Firhouse Parish

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest

Fr Peter Reilly

Presbytery 1

1 Ballycullen Avenue

Firhouse  Dublin 24

Phone: (01) 4599855

Mobile in case of emergencies:

087 9746831

Email:

pjrfirhouseparish@gmail.com

Sacristan

Hugh McCahill

Parish Secretary

Jackie Martin

Assistant to Secretary 

Ann Murphy

Parish Office

Ballycullen Avenue, Firhouse, Dublin 24.

Monday - Friday

9.30.a.m. - 4.00.p.m.

Phone: (01) 4524702


Email:

olmcfirhouseparish@gmail.com

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/Firhouse Parish/

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This website is currently being updated so please be patient till we get it right.  

In the meantime, below you will see samples of upcoming or ongoing parish and local events, activities and services

and the menu on the left will give you access to a lot of useful information about our parish.

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Welcome to the Parish of Firhouse

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CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE

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A warm welcome to all, especially to those who have moved into our parish in recent times.

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Within its outer walls, our mostly glass church with its surrounding seasonal gardens is an oasis of quiet,

"far from the madding  crowd." Here, people can come into the presence of the Jesus, alone or with others,

to pray, to worship, to prepare for or celebrate sacraments, to commemorate those who have died or to simply

sit in peace before the tabernacle.  This is an awesome privilege.  In the hustle and bustle of modern life

with its non-stop noise of traffic, machinery, computers, phones, radio, television, shops, sport and even

conversation, it's nice to know that in this sacred space prayer gets priority and the Lord is always here for us.

 

                           

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Upcoming Activities/Events
 

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Website Links and Phone Apps Relevant Now

Click on the "Useful Links" page (on the left of this screen) for links to Bible Websites,

Prayer Websites, Church Websites and Charities Websites and especially to some really good smart

phone apps for children or adults including Bible Apps.

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'Parish ChoirRay Ryan

Rehearsals continue each Sunday morning at 10.15 in the church in preparation for the

11.00.a.m. Mass.  We are appealing for new members as we have had not had any new members

recently and some members have retired.  Can you help us?  You don't have to be a Bocelli, a Pavarotti,

a Callas, a te Kanawa.  You only need to be able to sing moderately well like most people and maybe

like to sing.  St. Augustine said regarding singing in church: “. . . whoever sings prays twice."  With this

in mind, if you think you would like to help our choir enhance our liturgies

please contact Ray at: 087-9195012. We'd really appreciate it.  Also, see below -

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Do you play an instrument? If you play the guitar, fiddle, accordion or indeed any

instrument you are invited to play with the parish choir on Sundays at 11.00.a.m. Mass.

Contact Ray at 087-9195012 for more information.

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Previous Activities/Events

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Phase II of Church Refurbishment

Recent works included the reconfiguration of the main church entrance and porch, the development of Resource

Rooms at the back of the church and provision of universal access toilet facilities.  The changes should make the space

at the back of he church more usable, more suitable for parish small group activities and more independeltly accessible,

regardless of whether the church itself is open.  The addition of tea/coffee making facilities adds versatility necessary for

these activities. This work follows Phase 1, now complete, which involved replacing the low level glass in the church with

safer, higher standard glass due to health and safety requirements and also replacement of steps to the entrance nearest

to the shopping centre, improving the lighting in the altar area and other more minor works.  If funds permit, we hope to

paint the inside of the church soon. 

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Sad News - September 2017

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Sadly, the death has occurred of Jimmy Whelan, our much-loved, long-serving (22 years) and retired sacristan.  Jimmy was very involved in the parish and the local community over the years, as was his wife Bridie, R.I.P.  He was a regular contributor to parish newsletters, with many fascinating historical accounts of the area before it became built up. Jimmy received the Benemerenti Medal, a rare honour awarded by the Pope to members of clergy or laity for service to the Catholic Church (see below).  He will be sadly missed not only by family and friends but also more generally  in the parish. Jimmy's funeral Mass took place at 10.00.a.m. on Sat 16th September. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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Thank You to our Volunteer Distributors!

A big thank you to all the volunteers who distributed Easter information packs to homes around the parish. In order to get them out early some volunteers delivered them to homes in three or four streets, not just their own. We really appreciate this extra effort.

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Safeguarding Information Meeting

"Knowledge is Power": All parish volunteers, regardless of whether they deal directly with children or not, are now required to attend one safeguarding information meeting.  For any volunteers who were not able to attend one of our three previous safeguarding information meetings, and because this is urgent, there was one more such meeting on Wednesday 10th May at 8.00.p.m. in the church.  It was very informative.  Did you know that most child abuse takes the form of neglect?  Did you know that vulnerable adults are now covered by safeguarding legislation? Do you know why parish volunteers need to be Gárda vetted even if they don't deal directly with children.  These and other questions were addressed and clarified on the night.  We will have to have one more such information meeting in the Autumn.

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Sad News - April 2017

We were shocked and saddened by news of the sudden death of Fr. Pádraig Coleman, O.F.M.,

who served as chaplain in Firhouse parish for 11 years from 2005 until last Autumn, 2016.  We were

truly blessed to have Fr. Pádraig with us for these years and we miss him since his transfer to

Sandymount last September.  We offer our condolences to his family and to his colleague Franciscans

who no doubt miss him too.  Ar dheis Dé sa bhflaitheas go raibh a anam. 

Fr. Pádraig's funeral Mass took place at 10.30.a.m. on Monday 24th April in the Church of the Immaculate

Conception (commonly known as Adam & Eve's Church) Merchant's Quay, Dublin and was followed by

burial in Shanganagh Cemetery.

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More Sad News - April 2017

We were deeply saddened by news that, after a long illness that he bore with great dignity, our previous

parish priest,  Fr. Colm Matthews has died.   Fr. Colm served as parish priest in our parish from 1995

to 2004 before moving to Holy Rosary parish nearby.  Having served previously as army chaplain in the

Congo and spent time in the mission fields in Chile, Fr. Colm brought many gifts to our parish when he

came here.  He is fondly remembered by everyone who knew him.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Fr. Colm's Funeral Mass took place at 10.00.a.m. on Tuesday 2nd May in Holy Rosary Church, Ballycragh,

his final parish, where he served as a curate after leaving Firhouse.

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Not One Benemerenti Medal but Two

While the Benemerenti Medal is a rare honour awarded by the Pope to members of

clergy or laity for service to the Catholic Church, it is a source of great joy and pride for

our parish that two of our parishioners have received this award.

One is Jimmy Whelan, our much-loved, long-serving (22 years) and now retired sacristan. Jimmy's

contribution to our parish over the years has been immense.  He is pictured with current parish priest

Fr. Peter Reilly, previous parish priest Fr. Paddy Madden and previous parish chaplain Fr. Padraig Coleman R.I.P.

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The other deserving recipient of this award is Nuala O'Toole.  Nuala has been a faithful servant of this

parish since its foundation and has been involved in various ministries and on various active committees

over the years. Equally happy with a "Martha" or a ""Mary" role, whatever she undertakes gets done. She

has always been an enthusiastic, positive, dedicated and inspirational and above all a faithful figure. She is

pictured with our parish priest, Fr. Peter O'Reilly.

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Gárda Vetting Blitz

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"V-V" Day for Gárda Vetting of Volunteers: After all Masses on the weekend of 29th/30th April our safeguarding representatives were present in the room at the back of the church to help parish volunteers check whether they need to be Gárda vetted/re-vetted and if they did, to give them the vetting forms and information page necessary for this.  Parish volunteers who needed to be Gárda vetted were invited to return the completed forms and other necessary documents either after 6.00.p.m. Mass on Saturday, 6th April or after 12.00.p.m. Mass on Sunday 7th April, with our safeguarding representatives present to assist them, and to have them copied and signed off by Fr. Peter.  Those who were unable to avail of this facility will need to return the completed forms and other relevant documents to Fr. Peter as soon as possible.

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Events for Lent

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Stations of the Cross - Each Wednesday of Lent, after 10.00.a.m. Mass we had the traditional Stations

of the Cross in the church. While we all "fall short of the glory of God," Jesus, who never sinned, was still

prepared to endure huge suffering in atonement for our failings. The Stations describe that suffering. 

They indicate just how much God loves us and by meditating on them they helped us to realise this. 

Being aware of this can change lives for the better.  Sincere thanks to those who led us so wonderfully

in the Stations each Wednesday.

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Lenten Reflection ("Lectio Divina") - There was a Lenten service with quiet prayer time and some shared scripture readings and reflections on Monday nights during Lent.  This took place in the meeting room behind the altar in the church, from 8.00.p.m. to 9.00.p.m. each Monday.  Lectio Divina is a simple easy spiritual exercise for a group where we (a) read, listen to and reflect on a text from God's Word in scripture (b) perhaps share with the group whatever strikes us from the text but even if we do not be inspired by what strikes others (c) consider what the text meant for Jesus' disciples and listeners 2,000 years ago and (d) consider how it might apply to our lives today.  We hope those who attended each week found it beneficial.  We think they did.

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"Yes to Life"  

Yes to Life visits Firhouse - On Monday evening 20th February two representatives of Yes to Life” gave a really good interesting presentation, lots of accurate information, clear compassionate answers to hard questions and a strategy and free materials to help defend the lives of mothers and babies.  The event, in the room at the back of the church, was not well attended but those who were there were enthusiastic and found the event very enlightening.  Perhaps you will be hearing from them in the near future - there is a lot at stake.

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Evening of Prayer

On Thursday 1st December at 7.30 p.m. we hosted an Evening of Prayer based on the Evening Prayer Programme at the Marian Shrine of Medjugorje. There was a time of praying the Rosary, Celebration of Mass, Eucharistic Adoration including Prayer for Healing and Blessing with the Blessed Sacrament. Some of the Official Guides in Medjugorje were with us and there was a talk from them about the Marian Shrine of Medjugorje. 

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Sad News

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At Mass on Monday 14th November Fr. Peter announced the sad news of the sudden death in Kenya of Fr. Martin Murnaghan.

Fr. Martin retired from parish work in Sandymount this autumn and came to live in Firhouse. From here he went to Kenya just a few weeks

later to undertake six month of active ministry.  He hoped to do this each year God gave him the health and the energy.  He was not in active

ministry in Firhouse but he helped out when he could for the few weeks he was with us and in that time his gentle demeanour and winning

smile endeared him to us.  We were looking forward to his return in April.  While he hoped to complete six months in Kenya and then return

to Ireland, clearly the Lord had another plan and called him home, not to Ireland but to Heaven itself. We offer our condolences to Fr. Martin's

family on their loss and to the people of Sandymount, his last parish, in their sadness.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

'Fr. Martin's funeral took place on Monday 21st November at 12.00. noon in St. Mary's Church, Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

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Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Giving a little joy and love to a needy child this Christmas?  Many parishioners supported

the annual Team Hope Christmas Shoebox gift appeal. In Africa and Eastern Europe, Team Hope make

it happen for hundreds of thousands of poor children each year, many in families struggling on less than

€1 a day.  Our shoebox gifts show God’s care for them – and bring a ray of hope . . . with lots of excitement

and laughter. Thank you to Jackie and Ann and the volunteers who helped make this happen.

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Bethany Bereavement Mass

A Mass of Remembrance took place at 6.00.p.m. on Saturday November 5th for all those whose funerals took place in our parish during the past year.  Deceased family members and friends were also remembered.  Conversation over a cup of tea afterwards offered a chance to share experience and to express solidarity with the bereaved. Thank you to our Hospitality Committee for this.

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Can You Help?

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'Copper Collection

"Take care of the pennies (or cents) and the pounds (or Euro) will take care of themselves." 

To help Parish Finances painlessly why not bring loose copper coins that are gathering (and gathering dust)

in your home to the Parish Office or Sacristy for our Copper Coin Collection any time.  Thank you.

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Church Gardens/Courtyards

A helping hand or green fingers? Could you help clean tidy and, if you have even slightly

green fingers, help restore the four church gardens/courtyards to their original Four Seasons themes.

You would be very welcome to join us on Mondays after 10.00.a.m. Mass.

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Care of the Church

"Many hands make light work." Could you spare an hour on Tuesday mornings after 10.00.a.m. Mass

to join our volunteers (shown on the right celebrating Mary's birthday) who hoover and shine and generally take

care of the church?  We are very grateful to them for their efficience, reliability, commitment and good humour. 

If you would like to join them all you need to do is show up and get busy.  You will be made very welcome.

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