A Refuge - Damien House

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July 2018:   Damien House opens its doors to those seeking asylum in Ireland. The Damien House Project is an initiative of the Ireland-England Province, and is adjacent to the Community House at Tanagh, Cootehill. The guests of the house are mainly drawn from those living at the Direct Provision Center (DPC) in Monaghan. Fam Malawi 3The project will provide three main types of outreach: Respite holiday accommodation for families; facilitation of groups and classes from the DPC e.g. men’s group, cookery etc.; and accommodation for those transitioning from the DPC into their own living quarters. Our photos show some of the users of the project meeting with the Damien House Volunteers. Matthew, whose family came from Malawi when he was four months old and who are only now having their asylum application completed, celebrated his fifth birthday at Damien House.


Sruleen 30th Anniversary & Family Celebration

On the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of June 2018, the Sacred Heart Parish celebrated the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the parish as well as a festival of Family in preparation for the World Meetiong of Families in the RDS at the end of August.

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2018 Provincial Assembly

Gathering of the Sacred Hearts family this week (June) in Swords. The week finished with a celebratory mass and dinner during which we gave thanks for five of our members who between them have given a total of 235 years of service in ministry.

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Fr John Leahy SSCC RIP





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         Fr. John Joseph Leahy ss.cc. [aged 69]
                    was called home to the Lord
                on Monday 27th November 2017
                    at his sister Teresa's home
                    in Ballyneety, Co. Limerick


John was born on 8th August 1948 to John Joseph Leahy & Mary Jane Connolly, in Ballybay, Co Monaghan. He was educated at Primary School in Ballybay; St Macartan’s College, Monaghan; Trinity All Saints College, Horsforth, Leeds; Alan Hall Seminary, Chelsea, London and Mill Hill Missionary Institute, London.

After entering the Novitiate of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Hemet, California, USA, John made his First Profession on 25thAugust 1984 in Sacred Heart Chapel, Tanagh, Cootehill, Co Cavan. Following Ordination on 24th June 1990 [also in Tanagh], he was assigned Curate to Sacred Heart Parish, Sruleen, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. He was Curate in St Augustine’s Parish, Daventry, Northants, England from 1992-1998. From 1998-2004 he served as Provincial Councillor and Parish Priest at St Thomas The Apostle, Nunhead, London. John enjoyed a sabbatical from 2004-2006 and in November 2006 was appointed Parish Priest to Our Lady of Lourdes, Acton, London, where he served until he became ill last December.

Father John Leahy, among other things, will be remembered for bringing great life and laughter to the Congregation and to his ministry. He will be deeply missed by his own family [sisters Anne, Mary, Bernie, Teresa, Margaret, Teresa Ryan and brother Michael], his religious family and his many friends.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis” 


Click HERE for Homily preached at a Memorial Mass for Fr John Leahy ss.cc. at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Acton, London. Friday 19th January 2018 – Fr Michael Ruddy ss.cc.

SSCC Secular Branch National Day (UK)

SSCC Secular Branch National Day (UK)
The members of the SSCC Secular Branch held their national day on Saturday 29th of April 2017 in the parish of St. Aidan’s, East Acton. The day started with mass, and light refreshments with the parishioners and was followed by a day of reflection given Fr. Derek Laverty SSCC.  Members attended from Daventry, Bedford and Acton. After the reflection day, there was a short business meeting.  One of the items on the agenda for discussion was  the possibility of a trip at the end of October to Paris and Picpus along with the Irish members of the SS.CC. Secular Branch.  Watch this space!  Some members also took the opportunity to pay a visit to Fr. Ken Barnes, SSCC in Ealing. All in all, a great day was had by everyone.
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