Advent Calendar 2017

Advent Calendar 2017

Advent Calendar: 

The first day of Advent heralds the beginning of the Catholic Church’s new year.  Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas.  Advent is a time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas.  Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time.

We are delighted to be bringing you our online Advent Calendar again this year.  It will go live on the First Sunday of Advent on 3 December 2017.  This year’s Advent Calendar will have a special focus on family as we prepare together for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin from 21 – 26 August. 

Note: The virtual doors above cannot be opened ahead of their actual date.  This warning is for those enthusiasts who ‘can’t wait’.

Advent Calendar 2017


If you would like to greet your family members who are living overseas, during our Christmas Masses and WebCam Broadcast, please leave their Names/Town/Country in the Parish Office. 018369291.
They will be welcomed through our internet broadcasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day before our Masses begin.
Please leave details no later than Saturday Dec. 16th to guarantee inclusion.


During two weeks of November (Tue 14 – Fri 24), there will be a number of reduction in weekday Masses. In Glasnevin church there will be no mass on the Thursdays and in Ballymun Rd. no mass on the Fridays. Here in Ballygall there will be no 10 a.m. Mass on Monday 20th. Our Mass that day will be in OLV.

(Meeting of the priests & chairpersons and reps of the PPC’s will go ahead on Tues. 14th despite a number of the clergy being away.)

Henri Nouwen

Fr Henri Nouwen

After nearly two decades of teaching psychology at several institutions including the University of Notre DameYale  and Harvard , Nouwen went on to work as Chaplain with mentally and physically challenged people at the L’Arche Daybreak Community in  Ontario.  Many continually draw inspiration, challenge and consolation  from his writings. A snippet on . . .








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First Friday

Friday 6th October is the First Friday of the month.

At 7.25 & 10 Mass we will be remembering our beloved dead in a special way.

It is also a day when the priests try and visit those who are housebound and unable to get to church. If you know someone who is unable to get to Mass and would like to receive Holy Communion please leave their name, address and a contact number in to the Parish Office (8369291) during the week.

Mass for Healing – 3pm, Sun 15th Oct – Ballygall

A Special Mass with Anointing of the Sick will take place in Our Mother of Divine Grace Church on Sunday 15th October at 3.00pm.

We welcome all to this Mass. A special welcome to those who are asking for prayers for healing and to those who are sick and housebound. Families are invited to come along with perhaps an elderly granny or grandad who may not be able to get to the church due to infirmity or old age.

Transport can be arranged if needed. Please leave the name, address and contact number before Wednesday 11th October in the office. Refreshments will be served in the church immediately after the Mass.