Church of St. Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud

WMOF Week 3 – “The impact of conflict on families and children”

There is no family that does not know how selfishness, discord, tension and conflict violently attack
and at times mortally wound its own communion. (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia)
Conflict is present at all levels of our lives, from global events to national disputes, right through to
our own local communities and family circles. Pope Francis acknowledges that there is no perfect
family, that we encounter discord even with those we love most dearly.
Further information on all of the WMOF themes can be found at

It’s time to change your interior life. Step Inside

Explore a programme in spirituality in Lumen –Dominican Centre, Blackrock: This two year part-time Certificate programme runs on Thursday evenings and six Saturdays to start 27 September 2018. It is exciting and inspiring. It’s open to all. No prior learning needed. There are no exams.
Contact Anne Ryan,, 086 884 3652. Website

WMOF Week 2 – “The role of technology in the family”

Pope Francis has a keen interest in technology, commenting regularly on social media. On the Pope
joining Instagram, Mark Zuckerberg welcomed him, commenting: “No matter what faith you
practice, we can all be inspired by Pope Francis’s humility and compassion. I’m looking forward to
following the Pope – and watching him continue sharing his message of mercy, equality and justice
with the world”. In Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis explained that "In our own day, dominated by
stress and rapid technological advances, one of the most important tasks of families is to provide an
education in hope".

What role does technology play in your family life?
Further information on all of the WMOF themes can be found at

The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society needs an extra 80 drivers for our volunteer Driver service in South Dublin to drive cancer patients to & from their chemotherapy appointments. We are looking for weekday drivers who have a car available. Drivers should be able to commit to two full weeks days a month.All volunteer expenses are paid.

Please call Laura on 01 231 0594 or email for an application form.

WMOF Week 1 – The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World

The World Meeting of Families will focus on key issues related to family drawn from Pope Francis’
teachings in The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). In the countdown to the events in August, for the next
seven weeks we are bringing you a flavour of these themes.
Week 1 – The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World is the overarching theme for WMOF2018
>As the first school of faith and love, the Christian family is often where we ourselves first come to know Jesus and his love.
>The family proclaims the Gospel to the World. The Christian family, by its witness to the life and love of Jesus, is a principal agent of evangelisation to the world.
>As Pope Francis explains in Amoris Laetitia¸ “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”. The Christian proclamation of the family is an indispensable part of the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel. God’s plan for the family, revealed in Sacred Scripture from the beginning, is joy for the world!

Further information can be found at

Archbishop Martin to celebrate a special Mass to support Fr Tony

Archbishop Diarmuid MartinArchbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a Special Mass to Support Fr Tony on Sunday June 24th at 11.30am. This mass will provide Parishioners with an opportunity to support and wish Fr Tony well in advance of his charity walk.

Tea / Refreshments afterwards (weather permitting – at the front of the Church)
Church door collections will take place at all Masses during the weekend 23rd/24th June in aid of Fr Tony’s Charity ‘Walk while you can’ with all funds going to support ‘Motor Neuron Disease (MND)’.

Three Choirs, 7:00pm, Sunday 29th April

Kilmacud Crokes Choir, Kildare Place School Parent’s Choir, The Choir of St Laurence O’Toole,
With special guest, Joanne Harding Soprano,
Directed by Thomas Kehoe,
Sunday 29th April at 7:00pm,
Kilmacud Parish Church,
Tickets €10 | U18 free entry,

With money raised going to local charities

Help Fight Motor Neuron Disease

Fr Tony Coote, Kilmacud Parish, Stillorgan
To listen back to Fr Tony’s interview on The Ryan Tubridy show about Motor Neurone Disease, please click “here”.
To help fight Motor Neurone Disease by donating, please click “here”.

Fr Tony on the The Ryan Tubridy Show

Fr Tony Coote, Kilmacud Parish, StillorganListen to Fr Tony’s interview on The Ryan Tubridy Show to hear about his fundraising initiative.

Please click here if you would like to make a donation. (

Please click here to listen to the podcast.

Annual Knock Holiday Pilgrimage, June 5th to 8th

The annual pilgrimage to Knock organised by Simon of Cyrene will take place this year from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th of June. More details to follow in the coming weeks with booking forms available from Helen in the Parish Centre.

Lenten Reconciliation Service, Monday March 26th, 7:30pm

lenten reconciliation confessionMonday March 26th at 7:30pm

A joint service for Kilmacud and Mount Merrion parishes. All welcome.
Venue: St Laurence O’Tool’s Church, Kilmacud

World Down Syndrome Day, March 21st

World Down Syndrome Day (also known as WDSD) is a global awareness initiative that has been backed by the United Nations since 2012.

It has been spearheaded by Down Syndrome International, which has linked up with national charities across the world to develop activities and events to raise awareness and support for those living with Down syndrome. It also highlights the facts of what it’s like to have Down syndrome, and how those with Down syndrome have, and continue to play, a vital role in our communities.World Downs Syndrome day socks

See Downs Syndrome Ireland.

Watch the 50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome video.

Recruitment notice Senior Help Line

Are You a Good Listener?

Senior Help Line, Ireland’s only confidential telephone listening service for older people, needs women and men aged 55+ to train as telephone line volunteers.

You would work a three hour rota every three weeks in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook as follows: Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 1-4pm, Saturday 4-7pm, Sunday 10am-1pm, Sunday 1-4pm and Sunday 4-7pm. Your role would be to listen with empathy to a range of calls, which may involve loneliness, health and family worries. You do not give advice but you do support callers in each situation presented.

Full training is provided. The next Information Morning takes place on Monday April 9.

If you would like to know more, please contact Anne on 087-7450721

One Day More support group

One Day More

One Day More is a support group made up of parents who received poor pre-natal prognoses for their babies.

From their ‘About‘ page: “We are here to offer to support to any parent who has just received a difficult pre-natal prognosis for their baby. We found speaking to someone who had already gone through the experience was an enormous help and cannot be under-estimated. We also found that peri-natal hospice care made the time we spent with our babies precious.”

Click here to visit their website.

Submission to the Citizens’ Assembly by the Irish Catholic Bishops’

Key points from the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.

– There is no such thing as a human life without value.

– Many thousands of Irish people are alive as a direct result of the enactment of the Eighth Amendment, who might otherwise never have been born.

– Supporting and sustaining a culture of life is in the interests of every generation and it defines us as a society.

– We believe that human life is sacred from conception until natural death and that Article 40.3.3 reflects the appropriate balance of rights.

The Diocese are producing a weekly leaflet called Choose Life. Copies of these will be available at the Church doors each week.

To view and download the submission of the Irish Bishops to the Citizens Assembly in December 2017, click here.

Pastoral Message for the New Year 2018 from Archbishop Eamon Martin

‘All human life is sacred.  Two Lives, One-LoveAll human life is precious. This is why the direct and intentional taking of innocent human life is always gravely wrong. In his New Year Homily, Pope Francis teaches us that: “to serve human life is to serve God. All life, from life in the mother’s womb to that of the elderly, the suffering and the sick, and to that of the troublesome and even repellent, is to be welcomed, loved and helped”‘.

The Diocese are producing a weekly leaflet called Choose Life. Copies of these will be available at the Church doors each week.

Prayer of Pope Francis (Laudato Si‘)

All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
That we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Excerpt from Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Pastoral Message for the New Year 2018.

Read the full Pastoral Message on the Irish Catholic Bishops "Choose Life 2018"  website.

Bishop Kevin Doran at the conference on “Abortion, Disability and the Law”

Abortion, Disability and the LawPaper delivered by Bishop Kevin Doran at the conference “Abortion, Disability and the Law”.

Ceremony of Healing in Mount Merrion church

On Sunday 4 March 2018 there will be a ceremony of healing in Ceremony of HealingMount Merrion church beginning at 3.30pm. This is another event in our journey toward and preparation for the World Meeting of Families. We invite anyone who would like to receive the oil of healing and anointing to come along to this event. Please help neighbours who have no transport to make to this event or former parishioners who are in nursing homes and might with the help of family members be able to be there. All those who have physical or mental illness or indeed any concerns through which the power of healing can bring peace please feel very welcome.

The 10am Mass Choir will be present and refreshments will served in the church afterwards.

Pilgrimage to Inis Mór (Aran Islands)

A weekend retreat on the island of Inis Mor. This will be a weekend of music, meditation and journey to the sacred sites of Aran, following in the Celtic Christian tradition of pilgrimage through a Holy Land. We will stay in the beautiful Kilmurvey house known for its excellent food, accommodation and friendly welcome.

  • When: 26 – 29 April 2018
  • Cost: 345 Euros
  • Deposit of €120 to secure a place. Places are limited to 18
  • Balance to be paid at the retreat in April
  • Booking and further information from the Parish office
  • Kilmacud: Ph: 2884009 Mount Merrion: Ph. 2881271

Prayer Room

The Rosary is recited each day in the prayer room after morning Mass.   Following this:  
On Monday the Legion of Mary direct a Frank Duff holy hour.   On Tuesday St. Joseph’s young Priests society pray for vocations to the Priesthood.   On Wednesday: the Divine Mercy Devotions are held.   On Thursday after the rosary there is silent Adoration until 12 30pm.    On Friday there are prayers for the cause of Matt Talbot.   And on Saturday the Prayer of the Church is recited.