Parish Support / Outreach
Bethany Bereavement Support
The Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a voluntary Parish based ministry which aims to reach out and help the bereaved and grieving.
All Contact is strictly confidential. If a bereaved person would prefer to talk with someone other than from their own parish they may contact Bethany in another parish. Contact numbers for other parish groups are published on the Bethany website. www.bethany.ie
In today’s world, people tend to be unaware of the grief associated with bereavement. It is not widely understood that the grieving process may be long and severe. Understanding the stages of grief can be helpful and reassuring.
Although grieving is a natural process which can be helped by the sympathy and understanding of friends, sometimes one may need support to work through it in a positive way. Friend’s don’t always know how to help; they may feel embarrassed by one’s grief; they may even avoid meeting one in a mistaken belief that a meeting may increase distress.
It is quite normal to feel anger, guilt, fear and depression as well as the awful pain of loss. These feelings need to be expressed rather than repressed, to be talked out, cried over and put in some sort of perspective.
It helps the healing process to talk with a trained listener in confidence and comfort the very strong feelings associated with grief.
Many Bethany members have themselves been bereaved. They are trained to listen with understanding. They accept those suffering loss as they are, and support them through the grieving process. Contact: Ines 01 8675734. Citizens advice centre has a new information booklet on bereavement, you can look at here.
Rainbows Bereavement support for Children
What Does Rainbows Do?
We facilitate children whose parents have separated or who have experienced the death of a family member – parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, and uncle. This does not necessarily need to be a recent event, as grieving can be carried on long after the sad event itself has taken place.
The Rainbows Programme follows the following format:
- Conducted in small groups of between 3 – 5 children of the same age.
- Under the control of a trained facilitator ---a teacher or parent.
- In different groups for bereavement and separation where possible.
- Held in school, after classes finish. Usually 2.30 to 3.00pm.
- Parental consent is required.
- Voluntary – Children are encouraged to take part but there is no obligation.
- Confidential – After the first meeting children agree to keep their discussion confidential. They may speak at home about what they themselves shared in the group, but not about what any group member said.
The twelve week course follows a set curriculum of twelve topics, where each child will have their own journal. The Programme is specifically for children attending St. Paul’s School Ayrfield, but we are open to other applicants who wish to be facilitated. We advertise our programme in September and it takes place as numbers demand from October to February. We generally have completed the programme by mid-February. The programme is run free of charge as it is financed by the Department of Social and Family Affairs, Family Support Agency. Contact: The Secretary, St. Paul's Junior N.S Tel: 01 8470479.
Rainbows Programme St. Paul’s Primary School
The Rainbows Programme at St. Paul’s Primary School Ayrfield has been running since 1999. The Programme for 2007/2008 has recently concluded. It was facilitated by Phil Buckley, Marian McDonagh, Fergal Brougham and Kate Delaney.
During the programme 14 pupils took part and we completed the twelve week series with a ‘Celebrate Me Day’. Facilitators and participants agreed that rainbows had been very successful and feedback from parents was very positive. We hope to facilitate the programme during the next school year should the number of applicants warrant it.
Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Christian voluntary organisation, working with poor and disadvantaged people. Inspired by Frederic Ozanam and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the organisation seeks to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those in need: "I was hungry and you gave me food" (Matthew 25). No work of charity is foreign to the Society. We are involved in a diverse range of activities characterised by:
Support and friendship through person to person contact. They are committed to respecting the dignity of those they assist and to foster their self-respect. In the provision of material and other support, they assure confidentiality at all times and endeavour to establish relationships based on trust and friendship.
Promoting self-sufficiency: The organisation believes it is not enough to provide short term material support. Those who are assisted must also be helped to achieve self-sufficiency in the longer term and the sense of self-worth this provides. When the problems encounter are beyond their competence, SVP enlist the support of others more specialised.
Working for social justice SVP are committed to identifying the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Ireland, and, in solidarity with poor and disadvantaged people, to advocate and work for the changes required to create a more just and caring society.
(Ayrfield conference meets 8pm on Tuesday nights at Ayrfield pastoral centre. Contact number for all enquiries in the Dublin region 01 8550022)
The Legion of Mary
The members of the Legion of Mary participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals.
Would you like to:
- Spread our Lord's message of Love?
- Lead people in prayer?
- Cheer people that are hurt?
- Lighten the load on your parish priest?
You are the very person the Legion would like to meet! Ayrfield members meet every Friday at 1.00pm in the pastoral centre. Contact Jimmy Lyons for more information 01 8474751. Web: Legion of Mary
St. Paul's Church,
Tel: 01 8160984
Fax: 01 8160990
Fr. Gerard Corcoran
12 Grangemore Grove
Tel: 01 8479822
Mobile: 087 2408428
Fr. Gerard Deegan
28 Glentworth Park
Tel: 01 8674007