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St.Laurence O'Toole Catholic Church​​

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Seville Place / North Wall, Dublin D01 KN73          CHY 7424
- Alive in Christ since 1844
There are some things in life which can leave us feeling completely helpless.  All of us carry a wound of some sort or other.  There is a challenge in front of us to choose whether to try and live through the wound I carry or just keep thinking about it until it hurts me even more.
                                    
We are often too embarrassed to cry, too tired to feel our hurt, and too scared to take our wound(s) to our heart.  Instead, we battle to understand, and we try to sort things out by using our heads rather than taking the problem to our hearts.

The choice we constantly face is whether to take our wound(s) to our head or to our heart.  To think of them or Feel them.  To look at them or Embrace them.

Whatever your wound is (loss of a loved one, addiction, depression, loneliness, hurt, loss of job, grieving a child… whatever), hand it over at this shrine and allow the saints and Our Lady to help you and walk with you on your personal journey / pilgrimage to your heart.

When I talk about my suffering I am creating a distance between it and myself.  In order for me to allow the healing process to start I must let it come near.  I have to become one with it.  When I do this, there is no distance and therefore no talk, just healing.

“If someone is trapped, or held captive, or in quicksand, they don't need a teacher; they need a saviour.  To appreciate Jesus, therefore, we have to move into the space where we understand how stuck we are, how needy we are.” (Bishop Robert Barron)

“When you call to me and come and pray to me, I shall listen to you.  When you search for me, you will find me; when you search wholeheartedly for me, I shall let you find me.”  (Jeremiah 29:12-14)

Our personal Journey towards
Healing, Forgiveness & Conversion
Our Deceased Children
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.  He said to them,
 
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
 
And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
(Mk 10:13-16)
Remembering all the young people who have died in the parish and their families that miss their presence.
Our Lady
Hail Mary full of grace
The Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God.
Pray for us sinners, now
and at the hour of our death, Amen.
Remembering Our Lady as our Heavenly Mother and asking Her protection on our Parish and all who live here.
St.Laurence O'Toole
Our Patron Saint of the Archdiocese.  This is a first class relic of the saint.
St. Laurence O’Toole, man of peace, You were in the middle of family and political conflict from your earliest days. Give the gift
of peace and hope to all who experience the trauma of division in families, in communities and among nations.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer, you recognized the call to serve the Lord in a particular way at Glendalough. Give the
gift of perseverance to all who are discerning their Christian vocation at this time.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of faith, you had the openness to accept a position of leadership in your community at an early age.  Bless our young people with a spirit of generosity  to offer themselves in the service of the Gospel.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer, you inspired people by your commitment to the spiritual life and the recitation of the
Prayer of the Church. Fill us with that desire to pray in communion with each other throughout each day.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of faith, you opened your heart and your doors to those who were poor. Increase our awareness
of those in need and inspire us to act with justice and charity at all times.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of prayer, you were respected for your commitment to your Church and to your country. Grant us
the grace to live in this world while always reflecting the eternal values of the kingdom.

St. Laurence O’Toole, man of peace, you gave your last ounce of energy in the cause of peace. Give us the gift of tirelessness
as we try to live as instruments of Christ’s peace, love and tolerance.
St.Joseph
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.
Remembering St.Joseph the Worker and the spouse of Mary.  We ask St.Joseph to intercede for all fathers in our parish.
St.Anthony
"Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints"
O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers.
Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request).
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
St.Anthony intercede for all in our parish and hold their petitions close to your heart as you hold the infant Jesus.
St.Therese
"St. Therese, Flower of fervour and love, please intercede for us.
Fill our hearts with your pure love of God.
Make us more aware of the goodness of God and how well He tends His garden.
Instill in us your little way of doing ordinary things with extra-ordinary love.

Give us the heart of a child who wonders at life and embraces everything with loving enthusiasm.
Teach us your delight in God's ways so that divine charity may blossom in our hearts.
Little Flower of Jesus, bring our petitions (mention in silence here) before God, our Father.

With your confidence, we come before Jesus as God's children,
because you are our heavenly friend.
As we pray to you and remember you, please continue to shower roses and grace upon us.
Amen
St.Therese of the little flower.  Listen to our prayer and please approach God for us and with us.
Calvary
By coming to the foot of the cross we can pray in front of this scene which has a rich heritage in our Christian tradition.
For centuries Christians have reflected on Christ on the cross and the image of the piercing of the side of the crucified Jesus and the flow of blood and water from his side.
In this scene God is communicating the life that comes to us from the crucified Christ.
At the precise moment that seems absolutely lifeless and godless, the life of God flows through Jesus to us.  This scene portrays death but it is through the blood and water that flows from the side of Jesus on the Cross that we receive the new life that Jesus offers to those who put their faith in him.
It is symbolic of the Spirit that is poured forth at the death of Jesus.
The stream of blood and water is no longer to be viewed as a horrific sign of death, but as a sign of the life that the death of Jesus brings
The crucifion scene at the foot of calvary