Church of St. Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud

18th -25th January Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

It was the great desire of Jesus, the night before his Passion and Death, that all his disciples be united as one, and each year from 18-25thJanuary, the Church prays in particular for this desire of Jesus. This year the

Our common task

I bumped into three mums outside the school one day during the week. They were chatting, keeping an eye on their kids playing nearby and waiting for the others to finish school. I’ve often found this to be a fantastic

Baptism

At every funeral Mass, we pause and welcome the remains of the deceased at the Baptismal Font as we enter the church. Standing there with the family around and the friends and neighbours gathering in we recall the beginning of

Happy New Year!

Capodanno, is the word you might see in Italy on posters advertising the New Year celebrations. Until I spent one end of year holiday in Amalfi I had no idea what an exuberant and joyful celebrations the Italians enjoy. I

New Year’s Eve 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Thanksgiving Prayer Service with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Drop in and spend a few moments of quiet time with our Lord. 31st December 2021 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Thank you

The last days of the year will follow our Christmas celebrations and soon 2022 will begin. It’s impossible to say farewell to 2021 without first saying a strong word of thanks to all who have given time, energy and support

Service of Reflection & Reconciliation Mount Merrion on Monday 20th @ 7.30pm

Thank you for the invitation to lead the Advent Reflection and Reconciliation Service this year. I’ve been asked to speak about migration during this reflection – in truth all I can share with you is what I have learnt from

Poinsettia

The decoration of the Church for Christmas is centred on the crib, the tree and the all the festive colours. Nothing suggests that we are serious about this celebration more than the bright red Christmas flower, the poinsettia. The parish

Just once a year

When I was in Clonliffe College, studying for the priesthood, my dad asked me to call into a fishmongers, in Chatham Street, and bring home a side of smoked salmon for Christmas. I did that year after year and always

Hopes that people of faith carry

One evening after Mass a parishioner slipped me an envelope, with the brief comment, ‘something nice for yourself.’ I was delighted to open it when I got home and find inside a single ticket for “Jack B Yeats: Painting and

Upcoming Dates for your diary

11th & 12th December – Bambellini Sunday bring your Baby Jesus figurine from your crib at home to have it blessed here in the Church during Mass. 20th December – Service of Reflection & Reconciliation Mount Merrion at 7.30pm 26

Welcoming the light of the world with all our heart

Turn on the lights! Well, as we are now into December, and it is so dark and cold, I for one love to see the seasonal lights appearing. The big bright lights which transform the city centre, ripple through the

Getting back in touch with your spiritual energy

Energy! Every parish needs plenty of energy. The energy that comes from the sun certainly gives us a lift and makes the church building and environment more pleasant, the energy that comes from the Spirit leads our hearts and minds

Some practical matters

I can’t remember the last time a week passed by and I didn’t say at least one funeral Mass. Free from that obligation I’ve been busy this week with some of the practical things that need to be attended to

United in prayer this November

I don’t often catch the bus early in the morning when students are on their way to school. Yet there I was the other day, just after 8, waiting and watching as bus after bus disgorged boys and girls, all

Joys and sorrows

I have a grandniece called Cleo, a beautiful girl, with long curly hair, a magic smile and a happy disposition. When I heard that a little girl with the same name had disappeared from a camping site in Australia, during

COP26 Opening Day Vigil Sunday October 31st 2-5pm St.Therese Mt.Merrion

Still time to sign the petition … https://thecatholicpetition.org/

Parish Advent Wreath Project

Parish Advent Wreath Project This year we are offering candles or candles and a floral ring to help people construct their Advent wreath, or just replace the candles from last year. All orders will be “online only” to parishadventwreath@gmail.com. The

Remembering our dead and praying for all the faithful departed

I walked up to the front door of a house during the week, I was about to knock when, out of the corner of my eye I noticed, half hidden by the hedge, a skeleton on the grass and gasped.

Spiritual strength

During the week, I was preparing a homily for the opening of the year Mass in a boy’s secondary school. Moments like this are a great opportunity to speak to young people who little by little are coming to identify