PASTORAL REVIEW OF 2016 - Part One
2016 - YEAR OF MERCY - Pope Francis designated 2016 as a Year of Mercy requesting that each person to try and show mercy of God to others. God has mercy on us. We need to show mercy to others
2016 -100th Anniversary of 1916 – On Sunday November 29th 2015 a prayer of blessing was given by Fr Ó Cochláin and Rev Oxley(Church of Ireland)during the raising of our national flag at the Mc Kee monument in the village.
PRAYER & SPIRITUALITY –The year was marked with special Solemnity on the following occasions
Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day), February 2nd, 10am Mass Ceremony to bless candles and a short candlelight Pro-cession around the church to celebrate the Light of Christ
St Blaise, February 3rd, many people, before and after Mass, had their throats blessed
Ash Wednesday, Large numbers attended the 725am, 10am, and 730pm Masses to receive the blessed ashes. Parish schools came to the church during the morning
Novena of Grace, 10am Mass daily, 4th – 12th March, led by Fr Kevin O’Rourke, a Jesuit, was well supported, with plenty of time for individual Confession each day
Lá ‘le Pádraig, 9am Mass, in Irish (as Gaeilge) with traditional Irish music. Readings and shamrock were provided by East Finglas 59th Scouts, under Valerie Murphy. They attend Mass in St Canice’s monthly, before parading to the Den.
Palm Sunday (The solemn beginning of Holy Week) Palms were blessed at 1020am, with a Procession waving the blessed palms and singing with the choir. During the week people brought non-perishable food for the Heart to Hand charity helping people here in Ireland and abroad.
Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 8pm, with music by the Folk Group. Peoples’ feet were washed by the main cel-ebrant. A solemn procession with the Blessed Sacrament went to the Altar of Repose where many people prayed for an hour to mark the betrayal and death of Jesus.
Good Friday – Morning Prayer at 10am. 50 people attended the Children’s Stations of the Cross. A large gathering from the 3 Finglas parishes prayed at the large Crucifixion Shrine on Main Street. At 3pm we celebrated the solemn Passion of the Lord, with each person kissing the Cross. Evening Stations were held for adults
Holy Saturday/Easter Sunday Confessions from 1030 till 1230, followed Morning Prayer at 10am. The church was cleaned. The all-important Easter Vigil at 9pm saw the Easter Candle blessed from the Easter Fire, signifying Jesus’ resurrection from the Dead. The Choir provided beautiful sacred music
Sacred Heart Novena (9 days of Prayer) May 26th till June 3rd ended with a solemn Act of Consecration of those present around the Sacred Heart Shrine. It was special this year because of the Year of Mercy
Fatima Apostolate – held their Night Vigil for June in our parish. Fr Piaras Mac Lochlainn, formerly of Finglas West, was main celebrant
Novena (9 days prayer) for Our Lady’s Birthday, September 8th, was well supported and the Choir again sang each day to the accompaniment of Nuala Moran, Parish Organist.
Scripture Prayer Group guided by Fr Jim Noonan, a Carmelite, meets during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter, to prayerfully explore the Mass Readings of the next Sunday.
Rosary after Mass, Every weekday is prayed publicly. It is much appreci-ated by people listening to the parish radio and on the parish website
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, people spend time praying in the presence of the Lord, on Fridays from 9am to 1pm, and 2pm to 4pm, and on Wednesdays at the same time with an added session from 7pm to 9pm. We need volunteers to fill vacant slots in the adoration.
Pathways Programme, from September to June, one evening weekly, enables ordinary people to get a deeper appreciation of Jesus and how to live and celebrate your faith. If you’d like to take part please contact the Parish Office
Legion of Mary meets weekly on Thursday in No2 Grove Road, at 11am. It models itself on Mary’s visitation of Elizabeth when she brought Jesus to her. Would you like to help Mary?
St Francis Prayer Group meets monthly, on Wednesday afternoons, in the Prayer Room of the church. They would like more people to join them in his beautiful work
Divine Will Prayer Group is a new group of people supporting each other by doing as the Our Father says “Thy will be done......” More details to follow in 2017.
Pilgrimages – give time to God and to deepen spiritual life. Lourdes, Fatima, Medugorje and the Holy Land are popular destinations. Our parish had pilgrimages to the Irish shrines of Knock and Lough Derg during 2016
Church Banners outside (courtesy of Joe Tracey), and inside the church help us to concentrate on the different feasts throughout the year.
Parish Shop – run by dedicated team of volunteers, provides Religious Books, Medals, Cards, and Objects. Please take a little time to see what’s available.
Christmas Carol Service. The schools, the Church Of Ireland community, our own Parish Choir and the Finglas Concert Band provided a won-derful Christmas atmosphere of good spirit in anticipation of Jesus’ coming. Volunteers helped with the Catering, moving of Chairs, Sing-ing in the Choirs ably assisted by teachers Ms Cuthbert and Ms Rati-gan from the BNS, parents from Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin, and Fr Mick and Nuala. Happy Christmas!! Nollaig Shona!!
PASTORAL REVIEW OF 2016 - Part Two
Baptisms (100 in 2016) – the Gateway to Eternal Life when people join the parish community which meets every Sunday for Mass. All candidates had two meetings with the priest and the Baptism Team.
Confirmations (76 in 2016) – Ceremony of Light and Confir-mation was celebrated for 6th Class in both schools. Ghlac daltaí Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin Searmanas an tSolais sa scoil agus an Cóineartú i Séipéal Muire na mBuanna.
Mass/Eucharist/Holy Communion - The centre of our parish is the weekly gathering of the community of believers each Sunday to celebrate our faith as Jesus invited us to do in memory of Him.
The Ministers of the Word proclaim the Mass readings. Free copies of St. Luke’s Gospel were given out at Mass in January to encourage people to get to know Jesus in His Word.
Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. Their new leader is Valerie Murphy.
A Renewal Day in November led by Fr Donal Neary SJ was well received. The Sacred vessels are cleaned and polished by Mary and Frances.
Music Groups – Parish Choir sing each Sunday at 1030am Mass and practise one day a week. The Folk Group sings each Sunday at 12 Mass and also rehearse one evening each week
Mass Servers serve at the altar. Éamonn Brennan has served for 21 years. We thank him for his dedication. A number of new servers joined us. We welcome more new servers in 2017
The Sacristans Paul & Luke work hard behind the scenes to facilitate our celebrations. Tony Smullen stepped in to the breach on a number of occasions. St Mar-garet’s is well served by Willie and Nicky
The Syro-Malabar Rite Mass is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of each month – In April the Feast of Christ the King and Our Lady was marked by a colourful procession.
The Church Cleaners meet every Monday after 10am Mass. Many visitors to the church are taken by its beauty. It’s important that our church is kept up to the highest standards.
The Flower Team meet Thursday afternoon to prepare the floral displays which exude beauty.
The Hospitality Group host a friendly cup of tea most Thursdays immediately after 10am Mass. All are welcome to take part.
The Church Grounds are kept by Paddy, John and Don, along with Declan Cowley.
Penance/Confession/.Reconciliation – Times of Confession are on Saturday from 1030am till 11am and 630pm till 655pm and any time on request. First Confessions were celebrated prior to 1st Holy Com-munion. Bhí ard-chaighdeán le feiceáil i gceiliúradh na Céad Fhaoistine as Gaeilge. All catholics should avail of this great sacrament at Christ-mas and Easter.
Sacrament of the Sick – Many of our parishioners were visited in Hos-pital, and on First Fridays in their own home. The priests will be glad to visit any sick person on request. Please contact them.
Marriage/Weddings/ Matrimony (13 in 2016) – Couples intending to marry in the Church need to contact the Parish Office giving at least 3 months notice (6 months for foreign weddings). The priest will fill out the Pre Nuptial Enquiry Form needed for wherever you intend to get married.
Funerals (100 in 2016)– Death is an important part of our life experi-ence in St Canice’s. Each death has a sad story of loss. We lost a young girl Keva Walsh in February. Two particularly sad deaths were those of young children – Sienna Joyce and “Batman” Ben Foster. The parish schools were very good in their support. We lost some great parishion-ers in Myriam Geoghegan, Hugh Mc Nulty, Carmel Doyle, Annie Sludds, Teresa Sherlock, Anita Smith, Joe Lewis and Mick O’Grady, Te-resa Boyne, and Kathleen Mc Ivor, to mention but a few. Fr Colm Ken-ny’s recent death was a shock to us all. Finglas Cemetery Mass was celebrated in July. Thanks to the Lynch Family and Dublin City Council November Mass for the Year’s deceased was a team effort thanks to the work done by the volunteers and the Funeral Team. The souls of those on the November List for the Dead are remembered in Mass every 1st Friday. Thanks also to all our Funeral Undertakers for their work.
PASTORAL REVIEW 2016 (Part Three) - Parish issues
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL – The Parish Council did much important work behind the scenes in 2016. Among the topics the PPC advised the Parish Priest were Finglas Parishes working together, improvements in celebrating the sacra-ments, staffing issues, Mass for Deceased Parishioners, Maintenance of church and church grounds, Child Safeguarding, response to isolated sporadic vandalism, Immigrants, World Youth Day, School/Parish Issues, Parish Website/Live Stream, Parish Newsletter, Parish Adoration, Pathways Programme, Easter Ceremonies, Parish Youth Group(COFFY), Baptism Team, New Religious Education Programme in Primary Schools, Pilgrimages designated as Parish organised, Diocesan Com-puter Systems and the Parish, Deanery Reports,
Child Safeguarding – A major audit was carried out, with a review of procedures. In line with diocesan procedures, Member of the Parish Council Safeguarding committee addressed the people at all Masses on Diocesan Child-safeguarding Sunday, the Parish Council sends representatives of the parish to Deanery meetings, Appreciate the many volunteers but Need for many more volunteers
FINGLAS AREA – 3 Parishes working together , School of the Word, Ministers of the Word, St Canice’s joined in
Celebrations of Jubilees in Rivermount in September, Good Friday – Ceremony at the Crucifixion
SCHOOLS – Catholic Schools Week was marked by the Parish Schools in January, a major Extension & Renovation of Kilcoskan National School (Special Education haven) , Grandparents’ Day saw Grandparents invited to the school and Pray-er Services , Ash Wednesday – Parish schools (under patronage of Archbishop) & GS Uí Earcáin (under patronage of Foras Pátrúnachta with a Catholic ethos) all came to the church for the blessed Ashes , Grow in Love new Religious education programme being introduced , 2016 Proclamation Day Pageant, Boards of Management (all voluntary), Parents Associa-tions, Graduation Mass and ceremonies, Ms Ann Gannon (GNS retires), St Michael’s (post-primary school) feastday Mass,
ST CANICE’S WEBSITE – now has a constant Live Feed allowing everyone with an internet service watch our live service, Facebook and Twitter continue to attract visitors, Weekly Newsletter available on the Parish Website frontpage, Parish Radio experienced some difficulties which were repaired, Sound System for Choir Area upgraded with better quality micro-phones.
WORLD DAY OF THE SICK in Merrion Road was attended by some parishioners
HOMELESSNESS - featured in several instances, a Couple and an Albanian woman, were helped with their difficulties.
Others were referred to specific agencies like the Legion of Mary and St Vincent De Paul.
2016 ELECTION – saw the return of a weakened coalition. Parties’ stances on important issues including Homelessness,
Taxation, Abortion & Catholic Schools were researched
DIOCESAN COMPUTER SYSTEM – Intense work and training courses were undertaken during the year by our Parish
DIOCESAN MATTERS – which remain to be addressed include the Data Protection Act, and implications arising from the Charities Act, including the installation of a new Till in the Parish Shop to comply with requirements.
FINANCE – The Counters and Collectors continue to provide sterling service. We thank the Garda Síochána for their
continuing interest in the safety of people inside and outside the church,
DUBLIN AIRPORT NEW RUNWAY – will affect the St Margaret’s Church and schools environments
REGISTERED PARISHIONERS – Does your name appear on the list of Registered parishioners? Please make sure that you are included.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT – in order to keep going we need a contribution from every parishioner . If you would like to contrib-ute please contact Marie O’Reilly, Parish Secretary, in the Parish office or by phone at 01 8343110, or on email at email@example.com, or on Facebook. Many Thanks!!
NEW VOLUNTEERS are always needed. Please be generous in putting your name forward. A parish is only as strong as the number of active volunteers willing to give of their time and energy.