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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.

Weekly Update

for week ending Sunday 10th January 2021

Sunday missalette can be found under these updates.

Dear Parishioners

Regretfully we have decided to close the church for private individual prayer due to rise in covid infections. This is to help encourage our parishioners to stay home while the public heath situation is so serious. We will keep this decision under review. Thank you for your understanding.

God Bless

Fr Frank

Dear Parishioners

Regretfully we have decided to close the church for private individual prayer due to rise in covid infections for the week beginning today Sunday 3rd January. This is to help encourage our parishioners to stay home while the public heath situation is so serious. We will keep this decision under review. Thank you for your understanding.

God Bless

Fr Frank

Dear Parishioners

It is with a heavy heart  that we must once again close our churches for public masses with effect on and from St Stephen’s day.  Mass will be celebrated behind closed doors on St Stephen’s day at 10 am and can be viewed on our webcam.  

We will revert to one Sunday Mass at 10 am on the webcam only.

Masses (Monday to Thursday and Saturday) will be at the normal time of 10am on the webcam only.

Our church will open each day during Christmas Week from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm for private prayer or for  anyone who wishes to pay a visit to the crib. Keep an eye on our website for the latest updates.

With regard to funerals we have been advised that with effect on and from Christmas Eve up to 10 mourners only can attend funerals.

With effect from 3rd January up to 6 guests only are permitted to attend a wedding ceremony and reception.

From 27th December we must all stay within our county unless we need to leave for essential purposes which includes attending a wedding or funeral or to visit a grave.

May you all stay safe and healthy

God Bless

Fr Frank

For those coming into the church for private individual prayer or for funerals

The wearing of face masks is obligatory.

We will be staggering the opening of the entrances to the church. We will open the main door first and as soon as that section reaches 50, we will then open the Albert College door and fill that section and then finally Collins Avenue side will be filled. Stewards will be on hand to help you.

  • Please respect social distancing at all times.
  • Sanitise your hands on entry and hand sanitisers are available on exit too
  • Unfortunately all toilets will be closed. We cannot make any exceptions to this.
  • Try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to your Church when it is open at times other than for Mass.
  • Remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting any candles.

We will do our utmost to keep everyone safe. In this we are depending on everyone to cooperate with the stewards and to act responsibly for their own good and the good of all who come into our lovely Church.

(If you are one of the ten persons  attending a funeral please obey social distancing at all times and respect any guidance given to you by stewards who may be on hand)

We will be staggering the opening of the entrances to the church. We will open the main door first and as soon as that section reaches 50, we will then open the Albert College door and fill that section and then finally Collins Avenue side will be filled. Stewards will be on hand to help you.

  • Please do not to block the doors while entering and leaving and also please respect social distancing at all times.
  • Sanitize your hands on entry and hand sanitisers are available on exit too
  • Please go to and remain in the seat shown to you by our volunteer stewards.
  • There is no physical Sign of Peace until further notice.
  • If receiving Holy Communion please follow the instructions given.
  • Please leave patiently and promptly after Mass and avoid gathering in groups outside on the church grounds.
  • Unfortunately all toilets will be closed. We cannot make any exceptions to this.
  • Try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to your Church when it is open at times other than for Mass.
  • Remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting any candles.

We look forward to reopening our Church doors once again for Sunday and weekday masses.

We will do our utmost to keep everyone safe. In this we are depending on everyone to cooperate with the stewards and to act responsibly for their own good and the good of all who come into our lovely Church.
Fr Frank

We will continue to broadcast Eucharistic Adoration by webcam Mondays 7pm to 8pm and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7pm to 7.30pm. (The church will not be open at these times).
 
Rosary
In October, we place a special emphasis on praying the Rosary and therefore you might like to join us online via webcam when we pray. The Rosary will also be generally broadcast weekdays, after Mass, except when we have funerals.
 
Private individual prayer
The Church will generally be open for private individual prayer Monday to Saturday 11am to 3pm.  You are very welcome to come into the area of the  church set aside for individual private prayer. Please remember it is parish policy that you wear masks and you must respect social distancing at all times. Please use sanitiser and if you are lighting candles, remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so please ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.

In Memoriam

Recently Deceased: We pray for George Mayanga Siwale and Cyril Coughlan who have passed recently.

We pray for all who are bereaved at this time that they may find comfort in God’s eternal love and our support.

Upcoming Mass Notices

Our Lady of Victories will be closed all day on Saturday January 2nd 2021

Monday 4th – Mass will be at the earlier time of 9am on webcam onlyThere will be no mass at 10am.

Wednesday 6th (Feast of the Epiphany) – Mass will be broadcast at 10am on webcam. 

Retirement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Pope Francis Has Accepted the Resignation of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

We in Our Lady of Victories wish to acknowledge and thank Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for his care and dedication to the Diocese of Dublin over the past 16 years and in particular his commitment to Child safeguarding and protection. We remember and appreciate the many occasions when he celebrated Mass with us, which included our 40th and 50th anniversaries of our Church, Our World Day of the Sick and Fr Paddy Sweeney’s ordination anniversary and the funeral mass of Fr Colm, in recent years. We wish him a long and happy retirement and we ask that you keep him in your prayers.

Archbishop-Elect Dermot Farrell

Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell replaces the Most Reverend Archbishop Diarmuid Martin whose request for retirement has been accepted by the Pontiff and is effective from 29th December 2020.

In April, the Archbishop Martin reached the age of retirement. After much anticipation and speculation, Pope Francis on 29th December announced his replacement – the Bishop of Ossory the Most Reverend Dr Dermot Farrell.  

Originally from Co Westmeath, the 66-year-old – who has previously served as a parish priest in Co Meath and has held the position of President of St Patrick’s College in Maynooth – became the Bishop of Ossory in 2018.

We wish Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell every good wish as begins his new Ministry and would like to assure him of our prayers and support.

Public Mass Times

Monday to Thursday and Saturday at 10am (maximum 50 at these Masses)
However if a funeral is taking place we would kindly ask our regular attendees not to attend.

Sunday Masses at 10am and 12 noon (max 150 persons)

Fr. Tim Galvin & Our Parish Sponsored Project in South Sudan

Mass Missalette

Contacting Our Lady of Victories

Please see the Weekly Update above for the latest information regarding COVID Level 5 restrictions.

We are doing everything we can to ensure all our visitors to our Church are safe and secure but we also need your help, so we ask you to do or note the following please

  • The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and/or Holy Days is suspended.

We strongly encourage you to wear masks to help combat the spread of the virus.

  • Please do not to block the doors while entering and leaving and also please respect social distancing at all times.
  • Sanitize your hands on entry.
  • Unfortunately all toilets will be closed. We cannot make any exceptions to this.
  • Try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to your Church when it is open at times other than for Mass.
  • Remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.

Mass times and Church opening times
Masses will take place Monday to Thursday at 10am and Saturday at 10am normally*. Sunday Masses will be at 10am and 12 noon. Church will generally be open Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm for private individual prayer. 

Due to Covid 19 restrictions the maximum number of persons permitted to enter the Church for Sunday Masses is now 150 but will remain at 50 persons for weekday masses.

We are doing everything we can to ensure all our visitors to our Church are safe and secure but we also need your help, so we ask you to do or note the following please

  • The obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and/or Holy Days is suspended.

We strongly encourage you to wear masks to help combat the spread of the virus.

  • Please do not to block the doors while entering and leaving and also please respect social distancing at all times.
  • Sanitize your hands on entry.
  • Please go to and remain in the seat shown to you by our volunteer stewards.
  • There is no physical Sign of Peace until further notice.
  • If receiving Holy Communion please follow the instructions given.
  • Please leave patiently and promptly after Mass and avoid gathering in groups outside on the church grounds.
  • Unfortunately all toilets will be closed. We cannot make any exceptions to this.
  • Try to keep the lighting of candles at shrines to private visits to your Church when it is open at times other than for Mass.
  • Remember that hand sanitiser can be flammable, so ensure your hands are completely dry before lighting candles.

Latest update on numbers permitted to attend Mass.
Following a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on 3rd July the position on numbers attending Mass was updated. In accordance with this advice we have now been able to divide the Church into 3 distinct sections which can have up to 50 persons in each section. (Total 150 persons in church). This arrangement will be put in place for Sunday Masses only which will be at 10am and 12 noon.   We will be staggering the opening of the entrances to the church.  We will open the main door first and as soon as that section reaches 50, we will then open the Albert College door and fill that section and then finally Collins Avenue side will be filled.  Stewards will be on hand to assist people.  I know this is not easy for parishioners but hopefully we will get used to it and it will become more normal.  Once again your safety is very important to us. I am looking forward to having a larger congregation to celebrate the Eucharist.

Weekday Masses numbers are still restricted to 50.

How to contact the Parish Office or Sacristy at this time.
Both the Parish Office and Sacristy remain closed to the public. However, we continue to provide as best service as we can to you, so if you have any queries please contact us at (01) 842 0346 or email us at info@olv.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You may also phone (089) 426 1733 – Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm.

If you need to drop anything into us please use black letterbox slot on external wooden door to sacristy area (up the steps) at back of the church. Many thanks for your co-operation.

Donations

Planned Giving/1st and 2nd Sunday collections
We are very grateful for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.

If you don’t already have a planned giving box or wish to sign up for a standing order please contact us. Also we are encouraging parishioners to sign up for envelopes for the 1st and 2nd collections  for 2021. By putting your 1st and 2nd collections into a numbered envelope, that we can attribute confidentially to you, we are enhancing our potential for tax refunds. Marie can be contacted at info@olv.ie or on the office mobile 089 426 1733 (Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm).

We are also taking the opportunity to update our parish database so if you have not already kindly supplied us with your phone/email contact details you may ring the number above als

How to contribute to the Parish/ Diocese at this time.
We have installed a DONATE Button (EasyPaymentsPlus) on the website.  This online donation facility can be used to donate to 1st , 2nd collections or parish planned giving. 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. EasyPaymentsPlus support helpline is 1800 746 4484.

Thanks also to those who have dropped in envelopes into the black letterbox slot 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

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 now as if you were already there
and I unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

Fr. Frank

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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