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  • Camino-Style Pilgrimage, Tuesday 21st August 2018

    To celebrate the WMOF in this parish we are having a “Camino style
    Pilgrimage” to visit seven churches (on foot) in the city.

    On Tuesday 21st August, 2018 we will leave this church after the 10am Mass
    and go to town on the LUAS.

    Anyone who wishes to attend please arrive for the 10am Mass, in the Balally
    Church.

  • WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk Churches

    From Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August, we invite pilgrims, in a single day or over the period of the week, to undertake the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk.

    This will involve visiting seven designated churches, spending time in prayer in each of them for a special intention related to families and finishing the visit with the WMOF2018 prayer. 

    Each pilgrim will be issued with a pilgrim walk passport, which will be stamped at each station, in the ancient tradition of the Camino of St James. A pilgrimage certificate of completion will be stamped when they arrive at the last of the seven churches. The churches can be visited in any order. Families, groups, individuals, adults and children are all invited to participate in the pilgrim walk.  There is no charge to participate.

    This is an event organised by the Dublin Diocesan Preparatory Committee and supported by the WMOF2018 Office.  

    The route for the WMOF2018 Pilgrim Walk includes seven Churches in the city: 

    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Whitefriar’s, Aungier Street.
      The theme for this station is love at the heart of the family.
       
    • St Teresa’s Carmelite Church, Clarendon Street.
      The theme for this station is the gift of parents to the family.
       
    • St Audoen’s Church, High Street
      The theme for this station is the gift of grandparents to the family.
       
    • St Michan’s, Church Street
      The theme for this station is fostering the gift of forgiveness among families.
      This is an Anglican Church, and its inclusion is part of the ecumenical dimension of the Pilgrim Walk.
       
    • St Michan’s, Halston Street
      The theme for this station is the gift of children to the family.
       
    • St Saviour’s, Dominick Street
      The theme of this station is God walks with families when times are tough.
       
    • St Francis Xavier’s, Gardiner Street
      The theme for this station is the role of teachers in enriching the children of our families.

     

    The map of the route follows;

    We also invite pilgrims to visit the Cathedral Church of the Archdiocese of Dublin: 

    • St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street. The theme for this station is the gift of brothers and sisters within the family
      Please note that The Pro-Cathedral will close after 12:45pm Mass on Thursday 23 August until Sunday 26 August in the morning.

    ​Church Opening Times: 9:30am to 7pm.

  • Feast Of The Assumption Of Our Lady, 15th August 2018

    Why does the Holy Spirit, in the form of the Catholic Church, require us to actively participate in the Sacrament of the Eucharist on the 15th August, each year?

    Perhaps the following, beautiful video/film will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your face, help to explain its rationale and, finally, help you to see the Feast as more of a ‘gift’ than an obligation.

    https://www.wofdigital.org/catholicism-series-10th-anniversary/season:1/videos/catholictv-catholicismep4-hd-1080p-1

    Here are the times for the Sacrament Of The Eucharist in Balally and Sandyford for this Feast day;

    Vigil: Tuesday August 14th, 7.30pm, Balally
    Morning: Wednesday August 15th, 10.00am, Balally
    Afternoon: Wednesday August 15th, 1.10pm, Balally
    Evening: Wednesday August 15th, 7.30pm, Sandyford

  • Are You A Mustard Seed?

    Balally Parishioner, Susan Hickey will be travelling over to Jamaica in
    October along with a group of volunteers to work in the Mustard Seed
    Communities charity. Here they will care for the children while also
    participating in construction work and landscaping to renovate and improve
    the campus. She will be speaking at today’s Masses and will hold an outdoor
    collection afterwards.

    Read more about Mustard Seed Communities Ireland here;

    mustardseedireland.ie/

  • “Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word” Movie Opens Today, Friday 10th August 2018 !

    Local cinema times (Dundrum, Stillorgan) and movie trailer at the bottom of this page.

    On March 13, 2013, the Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became the two hundred and sixty-sixth pontiff of the Catholic Church. He is the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern hemisphere, the first Jesuit as bishop of Rome, but most of all the first pope to have chosen the name of Francesco, after Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), one of the most revered Christian saints and reformers who dedicated his life to “Sister Poverty” and to a deep love of nature and all living beings on “Sister Mother Earth”.

    Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, written and directed by three-time Academy Award® nominee Wim Wenders, is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. A rare co-production with the Vatican, the pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions from death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family.

    The film’s direct-to-camera visual and narrative concepts engage the audience face-to-face with the pope, creating a dialogue between him and, literally, the world. Taking questions from people of all walks of life, Pope Francis responds to farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates, and those who live in favelas and migrant camps. All of these voices and faces are a cross section of humanity that join in a conversation with Pope Francis.

    While this “symphony of questions” provides the backbone for the film, it also shows the pope on his many journeys around the world, with footage of him speaking at the United Nations, addressing the Congress of the United States, mourning with those gathered at Ground Zero and at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. He speaks to prisoners in correctional facilities and to refugees in Mediterranean camps. We see him travel to the Holy Land (Palestine and Israel) as well as to Africa, South America and Asia.

    Throughout the film, Pope Francis shares his vision of the Church and his deep concern for the poor, his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, and his call for peace in areas of conflict and between world religions. There is also a presence of Saint Francis in the film, connecting back to the pope’s namesake, through accounts of legendary moments in the Saint’s own life as a reformer and ecologist.

    In an era of deep distrust of politicians and people in power, when lies and corruption and alternative facts are the order of the day, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word shows us a person who lives what he preaches and who has gained the trust of people of all faith traditions and cultures across the world.

    Pope Francis – A Man of His Word is produced by Mr. Wenders with Samanta Gandolfi BrancaAlessandro Lo Monaco (The World’s Smallest Army), Andrea Gambetta and David Rosier (The Salt of the Earth). The film is a production of Célestes Images, Centro Televisivo Vaticano, Solares Fondazione delle Arti, PTS Art’s Factory, Neue Road Movies, Fondazione Solares Suisse, and Decia Films.

     

    http://focusfeatures.com/pope-francis-a-man-of-his-word

     

    Odeon Stillorgan

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    Movies at Dundrum

    Today 15:30 18:00
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  • Insight And Reflection On The Message Pope Francis’ “Joy of Love”

    A new series of digital animations and a six-part television series has been launched today as part of ongoing preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the visit of Pope Francis.  Both of these new resources focus on Amoris Laetitia, the document written by Pope Francis on love in the family.

     

    Amoris Animations

     

    The Amoris Animations, the first created using Amoris Laetitia as a guiding theme, provide an accessible insight and reflection on the message in the Joy of Love in short, engaging and shareable cartoons.  There are six animations in the series that focus on the following themes (click on the titles to play the animations):

    1. How families can transform the worldhow love in our families can transform our own lives and the lives of others.
    2. Love and MercyOur call to be a sign of mercy. How we can be a reflection of Jesus mercy with the ideal he sets out while never failing to show compassion to the frailty of others.
    3. Families living as a reflection of the TrinityGod is a communion of love and the family can be its living reflection.
    4. Love and imperfectionHow love can overcome weaknesses, faults and imperfections
    5. Families and consumerismThe impact of consumerism on family life. Rejoice and celebrate what we have rather than always wanting more material things.
    6. Families living in a digital ageThe importance of switching off our phones to give each other the time and space that love needs to flourish. 

    The animations have been created by Kieran O’Brien who is the director of the digital storytelling agency Ministory, based in Cardiff, Wales. His previous work includes a series of digital animations on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on care for our common home Laudato Si’.

    As part of this animation series there are also four additional animations that have been specifically created for children. These animations will be launched at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS in August.

     

    ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ – TV Series

    This new six-part series ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world.  Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski,  Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland.

    Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on what Amoris Laetitia has to say to families as they experience the ups and downs of family life and how Pope Francis addresses key themes like love, mercy and the wider society while also offering an uplifting vision for the family. The episodes focus on the following themes:

      1. Reality: The reality and challenges of family life today
      2. Vision: God’s dream for love in our families
      3. Love is: A reflection on St Paul’s letter as a foundation for marriage
      4. Social: Love reaching out in solidarity
      5. Mercy: Accompanying families who are struggling
      6. Go Forth: How families can go forth in their families and in the world

    Episode 1: “Reality”

     

     

    Episode 2: Vision

     

     

     

    Episode 3: “Love Is…..”

     

     

    Episode 4: “Social”

     

     

    Episode 5: “Mercy”

     

    Episode 6: “Go Forth”

     

     

    ‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ is available on Opens in new windowwww.amoris.ie/tv which hosts many of the practical resources that were made available to help people prepare for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

    The series is also being broadcast internationally through a range of broadcast partners including Salt and Light TV, Catholic TV, EWTN and Shalom TV. 

  • The Wisdom Of Alphonsus Ligouri

    Some pearls of wisdom from Phonsie Ligouri, by courtesy of the great Dr.
    Tom Curran!

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  • Pope Francis Meets Fr. Lane!

    Fr. Lane was one among 400 delegates invited to the Vatican to commemorate
    the third anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our
    Common Home.

    Question: What are they discussing?

    Answer: Breakfast in Balally, or Climate Change, or the wonderful Parish of
    Balally?

  • Letter From Apostolic Nuncio to Fr. Peter!

  • 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.