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The Catholic French-speaking Chaplaincy

The CCF or French-speaking chaplaincy has been based at St Mary’s, Haddington Road for the past three years. This an official chaplaincy under the auspices of the Communautés catholiques francophones dans le monde, a body over seen by the French Bishops Conference. The community is recognised by the Archdiocese of Dublin as one of the several chaplaincies in diocese.

The CCF emerged out of an earlier more informal body of French and Franco-Irish Catholic families in Dublin, of which Fr Conor Harper SJ was chaplain for 45 years. Fr Harper has now retired to be replaced by Fr Patrick Claffey and Fr Richard Sheehy.

The chaplaincy is in a constant state flux and change as families come and go in these very global times. However, the CCF has a great vibrancy and we simply start again each years with the people we have. The attendance cans vary between 40 and about 70 depending on the occasion Many of the members are now young couples with young families and the number of children is a striking feature of the communities pastoral approach. We also welcome the input of other young people passing through Dublin as Erasmus students or simply as visitors. The community is delighted to welcome all visitors to our celebrations, which take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.

A core group of the continued to meet on Zoom for prayer during the Covid pandemic and this meant a lot to the community and held it together. On Sunday 10th October at 12.30 we will be holding our official opening mass for the pastoral year, following a holiday break from our activities. This will be followed by a small reception in the community room. Haddington Road is also home to the Croatian Chaplaincy, under the pastoral care of Fr Josip Levakovic, who resides at St. Mary’s.

The Legion of Mary – Centenary 2021— Evangelisation in Action

We are fortunate in our parish to have a small but very devoted group of legionnaires, who meet regularly and carried out the mission and ministry of the Legion, quietly and discreetly where it is most needed. It is appropriate that we mark the centenary of this very Irish organisation, now a worldwide movement, founded by Frank Duff here in Dublin one hundred years ago. In going so we also honour the memory of the many people, men and women, who have carried out the task of evangelisation as members of the Legion of Mary, including many in our own parish.


What the Legion does

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

See the newsletter (25/09/2021) for more information on the Legion of Mary.


Introduction of a the ‘Summer Dues’ 20th June 2021

Dear Parishioner,


The last year has been a very strange one and much of what we have taken for granted in the past, has changed. One of the areas where the impact of lower numbers and ongoing months of Church closures has had an effect is on the first collection which supports the priests of the Parish and the sick and retired priests of the Diocese.


We have been very grateful for your support both online and by putting your offerings in the letterboxes in the Church. This, with your commitment to the Christmas and Easter Dues, has enabled the Common Fund to support the Priests here and in other Parishes.


However the Common Fund, which is made up of the first collection, Christmas and Easter dues, is at an all time low and we need to build it up. We are introducing a ‘Summer Dues’ to help with this. It will be taken in the same way as the Christmas and Easter Dues and the Parish will benefit from the tax relief scheme on this contribution.


We are very aware that everyone’s situation has changed and we appreciate all your support. If you are able to support this new ‘Summer Dues’ we and the other priests in the Diocese would be very gratefuI. We hope that you get to enjoy some holiday time over the summer and meet up with family and friends. We wish you every blessing and pray that things return to some sense of normality this year.


Fr. Fachtna, Fr. Pat, Fr. Josip and Deacon Greg.


Click here to read a Pastoral Council document regarding the re-opening of the church for public worship.


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Click here read a Pastoral Council document regarding the re-opening of the church for public worship


The six lectures given at the 2020 Scripture Summer School on The Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible are now accessible through the parish website.  The summer school programme entitled “Vision 2020:  Faith into the Future” is available by clicking here.  We would like to thank Dr Jessie Rogers (Pontifical Univsity,  St. Patrick’s College Maynooth) for her support in enabling the presentation of these lectures on the parish website.  The themes of the six lectures are shown in the following screen snip of a slide from lecture 1 (00m:59s).

Click here for lecture 1:    The Prophetic Call 

Click here for lecture 2:   The Exile and Beyond

Click here for lecture 3:    The prophetic view of present, past and future

Click here for lecture 4:    Prophetic ideas of progress

Click here for lecture 5:    Visions of the glorious future

Click here for lecture 6:    Earth’s  Story in the Prophets

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