It is the custom in many Jesuit communities for the priests to go out on Sunday into the neighbourhood to celebrate the Eucharist in various churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and chapels. This is also the case for those Jesuit priests spending their tertianship year in Ireland. On any given Sunday, the tertianship group – comprised of men from a variety of countries – are working in ethnic parishes (such as Czech, Slovak, Polish, or Croatian) in Dublin; with smaller communities, such as L’Arche; or in nursing homes and hospitals.
This morning, Jeffrey and Stjepan will head to Temple Street Children’s Hospital to celebrate their 9.30 am mass. Temple Street, as it is commonly known, was founded in 1872 and is an acute paediatric hospital serving some of Ireland’s sickest children. The hospital has a chaplaincy department that helps children, families and staff to experience the compassion and healing presence of God. The chaplains at Temple Street minister twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – – 365 days of the year.
Also this morning, the Eucharist will be celebrated at St. Monica’s Nursing Home by Balint. St. Monica’s currently has 46 beds and a day centre, which caters for up to 12 clients per day. Their vision for service is to ensure that the residents are well cared for and feel at home here. They endeavour to provide individualized service with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement. The weekly Sunday liturgy there offered at 10.30 am and – as is the case with all our endeavours – the Jesuit tertians are honoured to be a part of this good work in Dublin. We have attached an image of St. Monica’s chapel below.
Keep all the tertianship group in your thoughts and prayers as they go about their Sunday ministry throughout the City of Dublin.