- Information For Those Attending Papal Mass In The Phoenix Park
Tickets may be booked via this link, from 25th June 2018.
- For your safety and welfare, you should plan your whole journey from the beginning of the day until you return home.
- You may have to walk for a long distance over the course of the day.
- You are likely to be standing for a long period of time.
- If you are unsure if you can make this journey or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, talk to your doctor or other health professional.
The journey through the day for those attending will be long and will involve significant walks of to and from the Mass depending on where you are coming from. Walking is unavoidable due to the size, scale and location of the event.
For your awareness, you will be required to walk from 4km up to 7km to and from the Mass in Phoenix Park, depending where you are coming from.
To help you with your journey there are a number of supports in place. Designated rest zones will be positioned at regular intervals at the transport hubs, along these walking routes and at the gates. Multiple food and drinks stations will also be available, as will medical facilities, toilets and baby changing facilities. There will be volunteers throughout the venue, at the gates and at the hubs who will be able to help you.
This event is not seated so you may be standing for some time. However, portable seating will be allowed into the venue. More information on this and what else you can bring into the venue will be available soon.
Facilities will be provided for people with accessibility issues and their carers. A dedicated ticket application process will be put in place for those who require special facilities. More information will be provided soon. For all ticketing information, including for those who require special facilities including wheelchairs, please visit the following page.
Talk to your doctor or other health professional if you are unsure if you can make this journey or if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Make sure you have any medications you need.
- Parish Trip To Glendalough: Saturday 23rd June 2018
Come join us on our parish trip to Glendalough on Saturday 23rd June 2018.
Our bus leaves the Church car park at 10.30am. We bring our own picnic &
something to share. All ages catered for. We will have a wonderful
experience together in the unique ambience of Glendalough. People can
choose either of these two tracks:
1. 5km Walk
2. Relaxing Activities with out Creative Team
Lunchtime (Remember your Picnic!) Followed by: “Singing for the Centuries”
(Sing-song and poems in the Monastic Site.)
Things to bring…..
Footwear suitable for the walk
Bus leaves Glendalough at 5pm for return to Balally
Cost of Bus: €10
The buses are full, but we have a waiting list & there are some cars
- Parish Trip to Glendalough: Saturday 23rd June, 2018
World Meeting of Families
Come join us on our Parish Trip to Glendalough, Saturday 23rd June, 2018.
Our Bus will leave the Church car park at 10.30am.
Bring your own picnic & something to share with your brothers and sisters.
All ages catered for.
We will have a wonderful experience together in the unique ambience of Glendalough.
People can choose either of these two tracks:
1. – 5km walk
2.- Relaxing activities with our creative team
Lunchtime (Remember your Picnic!)
“Singing for the Centuries” Sing-song and poems in the Monastic Site.
- Trinity Sunday: 27 May 2018, 11:30 AM Reflections on the Referendum result Fr. Dermot Lane.
Trinity Sunday: 27 May 2018, 11:30 AM
Reflections on the Referendum result
Fr. Dermot Lane.
It would be irresponsible of me to stand here this morning without making some tentative comments on the result of the referendum. After all, it is a subject that is on everybody’s mind today and every single newspaper and every radio programme. To ignore this outcome would be to go around like the ostrich with its head in the sand.
The size of the vote in favour of repeal has surprised a lot of people, including politicians, the media, and the church
As we all know, Democracy is about consulting the people and then implementing the will of the people in terms of legislation. The people of Ireland have spoken and there is a responsibility on all of us to respect and implement the will of the people. That’s what democracy is about.
A two thirds majority is a loud message and a clear mandate to government.
In approaching the referendum result, we should bear in mind that some of people who are pro-life and voted ‘no’ were and remain conflicted about this issue,
and equally some of the people who are pro-choice and voted ‘yes’ were also conflicted
In other words, some who voted ‘yes’, voted ‘yes’ reluctantly because they were concerned about the possibility of unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks, but at the same time they were persuaded about the primacy of the health of the mother.
And equally, some who voted ‘no’, voted ‘no’ because of their concern for the rights of the un-born baby, but remained worried about the health of the mother.
I think it is important to recognise that there were and are important values on both sides, on the yes side and on the no side, and that this issue is not a black and white issue.
As many said in the course of the discussions in the last number of weeks,
this issue is highly emotive, potentially divisive, and deeply complex.
We need to take account of the complexity of the issues at stake
It is important for us as a community and as a church not to demonise the other, not to demonise those who differ from us.
A lot of good people, and a lot of good Catholics voted ‘yes’, just as a lot of good people, and a lot good Catholics voted ‘no’.
Both sides spoke eloquently about the importance of care and compassion, and it is important now
that we show care and compassion to each other as we move forward,
that we listen carefully to those who differ from us,
that we learn from those who have spoken so emphatically on the yes side.
The ‘no’ side can learn from the ‘yes’ side, and the ‘yes’ side can learn from the ‘no’ side.
We must show respect for difference,
we must respect the individual consciences of people
we must try to understand those who hold a different point of view,
otherwise we will become intolerant, and polarised, and divided as a people.
There is a significant change taking place in our society. Some have spoken about a quiet revolution in our society.
I wanted to tell you that there is also significant change taking place in our church under the leadership of Pope Francis.
I am thinking of the words of Pope Francis when asked about gay people,
he replied “who am I to judge”.
Further, I am thinking of what Pope Francis wrote in his first apostolic letter,
“Realities are more important than ideas” (The Joy of the Gospel, 231)
By this he means that we must deal with people where they are, with their reality on the ground, and not with people where we think they are, or where we think they should be.
I am also thinking about the outreach of Pope Francis to people who are divorced and remarried, and opening up possibility of admitting them to the Eucharist in certain circumstances.
Pope Francis has described the church as “a field hospital”, that is a place that offers help to people in an emergency
One of the many lessons from the referendum is this :
the church must listen more carefully, more openly, more empathetically to the stories of women in crisis pregnancies and try to understand their situation.
There must be room in our community for people on both sides of the debate,
for those who voted ‘yes’ and for those who voted ‘no’
The outcome of this referendum calls above all for respect on both sides, respect for difference, respect for the consciences of individuals
Equally, there must be mutual listening, mutual compassion and mutual empathy.
Let me conclude, by making a link between what I have been saying here about respecting differences and the doctrine of the Trinity which we celebrate today.
The doctrine of the Trinity is about unity within difference, about an underlying unity within God that exists alongside the differences that exist between the Father and the Son and the Spirit. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Spirit, but the mutuality that exists between the Father and the Son and the Spirit gives rise to a profound unity within God.
In the light of the referendum result,
we should aspire to a situation where pro-life people can speak respectfully to pro-choice people, and learn from each other, and vice versa.
If we can do this, then we can move forward constructively with a better health care system for mothers and babies, and a morally more sensitive ethic on the ground, Amen.
- Children from Queen of Angels in Glendalough… around the round tower, May 2018.
Children from Queen of Angels in Glendalough… around the round tower.
- Balally Parish Hospitality Group On Tour, 2018
The Balally Parish Hospitality Group recently visited the home of Blessed Edmund Rice with Brother Christy O Carroll.
- Holy Doughnut Sunday Celebrations & Community Concert: 13th May, 2018
- Fr. Padraig’s ‘Whistle-Blower’ Presentation
Fr. Pádraig gave a great presentation on Wednesday 9th May 2018 in our parish centre, summarising the issues he deals with in his ‘Whistle Blower’ book. The hard facts he presented will shock you, to the core. The contents of his presentation are available for viewing below.
His book is available for purchase here.
- The Ascension Of The Lord, Thursday 10th May 2018, Gospel Reflection: Up, Up And Away?
*Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus is taken up to his Father in heaven. We
tend to read the Ascension along essentially Enlightenment lines, rather
than biblical lines—and that causes a good deal of mischief. Enlightenment
thinkers introduced a two-tier understanding of heaven and earth. They held
that God exists, but that he lives in a distant realm called heaven, where
he looks at the human project moving along, pretty much on its own steam,
on earth.On this Enlightenment reading, the Ascension means that Jesus goes
up, up, and away, off to a distant and finally irrelevant place. But the
biblical point is this: Jesus has gone to heaven so as to direct operations
more fully here on earth. That’s why we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will
be done on earth as it is in heaven.”Jesus has not gone up, up, and away,
but rather—if I can put it this way—more deeply into our world. He has gone
to a dimension that transcends but impinges upon our universe.*
* MARK 16:15-20 *
*By Courtesy Bishop Robert Barron*
- Fr. Padraig McCarthy: Whistle Blower E-book
Our own Fr. Padraig McCarthy’s latest book, Whistle Blower, is available for purchase (e-book) here; http://amzn.eu/3A3ggxz