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Bible group

The Tuesday evening bible/scripture group resumed on Tuesday 17th January 2017, after their Christmas break. All welcome.

Please note that due to Laudate concert on Tuesday 31st January the Tuesday evening bible group meeting is deferred until Tuesday 7th February.

OLV Schools 50th Anniversary

On Thursday 24th November a special mass was held in the Church to celebrate 50 years of Our Lady of Victories Schools.

It was wonderful to have the schoolchildren with the principals, teachers,staff and parents present at our 10am Mass.  Indeed some of our parishioners have played a vital role in the development and growth of the schools over the years. Fr John Delany celebrated the mass and the liturgy was enhanced by the beautiful music. Please see this  address for  a video of the celebrations.http://www.olvinfants.com/news.html

A description of the gifts  brought up to the Altar by persons representing the many facets of OLV schools throughout the years is set out below.

Mr O Philbin, former School principal,  brought up the school crest. Mrs Carty brought the first school roll book of OLV school which began in 1965 with 52 pupils attending the first class. Maura O Halloran, former School principal, presented a book which represents the love of reading. Brian O Reilly brought a green flag, Brian started as a pupil in 1965 and is remembered as a diverse and dedicated teacher . Joe O Reilly brought a wood plane which represents the work done by ancillary staff accross the years- secretaries, caretakers and cleaners.  Mr Christie brought up a football which is a symbol of the positive  influence of sport in our schools. Ms McDonnell presented a plant, symbolising OLV's appreciation and commitment to the natural world . Ms Gallagher presented a childrens' Bible, symbolising a positive role of faith within our schools. Sinead Scott  carried up a skipping rope showing the importance of play in our schools. A toy was brought by Grainne Murphy which brings childrdren joy through out the generations . Dancing shoes were brought by Anne McHugh symbolising commitment to the Arts. The last gift was brought up by Doleres Barry , a tin whistle which shows us the central role music plays in the life of the three schools. Pictured above Mrs Elizabeth Shannon and Ms Mary McDonnell . The narrators on the day were Gavin Coakley and Megan O' Sullivan.

World Youth Day

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On the 21st of July 2016, seven pilgrims from Our Lady of Victories parish and two others from neighbouring parishes began their journey to Poland to participate in World Youth Day. Arriving at Dublin airport, a prayer service was held to send us on our way. Here we met with the group from the Derry and Cloghar dioceses, who were going to accompany us on our journey. After an eventful start, with an emergency landing in Berlin, we finally reached Katowice. This was our first stop during our ten days in Poland. We arrived in Katowice to participate in the ‘Days of the Diocese’ programme. This was a chance for us to experience the Church in Poland as well as meet and stay with Polish families of the same faith. At first many of us found this idea daunting especially with heavy language barriers, but once the initial meetings of the families were over with hugs and smiles of delight, we were all made to feel like a part of the family. Myself and Hannah were lucky enough to stay with a couple named Kate and Richard, who were gracious hosts and kind hearted souls, who loved to feed us lots and lots of Polish food. The days of the dioceses were filled with many events including a mass on the Friday morning with many young pilgrims from around the world. Here, we were able to hear mass said in many different languages including French, Italian, Polish and English. The mass itself was enriching and a great experience to participate in with many youths from all over the world. Here we offered prayers and intentions for our parish and families back home. On the same day we were also able to showcase some of our talent from the OLV Gospel Choir with an impromptu mini concert in the middle of Katowice. We left the stage to shouts and calls from other pilgrims of ‘encore’ and ‘one more tune’ from our fellow Irish friends. It created a great atmosphere and a buzz throughout the group. On the Sunday we were treated to a day with our families which consisted of mass in the Parish Cathedral which some of the Irish pilgrims provided music for, as well and African and French pilgrims, and a delicious treat of ice cream afterwards. Our own Fr. Fintan was able to participate in both of the masses we attended. All of the pilgrims gathered at their family houses on Sunday afternoon for dinner with the family, with many of us treated to some polish delicacies such as Pierogi which are polish dumplings, lots of sausage and ham and of course, gherkins. The Sunday evening was filled with a concert and celebration for the pilgrims visiting Katowice, where once again some of us were lucky to perform for our fellow pilgrims and teach the audience some Irish dancing. True to form, the Irish were the last ones standing and everybody enjoyed themselves immensely. It was a great end to our ‘days in the dioceses’.

We began our journey to Krakow on the Monday morning and spent the day settling in. On Tuesday the 26th of July the opening ceremony for World Youth Day took place. The theme for World youth day was ‘Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). During the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday we took part in catechesis sessions which were led by Bishops from around the world. We were lucky enough to here from the Bishop of Chicago who led a thought provoking and enriching catechesis. Here we joined the Dublin pilgrims as well as more from around Ireland, some pilgrims from USA and even Australia. The feelings of belief, faith, togetherness and learning was powerful and it was great to meet so many young people from around Ireland and other parts of the world who shared in the same faith. Pope Francis arrived in Krakow on the Wednesday afternoon, and by the Thursday evening over a million young people joined together to welcome him as he addressed the pilgrims in Blonia Park. The Pope’s arrival was thrilling and the feeling of delight spread throughout the park and over every pilgrim’s face. I must admit that I was almost star struck at the thought that the Pope was passing me by. Pope Francis encouraged us to endure optimism in his address to the pilgrims this first night. He also spoke about how he is against the trend in young people that he views as a ‘lack of enthusiasm’ or ‘effort in life’ especially when it comes to religion. He encourages us to allow our faith to ‘launch us into an adventure of mercy’. He especially encouraged us to seek wisdom from our elders which is something I have tried to take on board since returning from Poland by listening and engaging with the older people in my life as well as taking on board some of their knowledge and wisdom.

Our group from OLV were lucky enough to visit the shrines of St. Faustina and St. John Paul the second, both from Poland, on the Friday morning. At St. Faustina’s shrine we got the chance to see the original painting of the ‘Divine Mercy’ and experience the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy. We arrived early to these shrines and were blessed with enjoying our experience without the crowds of people. Both of these shrines were captivating and inspirational. The Friday evening was filled with another trip to Blonia Park where the stations of the cross occurred. This was a great experience to witness as the stations of the cross were actually presented in a different way to the traditional moments, but were linked in a way to make it relevant to the lives of young people today, remodelling them to the challenges that face the youth. They were also linked to the way of mercy, the 14 acts of mercy, some of which are: respect for life, poverty, hunger, suffering, death, liberation from sin, courage, heroic faith and loneliness. Personally, it was a great experience and really opened my mind to the challenges that young people face today and how they are linked to the challenges that Jesus underwent in the last moments of his life.

The Saturday morning marked the beginning of our long journey home as we left our accommodation to make our way on the pilgrimage to Campus Misericordiae and the evening prayer vigil, led by the Pope. After a few wrong turns and a long two hour walk with heavy bags and camping gear as well as the 30-degree heat, we made it to the campsite to settle in for our evening of prayer. The night was filled with prayer, singing, meditation and a sharing of faith. The vigil prayer was accompanied by testimonies of those who have regained their hope by the grace of God. The mass was opened by the Pope passing through the Gate of Mercy. Once it became dark each pilgrim, around two million, were given candles that lit up the entire campus. It was an incredible sight to see so many young people gathered in celebration of our faith, of peace and of youth.

Sunday morning, our last day in Krakow, Pope Francis celebrated the closing mass of World Youth Day. In his homily he spoke of the gospel that was read, that of Jesus meeting a man named Zacchaeus, in Jericho. He talked about how this man’s experience of meeting with Jesus changed his life, just as how it can daily change our own lives as we encounter Jesus. He talked about the obstacles in the way of encountering Jesus that Zacchaeus met with, that we too may face and can learn from such as our spiritual identity. I really enjoyed the Pope’s homily as it opened my eyes to obstacles in my own faith and how we should remember the encounters that we have with Jesus as he fills our hearts and calls us by name. It allowed me to treasure the good things that came to pass during our pilgrimage and to trust in the memory of God as we encountered him. The Pope’s words were a fitting end to a most amazing trip and journey of shared faith and a gathering of youth with the same beliefs. His last words of the homily were to remember and thank the Lord who wanted us to be here and who came to meet us.

Lastly, I would like, on behalf of all of us pilgrims, to express our gratefulness and many thanks to all parishioners in Our Lady of Victories, who supported our many fundraising attempts. Without your help we would not have been able to embark on this wonderful journey and experience of faith. Thank you all so much!

Elizabeth Ford