Family Offering Collectors
The Family Offering Collection (weekly envelope or monthly standing order) is the only weekly collection which stays in the parish. The parish relies on the contributions to the Family Offering to fund the maintenance of the church building and grounds, including cleaning, repairs, heat and light etc, as well as to run the parish office, pay staff salaries, insurance and pay for all supplies for the church and parish office, training for parish volunteers, retreats, speakers for Advent and Lent, and occasional contributions to the parish schools. We thank those parishioners and visitors who already contribute regularly to the Family Offering, and we urge those who have not yet enrolled to consider doing so, so that we may continue to provide a quality service to all who come to our parish.
The Hospitality Group: Eileen Munroe
The Hospitality Group has been operating in the Parish since 1991. Its main objective is to provide hospitality for special Liturgical occasions. Hospitality is a team effort – at close of events it is always a joy to encourage parishioners to get together with a cup of tea and some biscuits, cakes or mince pies.
SOCIETY of St VINCENT de PAUL
Society of St Vincent de Paul Pope John 23rd conference active in Our Lady of Dolours Parish organise some social events, visits to elderly people and give practical help to many families in need. We visit people in their homes by request. Please contact central office at 8550022, who will pass on request to our conference. We thank parishioners for the generosity in our monthly out door collections.
Meditation, or Contemplative Prayer, is a way of pure prayer marked by silence, stillness and simplicity. The Benedictine Monk, Fr John Main (1926-1982) was the founder of the World Community for Christian Meditation and his teachings of this ancient tradition of prayer is rooted in the Gospels and in Celtic Christian settlements such as Skellig Michael in Kerry. This form of prayer is now practiced by over one hundred groups in Ireland and many more worldwide.
The Glasnevin Meditation Group meet every Tuesday evening at 7.00pm in St. Joseph’s Convent ( back of Bon Secours Hospital ). The entrance to the convent is via the gate on St David’s Terrace. New members are always welcome.
For more information on this type of prayer visit ‘The Irish Community for Christian Meditation’ (website:http://www.wccm.org/content/ireland ).
Meals On Wheels
In Glasnevin Parish we cook and deliver approximately 540 meals every month. The recipients who live locally, may be sick or incapacitated in some way, or are recovering from surgery or illness and are not in a position to cook meals for themselves. The meals consist of soup, main course and dessert and cost €2 for the three courses. They are prepared and cooked by the Glasnevin Core Group in the kitchen of the Botanic Ave Senior Citizens Complex. The meals are part funded by the Dept. of Social Protection and are delivered to homes by volunteer drivers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
If you would like to have a meal delivered to your home on a regular basis, or perhaps just for a number of weeks while you recover from illness or surgery, contact the kitchen in Botanic Ave at 089 4451360 and we will arrange that for you.
If you would like to volunteer as a driver and deliver the meals, you can also contact us at the above number for more information. Your help would be much appreciated.
The Senior Citizens
The Senior Citizen Group started approximately 30 years ago in the hall under the Church of Our Lady of Dolours. There are five people on the Committee and there is a very good weekly attendance of about 30 parishioners. Activities consist of bingo, outings, holidays, shows and pantomines. A cup of tea is served and we usually have a chat and a laugh. Occasionally we have guest speakers to talk on health issues, entitlements and advise on general issues that would concern our group of senior citizens.
Glasnevin Village Active Retirement Association
The active retirement group provides activities where retired or semi retired people can meet new friends, socialise, learn new skills, discover hidden talents, or try a new hobby. The local (GVARA) group is affiliated to Active Retirement Ireland. Activities: Dancing, Bridge, Bowls, Table Tennis, Movement to Music and Crafts. Also outings, holidays and other social events are organised.
New members are welcome: call into the Parish Centre during any GVARA activity session to join any of these activities. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.