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Weekly Update

for week ending Sunday 31st May 2020

(Pentecost Sunday)

The word Pentecost is Greek and it means “50th day.” Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations

Frs. Frank & Fintan with Archbishop Martin

Dear Parishioners and visitors to our website,

We are broadcasting Mass most mornings at 10am and Sunday Mass is broadcast at 10 am also. We thank you, whether you are one of our faithful parishioners or a virtual visitor to our Church. Our Lady of Dolours Glasnevin have also installed a webcam – go to www.glasnevinparish.ie.

Sunday missalette is under these updates on the home page.

Recently Deceased: We pray for baby Alex James whose funeral service took place this week. We pray for Michael Hurley who died during the week. We also pray for Fr. Gerry Byrne who died this week also.

Months Mind: We pray for Joe Costigan, Tommy Smyth, Desmond Holmes, Fr. Pat Guckian and Monica Ryan whose months minds occur around this time.

We remember all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

May they rest in peace and may their families and friends find comfort at this time.

Notice regarding new devotions taking place in June.

We are introducing some new devotions in June in honour of the Sacred Heart.  All these devotions are being held behind closed doors and will be broadcast by webcam.

  • Beginning this Tuesday 2nd June, Exposition of Blessed Sacrament will be broadcast from 9.15am to 9.45am.  It will be broadcast Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays.
  • This Wednesday 3nd June the Holy Hour will be broadcast by us between 7.30pm and 8.30pm.
  • Beginning Monday 8th June we will be broadcasting a Holy Hour to honour the Sacred Heart on Mondays between 7pm and 8pm.

Church now open to individuals for private prayer

The Church is open for individual private prayer at certain times.  The Church will be open Monday through to Saturday between 11am and 3pm  for private prayer and also after Mass this Sunday. The entrance is through the Albert College side.  We know many of you are looking forward to being in the presence of the Lord once again.  This needs to be done safely and therefore certain areas of the church will be restricted. We kindly ask that you do not enter areas that are sectioned off and to respect social distancing at all times. Also in your own interests and of others, if you can, perhaps you could stand for a short time in front of the Lord rather than sitting, that would be helpful.

Contact Details
During this time the Sacristy and Parish office remain closed in the interests of public safety. We check the phone 01 842 0346 and our emails info@olv.ie or olvathome@gmail.com regularly. We also have a new Church mobile number it is 089 426 1733 if the landline 01 842 0346 is engaged. We are doing our best to keep things running as best we can. There are a number of support services available to persons and we have included a list below.

How to contribute to the Parish/ Diocese at this time.

We have installed a DONATE Button (EasyPaymentsPlus) on the website.  Archbishop House made changes to make donating online easier: thank you for your patience and feedback. Thanks to parishioners who have started to donate this way. It is much appreciated.  Marie can help you use this Donate button or if you wish to set up a standing order through online banking. (Marie’s contact details are above).  The benefit of online donations and standing orders has been emphasised by the current situation. Easypayments support helpline is 1800 746 4484.  

Thanks also to those who have dropped in envelopes to our secure postbox. The postbox is located in the external back door to the sacristy up the steps. Your support is much appreciated.

If you need help with any of these options please contact Marie – contact details on our website.

TROCAIRE : Every year Trócaire asks for your help during Lent to fund lifesaving programmes around the world.

This year, of course, it was not possible to return Trócaire boxes through schools or parishes in the usual way. This is the worst possible timing coming just as the world’s poorest people need us most. Therefore, Trócaire are appealing to you to return your Lenten donation. Simply count or estimate what is in your box and donate in the following ways:

  1. Online at www.trocaire.org
  2. By phone: 1850 408 408 (ROI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI)
  3. By post to Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

The contents of each and every Trócaire box, no matter how small, come together to make a significant difference. This virus knows no borders, but neither does our compassion.

Covid19 Help with Technology: Surprize your grandchildren!

Covid19 Tech is a  group of I.T professionals who have come together from  across Ireland to volunteer and offer free tech support to Irish seniors in our communities so they can stay connected with their loved ones and required services during the Covid19 crisis.   More information visit:  https://covid19tech.ie/ or  https://www.facebook.com/Covid19TechHelp/posts/118344963168927

Coronavirus, Church and You

DCU’s Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (Director, Dr. Gareth Byrne) has made an important survey available. The Covid-19 pandemic has obviously had a profound effect on Church. As we pass the most severe period of lockdown, it seems a good time to assess how clergy and churchgoers have responded to the experience, and what they think the future might hold. The views of priests, religious and lay people are all welcome.

To have your say go to: https://www.dcu.ie/materdei-centre-for-catholic-education/news/2020/May/Coronavirus-Church-You-Survey.shtml

Catholic Herald

Some of our parishioners used to buy the Catholic Herald from our Repository.  We have been informed that they are now moving instead to a personal subscription service.  See details below.

“The  Catholic Herald has changed from a weekly to a monthly publication. Subscribers will receive 12 monthly issues and will have 24 hour access to the new website as well as a weekly podcast from Rome and our historic archives. The print magazine will include expanded Vatican coverage from our Rome Bureau; more arts and books coverage, features which expand the mind; and the best spiritual writing and monthly religious calendar which helps us to live the faith, along with interviews that keep the church accountable. 
A print and digital subscription will cost £84 (sterling) a year.  A digital only subscription is £45(sterling).  For more information on subscription packages see: https://catholicherald.co.uk/subscribe or telephone (0044) 20 7448 3607 or 3618.”

Fr. Frank

Reflection for Pentecost

God’s Transforming Power

God who cannot be bound
Flow into our hearts and minds
Wear down our resistance to your love
And refresh us with the spirit of your compassion
Today, as we commit ourselves once more to your work
We ask you to show us how to hold the needs of your world
At the heart of our lives
And to celebrate your many gifts with joy.
May your power transform our lives
May your Spirit set us free
And may the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with us all now and for ever


Linda Jones/Catholic Agency for Overseas Development

Mass Missalettes

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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