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A Message from Pope Francis

A message to our Parishioners

Greetings to you all, how much I miss seeing you as we for the time being no longer gather in our church for prayer and worship. We cannot at the moment physically gather but we are drawn together spiritually. The prayer each of us makes every day unites us in the presence of our Heavenly Father.

These are strange times and each of us is trying to cope and adapt to the situation that we find ourselves in. the structures and supports that has served us so well up to now; family visits, interaction with neighbours and friends, daily work, religious ceremonies, have had to be put on hold for the wellbeing and good of all. Community is so important to us here in Our Lady of victories. The strands of friendship, care, affection and faith that binds us together is a great strength. Let us do all in our power to preserve and strengthen this.

I realise that some of you are fearful at this time, that anxiety and uncertainty is your constant companion during these days. But we must always have hope. This will pass. I am reminded of the words of  St. Julian of Norwich;

“All will be well, all will be well, all will be very well.”

Regrettably we had to close the church. I have included the times/ceremonies that will continue to be broadcast from some of our local churches. In the meantime I am looking into the possibility of installing our own Webcam into Our Lady of victories. I have also included the prayer that can be said if you wish to make a spiritual communion. If you are anxious about confession take note of the following:

“In its recent documents, the Holy See has drawn attention to the tradition that in the event of difficulty in accessing Confession that making an act of perfect contrition with the desire to receive the sacrament is sufficient for the forgiveness of all sins even mortal sins.”  

An act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

Mass will be broadcast via webcam from the following churches at the following times:

Weekdays
Monday-Sat 10.00 (www.ballygallparish.ie) &
Mon-Fri 5.45 pm (www.rednuns.com)

Weekends
Saturday Vigil 6.30 pm (www.ballygallparish.ie)
 Sunday Morning 9.30 am (www.rednuns.com)
Sunday Morning 11.00 am (www.ionaroadparish.ie)

Exposition each Wednesday 7.30 to 8.30 pm www.ballygallparish.ie

Finally if you need anything or are worried do contact us.
We check the phone and our emails every day.
To ensure a prompt reply our email has temporarily changed to olvathome@gmail.com
or Tel. 01-8420346

May the Lord Bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
May the Lord give you his peace.

Fr. Frank

Glasnevin Grouping: Easter Ceremony Schedule April 2020

The Parish Teams of Ballymun Road, Ballygall, Glasnevin, Drumcondra, and Iona Road invite you to join with us as we celebrate Holy Week. We hope and pray that this Easter will bring new beginnings, new hope and new joy to us all

Greetings to you all. We continue to cocoon and self-isolate but remember it does not mean that we can’t communicate. A phone call, a text message can mean so much to others. So start exercising those fingers.

Easter will certainly be very different for us this year. All our ceremonies will continue to be broadcast from Our Mother of Divine Grace, Ballygall via Web-cam unless otherwise stated. To access the broadcast from Ballygall click the below button, then press play on the video player:

Palm Sunday (4th/5th April)
6.30pm – Saturday Vigil for Palm Sunday with the blessing of Palms
11.00am – Mass with blessing of Palm from Iona Road Church (www.ionaroadparish.ie)


Holy Week (Monday – Wednesday)
10.00am – Mass


Holy Thursday (9th April)
10.00am – Morning Prayer
7.30pm – Celebration of the Lord’s supper, followed by Watch and Pray.
Concluding with night Prayer at 9.00pm.


Good Friday (10th April)
10.00am – Morning Prayer
12 noon – Stations of the Cross
3.00 pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (For this ceremony if you have a Crucifix, keep it beside you. Remember it can be the crucifix on your Rosary Beads)
7.30pm – Stations of the Cross


Holy Saturday (11th April)
10.00am – Morning Prayer
7.30pm – Celebration of the Easter Vigil


Easter Sunday (12th April)
11.00am – Mass for Easter Sunday from Iona Road Church (www.ionaroadparish.ie)

Remember that all our ceremonies will be broadcast via webcam from Ballygall church at www.ballygallparish.ie unless otherwise indicated

Finally if you need anything or are worried do contact us.
We check the phone and our emails every day.
To ensure a prompt reply our email has temporarily changed to olvathome@gmail.com
or Tel. 01-8420346

May the Lord Bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
May the Lord give you his peace.

Fr. Frank

RTÉ broadcasting output of liturgies during Holy Week 2020

Palm Sunday – 5th April

1100-1150 – Mass on Palm Sunday.  
Rev Professor Michael Mullaney, President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, celebrates Mass in the Kairos chapel studio, Maynooth, Co Kildare, with music from internationally  acclaimed singer, Celine Byrne, accompanied by Ronan Murray.
(RTÉ One TV / RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms.)

1735-1745 – A Passover Like No Other.
Rabbi Zalman Lent and author and motivational speaker, Yanky Fachler, face the challenge of celebrating Pesach, the Passover festival, which traditionally brings Jews together, in a time of isolation, sickness and fear.  Rabbi Lent has, himself, had to self-isolate and has learned to preach and connect with his congregation online.  They also explore how the story of the first Passover shows that humankind can weather plagues and hardship, if they put their faith in God
(RTÉ One).

0615-0618 – A Living Word.  
Aidan Mathews continues to curate and, in some cases, deliver a daily reflection to start the day.

Holy Thursday – 9th April

1640-1735 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  
Father Joe Campbell CC, Mullingar, Diocese of Meath, to celebrate Mass in commemoration of the Last Supper and Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.
(RTÉ One TV and RTÉ Radio 1 Extra / LW252 / Digital Radio platforms. The Mass will air on radio at the later time of 19.00.)

Good Friday – 10th April

1500-1600 – Solemn Liturgy for Good Friday. 
Live from the Cathedral of Christ the King, Father Derek Darby commemorates the Passion and death of Christ, observing full health and social distancing protocols.
(RTÉ One TV & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252)

22.00-2230 – The Leap of Faith.
Michael Comyn asks whether and how the Easter story continues to resonate with people in today’s Ireland
(RTÉ Radio 1).

Holy Saturday – 11th April

2200-2300 – Easter Vigil Mass
Bishop Tom Deenihan of Meath celebrates the resurrection of Christ, with a vigil Mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.  Beginning with the lighting of the Paschal candle, the liturgy, which signifies the triumph of light over darkness and of life over death.
(RTÉ Two & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra/LW252).

Easter Sunday – 12th April

1000-1100 – Easter Sunday Mass.
A Eurovision Mass, previously planned for Metz Cathedral, takes place instead in the Dominican Convent of Saint Jacques (Saint James the Great) in Paris, due to France’s COVID-related restrictions on indoor gatherings.  Translation and commentary are by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP.
(RTÉ One & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra).

1100-1120 – Urbi et Orbi: Pope Francis’ Easter Message.  
Pope Francis will deliver his Easter blessing To the city and the world with prayer and encouragement by video link from within the Vatican.  Translation and commentary by Fr Thomas McCarthy OP
(RTÉ One).

The Sacrament of Confession during COVID-19

Perfect contrition arises out of love of God, as compared to fear of the consequences of sin.

The Catechism states:

1452. When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.

Such contrition is not rooted in a desire to protect ourselves or avoid the consequences of sin. It is rooted in love for God, in genuine recognition that we have harmed our relationship with God, that we have put aside the communion which we should cherish.

When we think of the times we have truly wronged a loved one, and we anguish not over the consequences of our actions, but over the love we have offended in our wrongdoing, we have some concept of what perfect contrition looks like.

But love is not merely an emotional exercise. Love consists of real acts and obedience. In particular, this love includes following the path God has laid out for us for the expiation of the harmful effects of sin. That is, seeking out sacramental confession and penance as soon as it is available. For this reason, the Catechism goes on to say that perfect contrition “also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.”

So how do we obtain perfect contrition during these incredibly trying times when we might not be able to seek the Sacrament of Confession? There is no particular method or special process, but as the Holy Father has told us, we must approach God like we would a loving father. If we do not feel we have genuine love for God, we ask him to be filled with that love. God always understands the difficult situations we find ourselves in. Like a good father, he is always willing to provide for us.

if you feel you are suffering under grave sin:

  • Speak to God, express your love for him and his son
  • Pray for genuine, loving contrition for your sins
  • Enumerate your sins
  • Ask for forgiveness for your sins
  • Say an Act of Contrition
  • Promise with true intention to confess your sins to a priest, whom God has placed here for you, as soon as you are able, so that you might be healed and fully reconciled

While we might not have the immediate assurance of the Sacrament at this time, of the priest’s words: “I absolve you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” we do have the assurance of Christ’s words: “Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.”

Fr. Paul Our Lady of Dolours

Serving Our Parishioners For Over 50 Years

Our Lady of Victories has been a focal point for the community, both spiritually and temporally, since 1969. In 2019, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of Our Lady of Victories parish here on Ballymun Road.

To learn more about the history of Our Lady of Victories church and parish and the people who played a pivotal role in its incorporation, click the button below.

Important Notices

St Patrick's Day Mass

St Patrick’s Day Mass will be broadcast from Ballygall Parish on:

  • 16th March – 6:30pm
  • 17th March – 11:00am.

To view the masses, please go to www.ballygallparish.ie


Upcoming Funerals & Church Attendance

This week we will have a funeral on Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March.

We would therefore kindly ask our regular 10:00am morning mass goers not to attend Mass these days.

Many thanks for your understanding and support at this difficult time for us all.

Parish News & Events

Weekly Parish Newsletter

Recently Deceased. We pray for Willie Byrne, Patrick Corcoran and Beattie O’Shea who are recently deceased.  We pray for Nell Carroll whose month’s mind occurs at this time.


Novena of Grace to St Francis Xavier which commenced on Wednesday 4th March takes place at our 10 morning Mass including our 10 Mass this Sunday.


Rehearsals for Emmanuel will be taking place in the church during the week. We also look forward to welcoming the boys and girls to their First Confession on Tuesday.


“Faithfest is an event which creates an opportunity for young people to have fun, make friends and explore faith, it’s a space where young people can be themselves. Faithfest is on Friday 13th March from 6:30 – 9:30pm in Holy Diocesan College, Clonliffe Rd, Drumcondra.  The theme is Dream Big. Some of the workshops will include: Cage Soccer, Meditation, Self-Esteem and Music.

Don’t forget to bring along your consent form which can be downloaded below: www.evangelisation.ie or may be picked up from tables inside the church.  Reminder to everyone coming to Faithfest – the entrance to Clonliffe is through the Mater Dei Carpark. The blue gates are closed.

We are inviting our young people from our parish to come along, they will need to bring the consent form mentioned above and €2.


Advice re. containing the Coronavirus based on HSE guidance

  • Please do not attend if you are ill.
  • The practice of shaking hands on greeting and departure at religious services/ gatherings is being suspended for both religious leaders/clergy and laity.
  • Our holy water fonts are not to be used.
  • Everyone administering Holy Communion should wash their hands or use alcohol based hand gel before beginning.
  • Holy Communion will be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue
  • Only the celebrant should drink from the Chalice. No one else should drink from the Chalice – this includes other priests, ministers of the Eucharist and members of the congregation.
  • Please wash hands regularly and use the gels provided throughout the church

We would kindly remind the small number of persons who are leaving clothes, religious objects, magazines etc. in the church or church porches to refrain from doing so.  We have nowhere to store them nor do we have the facility to pass them on.


Tuesday 10th March at 8 pm

Lenten Reflection  Led by Marie Dunne CHF.  Marie will draw on scripture and music in this time of reflection as we yearn to be refreshed and nourished on our Lenten journey Time 8pm to 9pm Donation €5. Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin


Wednesday 11th March at 7.30 pm

Why not attend one of the Wednesday night talks taking place in place in Margaret Aylward Centre, Glasnevin: First Talk is Wednesday 11th March: Rev. Gordon Linney (Author, Thinking Anew: Faith in a World of Change and Doubt)


Guided Reading Scripture in Our Lady of Dolours Glasnevin Parish Centre

Sr. Therese Fitzgerald on Tuesday 10th March: A closer look at the text of the Passover. It takes place in the front meeting room of Glasnevin parish centre at 10.45am approx.  after 10 morning Mass. Tea/coffee will be provided.


Correction to last weeks bulletin  regarding Crosscare volunteers for packing food.- it should have read Ballymun of course instead of Ballymena! Crosscare volunteers notice is repeated below

Commitment: Weekly : Pre Packing: Thursday 9am-12

Foodbank Day: Tuesday:9am-1pm. Location: Sports and Community Centre, Balbutchers Lane, Poppintree, Ballymun. Contact Orla 01 8360011 EXT 151 or email volunteer@crosscare.ie  Note: This work may be physically demanding.


Our evening adoration service has been cancelled until March 15th.  Our Monday afternoon adoration is also cancelled for the moment.

Child Safeguarding in Our Lady of Victories

The Archdiocese of Dublin recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. The Archdiocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives are:

Ger Casey and Jo McGlynn

and are contactable through the parish office (see below for contact details).

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Important Notice regarding
Our Lady of Victories

Please take a moment to read a message from Fr. Frank to our parishioners regarding the current operation of the church.