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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

The year does not be long in slipping by. We are facing into the final days of 2011 and already we have started to look back at both the highlights and lowlights of this year, the memorable events that will be forever associated with these past twelve months. It's been a difficult year for many people as the economic turmoil of the Eurozone countries continues to bite. This combined with the recent tough budget means that many families are facing into the new year in severely straitened circumstances. There is little reason to be optimistic of any significant improvement in the near future. It doesn't seem like it was much better when Jesus was born. He came into the world in humble surroundings and was welcomed by lowly shepherds. He then had to flee as an exile to Egypt to escape the persecution of Herod. When he began his public ministry he faced continued hostility from the leading religious authorities of his time and was eventually betrayed, falsely accused and crucified. Yet the birth of Christ still remains as a defining moment in history. In Jesus we see the love of God made visible and through Jesus we have received the wonderful gift of salvation. This is a cause for celebration and a reason for hope. May you be blessed with the peace of Christ as we celebrate this Christmas and may the Lord be our companion on the journey of life as we move into the new year. Kieran Coghlan P.P.

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] Phone: 01-8438024 email: [email protected]

Fr. Seamus Cullen (Retired) - 2 Ceol na Mara, Lr. Main St., Rush, Co. Dublin.

Mary Kirk, Parish Pastoral Worker Phone: 087-3667645 email: [email protected] Website: www.rushparish.dublindiocese.ie Email: [email protected] 8

Parish Pastoral Council

The Parish Pastoral Council is made up of priests and parishioners working together to serve the Christian community, based on the Gospel values of love, justice and peace, so all feel welcomed, accepted and valued. The Parish Pastoral Council meets on the second Monday of each month from September to June. The PPC welcomed some new members in September -- Liam Butterly, Eoin Hoey and Nicola McManus along with our newly appointed Parish Pastoral Worker, Mary Kirk. Together with the existing members of the PPC we hope to continue the good work of those who have paved the way ahead of us and to contribute, in our turn, to ongoing improvement and the betterment of our parish. To help us work better together as a group the PPC held a facilitated reflection day in November where we took some time away to tease out what the PPC ought to be doing and how we can work more effectively as a group to identify and realise some parish goals. As well as focusing on our own parish we also met in November with the PPCs of Lusk, Skerries and Donabate to see how we can share our resources to meet needs that are common across all four parishes. If you have any issues that you feel the Parish Pastoral Council should be addressing, or have any suggestions which you think would enhance any aspect of parish life, you can contact us in writing through the letter box in the main porch of the Church or by the parish email address at [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Carol Service -- Sunday 18th December at 7 p.m. Reconciliation Service -- Wednesday 21st at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve -- Family Mass at 6 p.m. (Ticket only) Vigil Mass at 9 p.m. Christmas Day -- Mass in Church 9 a.m, 10.30 a.m. & 12 noon 11 a.m. in St. Brendan's N.S. Loughshinny Monday 26th -- Friday 30th -- Mass at 10 a.m. New Year's Eve -- Mass at 10 a.m. & Vigil Mass at 7.30 p.m. New Year's Day -- Mass in Church 9 a.m. & 12 noon 11 a.m. in St. Brendan's N.S. Loughshinny Epiphany of the Lord, 6th January Thursday 5th -- Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. Friday 6th -- Mass at 10 a.m. & 8 p.m. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word `happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Dr. Carl Jung

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We wish all parishioners and visitors to our parish peace and joy this Christmas and every blessing in 2012.

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International Eucharistic Congress 2012

What is a Eucharistic Congress? Since Pope Benedict XVI announced that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin in June 2012, many people have been asking "what exactly is a Eucharistic Congress and what is its purpose?" A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to: promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist.

Parish Pastoral Worker

Last September Archbishop Martin appointed Mary Kirk as a full time Parish Pastoral Worker (PPW) to the combined parishes of Lusk, Rush, Skerries and Donabate. Parish Pastoral Workers are innovative and new appointments in the Irish Church, where carefully selected lay people are trained to work in full time ministry alongside priests and deacons and in conjunction with Parish Pastoral Councils to support and nourish the faith life of parish communities. What does a Parish Pastoral Worker do? Is there a job description? There are four key aspects to the work of a PPW. These are educating, praying, animating and relating which are adapted and applied to suit the needs of each individual parish. Educating is about witnessing to Jesus, working in evangelising, promoting an understanding among people of Church and faith and coordinating faith development initiatives. Praying is about facilitating people in growing their prayer lives, enriching liturgical and sacramental celebrations and developing prayer and reflection opportunities in the parish. Animating is about supporting people in living their faith in the particular circumstances of their lives, developing initiatives to address emerging needs and making resources available as required. Relating is about building relationships, reaching out to people through visiting homes and schools, and encouraging people to use their gifts and talents in the service of the parish community. The appointment of Parish Pastoral Workers is a welcome development in the ministry and life of the Church at this time It recognises the vocation of all Christians, by virtue of their baptism, to be actively involved in their parish faith communities. Mary has begun her work with great enthusiasm and commitment and is involved in various activities in all four parishes at present. May the Lord continue to bless and make fruitful her work in sustaining the faith life and Christian witness of our four parish communities. Mary works from an office in St. Patrick's Church, Skerries. She can be contacted on 087-3667645 or by email at [email protected] 3

The Congress, which is being actively prepared for in parishes and dioceses all over Ireland, will be celebrated in Dublin from 10th ­ 17th June 2012. Theme for the 2012 Congress The year 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Second Vatican Council. The Council marks an important moment of renewal and deepening of the Church's teaching and of her understanding of herself as the Body of Christ and the People of God. From the beginning of the planning process, it seemed appropriate then that the Eucharistic Congress in 2012 should celebrate this important anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and that the Congress should have a Eucharistic theme sourced in the documents of the Council. The theme approved by Pope Benedict, and drawn from Lumen Gentium 7, is "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another" Getting Involved If you would like to get further information, get involved with or participate in this momentous and historic event you can get further information at the official Eucharistic Congress website: www.iec2012.ie

Information Source: www.iec2012.ie

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St Joseph's, Rush -- Golden Jubilee

From little acorns great oaks grow! When thirteen students (all girls) began their secondary education in the convent across the road from the present school in 1961, little did they think that 50 years later St. Joseph's would be celebrating its Golden Jubilee as a school of 500 plus, meeting the needs of the entire community in Rush. All the more special because the 13 girls were divided between four year groups! As a school that moves with the times, and recognising the need to provide an education for the boys of Rush, St. Joseph's became a co-educational school in 1981. Patricia Hayden is proud to be the principal of the school during the Golden Jubilee year following in the footsteps of Tom Loughnane, Sr. Caitriona O'Hara (1983), Sr. Kathleen O'Keefe (1975), Ms. Teresita Durkan (1972), and Sr. Patricia Finucane (1961). They have all left their mark on the character of the school with the support of the committed and dedicated staff. 2011 was a very special year for the St. Joseph's Community and our celebrations began with the visit of President Mary McAleese on 28th January 2011. We were honoured that the President found time in her busy schedule to launch our celebrations and a fantastic and memorable day was had by all. Many events have taken place to mark this special occasion of the Golden Jubilee and past Board Members, Activities Committee, Fundraising Committee, Head girls, Head Boys, past pupils and friends of St. Joseph's have been invited to attend these events. There was an Open Day on Saturday 15th October in St. Joseph's School from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. when many past pupils met up with their friends, teachers and Sisters of Mercy. The blessing of Memorial Garden took place at 12 noon and the Jubilee Sculpture (The Tree of Life) was unveiled by Mayor of Fingal Mr. Gerry McGuire at 2 p.m. Fifty years have come and gone and there are many memorable moments and proud achievements to celebrate. No doubt the next fifty years will see the unfolding of many new chapters and new beginnings in the history of the school as St. Joseph's continues its task of providing the best possible education for the young people of Rush for generations yet to come. 4

The New Roman Missal

A new English translation edition of the Roman Missal has just come into full use in Ireland since the 1st Sunday of Advent. The term Missal refers to the book, normally placed on the Altar, that contains all the prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass. The standard edition of the Missal is first produced in Latin and then translated into the various languages for local use so that the same core text is used throughout the world wherever Mass is celebrated. This new edition of the Roman Missal has come about for a number of reasons. Firstly, since the publication of the last Missal in 1975, new texts such as Eucharistic prayers have been written and over twenty new saints feast days have been introduced. Secondly Rome has given new directions for the translation of Latin texts so that translations must follow the wording and structure of the Latin text more closely. The use of biblical language and images in the texts has been strengthened and some theological language has been re-introduced. It is important to note that the structure of Mass has not changed. It remains the same as heretofore but it now sounds different. There has been extensive rewording of prayers and the style of English used is noticeably more formal. The main implication for most people is that the prayers we have become familiar with over the years and can probably recite from memory will have to be re-learnt. The changed texts of the Mass were introduced in two phases. Since September last the new translation of some prayers, e.g. The Gloria, The Creed, which are prayed by everyone at Mass have appeared on missalettes and been used at Mass while the prayers usually said by the priest have just come into use since last month. Change is not always easy and we can expect that it will take some time for people to become familiar and comfortable with the new translation. One benefit perhaps is that it will help us focus more closely on the actual words we use in our prayers at Mass. Hopefully this can lead us into a deeper appreciation of the richness of the Eucharist which is the everlasting gift of Jesus to us and which his disciples have celebrated ever since the Last Supper in his memory. Prayer cards with the new texts are readily available at the Church doors to help ease people into using this new English language translation. 5

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