6th December, 2020
2nd Sunday in Advent
O Come O Come Emmanuel we pray,
Let us prepare a way for the Lord
Return of Public Masses
Public masses return to our churches from Tuesday, 1st December.
St. Finian's Church:
Weekdays at 10am
Saturdays at 5.30pm and 6.30pm
Sundays at 8.45am, 10am and 12 midday
Weekdays at 1pm
Saturdays at 7.30pm
Sundays at 11am
Strict rules of sensible Hygiene will continue to apply; please ensure you maintain a distance of at least two metres from others, use the sanitisers provided and wear a mask.
All masses in St. Finian's Church are available on our webcam.
Mass intentions can be booked with Stephanie at email@example.com or on 01 8409043.
Pope Francis on Christian Hope
Pope Francis has used the season of Advent as a time to reflect on Christian hope. He said, “ In our times, which seem so dark, the Pope said we often feel “lost in the face of the wickedness and the violence that surround us.” We may even feel “discouraged, because we feel powerless, and it seems the darkness might never end.” But we should never give up hope, he continued, “because God, with His love, journeys with us, He does not leave us alone, and the Lord Jesus has overcome evil, and opened up the path of life.”
It is important to reflect on hope during this season of Advent, when we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Pope Francis based his reflection primarily on a passage from Isaiah, in which God tells the prophet, first, to console his people, and then to “make straight the path of the Lord.” “Let us allow ourselves, then, to teach hope, to faithfully await the coming of the Lord, and whatever desert we might have in our life will become a flowering garden.” “Nothing and nobody can block the light that Christ puts in our hearts and on the face of his friends.
Advent wreath-making for children
Children are invited to create their own Advent wreath. Join online every Saturday at 3.30pm during Advent (and Christmas morning at 8am).
We invite families to gather around the Advent wreath to pray together. Join Facebook @CCPCDublin. For further details contact Christina Malone 085 716 2152
I wait. I watch. I hope.
If you are looking for something different this advent, why not join a WhatsApp group to receive an Advent reflection every day. For further details and if you like to join contact Christina Malone 085 716 2152
Living Advent Calendar 2020
We are asking parishioners to tell the Christmas story in 25 days. This will be shared on Facebook every morning at 8am from the 1st of December @CCPCDublin. If you like to be involved contact Christina Malone 085 716 2152 or email
Mini Advent Retreat on Zoom
For three sessions, during Advent, you are invited to take part in a mini-retreat that will explore the themes of Faith, Hope and Love. Fr Billy Swan will lead the retreat; St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy and will take place from Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3 December beginning at 8pm. To take part, all you need to do is send an email to to receive the Zoom link. Come and join us to prepare for Christmas.
THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Mass times are as follows:
St. Finian’s, River Valley
Mon 7th Vigil at 7pm , Tues 8th at 10am
Our Lady Queen of Heaven 1pm
Over the past number of months, Missalettes were always available from the parish. Our printing order brought us up to Pentecost Sunday. Following new guidelines from the Archbishop, Sunday Missalettes will no longer be available from the Parish until further notice. You can now download your Sunday Missalettes by following the link below.
A mass leaflet with the correct readings for each Sunday can be downloaded here: Missalette
Mass Leaflets provided by RPD Limited.
Note that leaflets are only made available by RPD from the previous Thursday.
All of our Parish Newsletters for 2020
are available here: Newsletters
We welcome back all our volunteers who do great work in our church on a daily basis. Their kindness and hard work enables you the people of our parish to come to Mass and feel safe.
If you would like to join our team please phone or email the parish office at 01 8409043 or
Christmas Mass Bouquets
Our Christmas Mass Bouquet cards are now available. This is a lovely gift to give to anyone for Christmas. They can be purchased in the office and the sacristy.
Christmas Cards are available from the parish office.
€10 per packet.
There is a free Calendar for every packet you buy!
We continue to pray to Our Mother Mary to keep us safe and protect us from the coronavirus:
O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm. You, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen. We fly to thy protection, O Holy Mother of God. Despise not our prayers in our necessities but ever deliver us from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A message from our Community Food Banks
We need donations of toiletries – Soaps, Shampoo, Toothpaste, hand soap, baby hygiene products.
Times are difficult for everyone at the moment particularly the most vulnerable people in our community. As the need for people to access our services increases, we are finding it more difficult to keep our stock at a level that can cope with the demand.
A box will be left at the back of the church from this week for all donations of new toiletry products (and in their original packaging please) All donations will be greatly appreciated.
Donations of new toiletry products and in their original packaging can also be brought to:
Community Food Bank
Brackenston Rd, Swords
St. Cronan's Parish
Wed 9th and 16th Dec
Please contact if you need to make an alternative drop off arrangement.
If you wish to support the work of Crosscare at this difficult time for those most in need in our Diocese, please remember you can donate on line at
Do you need to talk to a counsellor?
Fingal Counselling Service is open to accept new clients and new referrals.
Given the current restrictions on face to face contact, all assessment and counselling appointments will be completed via telephone until the restrictions are lifted.
Call 01 8902596, leave a message and we will return your call.
Exploring Christus Vivit and creating new young adult leaders in our Church.
Join the conversation during Lockdown on continuing to explore the richness of Christus Vivit. By Reading and Reflecting Exploring Christus Vivit , it hoped to encourage and invite leaders to take up Pope Francis’ challenge to find ways of involving young people in the life of the Church. Takes place on Mondays in November 7:30pm-8:30pm. To register – email with your name, email. For more details see
Temporary Parish Collections
The money contributed to the Family Offering Collection is used to run the parish, i.e. pay for light, heat, insurance, repairs, altar wine and bread, wages, stationery and many more bills. Money to the Family Offering is usually contributed by way of a weekly envelope or standing order or annual cheque.
If you are able and would like to contribute to the family offering by way of standing order or weekly envelope, please contact Stephanie at 8409043, or email the parish at
DID YOU KNOW?
Your Parish has a Facebook and Twitter page.
Keep in touch with us and see what might interest you in your Parish.
St Vincent De Paul
Next Weekend 12th /13th December is the Annual indoor collection for St Vincent de Paul. Every year families struggle to get by and every year they rely on your generosity. Thanking you all for your kindness.
We are blessed to have our church open every day from 9am to 3pm. In order to keep everyone safe, we ask that you practice some guidelines that have been put into place:
The middle section of the church is only to be used when sitting or kneeling to pray.
Please make sure that you are two metres away from others.
Masses are being offered for:
Saturday 5th December - Vigil at 6.30pm
Gerard Fennelly (RD)
Neil Hyde (RIP)
Sean Conlan (AN)
Michael & Breda Murphy (AN)
Sunday 6th - 10am mass
Michael Dowd (AN)
Michael Walsh (AN)
Phyllis Duggan (Birthday Rem)
Elya Augustine (6th AN)
Marie Brunswick (RD)
Fr Brian O’Toole (RD)
Vigil at 7pm
Austin O’Malley (MM)
Karl & Angela Tighe (AN)
Hannon O’Gorman (AN)
Mary Judge (AN)
Patrick & May Gilchrist (AN)
Oliver Temple (RD)
Eamonn Duffy (RD)
Pauline Frain (RD)
Gerard Fennelly (RIP)
Dorothy Donegan (RD)
Hilda Tier (RD)
Frances Flood (RD)
Eugene Brady (RIP)
Vigil at 5.30pm
Sheila Hewson (RD)
Vigil at 6.30pm
Marie Storey (10th AN)
Gay, Eddie, Fran & Tony Dixon (AN)
Brendan Lynch (RIP)
Michael O’Herlihy (Birthday Rem)
Seamus Concannon (4th AN)
Deceased members of the Concannon Family (RIP)
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all our parishsioners who give so generously to the church each week.
Without your kind offerings, we would not be able to function. God Bless you all.