DEFENCE of HUMAN LIFE

STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN

ON THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN LIFE

Photo Archbishop Diarmuid Martin 

“The Church must always be Pro-Life”

The Church must always be pro-life. That means that the Christian community must be a beacon of support for life especially at its most vulnerable moments and a beacon of support at vulnerable moments of any woman or man along their path of life.

Christians must be pro-life when it comes to the unborn and those who are vulnerable at the end of their lives.

The Church must be pro-life at many other moments in the lives of people. Being pro-life means recalling all of us to reflect on the deeper meaning of life and to reject many of the paths of superficiality that lead away from true human fulfilment.  

The Church is called to be pro-life not just in words and statements and manifestoes but to be pro-life in deeds, by being a Church which reflects the loving care of Jesus for human life at any stage. That loving care includes support to help those women who face enormous challenges and who grapple with very difficult decisions to choose life.

Being Pro-life means protecting and loving every human being. There are no second-class humans worthy of less protection and care than others are.

For too long, a mentality was common in Ireland in which single mothers were ostracised and humiliated. This narrow moralistic culture was often sadly enhanced by the attitude of the Church.

It was women who stood up and challenged that culture and affirmed their desire and right to be able to keep and give love to their children. We owe a debt to those women who, then and now, witness to life.   It is still not easy to be a lone parent and we have to create an environment to ease the obstacles and burdens of lone parents and their children.

Ireland has a great record in the care of mothers and of children. The overall ethos of medicine in Ireland has been marked by a passionate commitment to do all to protect the life of both mother and child.

The 8th Amendment to the Constitution sets out to ensure equal protection of both the mother and the unborn child. The Amendment ought to have been accompanied by an appropriate legislative framework to assist doctors in dealing with complex situations. This is still possible.

 

Repealing the Eighth Amendment is not about permitting limited abortion. It would bring about a radical change to our broad pro-life culture. It would end any Constitutional protection whatsoever for the unborn. Proposed future legislation would permit abortion without restriction up to 12 weeks, but also permit abortion on physical and mental health grounds up to six months.  

How abortion legislation evolves into the future would be left entirely to the Oireachtas without any Constitutional framework within which legislation can be set. In future it is possible, that small minority parties of a coalition government could demand that abortion legislation be extended as part of a programme for government.

         

Future legislation regarding abortion could become the sole prerogative of an Oireachtas in a future culture that could be desensitised if abortion became more frequent. This has been the experience in many other countries.

Repealing the 8th Amendment in such circumstances means that the rights of the unborn would definitively left without Constitutional protection. It would be a point of no return. I ask you to reflect on that.

It seems incongruous that just as medical science allows us to understand much more about the evolution of the baby in the womb and his or her originality and unique identity that we should simply throw out all Constitutional protection of the unborn child. For that reason I will be voting No.

I ask the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Dublin to join in moments of prayer in the coming days in each parish. I ask you to invoke the Spirit of Jesus to touch hearts and commit our society to be pro-life in defending the lives of unborn children and in supporting women and men in the challenges they meet in accepting the joy of parenthood.

16th May 2018.

Petition Metro Collins Ave update

Thank you all for your great support for our petition (about 1000 signatures received). These petitions with a letter from our Parish Pastoral Council and a letter from the priests of the parish were handed in personally by Fr Frank to the Metro link offices on Friday 11th May.

Petition form

Parish Newsletter

FAO Parishioners, Business Owners, Professionals and Self Employed

 

 

New newsletter format and opportunity for advertisement.

 

Following a decision by the PPC and other concerned parties it has been decided to produce our monthly newsletter, which is delivered to homes in the parish, in a new updated and colour format.  Liturgical Publications of Ireland (LPi) will be our new Newsletter publisher. Christine Daly, their Newsletter representative visited our Church  in connection with the advertising element of the newsletter.

For those interested in placing an ad, this is your opportunity.

 Our Newsletter is the primary way we use to communicate with our parishioners.  Through our arrangement with LPi the Church does not have to pay for the newsletter printing, which saves us money.   Our new Newsletter will be supported through the generosity of the advertisers—many of whom may be our own Church parishioners or members of our local community.

A strong and vibrant Newsletter is good for our community and a strong business community is good for our Church.

To obtain information about advertising for the new publication year, please call Christine Daly directly at (086) 813 7924 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you wish to submit an article or piece for inclusion in  the  newsletter please email it directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 5th of the month. The newsletter team reserve the right to include or not to include material in the newsletter or to edit or shorten the material etc that is published.

Keep in mind; our advertising sponsors will make the Newsletter possible. Many thanks to all those who have sponsored advertisements to date. Copies of the newsletter can be accessed under the Parish News tab, Parish Newsletter section.

 

10th Anniversary

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The Young Adult Gospel Mass  celebrated its 10th anniversary on  Sunday 15th October  What a very special and wonderful 10th Year Birthday/Anniversary Mass we had. We would not be here 10 years on if it wasn't for the support of our parish, families & friends. Thank you for coming along & special thanks to Ciaran, Fr Fintan, our young adult team, Fr John, Fr Kevin, Fr Frank, Kevin Kelly and the past members for helping us mark such a special occasion. Here's to the next 10 years and that we continue to see you all at our 6.30 Young Adult Gospel Mass every Sunday. One Love    ”  Extract from OLV Gospel Choir Facebook. There are more photos of this very special Mass on Facebook.   

If you would like to join the Young Adult Liturgy Team please contact Ciaran after 630pm Mass. The choir is currently at full capacity.