Covid-19 Update

Published on December 15, 2020

Due to current restrictions, Mass will be on the webcam.

Mass – Mon. – Sat. on our webcam at 10.00 am

Vigil Mass for Sunday on our webcam at 6.00 pm on Saturday

Mass on Sunday on our webcam at 12.00 noon

Evening prayer on the webcam at 7.00 pm weekdays

Private Prayer – the Church will be open after Mass until 1.00 pm

Support Fr. William by buying Christmas Face Masks


Bring some Christmas Joy and help a worthy cause !

Many of you will know Fr William Stuart from the parish as he has worked with us over the past number of years. He is currently based in south Lebanon where he runs a school for young refugee Syrian children who have fled their war torn country and he desperately needs funds to keep the school open especially now during these very challenging times.

A locally based company Hibernica Medical have offered to help the children in the run up to Christmas. They have sourced some beautiful Christmas themed face  masks  and will donate the proceeds from the sale of the entire shipment of masks ( except VAT) to raise funds for ‘schools for Syria’. So spread some Christmas cheer while helping this good cause by buying a box of 50 for €15 plus vat ( or 4 boxes, 200 masks,  for €50 plus vat).

Wouldn’t it be great to see everyone in Dalkey wearing these masks this Christmas time? –  sign of our solidarity as a community in fighting the virus and at the same time supporting Fr. William as he tries to bring some joy into the lives of those poor Syrian children who through no fault of their own had to flee their country and are now homeless.

Preorder your masks now at www.hiberniamedical.ie for delivery in early December or by emailing office@dalkeyparish.ie .


Dear Fr. Paddy

Greetings from a very warm and very confused Lebanon.  We are in complete flux here politically and economically. When I ask people what will happen the same answer comes from everyone, ‘no one knows’. During the week there was a Hezbollah bomb only 23km from Tyre where I operate. It’s getting too close and unpredictable to be taken for granted. I fear the worst is yet to come.

We have enrolled our 60 kids from the camps but we will have to bite the bullet and take much more. The financial situation here in Lebanon means that many refugee kids who up to now would have found education in state schools will not now be offered a place. The sheer number of Lebanese transferring from private to state schools because of the crisis means there is ‘no room at the Inn’ for the displaced Syrians.

In addition to all of this the level of corruption and theft among many NGOs is way beyond belief. Most of the international aid that came following the August 4 bomb was sent to NGOs as no one trusts the political establishment.  This aid has been largely stolen. I was speaking to a high level UNIFIL official on Monday who told me that following the bomb local volunteers swept the streets but the aluminium and glass sent by overseas aid in all its forms has disappeared. I personally know of one local NGO that received supplies of medical aid. They got their staff to package and store the equipment in order to sell it at a later date, none of it was forwarded to those in need.  Corruption and service to self has ruined a beautiful country on the shores of the Mediterranean. That corruption is now so endemic that it is hard to see how the ‘pearl of the Middle East’ can emerge from its new status as a failed state.  In the meantime my Team and I will continue to support as best we can our students and their families knowing its a tiny drop in a very  large ocean but as always it’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

And the best for last!

As you know I spent much of my time at home plugging my cause over the course of the Summer to raise funds for much needed education for the poorest of the poor refugee Syrian children.  I am overwhelmed to report that people’s generosity went way beyond what I could ever have imagined.. It came in the large and the small and much of it in the middle. But it came from a desire to help those whose lives and sufferings we will never understand. It came to be given in its entirety to those who need it the most. It came because many people know me or have heard of my work. It came because they know that my operation is a very small one and is not burdened with the cost of administration and because it has come we can now double the size of our school for 60 to 120, girls and boys who otherwise would have no access to the 1,2,3′s and the a,b,c’s.

I am very appreciative of your support Fr. Paddy and by extension all the folk in Dalkey Parish who have taken my mission into their hearts.  Their encouragement and notes of support mean an awful lot.

With warm regards, blessing and a gratitude so deep in my heart that words simply fail me.

Yours,

William Stuart

Tyre, South Lebanon