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In his Message for Mission Sunday, the Holy Father says the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy invites us “to consider the missio ad gentes – the mission to the world – as a great, immense work of mercy, both spiritual and material.” World Mission Sunday, he continues, calls us “to ‘go out’ as missionary disciples, each generously offering talents, creativity, wisdom and experience in order to carry the message of God’s tenderness and compassion to the entire human family.” He reminds us that “By virtue of the missionary mandate, the Church cares for those who do not know the Gospel, because she wants everyone to be saved and to experience the Lord’s love.”

Pope Francis emphasizes the role of women in missionary work, noting the “considerable and growing presence of women in the missionary world” which he describes as “a significant sign of God’s maternal love.”

He speaks, too, of the importance of education, adding, “I hope, therefore, that the holy people of God will continue to exercise this maternal service of mercy, which helps those who do not yet know the Lord to encounter and love Him.”

Pope Francis says, “All peoples and cultures have the right to receive the message of salvation which is God’s gift to every person.” Jesus’ command to preach the Gospel to all nations has not ceased, he concluded: “rather this command commits all of us, in the current landscape with all its challenges, to hear the call to a renewed missionary ‘impulse’.”.

Read Pope Francis' full Message here


On Saturday September 10th, the combined Parishes of the Glasnevin Grouping joined together in pilgrimage to Glendalough.

Glendalough became an important place of pilgrimage when the Celtic monastery of St. Kevin flourished there from the 6th to the 11th century. Long after the monastery closed and especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, pilgrimage became one of the main expressions of Irish people's spirituality. They went to sacred places at special times seeking healing, encouragement and blessing for their lives.
Glendalough is a place of natural beauty. The valleys, lakes, trees, rocks and hills all seem to call out to be admired.

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There are so many stories to explore: the historical perspective , the faith dimension , the earth experience, the individual story and how we are all part of an infinitely larger and even more mysterious reality – that of the universe and creation itself.

It is impossible to spend time in the inner valley of Glendalough and not feel connected to all the forms of life expressed there. Everything seems to proclaim its story, from the towering cliffs of ancient granite and mica schist over five hundred million years old to the granite boulders scattered throughout the valley since the last ice age which ended some ten thousand years ago. The indigenous plants and trees all express their own story of the cycle of birth, life, death and renewal. Birds, animals, flora and fauna all have their place here.

More photos of our pilgrimage can be seen here


Updated information on the Logo for the Year of Mercy courtesy of the Salesian website.

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The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.





Sunday 30th October 10.30 Mass. This is for all boys and girls going to receive their First Holy Communion in 2017.



Keep Fit for Members Thursday 27th October 3.15pm to 4.15pm Fr. Maloney Centre, Drapier Road, Dublin 11.

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Fr. Joseph Ryan
Tel (01) 8573776
St. Canices Road, 
Dublin 11. 
Fr. Harry Gaynor
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112, Ballygall Road East,
Dublin 11
Sr. Irene Dunne, chf
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11, Johnstown Park,
Dublin 11

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