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  Launch of “St. Michan’s Parish: A view outside ourselves” took place on Saturday, 25th November 2017 in
St. Michan’s Church, Halston Street
First Confession
Please pray for the children of George’s Hill and North Brunswick Street Schools who will be making their First Confession on Tuesday next, 24th April in Halston Street Church. Please also remember in your prayers the parents, guardians and teachers of the children as they continue their journey to First Communion.

Monthly Mass for our Recently Deceased parishioners and friends takes place on Saturday, 5th May at 6pm in Halston Street. This month we remember in a special way all those who died during March and early April 2018 David Branchflower; Wayne Fitzsimons; Patrick (Pat) Mooney; Moira Pender (née Smith); Elizabeth (Lily) McGurk (née Hickey)

ALONE: The First 40 Years is a new book by author and journalist Valerie Cox. It tells the inspiring story of ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, from Willie Bermingham’s selfless dedication in the early years to the new challenges and issues faced by the charity today. ALONE: The First 40 Years is available to purchase from all Veritas bookshops and selected Easons stores nationwide and online on www.veritasbooksonline.com and www.easons.com. Priced at €15.00, all proceeds go directly the work of ALONE (http://alone.ie/)

Pilgrimages coming up
• Mount Melleray, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on Saturday, 28th April (€45) Contact Tony on (01) 8352954 after 9:30pm or (087) 9526337
LOUGH DERG THREE-DAY PILGRIMAGE 2018
ST OLIVER PLUNKETT PILGRIMAGE DIRECT FROM DUBLIN
ON THE FOLLOWING DATES
01 JUNE - 03 JUNE
29 JUNE - 01 JULY
10 AUG - 12 AUG
COST €115.00 (PENSIONERS AND STUDENTS €105.00)
TEL (086) 385 3027 / AFTER 6 pm (01) 4941171 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS 1500-YEAR OLD PILGRIMAGE. ALL ARE WELCOME

Pope Francis himself announced that he will travel to Ireland to take part in the 9th World Meeting of Families in August 2018. The news was received with delight since his visit will bring great joy to Irish Catholics and to the thousands of families from all over the world who will travel to Ireland for this distinguished event.

This will be the first Papal visit to Ireland since Pope John Paul II came to our shores in 1979. Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families on 25th August and he will also celebrate the Final Mass of WMOF2018 on 26th August. Other elements of his itinerary have yet to be confirmed.

Preparations have been underway for WMOF2018 since Pope Francis announced Dublin as the venue for the 9th World Meeting of Families at the close of WMOF2015 in Philadelphia, USA. The World Meeting of Families, held every three years in a different country worldwide, is one of the biggest events of the Catholic Church. It brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. With the wonderful news that Pope Francis himself will attend, the World Meeting of Families 2018 promises to be the single largest occasion in Ireland this year. For more information on Pope Francis and his itinerary in Ireland for WMOF2018, please check out https://www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/

The Sunshine Fund would like to thank most sincerely the congregation of Halston Street Parish for their generous contribution of €310.27 on Palm Sunday. We rely heavily on the funds generated through this collection and your support is greatly appreciated.

World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin
WMOF2018 takes place from 21-26 August 2018 in Dublin and Pope Francis has confirmed his intention to attend. Keep up to date with daily emails, videos, newsletters and registration options on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.  Register now for WMOF.

Scripture Summer School 2018
What profit the prophets? Exploring the prophetic imagination for today. 18-22 June 2018 at Clonliffe College. Further details on church noticeboards or online on www.tarsus.ie.

Book examining the Eighth Amendment
‘Whistle-Blower: Life Death, Hope and the Eighth Amendment’ by Fr. Pádraig McCarthy is a book that clinically examines the proposals of the Citizens’ Assembly and the Report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee in advance of the forthcoming referendum on the protection of human life. It is intended to contribute to a more comprehensive and rational debate on how we legislate and care for every member of the human family.

The Annual Collection for the Crosscare Youth Services, the support agency for the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, took place last weekend and raised €94.23. The donation has been forwarded to Crosscare on your behalf. Given the bad weather over the weekend, many were unable to attend Mass. Should you wish to make a donation to Crosscare they have advised that they can accept donations over the phone on (01) 8360011, or by post to Crosscare, 2nd floor, Clonliffe College, Drumcondra, Dublin 3.

Crosscare’s Vision is a Society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Keeping as their touchstone their belief that every person is created in the image and likeness of God, they have a vision of society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and a mission to provide innovative and relevant services to those most in need regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, beliefs or sexual identity.

Crosscare’s Values are Love, Respect & Excellence.

Crosscare’s long term goals are to become:
1. A lead organisation in the provision of high quality innovative service.
2. Well integrated and connected into the life of the Archdiocese.
3. A champion for those most in need, helping to improve their opportunities in life.

The Annual Collection for ACCORD, the Diocesan Agency for Marriage and the Family, was taken up at all Masses on 17th/18th February. The ACCORD Collection raised €243.04 which was sent to ACCORD on your behalf. Many thanks for your support.

The Third National Collection for the World Meeting of Families took place last weekend and raised €179.83 which was forwarded to WMOF on your behalf.





See www.chooselife2018.ie for the latest information

What is the Eighth Amendment?
The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without any constitutional protection. This would radically change the law, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 12 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue12_Final.pdf

Should abortion be a choice?
When it comes to the right to choose there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, a vulnerable person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I’ve had an abortion?
There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve the sin of procuring or assisting in an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 11 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue11_Final.pdf)


What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk?
If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the unintended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies?
If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman, it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 10 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue10_Final.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief? The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.

What is the view of the Church? The Church teaches that life is sacred from conception to natural death and there is no such thing as a life without value. This belief is based on reason as well as faith. Our Church rejects the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 9 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/-uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue9_Final.pdf)

Does life begin at conception? Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it’s a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than _a clump of cells_. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.
 
When does a baby’s heart start to beat? The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development for a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before a mum even discovers that she is pregnant! (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 8 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue8_Final.pdf)

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? The Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pregnant women and unborn babies equally. Without it, Ireland's abortion rate will rise dramatically. Statistics from the Department of Health UK reveal over 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016. When abortion was legalised in the UK in 1967, no one could have predicted that in just 50 years 1 in 5 British babies' lives would end in abortion every year. Similar rates are seen in Sweden (1 in 4), France and Spain (1 in 5), Italy and Portugal (1 in 6).

Why do abortions take place? In 2016, 97% of abortions were performed in England and Wales for social reasons. Some 38% of the total number of abortions were performed on women who had at least one previous abortion. The rate of abortion was highest among women aged 22.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 7 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue7_Final.pdf

What if my baby won't survive?
Many parents who received this news and continued their pregnancy to term say the chance to hold and care for their child, even if just for a few moments, helped them to grieve and heal after their child passed away. They have memories that they cherish and are consoled knowing they did all they could to care for and love their sick baby. As a society, we should strive to increase and improve perinatal hospice care and support for these babies and their families.

As well as medical assistance, what support is available?
One Day More and Every Life Counts are Irish charities which offer support to mothers and fathers of babies with life-limiting conditions. They enable families to make meaningful plans for their child’s life, birth, and death, in a way that honours the baby as well as the baby’s family.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 6 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018 /03/ChooseLife2018_Issue6_Final.pdf)

Should abortion be a choice? When it comes to the right to choose, there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, an innocent person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I've had an abortion? There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procuring an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 5 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads /2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue5_Final.pdf)

What is the Eighth Amendment? The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without legal constitutional protection. This would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 4 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue4_Final.pdf)

What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk? If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the untended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies? If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 3 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue3.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief?
The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 2 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue2_Final.pdf)

B.E. – Beginning Experience
B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through death, separation or divorce. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. Next Coping Programme will commence on Wednesday 7th February, for 7 Wednesday evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2. For information T: 0860877379, E: bedublin@gmail.com  W: www.beginningexperience.ie

Radio Maria Ireland is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, catechesis, uplifting music, talks, interviews and testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on www.radiomaria.ie  or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277.

Planned Giving Boxes
were distributed last week. The money donated using the planned giving envelopes goes directly towards the upkeep of the parish and is the principle source of funding to pay for the day-to-day running costs. Please consider making a regular donation to the parish using one of these boxes. A special word of thanks to all the COLLECTORS who brave all kinds of weather – winter and summer.

During 2017 the monies raised through the Planned Giving collection came to €21,863.12 which covered the cost of insurance, heat, light, altar and shrine supplies, weekly bulletins, postage, phone and printing. A further €3,532.53 was raised by the Greek Catholic Community which helped with regular repairs and maintenance.

Pilgrimages coming up
• St. Oliver Plunkett’s, Loughcrew, Co. Meath on Saturday, 24th March (€45)
• Mount Melleray, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford on Saturday, 28th April (€45)
• The Dublin Archdiocese Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday, 21st April 2018. Theme: “We are Pilgrims – Knock invites us to Healing and Peace”. Full programme to be announced soon.
• Camino to Rome – October 2018. Dates and details to be confirmed.

Awake My Soul Retreat due to take place in Ards Friary, Co. Donegal from Friday, 16th–Sunday, 18th February 2018 has been postponed until further notice. You can keep up to date with events in St. Paul’s using email: st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie 

Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) Book Club: Join other 20 & 30 year olds to meditate, share and discuss life, faith, purpose and how to live life to the full. Read a chosen spiritual book over a few weeks and come to reflect and discuss your thoughts. From 7pm-8:30pm every Thursday in St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay. Contact: st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie
 
The Encounter A young adult (20’s & 30’s) event with live acoustic music, reflective prayer in adoration, and guest speakers on life, faith and purpose. Future dates for The Encounter are 23rd February, 23rd March, 20th April, 19th May and 9th June 2018.
For more information email st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie
 
Presentation Primary School, George’s Hill is accepting application forms for enrolment for boys and girls in Junior Infants to First Class and girls in Second to Sixth Class for next September. For further information, phone 8733061.

Take the First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today on 01-8689986 or email apply@viatoreschristi.com for more info.

World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin
WMOF2018 takes place from 21-28 August 2018 in Dublin.
Keep up to date with daily emails, videos, newsletters and much more on www.worldmeeting2018.ie. There is also a Facebook page (wmof2018) which we encourage you to --Like and Share.

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Married Couples
Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. Next programme from 2nd – 4th February 2018. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text/call 086 413 5440, or W: www.retrouvaille.ie or E: info@retrouvaille.ie

This is a gentle reminder from an Garda Siochána to take care in your homes this winter. Also, be very careful opening the door to strangers. Gardaí are aware of a number of incidents where bogus callers are calling to the homes pretending to be employees of Local Authorities indicating that they need to check Gas/ Power / Water supplies etc. While the homeowner is preoccupied with one of the callers, a second person enters the house and steals cash and/& jewellery.

COMPUTERS FOR THE TERRIFIED! 1 TO 1 TRAINING FOR OVER 55’s Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!). LEARN HOW TO: * Search the Internet Send & receive emails; * Shop and book flights; * Use your own device or use computers available at some venues. Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets. For further information contact your local Age Action Centre

News from An Síol (19 Manor Street)
Are you over 50?
Would you like a home cooked meal handed to you?
Come, join us for a sit-down dinner and meet new people or bring a friend along! If you can’t make it down to us, order meals-on-wheels delivered straight to your door.
Where? Sit down service is in Aughrim Court, Dublin 7
When? Dinner is served Monday to Friday at 1pm
How much? Dinner, including dessert and tea/coffee is €4.50 per day
An Síol also has a minibus available to collect people in the local area to bring them to Aughrim Court and to drop them home afterwards.
For more information call to 19 Manor Street or phone Mairéad on 01 6775741 or 085 8054098; Aughrim Court 087 3178423

Volunteers needed to tutor secondary school students Contact Jenny Spain in An Síol, 19 Manor Street
For information phone 6775741 or 6772170, or email jenny@ansiol.ie

Aileen Putze, the ggg-granddaughter of Patrick Quinn would like to be able to communicate with any living relative of the family. Patrick Quinn had a son in the Irish Constabulary and this Patrick emigrated to New Zealand. Contact details available from the Parish Office.

Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults: The Foundational Leadership Programme for Young Adults is now enrolling new participants. The Foundational Leadership Programme is run in ecumenical partnership with the Church of Ireland in Dublin and the Irish Province of the Capuchin Franciscans. If you are interested in knowing more about the course starting in October click
W: http://www.evangelisation.ie/2017/09/01/foundational-leadership-for-young-adults-enroll-now/
E:
evangelisation@dublindiocese.ie



Bicentenary Celebrations
Ten pilgrims walked from Tui to Santiago de Compostela in thanksgiving for the Bicentenary of St. Michan’s Church. During the pilgrimage, prayers were offered for the intentions of the parishioners of St. Michan’s – living and deceased.

This is a snap shot of the pilgrimage which one of the pilgrims summed up with pain, Compeed and companions. The pain and the need for the Compeed plasters are forgotten very quickly, but no one will ever forget the wonderful people they met along the way. Pilgrims from every corner of the globe were making their way to the Shrine of St. James. Some were on the road for days while others were at the end of a five or six-week pilgrimage. Working from left to right from the top row, the first image is of a wall covered in scallop shells which were prayer petitions for loved ones, one of our pilgrim passports covered in the stamps from the stopping points, the smiling pilgrims on the first day, a note left by St. Michan’s on a wall at a resting point, a typical Camino sign, outside the cathedral in Santiago soon after we arrived, a typical pathway on one of the many hills on the journey and finally, Fr. Bryan concelebrating the Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral on the evening we arrived.

Many thanks for all the prayerful support offered to the pilgrims and for the Twitter and Facebook greetings throughout the week. Mass was offered each day for all your intentions and along the route we prayed the Beatitudes of the Camino for you.


The Beatitudes of the Pilgrim
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the “camino” opens your eyes to what is not seen.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if what concerns you most is not to arrive, as to arrive with others.
Blessed are you pilgrim, when you contemplate the “camino” and you discover it is full of names and dawns.
Blessed are you pilgrim, because you have discovered that the authentic “camino” begins when it is completed.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if your knapsack is emptying of things and your heart does not know where to hang up so many feelings and emotions.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that one step back to help another is more valuable than a hundred forward without seeing what is at your side.
Blessed are you pilgrim, when you don’t have words to give thanks for everything that surprises you at every twist and turn of the way.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you search for the truth and make of the “camino” a life, and of your life a “way”, in search of the one who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if on the way you meet yourself and gift yourself with time, without rushing, so as not to disregard the image in your heart.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the “camino” holds a lot of silence; and the silence of prayer; and the prayer of meeting with God who is waiting for you.
Amen

Faith for Life is an Adult Faith Course designed to help you to discover more energising and empowering ways to live out your faith in the reality of today’s world. It takes place over four weekends in Holy Cross College, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.

Called to Become (21st /22nd October)
Church in and for the World (2nd/3rd December)
The Word of God (20th/21st January) and
Living Faithfully (3rd/4th March).

The course will benefit everyone who wants to make a deeper connection between faith and life. Further details and application forms are available by emailing Rosemary: rlavelle@abhouse.org or phone 8373732.

One Year to WMOF2018 World Meeting of Families 2018: everyone is invited to the launch of the one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018, which will take place at the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, on Monday 21st August 2017, the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady. This day of celebration will include the celebration of the Eucharist, workshops and faith and fun activities for all the family. The WMOF2018 Icon will be presented at Mass in the Basilica at 3pm and then begin its journey around the Dioceses of Ireland.

Registration and Tickets for WMOF2018 is now open on worldmeeting2018.ie (the Tickets Section). Accommodation booking is also available online at time of registration through the same booking form on the website.

Fundraising Ideas
If you have any ideas to help raise funds towards the Restoration Work please contact us on 01-8730675 or email
halstonst@gmail.com

Míle Buíochas to the Offbeat Ensemble and the Musical Suspects for the wonderful concert on Wednesday last, 21st June. All the proceeds of the event went to the Restoration Fund and so far over €810 has been raised. The Musical Suspects very kindly left a box of CDs of their music and the proceeds of their sale will go to the Restoration Fund.


Life to the Full (Jn 10:10) Book Club.
Young adults (20's and 30's) welcome each week to meditate on a spiritual book. Every Thursday 7pm to 8:30pm. Contact: michelle.manley@dublindiocese.ie

Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way. Embrace God in nature and build true friendships while getting fit! Join young adults for reflective hikes around Dublin area. Monthly event. Contact: siobhan.tighe@dublindiocese.ie

Warmth and Wellbeing Pilot Scheme Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment are currently running a pilot scheme in a number of areas in Dublin. The scheme provides free upgrades to the homes of people who are in receipt of the Fuel Allowance or the One Parent Family payment, who are also living with chronic respiratory conditions. For more info. contact Eileen O’Connor 01 4275032 - See: www.seai.ie/Grants/Warmth-and-Wellbeing/

Taking Photographs during Church Ceremonies

Annette O'Donnell, Communications Director for the Dublin Archdiocese, says: "Widespread taking of photos are, generally speaking, not permitted while a Mass is ongoing to respect the solemnity of the occasion. The majority of priests ask people to put their phones away before a Confirmation or Communion ceremony as it could be chaotic if everyone was trying to get photos of their child."

Taking photographs is allowed in church beforehand and after ceremonies. Whether we are at a Wedding, Christening, First Communion or Confirmation, there is general child-safeguarding guidance given out in relation to third parties taking photos/filming of children in group settings and that is: please ask parents' permission before taking photos of their child.

Church is a place for quiet reflection and prayer and whether or not one is actually praying. It is disrespectful for anyone to stand up in the middle of the church with a camcorder or camera to record others and take multiple pictures. Perhaps some of us need to take a bit more time to live in the moment and enjoy some quiet time and where is more appropriate to do that than in a church? After all, being in church is supposed to be an occasion for prayer, not for taking photographs.

Tax Relief for Donations to Charities
Your donations mean much more to us!!

Tax relief under section 848A TCA 1997 in respect of donations made on or after 1 January 2013 by individuals (whether self-assessed or PAYE-only taxpayers) to an approved body, such as the Parish, is allowed to the Parish. A donation which satisfies the conditions of section 848A is grossed up at the specified rate (currently 31%) and the Parish is deemed for the purposes of the relief to have received the grossed up amount net of tax deducted at the specified rate.

For example, Joan makes a cash donation of €250 to the parish in the tax year 2013. Under the tax relief scheme the Parish is deemed to have received a donation of €362.32 (i.e. €250 grossed up at 31%) less tax deducted of €112.32. On the assumption that Joan has paid income tax for 2013 of at least €112.32, the Parish can obtain a refund of that amount from Revenue after the end of the tax year 2013. Joan is not entitled to a repayment of any part of the tax that has been repaid to the parish.

The Parish recently received a refund of €741.76 in respect of donations from donors who completed the CHY4 form which they returned to the Parish Office for processing. (See
www.revenue.ie/en/personal/charities.html for details)

World Meeting of Families 2018
The recent collection raised €187.96 towards the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018. Hosting this important event requires an enormous amount of planning and funding. Your contributions have been forwarded to the Diocese and will be passed on to WMOF on your behalf. Find out more about this international event and the opportunities to volunteer and be part of the unfolding story on http://www.wmof2018.ie/

Novena Mass Cards
Novena Mass Cards are available from the back of the church before the weekend Masses.