Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 14 28th March 2010

Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Fri 30th April at 11.00am
Arch Bishop Dermot Martin will officiate.

Happy Faces Day
Takes place across Ireland over the next month.  Approx. 100 photographers are donating their services for one day to help raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland.  Photographer Denise Cannon of DesignWorks Photography is your local Happy Faces Day photographer and will be taking portraits on Sunday, 28th March from 12 to 5pm at her studio at 26 Church Street, Skerries.  Balloons, facepainting and mini-makeovers.  Portraits €25 with 100% of all proceeds going to the charity.  Contact 8021100 for info or check out details at www.designworksphoto.com.

Pieta House Darkness into Light 5k Event
Pieta House ‘Darkness into Light 5k Event’ will take place this year on Saturday 8th May 2010 in two venues.  The Phoenix Park, Dublin 7 and University of Limerick.  Participants will be invited to walk or run the 5k route, starting whilst it is still dark and completing the circuit as dawn is breaking. This will be a symbolic event to give hope to those affected by Suicide and Self-Harm. On line registration will be available from 15th February 2010 at www.pieta.ie. Postal registration will also be available. For any enquiries contact Marie Freeman at 01-6010000 or email marie@pieta.ie

Pope Benedict XVI Pastoral Letter
Veritas are in the process of producing printed copies of the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland for distribution this week.  The cost is 20c per copy, excluding postage. You can email your order to: norma.daly@veritas.ie or,tel: 878 8177.

Notices from the Dublin Diocese

Nursing Home Support Schemes: A new scheme of financial support for long-term nursing home care has recently been introduced by the HSE.  If you or a loved one is in need of nursing home care, or if you would simply like to find out more about the new scheme, please call the HSE Infoline on 1850 24 1850 and ask for information on the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, A Fair Deal.  Alternatively, log on to www.dohc.ie/issues/fair_deal

All Hallows- An Easter Retreat: Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd April 2010. Full day retreat or one-day option available. This three-day retreat offers an opportunity for reflection, prayer, celebration and exploration of the Easter Triduum themes.

Father Marino Nguekam is a member of the Spiritan order and a curate in Bawnogue Parish Clondalkin. He will be joined by friends in a concert SING ALLELUIA! SING TO THE RISEN LORD ON THURSDAY 15th April @8pm in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral. Tickets €10 can be reserved from the pro-cathedral Office (01-8745441). For more information ring 087-7564690 or 01-4592273 or www.fathermarino.com. Proceeds from the concert will help Spiritan seminarians for the priesthood in Cameroon!  


An Ecumenical Memorial Service: Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital will host an Ecumenical Memorial Service to remember all babies who have died before or around the time of birth will be held in Church of Our Lady of Dolours, Dolphins Barn on Sunday 18th April 2010 at 3.00pm. This is a unique and special way for families to remember their babies. As always, the participation of parents, families, friends and staff makes the service truly meaningful.