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  • Balally Parish Meetings 24th, 25th & 27th September 2018

    A series of meetings, to chat about the future of Balally Parish, will be held as follows;

    24th, 25th & 27th September, after the 10am Mass

    24th, 25th & 27th September, 7.30pm in the Parish Centre Coffee Dock

    You are all welcome to come along and participate.

    Items to be discussed include;

    1. 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?

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

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

    4. How do we teach young people about prayer?

    5. How can our parishes respond to these challenges?

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

  • DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING DAY: Sunday, 23rd September 2018

    We in the Archdiocese of Dublin value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in Diocesan activities.  Safeguarding is about creating an environment which facilitates such involvement so that children can grow strong in their faith as they experience the love of Jesus in his Church.  Everyone who ministers in the parish is a representative of the Church and must observe safeguarding practices and guidelines.  Good safeguarding practice is integral to ministry.  It is not an optional extra.

    We know from sad and bitter experience that the Church in Dublin has not always been a safe place for children.  Archbishop Martin is deeply grateful to all the priests, parish sisters, deacons, parish pastoral workers, staff and volunteers in our parishes who have worked with great dedication to change this and to make our parishes and diocesan agencies safer places for children and vulnerable adults.  If we want the future to be different from the past, we accept that changes must be made.  Change is not easy.  It has been hard, for example, for some to accept the need for Garda vetting of parish volunteers, especially for those who have occupied positions in the parish for many years.

    This year saw the introduction of the new updated Diocesan Safeguarding Policy, which was launched at Deanery meetings throughout the Dioceses. This document clearly outlines the policies and procedures that all parishes must have in place to safeguard children.  Should anyone want a copy of this document, it can be downloaded from the Dublin Diocesan Child Safeguarding & Protection Service website;

    http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/03/Diocesan-Safeguarding-Document-2018.pdf

    Alternatively, you can contact any member of the Parish team, who in turn will email you a copy.

    The measures that we put in place in this parish, as in all parishes in the diocese, to keep children and vulnerable adults safe are the following:

    • Adopting a child centred approach, which involves valuing children and demonstrating our respect for them
    • Obtaining the consent of parents for the involvement of their children in parish activities
    • Choosing carefully those who work with children and vulnerable adults in our parish
    • Ensuring parish workers and volunteers behave appropriately towards children and vulnerable adults
    • Making proper arrangements for activities involving children, including ensuring adequate adult supervision of such activities
    • Keeping good records of parish activities involving children

    We can be contacted through the parish office if anyone wishes to find out more or would like advice and information about a safeguarding matter.

    Anyone who has a concern for the safety or welfare of a child or vulnerable adult should contact the diocesan Child Safeguarding and Protection Service.  People can also take such concerns directly to the civil authorities:

    • Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, if the concern relates to a child
    • HSE, if the concern relates to a vulnerable adult, or
    • An Garda Siochana, in an emergency.
  • Balally Parish Accounts 2017

    The Balally Parish 2017 Accounts are available for viewing here;

  • Balally Parish Meetings 24th, 25th & 27th September 2018

    A series of meetings, to chat about the future of Balally Parish, will be
    held as follows;

    24th, 25th & 27th September, after the 10am Mass

    24th, 25th & 27th September, 7.30pm in the Parish Centre Coffee Dock

    You are all welcome to come along and participate.

    Items to be discussed include;

    1. 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?

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

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

    4. How do we teach young people about prayer?

    5. How can our parishes respond to these challenges?

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

  • New Sunday Mass Timetable, Sunday 7th October 2018

    From Sunday 7th October there will be changes to the Balally Sunday Mass
    timetable.

    There will be two Masses on Sundays;

    10.00am
    12.00pm

    There will be opportunities toward the end of the month to meet with the
    parish team and members
    of the Parish Pastoral Council to chat about the future of the parish.

  • A Call To Action: Renewing The Life Of The Church In Ireland, November 2018

    Dear Father Peter,

    First of all, I want to thank the priests of the diocese and the
    religious working in the diocese for the manner in which you animated the
    memorable days of the World Meeting of Families. It was inspiring to see
    how Parishes united around their priests. I was especially struck by the
    presence of so many families with their children at the events.

    The gathering in the Pro-Cathedral of young couples preparing for or who
    had recently celebrated the sacrament of matrimony was remarkable. It was
    a unique sign of a future of faith, of goodness and of love. This was a
    unique vision of a Church for the future, as these young couples reflected
    on the Pope’s vision of lifelong commitment and on the beauty of passing on
    faith in Jesus Christ to the next generation.

    The question now arises: 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?

    Speaking in the Pro-Cathedral yesterday, I suggested that every parish or
    community might find concrete ways of reflecting on this challenge. I
    would ask parishes to do this in the weeks around the Feast of Saint
    Laurence O’Toole, Principal Patron of the Diocese, on the 14th November.
    It is not a question of a political style consultation, but a call to each
    believer and faith community radically to interiorise what the challenge of
    faith in Jesus entails.

    Each parish and parish community can find its own path of reflection, with
    the help of the Parish Pastoral Council. The aim is not to provide instant
    answers but at least to begin to set out a realistic agenda for renewal of
    the Church in the years to come.

    Some would prefer me to give a more detailed outline of what I expect. I
    would prefer to let each parish come up with its own vision. I would like
    to gather a wide variety of ideas and not simply repeat the ideas of one or
    another group.

    For me the questions that should be addressed are the deeper questions
    about faith in Jesus Christ. 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? I am thinking, for example, about a widespread individualism that
    invades everything from personal life to our economic vision.

    I ask you to work with your Parish Pastoral Council to organise some form
    of parish assembly to discuss the future. You can then forward a short
    report of your findings to me directly. Once the reports have been
    analysed we will look at what processes we can adopt to move forward.

    At the RDS Pastoral Congress, the enthusiasm of priests and people
    celebrating together was tangible. I hope that we can keep that positive
    atmosphere alive and build on those renewed relationships.

    With renewed thanks for your ministry and with prayerful good wishes, I
    remain,

    +Diarmuid Martin

    Archbishop of Dublin

  • Pope Francis’ Speeches In Ireland

    The text of Pope Francis’ seven speeches given during his short stay in
    Ireland are available here;

    www.dublindiocese.ie/pope-francis-speeches-in-ireland/

  • Wedding of 86 and 84 year old in Guatemala!

    You may have met Fr Pablo from Guatemala, during his stay in Balally, last
    week. Fr. Pablo officiated at the wedding of an 86 year old and a 84 year
    old in Santa Bárbara, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala, not too long ago! We wish
    many years of wedded bliss to the happy couple!

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  • Who’s That Beside Aileen?

    From this morning’s, souvenir edition of the Irish Independent! Nice work Aileen!

     

     

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    Brother Kevin Crowley with volunteers Kay Scally and Aileen Aherne singing “The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee” before Pope Francis’ arrival at the Cappuchin Day Centre. Photo: Damien Eagers, by courtesy Irish Independent.

     

     

     

  • WMOF 2018: Live Streaming

    There are live streams of WMOF 2018 available here;

    www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/Programme/Congress/Live-Streaming

    Bobby Barron will has taken a look at the under-looked Chapters 7 & 9 of
    ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and will give his interpretations at 10am, Hall 2. He
    will, somehow, link Pope Francis, Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle in the
    domain of virtue formation within families.