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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.

Weekly Update

for week ending Sunday 27th September 2020

Sunday missalette can be found under these updates.

Dear Parishioners
Following the Government announcement  on 18th September  in relation to Level 3 Covid restrictions for Dublin, we will no longer be able to celebrate Mass in public during this time.
 
Attendees for both Funerals and Weddings has been reduced to 25 only. Baptisms are being postponed until further notice
 
Situation regarding Mass on the webcam.

We will broadcast Mass generally via the webcam Monday to Thursday and Saturdays and Sundays at 10am.(see below however). The Rosary will also be generally broadcast after Mass except Sundays and when we have funerals.

Please note that this weekend of 25th and 26th September, however, Mass is not being broadcast from Our Lady of Victories.
You may wish instead to participate online via webcam in Mass in Our Lady of Dolours Church (www.glasnevinparish.ie) at 12pm or 6.30 pm this Sunday 27th (the following week their mass time will revert to 11am and 630 pm)
Alternatively you may wish to participate online in Mass in Our Mother of Divine Grace Church (ballygallparish.ie) at 6.30 pm Vigil on Saturday 26th or Sunday Mass 27th at 10am.

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).
 
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.
 
Crosscare
On 20th September it had been hoped to facilitate a collection at Sunday masses Crosscare the Diocesan agency for homelessness and community services who are in need of our kind donations but obviously this is not possible. We would kindly suggest those who can to  make donations online to www.crosscare.ie.

Diocesan Safeguarding Day, 2020

Letter from Archbishop Martin

Sunday 27 September is Diocesan Safeguarding Day. The safety and protection from abuse of the children and vulnerable members of Archdiocese is a particular priority of all of us. This year we face a different set of challenges and we do so in a situation of considerable uncertainty.

You will be aware that it has been necessary to reduce the number employed by the Diocese including a number of people employed in the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service. However, our commitment to Safeguarding and to the support of victim/survivors of abuse remains undiminished. We need to consider the implications of working with less and the opportunities this presents to look at how we share what we have.

Given the uncertainty surrounding bringing people together, we will have to consider how best we approach things like delivering safeguarding training. Information technology presents us with new opportunities, while also presenting challenges for those not used to using computers.

There is a third uncertainty which I wish to address. I cannot say for how much longer I will serve as your Archbishop. As I near the end of my time with you, I want to say a particular thank you for all of the work you have been doing to make the Church in Dublin a safer place for children and for vulnerable adults. Our parish clergy, already under pressure due to declining numbers, have had to accept additional responsibilities in this area, such as ensuring that those involved in public ministry are vetted. I wish to thank also the hundreds of parish safeguarding representatives and the thousands who have attended safeguarding training. I wish to thank all of our parishioners who have kept faith with us through this difficult time.

I wish to especially acknowledge the courage of those who have spoken of their experiences of abuse in the Church. Their stories have been difficult for us to hear but they have helped us to face up to the truth and we must honour their contribution by making our parishes, not just safe places, but also welcoming and nurturing places for all children and vulnerable persons.

I ask you to remember those who were abused and to pray for them.

+ Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin

In Memoriam

Recently Deceased: We pray for Jimmy Cherry and Michael Clinton who have recently passed.

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

Celebrate the Eucharistic Adoration via Webcam
Mondays at 7:30pm

Season of Creation

The First Sunday in the Season of Creation  was Sunday 6th September 2020.

The Season of Creation has a special significance for the Catholic Church. It is a time marked throughout the Christian world from 1st September to 4th October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) and celebrates the joy of creation as well as encourages awareness-raising initiatives to protect the natural environment. The theme this year is Cultivating Hope. We celebrate in the awareness that we are in the midst of a pandemic. The environmental and the present health crisis are interconnected. “Both are global emergencies that will affect many people, both are experienced most deeply by the poor and vulnerable, and both expose the deep injustices in our societies. Both will be solved only through a united effort that calls on the best of the values we share.”

A Prayer for the Earth from Laudato Si
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Confirmations

We extend our warmest congratulations to the boys and girls who received the Sacrament of Confirmation recently. Great credit is due to them for their patience and spirit of joy they brought to the ceremonies. We thank their parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, principals, Jo our school chaplain and Linda for all their work and preparation for this spiritual milestone in their lives. We wish them every blessing as they start this new chapter in their lives.

Holy Communion

Congratulations to the girls who received First Holy Communion on 5th September and to the boys who received Holy Communion on 12th September. We were very proud of them and wish to thank them  for their patience and understanding.

We would like all who helped them prepare for this beautiful Sacrament and special credit is due to their families, school staff and Jo and Linda for their support.

COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE manage a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary.

The support line is open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling
0818 222 024.

DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies – Scholarships Available
Interested in studying theology, but need a flexible programme to suit your needs? The DCU BA in Theology and Religious Studies is just for you. This part-time, flexible programme is aimed at mature students, with lectures on Thursday evenings and a handful of Saturdays throughout the year. For 2020/21, the programme will feature blended learning, with online and in-person learning opportunities. Scholarships are available for new incoming students. More info at www.dcu.ie/dc300, or contact Brad Anderson (brad.anderson@dcu.ie)

Mass Missalette

Attending & Contacting Our Lady of Victories

Mass times and Church opening times

Please see the Weekly Update above for the latest information regarding COVID Level 3 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.
  • 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.

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
2020 is a year we would all like to forget but we are glad that we are now able to celebrate weekday and Sunday Masses, to keep our church open for private prayer and to provide other pastoral services at this time. We are very grateful for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.

Life goes on and Marie is working  on our financial preparation for 2021 and in particular our planned giving boxes.

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 also.

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

Dear Parishioners,

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 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.

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 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. 

Ní neart go cur le chéile

Fr Frank and the Parish Team

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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