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17 March 2019
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What’s Happening for Lent?

Return of the prodigal son transforming repentance:
Coming Home to God
Ecumenical biblical reflections organised by the four main church traditions in Lucan

Themes - WHEN?
Week Two: 18th March, 7.30pm to 9pm; Repentance
Week Three: 25th March, 7.30pm to 9pm; From Roots to Fruits
Week Four: 1st April, 7.30pm to 9pm; Coming Home
Week Five: 8th April, 7.30pm to 9pm; All My Love

Where? St Patrick’s Pastoral Centre, Esker, Lucan
Cost: Free. Refreshments served during each session

All Welcome


St Mary’s, Lucan


St. Vincent de Paul
Church collection at all masses next Saturday/ Sunday 23rd/24th March. Many thanks for your generosity.

Justice and Peace
“Wells for Zoe”
Most of those who attended the talk by Mary and John Coyne on their work in Malawi were amazed at what they have achieved in such a short period of time. Better known for “Wells for Zoe” - supplying water pumps to rural Malawi, thereby giving access to clean safe drinking water – this is by no means the full extent of the work they have carried out in Malawi. Based on their own experiences of the lack of the most basic human needs they have branched out into health care, education, sustainable forestry and providing a measure of self- sufficiency by encouraging pupils to grow their own food. Inspired initially by Bro. Aiden (John of God), a long time missionary in Malawi, they have worked with the local people, hearing their needs, giving them the means to alter their situation and then backing away, allowing the local people to take responsibility. They believe this is the best way to achieve sustainable change. Their efforts have also inspired many other volunteers including a large number of our own students to get involved and what’s most encouraging some of them have stayed involved. To give but a few statistics, 273 girls being supported in secondary education, over a million trees planted, 470 wells every year, nationally recognised maternity facilities, backed up by a huge organisation of volunteers – we are very grateful to them for sharing their experiences with us.

Lucan Justice and Peace Lenten Talks 25th March, 8.00pm
Naimh O’Briain of Love Both has been invited to give her views on the way forward for those opposed to the recent changes in the 8th Amendment. Many people believe that this issue has been decided once and for all. However a very sizeable minority are not and never will be reconciled to that idea. Niamh is one of those. If you are interested in hearing how Niamh believes this can once again become the dominant view come along and hear what she has to say.
John McCrory, Lucan Justice and Peace

Christian Meditation
We meet each Tuesday at 8pm in The Bungalow.
Everyone welcome.
Sr. Geraldine

Volunteers Needed for St Mary's Parish Centre...
If you have a few hours to spare on a weekly or fortnightly basis to help in our Coffee Dock, morning or afternoons we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please phone Deirdre - 01 6217041

Legion of Mary
We meet in Room 2 in the Parish Centre every Wednesday at 6.30pm. We are much involved in home visits and nursing homes. With extra help we could a wider range of work in the parish.
Come and join us, you will not regret it.
More info: Peter 01 6241105/Brigid 01 6281686

St Mary's Church Car Park will close at 4.15pm each weekday.

Parish Ministry
It is an important part of our ministry to support people in times of sickness and bereavement. We would greatly appreciate it, if you would let us know if someone in your family is ill or admitted to hospital.
Phone Parish Office – 6217041 between 9.30 and 2pm.

Holy Communion for the sick and housebound
If you wish to avail of this service or if you know someone who does, please contact Sr. Geraldine, ph. 6217158 or one of the priests.

Bethany Bereavement Support Group
Bethany Group is available to listen to or just be there for anyone who is feeling lonely or lost following the death of a loved one. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month from 10.30am-11.30am, also on the 4th Thursday of each month from 8pm - 9pm.
Parish Centre – 6217041

European Data Protection Law
A new European Data Protection law, the General Date Protection Regulation ("GDPR") , has been introduced on the 25th May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people's personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in process and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the Newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office 01-6217041.


St Patrick’s Esker/Dodsboro/Adamstown

Religious Art Reflections:
Wednesdays 20th and 27th March
immediately after the 10am Mass, to coincide with the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord (25th March), nine months before the birth of Jesus. Dr. Eileen Kane will lead us in an artistic biblical reflection on two paintings of the Annunciation by the Italian painter Fra Angelico (born c1395). In 1982, Pope John Paul II proclaimed the beatification of Fra Angelico in recognition of the holiness of his life.
Refreshments served in the Pastoral Centre after each session.

World Youth Day Panama 2019
I would like to share my experience of attending World Youth Day 2019 and how it has changed me as a young person in the Catholic Church. My name is Gelaine and I am a member of Aontas, Esker Youth Music Group. I was part of the youth delegates from the parishes of Lucan who participated in World Youth Day in Panama. The Lord God said “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. During the World Youth Day we explored Mother Mary’s admirable courage to say yes to God’s will. She said “Let it be done to me according to Your word.” Mary had no master plan, only her Master’s Plan.

It was this theme of “Daring to say Yes like our Mother” which has inspired me among thousands of young people who attended World Youth Day to understand that we were not alone in this journey. There was a reason as to why we ended up in Panama. Why we were chosen to be at that place at that time, and it was the people we met. The volunteer work we did and the life lessons we learnt made us realise that it was our responsibility to share how this experience changed us in a span of 10 days.

The first lesson I learned was the true meaning of generosity and gratitude. We stayed in the homes of the Panamanians who were generous enough to offer us a bed during our stay. They took us, complete strangers, to stay in their homes to eat and rest. In some homes, there could be 3, 4, 5 pilgrims sleeping on their living room floor. My house mother did not speak English that in itself was a challenge. The Lord god provided and gave us ‘Google translate’. That’s how we communicated.

The Panamanians showed the true meaning of generosity. Despite their many guests, our host families would still feed us. They made ends meet. It was not how much they gave that mattered, it was how much they had and still shared. Despite the little they had, they were the happiest people I have met in a very long time. The Archdiocese of Dublin teamed up with ANC (Aid to the Church in Need) which helped us to take part in volunteer work during our stay. We took to the street and carried boxes with food and water to give to the homeless or those in need. “Dios Contigo” was what we would say to each person, which meant “God Bless You”. We visited the sick and elderly, with the assistance of volunteer translators, we prayed together at their bedside and made them smile through our songs. We also taught English to the children in our adopted parish through sport.

Needless to say, it was one of the most memorable moments of my life and it couldn’t have been possible without everyone’s generosity and support in the Lucan parishes. I wish to thank Fr John for being so supportive and encouraging. I am so grateful for the opportunity.

World Youth day has opened many doors for friendship, faith and growth. It has personally opened my eyes to new possibilities with Youth Christian work. I hope to be HIS instrument and to continue to be active as a young person in the Church in Lucan or wherever I may be in the future. As Mother Mary said “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to Your word”.

Gelaine Elises, March 2019

Legion of Mary
Are looking for volunteers to help with Prison Visits. Please call Frank 086 3951741

Bethany Bereavement Support Group
This is a voluntary parish based ministry which aims to help and support those who have suffered a loss through bereavement or otherwise. Grieving is a natural process which can be helped by someone listening with empathy and understanding. We meet on the third Wednesday of each Month from 8pm to 9pm in the Pastoral Centre, St. Patrick’s Church. This is a free, confidential service and is available to everyone in Lucan and the outlying areas.
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8pm to 9pm.
We can be contacted through the Parish office: Tel: (01) 628 1018 or 089 2507213, or email:


Parish of Divine Mercy, Lucan South

Daily Mass:
Daily Mass now includes 10am on Saturday Morning

Sick and Homebound
Ministers of the Eucharist would be happy to bring Holy Communion to the sick and homebound. Contact: Parish Office.


Medjugorje Mass

St Mary's Church, Lucan
Monday 18th March at 6.30pm
Remembrance Mass for Kathleen Toolan and Anthony O’Neill

(Rosary and Confessions at 5.45pm)
All Welcome



Dublin Diocese Pilgrimage to Knock
27th April 2019

St Mary’s Parish have a coach organised to take pilgrims from St Mary’s Church to Knock
Cost €40 includes coach, tea/coffee and scone en route and dinner on return journey.
Please contact Deirdre in the parish office 01-6217041 if interested.

St Mary’s Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes
27th to 31st May

4 Nights with Marian Pilgrimages.
€549 pps. €50 discount for all deposits received before 17th March 2019.
Single room supplement €120.
Please contact Deirdre in the parish office 01-6217041.

Medjugorje 2019
May 10: 5 nights. €549.00 pps
May 6: 9 nights €649.00 pps
May 3:12nights. €739.00 pps

October 4–14: 10 nights €629.00 pps .insurance.

Contact Pat and Phil 087 2238911/ 01 6281436


Medjugorje Mass

Monday 18th March at 6:30 pm
St. Mary’s, Lucan


Accord Marriage Care

Relationship and marriage counselling
“If you can't talk to one another talk to us”
Accord Marriage Care
Lucan, Phone 6010844


Crosscare’s Care Local - Plate Pals Mealtime Companion

Crosscare's Care Local is seeking volunteers as Plate Pals Mealtime Companions, in Nursing-homes throughout Dublin with a commitment of 1-3 mealtimes per week. Plate Pals combat malnutrition and isolation among residents by providing valuable one-to-one assistance at mealtimes, providing gentle reminders and words of encouragement for the full hour it can take them to finish a full meal. Current openings in St. Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park. To learn more, please call Peter Donnelly on 01-836 0011, ext. 135 or visit the volunteer page on our website for an application


Amen Support Group

Amen Support Group Meetings for male victims of domestic abuse and men experiencing difficulties with their relationship will commence in October.
Please contact 0469023718 for further details.


AA Meetings

St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Lucan Road, Fri. nights 8.30pm.
Further information – Tel. 01-8420700.