Our advent wreath, was blessed on Sunday 27th November when we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent. This is a long standing custom in Europe. The wreath is made from holly and evergreen leaves in the form of a circle with four candles representing each week. There is one white candle representing Christ. The circle remains us of eternity which has no beginning or end. One candle is lit for each Sunday in Advent.
Daily Readings & Meditations
For daily prayer and meditation on line, please visit The Sacred Space Website
To access all the catholic news from Ireland and around the world, as well as mass readings, prayers and a multitude of other resources, then go to the Catholic Ireland Website
Parish Mission Statement
We long for a parish where young and old are "fully alive" with Christ at the centre. That our parish will be a place of welcome where everybody feels included; where we share the responsibility for the care of our parishioners and for mapping out our way forward into to future.
We place our church and our parish community under the protection and patronage of Our Lady of Victories.
So, What Does This Mean In Practice?
Like any Catholic Community, our unity is primarily expressed by our gathering to celebrate the Sunday Eucharist. This is the centre of parish life and the gathering at which we hope most people will be able to feel connected to each other and to the Lord. We tend to be a friendly lot, so feel free to mingle after mass and get to know your neighbours. If you're new to the parish, or just visiting, or just spending a year or few as a student in DCU, then please introduce yourself to the parish team. All the better if you want to get involved in some way or other by offering your services.
Of course, there's a lot more going on outside of the Sunday liturgies. Take your time to browse these pages and, if you have any questions or wish to be more involved, then use the "Contact Us" tab above to delve further.
Below are some images of the day Our Lady of Victories opened on 1st Feb, 1969
Parish Pastoral Council
Parish mission throughout the world is evolving and the church in Ireland is very much part of this evolution. Each parish has to discern its own mission and how to go about achieving this. It very much has to be a partnership between clergy and laity, with the emphasis on the lay involvement. Throughout history, whenever the church appeared to be going through a crisis or radical change of any type, it was the faith of the lay people in parishes that kept the flame burning and not that of the episcopacy or clergy. So, the first priority of the PPC is to discern how the mission of OLV fits in with the overall mission of the church in the modern world and on what pastoral areas we need to concentrate our energies.
Here in Dublin, we have decided that the future in maintaining vibrant parish life, lies in the grouping (or clustering) of parishes together. We are grouped with Ballygall, Drumcondra, Glasnevin & Iona. The PPC's from all five parishes will work together to see how we can foster a co-operative spirit and set goals for appropriate pastoral activity in a wide range of areas, such as in Faith Formation, Education and Personal Growth; Development of Worship, Prayer and relevant Liturgy; encouragement of Support groups; Youth Ministry; Ecumenism; Evangelisation; Work for Peace and Justice; Community Development and Good Relations etc. The list of possibilities is endless. The function of the Parish Council is to facilitate all of the above, rather than the individual members actually carrying out the tasks - in other words, the people of the parish on a wider scale need to be willing to become involved with this important work, under the guidance of the PPC.
Until January 2017, the members of the PPC are:
Mark McDonald (Chair), Jo McGlynn (Secretary), Ger Casey (Child Protection), Martin Smyth, Marie McVeigh, Heather Fagan, Paddy Gallagher, Cora McKeever, Fr. Fintan and Fr. Colm (President). We meet on a monthly basis and are open to suggestions from parishioners as to how we can advance the aims of the PPC. The monthly meetings are a combination of prayer, reflection, reviewing and planning.
So, in summary, and encompassing all that is mentioned above, the aims of the Council are:
- To be an advisory/consultative group to the Parish Priest
- To provide a formal structure whereby the priest and the laity confer openly and work closely together, make decisions, share responsibility and act effectively in the administration of parochial duties.
- To provide effective communication between the priests and the parish community.
- To work towards fostering faith and mission in the parish, that we may be supportive, caring, witnessing to the call of Christ.
6.30 Gospel Mass
Night of Hope, 2015
The 6:30 Gospel Mass is celebrated each Sunday evening from September until mid June, as well as on other special occasions!
Do you want to join a Parish based Gospel Choir?
Many thanks to Fr. Colm for this continued support and to Fr. Fintan who works with the young adults and Gospel Choir. Fr. Fintan is instrumental in promoting and encouraging the development of this young adult mass and we thank him for all that he does. Finally may I take this opportunity to thank you the parishioners in OLV, those who participate in the young adult mass and all those who are always so supportive of us. Many thanks.
Director of the OLV Gospel Choir.
JOIN THE YOUNG ADULT GROUP:
Get in touch with us if you are interested in joining the young adult group for 2016
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
There are many ways to be involved (e.g. readers, welcoming people, Eucharistic Ministers, musicians, collectors & singers etc...) and everyone is welcome. An explanation of what's involved in each ministry is given below:
Ministry of Welcome
It is important that we are a welcoming community. So those involved in this ministry volunteer each week to welcome everyone as they arrive and give them one of our own leaflets.
Ministry of the Word
This involves reading the introduction at the start of the Mass, proclaiming the Sacred Text to our faith community and reading the Prayer of the Faithful.
Ministry of the Eucharist
A Minister of the Eucharist assists in the sharing of the Eucharist among our faith community.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Check it out! You're welcome to come along any Sunday (September - May)
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses." Acts 1:8
Are you interested in joining our young adult group and getting involved on Sundays? Would you like to share your gifts and talents at our 6:30 Gospel Mass? If you want to get involved, please contact us via e-mail or by phone! No matter when you're available to help out, you'll always be welcome!