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Church Services

The Eucharist Sunday:

Saturday Vigil Sunday Loughshinny School 7.30 p.m. 9.00 a.m. 12.00 noon 11.00 a.m.

Sacrament of Baptism

Celebrated most weekends. Actual dates and times are available in the Church sacristy and also on the parish website. Contact one of the priests or call to the Church after any Mass to book your date.

St. Maur's Parish

Rush, Co. Dublin

Holy Day:

Vigil Holy Day 8.00 p.m. 10.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m. 9.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m. 9.00 a.m. 8.00 p.m.

Sacrament of Marriage

Celebrated by arrangement with any of the priests of the parish. A minimum of 3 months notice is required.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Available on Saturdays after 10.00 a.m. Mass and at other times on request.

Weekdays:

Monday - Friday Saturday

www.rushparish.dublindiocese.ie

Summer is a welcome time of year for most people. The weather is generally at its best, the days are long and many of us take the opportunity to enjoy a change from the everyday routine of daily life and have a break or holiday with family and friends. Parish activities also take a rest over the summer months. Many parish groups have their final meetings in June and will not meet again until September. Music, for example, is one noticeable absentee at our Sunday Masses. This is all part of the normal rhythm of summer time. It is good to slow down every so often and take time to appreciate the people around us and those aspects of life that we are inclined to neglect when things are busy. I hope you have an enjoyable summer and that you will be blessed with a chance to switch off for a few days and enjoy life in a different way with family and friends over the coming months. Kieran Coghlan P.P. Summer time provides a wonderful opportunity for us to look after ourselves, to rest, to recuperate, and to prepare for September when activities resume and many groups reconvene with renewed vigour to start afresh again.

Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

Every Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.45 a.m.

Bank Holiday 1st Friday

Rosary

Weekdays after morning Mass.

Mass in Polish -- 2nd Saturday of the and Immaculate Heart of Mary month at 9 p.m. Confession beforehand. First Friday 8 p.m. to Saturday 3 a.m. Mass in Latvian -- Monthly

Devotions to Sacred Heart of Jesus

Contact Details

Fr. Kieran Coghlan P.P.

The Presbytery, Chapel Green, Rush, Co. Dublin Phone: 01-8437208 email: [email protected]

Fr. Rossa Doyle C.C.

Marian Cottage, South Shore Road, Rush, Co. Dublin Phone: 01-8430973 email: [email protected]

Fr. Seamus Cullen (Retired)

2 Ceol na Mara, Lower Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin Phone: 01-8438024 email: [email protected] Website: www.rushparish.dublindiocese.ie Email: [email protected] 8

Parish Pastoral Council

Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of the Parish Newsletter. At the close of another productive year we are looking forward to a break after our June meeting. This will be the last meeting for five members of our existing Council and we thank them for their generous contribution and hard work. No doubt they will continue to be active in Parish Life in other ways. Some new members have now been elected and the whole Council will be presented to the Parish Community at 12 o'clock Mass on a Sunday towards the end of June. The new Council will resume monthly meetings after the summer on Monday 13th September. Congratulations to all our First Communion and Confirmation children. We are very happy to report that the newly introduced programme "Do This in Memory" was very successful and appreciated by all involved. This year's programme culminated with Mass on Sunday 6th June. Afterwards the First Communion children were central to the Corpus Christi procession, which took place in the Church grounds. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make the Programme a success. Another success this year was the Parish Mission. After long planning and detailed preparation the Mission took place from 20th to 27th March. The Mission was also very well received and feedback from parishioners was that it was a very positive experience and helped to bring our parish community together. On Tuesday 13th April, members of Parish Pastoral Councils from the Fingal North Deanery met with Archbishop Martin in the Emmaus Centre, Swords. The archbishop expressed his dismay and revulsion at the contents of the Ryan and Murphy Reports. He outlined his vision for evangelisation and renewal in the Church, which he said must be based on the core message of Jesus as expressed in the Gospels. Parish Pastoral Councils must play a central role in helping local Christian communities to bring this vision about. The Parish Pastoral Council will continue to respond to the needs of our local Church in these challenging times. You can correspond with the Parish Pastoral Council through the letter box in the main porch of the Church or via the parish email.

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Coming up soon ...

Sunday 27th June -- Blessing of Graves

Whitestown at 3 p.m. Kenure at 6 p.m.

I expect to pass through this life but once. If, therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, Or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, Let me do it now, For I shall not pass this way again.

William Penn

Fingal Housebound Library Service

This is part of Fingal County Council's Library Service which was established to cater for those who for reasons of age, incapacity or illness are unable to leave home/hospital/other care facilities to access a public library in Fingal. This is a free service funded by Fingal County Council. Books are delivered directly to people a number of times a week. Large-print and audio-books are available for those whose eyesight is not so good. There is also a selection of tapes, CDs and DVDs. For more information contact Lynda Beasley or Marian Caulfield, Fingal Household Library Service, Unit 34 Coolmine Industrial Estate, Coolmine, Dublin 15, phone 8604290 or Callsave 1850-211466 or email [email protected]

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Diocesan Boundaries Commission

Archbishop Martin established this committee in 2006 to advise him on the provision of Churches, Mass Centres and Pastoral Outreach Facilities in the diocese and also on the re-organisation/establishment of parishes and revision of parish boundaries. The committee presented a report to the Archbishop in December 2009. The figures make for interesting reading and present real challenges for the years ahead. The Archdiocese of Dublin covers all of Dublin city and County, nearly all of Co. Wicklow, much of Co. Kildare and fragments of Co. Carlow and Co. Wexford. There are 198 territorial parishes in the diocese with 1.1 million Catholics. Parishes vary widely in population from less than 1000 to almost 20,000 parishioners. A survey of Mass attendance in October 2008 revealed that there were 992 weekend Masses celebrated in the diocese with an average attendance of 200 people per Mass or 18.1% of the Catholic population overall. There are 405 priests currently serving in parishes both full-time and part-time and given the current age profile this figure will decline dramatically in the next few years. The commission suggests that one way forward could include the grouping of parishes together to make more effective use of available resources - priests, lay pastoral workers and administrative supports. This would enable the provision of effective pastoral care, mutual support and back-up and a blend of complimentary skills and experience. Already four such parish groupings are operating in the diocese with varying degrees of success. Their experiences are being examined with a view to seeing what works best and what simply doesn't work at all. In this area the commission suggested that the parishes of Rush, Skerries, Lusk and Donabate might group together. On current figures this would mean a Catholic population of 26,000 people in the grouping. In April this year Archbishop Martin met with priests and Parish Pastoral Council representatives from the parishes to invite them to discuss these proposals and see how we might share services and activities across our four parishes. The four parishes have had an initial meeting and further meetings will take place over the coming months. Clearly there will be more on this issue as discussions take place in parishes throughout the diocese as we try to find the best way forward for our parish communities in the coming years. 6

The Murphy Report

The report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, more commonly referred to as the Murphy Report, was published by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform last November. The Commission of Investigation was established "to report on the handling by Church and State authorities of a representative sample of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics operating under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Dublin over the period 1975 to 2004." The report examined in detail 46 sample cases of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against priests in Dublin and how the diocesan authorities, the Garda and the Health Service responded to them. While some cases were managed well, many cases were badly managed and the overall conclusion of the investigation was extremely critical of both Church and State authorities for their failures to deal properly and adequately with complaints. Many lives have been damaged and many people deeply hurt by this abuse and most especially by the failure of Church authorities to deal effectively with complaints over many years. Our Church must accept responsibility without equivocation for its failure to protect young people in the way that it should have. Young people and vulnerable adults are an important part of our faith community. They are entitled to worship and participate in parish and other Church activities in a safe environment. Archbishop Martin is determined that this will be the case and that no such failures to address complaints of abuse will ever occur again. As now required by diocesan regulations St. Maur's Parish has a Child Protection Policy in place and two Child Protection Representatives to oversee its implementation. All adults working with young people in our parish require Garda vetting and must partake in a course on child safety issues. Every parishioner has a duty of care to our young people. If you are ever aware of any matter that gives cause for concern, please do something about it immediately. Contact numbers for help or advice or to report anything of concern are available on the notice boards at the Church doors.

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Thoughts on Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation took place in our parish this year on Friday 23rd April 2010. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin led our parish celebration and confirmed 132 young people. Below are some of our young people in their own words describing the day itself and the meaning of Confirmation in their lives.

Thoughts on First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion took place over three Saturdays in May. Our boys and girls were invited to write about their first Holy Communion day and what it all meant to them. Here's a selection of what they had to say....

I woke up very excited... I was excited and nervous at the same time... It was fun but also scary... I had butterflies in my stomach... On the day of Confirmation I chose to be a follower of God... it means I'm taking a bigger step in life... It also means that I can be more confident in myself... I am an adult in the family of God... Being confirmed makes me feel closer to God... I was very excited to feel the chrism on my forehead... I felt grown up and responsible... I made the choice unlike my baptism when my parents answered for me... I can choose to follow and live my life making my own choices with the Holy Spirit there helping me and guiding me through... Being confirmed was like taking the first step of growing up... I knew that saying `yes' was definitely the right decision to make... It was a very special day since I was receiving the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit... From that moment I had a new name and I was filled with the Holy Spirit... The ceremony was brilliant. It just felt so special... I had my family and friends around me and supporting me...When the choir started singing the church was filled with love and happiness... After the ceremony I felt that I belonged to the Church. It was an incredible feeling... It is a day I will remember forever... I felt full of joy and happiness and I was very excited... The day was great and I loved every second of it... It was one of the best days of my life...

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First of all I woke up feeling very excited... I got up and got into my special clothes... I was very excited to get into my dress... Then the hairdresser came and was doing my hair... I felt like somebody important... I was a nervous wreck when I entered the Church grounds... I went into the Church feeling happy... the church looked magnificent... I liked how they put bows on the seats... We sang lots of songs in the Church... I enjoyed singing with my class mates... We got the Eucharist... I felt that God was giving me chances to be a bigger part of his family... My communion meant that I got to taste the body of Christ... My communion meant that I felt that Jesus was always with me... You are another step closer to the holy family... the memories of the last supper when Jesus broke the bread, blessed it and shared it among his disciples. But now he shares it with me... I remember when we went to the altar to say the Our Father with actions... It wasn't about the money it was about being a part of God's family... I remember going back to the school and meeting all my friends... when we got home I had lots of fun... I had a bouncy castle at my house... I had fun on my bouncy castle... we played lots of games and I had lots of fun... I visited my aunties and uncles and cousins... I remember getting lots of photographs... I said thank you to everyone who came to my communion party and who gave me cards and presents... It was a very special day... I loved my Communion... I had a great time... The best part of the day was having dinner with all my family... My communion was special to me because my family got together and had a special day... My family celebrated together and I got to see everybody... It was the best day of my life and I loved it...

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