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Paddy Carberry SJ

Born in Dublin and educated by the Loreto Sisters and by the Christian Brothers in Coláiste Mhuire, Paddy Carberry is one of three children born to Matthew and Mary Carberry. He entered the Jesuits after leaving school in 1963. Upon completion of his novitiate, he studied Irish and English in UCD and then went on to begin his philosophical studies ...

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Gardiner Street Parish

Address St Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street Dublin 1 Contact Telephone: +353 1 8363411 Fax: +353 1 8555624 E-Mail: [email protected] Website: http://www.gardinerstparish.ie Map About The Church of St Francis Xavier in Gardiner Street was one of the first churches to be built in Dublin after Catholic Emancipation (Catholic Relief Act) in 1829. The church in Hardwicke St opened in 1821. By ...

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Welcoming into the Church

At the Easter vigil Mass in Gardiner Street church this year, Dusan Sabol, a UCD student from Slovakia, was fully received into the Catholic Church, after a few years of preparation and accompaniment. He was baptised and confirmed, and he received his First Holy Communion. When asked publicly why he wished to be received into the Church, he said that ...

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Refurbishing the Gardiner Street organ

Kenneth Jones & Co. are refurbishing the organ in St Francis Xavier’s church, Gardiner Street, to ensure that it will be in good condition for generations to come. It was renewed in 1976, but it suffered damage not merely from age but from dust during repairs to the church. The parish is grateful to the Jesuit Province, which is shouldering 50% of ...

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Capuchin for Gardiner Street Novena

This year’s Gardiner Street Sacred Heart Novena will be given by the Capuchin priest, Séan Donohoe OFM. The Novena runs from May 22-30. Weekday times are 11am and 7.30pm; Saturday at 12 noon and 7.00pm; Sunday at 11am and 3.30pm. The Novena Prayer will be read, and a period of quiet meditation will follow the Mass. Prayer is offered especially ...

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Jesuit has last word on Ahern’s departure

Outgoing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern concluded his final Dáil session with a quote from the Jesuit writer, Fr John Sullivan. Mr Ahern urged that life be taken “in instalments” and that each day be a new beginning: “Let the past go. Now let me do whatever I have the power to do.” Mr Ahern has been a regular attendee at services ...

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Francis Xavier’s head

Work is currently underway to renovate the statues on the roof of Gardiner St Church, particularly to solve the problem of the headless St Francis Xavier! Donal Neary SJ, the Parish Priest, commented that only two people during the last four years have noticed this rather strange looking statue. The shaky hand of the Sacred Heart will also be repaired, ...

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Gospel Choir Easter Monday broadcast

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir is featured on RTE Radio 1 on Easter Monday, March 24, at 9pm. The award-winning and hugely popular choir was recorded live in Gardiner Street Church on Thursday 13 March for RTE’s ‘In Concert’ programme. More than a regular concert, it features songs and the spoken reflections that echo the Easter themes. Entitled ‘Mourning, Loss, ...

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Gardiner Street garden prayer

Prayer and reflection on the events of Holy Thursday will take place in the garden of Gardiner St Church, starting at 8.45pm on Holy Thursday evening. Scripture readings and hymns will accompany reflection on the agony, arrest, betrayal and imprisonment of Jesus. The prayer will last about an hour. Entrance to the garden is through the church. Other Holy Week ...

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