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Parish Office In order to accommodate callers to the Parish Office in the late afternoon, particularly those who would like access to the parish after normal working hours, we have decided to make the availability/opening hours more flexible. To assist in this, we ask callers to contact the office in advance and an appointment will be made. Every effort will be made to have someone available between 3:30pm and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday. Exceptions will be necessary to allow time for meetings and Diocesan duties, so please phone before making the journey to Halston Street.

POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
CHRISTUS VIVIT
OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS
TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND TO THE ENTIRE PEOPLE OF GOD
 

For a flavour of this exhortation, read extract published in bulletin


First Holy Communion on 25th May
Please pray for the children of George’s Hill and North Brunswick Street Schools who will be receiving their First Holy Communion on Saturday next, 25th May in Halston Street Church. This very special celebration takes place at 11am on 25th and as a result, there will be NO 10am Mass next Saturday.

Please also remember in your prayers the parents, guardians and teachers of the children as they take this very important step.


Find out more on Facebook on nationalcarersweek and on Twitter on CareAllianceIrl or on our webpage www.carersweek.ie.

Ecumenical Bible Week 2019 will take place from 10th to 16th June 2019. The theme for this year is Always Be Ready. More details available on www.bibleweek.ie.

Lough Derg One Day Retreats begin on Saturday, 4th May. Why not take some time and space on Lough Derg personally or as a group this May? A new event for those who serve in lay parish ministry, is our Parish Ministry Day Saturday, 18th May. Booking essential.
T: (00353) 71 9861518.  E: info@loughderg.org or www.loughderg.org

May is the month of the Holy Rosary
Each day in May 2019, thousands of people from all around Ireland will gather at their local Grottos to recite the Rosary for Faith and Life in Ireland. To sign up your local Grotto, text/call 087 278 6552 or at www.coastalrosaryireland.ie

A Little Lifetime Foundation (ALLF) will hold a Blessing of Remembrance in Glasnevin Cemetery at the Old Angels Memory Garden on Sunday, 26th May at 3pm. This special Blessing of Remembrance is for all parents, family members and friends who lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, cot death or died shortly after birth. This invitation is for all families who have lost a baby - we hope you will find some comfort in coming together to remember your baby in a special way.

The Sunshine Fund would like to thank most sincerely the congregation of Halston Street parish for their generous contribution of €245.87 on Palm Sunday. We rely heavily on the funds generated through this collection and your support is greatly appreciated

Mass for our Recently Deceased
parishioners and friends takes place on Saturday, 1st June at 6pm in Halston Street. This month we remember in a special way all those who died during April and early May.
* Dympna McCormack (née Stone)
* Mary Delaney (née Stone)
* Margaret (Peggy) Feeney (née Ludlow)
* Anthony Bolger
* Seamus (Shay) Hogan
* Graham Leonard

Please note that on Sunday, 2nd June, our Sunday Mass will be at 12:15pm. This is to facilitate Fr. Bryan returning from celebrating 11am Aifreann in Drynam.

Love Life – Love All Life
We are called to cherish all human life which is precious from conception until it’s natural end. Being part of the eternal loving plan of God the Father, we pray that we will respect and protect the sacred gift of life. Join us each First Friday in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Navan Road. Rosary led at 7.10pm followed by Mass at 7.30pm.



Tickets available from Parish Office
Video of Christmas Voices
available to view
Part 1  Part 2
 
Novena of Grace
4 - 12 March Talks

From Christus Vivit - Christ is Alive!
(Pope Francis speaks to us)

142. Keep following your hopes and dreams. But be careful about one temptation that can hold us back. It is anxiety. Anxiety can work against us by making us give up whenever we do not see instant results. Our best dreams are only attained through hope, patience and commitment, and not in haste. At the same time, we should not be hesitant, afraid to take chances or make mistakes. Avoid the paralysis of the living dead, who have no life because they are afraid to take risks, to make mistakes or to persevere in their commitments. Even if you make mistakes, you can always get up and start over, for no one has the right to rob you of hope.

143. Dear young people, make the most of these years of your youth. Don’t observe life from a balcony. Don’t confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry sight of an abandoned vehicle! Don’t be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don’t go through life anesthetized or approach the world like tourists. Make a ruckus! Cast out the fears that paralyze you, so that you don’t become young mummies. Live! Give yourselves over to the best of life! Open the door of the cage, go out and fly! Please, don’t take an early retirement.

193. The elderly have dreams built up of memories and images that bear the mark of their long experience. If young people sink roots in those dreams, they can peer into the future; they can have visions that broaden their horizons and show them new paths. But if the elderly do not dream, young people lose clear sight of the horizon.

194. Perhaps our parents have preserved a memory that can help us imagine the dream our grandparents dreamed for us. All of us, even before our birth, received, as a blessing from our grandparents, a dream filled with love and hope, the dream of a better life. Even if not our grandparents, surely some of our great-grandparents had that happy dream as they contemplated their children and then grandchildren in the cradle. The very first dream of all is the creative dream of God our Father, which precedes and accompanies the lives of all his children. The memory of this blessing that extends from generation to generation is a precious legacy that we should keep alive so that we too can pass it on.


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Faithfest Retreat
Have you been to Faithfest? Are you in Secondary School? If so, you are eligible for and will love our Faithfest Retreat. It is a chance to build friend-ships, enjoy adventure and get to know God. If Interested, please download and complete the consent form and return it to the address advertised on the form to ensure your booking – see www.evangelisation.ie.

Trócaire boxes are available in the church. The money you raise this Lent will make a world of difference to those who need it most.

Novena of Grace in honour of St. Francis Xavier
A huge THANK YOU to all those who participated in the recent Novena of Grace in honour St. Francis Xavier. Your prayerful attendance will benefit the life of the parish for many months and years to come. A resumé of the talks is available on our parish website from the home page. Simply click on image of St. Francis Xavier or type in the following link in your web browser www.stmichansrc.ie/PDF%20Files/Novena%202019.pdf.

A special word of thanks to
* Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo who preached on the final night of the Novena
* Presentation Sisters at George’s Hill for bringing the Mission Cross of St. Francis Xavier on the final night
* and our Parish Priest, Fr. Bryan who preached from 4th to 11th March and was available to meet you all each day

Archbishop Jude emailed on Wednesday to say Thanks for the Celebrations yesterday. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit.

REMINDER: If Fr. Bryan missed your home during the pre-Novena home visitations and you would like him to call back to bless the house, your family or to administer the Sacrament of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office on 8730675.

Jude Thaddeus Okolo was born on 18 December 1956 in Kano, Nigeria and is an archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Arinze on 2 July 1983. He was sent to Rome where he undertook his post-graduate studies and obtained a doctorate in Canon Law. Apart from his native Igbo, Archbishop Okolo is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. He joined the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1990 and was appointed to Sri Lanka.

Subsequently, he served in diplomatic missions and nunciatures in
Haiti
the Antillean Islands and some minor Caribbean Island nations
Switzerland
the Czech Republic
Australia

27 September 2008: Ordained Archbishop
2 August 2008: Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Central African Republic and Chad
7 October 2013: Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate in Puerto Rico
13 May 2017: Appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

The Novena of Grace was first held in 1712 in Halston Street Parish and since then it has been held annually in Dublin and this year, 307 years later, we will start the nine days of prayer on Monday, 4th March at 7:30pm and will continue until Tuesday, 12th March - weekdays 7.30pm; Saturday 6pm; Sunday 12noon. There will be an opportunity to avail of Mercy in the Markets and a Healing Service.

Age Action is planning beginner computer classes for over 55’s in Belvedere College Thursday mornings starting in March. The classes are for older people who have little or no computer experience (or for the absolutely terrified!). The aim of the Getting Started programme is to introduce people to computer basics. Classes are taught by trained volunteer tutors on a one to one basis in a relaxed, non-formal setting. Phone Age Action on 4756989 for details.

Crime Prevention
This is a gentle reminder from An Garda Siochána to take care in your homes this winter. Be very careful opening the door to strangers. Gardaí are aware of some incidents where bogus callers are calling to the homes pretending to be employees of legitimate companies indicating that they need to check Gas, Power, and/or Water supplies. Once the home-owner is distracted, a second person enters the house and steals cash and other valuables.

Also, we have been warned of opportunists targeting people, so please keep a watchful eye on your bags and belongings. We extend this warning to all visiting our church and parish.

While we have CCTV in operation in the church, we strongly advise everyone to be alert, so that working together, we can maintain a safe and secure environment.

Please check in on your elderly neighbours and ensure that they are managing during the cold weather. Personal alarm buttons are available and if you are interested in getting more information about these, please contact An Pobal on 01 511 7000 or online on http://www.pobal.ie/ or email enquiries@pobal.ie.
If in doubt or worried about activity in the area, please phone the Bridewell Garda Station on 6668200

Padre Pio Office
The Padre Pio Office has relocated from Dufferin Avenue to the Capuchin Friary in Church Street. Padre Pio medals, prayers and books available during office hours. There has been a delay in the installation of the new phone line, but we will advise you on the contact number as soon as it is installed and working.

Trócaire boxes are now available in the church. The money you raise this Lent will make a world of difference to those who need it most.

In 2012, the little boy featured on the Trócaire box was nine-year old Daniel Okweng from Uganda. He is now a tall young man who benefitted from the donations made through the 2012 Lenten Campaign. Daniel and his family are among the survivors of one of the worst massacres perpetrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) during the 20 years of terror the rebel group inflicted on the region.

Daniel was 18 months old at the time when over 300 people were killed in his village of Barlonyo on 21st Feb 2004. The family then spent two years at an IDP (internally displaced persons) camp 40km away. There were 8,000 people in the camp and life was very difficult.

After the 2006 peace agreement between the LRA and the Ugandan government, Daniel’s family and neighbours began to return to Barlonyo but there was nothing left. Trócaire helped many returning families to get their farms and small enterprises functioning again. Trócaire also helped re-establish the community structures that gave the villagers a sense of mutual support and security, and worked with them to reclaim their farms, introducing new techniques to ensure better harvests.

The support meant that children could go to school since education is the most important way of ensuring the children do not return to a life of struggle and poverty.

Daniel is a fan of the English premiership and supports Arsenal. He is now part of a generation who run for fun, not for their lives.

B.E. - Beginning Experience
B.E. is a support group for those coping with the pain of loss of their life partner, through Death, Separation or Divorce. Few people are able to cope alone with the pain of loss. Do you find that you need more support than family and friends can provide? Seeking help is a sign of strength and self-knowledge – not weakness. This is a healing ministry, which helps to resolve the grief that goes with the end of a marriage or relationship. Coping effectively with bereavement is a skill we can all learn. A team, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced share their experiences with you. The next Coping Programme will commence on Wednesday, 6th February 2018 for 7 Wednesday evenings, at 7.15pm in White Friars Community Centre, Aungier Street, Dublin 2 For further information phone 086 0877379 or email bedublin@gmail.com. www.beginningexperience.ie

Age Action Care and Repair
Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used where required. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons. We are also accepting requests for small gardening jobs. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01-4756989.

Planned Giving Boxes
are being distributed throughout the parish at the moment and if you are an existing contributor, you will receive your box very soon. The money donated using the Planned Giving envelopes goes directly towards the upkeep of the parish and is the principle source of funding to pay for the day-to-day running costs. Please consider making a regular donation to the parish using one of these boxes. A special word of thanks to all the COLLECTORS for their help and support, winter and summer.

During 2018 the monies raised through the Planned Giving collection came to €17,845.81, a decrease from €21,863.12 in 2017. This covered the cost of insurance, heat, light, altar and shrine supplies, weekly bulletins, postage, phone and printing. A further €2,494.41 was raised by the Greek Catholic Community which helped with some of the regular repairs and maintenance.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The parish is very grateful for your contribution to the Planned Giving collection. The personal information you provide is used by the parish to process the contribution in line with Revenue guidelines. Personal information is not shared with any other person or organisation, is kept only for as long as needed and is then deleted from our systems.

  Launch of “St. Michan’s Parish: A view outside ourselves” took place on Saturday, 25th November 2017 in St. Michan’s Church, Halston Street
‘The Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis of Assisi’

Profoundly kneeling before this crucifix, St. Francis composed this prayer:
All highest, glorious God,
cast your light in to the depths of my heart.
Give me right faith,
firm hope,
perfect charity,
profound humility,
with wisdom and perception, O Lord
so that I may do what is truly your holy will. Amen.
   
The Story behind the Crucifix
This is a perfect replica of the Crucifix of San Damiano. It was especially commissioned by the Parish Priest of St. Michan’s and St. Paul’s for this church and placed here on the Feast of the Ascension, 16th May 1985. It is painted in oils by an outstanding artist, Palermo Gino of Assisi – the birthplace of St. Francis. The original was painted in the 12th century, and is now permanently placed for public view in Assisi.

Replica of the cross is located beside St. Anthony’s Shrine.

Parish Pastoral Council
Giving Sunday – 9 December at 12noon
Many thanks to all those who contributed to our first annual Giving Sunday on 9th December. The event was a great success due in no small part to YOU, the parishioners of Halston Street, who gave wonderful gifts for the tree and donated a staggering €1,685 to the Annual Vincent DePaul Christmas Appeal. Generosity is how Love Smiles
Thank you everyone

Camino to Rome
To date, the Camino from Viterbo to Rome has raised €1,7
75 for the Restoration Fund. We would like to thank our pilgrims who undertook this arduous walk in October, and all our sponsors who made donations to the fund. Many, many thanks…

Eight people from the parish set off on 20 October to walk the last 140km of the Via Francigena, the Camino to Rome. They were joined on the Camino by four other pilgrims and together they made this pilgrimage in thanksgiving for the Parish of St. Michan and hopefully raise some funds for the Restoration Fund.

The pilgrims followed Roman roads, paths, forest trails and dirt tracks across the scenic, hilly and vibrant green Lazio countryside. They chose this route to help celebrate the Year of Capuchin Vocation, conscious that 800 years ago, Francis of Assisi took a similar route to Rome to have his new order approved. On the last walking day, the group arrived in the Vatican along the ‘Via Triumphale’ and the following day they visited St. Isidore's Franciscan College to celebrate Mass of Thanksgiving for the safe arrival of everyone.



On 27 October, Fr. Bryan celebrated Mass at the tomb of Saint Pope Pius X in St. Peter's Basilica.

It is possible to make a donation online, or give it to Fr. Bryan or any of the pilgrims. Once again, sincere thanks to everyone for your prayerful support of the group during this difficult journey from Viterbo to Rome.

Going on pilgrimage without a change of heart brings little reward from God. For it is by practising virtue and not by mere motion of the feet that we are brought to heaven. – Book of Lismore

Volunteer with Trócaire in Ireland
Trócaire supports some of the most vulnerable people in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland. We are a group of committed individuals who meet three times a year in Dublin to organise initiatives in our communities for Trócaire.
Would you be interested in becoming involved? If so, for more information visit www.trocaire.org/volunteer or email volunteering@trocaire.org


Parish Pastoral Council Feedback
The Parish Pastoral Council is accepting feedback on the questions sent to the parishes from Archbishop Martin. The questions are:

Where do we go forward now in the challenge of renewing the faith we carry in our own hearts and renewing the life of the Church?

Why are we no longer captivating so many of our young people for the message of Jesus Christ?

Which models of pastoral activity and reflection are most likely to win the hearts of young people for the message of Jesus?

How do we teach young people about prayer?

How can our parishes respond to these challenges?

Which aspects of our dominant culture make it harder for people to understand the message of Jesus?

Please reflect on these questions and we will have time after weekend Masses next weekend to share ideas which will be fed back to the Archbishop.

Words of encouragement from Pope Francis
‘Of course, there will always be people who resist the Good News, who “murmur” at its “hard words”. Yet like Saint Columbanus and his companions, who faced icy waters and stormy seas to follow Jesus, may we never be swayed or discouraged by the icy stare of indifference or the stormy winds of hostility.

But let us also humbly acknowledge that, if we are honest with ourselves, we too can find the teachings of Jesus hard. How difficult it is always to forgive those who hurt us; how challenging always to welcome the migrant and the stranger; how painful joyfully to bear disappointment, rejection, betrayal; how inconvenient to protect the rights of the most vulnerable, the unborn or the elderly, who seem to impinge upon our own sense of freedom.’
                Papal Mass in Phoenix Park, 26th August 2018

Thank you - Many thanks to the Offbeat Ensemble for their Summers Eve Concert here in Halston Street. Special word of congratulations to Eugene Peelo and Niamh Geraghty on the premier of Aistear, a new composition of Eugene’s. The event raised €383 which will be lodged to the Restoration Fund as we work towards the next goal of painting of the ceiling in the church.

Young Church Dublin
The Archdiocese has a special section on the diocesan website (http://www.dublindiocese.ie/diary-of-a-young-church) for young church members where you will find information about.

1. Booking for World Youth Day Panama now open!

2. Engage – Catholic Youth Ministry Conference www.engageyouth.ie

3. Ewe Thina: We Walk God’s Way www.facebook.com/wewalkgodsway

4. The Encounter www.facebook.com/theencounterdublincity

5. Life to the Full (Jn 10: 10) Book Club Thursdays in St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay from 7.00-8.30pm. www.facebook.com/lifetothefullbookclub

The email address for any and all of the events in St. Paul’s on Arran Quay is st.pauls@dublindiocese.ie

General Data Protection Regulation in the Parish of St. Michan
The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018. The Parish of St. Michan is working closely with the Diocese to ensure that it is fully compliant with this new legislation so that the parish can continue to grow and thrive. To ensure the efficient running of the parish, it will be necessary on occasion to process personal data. The processing of this data will be governed by the “GDPR”, and there will be clear policies and procedures posted on the church notice boards from mid-May 2018.

The Parish of St. Michan in Halston Street complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the following purposes: -
• To administer parish records held by us;
• To fundraise and promote the interests of the parish;
• To manage our employees and volunteers;
• To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of donations and tax back applications)
• To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at the Parish of St. Michan in Halston Street;
• To share your contact details with the Diocesan offices so they can keep you informed about Diocesan news, events, activities and services in the diocese.
In order to process your personal data, we must have a legal basis to do so, such as:-
• Your explicit consent so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your donations and keep you informed about events.
• Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, financial, canon law, or other legal requirements;
• Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a religious aim provided: -
(a) the processing relates only to members of the congregation or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and (b) there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
At all times, your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other clergy or staff of the parish for purposes connected with the parish

We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.


Child Safeguarding Update


See www.chooselife2018.ie for the latest information

Choose Life Does life begin at conception?
Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it’s a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than ‘a clump of cells’. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.

When does a baby’s heart start to beat?
The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development for a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before a mum even discovers that she is pregnant!
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 15 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Choose-Life-2018-Issue-15-Final.pdf)

What if my baby won’t survive?
Many parents who received this news and continued their pregnancy to term say the chance to hold and care for their child, even if just for a few moments, helped them to grieve and heal after their child passed away. They have memories that they cherish and are consoled knowing they did all they could to care for and love their sick baby. As a society, we should strive to increase and improve perinatal hospice care and support for these babies and their families.

As well as medical assistance what support is available?
One Day More and Every Life Counts are Irish charities which offer support to mothers and fathers of babies with life-limiting conditions. They enable families to make meaningful plans for their child’s life, birth, and death, in a dignified way that honours the baby as well as the baby’s family.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 14 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue14_Final.pdf)

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed?
The Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pregnant women and unborn babies equally. Without it, Ireland's abortion rate will rise dramatically. Statistics from the Department of Health UK reveal over 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016. When abortion was legalised in the UK in 1967, no one could have predicted that in just 50 years 1 in 5 British babies' lives would end in abortion every year. Similar rates are seen in Sweden (1 in 4), France & Spain (1 in 5), Italy & Portugal (1 in 6).
 
Why do abortions take place?
The UK statistics also show in 2016, 97% of abortions were performed in England and Wales for social reasons. Some 38% of the total number of abortions were performed on women who had at least one previous abortion. The rate of abortion was highest among women aged 22.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 13 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue13_Final.pdf)

What is the Eighth Amendment?
The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without any constitutional protection. This would radically change the law, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 12 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue12_Final.pdf

Should abortion be a choice?
When it comes to the right to choose there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, a vulnerable person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I’ve had an abortion?
There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve the sin of procuring or assisting in an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 11 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ChooseLife2018_Issue11_Final.pdf)


What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk?
If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the unintended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies?
If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman, it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 10 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue10_Final.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief? The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.

What is the view of the Church? The Church teaches that life is sacred from conception to natural death and there is no such thing as a life without value. This belief is based on reason as well as faith. Our Church rejects the suggestion that any person can decide when it is time for another person to die. (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 9 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/-uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue9_Final.pdf)

Does life begin at conception? Yes. But this is not just a question of belief – it’s a scientific fact. At the moment of conception a new, unique human being with his or her own DNA comes into existence. In recent years, amazing advances in ultrasound technology provide us with a window into the womb and reveal the truth that the unborn child is undeniably one of us – a human being and much more than _a clump of cells_. In the past, some people may have pleaded ignorance to the humanity of life in the womb but today we no longer have this excuse.
 
When does a baby’s heart start to beat? The first few weeks are the most rapid time of development for a new human life. The baby’s beating heart has been recorded as early as 21 days after conception – this is sometimes before a mum even discovers that she is pregnant! (Choose Life 2018 -Issue 8 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue8_Final.pdf)

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? The Eighth Amendment protects the right to life of pregnant women and unborn babies equally. Without it, Ireland's abortion rate will rise dramatically. Statistics from the Department of Health UK reveal over 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016. When abortion was legalised in the UK in 1967, no one could have predicted that in just 50 years 1 in 5 British babies' lives would end in abortion every year. Similar rates are seen in Sweden (1 in 4), France and Spain (1 in 5), Italy and Portugal (1 in 6).

Why do abortions take place?
In 2016, 97% of abortions were performed in England and Wales for social reasons. Some 38% of the total number of abortions were performed on women who had at least one previous abortion. The rate of abortion was highest among women aged 22.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 7 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ChooseLife2018_Issue7_Final.pdf

What if my baby won't survive?
Many parents who received this news and continued their pregnancy to term say the chance to hold and care for their child, even if just for a few moments, helped them to grieve and heal after their child passed away. They have memories that they cherish and are consoled knowing they did all they could to care for and love their sick baby. As a society, we should strive to increase and improve perinatal hospice care and support for these babies and their families.

As well as medical assistance, what support is available?
One Day More and Every Life Counts are Irish charities which offer support to mothers and fathers of babies with life-limiting conditions. They enable families to make meaningful plans for their child’s life, birth, and death, in a way that honours the baby as well as the baby’s family.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 6 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018 /03/ChooseLife2018_Issue6_Final.pdf)

Should abortion be a choice? When it comes to the right to choose, there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved, an innocent person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. It deceives women, and men, by creating a culture where the decision to end the life of an unborn child is portrayed as simply a matter of individual “choice”.

What if I've had an abortion? There is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to anyone who approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. At the close of the Year of Mercy in 2016, Pope Francis granted to all priests the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procuring an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 5 on http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads /2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue5_Final.pdf)

What is the Eighth Amendment? The wording of the Eighth Amendment reads as follows: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right”. This is a declaration to respect, defend and vindicate the equal right to life of a mother and her unborn child. It enshrines in Irish law a deep conviction that every human life is precious, equal and worth cherishing.

What will happen if the Eighth Amendment is repealed? If the Eighth Amendment is repealed the right to life for unborn children in Ireland will be without legal constitutional protection. This would radically change the principle, for all unborn children and indeed for all of us, that the right to life is a fundamental human right.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 4 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue4_Final.pdf)

What happens if a pregnant woman’s life is at risk? If a seriously ill pregnant woman needs life-saving medical treatment which may, as a secondary effect, put the life of her baby at risk, such treatments are always ethically permissible provided every effort has been made to save the life of both mother and baby. Abortion is the direct and intentional ending of the life of an unborn baby. The Catholic Church upholds that necessary medical intervention to save the life of a pregnant woman, which results in the untended death of her unborn baby, is never considered an abortion.

What if the baby dies? If a baby dies as a result of life-saving medical treatment to save the life of a pregnant woman it is extremely sad and a tragic outcome. If the intention of the doctor is not to directly and intentionally end the baby’s life, then this is not an abortion.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 3 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue3.pdf)

Is a view on abortion solely a question of religious belief?
The right to life is not just a question of religious belief. As the first and fundamental human right, it affects people of all faiths, and none. You do not have to be from any particular faith tradition to agree that human life should be protected and that intentionally ending the life of another human is never justified. Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interest of every citizen, Catholics and all people of goodwill because it defines us as a society.
(Choose Life 2018 -Issue 2 on
http://www.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChooseLife2018_Issue2_Final.pdf)

Radio Maria Ireland is an Irish-run Catholic Talk-Radio Station. Prayer, catechesis, uplifting music, talks, interviews and testimonies – all commercial free – Listen via FREE App “RADIO MARIA IRELAND”, streaming on
www.radiomaria.ie  or via PHONE – get live radio feed by calling +353 (0) 1 437 3277.

Planned Giving Boxes
were distributed last week. The money donated using the planned giving envelopes goes directly towards the upkeep of the parish and is the principle source of funding to pay for the day-to-day running costs. Please consider making a regular donation to the parish using one of these boxes. A special word of thanks to all the COLLECTORS who brave all kinds of weather – winter and summer.

During 2017 the monies raised through the Planned Giving collection came to €21,863.12 which covered the cost of insurance, heat, light, altar and shrine supplies, weekly bulletins, postage, phone and printing. A further €3,532.53 was raised by the Greek Catholic Community which helped with regular repairs and maintenance.

Presentation Primary School, George’s Hill is accepting application forms for enrolment for boys and girls in Junior Infants to First Class and girls in Second to Sixth Class for next September. For further information, phone 8733061.

Take the First Step to Overseas Volunteering! Viatores Christi runs Overseas Volunteer training weekend courses in Dublin - if you are interested in becoming an overseas volunteer or just want to learn more about social justice at home or away, this course is for you. Call us today on 01-8689986 or email apply@viatoreschristi.com for more info.

Retrouvaille - A Lifeline for Married Couples Do you want to improve the communication with your spouse? Are you hurt, frustrated or angry with your spouse? Does talking about it only make it worse? The Retrouvaille programme can help marriages at all stages. For information contact Tony & Anne (01) 495 3536, Mike & Anne (01) 450 0922, text/call 086 413 5440, or W: www.retrouvaille.ie or E: info@retrouvaille.ie

This is a gentle reminder from an Garda Siochána to take care in your homes this winter. Also, be very careful opening the door to strangers. Gardaí are aware of a number of incidents where bogus callers are calling to the homes pretending to be employees of Local Authorities indicating that they need to check Gas/ Power / Water supplies etc. While the homeowner is preoccupied with one of the callers, a second person enters the house and steals cash and/& jewellery.

News from An Síol (19 Manor Street)
Are you over 50?
Would you like a home cooked meal handed to you?
Come, join us for a sit-down dinner and meet new people or bring a friend along! If you can’t make it down to us, order meals-on-wheels delivered straight to your door.
Where? Sit down service is in Aughrim Court, Dublin 7
When? Dinner is served Monday to Friday at 1pm
How much? Dinner, including dessert and tea/coffee is €4.50 per day
An Síol also has a minibus available to collect people in the local area to bring them to Aughrim Court and to drop them home afterwards.
For more information call to 19 Manor Street or phone Mairéad on 01 6775741 or 085 8054098; Aughrim Court 087 3178423

Volunteers needed to tutor secondary school students Contact Jenny Spain in An Síol, 19 Manor Street
For information phone 6775741 or 6772170, or email jenny@ansiol.ie

Aileen Putze, the ggg-granddaughter of Patrick Quinn would like to be able to communicate with any living relative of the family. Patrick Quinn had a son in the Irish Constabulary and this Patrick emigrated to New Zealand. Contact details available from the Parish Office.

Bicentenary Celebrations
Ten pilgrims walked from Tui to Santiago de Compostela in thanksgiving for the Bicentenary of St. Michan’s Church. During the pilgrimage, prayers were offered for the intentions of the parishioners of St. Michan’s – living and deceased.

This is a snap shot of the pilgrimage which one of the pilgrims summed up with pain, Compeed and companions. The pain and the need for the Compeed plasters are forgotten very quickly, but no one will ever forget the wonderful people they met along the way. Pilgrims from every corner of the globe were making their way to the Shrine of St. James. Some were on the road for days while others were at the end of a five or six-week pilgrimage. Working from left to right from the top row, the first image is of a wall covered in scallop shells which were prayer petitions for loved ones, one of our pilgrim passports covered in the stamps from the stopping points, the smiling pilgrims on the first day, a note left by St. Michan’s on a wall at a resting point, a typical Camino sign, outside the cathedral in Santiago soon after we arrived, a typical pathway on one of the many hills on the journey and finally, Fr. Bryan concelebrating the Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral on the evening we arrived.

Many thanks for all the prayerful support offered to the pilgrims and for the Twitter and Facebook greetings throughout the week. Mass was offered each day for all your intentions and along the route we prayed the Beatitudes of the Camino for you.


The Beatitudes of the Pilgrim
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the “camino” opens your eyes to what is not seen.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if what concerns you most is not to arrive, as to arrive with others.
Blessed are you pilgrim, when you contemplate the “camino” and you discover it is full of names and dawns.
Blessed are you pilgrim, because you have discovered that the authentic “camino” begins when it is completed.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if your knapsack is emptying of things and your heart does not know where to hang up so many feelings and emotions.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that one step back to help another is more valuable than a hundred forward without seeing what is at your side.
Blessed are you pilgrim, when you don’t have words to give thanks for everything that surprises you at every twist and turn of the way.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you search for the truth and make of the “camino” a life, and of your life a “way”, in search of the one who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if on the way you meet yourself and gift yourself with time, without rushing, so as not to disregard the image in your heart.
Blessed are you pilgrim, if you discover that the “camino” holds a lot of silence; and the silence of prayer; and the prayer of meeting with God who is waiting for you.
Amen

Fundraising Ideas
If you have any ideas to help raise funds towards the Restoration Work please contact us on 01-8730675 or email
halstonst@gmail.com

Taking Photographs during Church Ceremonies

Annette O'Donnell, Communications Director for the Dublin Archdiocese, says: "Widespread taking of photos are, generally speaking, not permitted while a Mass is ongoing to respect the solemnity of the occasion. The majority of priests ask people to put their phones away before a Confirmation or Communion ceremony as it could be chaotic if everyone was trying to get photos of their child."

Taking photographs is allowed in church beforehand and after ceremonies. Whether we are at a Wedding, Christening, First Communion or Confirmation, there is general child-safeguarding guidance given out in relation to third parties taking photos/filming of children in group settings and that is: please ask parents' permission before taking photos of their child.

Church is a place for quiet reflection and prayer and whether or not one is actually praying. It is disrespectful for anyone to stand up in the middle of the church with a camcorder or camera to record others and take multiple pictures. Perhaps some of us need to take a bit more time to live in the moment and enjoy some quiet time and where is more appropriate to do that than in a church? After all, being in church is supposed to be an occasion for prayer, not for taking photographs.

Tax Relief for Donations to Charities
Your donations mean much more to us!!

Tax relief under section 848A TCA 1997 in respect of donations made on or after 1 January 2013 by individuals (whether self-assessed or PAYE-only taxpayers) to an approved body, such as the Parish, is allowed to the Parish. A donation which satisfies the conditions of section 848A is grossed up at the specified rate (currently 31%) and the Parish is deemed for the purposes of the relief to have received the grossed up amount net of tax deducted at the specified rate.

For example, Joan makes a cash donation of €250 to the parish in the tax year 2013. Under the tax relief scheme the Parish is deemed to have received a donation of €362.32 (i.e. €250 grossed up at 31%) less tax deducted of €112.32. On the assumption that Joan has paid income tax for 2013 of at least €112.32, the Parish can obtain a refund of that amount from Revenue after the end of the tax year 2013. Joan is not entitled to a repayment of any part of the tax that has been repaid to the parish.

The Parish recently received a refund of €741.76 in respect of donations from donors who completed the CHY4 form which they returned to the Parish Office for processing. (See
www.revenue.ie/en/personal/charities.html for details)

Novena Mass Cards
Novena Mass Cards are available from the back of the church before the weekend Masses.