse by members of religious orders and dioceses.
FreeFone 1800 33 1234 or From Northern Ireland call 0800 973 272
Email www.faoiseamh.com

Rape Crisis Centres are voluntary organisations which provide a comprehensive therapy programme for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
FreeFone 1800 778 888
Email: www.drcc.ie

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Phone: ROI: 1850 60 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org or www.samaritans.org

Crime Victims Helpline is a National Helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland.
Phone: 1850 211 407
Email: www.crimevictimshelpline.ie

The National Counselling Service is a community based service for adults who were hurt by childhood abuse in Ireland. There is a service set up in each Health Board Area.
Homepage: www.hse-ncs.ie

Support Services for Children
Children at Risk in Ireland "CARI" . Their primary aim is to provide a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
Helpline: 1890-924567.
Internet: www.cari.ie

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISSPCC) exists to: Ensure children have a happy safe childhood; Prevent children from suffering harm, trauma or abuse;Help children who have suffered cruelty or trauma; Seek to ensure children are accorded equal rights as citizens. Services include childline, a 24 hour national freephone helpline for children on 1800 666 666.

Barnardos is Ireland's leading children’s charity. We work with over 12,000 children and families each year throughout Ireland. Barnardos is committed to the best interests of children and young people in Ireland, promoting and respecting their rights in all of our work.
Internet: www.barnardos.ie

Safeguarding Children: Parish Policy

Policy Statement

Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 19-20) Gathered in His name we, in the Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas, value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to their protection and support.

In keeping with this, we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people, in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.

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If you have any concerns, please contact the following:

Parish Designate
Mrs Carmel Kenny 01 4527909 or Fr. Michael Shortall 01 4587187

Archdiocese of Dublin Child Protection Service
Ms. Sinead McDonnell, Child Protection Service
Archdiocese of Dublin, Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Tel: (01) 836 0314 Email: cps@dublindiocese.ie Website: http://www.cps.dublindiocese.ie/

An Garda Siochana
Main Street, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin 01 6667900

Health Service Executive
Duty Social Care Worker, Naas (Area 5), Poplar House, Poplar Square,
Naas Co. Kildare 045 879225

For a full list of support services available, please click here.

Parish Groups


"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varities of services but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good". 1 Cor 12: 4-7

Among the many who give so generously of their time and talents are


  • Bethany Bereavement Support Group

  • Eucharistic Ministers

  • Ministers of the Word

  • Rathcoole Folk Group

  • Rathcoole Children's Choir

  • Rathcoole Adult Choir

  • Saggart Parish Choir

  • Do this in Memory Co-ordinating Committee

  • Saggart Legion of Mary

  • Rathcoole Legion of Mary

  • Eucharistic Adoration Solidarity

  • St. Vincent de Paul

  • Baptism Team

  • St. Joseph's Young Priest's Society

Find Us

Cead Mile Failte. You will always be welcome to the Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas as well as to the parish of Newcastle Lyons. Below are links to maps that will guide you to our churches and communities.

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St Finian's, Newcastle Lyons

Crisis Pregnancy

CURA
Offers support and help to those who are faced with crisis pregnancy
Tel: 1850 622626
Website: http://www.cura.ie/

Health Issues

Age Action
Age Action Ireland is the national independent organisation on ageing and older poeple
Tel: 01 4756989
Website: http://www.ageaction.ie/

Carer's Support at Crosscare
Supporting Familiy Carers of dependents in the home
Tel: 01 8360011
Website: http://www.crosscare.ie/

Carer's Assosciation of Ireland
Tel: 1800 240724
Website: www.carersireland.com

Bodywhys
Support for people affected by eating disorders
Tel: 1890 200444
Website: http://www.bodywhys.ie/

Irish Cancer Society
Tel: 1800 200700
Website: http://www.cancer.ie/

Irish Patients Assosciation
Tel: 01 2722555
Website: http://www.irishpatients.ie/

Headway
Works with carers, families and individuals affected by Acquired Brain Injury
Tel: 1890 200 278
Website: http://www.headway.ie/

Mental Health Ireland
Promoting positive mental health and actively supporting persons with mental illness, their families and carers
Website: http://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

Alzheimers Society of Ireland
Offering direct access to practical information and emotinal support for people with dementia, their carers, families and friends
Tel: 1800 341341
Website: http://www.alzheimer.ie/

Suicide Prevention

Turning the Tide of Suicide
Founded to raise awareness and funding to lower the suicide rates in Ireland through dedicated research, educational support and intervention in the problem of suicide in Ireland
Website: http://www.3ts.ie/

Pieta House
Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours. In particular, this centre targets people who have already attempted to take their lives. This service is free of charge.
Tel: 01 601 00 00
Website: http://www.pieta.ie/

Distress/Despair

The Samaritans
Providing confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicideTel: 1850 609090 (24 hours)
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Aware
Providng support and assistance to people whose lves are affected by depressionTel: 1890 303302 (10 am - 10 pm, 7 days a week)
Website: http://www.aware.ie

Headstrong
An intiative for the support of mental health among young adults
Tel: 01 6607343
Website: www.headstrong.ie

Young People/Family Support

Catholic Youth Services
Provider of youth services in the greater dublin area, promoting the personal, physical, emotional and spiritual development
Tel: 01 8725055
Website here

Childline
Childline is a 24-hour service for children and young people up to 18 years of age
Tel: 1800 666666
Website: www.childline.ie

Teenline
Sometimes we can let things pile on top of us, it can be hard to figure a way out, talking may seem scary, but it helps when there's someone there to really listen. Who ever you are ... Wherever you are from ... What ever the problem ... Contact Teenline free phone
Tel: 1800 833 634
Website: www.teenline.ie

Barnardos
Barnardos supports children and families through providing a number of direct family support services located throughout the country
Tel: 1850 222300
Website: www.barnardos.ie

Parentline
Support, guidance and information on all aspects of being a parent
Tel: 1890 927277
Website: www.parentline.ie

Bereavement and Loss

Bethany Support Group
Local support from others who have travelled the same road
Tel: 01 4589209

Console
Supporting and helping people bereaved through suicide
Tel: 1800 201890
Website: www.console.ie

Irish Sudden Infant Death Assosciation
Offers support to families bereaved by Sudden Infant Death and others affected by it
Tel: 1850 391391
website: www.isida.ie

Rainbows
A peer-support programme to assist children, youth and adults who are grieving a death, seperation or other painful transition in their family
Tel: 01 4734175
website: http://www.rainbowsireland.ie/

Financial Concerns

St. Vincent de Paul Society
Irelands largest voluntary charitable organisation
Tel: 01 8386990
Website: www.svp.ie

Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS)
Experiencing Fincial Difficulties? Problems Paying off Debts? Need advice on money management?
Tel: 1800 283438
Website: www.mabs.ie

It's Your Money
Independent information on financial products and services to help you make financial decisions
www.consumerhelp.ie

Marriage Support

ACCORD

Providing acess to information and support, if you are preparing for marriage, seeking to enhance your existing relationship or looking for help with marriage and relationship difficulties.

Address: Columba Centre, Maynooth.
Tel: 01 5053112
Website: www.accord.ie

Addiction Services

Information, Support and Counselling are available from

CROSSCARE Drugs and Alchohol Awareness Programme
Website: www.drugs.ie
Text: Text DRUG to 50100

Alcholics Anonymous
Tel: 01-4538998
Website: www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie

Alanon/Alateen
Website: www.al-anon-ireland.org

Gamblers Anonymous
Tel: 01-8721133
Website: www.gamblersanonymous.ie

Narcotics Anonymous
01-6728000
Website: http://www.na-ireland.org/

Contact Us


Parish Secretary
Mrs Martina Hopkins
St. Mary's Parochial House, Saggart.
Tel: 4589209
Monday to Thursday, 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Website: http://www.saggartparish.com/
Email: saggartparish(at)gmail(dot)com

Or call one of The Parish Team directly.

For information on Mass times, Baptisms, Marriage and so on, please click on Sacraments.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

News: 9th January

Due to the so-called 'Big Freeze', the schools of the Parish are closed at the moment.

We would you ask you to remember the elderly at this time. Perhaps you might call to visit someone you know and offer to help get some messages, fuel etc or even stay a while to give a little company.

Finally, please stay safe on the roads and footpaths.

Parish Pastoral Council


The Parish Pastoral Council is a structure within the church concerned with the pastoral activities of parish life. It is made up of a representative body from each church in the parish.

The Pastoral Council shares the responsibility for building the parish into a vibrant Christian community that promotes Gospel values of love, justice and peace. It is a consultative body of leaders who actively seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and are guided by the teachings, laws and recommendations of the universal church and the local diocesean church.

Our Parish Pastoral Council enables priests and people to work together to build up a dynamic Christian community that is characterised by faith, mission, worship and service.

The Pastoral Council members serve a two year term. The Pastoral Council meets once a month in the parochial house. Parishioners wishing to bring issues before the pastoral council should submit their request to the Parish Office.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sexual Abuse

The Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas is dedicated to the development of the spiritual development of all, including children. Therefore, we are committed to the protection and care of all. We encourage anyone who is need of support to please contact one of the following services.

Support services for Adults include
Faoiseamh was set up to listen to and, if required, arrange face-to-face counselling for victims of abuse by members of religious orders and dioceses.
FreeFone 1800 33 1234 or From Northern Ireland call 0800 973 272
Email http://www.faoiseamh.com/

Rape Crisis Centres are voluntary organisations which provide a comprehensive therapy programme for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
FreeFone 1800 778 888
Email: http://www.drcc.ie/

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Phone: ROI: 1850 60 90 90
Email: jo@samaritans.org or http://www.samaritans.org/

Crime Victims Helpline is a National Helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland.
Phone: 1850 211 407
Email: http://www.crimevictimshelpline.ie/

The National Counselling Service is a community based service for adults who were hurt by childhood abuse in Ireland. It is administered by the HSE.
Click here

Support Services for Children
Children at Risk in Ireland "CARI" . Their primary aim is to provide a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.
Helpline: 1890-924567.
Internet: http://www.cari.ie/

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISSPCC) exists to: Ensure children have a happy safe childhood; Prevent children from suffering harm, trauma or abuse;Help children who have suffered cruelty or trauma; Seek to ensure children are accorded equal rights as citizens. Services include childline, a 24 hour national freephone helpline for children on 1800 666 666.

Barnardos is Ireland's leading children’s charity. We work with over 12,000 children and families each year throughout Ireland. Barnardos is committed to the best interests of children and young people in Ireland, promoting and respecting their rights in all of our work.
Internet: http://www.barnardos.ie/

From the Newsletter - 24 January 2010

What is "Gospel"?
What news has excited you recently? How has that news changed your daily life? How has it given you hope?
"City Under Siege!" screamed the headlines.
Much of what the media presents as news turns out to be nothing more than tidbits meant to shock. This shock gives us two insights. We are glad we are not the people with problems. Yet we watch and listen to the shock because we get caught up in the story. We are only affected by the shock with feelings of relief and, maybe, with the pangs of hidden guilt.
Once in while, we hear something that can change our lives for the better. Something that will affect us dramatically, nonetheless. This is "Good News."
Luke wrote a life of Jesus for someone new to the faith as "Good News." And Jesus proclaimed the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy as "Good News." Both give us insight into the reason for and the content of "Gospel."
(http://www.word-sunday.com/)

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Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Pastoral Council will be holding its regular meeting on February 2nd at 8.00pm in St. Mary's Parochial House, Saggart. All members are invited to attend. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please pass them on to any member.

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Confirmation
Next Sunday the young adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation will formally being their journey with an Enrolment Cermony to be held next weekend at the Sunday Masses. We ask for your prayers for these young people.

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Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes


Our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taking place next year from the 26th June to the 1st July. It is always a wonderful event, full of healing, fun and the presence of God. We are looking forward to an even better pilgrimage in the coming year. Full details are on the notice board. Forms are available in the Sacristies of the Churches and the Parish Office.

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The Gospel of Luke
For the attention of Parish Pastoral Councils, Priests, Sisters and Parish Pastoral Workers. You are invited to a presentation on St. Luke's Gospel in Kilcullen Parish Centre on 13th February 2010 between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm. During the morning there will be an opportunity for Parish Pastoral Councils to reflec on their needs and opportunities for ongoing formation. For further information, contact the Office of Evangelisation at 01 8379253 ext 251 or email evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie

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Fundraising for St. Mary's National School
A call for you old mobile phones. Join us in making use of your old phones. Hand them into the St. Mary's National School or place them in the box available in Saggart Church. When enough are collected, they can be transformed into interactive white boards which are invaluable for the modern classroom. Thanks for all your help.

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St. Brigid's Day
The feast of St. Brigid is on the 1st of February. Considered in Ireland to be the first day of spring, it is also associated with the making of St. Brigid's crosses. You are welcome to join friends and neighbours in this long tradition by coming along to the Heritage Centre in Saggart on Sunday 24th between 2-5 pm. They will be sold after all masses the following weekend in aid of the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. All are welcome.

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In honour of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11thInchicore-Bluebell Pastoral Area: Novena: 2nd Feb - 11th Feb (10am & 8pm) in the Church of MaryImmaculate, Inchicore. This includes: Anointing of the Sick, 6th Feb, at 12 noon, and Torchlight Procession, 11th Feb at 8pm.
Celebrate St. Brigid with stories, music, dance and the making of Brigid's crosses in the De Mazenod Centre, St. Michael's, Inchicore on Sunday 31st January at 4pm.
St. Luke's Gospel & Lectio Divina with Jane Mellett: Tues 16th Feb and Tues 23rd Feb, 7.30pm - 9pm, in the Annexe, House of Retreat, Inchicore.

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Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize
The Office of Evangelisation have announced details of the Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize from 11th - 18th July 2010. Young adults are invited to join over two thousand other young Christians from around the world who come to this ecumenical monastery in Burgundy, France every week during the summer to experience the prayer and fellowship of the community founded by Brother Roger. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be taking part. Cost of return flight and coach transfers, meals and basic accommodation for the week is e440 (incl. taxes and insurance).
For further information contact: Ewelina at the Office of Evangilisation, evangelisatoin@dublindiocese.ie or at 018087538
Or Fr Damian McNeice, 018087553, taizedublin@gmail.com


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“Did Not Our Hearts Burn within Us?” Luke: the Genius of a Storyteller
January 29-31, 2010
A Church in Crisis: Gospel Resources for the People of God
Fri 5.00 pm – Sun 2.00 pm €160 (res) €110 (non-res)
Kieran O’Mahony OSA
Contents:
1. What kind of Gospel is this?
2. What did Jesus proclaim?
3. Who is the Jesus of Luke’s Gospel?
4. Themes: joy, prayer, the poor, hope.

To book a place contact Fr. John Byrne OSA, Orlagh Retreat Centre, Old Court Road, Dublin 16. Tel (01) 495 8193 Email info@orlagh.ie


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Continuing Education Programme at All HallowsContinuing Education at All Hallows College is an ongoing programme of events comprising Courses, Workshops, Seminars, Talks and Events throughout the year. The programmes are run by the School of Adult & Community Learning at All Hallows. See http://www.allhallows.ie/

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Bible Study & Lectio Divina

Beechwood Avenue Church Ranelagh Dublin 6. Beginning in February for each Tuesday:
Lection Divina: a meditation and prayer on St. Luke’s Gospel after 10 am Mass in the Church for one hour. Bible Study at 8pm in Church.
A prayerful Journey through St. Luke’s Gospel. Please bring your bible to either of the events and take the spiritual journey.

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Mass for Haiti
Reminder: Whitefriar Street, Carmelite Church: will be dedicating their Sunday Mass for the People of Haiti, this Sunday the 24th January 4.00 pm. Please invite anyone you feel would like to be present. Our prayers go out to the people of Haiti at this time. We invite you to join in this special mass where we will offer prayers and shared input for the people of Haiti and their wellbeing.

From the Newsletter: 17 January 2010



The Wedding Feast of Cana


There is a promise in today’s Gospel. Just as the Father can change a forsaken people into ones that delight him, as promised by Isaiah in the first reading, so Jesus is able to transform water into the very best wine – symbol of making our lives into his delight.

It is a wonderful image of people who are fresh out of hope and need to drink of the promise and its satisfaction. This is the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee, and the wine has run out. Only God in Jesus can supply the real thing.

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On behalf of the priests of the Parish, thank you to all those who gave so generously in “The Christmas Dues”. It is greatly appreciated.

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PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be taking place next year from the 26th June to the 1st July. It is always a wonderful event, full of healing, fun and the presence of God. We are looking forward to an even better pilgrimage in the coming year. Full details are on the notice board.

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Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to TaizeThe Office of Evangelisation have announced details of the Dublin Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize from 11th - 18th July 2010. Young adults are invited to join over two thousand other young Christians from around the world who come to this ecumenical monastery in Burgundy, France every week during the summer to experience the prayer and fellowship of the community founded by Brother Roger. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be taking part. Cost of return flight and coach transfers, meals and basic accommodation for the week is e440 (incl. taxes and insurance).
For further information contact: Ewelina at the Office of Evangilisation, evangelisatoin@dublindiocese.ie or at 018087538
Or Fr Damian McNeice, 018087553, taizedublin@gmail.com

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year

On behalf of the Parish Team, the Parish Council and all in the Parish of Saggart, Rathcoole and Brittas, may every blessing be yours for Christmas and the New Year ahead.

Suggestion Box

Your suggestions and comments are always welcome. You can contact us directly or leave a note below.