for week ending Sunday 2nd August 2020
Welcome back to Our Lady of Victories, we missed you!
A huge thank you to the parishioners and stewards as we recommenced the public celebration of Masses with the necessary restrictions and new procedures in place.
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 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.
Our experience of Mass will be different for many months to come. 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 will continue to broadcast Mass on our webcam at olv.ie
As it will not be possible to accommodate everyone at weekend Masses please consider participating at one of our weekday Masses
Buckets will be available for 1st/2nd and Family offering collections throughout the week.
Thank you for your kind support during these times. I know, you have kept us in your prayers, as we have kept you.
Mass times and Church opening times
Masses will take place Monday to Thursday at 10am and Saturday at 10am. 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. Church will close around 11am on Saturdays to facilitate preparation of Church for Sundays.
As this Monday, 3rd August, is a bank holiday the church will close after 10am Mass.
Ní neart go cur le chéile
Fr Frank and the Parish Team
Recently Deceased: We pray for Rita Murphy, Annie Rock, Rosaleen Casey, Marie Cahill, Kathleen O’Keeffe, and Pauline O’Brien who are recently deceased.
We pray for all who are bereaved at this time that they may find comfort in God’s eternal love and our support.
From Our Lady of Victories parish-sponsored project in Riwoto, South Sudan, Africa
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 .
Thank you once again for your patience and understanding. We are in this together. Please see my earlier welcome letter with more general advice.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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).