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Archbishop’s Letter … But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid …
p until this year, we have maybe taken the whole Christmas package for granted. It is not out of any badness on our part but simply out of repetitiveness. Perhaps we have sensed more predictability in it than prophecy, more ennui than excitement. And we would not be completely wrong. The fact that commercially Christmas has crept back to the beginning of September, or indeed the end of August, has not helped either. In recent times, it has almost been the case that Christmas has peaked before we got anywhere near December. 2020 is different. Very little has peaked this year. Very little has happened, at least very little that we could have expected from our previous experiences. Not only has this caught us unawares. It has completely floored most of us. In our church life and in our spiritual life, it is repetition and predictability that equip us for the unforeseen fresh adventures of faith. Rhythm feeds resilience. Your own life will be full of people and situations that are truly transformative, tragic and positive, where the human spirit shone through radiant in the darkness. This happened in ways that were never expected until people we know and love had to dig deeper and deeper to survive in their everyday experiences. I want to encourage you for Christmas 2020 to look to the characters of the Christmas Story, not only for inspiration but in such a way as to find yourself represented in them, indeed to find yourself inhabiting them. The shepherds were in the fields, watching over their flock by night.What made this type of night shift bearable was that nothing strange happened. New and strange happenings spoke of danger to their sheep. Not only were the sheep their capital asset. They were also their duty of care. We are talking about the era before medical and veterinary science here. We know nothing of the religious attitude of these shepherds other than their adaptability and their rapid response to changed circumstances. Not only had an angel of God addressed them, but the glory of God had surrounded them. They were transformed and commissioned to do a number of things.The first was to trust what they had been told to the extent that they left their sheep to go and do what they were asked to do. The second was to go to Bethlehem, to find Mary and Joseph and the child and to tell. They were to tell what God had made known to them. Their role is to be messengers of the message of God told through the angel; and also to be messengers of the glory of God because, once surrounded by this glory, they were never going to be the same. I cannot but think of all the varied people who have stood on the front line, and who still stand there, throughout the time of the coronavirus in 2020. As I hear this story of the shepherds, I think particularly of security guards by day and by night who have put themselves in the face of danger – for all the rest of us and for whatever goods and services they carry the responsibility of security. I encourage you to take characters of the Christmas Story, as I have taken the shepherds here, and to find something of yourself in their story. I encourage you also not to neglect the domestic rituals of Christmas 2020 – whether it be a light in the window, a wreath on the door, a tree and decorations inside. Jewish households have survived on domestic rituals for generations of faithfulness. So can we. We owe it to our community and our society and our country. I wish all of you a Colourful Advent, a Happy Christmas, a Radiant Epiphany and a Blessed New Year 2021. † Michael
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Chief Executive Officer designate For over 250 years, the Methodist people of Dublin have been committed to providing shelter, support and care to the most vulnerable in the city. Dublin Central Mission has been the expression of that commitment since 1893, and is now a limited company and a Registered Charity. Motivated by Christian faith, we provide supported housing and long-term Nursing Home care for the Older Person, in addition to facilitating self-help groups and other social outreach activities in Abbey Street. We are seeking a new leader to take Dublin Central Mission forward as we enter our next phase of growth and development when our current CEO steps down shortly. You will enjoy working as part of our team and managing people. You’ll be supported in your work by a committed Board of Director/Trustees. To succeed in this role, you will need to be faith-based person who is inspiring, collaborative and creative. We are looking for someone to lead and shape Dublin Central Mission’s strategic direction, with experience in healthcare and/or housing, corporate governance, finance, and a knowledge of the voluntary sector. This will be a challenging yet exciting role with enormous potential for the right person to extend both the reach and the range of our services. If you are a highly motivated individual who is passionate about serving others, we would love to hear from you. Closing date for applications is Monday January 4th 2021. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org CHURCH REVIEW
NEWS Below: Dean Arthur and Brigid Barrett (Photo Paul McFadden, DCO Derry and Raphoe)
he Very Reverend Arthur Barrett, Dean of Raphoe Cathedral and Rector of the Raphoe Group of Parishes, has been appointed Rector of the Arklow, Inch and Kilbride Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Glendalough. The announcement was made in both parishes today (Sunday 15 November 2020). It is expected that he will begin his ministry in Arklow in January 2021. Dean Barrett grew up in Glenageary, Co Dublin. Following school in Dublin and Belfast he studied Business in Bristol and returned to work in Ireland. He was Managing Director of a company providing packaging equipment and technical fabrics to industry throughout Ireland, before entering the Church of Ireland Theological College in 1994. Since Ordination Dean Arthur has been Incumbent in parishes in Dublin, Sligo, Enniskillen and Raphoe. Arthur is married to Brigid and they have three grown up children, Charlie, Nathan and Lucy. Arthur enjoys spending time with his family, walking their two dogs, cooking and playing croquet.
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‘This generation can change culture in church’ – ARCHBISHOP TELLS ORDINANDS T
he language and work of those in ordained ministry remains the same but the context of its life and application has changed utterly, Archbishop Michael Jackson told ordinands in the Church Ireland Theological Institute last week. They are still called to share Peace and the Kingdom of God, but these encounters now mostly take place online, he said. The Archbishop was speaking during the first ever online commissioning of Student Readers at CITI. Year 1 MTh ordinands, Stuart Armstrong (Down & Dromore), Lee Boal (Down & Dromore), Timothy Eldon (Armagh), Cosmin Pascu (Down & Dromore), Arthur Sweeney (Tuam, Killala & Achonry), Melanie Sloan (Connor) and David Thomas (Down & Dromore) were commissioned by Archbishop Jackson. The service was coordinated on Zoom by the Revd Dr Paddy McGlinchey. The Gospel reading [St Luke 10: 1-9] speaks of communities where people move around and enter one another’s houses and eat together, something that the Archbishop pointed out could not happen at the moment because of coronavirus.
Commenting on his appointment, Dean Arthur says: “I am humbled and honoured to have been appointed to the Arklow, Inch and Kilbride Group of Parishes. Brigid and I are excited by the opportunity to serve in this new phase of ministry. While leaving the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe, and the Raphoe Group of Parishes will be difficult, we are greatly looking forward to serving and working with the people in Arklow, Inch and Kilbride, as we seek to discern God’s will for these parishes in south Wicklow and North Wexford. We would ask for parishioners in both the Raphoe and Arklow Groups of Parishes to hold us in their prayers, as we will be praying for them, as we all enter a new time of transition and challenge.”
“It sounds from the perspective of today like ancient history. The Church of Ireland is rooted in such communities. I would go so far to say that, in the current lockdown of fear, contagion, illness and death, we are diminished by the absence and the abeyance of such communities. But we live dutifully within The Guidelines. And The Guidelines, with increasingly sharp teeth, discourage gatherings,” he commented. At various points in the hierarchy of restrictions, the Archbishop observed that churches had been given a special privilege of being allowed to gather indoors, with appropriate conditions. The end result of this privilege led others, who were not allowed to gather, to comment, he said citing a person on the radio saying: ‘So, then, we can all go to church but it is not possible to have a seventh person at a child’s birthday party…’ He said that comments like this should alert people of faith to their responsibility to use the opportunity for gathering, when permitted, to gather intentionally and in a focused way, to connect actual and virtual worship and study and community. “We have this special opportunity in this generation to change culture in church; the old normal is not returning; and you are the family of ordinands who are being placed in a very particular front line of experience and of formation to deal directly and from the outset of your God-given ministry with a strange situation in the life of the church that can no longer be called unreal,” he stated. Now, the Archbishop said, those in ministry should not refuse hospitality, but should establish a base where people could expect to find them on a regular and rhythmic basis. “All of this language remains the same, but the context of its life and application has changed utterly. Most, if not all, encounter is now on-line,” he said.
MARRIAGE IN CASES OF MISCARRIAGE, COUNSELLING STILLBIRTH AND NEONATAL DEATH CONTINUES he Church of Ireland has two new services available for use when a family experiences ONLINE T miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. The Liturgical Advisory Committee has announced that the Service of Prayer and Naming and the Funeral Service in cases of Miscarriage, Stillbirth Service of Prayer and Naming & Funeral Service
and Neonatal Death, as approved by the General Synod, are available in the Prayer & Worship section of the Church of Ireland website.
The Services are accompanied by Pastoral and Liturgical Guidelines for Clergy, and a Certificate of Naming which commends a child to God’s ever–caring and gentle love. Commending the resources, the chair of the committee, Archbishop Michael Jackson, remarked: “While no words can adequately respond to or address the sense of loss experienced by family members when a child dies near the time of birth, it is our hope that these resources for worship will go some way toward expressing loss and knowing that God is present. It is in this spirit of compassion and hope that the Liturgical Advisory Committee offers them for use.” The Services and related resources are available to download here: https://www.ireland.anglican. org/prayer-worship/book-of-common-prayer/miscarriage-stillbirth-and-neonatal-death
FROM THE ARCHIVES – A LOOK BACK AT THE CHURCH REVIEW FROM DECEMBER 2001 By Lynn Glanville At the Church Review we are taking a look back through old editions of the diocesan magazine from the early days of the current editor’s reign. This month we travel back to December 2001 when children from Rathfarnham Parish National School graced the front cover with Santa Claus, who was arriving for the Wonder of Christmas flower festival in the parish. Inside there was news of the reopening of All Saints’ Church in Grangegorman after major restoration work. The church was rehallowed by the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Revd John Paterson, who said a church needed to be a place of welcome. The Solemn Patronal Eucharist was led by the Vicar, Canon (now Archdeacon) David Pierpoint. There was also a report from the Fields of Life Academy in Uganda which was opened by the then President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, who was accompanied by her husband Martin and Minister of State Liz O’Donnell. The Revd Trevor Stevenson, who founded Fields of Life, was also present. The annual Sunday School Society Brainarma quiz had attracted 18 teams of Sunday School children and the Friends of Christ Church Cathedral had held a Dinner and Song evening in the recently restored cathedral crypt. Taney MU celebrated its centenary while Ballinatone was looking back at a successful harvest flower festival. Global news was brought by Philip McKinley who reported from Uganda which he visited with CMSI, Terence Read wrote about the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and Patrick Comerford was writing about Christians in the Muslim world.
n these stressful times, there can be even more strain on relationships than usual and the Church of Ireland Marriage Council is keen to reassure people that marriage counselling services are still available. Working from home can very convenient in terms of cutting down on commuting but it can also become difficult to balance work, childcare and relationships, all from the one space. In these circumstances of part-isolation and social distancing, the Marriage Council’s panel of counsellors continue to offer counselling online. A full list of the Marriage Council’s counsellors is available on their website: https://www.ireland.anglican.org/our-faith/ how-do-i-/marriage
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Could your church be a place of sanctuary? CHURCHES URGED TO BUILD CULTURE OF WELCOME The Revd Abigail Sines and Ellie Kisyombe at the launch of the Our Table pop up cafe in Christ Church Cathedral in Feburary 2018. The cathedral was awarded Cathedral of Sanctuary status on the same evening.
t should be in the DNA of every church community to be a place of sanctuary. These are the words of the Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, founder of the Churches of Sanctuary movement who has challenged every church in Ireland to become a church or cathedral of sanctuary. He was speaking at a Churches of Sanctuary webinar organised by the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting. The Revd Abigail Sines, Dean’s Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, Ireland’s first Cathedral of Sanctuary, and Ellie Kisyombe, founder of social enterprise Our Table were also contributors to the webinar which was facilitated by Damian Jackson, Programme Officer with the Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter-Church Meeting. The webinar aimed to assist church communities in exploring how they can welcome and support refugees, asylum seekers and all newcomers from other countries fleeing violence and persecution. Sanctuary is a longstanding prophetic theme of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, Damian Jackson explained adding that the idea of a Church of Sanctuary has evolved from the City of Sanctuary movement — building cultures of welcome, hospitality and safety. Inderjit, reminded those gathered online that hospitality and sanctuary were at the heart of Celtic spirituality and that visitors to Glendalough could see and touch the sanctuary cross. “We are not talking about a novel, unimagined idea, but one that has a long history in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England. I am encouraging churches to go back in history to discover the future,” he explained adding that we need sanctuary churches for all vulnerable people. CHURCH REVIEW
“In the current coronavirus context, Church of Sanctuary is a commitment to ensure congregations go out of their way to ensure asylum seekers, refugees, and other isolated and vulnerable people are kept socially connected and have access to support and protection. When we come past coronavirus we must ensure that this work continues. Make sure no one is isolated. Build virtual sanctuaries within your virtual congregations for this,” he stated. He outlined three steps to becoming a Church of Sanctuary which should involve the whole congregation. First they should learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary and be involved in raising awareness. Second, they should take positive action to make welcome and inclusion part of the values of the congregation to support those seeking sanctuary and refuge. Third, the congregation should share with pride their vision and achievements and let others know about the positive contribution refugees make to society and the benefits of a welcoming culture for everyone. He also urged all churches to observe Sanctuary Sunday, which takes place every year at the end of World Refugee Week. Next year’s Sanctuary Sunday falls on June 20 2021. The Revd Abigail Sines outlined the journey Christ Church took to becoming a Cathedral of Sanctuary. She said they had been wrestling with the issue of Direct Provision and the experiences of people living in the system. “We looked at how we could extend the cathedral’s hospitality and welcome to those who would not normally be here,” she explained. Being hospitable did not simply mean extending hospitality to others, she suggested. “If we think of our faith, God coming and being present, Jesus receiving hospitality. So we are not
“Being hospitable did not simply mean extending hospitality to others, she suggested. “If we think of our faith, God coming and being present, Jesus receiving hospitality. So we are not looking at ourselves as people in position of power but being part of mutual relationships. It is not charity going in one direction” looking at ourselves as people in position of power but being part of mutual relationships. It is not charity going in one direction,” she said. Abigail introduced Ellie Kisyombe who established an Our Table pop up at Christ Church Cathedral. Ellie spoke of the importance of the cathedral’s decision to invite her in. “We people coming to seek sanctuary, we don’t need sympathy. We need empathy. We need to be valued. In Direct Provision you tend to become an enemy of the system,” she explained. The Our Table pop up café opened at the cathedral in February 2018 and Ellie said that the move has resulted in a strong bond between her and Christ Church. “There is something that I found in the cathedral and being able to work with people like Abigail and the Dean. I found empathy and that frees my spirit.The hardest part of being a refugee – they have so much baggage. They are already judged when they go. I never have that problem [in the cathedral],” she commented.
NEWS Ellie encouraged people to look for ways to support refugees in their own communities. Abigail added that there are ‘other Ellies’ out there to be discovered. “Is there a step your church can take?” she asked suggesting that they explore observing Sanctuary Sunday or marking World Refugee Week next year. “Every church has different opportunities. You have resources – if you have a hall with a kitchen, an interesting building, a group of parishioners with time on their hands who like to talk to people. God will connect us with opportunities when we are willing to engage with them,” she concluded. All three contributors emphasised the importance of being a place of sanctuary for all, not just Christians and said that sanctuary was not an evangelistic tool. Churches of Sanctuary is just one part of the Sanctuary movement which includes cities, schools, universities and theatres declaring that they are open at all people without exclusion.
• Share stories, get inspiration from others, learn about opportunities and amplify a message of care and inclusion. • Register their interest and find out what is involved by emailing Abigail@christchurch. ie • Begin a discussion with decision makers in your parish, adopt a statement of commitment (a template is available).
Information on the Church of Sanctuary network can be found at: https://churchofsanctuary.org. The "Hospitality and Sanctuary for All" resource is available at: https://churchofsanctuary.org/ wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Hospitality-andSanctuary-for-All-2019-final.pdf Places of Sanctuary Ireland: https://ireland. cityofsanctuary.org
• Engage in awareness raising activities among congregations. • Document what you are already doing, set and document goals. This is an important part of certification as a Church of Sanctuary.
Churches and parishes interested in becoming part of the sanctuary movement are encouraged to take the following steps. Left: The Revd Dr Inderjit Bhogal, founder of Churches of Sanctuary, speaking at the webinar.
‘FRONTLINE WORKERS’ – A light into the darkness - A view from the other side! By the Revd Niall Stratford
t is of course obvious- but remembering is important in order that we do not forget or more accurately neglect. It is perhaps unlikely that any of us ever say- ‘I had the privilege of being an inpatient in hospital’. Recently I had reason to be an inpatient in St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin- totally unexpected and unforeseen. Such was my experience, that I consider it not merely important- but my duty to comment upon our health care system – particularly
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during this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. All too often we hear and read of criticism of our health service and health system. From the moment I entered the Emergency Department, after what in reality was only a short wait in the pre -triage area, I received nothing but courtesy, respect and professionalism. Amidst the unknown pressures that our medical and health care personnel endure – I received amazing care and concern. Following transfer to a ward, I again received only wonderful care. Not only did I feel, but I knew, that I had been placed into the hands of some of the nations foremost ‘Frontline Workers’. Whilst I had previously championed their devotion and dedication to duty, until now, it was only from the ‘other side’. Now I was experiencing at first hand the amazing work performed by some of our ‘Frontline Workers’ who are completely selfless in their duties and this includes the Church of Ireland’s hospital chaplaincy. Why am I taking the time to write these few words? As I said at the outset, it is important to remember in order that we do not forget. But deirtear go minic go raibh na haingil ag canadh ar na cnoic lasmuigh de Bheithil (Bethlehem) an oíche inar rugadh Íosa. Ach níl an méid sin sa Bhíobla; tá ráite sa Soiscéal go rabhadar “ag moladh Dé” (Lúcás/Luke 2:13) ach níl ráite go rabhadar “ag canadh”. Is féidir Dia a mholadh gan bheith ag canadh – fírinne a thugann faoiseamh do dhaoine nach mbíonn guth maith chun amhránaíochta acu!
even more importantly is that we do not take individuals and their gifts, their talents – for granted. As I thanked one particular hospital porter for being on the ‘frontline‘ in the midst of this pandemic- his response saddened me. He stated that no one had ever thanked him before for being a ‘frontline worker’ . All - and I emphasise ‘all’ our ‘frontline workers’ have been and continue to place their lives on the line during this pandemic for people like me. It is for this reason that I declare that it was a privilege to be in the care of such devoted individuals. To you all, I say ‘Thank You’. May God continue to Bless You in all that you do. ‘You are not forgotten’.
“You are not forgotten” Sampla eile, Matha/Matthew 2. Creidtear gur “Trí Ríthe” a thug cuairt ar an Leanbh Íosa, ach níl ráite an triúr díobh a bhí ann, nó beirt, nó dosaen! Lena chois sin, níor “ríthe” iad na Magi seo ach saoithe nó draoithe. An bhfuil pointí eile “is eol dúinn go léir” faoin Bhreith Íosa ach nach bhfuil ráite sa Bhíobla? Bígí aireach mar sin is sibh ag léamh an Bhíobla! BEANNACHT DÉ ORAIBH! R. SEATHRÚN MAC ÉIN CHURCH REVIEW
250th Birthday AND OTHER ANNIVERSARIES Patrick Comerford
his month marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, probably on 16 December 1770. Because of his own ground-breaking works and his influence on others, he is probably the single most important figure in the history of music. He single-handedly reshaped the musical language of his time and strode the transition from the 18th to the 19th century like a colossus. His shadow hung over much of the following century. ‘You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear such a giant marching behind you!’ as Brahms said. But Beethoven’s influence went much further than music, affecting the wider artistic, cultural, philosophical and even political world. The philosopher Isaiah Berlin described him as ‘the great artistic figure of the 19th century, who impressed himself deeply upon the imagination of Europe.’ Beethoven’s own view of himself as a creative artist was in itself revolutionary, in seeing music and art as having the power to change the world. ‘Music is ... a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.’ Karl Barth, one of the great theologians of the 20th century, wrote in 1956, ‘When the angels praise God in Heaven I am sure they play Bach. However, en famille they play Mozart, and then God the Lord is especially delighted to listen to them.’ ‘And what about Beethoven?’ one wit has asked, replying: ‘Beethoven would play his own music for God, and expect God to like it, too.’ Beethoven represents the notion of artistic and personal freedom, telling us to ‘do all the good that one can; love, above all, freedom, and even for a throne, never deny the truth.’ *** Beethoven was born in December 1770 in Bonn, then a sleepy outpost of the former Holy Roman Empire. We do not know the day he was born, but he was baptised on 17 December, and there is a consensus that he was probably born the previous day, 16 December. He later moved to Vienna to pursue his career in music. Beethoven’s output was prolific, and included what he called the ‘Scottish’ airs, a collection of Irish, Scottish and Welsh folk songs. He was commissioned by a Scottish publisher, George Thompson, to arrange music for a series of folk songs. Thompson also engaged
1 Beethoven’s one-time mentor Joseph Haydn. Although Beethoven never visited Ireland or Britain, he corresponded with Thompson from 1803 until 1820. A complete recording of Beethoven’s Irish Songs, produced by the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, was released in 2014 to mark the 200th anniversary of their first publication. The late Tomás Ó Súilleabháin selected texts, mostly by Thomas Moore and Robert Burns, for the new edition of the Irish Songs. In his last years, Beethoven lived in pain and went deaf. He died in Vienna on 26 March 1827 at the age of 56. The National Concert Hall in Dublin and many other venues have organised special concerts and events to mark this anniversary in December 2020.
Beethoven and Schubert at Vienna’s synagogue The attack early in November on the Stadttempel, the only surviving pre-war synagogue in Vienna, reminded me that the Jewish community in Vienna had asked Beethoven in 1825 to compose a cantata for the dedication of the synagogue. Beethoven was unable to accept the commission, but he carried out a preliminary study of Musik der alter Juden, perhaps with this in mind. Instead, the cantata was written by Josef Deschler (1742-1852), a choir master at the Stephansdom, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, and Franz Schubert wrote his setting of Psalm 92 for the choir of the synagogue. Schubert thus became the only great composer before the 20th century to compose a setting in Hebrew of Jewish liturgy for the synagogue with his setting in Hebrew of Psalm 92, Tov Lehodot La’Adonai (‘It is good to give thanks to the Lord’. Schubert was born in 1797 and in his short life of 31 years, he composed hundreds of songs, string quartets, sonatas, and ensemble pieces to be played in small, intimate settings. His career as a composer began when he was 14 with his first surviving vocal work. The intense ‘Hagar’s Lament’ is setting for the story in the Book of Genesis about the Hagar who bears a son Ishmael for Abraham, and is sent into exile in the wilderness. Schubert was commissioned along with other contemporary composers by Salomon Sulzer, the hazan or cantor who was in charge of singing at Vienna’s main synagogue, the Stadttempel on Seitenstettengasse, for 45 years from 1826. Sultzer had the reputation of having the finest baritone voice of his time and was an influential composer too. His still-familiar settings include Ein Kamocha, Yehalelu Es Shem, and Shema Yisroel. He also edited liturgical
music and cared deeply about settings in the Hebrew language. *** Sultzer was a frequent guest at Schubert’s musical evenings and commissioned Schubert’s setting of Psalm 92. This work for a four-part choir and solo baritone highlighted Sulzer’s skills. Sulzer sang Schubert’s arrangement at the consecration of the synagogue on 9 April 1826. This setting was praised by Franz Liszt who heard it at a service at Sulzer’s synagogue before Schubert died in Vienna on 19 November 1828. The German Catholic composer Joseph Mainzer later wrote that no Viennese church of the time ever offered singing ‘as noble and lofty as that synagogue.’ The synagogue was designed in the Biedermeier style by Kornhäusel, the architect who built elegant palaces and theatres in Vienna. When it was built, it was fitted into a block of houses and hidden from plain view of the street. The Nazis destroyed all 93 other synagogues and Jewish prayer-houses in Vienna. But because of its unusual architectural design and its location, this synagogue survived destruction 82 years ago, on Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938. The Stadttempel is the only synagogue in the Austrian capital to have survived World War II, and today it is the main synagogue in Vienna.
From Kilmallock to arresting the last Fuhrer In the small churchyard behind the Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Kilmallock, Co Limerick, I recently came across the grave of William Henry Leicester Stanhope (19222009), 11th Earl of Harrington. He is known for his bloodstock achievements as a breeder, trainer, huntsman and for organising the first international three-day event at Punchestown. But, as the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of World War II come to an end, he is worth recalling as the man who said he arrested Hitler’s successor and the last Fuhrer of the Third Reich. Bill Harrington was born in 1922 and raised in Derbyshire. His mother Margaret grew up at Mount Coote Stud in Kilmallock, where he much of his childhood. He was seven when he succeeded as the 11th earl, and 17 when World War II began. He soon joined the King’s Royal Hussars, with Lord Rathdonnell from Lisnavagh, Co Carlow, as his major. *** By mid-May 1945, Allied forces had surrounded Flensburg, where the surviving German high command, including Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, was based. Before Hitler died by suicide on 30 April, he had appointed Doenitz as President and Supreme Commander. A Nazi ideologue and anti-semite, he spoke constantly of what he referred to as the ‘spreading poison of Jewry.’ As Soviet troops swept across east Germany and into Berlin, Doenitz believed his crumbling regime offered a palatable option for the Allies. Instead, the allies advanced on the morning of 23 May. As Hitler’s successor waited, the door was pushed open, and a lieutenant in the uniform of the 15/19 Hussars confronted him. Doenitz
2 noted the man’s rank with dismay. ‘I will not answer to a Lieutenant’, he said haughtily. ‘I wish to see your Commanding Officer.’ Harrington levelled his revolver at the admiral’s chest and in colourful language told him:‘You come with me, you bugger’. Doenitz was escorted to the Patria, anchored in Flensburg Harbour, and was put on trial with other Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg. He spent over 11 years in prison. He was released in 1956, moved to a village near Hamburg, and died unrepentant 40 years ago, on Christmas Eve 1980. After the war, Harrington moved to Ireland. In 1946, he divorced his first wife and in 1947 married Ann Theodora Chute, only daughter of Major Richard Arenbourg Blennerhassett Chute of Dooneen, near Patrickswell, Co Limerick. From 1955 to 1999, he was based at Greenmount Stud, Patrickswell, the site of the present-day Limerick racecourse. There, he ran a flourishing commercial stud and point-to-point races, and kept 50 hunters for himself and his family. He also helped form the Clonshire Equestrian and Polo Centre and the Irish Olympic Horse Society Meanwhile, in 1964 he married his third wife, Silla Cubitt, a first cousin of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They later moved to Ballingarry, Co Limerick, where he
Captions: 1. Ludwig van Beethoven was born 250 years ago … probably on 16 December 1770 2. Beethoven (right) and Mozart (left) in the window of Vienna’s best-known music shop, the Musikhaus Doblinger on Dorotheergasse, opposite the Jewish Museum 3. The main building of the Jewish community in Vienna, housing the Stadttempel or City Synagogue … Beethoven turned down a commission for its opening 4. The Hebrew inscription from Psalm 100 at the entrance to the Stadttempel … Vienna’s main synagogue
died on Easter Day 2009 at the age of 86. Over 1,000 people attended his funeral in Adare. Canon Patrick Comerford blogs at www.patrickcomerford.com
5. The Stadttempel or City Synagogue was attacked in November … it is the only synagogue in Vienna to survive World War II Patrick Comerford 6. The grave in Kilmallock of the Earl of Harrington … he claimed to have arrested Hitler’s designated successor 7. The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Kilmallock, Co Limerick Photographs 2-7: Patrick Comerford
Gathering Grounds Café launches COOKBOOK WITH A DIFFERENCE
he Gathering Grounds Café is an outreach project of Kilternan Parish Church of Ireland. The café has been open for two years under the leadership of Julie Clements who is the Gathering Grounds Co-Ordinator and Outreach Worker. A vast team of volunteers give their time and creativity to the daily running of this project; a place the parish hopes that all people can find community, belonging, growth, healing and great coffee. As with so many other
businesses, Covid has had its impact on Gathering Grounds. At the current level 5 restrictions, the tables and chairs have been stacked up and stored away, outdoor seating is no longer, footfall has lessened, and takeaway vessels are replenished more frequently. “We delight in the faces that still come up to get a coffee or takeaway soup and thoroughly enjoy in any and all conversation,” Julie says. In an effort to bring in lost finance in 2020, the Gathering Grounds has come together to write a cookbook not only containing favourite recipes but also capturing the story behind the Gathering Grounds. This cookbook is now available at the Gathering Grounds Café at a cost of €12. If you are interested in purchasing this book and are unable to travel to Kilternan, please contact the parish office at 012952643, or email gatheringground@ kilternanparish.ie
HOPE FOR THE SOUL – NEW BOOKLET FOR DAILY LIVING
ollowing on from the hugely successful booklet, Calm for the Soul, Ruth Gyves, a Diocesan Lay Reader and Lay Assistant Pastor at Holy Trinity Rathmines, has produced another booklet – Hope for the Soul. “We all need to have hope in these days and this booklet focusses the attention the reasons the Bible gives us to be hopeful, offering helpful prayers and readings we can use in our daily lives,” Ruth explains.
CMSI announces hope-filled carol service
n December 1, the Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI) will launch Hope Dawns, an online service of stories and carols for Advent and Christmas. The service will include music, prayers and readings from across the Church of Ireland, as well as stories of hope from the global Church, provided by CMSI and the South American Mission Society Ireland (SAMS). Speaking about the initiative, CMSI’s Mission Resource Manager Roger Cooke said: “This is very much a collaborative enterprise. Over 20 individuals from across the Church of Ireland are contributing to the service, along with six choirs and a number of Global Partners. We are delighted that SAMS Ireland are joining us to host the service. CMSI and SAMS share a desire to keep the global
Church on the agenda at this time and to learn from God’s people in other places, as they share hope in the midst of crises.” ‘Hope’ will be the central theme of this service, reflecting both the message of Advent and CMSI’s own annual focus: ‘Voices Of Hope’. Hope Dawns will initially be launched as a virtual carol service, which can be viewed at 8pm on Tuesday 1st December. The videos of the full service and the individual segments will then be made available to view and download afterwards. Parishes and church groups are encouraged to make use of the material in their own settings throughout Advent. To find out more about the Hope Dawns service, visit www.cmsireland.org/hopedawns.
Ideally, Ruth would like churches or organisations to distribute copies among their members, but it is available for all.The booklet is an ideal size for popping in with Christmas cards. Contact Ruth on 087 232 8848 or by email, ruthgyves@gmail. com to order with a suggested donation towards costs of €1 per copy (plus postage).
Advent video reflections T
hroughout Advent 2020 Archbishop Michael Jackson will offer a series of video reflections. The reflections will begin on the first Sunday in Advent and culminate on Christmas Day. They will be available to view each Sunday in Advent and on Christmas Day on the Dublin & Glendalough website – www.dublin.anglican.org or on the Dublin & Glendalough YouTube Channel (search The United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough on YouTube). There will be links from the diocesan Facebook and Twitter feeds also.
Dublin Civic Carol Service Goes Online
he Dublin Civic Carol Service, held on the Sunday before Christmas, will be broadcast live from St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, at 4pm on December 20. Depending on the restrictions that are in place at the time, it is hoped to have a socially distanced congregation and a full choir present for this annual festive occasion. Normally this service would attract a capacity congregation and is the highlight of the Christmas season in St Ann's Church. However this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this will not be possible. As always, the service will be attended by the Archbishop and the Lord Mayor. Others reading lessons this year - which will be pre-recorded and added in to the live broadcast - will be the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Colman O'Loughlin, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland. Other readers include Bryan Dobson of RTE; Hilda Plant, a chaplain at St Vincent's University Hospital; and Dr Nicola Ryall, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the same hospital. Garda James HJE MacCafferty, a Garda in the Band of An Garda Síochána, will also read a lesson. During the first Covid lockdown, he was redeployed to Covid Checkpoints in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The commercial life of the city will be represented by Mr Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of the Irish Chambers of Commerce.
Canon David Gillespie, Vicar of St Ann’s believes it is more important than ever that this year's Civic Carol Service goes ahead. "I had toyed with the notion, albeit very briefly, that it would have to be cancelled, but even if it has to be a somewhat reduced affair, it is important that it goes ahead,” he explains. “All the readers, who have accepted my invitation to read, are connected in some way with our response to the Coronavirus pandemic which has had such a drastic effect on all of our lives. All of them are very busy and I'm grateful to them for making time in their hectic schedules to do this." The Vicar also paid tribute to HBV Studios, who recently installed live streaming equipment into St Ann's Church, for their enthusiasm when approached to record the various readers. "The team at HBV, who recently worked with the diocese to move synod online, have been absolutely great. They will also be visiting Black Santa in Dawson Street at some point in the run up to the service, to record some video which hopefully can be inserted into the live broadcast to encourage those who normally support that appeal, who do not feel able to come into the city, to donate online,” Canon Gillespie says. The service will be broadcast on YouTube and can be accessed by logging in to the St Ann's Church website: www.stann.dublin.anglican. org and clicking on the View Our Livestream link. It will also be carried by the diocesan YouTube channel and on various social media platforms operated by Dublin City Council. The service will be broadcast on RTE News Now on Christmas Eve at 8pm.
with St Ann’s Choir & readers including Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Mr Bryan Dobson, RTE Dr Colman O’Loughlin, President, Intensive Care Society of Ireland Mr Ian Talbot, Chief Executive, Irish Chambers of Commerce CHURCH REVIEW 14 To view log in to www.stann.dublin.anglican.org or search YouTube
Charting Disestablishment 19: Opening the National Convention By Revd. Robert Marshall T
he National Convention of the Church of Ireland was convened for the sole purpose of framing a constitution to regulate the Church upon its disestablishment. The work was detailed and urgent to ensure the required temporal administrative structures were in place for disestablishment day, 1 January 1871. The convention had no power to alter the ecclesiastical law or the prayer book. Authority to do so would not devolve from parliament to the Church until disestablishment day. Following a holy communion service in St Patrick’s Cathedral, the first session of the convention opened in Dublin on Tuesday, 15 February 1870. This session lasted 41 sitting days until 2 April 1870. The meetings took place in the Ancient Concert Rooms on Brunswick (Pearse) Street. This was a grander location than the specially constructed St Stephen’s Chapel overlooking Auckland Harbour where the Church of New Zealand had adopted its constitution some years previously. The second session was held over 16 days in the Metropolitan Hall, Abbey Street, between 18 October and 4 November 1870. The convention met at 11am except on Saturdays and Mondays when it assembled at 10am and 1pm respectively. Sittings concluded at 5pm daily except on Saturday when it adjourned at 3pm to facilitate the representatives returning to their parishes. Proceedings were reported in the press. They began with a scripture reading and prayer during which the doors were closed. The evening adjournment was marked by the pronunciation of the Benediction. Standing order No.7 provided that the Holy Bible and the Book of Common Prayer were to lie on the table.
Opening formalities In his introductory speech the Primate acknowledged that disestablishment had been “a rude shock but not a vital injury.” The Church retained all that was essential; abiding in apostolic doctrine, planted upon a firm basis of scriptural truth, retaining its forms of divine worship and the three fold apostolic orders, so that in doctrine and discipline the Church was unchanged. He outlined the work before them and, conscious of the tensions within the Church, stressed that “mutual forbearance, mutual goodwill, mutual respect for each other’s feelings and opinions” were necessary for a successful outcome. He continued that the interests of the different parties in the Church must be balanced within the constitution so as not to clash with each other. The convention then agreed to the Primate’s nomination of his Vicar General Dr JT Ball (Armagh), and Dr Longfield (Cloyne) as assessors owing to the “very onerous” nature of the position of chairman and the “many intricate and difficult questions which a person so unaccustomed to public meeting as I am, would be unable to solve.” The convention elected four honorary secretaries: two lay and two clerical and two vice- Presidents the Duke of Abercorn and the Earl of Enniskillen. The convention was a deliberative assembly with 671 members comprising the 11 Bishops, 220 clergy and 440 lay members. It was an exclusively male assembly of which a significant number of leading figures had parliamentary experience in the house of lords or in the commons. From the outset the parliamentary forms of the house of commons were adopted. A proposal to observe its rule that a member securing a seat at prayer time should be entitled to retain that seat for the day, was rejected without a vote. That proposal was brought forward by HA Herbert, Liberal member of parliament for Kerry (1866-80) and James Spaight, briefly conservative member for Limerick city (1858-9).
Avoiding political controversy The convention declined to enter political controversy refusing to consider a motion which condemned the Irish Church Act as violating the Act of Union, and repugnant to justice, imperial unity, and natural good faith. Nevertheless, antipathy to the Liberal government loomed large. John Madden of Hilton Park (Clogher) had been being removed from the magistrate’s bench owing to public differences of opinion with the Chief Secretary. Madden was welcomed rapturously when he rose to speak at the Convention. The convention overlapped the Castle “season” however antipathy towards the Liberal government did not prevent the two archbishops, at least two bishops, and a number of clerical and lay delegates attending dinners and evening parties hosted by Earl Spencer, the Lord Lieutenant, at Dublin Castle.
Standing orders prefigure later difficulties Before it could address the draft constitution, the convention had to adopt standing orders, a draft of which had also been prepared by the organising committee. The significance of the standing orders was that they paralleled aspects of the constitution. Consequently, some wording was as contentious as some provisions of the draft constitution. Representatives were greatly divided over the role of the bishops in the convention and the future general synod so that the convention faced great difficulty in its opening days. Top of page banner illustrations: St Stephen’s Chapel Auckland and the Ancient Concert Rooms Dublin.
Faith, hope and love - the new language learned from Covid-19 – Archbishop’s presidential address at Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Synods
he Diocesan Synods of Dublin & Glendalough took place online on Tuesday 20 October 2020. In a first for the dioceses, members of synods exchanged the hustle and bustle of the Synod Hall and joined Synod from their own homes in every corner of Dublin & Glendalough as Covid-19 restrictions meant large gatherings could not take place. Gathering as the Synods of Dublin and Glendalough in the middle of a global pandemic and on the eve of the country embarking on Level 5 restrictions, Archbishop Michael Jackson posed a question in his Presidential address: “What is left, what remains?” His answer was: “Everything.” Speaking to members from a hub in Taney Parish Centre, the Archbishop looked at the impact of Covid-19 on the well-known and well-loved words from 1 Corinthians 13: 13 – “There are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of the three is love.” Turning to faith he said that over the past months many will have found themselves digging deep for faith in themselves, coming to terms with faith in public health advice as they were hemmed in by external regulation. Faith leads to a particular type of decision making and faithful decisions were the fruit of sustained prayer, he stated. “We continue to pray that we make the right choices individually and nationally. We grow in faith as we see the future begin to unfold before our eyes and, what is more, unfold and flourish in other people. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we see ourselves developing a sense of public confidence once we realize that we are making these decisions of faith about things outside the religious sphere as much as about church things. Our decisions matter for the common good. This was a gift to us in the darkness itself because the churches were effectively closed. We were on our own with God,” The Archbishop suggested that hope did not just relate to the future but could be found in the present. The absence of gathering hit churches hard, he said – gathering is the heartbeat of religion. Being apart and the reopening and then closing of churches again was hard on everyone. But people need to keep finding and sharing hope. “We need to keep making a ‘go’ of whatever it is we can do at any given time. We need constantly to find hope and to share hope and to give hope in the present,” he said. Archbishop Jackson said. Hope and purpose are also to be found in our neighbours and in our communities, he added.
“Our decisions matter for the common good.”
The word ‘love’ in the time of Covid-19 became the love of life: our own life, the life of others the life and the wellbeing of everyone we know and those we do not know, the Archbishop said. There is also love for a Paradise Lost: loss of live and the world as we knew it. But he pointed out there was also Paradise Regained in the area of ecology. But there was also a reminder that while one thing is happening others continue – people die as a result of disadvantage and poverty; domestic violence and abuse continue or increase during lockdown. The Archbishop looked to the love of the unknown. He said that while Covid-19 could never be described as an adventure in the conventional sense or an adventure that anyone would wish for, it was an adventure into the unknown. “At its simplest, we are learning that the language of fighting and conquering it simply is not going to hold. In another phrase of which we are probably now already tired, we are going to have to live with it. We are told that we need to learn to respect the virus. We had not budgeted for this – emotionally, institutionally, psychologically or financially. But we have to live with most things, ourselves included in the unknown present and future,” he said. So what is left? “It is for us to get going, to get moving and to get gathering in whatever ways we can and whensoever we can. It is for us to get serving, get meeting and get equipping ourselves and others for the work of God in new circumstances – without a doubt – but this present and this future are both in our hands. What we do is our gift for today and tomorrow and our gift for everyone,” he answered.
“... get serving, get meeting and get equipping... ...for the work of God in new circumstances”
BOARD OF EDUCATION
pays tribute to schools at Synod
he Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Bord of Education has paid tribute to all involved in education, particularly during the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking at the first ever virtual Diocesan Synod, the board’s Honorary Secretary the Revd Dr Norman Gamble, highlighted the efforts being made by teachers, parents and children. “The Board knows how difficult and disjointed life is at present for all of you. It is hard to keep going at the best of times, in a country where government policies are education on a shoestring,” he commented in his pre-recorded message to propose the report of the board. He added that the costs of building and repairing schools are always greater than government provision. Dr Gamble outlined the board’s vision for schools in the dioceses which would provide “a generous and loving Christian environment in which children are nurtured with faith, tolerance and respect. This is what we can offer to the wider community, and which we should not keep to ourselves. Where our schools have space form others, we should offer it. The school that only looks after the Church of Ireland, or the wider reformed church community, will wither”.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE APPEALS FOR POOLING OF IDEAS The Diocesan Committee for Social Action is asking every parish in Dublin & Glendalough to share what they are doing to cope with the new normal. The committee’s chairperson, Canon Olive Donohoe made the appeal during the first ever virtual diocesan synod. She said there needs to be a greater focus on sharing information and pooling ideas so that a resource can be compiled which will benefit everyone in the dioceses. Canon Donohoe also noted that some parishes had little technical equipment and others lacked the skills to use technology. She urged those with skills to share their knowledge.
SYNOD NEWS SYNOD COULD BE A STRATEGIC FORUM TO DRIVE DIOCESAN POTENTIAL – New report states
Roundtable Discussion and they were beneficial for many reasons. From an operations perspective, Synod 2019 demonstrated that new structures were very effective for creating a positive environment that would facilitate opportunities for meaningful engagement and reflection amongst members. Furthermore, Synod effectively served as a first step for considering how the Dioceses might continue to move forward with the Come &C initiative and ‘vision build’ as it prepared to embrace a new decade,” she stated.
“The United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough have the potential to be a powerful force for good in these trying times. Annual Synod meetings then become a key strategic forum to facilitate and realise this.” These are the concluding words of a report presented at Diocesan Synod 2020 which evaluates the new format of Synod which was introduced in 2019. It also looks Dr Feeney said there were opportunities to improve at developing the diocesan Come & C discipleship aspects of Synod. She pointed out that the data demonstrated that Synod’s age demographic lacked programme. diversity with two thirds of the respondents to ‘Developing Come & C for a New Decade: Report the post-Synod survey aged over 60. There was no from Synod 2019’ by Dr Maria Feeney of Dublin City respondent under 30 and just three were in the University’s School of Law and Government reflects 30-39 years bracket. She suggested that the mid-week on last year’s Diocesan Synod which featured a panel evening timing of Synod presented a challenge to discussion and roundtable discussions for members younger people and those with families. There was for the first time. It also looks at how Synod can also no person of colour at Synod 2019. develop for the future. You can read Dr Feeney’s report on the diocesan Dr Feeney presented an overview of some of the key website: https://dublin.anglican.org/resources/ findings of the evaluation conducted after last year’s diocesan-reports Synod.
Ministry of Healing commends work of members The Dublin and Glendalough committee of Churches Ministry of Healing has paid tribute to Felix Blenherasset who has retired as treasurer and coordinator of intercessors. The Revd Bruce Hayes thanked her for her work on the committee, of which she remains a member, while proposing the report of the diocesan committee at Diocesan Synod. He also remembered the contribution of Ron Elder to the committee. Ron passed away last year and he offered the committee’s condolences to his widow Violet.
“New elements were introduced to the order of business such as the Panel Discussion and the
New report highlights cultural and ethnic diversity in D&G parishes A new report looking at cultural and ethnic diversity in the parishes of the United Dioceses of Dublin & Glendalough was presented to members of Diocesan Synod. ‘But the Lord looks on the heart’ is compiled and written by the Revd Prof Anne Lodge who conducted a survey of incumbents in Dublin & Glendalough in summer 2020. The survey had a response rate of over 60% and Prof Lodge thanked all who took the time to respond. Presenting her report to Synod, Prof Lodge noted that during 2020 attention was drawn internationally and at home to the ongoing scourge of racism. She said this seemed a good time to update work done in 2005 when a diocesan committee produced the ‘Welcoming Angels’ report. This report indicated globalisation had come to the Church of Ireland in Dublin & Glendalough and shared advice about how to welcome and support newcomers in our congregations. The 2020 report indicates the global nature of parishes in the United Dioceses with congregations including people from north and south America, across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and across Europe. Some churches have long standing and more recent arrangements to share space with congregations of Christians who are in communion with the Church of Ireland. The 2016 Census reported that 11.6% of the Irish population is of overseas origin. Prof Lodge says that just over half of the parishes responding to the survey reported at least that level of globalisation in their congregations. In the survey clergy were asked to identify the blessings that globalisation had brought to their parishes. Prof Lodge reported a broad range of responses which she detailed under two headings: broadened perspectives and outlooks; and the great variety of blessings in serving God and the community.
Incumbents also had advice for the dioceses and hoped that the diocesan website and magazine could be used to share the diverse stories of global and local parishioners. “Incumbents were keen that both informal and formal mechanisms be found at diocesan level to diversify representation to reflect current realities. They were also keen that the diocese create spaces to explore diversity of worship that is properly Anglican but that also reflects the multi-cultural reality of our Church of Ireland in Dublin and Glendalough,” Prof Lodge reported adding: “Incumbents were keen that those in leadership positions in the United Dioceses would preach prophetically against racism, intolerance and disrespect both in Church and in the wider society. They also hoped people in leadership roles would lead by example.” The report contains eight recommendations: 1. Engage with laity to ensure a range of voices is heard. 2. Establish a working group to share expertise for the benefit of all. 3. Collate four Bible studies for use with parish groups. 4. Appoint a diocesan advisor for cultural and ethnicity welcome and inclusion. 5. Explore ways in which people’s voices and stories can be shared beyond individual parishes. 6. Explore ways of broadening formal representation at diocesan level. 7. Document good practice around sharing churches with congregations in communion with the Church of Ireland 8. Conduct an audit of statues and monuments in churches in Dublin & Glendalough to ascertain whether such monuments connected to the slave trade can be found in any parish churches. Should they be found, Prof Lodge recommended that there be an option of having a simple explanatory notice put up in the relevant church about that monument. You can read the report on the diocesan website at: https://dublin. anglican.org/resources/diocesan-reports
Prof Lodge said that incumbents were also asked to identify any challenges that had emerged and said that sometimes there could be discomfort and fear of change among longstanding members of the congregation which they had to manage carefully. There were a handful of occasions when such discomfort went further into racist distrust or lack of respect. Clergy dealing with these types of incidents reported learning to challenge the incidents rather than sweeping them under the carpet, she stated. The report outlines three key areas shared by clergy through their experience: the benefit of engaging new parishioners and finding ways to recognise the diversity of cultures and languages; the importance of including people from across the range of the congregation in leadership and support roles in the parish; and the benefit of organising social and cultural events to foster friendships and sharing of cultures and food. CHURCH REVIEW
SYNOD NEWS Council for Mission reports on disrupted year
he Diocesan Council for Mission has been learning new methods of mission amid the chaos of Covid-19. Proposing the council’s report at Diocesan Synod, its chairman the Revd Ken Rue said mission had been disrupted during 2020. Plans with our link dioceses in Jerusalem for a joint clergy retreat, study for lay readers and a pilgrimage had to be postponed, he reported. He hoped that they could keep in touch with the diocese online as they plan for the renewal of the five year agreement with the Diocese of Jerusalem from Epiphany 2021. Ecumenical Bible Week also had to move online with a reduced programme which attracted a large virtual attendance. The council is also seeking to raise awareness of overseas mission and Mr Rue said that online contacts were a blessing in this regard. Speaking to the report, council member Geoffrey McMaster, said that mission needs to reflect the feeling in the dioceses and urged people to put themselves forward for membership of the council. He said those interested should get in touch and they could be coopted.
PANDEMIC CHALLENGES US TO LISTEN, LEARN, ADAPT – Archdeacon proposes Report of Diocesan Councils
he challenge of Covid-19 requires us to listen, learn and adapt, enabling us not only to deal with the problems at hand but also to plan for the future with meaningful and attainable goals, the Archdeacon of Glendalough told members of Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Synods. Proposing the report of Diocesan Councils, Archdeacon Neal O’Raw said that the next six to nine months could be extremely challenging as we face the uncertainty wrought by Covid-19. However, he said it would be disingenuous and unjust to simply list the trials and tribulations we face in the future while many are working to keep the dioceses alive and promote the kingdom of God on earth. He said the report of Diocesan Councils was full of ways in which people had been creative in communicating in a new and different manner. “This new expression could be seen in how we do church, in how we reach out to children and young adults, to ourselves and to the more mature members of our community,” the Archdeacon commented. He highlighted some of the ways people in the dioceses had already adapted to the current situation with many parishes holding Sunday school by Zoom and the Diocesan Children’s Adviser, the Revd Cathy Hallissey enthralling viewers with the adventures of her Orangutan side kick Copperpot. Dublin & Glendalough Youth Council was continuing to reach out to young people through various projects, he reported, noting that the development of an area coordinator in the East Glendalough/Wicklow area was working well. The Archdeacon commended the work of the teams in the four main universities. He said that the pandemic had taken from the social lives and relationships of students but the third level chaplains were playing a crucial role in pastoral care and practical support of both students and staff. Three initiatives came in for special mention. Covid-19 has meant that hospital chaplains have no access to patients except in exceptional circumstances. In response they have developed a system whereby new admissions receive a card with a message from the chaplain and a number for the patient or their family to contact to discuss any issues. The Archdeacon also talked about the Gateway Project 2020 which promotes pioneer ministry in Dublin & Glendalough. It is currently focusing on three projects: a Disestablishment 150 retreat, ACT3 the Anglican Chaplaincy Team, and a new learning community for pioneer ministry to help build the church in new ways. Finally, he focused on Safeguarding and paid tribute to Robert Dunne, the Church of Ireland’s Safeguarding Officer (RI) and Diocesan Regulator, Olive Good, for their hard work and their new Safeguarding website https://safeguarding.ireland.anglican.org/
Canon Robert Warren oversees the crew from HBV Studios who were beaming D&G's Diocesan Synod into members' homes.
Derek Neilson Hon Sec addressing Diocesan Synods Diocesan secretarys Vicki Hastie and Sylvia Heggie and the Archbishop’s PA Ruth Burleigh hard at work at Diocesan Synod.
The clergy of Taney Parish at Diocesan Synod - the Rector Canon Robert Warren (centre) with curates the Revd Christopher West and the Revd Nigel Pierpoint.
The socially distanced top table of Dublin & Glendalough Waiting for Diocesan Synod 2020 to Diocesan Synod 2020 - Sylvia Heggie, William Prentice, begin. Archbishop Michael Jackson, Archdeacon David Pierpoint and Archdeacon Neal O’Raw.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral The Dean: The Very Revd Dr William Morton (453 9472) Precentor: The Revd Canon Peter Campion (453 9472) Dean’s Vicar: The Revd Canon Charles Mullen (453 9472) Administrator: Mr Gavan Woods (453 9472) Cathedral Manager & Dean’s Verger: Mr Louis Parminter Cathedral Assistant Manager & Safety Officer: Mr Kenneth Hartnett Cathedral Office: Dean’s Secretary & Office Manager: Mrs Rowena Janota Tour Bookings: Ms Sinead Merrigan Master of the Music: Mr Stuart Nicholson Organist and Assistant Master of the Music: Mr David Leigh Office numbers: Telephone: 453 9472 Email: email@example.com Website: www.stpatrickscathedral.ie Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/stpatsdub The Administrator Writes: One of the privileges of being involved in the current roof restoration project is the opportunity to observe skilled Irish craftspeople deliver highly accomplished work in a wide range of different fields. In the photograph opposite, Evan Connon, of Connon Stained Glass is refitting the beautifully restored clerestory windows into their openings on the north side of the nave. Five clerestory windows on either side of the nave have been installed over the past few weeks allowing the scaffolding to be fully removed from the west end of the Cathedral. The silver lining of being closed to visitors under the level 5 restrictions is that we can use a mobile electric work platform (MEWP) instead of scaffold towers to undertake and speed up this delicate work. The pandemic has caused a significant delay to the project but such practices as outlined above will hopefully enable us to bring the completion date forward. In other work, the slates are now largely stripped from the crossing and roofs of the transepts. It is envisaged that the new slates will be installed after Christmas. Conservation specialists from the Department of Heritage visited the project recently and described the work as ‘exemplary’, a great tribute to the contractor and architect.
Canon Gregory Dunstan was elected Prebendary of Swords in 2005 when he was Rector of Saint Matthew’s Church, Belfast. He subsequently became Dean of Armagh. In early life he was a chorister at Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor. With his experience of church music Canon Dunstan was generous in encouraging and supporting our choral tradition and our musicians. Services: All services will be live streamed from the Cathedral website: www. stpatrickscathedral.ie/worship/video-stream. Music At Saint Patrick’s Cathedral: In this extraordinary year for the whole world it is inspiring to reflect on the Advent journey from darkness to light. The Cathedral Choir’s latest recording, made just before the pandemic-imposed lockdown began in March, includes beautiful Advent carols and anthems, interspersed with the traditional O Antiphons. There is a selection of well-established and more recent works for Advent, giving an approachable programme blending the familiar and the unfamiliar. Due to the ongoing roof works in the Cathedral we are grateful to Fr Simon Nolan, Prior, for allowing the CD to be recorded in the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Copies of the CDs are for sale on the Cathedral website. Canons-In-Residence: Dec 6 The Revd A. H. N. McKinley Dec 13 The Most Revd M. G. St. Aubyn Jackson Dec 20 The Revd I. M. Ellis Dec 25 The Very Revd W. W. Morton Dec 27 Vacant Services: Sunday 09.15 11.15 15.15 Monday - Friday 09:00 17.30
Treasurer Prebendary of Cualaun (Archbishop of Dublin) Prebendary of Newcastle Dean & Ordinary Prebendary of Swords
The Holy Eucharist Sung Eucharist / Choral Matins Choral Evensong Choral Matins (Tuesday – Friday) Choral Evensong (except Wednesdays)
As previously mentioned the Cathedral is currently closed under the level 5 restrictions and the date of reopening for worship and for visitors is as yet unknown. However, in the medium term we are hopeful for the future. Ireland has adopted the EU commission’s guideline ‘traffic light’ system for international travel and we appear to be edging ever closer to the adoption of an effective vaccine for COVID-19. Donations continue to come through for the roof work and for the Dean’s Gift Day appeal. We thank you for your generosity and continued support for these important projects. GHW Chapter News: The Dean, and members of the Cathedral Chapter, congratulates the Reverend Dr Ian Ellis, prebendary of Donaghmore on his election as the next Bishop of Clogher. We wish him every blessing in his new sphere of ministry. The Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe has appointed the Revd Roderick Smyth as Prebendary of Taney in succession to the late the Ven. Wayne Carney at whose sudden death in August we grieved. Canon-designate Smyth is Rector of Nenagh. We look forward to welcoming him. We’re sad to say farewell to two long-serving Chapter Canons. Canon Ian Ellis was installed in 2001 as Prebendary of Newcastle: by happy coincidence he was also Rector of Newcastle in the diocese of Down and Dromore. He served also as Editor of The Church of Ireland Gazette. Canon Ellis has for many years been a Chapter representative on the Cathedral Board and has served on its Fabric Committee.
Christ Church Cathedral Dean: The Very Rev Dermot P M Dunne (6778099/ firstname.lastname@example.org) Dean’s Vicar: The Revd Abigail Sines (6778099/ email@example.com) Diocesan Reader: Mr Bernard V A P J Woods Director of Music: Mr Tom Little (6778099/ firstname.lastname@example.org) Dean’s Verger: Mr Fred Deane
December Greetings from the Dean Life continues in the cathedral albeit at a much slower pace than its normal hectic schedule for this time of year. Like every parish in the United Dioceses we have been bereft of our regular congregation throughout both lockdowns and the cathedral continues to feel the loss of people walking through its ancient walkways. We have a small team of staff who continue to keep the building alive. As with every building of its type maintenance is a constant issue and needs daily attention. It continues to be a privilege to be able to celebrate services in the cathedral. Apart from our daily commitment to live streaming of Morning and Evening Prayer we are also privileged to be able to celebrate Choral Evensong on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday afternoons. The choirs are in good fettle and have been offering wonderful music for our livestream services. The highlight of course is the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist at 11am. This year Advent and Christmas will pose their own challenges. We had to alter the format of the traditional Advent Procession to change it to a static celebration of the beginning of the season, though with the sanctuary still illumined with our usual array of lighted candles. The format for the rest of the Advent season services will be dependent on what level lockdown we will be in for December. If we will be in level 2 then we will be able to have congregations for our services. If it is a modified level 3 then the services will be livestreamed. Whether or which we are planning for full services.
Advent@Home Reflections Mondays, 7 and 14 December, 7:30-8:30 pm, via the cathedral’s webcam Join us via our webcam for a series of short meditations on Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. There will reflective music and a peaceful atmosphere offering you time and space to pray for yourself, your loved ones and for the needs of our world. Peata Carol Service 9 December, 6:00 pm, via the cathedral’s webcam Join us via our webcam for this service which includes carols, readings and the blessing of pets. In aid of Peata therapy dogs. ‘Do not be afraid!’ Outdoor Nativity Presentation in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral 18 and 19 December, 4:30-7:30 pm You are invited to come and enjoy a live presentation of the Nativity story, a 20-minute walk-through experience suitable for all ages in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. This programme is offered free of charge, with donations welcome in aid of our link with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. The programme is free but pre-booking is required; visit: https://christchurchcathedral. ie/nativity2020/ Nine Lessons and Carols 20 December, 3:30 pm, via the cathedral’s webcam Join us via our webcam for this beautiful, service of music and readings leading up to the Christmas season. Preachers and Canons-in-Residence 6 December The Revd Canon Ginnie Kennerley 13 December
The Revd Canon Dr Maurice Elliott
The Revd Abigail Sines
The Revd Canon Mark Gardner
One of the favorite services is the Peata dog service, which normally takes place at lunchtime on the second Tuesday of December. This is normally a service when the cathedral is jammed with both people and dogs with the main attention directed to the dogs. The climax of the service has always been the blessing of animals. This year we intend to celebrate a scaled down version of the Peata service on Wednesday 9 December at 6pm. We will not have the usual packed cathedral but only the choir and some dog owners who are willing to bring their dogs to the service. The girls’ choir will be accompanied by the adult choir. The service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be celebrated in full on Sunday 20 December at 3.30pm while the Christmas Eve service will be celebrated at 11pm and the Christmas Day service will be celebrated at 11am. There will not be a Choral Evensong on Christmas Day. All services will be live streamed via our webcam. I am most grateful to all the staff who keep the cathedral going throughout this time of pandemic and lockdown. I am grateful to my colleague Abigail who works tirelessly on keeping services and events alive via social media and other means. Our music department is wonderful and has pulled out all the stops to ensure a continuity of service throughout the lockdown. I am so grateful to the cathedral administrator, Susanne Reid, for her dedicated work in ensuring the viability and sustenance of the cathedral during an unprecedented time in cathedral history. And of course I wish to acknowledge the work of our dedicated Board as well as the cathedral chapter members of which continue to contribute to the life of our liturgies through their thoughtful sermons. May I wish all our faithful congregation and all members of our diocesan family a very safe and happy Christmas and may the New Year bring us fresh hope and many blessings, in God’s name.
On 18 and 19 Dec the cathedral grounds will host a live, walk-through Nativity. Free-of-charge, but pre-booking is essential.
The Archbishop and the Dean, Terence Reid laid a wreath in honour of the Connaught Rangers at the cathedral’s Remembrance Sunday service. CHURCH REVIEW
What are you reading now? The Reformed Theological Seminary – a series of Podcasts Not the usual format for review but a series of podcasts that I’ve enjoyed since the imposition of COVID restrictions. The Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando, released a series of podcasts from the lectures of Dr. Frank A. James III on various topics generally covering the history of Christian thought. The podcasts are recordings of Dr James’ lectures and are presented in almost perfect chunks of 30-45 minutes which covers a good part of my daily walk. Free to download and consume, they cover such topics as the theology of Augustine, the doctrine of the Trinity and the many controversies over the centuries as the Church attempted to agree on core beliefs. I was left wondering if I slipped into heresy on more than one occasion over the years. If you’re interested, just search for Reformed Theological Seminary on iTunes.
Kevin Conroy Kevin is the Curate in Arklow, Inch and Kilbride With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial, by Dr Kathryn Mannix, Published by: William Collins, ISBN:978-0-00-821091-5, Price: £9.99 (UK) Kathryn Mannix presents a valuable insight into a subject that most try to avoid. However, death is inevitable and drawing on some thirty years as a palliative care doctor, the author offers insights that are in turn poignant, heart-breaking, heartwarming, encouraging and even hope inspiring as she provides anecdotes filled with medical perspectives as well as some from her own personal Christian faith. The author’s writing style is very accessible and her ability to capture human emotions and feelings are excellent. The book is a compilation of ‘case studies’ as she outlines practical approaches to ensure that end of life can be lived to the full. Her mix of humour with the often tragic allows us to become informed and equipped to face our own death, that of a loved one or of someone in our care. Just one caveat, I would not recommend this book to those who are recently bereaved or in the final stages of a loved one’s life as this may not be the time to read this book!
John Tanner John is the Rector of Tullow Parish I became interested in this book when I heard the author, Dr. Kathryn Mannix interviewed on the radio. Dr. Mannix is a consultant in palliative medicine at the Newcastle Hospitals Trust in England. In her interview she spoke of a refreshingly new and positive approach to that certainty other than taxes – death! Her book, “With The End In Mind”, is based on her many years of experience. In it she discusses why so many of us are in denial about death, and how this impacts people’s end of life experiences. By recalling a number of case studies and a number of short stories, she helps to explain the processes which lead to end of life and how we can best prepare for that eventuality which comes to us all. In a nutshell, she very cleverly demystifies death and skillfully places it in the context of life from its beginning to end. This book should be essential reading for those who provide pastoral care not only to those approaching end of life, but also to their families, friends and carers. As the subtitle indicates, this work is a handbook about “how to live and die well”.
“Moments, A Book of Remembrance –A Series of Parochial Moments”, by Bishop Roy Warke. “Write it down!” was the 70 years ago Lecturer advice given to Divinity School ordinands, of whom Roy Warke was one. Now, seven decades later, the author has finally heeded that advice! Bishop Roy recently celebrated his ninetieth birthday. He must therefore also be heartily congratulated on writing and having published “Moments, a Book of Remembrance”. The ‘Moments’ selected are taken from parochial memories, over a lengthy ordained life, ranging from a first curacy in Newtownards, to Dublin curacies, in St. Catherine’s and Rathfarnham, with an intervening year undertaking advanced studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York. Incumbencies followed in Dunlavin, Drumcondra and North Strand and Zion, where he also served for eight years as Archdeacon of Dublin. 1987 saw his election as Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Publications like this greatly enhance our understanding of a specific time frame in our Church of Ireland story and co-incidentally also throw light on formerly prevailing social conditions. These absorbing ‘Memories’ introduce us anecdotally to personalities and events that clearly left an indelible mark on the author’s mind. Nor does he duck the “Why did God let it happen?” questions pastorally encountered either, recalling, when newly ordained, the human tragedies of a parish youth drowning and suicides. This publication is a “little gem,” drawn from the deep pastoral wisdom of the years. In warmly commending it, copies (€7) may be obtained by phoning the author, at 0879497041.
Horace McKinley Horace is the Rector of Whitechurch Parish Soul Survivor by Philip Yancey, published by Penguin Random House 2001 Many of you may have already read this book, but for those who haven’t, I highly recommend it. In Soul Survivor, Philip Yancey shares with us his fascinating spiritual journey through the influence of several amazing people. He says “These are the people who ushered me into the Kingdom. In many ways, they are why I remain a Christian today, and I want to introduce them to other spiritual seekers.” Yancey tells his story alongside the accounts of these fascinating individuals - Dr. Paul Brand, G. K. Chesterton, Annie Dillard, Frederick Buechner, C. Everett Koop, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Henri Nouwen, John Donne, Mahatma Gandi, Shusaku Endo, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Coles. All of the aforementioned have been a real inspiration to Yancey throughout his life and have helped to keep his faith alive. Although this book was written back in 2001, I feel a lot of the content will resonate with you. Hopefully, like I did, you will find these inspiring stories both nurturing and affirming as we continue to chart our faith journey through these turbulent and confusing times.
Neal Phair Neal is the Rector of Swords, Clonmethan, Kilsallaghan, Donabate and Lusk
Robert Warren Robert is the Rector of Taney Parish
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AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN BOOTERSTOWN, CARYSFORT AND MOUNT MERRION The Rev. Canon Gillian Wharton: Tel: (01) 288 7118 or 087 230 0767 Email: email@example.com Parishes’ Website: Website: www.booterstownchurch.ie or www.mountmerrionchurch.ie YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkwQ9cDGC_ RMoQNYtJBOM6A Review Distribution: Distribution: St Philip and St James: June Burgess St Thomas: Denis Beare Christmas Plans: In the December issue of the Church Review, there would usually be a list of the services happening in Advent and over Christmas. However, at the time of writing, there are Plans A, B and C, depending on what the government restrictions will be, and we do not know at this stage, which plan will happen!! So, contingency plans are in place, and once the government restrictions are announced, the details of our services will be on our parishes’ website. At a minimum, we will continue to have live-streamed services each Sunday at 10.30, which are then also available on our parishes’ YouTube page as a video and you may find a link to these on our parishes’ website, as with all our online services including the Sausage Service and Midweek Musical Treats. Midweek Prayer and Chat Online: As we are not able to gather in St Thomas’ Church for our weekly Holy Communion Service, we are meeting viz Zoom each Wednesday 10.3011.00 for Prayer and Chat, and during that time, we pray for all on our Healer Prayer List and for whatever other needs are at that time. All are welcome. Contact the Rector for the Zoom details. Remembering our Loved Ones: All Saints’ Day (1st November) and All Souls’ Day (2nd November) is a time when people particularly remember those who are in God’s nearer presence. As people were not able to come to church to remember, we suggested that they could send in the name(s) of those whom they would like to remember and that we would light a candle for each of them on Sunday 1st November 2020. 70 people requested that individuals or families would be remembered. There were also two large candles on the altar/communion rails: one for those loved ones who wanted to remember privately without any names being mentioned; and one for those who have died from COVID-19. Following that service, we had over 30 further requests so we did something similar on Sunday 15th November 2020. In Christ, the bond of love is never broken. In Memoriam: Lilian Roulston Allan (née Spencer) died in Howth Hill Lodge Nursing Home on Tuesday 20th October 2020. Lil was a loyal and faithful parishioner of St Thomas’ Church. Lil was a talented bowler and was a stalwart member of St Thomas’ Indoor Bowling Club. In addition to playing bowls, she umpired at bowls at a national level, and she loved the social side of bowling as well as the sport itself. Lil’s funeral took place in Glasnevin Crematorium Chapel on Friday 23rd October 2020. We extend our sympathy to her nephew Dudley, her niece Audrey, and their families. Kenneth (Ken) Robert Wilson died in St James’ Hospital on Monday 9th November 2020. Ken was a committed and enthusiastic member of St Thomas’ Church and Mount Merrion Parish. He was involved in every facet of the life of the parish. He served on the Select Vestry for many years; he was Honorary Secretary of the Select Vestry; he was Churchwarden. A skilled pianist, he tinkled the ivories of the Clavinova (electrical piano) for a hymn, or during Holy Communion, each Sunday in St Thomas’ Church, and for many years, he drove down to St Philip and St James’ Church each Friday morning to play at assembly for Booterstown National School, as well as for school carol services, open day services, 6th Class graduations, etc. - he was known as the School Granddad!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the numbers allowed in St Thomas’ Church, Ken’s family decided that his funeral service would take place in St Philip and St James’ Church, on Thursday 12th November 2020, but Ken was brought to St Thomas’ Church the previous evening to rest in, what was his second home in so many ways, until the funeral service in St Philip and St James’ Church. As we left St Thomas’ Church on the Thursday afternoon, Ken’s neighbours, along with members of the Mount Merrion Residents’ Association, as well as parishioners, gathered in the church grounds to applaud him, as a mark of their respect and esteem for him. Ken, along with his wife Vi, was also very involved in his local community and neighbourhood. We continue to Ken’s wife Vi, and their children Daphne, Graham, Naomi and their families in our thoughts and prayers. Sympathy: We extend our sympathy to John Mason and his family on the death of his father Anthony Gerard (Gerry) Mason; to Brian McConnell and his family on the death of his father, Jack McConnell; to Nathalie Norton and her family on the death of her grandmother, Marie Elliette (Lily) Heugas; to Louise Hardiman and her family on the death her mother Christine Arthur and her father David Arthur. Clerical Manoeuvres: Congratulations and best wishes to the Rev. Canon Ian Ellis on his election as Bishop of Clogher. Happy Christmas: This will be a Christmas, unlike any other; we wish all the readers of the Church Review that they would have a very blessed and peaceful Christmas, and think particularly of those who will not be able to gather together this year.
BRAY Rev. Baden Stanley: 087 948 4407 Lay Minister: David Reynolds 087 918 7792 Parish Office: Tracey Kerr (01) 286 2968 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.christchurchbray.ie Review Distributor: Alan Mulligan (01) 286 3511 From the Rectory: Advent tells us Christ is near, Christmas tells us Christ is here!
Kate Hankey 1834-1911
I well remember reciting these words as a child, learning about the church’s year. It always fascinated me that our Church Calendar began on Advent Sunday and not 1st January. Kate Hankey’s simple hymn explains the primary parts of the Church’s year in quite a profound way. It also drilled into me that Advent was first and foremost a season of preparation. This year, perhaps more than ever, we need this season of preparation as we face into an unknown and unknowable Christmastide. Much has been already made in the media of the uncertainty as to what kind of Christmas we will be able to celebrate in the new normal of Covid. The emergence of viable vaccines gives us great hope (another significant Advent theme), but of course the impact of such vaccines will come too late for this Christmas. Reflecting back on the snow-induced simplicity of Christmas 2010 (and 2014), I wonder if there is not a certain advantage and opportunity to ‘keeping it simple’ this year. Surely the core messages of Advent and Christmas stand out all the clearer against the backdrop of our ‘annus horribilus’ (Latin for horrible year). Keeping it simple not only helps protect us, and more importantly our vulnerable loved ones, but more especially helps us to identify and prioritise what really matters most. You can expect, and be part of, many ingenious projects that will connect with those who are far too often forgotten around this time of year. If I could just make one simple suggestion, whatever efforts we put into making Christmas extra-special for so many people this year, can we give serious consideration to continuing our efforts into the longer, often darker, days of January and February which will be especially difficult for many this coming year. Shalom, Baden
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Lighten Our Darkness Plans are well underway for our seasonal Advent-ure (see what I did there!), ‘Lighten Our Darkness’. Using our recently restored floodlighting with interior lighting accentuating our beautiful stained glass windows, and a Christmas story board in silhouette, we will be attempting to capture the wonder and excitement of the Birth of Jesus for all ages in a safe and novel way. There will be much more detail on our website www.christchurchbray.ie and our social media platforms during December. Our Sorrows The passing of two of our parish family’s faithful stalwarts has hit us hard in recent days. Betty Healy, a quiet, humble and unassuming member of our 8.30 Holy Communion community died in her 96th year. Our love and sympathy are very much with her family, friends and neighbours. Val Philip was such a treasure to all of us. She served our community in so many ways, always with humour, kindness and integrity. As People’s Churchwarden for the past few years she has impacted so many people of all ages and left us a wonderful legacy of laughter and love. To all who grieve and mourn we send our love and prayers.
Canon Paul Houston: Tel: 820 0040 Reader: Stella Obe Tel: 087 2237402 Parish Website: www.castleknock.dublin.anglican.org Parish Office: Jennifer McGrath (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 9.30am -1pm - 820 0040). Email: email@example.com Review Distribution: Beatrice Richards (838 2590) Castleknock National School: Principal Mrs Sandra Moloney (820 2611) Sunday Services in December: Clonsilla: 10.00am. Castleknock: 11.30am Services are at present can be viewed online through the website from 10am every Sunday Mulhuddart: No services at present due to works being carried out on the church.
Dates for your Diary Sunday 6th December
11am Holy Communion
Sunday 13th December
11am Morning Prayer
Sunday 20th December
11am Morning Prayer
7pm Carol Service
Thursday 24th December, Christmas Eve
11.30pm Midnight Communion
Christmas is associated for us all with gifts, with presents and above all, with God’s present to humankind: his Son, Jesus Christ. That is why we give each other gifts, to celebrate the supreme gift.
Friday 25th December, Christmas Day
10.30am Family Service 11.30am Short Communion Service
Part of the association of Christmas with gifts comes from of course the story of the wise men bringing the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. We celebrate this at Epiphany (6th January).
Sunday 27th December
11am Said Morning Prayer
Thursday 31st December New Year’s Eve Ringing in the New Year All services are available to view at www.churchservices.tv/ christchurchbray. Please keep an eye on our website www. christchurchbray.ie for updates on services.
Wednesdays Holy Communion St. Brigid’s, Castleknock: 10.30a.m.
But there’s one other gift which its important to remember, and that’s the star. “As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold”. I know some people say ‘I must look up my stars’ – probably there is nothing more pagan than dependence on our stars. The symbol of the star of Bethlehem may have a lot to say to us. In the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, the Book of The Revelation, Jesus says of himself ‘I am the bright and morning star’! It means the star to guide us is the Lord himself known in Jesus. He never lets us down. He never leads us up the garden path. For he is wisdom, Love, and Light. But he’s the God of Surprises. I love the verse of the Scottish poet George MacDonald ‘They all were looking for a King to slay their foes and lift them high thou cam’st a little baby thing that made a woman cry”. That was the surprise! The star of Bethlehem led to a surprise. Christmas with a difference At the moment we are still on Level 5 Restrictions, our services are broadcast online on Sundays. I hope you have been watching. We will hear on December 2nd what we can do in December. I will let you know how we move ahead then. It is my hope we will be able to celebrate Christmas, however in a different way, in any case can I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. Canon Paul Re-roofing of St Thomas’ Mulhuddart I am pleased to say that the re-roofing of St Thomas is now complete. Moreover, a lightning conductor has been installed, and the external walls have been cleaned down. There still internal work to be done. But the building is being preserved for future generations. Our thanks to the re-roofers and Alan Kelly, James Anderson and Gordon Kellet for all their work. Canon Paul
‘The baptism of Alannah O’Connor took place in August’
CASTLEKNOCK AND MULHUDDART WITH CLONSILLA CHURCH REVIEW
Mothers’ Union: We all enjoyed the interaction, smiling faces, familiar voices from Meath to Dublin to the Wirral. It was our “drop in and say hello” with prayer
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN time in the middle. Thank you to Sylvia for organising our Zoom connection. It’s not the same as meeting in person but it’s a good link for those who can avail of it as it knows no county or country boundaries in these days of Level 5 Covid restrictions and we stay safe in our own homes. We look forward to being in touch again with December plans when we know the Government guidelines and hope to catch up with our members/friends for whom technology is not an option. We send our sympathy and prayers to Sandra Connolly on the passing of her father, Bob Jones in Co Mayo and we remember those who are unwell, especially in our own branch at this time. Anne From the Registers: Christian Burial: 30th October:
Richard Sydney (Sid) Kerr, St. Brigid’s.
Our deepest sympathy to his family, Sylvia, Richard and Robert for their loss. “I am the resurrection and the life”
CLONDALKIN & RATHCOOLE Rector: Rev Alan Rufli 087 997 2401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Priest: Rev Martin O’Connor Readers: Mrs Sylvia Armstrong, and Mrs Barbara O’Callaghan. Services: Sunday
St John’s 11.15: Rathcoole 10 am
St John’s 11 am. Holy Communion
Apology Those who read these notes each month will have noticed that time has stood still recently, and the same notes appeared for the past two months. I would like to blame the computer of this but it only did what it was asked to do so I apologise for the error. Covid At time of writing our churches have once again been closed and we are back to our computers each Sunday to “attend” church. Our Parish services are held each Sunday morning at 11.00 on Facebook using the Parish’s Facebook page and are taken by the Rector. While these services have become the norm for many Churchgoers the act of attending Church and taking part in a live service with Holy Communion not forgetting the social tea and coffee afterwards has not happened for many since March, over six months ago. Hopefully, things will change in time for the Christmas Festival. Christian Aid Members of the Parish led by the Rev Martin walked from the 9th to the 12th lock on the Grand Canal on Sunday 27th. September. Everything about the day was favourable. The weather was sunny and warm, the route was minus hills of any sort, the talks on points of interest along the way given by Teresa were interesting and the chat wide ranging. Meanwhile at the other side of the Parish and taking social distancing to the extreme Michael & Sylvia also walked for Christian Aid. The weather was sunny and worm, the route was not flat as it was on top of Cromwellstown Hill, whether there was chat is not reported! To date approx. €400 has been raised for Christian Aid. Our thanks go to Rev Martin for organising it.
Clondakin Parish Christian Aid canal walkers - photo Rev Martin
How much do we care about Privacy? The advertising agency known as Facebook is one of the most powerful and influential companies in the world. It sells the data that its users freely provide to companies who want to reach them to sell their products. The aim of the Facebook is to gain user attention so that people spend more time on the platform, which allows it to obtain more usable data about them. A largely ignored internal memo to senior executives at the company in 2018 explained: “Our algorithms exploit the human brain’s attraction to divisiveness.” Left unchecked, the algorithms will feed users “more and more divisive content in an effort to gain user attention and increase time on the platform”. Social media platforms monitor our online activity and, as a result, can now predict our emotions and behaviours. They leverage these insights and auction us to the highest advertising bidder, and they have consequently become some of the richest companies in the history of the world. It is bad that they do this with adult users – remember that they also do it with children. The Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” includes material provided by former insiders with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, and YouTube. They describe how these social media platforms are powered by a surveillance-based business model designed to mine, manipulate, and extract our human experiences at any cost, causing a breakdown of our information ecosystem and shared sense of truth worldwide.This business model is not built for us but built to exploit us. The film describes the damaging effect of social media on children and young people. Its contributors suggest that the platforms have contributed to increased levels of depression and reduced feelings of self-worth among young people in the United States. Space does not permit me to go into more detail about the issues facing us when we use social media platforms. I would recommend that those with access to Netflix view the film and then decide if they want their children or themselves to continue to use Facebook and similar platforms. I would also recommend that the film be shown to youth groups in parishes. Rev. Martin O’Connor Zooming with St Mark The weekly Bible Study Group studying St Mark’s Gospel continues to meet each Thursday evening at 8 o’clock by Zoom. It is led by Rev. Martin. To join just contact him at email@example.com. He will be delighted to include you in the meetings, which is of course open to anybody with access to a computer. Battling the weeds Work has been going on in the grounds and graveyards of St John’s each Saturday morning. Help is always welcome, and no previous gardening experience is required. If you are unable to come along but would like to support this ongoing project contributions to the Restoration Fund would be welcome. For information please contact clondalkin. firstname.lastname@example.org and mark it “Battling the weeds” And finally
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN When Adam ate the apple, he was ashamed and covered himself with a fig leaf. When Eve also ate the apple, she also was ashamed and tried on an oak leaf, an ash leaf, a chestnut leaf… Daddy was reading little Johnny a bedtime story. After an hour Mammy opens the door and asks “Is he asleep yet” Johnny replied “yes, finally” What does Facebook and the fridge have in common? Even though you know that there is nothing there you go and check every 10 minutes. Vegetarian is a very ancient word, which originally meant “bad hunter” May we wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas. Stay Safe!!
The draw for the Cash of Splash raffle will be held live on Facebook on Saturday 12th December at 12 noon. Thanks to all who supported it, and also to those who supported our recent Clothes Drive in aid of the parish. Halloween With a Difference Well done to the families who dressed up and visited the steps of the Rectory for socially distant Trick or Treating- a safe and enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Congratulations also to the Daly family who won the Halloween night Zoom Quiz, and the Sargent family who won the prize for best fancy dress. Finally, may I wish all Church Review readers a happy and safe Christmas and a much brighter 2021.
CLONTARF Rector: Revd. Lesley Robinson, telephone 087 909 1561 Curate: Revd. Prof. Anne Lodge, telephone 086 373 6995 Diocesan Reader: Mark Acheson, telephone 087 967 4885 Rector’s Church Warden: Heather Walsh, telephone 085 108 6112 Peoples Church Warden: Ziva Newman, telephone 087 624 6964 Church Review Distribution: Mr. Tom Waller Parish Website: email@example.com Twitter: twitter.com/clontarfparish Facebook: Clontarf Parish, Church of St. John the Baptist Parish Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org Services: Sunday 8.30 (Holy Communion) & 10.30. Evening Service 6pm on 2nd Sunday of the month. Wednesdays: 10.30 (Parish Centre) The Late Alan Harper We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Alan Harper, Seafield Avenue, on 22nd October. Though Alan had struggled with ill health over the last couple of years his death came as a shock to the parishioners and his many friends in the wider community. His funeral service was conducted by Rev. John Marchant, a friend of the family, assisted by the Rector. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, only the immediate family were allowed into the church, but a large crowd paid their respects by lining the route from his home to the church and gathering in the churchyard. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Michelle, daughters Emily and Claudia, and mother, Sheena. They remain in our prayers at this terribly difficult time. Christmas Services – To be or not to be, that is the question! At time of writing the entire country remains under Level 5 restrictions and worship services are online only. We will not know until nearer Christmas what arrangements will be possible, but one thing is certain – Christmas will be celebrated one way or another! If we are allowed to have in-person services, we will have two services on Christmas Eve and two services on Christmas Day- presumably with a maximum of fifty people per service. Advance booking will be necessary, but some places will be reserved for walk-ins or those not online. All services will be live-streamed and available to view later. Arrangements will be made for the distribution of Holy Communion to the house bound or cocooners. Check our website or Facebook page for details nearer the time. If we cannot have in-person services, we will be uploading a prerecorded midnight service on Christmas Eve and another on Christmas morning, and making Holy Communion available to those who wish to receive it on Christmas Eve afternoon. Changes afoot in Greenlanes National School Cathy Atkin will retire as Principal of Greenlanes National school on 31st December after 23 years of dedicated service. A tribute to her legacy will appear in the next edition of the Church Review. While Cathy’s unique personality and gifts will be greatly missed we are delighted to announce that Aidan O’Shea, the current Deputy Principal, will assume the role of Principal from 1st January. Splash of Cash Raffle
Clontarf ’s version of Alice in Wonderland- winners of the Fancy Dress competition at the Halloween night Zom Quiz.
Covid Friendly Family Fun outside the Rectory on Halloween afternoon.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Rev Trevor Stevenson: Mob: 087 981 2025 Email: email@example.com Lay Reader: Stephen Gardiner Youth Pastor: Neil Douglas. Mob: 087 646 5281 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Children’s Pastor: Olly Adams. Mob: 086 088 4959 Email: email@example.com Website: www.crinken.ie Dear Friends As I write these notes we are still in the middle of restrictions and in Level 5 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. I have no idea what if any services will be on this Christmas time. But be assured once restrictions are lifted we will open and meet together again. Please keep an eye on our website for service details. In the present moment, in what lies ahead, we can face each day, with courage, with hope and with a peace that passes all understanding, knowing Jesus has overcome the world. I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Even when our world is still shaking, even when fear is all around, when stress seems overwhelming, when darkness closes in, even when we don’t know if we can survive what may come in the months ahead— we can show up with courage and face these days as people who are redeemed, loved, held and changed by our God. Choose joy. Have courage. Christ has overcome the world. He is the Hope of the world. He is Emmanuel, God with us. Every Blessing, Trevor Welcome Personally and as a church we are delighted to welcome Sean, Cherith and Marcus Hanily back to Shankill as Sean takes up the position of Rector of Rathmichael. Sean of course is well known to us all having spent some time in Crinken during his college years. Here he met his wife Cherith and I had the privilege of marrying them in Crinken. I also had the pleasure of baptising Marcus in Omagh back in February. We look forward to having Sean as a neighbour and building on the great relationship between the churches that began during Canon Fred’s time. Sean, Cherith and Marcus welcome to Rathmichael from us all in Crinken. Wedding Bells Many congratulations to Sarah Dawson and Karl King on their wedding on Saturday 24th October. Sarah and Karl had cancelled their wedding earlier in the year due to Covid-19 but were determined to go ahead this time. Thankfully as Level 5 restrictions came into effect that week, they were still able to go ahead with 25 guests. It was a great and delightful occasion, and we wish them God’s richest blessing in their future lives together.
It was with great sadness that we learned of Muriel Fortune’s passing in October. Muriel was in her 100th year and would have marked that milestone in March. Again, it was sad that only 25 people could attend her funeral service due to government restrictions, however we were able to sing some of her favourite hymns (through masks) with the backing of some world renowned choirs on CD. It was a service of celebration for a life well lived. Muriel was a devoted mother and grandmother, a loyal church member and a great friend to many. She will be sadly missed by us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Arthur her son, Claire his wife and Muriel’s grandchildren, Emily and Rachel. May they know God’s comfort and strength in the days ahead, may they know God’s peace as they remember and celebrate her life and may know God’s goodness and grace as they rejoice in the knowledge that Muriel is in the arms of her Saviour for all eternity. A special note of thanks to Hilda Plant the Chaplain at St. Vincent’s Hospital for the pastoral care she gave to both Muriel and Arthur during Muriel’s time in hospital. As I was not allowed visit it was comforting to know that Hilda was available and kept me up to date with the unfolding situation. Crinken Youth Crinken Youth is back to meeting online, we want everyone to be safe and healthy but we pray that we will be able to get in person again very soon. Teenagers, like the rest of us, have online fatigue-they’d much rather gather in person. But amid this difficult season it is wonderful to see this young generation, which spends so much time online, long for real in-person friendships, with peers, leaders and, we pray, with Jesus. But God is so kind we have seen teens come online who rarely came in person - it’s less of a journey to come along! As we play games through zoom; eye-spy is much more challenging when you can see a dozen or so different backgrounds to search! We aim to point teenagers to Jesus through reading Mark’s Gospel. Sceptics are welcome in the Bible, if we have doubts and questions go and read Mark Chapters 2 & 3. There were plenty of disbelievers who met Jesus and brought their questions to him to find his compassion and his power undeniable. Please pray for teenagers, who can go to school but not to church and miss it very much. Pray that Jesus will be more to them, that they will go to Jesus to listen and ask him about the Kingdom of God (Mark 4) and find forgiveness in believing and following him.
CRUMLIN AND CHAPELIZOD Rector - Rev. Ruth Noble: Tel: 01 405 9708 Readers: David O’Halloran and Shona Rusk Review: Philip Deacon (Crumlin). Tel: 442 5867 Mrs. A. West (Chapelizod). Tel: 626 7699 Services: St. Mary’s Sunday 10am. St. Laurence’s Sunday 11.30am. Advent Sunday Service will be on a theme of Hope, or Waiting in Hope. Rarely do we really ‘celebrate’ Advent as so often we are forced to have Christmas for the whole month of December (my record is 29 parish Carol Services, Christmas dinners or Christmas parties one year!). The restrictions this year means that we will have space to actually mark and reflect on Advent. Advent is the season when we particularly remember the long wait for the coming of Jesus the first time, and reflect on our wait for Jesus to return again. To do this, we are encouraging people to follow a resource (Journey to Christmas ISBN 978 178 2599951 or available at the Churches) with a short reading and reflection for each day and, if they want, meet with others on Tuesday evenings in December from 8pm on Zoom to chat about the readings and whatever else comes along. Contact me for log in details. In person worship: we don’t know what the situation will be for in person worship and we will follow all government and Diocesan advice as it comes to hand. We will be in touch with parishioners with up to date information, do contact me for more information if you wish. Special Christmas Services: regardless of whether we can worship in person or not, all special services will be online this year:
Sarah Dawson and Karl King on their wedding day at Crinken
The Remembering Loved Ones service from St Mary’s will be available on our Youtube channel on Sunday 13th December.
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AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN We will record a separate Carol Service for each Church community which will be available on our Youtube channel on Sunday 20th December. We hope to involve as many as possible from the parishes in these services. There will be recorded Holy Communion available from both Churches for Christmas Day. Open Churches – both Churches are open for personal prayer at the usual service times each Sunday (apart from when there are active weather warnings). Many people appreciate having that special space dedicated to worship and prayer for their own prayer time. Thank you to those who come to be present at those times. Congratulations to Ugo and Ebele Igwagu who were married in Nigeria on the weekend of the 10th October. We also welcome Ebele to cold, wet and windy Ireland.
Ugo and Ebele Igwagu
Our online services are available on YouTube under ‘Crumlin and Chapelizod Church of Ireland Parish’. Telephone services continue for the older people who are unable to access the online services and allow us to have a chat as well as to pray together. Thought for the Day: This regular WhatsApp message has returned with the increasing level of restrictions and is sent out most days. It includes a Bible verse, a thought or prayer and a link to a hymn or song to listen too. If you would like to be added to that list, do let me know. Keep in touch Keep an eye on the parish Facebook pages for up to date information and news: St Mary’s Church Crumlin and St Laurence’s Church Chapelizod. Sunday services are available on our parish YouTube channel: Crumlin and Chapelizod Church of Ireland Parish.
DALKEY Rector - Rev. Bruce Hayes: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Office: phone: 01 2845941 Email: email@example.com Parish Website: www.stpatricksdalkey.com Twitter: @DalkeyParish Church Services In line with the current restrictions on church gatherings we have moved our services online. We are using a video communications platform called Zoom. All are most welcome to join us on Zoom. To receive an invitation, please email the parish office or the Rector. As the situation may change, please refer to our website for the most up to date information. Our Lady’s Manor The Eucharist will be celebrated in Our Lady’s Manor on Tuesday 1st, 15th and 22nd December at 2.30p.m. Craft Group Like so many other groups, some of the members have been going on Zoom to keep in contact while this pandemic is driving us all, not
exactly underground, but there are elements of that. We can do this thanks to Stephanie who has become our digital guru. She has made it so easy for us to be VIRTUAL, to CLICK the right LINK and MUTE ourselves (normally not an easy thing to do to a group of women) and get on the right PLATFORM. LOG IN and LOG OUT and see who is there in the GALLERY. And then, oh joy, UNMUTE ourselves. It was all new to us and all those words meant something else not so long ago. We are all amazed at ourselves and it is lovely to see those friendly faces again and catch up with what’s going on. I hope that more people will join the party, whether they are crafters or not. Some of us are here to talk and some have ventured into the craft mode and do a little handwork while we chat. As the old advert said, “It’s good to talk”. So if you would like to join the party please let the office know and you will be most welcome. Dramatic Society Like so many amateur dramatic societies around the country – and indeed, like the professional theatre, too – the sad news for St Patrick’s Dramatic Society is that it had to cancel its production of The Long Road by Shelagh Stephenson planned for the Pavilion theatre in November. The good news for the group is that it has started doing play readings on zoom, which help to bring members together again. We have had two such evenings, to date, with another planned. There was a good turn out for both of them and we’re learning how best to ‘stage’ plays in this new way to keep us entertained – very short plays, each with a small cast and hopefully a lot of laughs to keep the spirits up seem to fit the bill best. Centering Prayer Centering Prayer continues to be held on Monday evenings at 7pm via Zoom. Please email Carol Casey if you would like to receive an invitation. Participants will be guided into prayer at 7pm. There will be 20 minutes’ silence followed by a Grace. There will be some time at the end for free discussion, if desired. Church Rewiring During the early part of 2021 we will be embarking upon a major church project – the rewiring of the church. Remedial electrical work has taken place over the years, but the church has never been fully rewired since electricity was introduced into the building. As many will know, in the intervening time building safety standards, especially for public buildings, have improved greatly. Over the last few years it has become increasingly evident that our church is out of step with these standards and the need to upgrade has become a pressing issue. This is a major undertaking for the parish and a huge amount of work has already been completed. Our dedicated Building Committee commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of the options available, and concluded that the only realistic way forward is to completely rewire the church and bring it up to date with all of the latest fire safety and electrical requirements. A new audio amplification system will also be installed. Pastoral Support Group Our Pastoral Support Group is there to help in these challenging times. This support can take the form of helping with shopping, collecting prescriptions, or simply having a chat over the phone. There is a dedicated telephone number (085 786 5949) which is checked twice daily. You can leave a voicemail, send a text, or communicate via the messaging service What’s App. If you would like to be added to the team of volunteers, please text your name to the number and you will be added to the team. Please note that this number is not intended for emergencies. Social Media As we have all had to curtail our social interactions in this era of COVID-19, it is more important now than ever to stay in touch using other available means. The parish has a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and I would encourage you to consult these platforms to help stay connected in these challenging times. Finally From all in Dalkey we’d like to wish all the readers of the Diocesan Review a very Happy Christmas and Blessed New Year.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN DONNYBROOK AND IRISHTOWN Vicar - Revd. John Marchant: Rectory Phone: 01 218 7893 Mobile: 087 419 6071 4 Ailesbury Grove, Donnybrook, Dublin D04 T9V2. Sunday Service: St. Matthew’s Irishtown 10.30am. Live Stream Link: stmatts.live The church season now enters Advent, our theological preparation for the nativity of our Lord at Christmas. During this time we reflect on our Christian faith. We move from a year of readings from Matthew’s Gospel to focus on Mark’s version of ‘The Good News’ of Christianity until Advent next December 2021. In these COVID times Advent is to be particularly welcomed. It remains uncertain if we will be able to gather together to celebrate the nativity but we will continue by all means possible to reach out to our parishioners and enjoy a month of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ into our world at Christmas These COVID times have led to many moments of reflection. It is two years since we marked the reopening of the main front doors in St. Matthew’s Church. While it saddens and frustrates me that the doors have been shut for services, I find comfort in the enthusiasm that our Select Vestry and parishioners display in keeping our church and parish alive. We have wonderfully dedicated and enthusiastic parishioners who are actively involved in maintaining and improving our church ensuring its sustainability for years to come. Despite the doors being closed for services the grounds and church have been a hive of socially distant activity in the past few weeks. Our landscape gardens continue their efforts to clear and maintain the graveyard. Areas that have been under cover for years are now clear and reseeded. Scaffolding was erected and the church roof repaired during the month of November. The Church Avenue boundary wall has been lowered and brought back to original height. The impact of the removal of a few bricks is quite astounding. The church and grounds are now dramatically visible. This beautiful understated building now makes a statement within the community. We are here and we are open.There is light at the end of the COVID tunnel. Just as we reopened our front doors two years ago, we will reopen our doors again with a renewed strength of faith and community. I wish you a happy time this Christmas. My blessings to everyone. John
DRUMCONDRA, NORTH STRAND AND ST. BARNABAS Rector - The Revd Garth Bunting: (01 837 2505) firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.drumcondra.dublin.anglican.org Services: Drumcondra 10.30am 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month Services: North Strand 10.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month Note this is a temporary arrangement Mid-week Late Evening Office via Zoom Wednesdays at 7.30pm No notes this month.
DUN LAOGHAIRE Rector - Ása Björk Ólafsdóttir: Tel 01 280 9537 Email: email@example.com Fridays off unless in the case of a pastoral emergency Facebook: Dun Laoghaire Church of Ireland Review Secretary - Mrs. Stella Henderson: Tel 01 280 7168 Services: 6th December
2nd Sunday of Advent 10:30 Holy Communion Two
13th December 3rd Sunday of Advent 10:30 Morning Prayer 20th December 4th Sunday of Advent 10:30 A few Lessons and Carols 24th December Christmas Eve 23:30 Midnight Service Online 25th December Christmas Day 10:30 Family Service of Holy Communion 27th December
10:30 Online Prayer Service
10:30 Holy Communion
The Magic of Advent and Christmas Advent has started and when this is written, it looks like Dublin will be at level 3 for the first few weeks of December. Though it is possible Churches will be open for Christmas, let us tread carefully and not forget to enjoy time with family, but refrain from meeting too many other people – now and then. Advent is such a magical time. We make an effort to bring joy to those around us as well as those who are far away and we miss. Advent is a time when we all feel we should be happy and doing our best to make sure those around us are happy too. But that is not always the case as some have difficult memories of this time and dread the weeks leading up to Christmas. The first day of Advent is behind us, but the second one is on 6th December. We will light the candles of the Advent wreath and carry on until the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Our Midnight Service at 23:30 on Christmas Eve is one of my favourite Services of the year, not because the Church is full of people, but because our hearts are filled with the love and mystery of the Son of Man who is born and brings us closer to what matters in life. Whichever way things go, that Service will be live-streamed as the 72 hour rule applies in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Advent is that very special time which we should use to prepare for the coming of Messiah in the form of an innocent and helpless infant. It is also a time to re-evaluate and re-prioritise in our lives. Simplicity might be the answer to some, more openness to others, even more selfcare. Love for our neighbour comes naturally when we pray for them.
St. Matthew’s Church with newly lowered wall
Your Rector keeps an eye open for suitable gifts months in advance as the lead up to Christmas is a very busy but yet rewarding time. Socks have been knitted and ornaments for the Christmas cards have been crocheted as well as candles and other gifts made. Some of us are mad about crafts, cards and little pleasures…others simply enjoy them ;)
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN After Advent, Christmas will come, that we can be certain of. And, when we think of it afterwards, it might be the most relaxed Christmas we ever experienced. Open Church hour On Sundays during Advent, if there are no “In-Church-Services,” we will have the Church open for an hour between 12 and 1 for private prayer. Advent and Christmas Services – Live-streamed As before, the above calendar is a guideline. Our Services will be live-streamed through our new YouTube page: Christ Church Dun Laoghaire. Then they will be available again a little later in the day. Hopefully they will also be on our Facebook page, but not emailed the same way as before. Even when we have In-Church-Services, they will be live-streamed. Christmas tree and crib We will have a smaller Christmas tree this year, as the closeness is more important this year. Our crib is the same as always and the magic will be there! Support In the past, we have given hampers to those in need during Advent. This year will be different as it is not safe to have many hands handling the food, then bringing hampers to the Rector who then hands it on to the people. So, this year we will give vouchers where possible, so if you are in a position to help, it would be greatly appreciated. The need is out there and as Christians we are happy to lighten the load a little bit at this special time – especially for the children. A bit of fun PROTOCOL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CRIBS FOR CHRISTMAS 2020 1. A maximum of 4 shepherds will be permitted in the Crib. 2. All will have to wear a mask and observe social distancing 3. Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus will be able to stay together as they form part of a family bubble 4. The donkey and the ox will have to obtain a declaration of non contamination certified by the Department of Agriculture 5.The Three Wise Men will be subject to a 14 day quarantine, regardless of whether or not they have tested negative for Covid as they come from a non Schengen or EU Area 6. The straw, moss, palm branches and other decorations must be disinfected with alcohol 7. The angel flying over the Crib will not be allowed due to the aerosol effect produced by the batting of his wings 8. The choir will be restricted to one person because of the risk of contamination 9. No shepherd shall be more than 65 years old or in a vulnerable category 10. All non essential participants (Romans, sinners…) are forbidden
and Patrick, great grandchildren Leon and Katie and to her wider family circle, friends, and neighbours. Time to Smile Angels? Two daughters had been given parts in a Christmas pageant at their Church. At dinner that night, they got into an argument as to who had the most important role. Finally, the 14 year-old said to her 8 year-old younger sister, ‘Well, you just ask Mum. She’ll tell you it’s much harder to be a virgin than it is to be an angel.’ Letter to God There was a man who worked for the post office whose job was to process all the mail that has illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed, in shaky handwriting, to God, with no actual address. He thought he would open it to see what it was about. The letter read: Dear God, I am an 83year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It has €100 in it which was all the money I had until my next pension payment. Next Sunday is Christmas and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with, I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me? Yours sincerely Edna. The postal worker was so moved by this that he organised a collection amongst his colleagues. By the time he had made his rounds he had gathered €96, which he put into an envelope and sent it to the woman. For the rest of that day all the workers felt good as they thought of Edna and the dinner she would now be able share with her friends. Christmas came and went. A few days later another letter came from the same old lady addressed to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened. It read: Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends about your wonderful gift. By the way, there was €4 missing. I think it might have been those b……. at the Post Office Yours sincerely, Edna Shopping The manager of a department store put this notice in the window: ‘If you need it this Christmas, we have it.’ But in the window of a rival, a sign appeared, stating: ‘If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.’ We wish the Editor, staff, and all readers of the Church Review a very Happy Christmas.
HOLMPATRICK AND BALBRIGGAN
Rector: The Rev. Gary Dowd Tel: 280 1616 / 087 926 6558 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Centre Coordinator and Bookings: Cynthia Gray 087 9637008 Review Secretary: Mrs Deborah Burke Tel: 285 5486 Sunday Services: 8.15am 10.30am and 7.00pm Website: http://glenageary.dublin.anglican.org
Rector: Rev. Anthony Kelly, Tel. 8493886 Email: email@example.com Asst. Priest: Rev. Tom O’Brien, Tel. 087 650 2504 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Church Review: Mrs. Margaret Davidson Tel. No. 849 1756 Church Services: 9.30am Kenure; 10.30 Holmpatrick; 12 noon St. George’s, Balbriggan.
Advent and Christmas Services at St Paul’s in December No idea. Whatever happens it will be different!
Christmas Celebrations Due to Level 5 restrictions, as you will be aware our churches have once again been obliged to remain closed pending reassessment of the coronavirus situation. As a result we do not know when the current restrictions can be lifted. However, we have begun planning for Christmas and our hope is that our churches will be permitted to open, so that we can celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation in a manner that befits a central mystery of our faith. In this regard we are hoping to return to church at Christmas to celebrate Holy Communion.
Funeral Alice (Ally) Andrews, formerly of Silchester Park, died suddenly but peacefully on Friday 16th October. A private funeral service was held at Mt Jerome on Wednesday 21st October. We extend our sympathy to her son Stewart, daughter Gwen, to her grandchildren Paul, Peter, Philip
Poverty - where does it hurt? When reading the various reports on poverty in Ireland and how COVID-19 has exacerbated financial challenges for those already struggling, I am reminded not just of the latest startling statistics on poverty, but also of the voices and stories behind those figures. As Head of Charitable Services at Protestant Aid, I regularly talk with distraught family members, who attempt to relate their particular situations while endeavouring to fight back tears that seem to flow more readily when met with a word of kindness or reassurance. The core emotion being expressed is often one of frustration at not being in a position to pay a utility bill, make a mortgage repayment, pay rent or even fund a food shop. The next emotion expressed is usually fear…. what does the future hold for me and my family? The last year has been tough, but for some the pandemic was nothing more than an inconvenience - the inability to dine in a favourite restaurant or a missed foreign holiday. For others, it is yet another obstacle on an already bumpy path of deprivation, hitting those on low incomes with vindictive indifference. Poverty Focus 2020 (published May 2020) advised that,
‘when recovery comes, it is likely that many low-income workers, and employees with precarious employment conditions, will be the last to experience it’. Basic deprivation rates have soared during the pandemic, again hitting those who are most financially susceptible. Children are also vulnerable at this time and it is difficult to comprehend why almost 200,000 of them appear to be collateral damage in an economy that had been thriving. The ‘working poor’ is an increasingly used phrase and not without reason. Many of the General Grant Applications we receive are not from those who are on benefits, but from those who have full-time jobs yet continually struggle to make ends meet. The subversive nature of COVID-19 meant that some families were hurled into deprivation with some velocity and it was this which prompted our Emergency Response Initiative. Situations of need were identified by Rectors and some interim help was provided discreetly and quickly.
We continue to be grateful to so many clergy around the country who help identify situations of need within their congregations and are happy to be their partners in ministry. Protestant Aid has been in operation since 1836 but the passing of time has not dimmed our determination or vision to bring help where it is most needed. Of course, that vision is not unique to us but is shared by our many generous and loyal donors who don’t wait for a pandemic to demonstrate their compassion or their desire to lessen the hurts and suffering of individuals and families. And that care and compassion is the light of hope….. for us all. Geoff Scargill, Head of Charitable Services
Protestant Aid wins £1,000 ‘Movement for Good’ award We were delighted to win an Ecclesiastical Insurance £1,000 Movement for Good award thanks to nominations from the public. Protestant Aid was one of 500 winners in specialist insurer Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards, which gave £1million to charities across Ireland and the UK during 2020. Geoff Scargill, Head of Charitable Services said: “The award was particularly useful in a year when an increased number of families were under pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to thank Ecclesiastical Insurance and, of course, every single person who took the time to nominate Protestant Aid in the Movement for Good awards. £1,000 is a generous and welcome award that will change lives for the better.”
A NEW ERA OF CARE FOR ST. JOHN’S HOUSE
After many years of planning and fundraising, the new St. John’s House Nursing Home has opened its doors and it marks a significant moment not only for St. John’s House of Rest but also the Molyneux Home and St. Mary’s Home.
As my tenure as Chairman of
Protestant Aid nears its end, I am
happy to reflect on much progress
made over that period.
Efficiency is key in any organisation and I can ponder with some satisfaction on the streamlining of operations within PA over the years and the exemplary standards throughout the organisation, thanks to dedicated professionals. A significant highlight is the completed, refurbished and extended St. John’s Nursing Home on Merrion Road in Dublin 4. Notwithstanding some challenges along the way, it is now stateof the-art and one of the most advanced nursing home facilities in the country.
Despite such positive changes, hardship continues to be a consistent element within our society.
A pro-active Charitable Services Team dealt with a recordbreaking number of applications during 2019 and the Grants Committee worked long and hard to ensure financial assistance was given where it was needed most. We are also grateful to the many clergy who bring cases to our attention and allow us to bring some light into lives that are often in despair. The financial stress experienced by families increasingly relates to housing issues as well as difficulties with family health and separation. Mental health challenges are also growing including younger family members who suffer stress through social media engagement. Average incomes may have risen nationally yet there are thousands of people still trying to find a path out of hardship and distress. Older people can often be particularly vulnerable, with the poverty rate for people aged 65 plus and living alone having increased significantly over the last number of years.
While I am grateful for the continued support
of our Board members, staff, volunteers and our patron Archbishop Michael Jackson, my final
expression of gratitude must go to our donors. Their generosity not only makes our work possible, but also encourages us in all we do as we attempt to bring some financial comfort and solace where it is most needed. Thank you as always for going the extra mile. Arthur Vincent, Chairman
The new €15 million redevelopment of St. John’s House now includes two floors of private rooms all with en-suite facilities and incorporates offices, staff rooms, kitchens, a hairdresser, medical and other facilities. The new building now includes a beautiful two-storey atrium full of natural light which will act as a reception and can also be used for public occasions such as concerts and carol services. The two upper floors will between them accommodate 52 resident bedrooms.
A culture of openness is central to the St. John’s philosophy of nurture and it is envisaged that collaboration between the incredible staff, residents, family and representatives will help achieve the best outcomes for the residents. At the heart of the new building is the beautifully restored Chapel and The Reverend Canon Andrew McCroskery, the Vicar of St Bartholomew’s, has been appointed Chaplain of St. John’s. Spirituality which offers a sense of faith, meaning, purpose, inner peace and well-being is a key aspect to St. John’s and while it upholds the Church of Ireland ethos, all residents are supported in their interactions within their spiritual domain. The start of this new chapter in the history of St. John’s has coincided with the unprecedented challenges faced by Nursing Homes across Ireland and beyond due to the Covid Emergency. The valiant efforts of the staff led by the Director of Nursing Anne Kavanagh and General Manager Simon Homan and continuous attention to detail have helped to ensure that St. John’s has so far remained ‘covid free’ St. John’s continues to adapt and respond, guided by our steadfast mission to serve our residents and the future is bright with the opening of the most comfortable and comprehensive nursing home in the country, bar none.
CEO REPORT Kindness Prevails..... It is often said that true character is revealed in the choices we make under stress - the greater the pressure, the deeper the revelation. If we consider this in the context of the impact of coronavirus, the kindness shown all over the world during this most difficult time is both enlightening and inspiring.
People have come together to clap for frontline workers, sing on balconies and collect groceries for vulnerable neighbours - gestures of connection and compassion. Despite the challenges facing us all, the situation has brought about an overwhelming sense of community spirit and unified urge to help those that need support in our society. What also stands out during this terrible pandemic is a limitless capacity for generosity. So far, we have had a tremendous response to our 2020 Annual Appeal. We are both humbled and grateful for your commitment and it is clear your charitable impulses run as deep as ever. Protestant Aid has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis in many ways, but importantly launching immediate emergency supports to people affected by a sudden loss of a job or income. Whilst the pattern of employment loss and furloughing suggests that the future economic consequences of the pandemic may be borne by those on lower incomes, we expect many applications for help over the next few months from individuals and families who would never have considered themselves at risk of poverty at the start of 2020.
This is the sad new reality for many who had well paid “safe” jobs in travel, hospitality and service industries until recently, but are now sadly facing a very bleak future. In our nursing homes in Brabazon and St. John’s House, we continue to work under the severe pressures brought on by the pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes in Ireland has been particularly devastating. We are incredibly thankful to all the staff for their incredible efforts in keeping our residents safe during this extraordinary time. The advantages of our homes being community-led have really come to the fore during the pandemic as a focus on person-centred care and importantly staff retention have helped create a better overall living experience for the residents and ensured we were well positioned to deal with the unique challenges brought on by the virus.
Looking ahead, we know that our resources will be stretched to a maximum in the later part of 2020 as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Even before the current public health crisis, one in every seven people in Ireland lived with an income below the poverty line; about 680,000 people according to Social Justice Ireland. We are, therefore, well aware that our supports over the coming months will be as important now as at any time in our 180-year history. Our interventions may be the difference between putting food on the table or heating a family home and as thousands of families’ head into an uncertain and difficult winter, we will be there to provide this essential support in these unprecedented times. Thank you for allowing us to continue our mission. David Webb, Chief Executive
COMPASSION IN ACTION Some Thank You notes received recently and all made possible because you decided to donate.
I appreciate your kindness…. As you know, during the latter part of last year, I had to take time off work for health reasons. I met with our local Rector and in passing I discreetly made mention to some needs that were, to say the least, pressing. He mentioned Protestant Aid and shared with me about the work you do so I applied, via my Rector, for a General Grant. PA were exceptionally generous and I made a decision that when the metaphorical tide turned, I would contribute towards your work. I really appreciate your kindness.
We are thankful… I want to thank you for the generous grant you sent to help us though the challenges of COVID-19 - it is very much appreciated. You also helped with education costs and we are grateful for that help also. We can’t thank in person all of those who have donated to Protestant Aid but we are thankful to God for their generosity and to Protestant Aid for administering their kindness to help people in situations like ours.
From a Rector… I have been hugely impressed with your responsive compassion to the families in the Parish who have been so deeply affected by the impact of the Coronavirus and I would like you to know that in all cases, the support you have offered has been of enormous benefit to each of them. I would like to wish you continued success in all the good work you are undertaking in these challenging times.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE BATTLE AGAINST POVERTY...TODAY! We remain very grateful to our donors who consistently dig deep to help Protestant Aid make a real difference to the lives of so many families within our community. Thank you for being our partners. Donations can be made in a number of ways: • By Cheque posted to our offices at Protestant Aid, 74 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin D04 K2N6.
ONLINE DONATE FACILITY A feature of the website that has already been widely used is the facility to donate online. This eliminates the need for cheques, envelopes and postage and the entire process is seamless and easy. Please consider donating today at www.protestantaid.org
PA NETWORK VISITORS We say a fond farewell to Network Visitor Jenny Shaw who has worked so hard with much dedication from her base in Ennis thank you, Jenny! 1
• Online at www.protestantaid.org using the DONATE NOW BUTTON • Standing Order If you wish to contribute in this way, please find our bank details below, or alternatively use our Standing Order form which is available from Protestant Aid (or can be downloaded from our website).
Protestant Aid Bank Account Details A/C Name: Protestant Aid IBAN:
IE39 AIBK 9312 9214 7880 64
Please detach and return with cheque donation
By Cheque I would like to make a donation of:
We welcome Beverley Callender as a new Network Visitor and are delighted she has agreed to be part of the team. Beverley’s background is in Nursing and she has wide experience of working with various organisations on a voluntary basis. Welcome to the team, Beverley! Each member of the team works on a voluntary basis, giving selflessly of their time to make visits and write reports. They are generous, talented, professional and caring ladies. Their empathy, sensitivity, diplomacy and confidentiality are important skills that support the work of Protestant Aid as we endeavour to assist in our communities.
SPECIAL THANKS The Department of Rural & Community Development continues to be a consistent supporter of our work over the years and 2019 was no exception. The Department again provided an annual grant of €150,000 as well as an additional €30,000 amount for those with urgent needs. This grant is of vital importance and we are grateful for this generous partnership in addressing need.
We are able to provide grants to those in need thanks to the on-going generosity of our loyal donors who consistently contribute every year by cheque, standing order, or online.
Personal donors, both PAYE taxpayers and the self-employed, are reminded that the tax element of donations over €250 can be reclaimed from the Revenue by Protestant Aid at no cost to the donor. There are also tax advantages for corporate donors. Those giving a gift of assets can do so without the imposition of Capital Gains Tax.
Email: Please return to Protestant Aid 74 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin D04 K2N6. Thank you for being our partners in tackling poverty.
Beverley Callander (1) joins a team that includes Elizabeth Temple (2), Mildred Gilmore (3) and Phyllis Grothier (4).
In recent years, legacies have become an increasingly important contribution to PA’s funds and because they can be invested wisely for use in the future, they are an invaluable resource. They are entrusted to PA by those who have left provision in their wills for the continuity of PA’s work, so current supporters are asked to consider Protestant Aid and its work when making out their Will.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN However, our plans are subject to government/hse restrictions. As soon as we are in a position to know what is possible, we will let parishioners know. In the meantime, our zoom services will continue each Sunday.
HOWTH Rector: Rev Kevin Brew Tel 01 8323019 Rev Ken Sherwood Lay Reader: Mr Ron Bass Youth Worker: Elke Koker Review Distributor: Mr Stanley McMullen 8324678 Email: email@example.com Website: www.stmaryshowth.com YouTube: ‘Howth Parish’ Website: www.stmaryshowth.com Christmas – will we be in or out of Church? As I sit down to write these notes we are mid way through the Level 5 restrictions. Numbers are looking encouraging but maybe things are beginning to fray a bit around the edges. One thing is certain Christmas will not be the same as last year – there will not be 300 people in Church on Christmas morning for our Family Service. One thing we can be certain of is that there will be a blend of in-Church and on-line worship. This has been a learning curve for us all and there is no doubt that we have learned valuable lesson. Our YouTube services have been well received. One young adult emailed me saying we were reaching out to the Netflix generation – I think I can take that as a compliment! Our Family Services on Zoom have developed a character of their own. Elke, our Youth Worker, has done wonderful work in reaching out to our young people, encouraging them to send in items related to the theme of each Family Service, producing a short video clip that provides an introduction to the service. She has also given people the confidence to write their own prayers which display a depth that belies the assertion that young people are not interested in spirituality. Back to Christmas. As I write we are hoping that Churches will be open for a period before Christmas. My current line of thinking would be to have a series of services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will not be able to have a traditional Carol Service – plans are in place for service on YouTube, incorporating recorded Church Music that people can sing along to in their own homes. Gift Day We had our Annual Gift Day on Saturday 14th and the Church was open for people to come along and bring their gifts to the Church. There was a magnificent response of over €13,000, well in excess of previous years. That goes a long way to lifting the spirits of our Parish Treasurer! Each Christmas we take up a number of collections for Charities both home and overseas. We are currently considering a number of online platforms that would facilitate these. We may be feeling the pinch, but there are so many in our society who depend on the monies that are traditionally collected at this time of year. Burrow National School A while back we learned that our application to the Department for funding for a permanent building to replace our prefabs. We now have an approved design and an application has been made for planning permission. This is a wonderful boost to the Burrow School as it navigates these difficult times – so watch out for further news. Thank you to Clontarf Distributors of the ‘Church Review’ on the North Side (it does exist – its that strange land North of the Liffey that my illustrious predecessor, Frank Blennerhassett, used to talk of in Diocesan Synods) would like to thank Clontarf Parish for acting as a base from which the Review can be distributed throughout Fingal. Finally we would like to wish the Editor and the whole of the Church Review team a very Happy Christmas and New Yeafr.
Rector: William Olhausen Email: firstname.lastname@example.org t. 01 285 2228 Parish Secretary: Beverley Grant t. 01 236 9555 e. email@example.com Safeguarding Officer: Kate Patterson e. firstname.lastname@example.org Communications Officer: Zorana Waters e. email@example.com Parish Centre: Tanya Olhausen e. firstname.lastname@example.org Church Review: James Malseed e. email@example.com We are looking forward to celebrating Advent and Christmas. All this will continue to take place on Zoom as things stand. Further details on our parish website. Pattern of services for December Sunday 6th December 11am Christingle Sunday 13th December
11am Crib Service
Sunday 20th December
11am Carol Service
Thursday 24th December
11.30pm Christmas Eve worship
Friday 25th December
11am Christmas Day worship
Sunday 27th December
11am First Sunday of Christmas
New from the Parish We have just completed our first online Alpha Course and our second online Marriage course. Both were enormously enjoyable and very encouraging. As ever, we had a chance to make new friends as we invested in our faith and in our most important relationships. We look forward to running two parenting courses online in the New year: one for parents with young children and one for parents with teen age children. Again, further details will appear on the St Matthias website. As these courses will be online, anyone can attend! Funeral Since our last notes appeared in the Church Review, our much loved and longest standing parishioner, Caroline Murphy (née Beckett), died. Her funeral took place in St Matthias’ Church on Wednesday 14th October. Archbishop Michael Jackson assisted in leading the service and our President, Michael D Higgins, was represented. Baptism We also celebrated the baptism of Samuel John Collins on Sunday 13th September.
KILLINEY, HOLY TRINITY Rector: Rev. Canon Gary Hastings, Tel: 285 2695 E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org Day Off - mostly Mondays Website - www.htkilliney.dublin.anglican.org Facebook - www.facebook.com/holytrinitykilliney The Carry Centre – www.carrycentre.ie Bookings: Bookings: Sandra Moore, Tel: 087 6291568 email@example.com Hon. Secretary of the Select Vestry: Vestry: Clive Christie, Tel: 282 3356 Review Notes: Meriel Nuzum, firstname.lastname@example.org Review Distributor: Distributor: Marianne Irvine, Tel: 285 8136 Services Sunday Worship Sunday Service 10.45 am Thursday Holy Communion Service 10.30 am
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AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN [ Until 3rd December, worship will be available online only. After that, please check the parish website and Facebook page.] Christmas Services Hopefully there will be a Service of Holy Communion on Christmas Morning, at 10.45am. Numbers will be strictly limited, and demand will be high. Please let the rector know, by email or text well before the day. [Matthew 7:21 is very apt here.] The service will of course be available online. There will be no service on Sunday 27th December, but there will be a special end of year Service on Thursday, 31st December at 10.30 am, with our normal Service resuming on Sunday, 3rd January 2021, whatever the new normal is then! From the Rector Things are still happening in the parish, whatever about lock downs. Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are to open a new entrance to the church grounds, with access through the park. Our thanks to Joan Millar, Jonny Bewley and Paul O’Brien, and also DLRCOCO for materially assisting us in the whole process. …And not only that, but the heating system in the church has been completely overhauled. Our thanks especially to Nigel Teggin for all the time spent on this. … And not only that, but we have a new camera in the church, and our services are now available to the entire universe to view. Should the universe take the notion to look in. It would be very welcome, of course. Our thanks for funding this camera go to Georgina and Paul O’Brien, who donated the entire system in memory of their daughter Natalie. We are greatly indebted to them. Finally, this is a lonely time for some, and if a yarn would help, or if you require assistance in any way, do not hesitate to give the Rector a ring, as visiting remains out of the question. I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas, is go raibh muid uilig seacht n-uaire níos fearr bliain ón am seo. Videostream of Sunday Church Service The videostream of the live Sunday Church Service at 10.45 can be accessed via the link on the website (https://holytrinitykilliney.com/) or through our Facebook page. Flower Guild Our Harvest celebrations were delayed until 18th October as we awaited the arrival of our new Webcam. Normally the church is so busy with people arriving with their arrangements and donations of fruit and vegetables. This year, all was done by five people, all socially distanced. The results looked lovely on camera and many thanks to those who helped. Sheep Thrills We met for a themed coffee morning on Zoom on Thursday 29th October. Instead of talking about knitting we wore jewellery which had a story to tell! It was terrific - the stories were fascinating, some were sentimental, some romantic, some handmade by grandchildren and one was a great find in an old knicker pillowcase which was more or less thrown out but when found there was a bag of precious jewellery! How many times do we hide our jewellery and can’t remember where it is? We all felt energised afterwards and plan to have another themed coffee morning on Zoom very soon.The knitting is still going on and Heather has kindly posted a lot more knitted items on Facebook where one can click and collect. We received a lovely thank you from The Refuge Centre in Bray for our cheque. Contact Joan 087 2460078. Carry Centre The hall is a bit lonely at present as we only have the Creche using it. However this means that the girls are able to leave the room set up ready for the next day which is a great help. Table Tennis Table Tennis has stopped since the 14th September but hopefully we will resume in the New Year.
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KILL O’THE GRANGE Rector: The Rev. Alan Breen, Tel: 284 5930 Lay Readers: Blair Halliday, Tel: (087) 211 0633; David Williams, Tel: 495 0421 Lay Reader & Pastoral Worker: Bert Van Embden, Tel: 282 0513 Youth Pastor: Jonathan Byford, Tel: (089) 436 2287 Children’s and Family Worker: Seb Dungan, Tel: (089) 472 3063 Church Administrators: Jane Winning and Caroline Plascott, Tel: 289 6442 Church Review: Parish Office, Tel: 289 6442. (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday to Friday) E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.kotg.ie Rector’s Letter: As we edge closer to Christmas (too early to mention?) the words of Tolkien’s hobbit Frodo to the wizard Gandalf surely resonate with us all: ‘“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” I. Love. This. We all have a choice in how we respond to all that we find ourselves experiencing in these days in our journey to Christmas. As we continue in our sermon series of Ezra/Nehemiah we have been made aware of the sorrow and joy, weeping and rejoicing that is happening side by side. All of us that are wrestling with the culture of COVID-19 I want to encourage you to do so with the Lord. Bring your joy and sorrow to Him. Know you are seen, heard and understood. Know how good God is even in situations that are not. Know His presence in your times of loneliness. Be at peace in the space you dwell with Him, in sorrow or joy. Pray, love, forgive, as you remind yourself that you have received all this from your Creator and as we focus on the coming birth of Jesus. Follow the lead of Nehemiah’s prayer “Then I said: ‘ LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.’” (Nehemiah 1:5-6) Blessings, Alan From the Parish Registers: Marriage: 23rd October 2020 Paul Minogue to Jean Knight. We wish Paul and Jean the Lord’s abundant blessings for the future. [This was a private event under the COVID-19 restrictions.] KOTG Children:
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Over the past month or two we have had plenty of fun. Back in October, on the Friday before midterm, 23rd October, we had MessyChurch@ home. Families were able to reserve and collect a goody bag to take home full of bits and pieces for the activities, along with one or two things to munch on! Families were able to access all the content at home and we got to share each other’s creations and fun on a WhatsApp group made for the event. It was great fun for all involved! At the beginning of November Wednesday Kids Club started up. This is a space for primary school aged children to hear stories of the Bible, play some games and chill over Zoom. We run the club from 6.30 - 7 for Junior Infants – 2nd Class and 7 – 7.30 for 3rd – 6th class on Wednesday evenings. We have been having great fun and love seeing all the faces on Zoom! We are looking forward to what December and the season of Christmas will hold for us, and can’t wait to find out! Seb Dungan Children’s and Family Worker KOTG Christmas Trees It is that time of year when we look for your support to help raise funds for people less well off, by buying your Christmas tree from us. This year, those of pension age are even more often on their own and could do with both physical and emotional help. All profits from the sale of Christmas trees this year will be split between the homeless and the aged in need. We will have the trees on Saturday 5th December; collection arrangements will be announced closer to the day. For now we would very much like your commitment to purchase an excellent tree which will be paid at or around the time of collection.
Rector – Rob Clements: Mob 087 149 6605 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Parish Reader: Carol Barry firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Administrator: Annemarie McCleane Tel: 295 2643 Youth Ministry Coordinator: Brian Hickey email@example.com Children & Family Ministry Coordinator: Lynn Storey firstname.lastname@example.org Gathering Grounds Supervisor and Outreach worker: Julie Clements email@example.com Deacon Intern: Alistair Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org Online Services Until further notice, services will be available online on the parishYouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/c/KilternanParishChurchofIreland (or just go into YouTube and search Kilternan Parish Church). Remember to subscribe for regular updates. I am grateful to Kevin O’Sullivan for his technical skills, and to all who have recorded poems, prayers, songs, and sent art in for the services Gathering Ground Cookbook The Gathering Grounds cookbook is available for purchase from the Gathering Grounds for €12. Not only is this book filled with recipes, it also charts the story of the Gathering Grounds. It’s a lovely idea for a Christmas present. If you would like to purchase a copy they can be bought at the Gathering Grounds, or contact Julie at email@example.com to make alternative arrangements.
We need to know how many trees to order and so would appreciate an immediate response to KOTGChristmasTrees@gmail.com to say whether you would like your tree small (5 – 6 ft: €40), medium (6 – 7 ft: €45) or large (over 7 ft: €50). Delivery to your house may be possible at €15 extra but not confirmed. Your support is much appreciated. Seb and Graham Dungan
‘Our church- now socially distanced!’
Planning ahead for Advent and Christmas This Christmas in Kilternan our theme will be ‘Share the light’. Whether we are gathered or scattered, we will think about what it means to be the light of Christ wherever we may be. It is difficult to know how services will happen over Christmas, so we have committed to an online ecumenical carol service and online nativity. We even hope to run a zoom Messy Church. Depending on restrictions, we hope to run a 3 day ‘Build a Christmas’ fest. This will be an outdoor event that enables us to build a Christmas tree in the church grounds as a symbol of the light of Christ. We might even be able to share some mince pies from the Gathering Grounds.
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During Advent, we are also planning a regular zoom meeting as we all light our advent candles at home. Church open on Wednesday for Private Prayer
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN The church will be open and staffed from 12 noon till 4 pm on Wednesday for private prayer. Please come along and spend a few moments with God. Zoom Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 8pm Join us on Wednesday at 8pm on Zoom for prayer. Our gathering is never more than 25 minutes long and is a lovely way for us to ‘check in’ as a parish and bring the community’s needs to God. You are most welcome to join us. Contact the office for meeting details. O When the Saints and the QR Trail Despite restrictions, we had a busy few weeks at the end of October and beginning of November. During half-term we invite families to wander and wonder on their daily walk. Hidden in the church grounds were 4 QR code posters. Once they found them, they could scan the codes using smart phones, and each one took them to an activity card with prayers and faith activities. This was spread over 3 days, and whole the weather was blustery, families had great fun wandering and wondering. We were also keen to remember the saints, those people who had blessed us and enriched our spiritual lives. In partnership with the school, and in line with protocols, mini pods from the school visited the church to participate in a saint’s day craft. Parishioners out on their walk or getting a takeaway coffee in the Gathering Grounds were also encouraged to bring a picture of one of their saints, or to write a name on our saints’ wall.
Gathering Grounds Takeaway Coffee and Soup During level 5 the Gathering Grounds has been only open for take away. Tea and coffee is available Monday to Friday, and soup Tuesday and Thursday. During this time, we have been able to deliver soup to some of the older members of the congregation. Taking the Knee On the 22nd November on Christ the King Sunday, we used the ‘Taking the Knee: Prayers for Racial Justice and Equality’ liturgy approved by the House of Bishops.
THE KING’S HOSPITAL The Revd. Peter Campion: Tel: 626 5933 (day) 623 2752 (evening) Website: www.kingshospital.ie King’s Hospital There seems to be a lot to be positive about at the moment with case numbers decreasing and a vaccine on the way. It has come at just the right time as it looked as though we were staring into a long winter of uncertainty. We anticipated a fall in spirits in November and so an Events Committee has been set up in order to look at fun events that we can have in November to help people through the colder, darker days. Suggestions have included: Guess the staff baby picture, chicken wing eating competition, quiz day and a staff and student worst joke competition (Dads will have to be handicapped because they have the unfair advantage of knowing the most terrible jokes). This will hopefully tide things over until December where there should be plenty on to bring us to the Christmas break. CHURCH REVIEW
Remembrance Service We held a Remembrance service this year, which was held in chapel but was streamed to the classrooms and homes for the parents to watch and participate. Fortunately, we have a new set of cameras for the chapel which has increased the quality of the service enormously. Our chapel reader, Andrew Whiteside was the preacher. Andrew is also the archivist and has a huge knowledge of the history of the school including those past pupils who served in the wars. Andrew used as his text the very difficult challenge given by Jesus of loving our enemies. He referenced Martin Luther King in saying that when we are in a position of authority and have the opportunity to exact revenge on someone who has harmed us in some way, we must be prepared to show compassion. Andrew spoke about his experience visiting Flanders fields with students from the school as well as his hope for a German Remembrance to be held in the future. Memorial Service On the 6th December we hope to have a service where we can remember those who have died as a result of the Corona Virus. There have been past pupils as well as Grandparents of present students who have sadly died. It is important that we take time to remember those people and to give thanks for their lives. Many have been unable to attend funerals or have attended but without the support of wider family and friends. This makes the bereavement process all the more challenging and we need to do whatever we can to support them. Christmas Carols I cannot imagine Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra or even Michael Buble ever wanting to sing “Have yourself a reasonable Christmas” but this is what we have been asked to do. I think we need to try to do a little better than that. I know that it is hard to get excited about Christmas this year without the usual parties, carol services, shopping expeditions and family gatherings. However, some will be looking forward to the stress levels being decreased and a more low-key Christmas does not have to mean a bad or even a reasonable Christmas. Some of the things we hope to be doing at the school include: Christmas Jumper Day, small group carol singing, and zoom assemblies where people can sing or hum carols in their classes. We will also be having a Carol Service online and if is the case that we are allowed to have small numbers in church or in groups of 50 then we will be able to have the services in person as well as being streamlined into the various rooms. Hopefully we will be able to make December a very joyous month and have ourselves a MERRY little Christmas this year too.
THE MAGEOUGH CHAPEL Chaplain: The Rev. Robert Kingston. Mobile 089 400 1720 Manager: David W. Wilkinson. Tel. 497 1620 Sunday Services: Online at ‘Mageough Chapel’ channel on Youtube Wednesday Service: 10.45am Online worship: www.mageoughchapel.dublin.anglican.org and follow the links Carol Service As we write these notes the uncertainties about what will be allowed after the 1st December makes it difficult to make plans. If it is possible, we will have a number of ticketed services on the 13th December, details of which will be advised as soon as practical. Christmas Services Again the intention is to hold services but again this will be determined by whatever guidelines are in place on the day. Worship Putting up a service on the Mageough Chapel ‘channel’ on YouTube has been an interesting experience with its own particular challenges. However, the response to it suggests that even after we have returned to normal use of the Chapel there will still be a place for recording ‘what goes on at the front’. But that is probably some way into the future.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Moving On We extend our good wishes to Patsy Hadnett who has gone to live in a nursing home and we wish her every blessing in her new home. Unwell Thankfully we have avoided any major health scares over the past month but we have had one or two in hospital and we continue to remember them and others, who are having a difficult time, in our thoughts and prayers. We wish everyone the compliments of the Season.
MALAHIDE, PORTMARNOCK’S & ST DOULAGH’S Rev Dr Norman E Gamble: Tel. 845 4770 Mob. 086 815 3277 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Diocesan Readers: Dr Tom Healy Tel: 087 918 1436 Mr David Rea Tel. 846 0570 Parish Administrator: Mrs Anne Taplin Tel. 816 8698 (O) E-mail: email@example.com Parish Website: www.malahide.dublin.anglican.org Parish worship: see text below We thank Anne Taplin for the wonderful work she has undertaken as Parish Administrator for the past twelve years, developing the post from that of a Parish Centre booking clerk to Parish Administrator, caring for our records and statistics such as lists of parishioners. Confidentiality and discretion was a key note of Anne’s carrying out of her duties, and in the last year of considerable turmoil with the closure of St Andrew’s for roof repairs, followed by Covid-19, Anne has kept parishioners in touch with what was going on. We now send out two emails a week, one at the end of a week with the details of the streamed service so that it can be followed in the home, and the other on Monday or Tuesday enabling all parishioners to read the sermon and use the intercessions, as well as scripture readings for daily study. Anne has now decided to move on to fresh pastures and we wish her well: the Select Vestry hope that matters will be sufficiently improved in the New Year that we will be able to gather as a community in some meaningful way to mark Anne’s fantastic contribution and faithfulness in an appropriate manner. While the Hall Committee will be seeking a replacement for Anne, Mrs Vickie Deacon has agreed to take over on a temporary basis. The phone and email addresses remain the same. Vickie has spent the last ten days shadowing Anne as she goes about her varied tasks. I have known Vickie for many years and she has served on the School Board of Management with distinction, discretion, commonsense and faithfulness, and I think we have been fortunate that she has generously offered to fill the gap. Norman. Worship As we go to press, we have to record that we cannot say what will happen in worship, even over Christmas. It looks as if the confirmation service scheduled for 29th November will not happen, the second time a new date has to be set, nor will it be possible to know if we can have services in Church over the Christmas period. We are now back to a streamed service at 10.30am on Sundays, and it is best to simply say that if we can once again hold services as we did for an all too short time from July, those arrangements will be resurrected at 8 and 1130am in St Andrew’s and 10am in St Doulagh’s. Full details of arrangements will be on the parish website. The rector will be retiring after the first Sunday in January. Details of services after that date will also be put on the website, as well as arrangements for pastoral care of the parish during the vacancy. Our parochial nominators have already been meeting informally and hope that when the formal procedure begins, they will be informed and united, and that the vacancy will be a relatively short one. The last time the vacancy occurred at the beginning of July, and an appointment made in mid August, and the installation service in mid-November. That was
very quick, and this time, with all the complications of Covid-19 it may well take longer. Please pray for the nominators, both Parochial and Diocesan, and also for those who will exercise pastoral and worship ministry during the vacancy.
THE CHURCH’S MINISTRY OF HEALING Diocesan Chaplain & Chair of the Diocesan Committee: Revd Bruce Hayes Mobile: 086 232 7349 Diocesan Hon Secretary: Jeanne Salter Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.wholenessandhealing.org Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland (central office) Egan House, St Michan’s Church, Church Street, Dublin 7 Administrator: Tel: 01 872 7876 Website: www.ministryofhealing.ie Office Email: email@example.com CMH:I News The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland invites you to join us in the Power of Presence through Zoom. This hour and a half session is a sacred time, where we attend to our need for healing in the presence of God. Come and be nourished. The next Power of Presence takes place on Saturday, 16th January 2021, at 11am on Zoom. The session includes a talk on Forgiveness. “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” (C. S. Lewis) The importance of forgiveness cannot be exaggerated. Healing is a gift that comes with forgiveness. Forgiveness is a process of transformation, a growing in love. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32. Places are limited, so if you would like to attend please register at iva@ ministryofhealing.ie. We will send the Zoom link prior to the session. We hope you can join us for a time of prayer and reflection. There is no cost. All are welcome. The facilitators are Carol Casey and Dr Iva Beranek. Follow CMH:I on Facebook facebook.com/CMHIreland/ for prayers and more news.
MONKSTOWN Rector: The Revd Canon Precentor Roy H Byrne Telephone: (01) 280 6596 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lay Reader: Thelma King Parish Administrator: Liz Neill Watson (01) 214 7714 (Monday to Friday 10:00 – 13:00) Office email: email@example.com Facebook: Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin Sunday Services: 10:45 Eucharist (1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sunday) Matins (2nd Sunday) Wednesday: Wednesday: 10:45 Eucharist At the time of writing we find ourselves in the last couple of weeks of the Christian year, with the season of Advent before us, which heralds the beginning of the churches new year. This has been the strangest of years and one of our parishioners summed it up nicely when she said it felt like summer never came this year. It has certainly felt like we have been in some sort of suspended time frame or animation but we have continued on, ever hopeful of brighter and cheerier times ahead and these things will indeed come. Advent, just around the corner, is a season of hope and expectation and this year it will be particularly poignant as we journey from darkness into light. A couple of weeks ago in our weekly letter to all parishioners, I mentioned the beauty of the star at the heart of the Advent and CHURCH REVIEW
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Christmas celebrations, and I hope you will join me in placing a star in your window from Sunday 29 November until the end of Epiphany. The bright star is a symbol of welcome, hospitality and of course hope, which leads us all into the very heart of the Advent and Christmas message. The lighted stars around the parish will be for us a wonderful symbol of hope in these strange times and in a way can bring us closer together as we live in their light during the weeks ahead. We are awaiting with bated breath the decisions of our government in the first week of December regarding the reopening of churches for public worship. Will we move from Level 5 to Level 3 meaning churches will remain closed, or to Level 2, with limits on numbers as we had before? None of us has any idea what we are facing but hopefully clarification will come in the next couple of weeks to allow us plan our festivities. Amplification and Cameras: Hopefully by early December work will have been completed in the church to install a new sound system and cameras which will allow us broadcast services online. This will be a radical technological departure for us and hopefully the project will run smoothly. Full instructions will be given to all our parishioners and hopefully the technically minded in all our families will help those of us (myself included) who hate technology to embrace the change! We will continue to send out services for use at home for those who ‘do not do technology’ and this project should be seen as a broadening of our outreach and embracing what has become a new reality for us. Down the line being able to broadcast all our services will be a real asset for those who are unable to come to church due to illness or for friends and family overseas who may wish to watch a wedding, baptism or funeral but who cannot attend in person. The Sick and Bereaved: We continue to remember all those in the parish who are sick at the moment and those who have been in hospital recently. We extend our sincerest sympathy to our parish administrator Liz Neill-Watson on the death of her dear brother Dave who died in England on Wednesday 11 November. He had been ill for some time but died peacefully surrounded by his family at home.We remember him, Liz and the entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Greening the Churchyard: Another project taking place at the moment is what might be called ‘the greening of the churchyard’. We have removed the horrible half dead bushes from the front flower beds of the church and our caretaker has been busy planting a load of Spring bulbs to brighten up the churchyard. The results should be lovely in the New Year and we look forward to a riot of colour. In time, we will be planting more bee friendly plants in the grounds, as part of the Tidy Districts greening policy, and ‘greening’ will also inform the planting scheme for the old school yard garden in due course. Walk Des Home: The ‘Walk Des Home Appeal’ has now exceeded €300,000 and our thanks to the many who have taken the appeal to heart and who continue to support Des, Tara and their family in so many ways. You can support the appeal by going to the gofundme page and making a donation online or by sending a cheque made payable to Tara Dalton to the rector in Winton Lodge.
RAHENY AND COOLOCK Rector: Revd. Norman McCausland Priest Assistant: Revd. Canon Aisling Shine Parish Office: office manager - Liberty Finnegan Howth Road, Dublin 5, D05 WF59 Telephone 01 851 2459 Email: admin@allsaintsraheny Review Notes Raheny: Séamus Puirséil Review Notes Coolock: Robert Adams Review Distributor: Charles Craig 086 829 1588 When All Saints’ Church was built, Lord Ardilaun who financed the church set out a convenient (for him) church walk from his house or mansion in what is now St. Anne’s Park to the new church. The mansion is long gone but the walk remains and was particularly beautiful during the leaf peeping season when we celebrated the annual patronal feast remembering those who have travelled that path over the years and worshipped in our churches. Our All Saints’ Service was a spectacular example of what can be done on line when the church was lit with candles representing those who had died over the years but particularly over recent months. The production of online services and programmes has involved many parishioners and brought the parishes and Springdale School closer than before. Remembrance Sunday allowed us to build on our new presentation skills and this was followed by a more elaborate programme from St John’s Coolock on the following Sunday. This particular programme allowed us to meet Arthur Sweeney from Tuam, Killala and Achonry who is studying at the Theological Institute who will be on placement with us as part of his training for the next 8 weeks. And while it is too early to forecast what arrangements may be possible through Advent and Christmas we are preparing for a restricted, possibly restrained and generally distanced season. G4J and JAM Club Leaders are busy preparing for Christmas with ideas for crafts to be individually created and made at home by members. This year’s Nativity will be an online presentation, apart from using all our artistic, dance, drama and musical talents. The Mothers’ Union has planned the traditional shoe box collections for Darndale Creche and the Coolock Women’s’ Refuge but they have collected money and organised a bulk buy of gifts. They pray, as do we all, that the coming months and New Year will bring hope and confidence to all those who have experienced sickness, hardship and loneliness during this difficult time. Like most parishes the pandemic and lockdown have presented serious financial problems and we are working at various solutions to these difficulties. We are conscious of the nonbiblical saying that “when God closes a door, he opens a window!” and this has been reflected in the generosity of parishioners. And so, we prepare for a different Christmas and wish the Editor of Review, his team and readers happiness and peace and a return to joy and fellowship in the new year.
Alice Leahy Trust: Apart from a couple of weeks at the start of the Covid 19 pandemic, Trust has been operating from its base at Bride Road, Dublin 8. The premises are quite small so they can only have a reduced number of clients in the building at any one time. The needs of the homeless and less fortunate do not diminish throughout the year and Alice and her team always welcome support from Monkstown. If you would like to donate to Trust this Christmas, there will be a ‘drop off’ facility at Monkstown Church on Saturday 12 December from 11am - 1pm. Suggested items are woolly hats, socks, snack bars/biscuits, tea bags, quick soups, toiletry items like shower gel or shampoo. (The majority of clients are male). Thank you all for your ongoing support. Valerie Duncan Parish Facebook Page Followers of Facebook are invited to find and ‘like’ our page ‘Monkstown Parish Church, Dublin’. Remembrance at All Saints’ Raheny CHURCH REVIEW
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN to bless all creation through their words and deeds based on their Christian values. Freewill offering Envelopes If anyone wishes to join (or leave) the Scheme for 2021, please contact me - Beryl Dawson, ph. 4933203. We hope to be able to deliver your 2021 envelopes by the end of December! If you would like your subscriptions to qualify for the 2020 Tax Rebate, please ensure they are all in by Sunday, 27th December. Envelopes can be left into the Parish Office or Rectory. Thank you. Beryl. Good News Club Plans and designs are under way to create a nativity themed frontal for the Holy Communion table and also to make eco-friendly decorations for the trees outside the church. These are also linked with the lectionary based themes we are exploring: Kingship and Advent! We welcome parishioners from 3rd-6th class to join in. Contact Corinna 0876663594. Church Walk in St. Anne’s Park
RATHFARNHAM Canon Adrienne Galligan: Tel: 490 5543 Diocesan Reader: Dr. Joan Forsdyke Tel: 494 2385 Parish secretary: Andrew Shorten Tel: 01 490 5543 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9.30-12.30. Sunday Services: 8am, 10.30am, 12 noon Website: www.rathfarnham.dublin.anglican.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Find us on Facebook Review Distributor: Pam Shorten. Tel: 493 7179
Select Vestry update: Members of the select vestry continue to meet regularly by Zoom and we are grateful to them for attending so diligently to the business of the parish. 1. The Code of Governance sub-committee is working on parish policies and preparing to register select vestry members as trustees as will be required in 2021. 2. The Parish Covid-19 sub-committee is constantly updating premises users’ protocols and risk assessments to ensure safety for all users of all facilities when activities re commence. 3. The Bus Connects sub-committee met with project managers on 13th Nov to discuss implications for property fronting on to Rathfarnham Road. 4. The Telecommunication system in Parish Office and rectory changed as service was problematical. We apologise if you kept getting an engaged tone on the phone – we were unable to make or receive calls! and the internet was very unreliable.
Dear Reader, Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth: what familiar, beautiful and power laden words particularly associated with this season. Earth, your life, your parish is ‘’a place of God and a place of glory’’ to borrow words from our Archbishop. What a magnificent vocation bestowed by God on each one of us made possible by Emmanuel - God with us. May we all enjoy moments of profound revelation and renewed hope this Advent, Christmas and New Year. Nollaig Shona. AG. Diary for the month We are currently live streaming our Sunday 10.30am service and plan to continue for the foreseeable future. Updates will be communicated to all parishioners via our weekly e mail bulletin or by post for parishioners not online, including details of our Carol and Christmas services. Every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-11.30am the Church is open for private prayer. Also on Thursdays at 11.30 we continue to celebrate Holy Communion via Zoom. Church Review and Gazette renewal of subscriptions: The subscription for ‘Church Review’ for 2021 is €40. Please place cash or cheques (made payable to ‘Pam Shorten’) in the envelope provided with the December issue and post or drop into myself at 114 Longwood Park, Rathfarnham, phone 4937179 / 085 7135848 before 31st December, please. If anyone would like to receive or discontinue receiving the magazine from January 2021, contact me before 4th January. Many thanks, Pam Shorten. The monthly format Gazette magazine goes from strength to strength under new editor Emma Blain. The subscription for 2021, which is €45, is now due. Please contact Andrew Shorten on 4937179 if you would like to take a copy. Confirmation class Even though we don’t yet know when government restrictions on church attendance will be eased and it will be possible for the Archbishop to confirm candidates in 2021, our classes began on 15th Nov by Zoom. Exploring what the word confirmation means, the candidates decided it was them making themselves available to God
5. The Triennial Safeguarding Trust Audit was conducted and while the premises are not in use, we are complying with Social Media safeguarding requirements. 6. The glebe wardens (George and Alan) constructed a state of the art play area for the Montessori school children at the WMH. This is hugely appreciated. Sunday Crèche for 0-3 Year Olds With the current restrictions due to be lifted, we look forward to the church reopening this December and we keep hopeful for a much brighter New Year. The Toddler and Children’s groups are continuing to work behind the scene with most groups still taking place by Zoom. Sunday crèche may not be opened but we are just a phone call away: Kim Bardon 085 147312. Merry Christmas from Kim and Susan. Wishing you a new year full of wonderful possibilities! Toddlerzone Creche and Toddlerzone cover children from 0 - 3 years. We also include mums-to-be. If you are at home on your own, days can be long and boring. If we can be of any help to anyone please ring one of us and see if we can assist. Heather Wilkinson 0879291990 Kim Bardon 0851473112 and Susan Christie December birthdays: Indie M. will be 2. Happy Birthday!! Toy appeal Drive Through Dec 5th 10am-1pm Church carpark At this time of year, we ask for donations of new toys, books, puzzles, and toiletry gift-sets for children and teenagers in need. We appreciate that right now shopping is a particular challenge, so we have made a few suggestions and options below, should you wish to contribute.
• Click and Collect at toy stores e.g. Smyths, Nimble Fingers, Cogs the Brain Shop, Argos
Gift voucher for Dublin toy stores
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• Online with Delivery toy stores, preferably Irish eg the above or www.jiminy.ie for the eco-friendly option
• Cash/cheque donation. (The parish will purchase toys from any monetary donation)
For more information contact Linda O’Connor 087 6383844 Lynn Storey 087 6957061 Catherine Slacke 087 2669066. Many thanks. Who let the Dads Out?! Thank you to Lynn and Robert for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of Zoom activities on the 14th Nov for Crèche,Toddlerzone and WLTDO members. Rumour has it another session will be held in Dec so watch the parish bulletin for date and time. You won’t want to miss it!! For info contact Lynn 087 6957061 or Robert 0876187058
Tel: 086 222 9633 Email: email@example.com Parish Office: Rathmichael Rectory, Ferndale Road, Shankill, Dublin D18 NK45. Tel: 01 282 2803 Office Website: www.rathmichael.dublin.anglican.org Parish Secretary: Mrs. Anne Thompson, Kelgar, 10 Seafield, Shankill, D18 XA72 Mobile: 086 893 7067 Phone: (01) 282 4202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Lord be with you. The liturgical greeting seems particularly apt this month. For many of you, this will be your first encounter with me – Sean – ‘the new Rector’! I want you to know that I only wish I could have met you in a more normal way. It is strange for me, as it is for you, to be meeting in these times, and in manners that we had not been accustomed to before March of this year. But in my encounters with you now, and perhaps many years from now, I will always be praying that the Lord will be with you. My wife Cherith, son Marcus and I are nicely settled into Rathmichael Rectory at this stage and are delighted to be amongst you and look forward to serving you. I am conscious that I have big shoes to fill, following on in ministry from the much-loved Canon Fred Appelbe, and more recently Revd Terry Lilburn – both of whom have been a wonderful source of advice and encouragement to me ahead my move to Rathmichael. Although we have recently been living through difficult times, light seems to be on the horizon in the form of a vaccine. And as we come to this Christmas season, let us be conscious of the light that is already in the world for us – The incarnation of the baby Jesus at that first Christmas reminds us that, in the words of St John, ‘the true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world’. As we come to the end of a year that none of us foresaw, let us remember and take confidence from the Christmas message – Christ, the light of the world, has come and will come again. His light shines in the darkest of places and He is with each of us right now. I pray that Christ’s light will shine brightly into your lives this coming Christmas time and that we can be united again in person before long. In the meantime, I want you to know that I am here for each and every one of you. If you require any pastoral assistance, then please do get in touch. I look forward very much to meeting you all in the days and weeks to come.
Montessori temporary playground under construction
RATHMICHAEL CHURCH Rector: Incumbency Vacant Priest in Charge: Rev’d. Terry Lilburn 086 886 5361 for pastoral matters. Parish Readers: Mrs. Lily Byrne & Mrs. Anne Thompson Diocesan Prayer Minister: Healer Prayer Mrs. Lily Byrne 087 222 9633 Parish Visitor: Mrs. Vivien Reid Times of Services: Sunday 08.30 hrs. 11.00 hrs. 19.00 hrs. Church Review Distributor: Mrs. Carol Bond (01) 282 6391 Hon. Treasurer: Mrs. Lily Byrne, Old Conna Cottage, Thornhill Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
Welcome and Farewell As we very much look forward to welcoming the Hanily family to the parish and to the refurbished Rectory, this time sees us having to say farewell to Terry and Breda Lilburn. Terry has been Priest- in-Charge of the parish for the last 21 months and has made a huge impact especially as he handled parish matters as well as being a very busy hospital chaplain. It’s almost as if a heavy workload falls naturally to Terry as any request was met by a ‘Why not’ or ‘How can I help’. Terry has natural warmth and a straightforward open manner which, with his unflagging enthusiasm has given us wonderful pastoral leadership. His sermons were a great mixture of the biblical and the real life experience and his wine tasting classes, well say no more.Terry you will be missed in Rathmichael. Geoffrey Perrin, Hon. Secretary Select Vestry Parish Registers: Holy Baptisms: Wednesday 21st October 2020: Robin Rose daughter of Adam Varian and Aimee Powderly. Saturday 24th October, Kendra Rose and Shona Leigh, daughters of Jennifer Burke and Paul Barron. We wish each of these children, God’s every blessing as they take this important step forward in their life of faith. Rathmichael Parish National School: This year we decided to try something different. We normally collect food for the Shankill Old Folks Association. We do this in conjunction
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN with a lovely assembly. Unfortunately, with the pandemic we had to look at different ways of running the school. It was suggested that we write personalised letters to the clients of this Association as they were still getting Meals on Wheels despite not being allowed to come to the centre. 6th Class wrote letters to each one. They planted a daffodil bulb for each person as well for them to take care of and nurture. These were very well received and indeed many of the children have received a reply from very grateful elderly people in the community. This teaches the children so much. It definitely will be something we will be continuing to do on an annual basis. Sometimes being forced to make changes can be a good thing. It brings new energy. That can’t be bad! Caroline Senior, Principal. Beyond Rathmichael And St. Vincent De Paul: We will be having our annual appeal and hoping for the fantastic support that the parishioners give us. Unlike previous years, owing to Covid restrictions, we are unable to pack the hampers ourselves and will have to rely on the generosity of parishioners to send us money. This can be given to Geoffrey Perrin or Fiona Ashe or sent to our Hon. Treasurer, Mrs. Lily Byrne. Many thanks in anticipation of your kind support which is greatly appreciated by those who receive assistance. Fiona Ashe 087 8215806 & Geoffrey Perrin 087 9174452. The Bishops’ Appeal: Always there – always helping people worldwide. No “Purple Envelopes” this year so we would ask you to please donate to the Parish Treasurer, marked Bishops’ Appeal. Please also take a few minutes to look at the Church of Ireland, Bishops’ Appeal website and learn of the great work they do. Many thanks for your support. Anne Thompson on behalf of The Bishops’ Appeal
RATHMINES WITH HAROLD’S CROSS Rector - Rev’d Robert Jones: Tel: 086 285 4098 Lay Reader & Lay Assistant Pastor: Ms. Ruth Gyves – 085 858 2939 / Email: email@example.com Lay Readers: Mr. Edward Lewis, Mr. Scott Hill, Mr. Scott Evans Office: Ingrid Brennan & Kim Bardon Phone: 552 1211 Usually Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri Mornings Children and Family Ministry: Zoe Hill Worship Pastor: Sherry Hazlett-Gallen Organist: Dr. Ken Glass Sexton & Parish Buildings Manager: Mr. Jacob Reynolds. Tel: 087 7974604 Church Review: Miss Elizabeth West. Tel: 497 3553 Church Of Ireland Gazette: Isobel Henderson. Tel: 497 2202 A Note From The Rector: Light In The Darkness As this year of crisis draws to a close, the days are growing shorter and darkness increases. Yet, even as the evenings get longer, a New Year is beginning and light will increase as our houses begin to twinkle with fairy lights, Christmas trees gleam from windows and fires crackle warming our homes. For this season of Advent and Christmas, we are celebrating the light of Jesus coming into the world. As part of this we will have a new Art Exhibition of paintings, photography, and poems all around the railings of the church, which will be accompanied by lights as bright as we can get them! People from the church, our parish school (KPS) and local community will be submitting entries around themes such as, What dispels darkness in our lives? Where have we seen goodness triumph and light shine out, even despite this Global Pandemic? So if it’s safe to do so, please come and walk around the church and be encouraged by the light of God’s love in these dark and challenging times. May I take this opportunity to thank everyone for everything they do in our community, they’re remarkable! May we all experience afresh God’s love this festive season and share it with everyone practically, as a reminder we’re never alone. Emmanuel: God with us. Advent And Christmas Services 13th December: Traditional service - 9:45am. Contemporary Carols - Outdoor Event - 5:30pm.
20th December: 21st December: 22nd December: 25th December: 27th December: 1st January: 3rd January:
Traditional service, including lessons and Carols – 9.45am KPS Junior Carol Service - 10am. KPS Senior Carol Service - 10am. Christmas Day Service - 10:30am. (including children’s Nativity) Usual Sunday services New Year’s Day Service of Holy Communion – 10:30am. Usual Sunday services
IMPORTANT: Please keep an eye on our website for updates and final details for each service, especially around in-person worship, following Government announcements about COVID19 restrictions. Church Opening: During Advent the church building will be open weekdays from 1pm to 3pm for private prayer and reflection. Birth Announcements: In October, we welcomed baby Jonah, son to Sarah and Adam; and in November, baby Daniel, son to Scott and Christina Evans. Huge congratulations to both families. Light Into Darkness: From the eve of All Saints’ Day to All Souls’ Day candles with names of loved ones who have died were displayed on the railings around the church. Symbolising the Light of God that shines in the dark, we remember all those whose light continues to shine in our hearts. Children’s Ministry: As restrictions continue, we have found alternative and safe ways to connect with the children and growing families in our community through delivering gift bags and on our Advent zoom calls! During November, ten families completed the Zoom course, ‘Raising Faith’ produced by Care for the Family. The video series prompted discussions on making faith more visible to children and to share our stories of connecting with God. We were also encouraged by Lucie Hutson, founder of ‘Muddy Church’ at the Building Blocks Conference www.muddychurch.co.uk Harold’s Cross Indoor Bowling: Wishing all our club members, and other clubs in the Dublin area, a happy, peaceful Christmas and New Year. Youth Group: In October we welcomed our new Youth Pastor, Gustavo Alejandro Camargo. Meeting Wednesdays 7-8.30pm.
Gustavo Alejandro Camargo & wife Greysy
Online Weekly Gatherings: Community groups will continue to meet on a different schedule during Advent and Christmas. See website for details.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Practical Care Team: Meeting online is good and important, but in person is much better. We have a team of volunteers visiting homes, phoning, and dropping off shopping or other provisions. If you need any help, or want to know more please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A massive thank you to this team who delivered over 160 gift and outreach bags to parishioners’ homes in November. We are so thankful for all involved, making huge efforts to keep us connected and encouraging us to share God’s love in a fresh way to others. Worship Community: “We hope this season brings new joy and a fresh excitement as we remember the birth of Jesus. I look forward to this season with great anticipation as my husband and I are due our first baby! My thanks to Dilys Jones, who will be covering my maternity leave over this next season.” Sherry Hazlett-Gallen “I’m delighted to be overseeing the contemporary worship team during this exciting time in Sherry’s life. For many, 2020 has been a year of waiting as we continue to learn to live with the Coronavirus. In the four weeks of Advent, we encourage our church community to focus on the promises of God and to wait in peace, hope and joy whatever our circumstances.” Dilys Jones.
Revd Rob Jones and Rev’d Anne-Marie o Farrell, at TU Dublin annual service of Remembrance in St. Laurence’s , Grangegormen,
The event was organised by TU Dublin Pastoral and Chaplaincy team and technology ran by HPV studios.
SAINT ANDREW, SAINT WERBURGH WITH SAINT MARY, SAINT MICHAN AND SAINT PAUL AND ALL SAINTS’ GRANGEGORMAN The Venerable David Pierpoint: Tel: 830 4601. Email: email@example.com The Reverend Ross Styles: Tel: 087 989 2941. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Christmas from the Editor and staff of Church Review!
Parish Administrator: Mrs. Patricia Parfrey Tel: 872 4154 Email: email@example.com Review Distribution: Mr Fran Gorman; Ms. Denise McGowan. Tel: 478 3710 From the Vicar and Curate: If ever there was a year that we’ve really needed the hope, love and togetherness of Christmas, it’s 2020. Covid-19 has shaken our year, our routines, our lives. It has forced families to be apart, separated friendships, sadly taken lives and left many bereaved. Unfortunately the necessary restrictions to limit this dreadful disease will likely mean that our Christmas will be different too. Yet Covid-19 cannot destroy the message of Christmas, the birth of a child who has changed and transformed our world and our lives with a message of hope and love that transcends the damage that any pandemic can do. The light from a single candle can be seen from a great distance in total darkness. It seems an impossible task for a tiny little flame to emit light that can be seen from miles around, but it can. And the strange thing is that that little beam of light can be seen further the darker the world around it is. In our day to day lives, particularly with the current pandemic, it is all too easy to become downtrodden, to become overwhelmed with our worries and concerns. Covid-19 has shaken our world, our routines and our lives. Our world appears a very dark and uncertain place. Yet we are not alone. If a small bulb or a candle can shine far out into the darkness, how much further can the light of Jesus’ love shine? Let us all take that light that Jesus brings to us and reflect it in how we live our lives and in how we share our lives with others, in how we treat others. It is being said time and again that this Christmas will be like no other Christmas before, yet the birth of the Christ Child has always brought hope to so many people throughout the centuries and this year is no different. Perhaps this year Christmas is even more special in that the Light of Hope which Jesus’ birth brings, can be a turning point in all our lives. The goodwill and peace that has shone through during these past nine months has seen us be more compassionate and kind as a community, especially to the more vulnerable in our society and to our neighbours. Let us not be discouraged if we cannot worship together as a community of faith or gather together in families as we have always done in the past. Remember the Light of Hope which Jesus brings is hope for us all. May each and everyone have a blessed and holy Christmas and may 2021 be for us all a peaceful and happier year that the one we are about to put behind us. David and Ross Christmas Worship: Arrangements are now being made for worship at Advent and Christmas. This will a liturgical first in that most likely all our services will have to be held online including the annual service of nine lessons and carols and our Christmas Day festival services. To be as inclusive as possible, I am asking that parishioners send me (pierpoint.david@gmail. com) their choice of favourite carol together with your reason for your choice. We will endeavour to use those carols or hymns which have the highest number of requests in our online carol service. I look forward to receiving these in the coming weeks. Covid-19: Following the government decision to bring in level 5 restrictions, all acts of public worship across the country have temporarily ceased again. In order to keep in touch and pray together as a community of faith, we are continuing with our parish newsletter, which will be emailed or posted out to parishioners. If you would like to be added to our email list, please email Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be recording short services and reflections, which will be posted on our face book page: Christchurch Cathedral Group of Parishes, https://m.facebook.com/cathedral/, and also on our YouTube channel, St. Michan’s Church Dublin. Congratulations to Rachel Pierpoint on her recent virtual graduation from Trinity College with a Masters in Science degree. No mean feat considering that she has been working extra hours in Tallaght hospital during what has been an extremely stressful year for all in the medical and nursing profession. We also offer our congratulations to James Kenny, on receiving a 1st class honours in his Biomedical degree from Trinity College Dublin and his subsequent success in earning a place to study Graduate Entry Medicine in University College Dublin. Sick: We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are ill; in hospital, in residential care or at home and we give thanks to God for
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN all who care for them in many ways. We especially remember and pray at this time for all in our community who are affected by COVID-19, for those who are ill, for those who grieve, for doctors, nurses and healthcare staff, for all who work to discover a vaccine for this disease and for all who work to supply essential services.
SAINT ANN WITH SAINT MARK AND SAINT STEPHEN Revd. Canon David Gillespie: Tel. 288 0663. Mobile 086 026 7528. The Rev Yvonne Ginnelly: Tel: 087 699 8238. Parish Administrator: Mrs Kristin Matson-Murphy Email: email@example.com Church caretaker: Mr Fred Deane 676 7727. St Ann’s Senior Citizen’s Cyber Café: 676 7727. Bereavement Counselling Service: 676 8882. St Ann’s website: www.stannschurch.ie St Stephen’s: www.peppercanister.ie Service times (Sundays) St Ann’s 11.00 am. St Stephen’s 11.00 am (first Sunday of the month only). Weekdays: St Ann’s Monday – Friday 12.45 pm Eucharist.
It may well be that we will have to curtail our efforts somewhat, but we are determined to do what we can. It is estimated that, over the past 19 Christmases, the Dublin Black Santa has raised close to €700,000 for local charitable causes. Last year was the best ever in terms of the money raised realising just over €45,000. Given the circumstances, and a much lower than average predicted footfall in Dawson Street in the run up to Christmas this year, it is very unlikely that we will come anywhere close to that figure. However, in an attempt to make it easier for people to make their annual contribution, we have set up an on-line donation facility. It can be accessed by simply clicking on the donate button in the Outreach section of the parish website: www.stann.dublin.anglican.org. Alternatively, if you have a smart phone, you can simply scan the QR code which is advertised elsewhere in this edition of the Review. Online Civic Carol Service The Dublin Civic Carol Service, held this year on the Sunday before Christmas, will be broadcast live from St Ann’s Church at 4pm on December 20th. Depending on the restrictions that are in place at the time, it is hoped to have a socially distanced congregation and full choir present for this annual festive occasion. As always, the service will be attended by the Archbishop and the Lord Mayor. Others reading lessons this year - which will be pre-recorded and added into the live broadcast - will be the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn and Dr Colman O’Loughlin, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland. Other readers include Bryan Dobson of RTE, Hilda Plant, a chaplain at St Vincent’s University Hospital and Dr Nicola Ryall, a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the same hospital. Garda James MacCafferty, a Garda in the Band of An Garda Síochána, will also read a lesson. During the first Covid lockdown, he was redeployed to Covid Checkpoints in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The commercial life of the city will be represented by Mr Ian Talbot, Chief Executive of the Irish Chambers of Commerce. The service will be broadcast on YouTube and can be accessed by logging into the St Ann’s Church website: www.stann.dublin.anglican. org and clicking on the View Our Livestream link. Remembrance Sunday The church was closed, in accordance with Level 5 Covid restrictions, on Remembrance Sunday. However, a service did take place in the church, with an Act of Remembrance, and was broadcast on YouTube. Normally poppies are sold in St Ann’s in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday but, as this was not possible this year, the parish made a donation, on behalf of parishioners, to the Poppy Appeal.
Above Left: BS in action! Above Right: BS in kinder times with President Mary Mc Aleese
Black Santa goes online 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the Dublin Black Santa Appeal. Sadly, due to Covid-related restrictions, we will be unable to conduct the appeal as we normally do. Every year we are joined by hoards of choir singers and carollers who bring festive cheer to Dawson Street for the duration of the appeal. Obviously, that will not be possible this year due to social distancing regulations. However, we do hope to undertake some collecting outside the church, subject to the prevailing restrictions at the time.
Christmas Day It is very much hoped that St Ann’s Church will be open on Christmas Day. We will have to wait to see what restrictions are in place at the time. Regardless, a service will be broadcast live on YouTube but it would be good if we were able to welcome even a smaller than usual congregation on this most special of days. The members of the Kids’ Club are working on a very special nativity which we plan to broadcast at some stage in the run up to Christmas so please do keep an eye out for that. It will be worth seeing and is not to be missed if the plans are anything to go by! Zoom For those of us who are able to access the internet, the online meeting platform Zoom has become a regular part of our lives. This year’s Diocesan Synod, involving over 150 delegates, recently took place using the video conferencing technology. Members of Select Vestry have been using it for their meetings since the first lockdown in March and even the Kids’ Club have got in on the act holding several Zoom activities. More recently, parishioners took part in a virtual catch-up - it was a great opportunity to chat, to see one another and share our Covid experiences. It is no replacement for meeting together in person, of course, but it is a useful means of staying in touch.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Advent Zoom Compline On Wednesday evenings, at 7.30p.m., during the season of Advent. The Vicar, and parish reader, Lynn Mills, hope to say the Office of Compline online using Zoom. In place of a short address, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion about the chosen reading of the day. Please be assured the discussion will be informal and there will be no pressure whatsoever to contribute. Listening, as well as speaking, will be the order of the day! Anyone who is interested should contact The Vicar or Lynn Mills.
SAINT BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH AND CHRIST CHURCH LEESON PARK The Revd Andrew McCroskery: Vicar Tel: (01) 269 4813 firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Music: Tristan Russcher email@example.com Assistant Director of Music: Andrew Johnstone firstname.lastname@example.org Megan MacCausland: Administrator Tel: (01) 668 8522, email@example.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintbartholomews Parish Website: www.stbartholomews.ie Service Times: Said Eucharist: Sunday, 9.00am Solemn Eucharist: Sunday, 11.00am Details of music at the services are on the parish website. Recorded Services As we are currently unable to meet for services, we have been putting our recorded services online for each Sunday. They can be accessed through the parish Facebook page. Please note: All material on our Facebook page is publicly viewable, so you do not need to have a Facebook account to access it. We are greatly indebted to Fr. Andrew, Richard Bannister, Tristan Russcher, and Andrew Johnstone for putting these services together and for their many hours of editing and preparation. Past video and audio recordings of services are also available on the parish website.
Walk of Light Each year as we approach the Advent season, the Walk of Light committee, in conjunction with the Dublin Council of Churches, arranges an ecumenical walk of witness among three host churches. This year we will not be able to have a Walk of Light in the normal manner. Instead, the walk and the three short services will be recorded and broadcast at the beginning of Advent. This year the three host churches are Saint Bartholomew’s Church (Anglican/Episcopalian), Saint Mary’s Church, Haddington Road (Roman Catholic), and Centenary Church (Methodist). Please keep an eye on our parish website and Facebook page as we approach the Advent season for our Walk of Light web broadcast. Carol Concert We remain committed to carrying on our annual Christmas carol concert, even if that means it can only be enjoyed from home. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook for the release of our carol service video on or around 13 December. Christmas Services At the time of writing, it is unclear if we will be able to meet for Christmas services this year. If we are unable to meet, we will have broadcast services. If we are able to meet, it is very likely that we will be under the same restrictions as we were in the summer regarding attendance capacity. This will necessitate booking tickets to attend our Christmas services. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page in the coming weeks for further information. Knitting during Lockdown
Great Scott! We recently debuted a video of the Back to the Future theme performed on our organ. The finished production includes costumes, props, and even a real DeLorean, last seen disappearing at the end of Clyde Road with a flash of light and a thunderclap! Hop on over to our website or Facebook page to check it out, along with other performances spanning a repertoire from Bach to film soundtracks. Our thanks go to our organists Tristan Russcher and Andrew Johnstone, as well as to Richard Bannister for filming and editing these videos.
It has been very quiet at Newbornknitting during lockdown, with only two boxes of donations having made their way to Greece in November. As winter approaches, the Khora Free Shop in Athens has appealed for
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN children’s winter clothes. We would be greatly appreciative if knitters made some sweaters or cardigans for infants, toddlers, and children (please keep in mind that, while it is great fun to knit pretty cardigans for little girls, little boys need to be kept warm, too!). If you are not a knitter, store-bought garments and care items are equally valuable, as Khora is short of ladies’ underwear and care items at this time. Sponsoring the cost of parcels to Greece is also a major way to help. There is plenty of scope for everybody to support the refugee children and their mothers. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and if you would like to help. Newbornknitting is a project that sends knitted goods (blankets, baby clothes, and teddies) and care items to mother and infant refugees in Greece. The Khora Free Shop in Athens works to uphold the dignity of the refugees by offering a normal shopping experience in which customers can freely choose the items they want, but no money changes hands.
Similarly, Rosemary Jean Lowther (Rosie), daughter of Sam Lowther and Fiona Ryan of Newmarket Square, Wards Hill, beside the former Church of St Nicholas without and St Luke. Godparents: Joseph Lowther and his wife Eimear Harkin of Dowland Road, Walkinstown. Remembrance In recent years the the 35th Dublin Scout group, based close to Donore Avenue in Dublin, has attended the Act of Remembrance in the Church of St Catherine & St James. On their initiative, we arranged a ceremony in St Teresa’s Church, making use of the live-streaming webcam, with new materials provided by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Although there were so few in attendance, we had a good mixture of clergy and laity, older and younger, male and female voices, and two instrumentalists. John Lawlor, Scout leader, writes: ‘In the month of November we traditionally remember those who have gone before us. It is also the month when the end of the Great War is commemorated. The 35th Scout Group proudly supports all inter-faith services, which remember those who died in conflict. This year a Remembrance Service ‘in person’ is impossible so we are delighted that the opportunity to carry on this tradition, even in our current adverse conditions, is hosted and facilitated in St Teresa’s through the use of the webcam. The Service is led by Canon Mark Gardner, Anne Browne and Stuart Dunne representing the Scouts, Fr David Corrigan to whom we are most grateful for his hospitality, and Feilimidh Nunan, Conor Sheil, instrumentalists. The men whose names are recorded on the war memorials in St Catherine and St James’ Church were our neighbours in this area who died in the war. We remember them now, along with all those who have been lost in conflict. In the present world-wide pandemic, it is important that we also remember those that were lost to the great Spanish flu pandemic which swept the globe at the end of the Great War, along with those who have died, in our current crisis with Covid-19.’ The Scouts paraded the Irish and the Scout flags, and placed a copy of a picture on the Altar, The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Boi on the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. Here is what Wikipedia says about it:
Revd. Suzanne Harris on Placement We are delighted to welcome Revd. Suzanne Harris, who is on placement in Saint Bartholomew’s for the next few months. Suzanne is the full-time school chaplain in Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock. She became a lay reader in 1997 and was ordained a deacon in 2009. At the start of the year, Suzanne began transitional training in order to transfer to full-time ministry. She undertook placements in the parishes of Skerries, Rush, and Balbriggan before coming to Saint Bartholomew’s.
SAINT CATHERINE & SAINT JAMES WITH SAINT AUDOEN Canon Mark Gardner Tel: 01 454 2274 Mobile 087 266 0228 Email: email@example.com Diocesan Lay Reader: James Kilbey Review Distribution: Margery Bell Tel: 01 4542067 Website: cja.dublin.anglican.org Organist: Harry Meehan St Audoen’s Cornmarket: 10.00 Eucharist (behind closed doors) St Catherine & St James: Donore Avenue, 11.30 Service of the Word (suspended) Holy Baptism At the Church of St Catherine & St James, Miles Terence Peter, and Mary-Kate Eileen, children of Dermot O’Sullivan and Jane Ferry, of St Catherine’s Avenue (where the Church stands), data analyst and barrister, sponsors, Caroline Ferry and Adam Draycott.
‘Father Francis Gleeson (28 May 1884 – 26 June 1959) was an Irish Roman Catholic priest who served as a British Army chaplain during the First World War. Educated at seminaries near Dublin, Gleeson was ordained in 1910, volunteering for service upon the outbreak of war. Commissioned into the Army Chaplains’ Department and attached to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers he served at the First Battle of Ypres. During this battle Gleeson is said to have taken command of the battalion after all the officers were incapacitated by the enemy. He was highly regarded by his men for tending to the wounded under fire, visiting frontline trenches.’ Dear Canon Mark, We have just watched the Remembrance Service, thank you and the team very much. We can only hope that next year we can meet you all in person. I have been watching and hearing Mass on St Teresa’s webcam since they installed it. It is not the same as being in the Church and being able to receive Holy Communion but I am grateful to be able to hear prayer in some form. God bless, and thank you for a lovely service. I miss the after-service chats with members of the congregation, and will remember you all in my prayers. Thank you again, Ann and Fred Baker. Merchants Quay Ireland (across Cook Street from St Audoen’s) Dear Mark, the honest truth is this: MQI could not be here and helping through the coronavirus without you. There will come a day when we will again be allowed to offer an arm of comfort, to sit side by side in friendship, over tea, to rekindle the closeness we hold so dear. Until that day comes, please know that your donation will help staff to give their very best to clients right now. Thank you, Paula Byrne, Merchants Quay Ireland (supported by the Parish).
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN world wars and in all other conflicts since. It was of course reduced to very small numbers, who wore face masks and remained socially distanced throughout. Chapel Services in December Sunday 6th, Service of Lessons and Carols (to be recorded) Sunday 13th December, No Service - Christmas Holidays.
Making use of a fine day to have an outdoor concert
SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST, SANDYMOUNT Patrick Comerford’s blog, Thursday 22 September 2016 ‘Two dying buildings could breathe new life into old Thomas Street.’ How right he was!’
ST. COLUMBA’S COLLEGE, CHAPEL OF MARK Chaplain - The Rev. Daniel Owen Warden: Mr. Mark Boobbyer Website: www.stcolumbas.ie Bullying Awareness Week This took place in the third week of October. With Covid-19 restrictions, the scope was slightly narrower than usual but there was still a varied programme on offer for all pupils, and indeed the wider community. The Pupils’ Council gave a short video assembly on Monday morning to start the week, the theme of which was “we’re all in this together“. The programme includes an art/photography project, a modified chapel service, movie night for Transition Year pupils and drama workshops. On the Thursday morning, all pupils had a dedicated workshop on bullying, tailored to each year group, and on the Friday all pupils were asked to wear a College jersey (from any sport) to show that we all belong to one team and are united. Team Hope Appeal For 22 years we have supported the Christmas Shoebox Appeal run by Team Hope.This year the whole process is carried out online, as we are able to fill ‘virtual shoeboxes’, that will then be given to needy children in Africa and Eastern Europe. Our grateful thanks to Mr Paul Cron for leading and encouraging us all to get involved. Chapel On November 11th, we held the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony in Chapel Square (albeit with far fewer present than normal) to acknowledge and remember the members of the College community who lost their lives in the World Wars of the 20th century. Sunday Services in Chapel On Sunday 8th November, we had our annual service of Remembrance for those from the College and beyond who gave their lives in the two
Chaplain - Fr Paul Barlow: Tel: 01 516 3457. Mob: 085 2849564. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Worship: Sung Eucharist every Sunday at 11.00 a.m. Festivals as announced. Web address: www.sandymount.dublin.anglican.org We have been keeping our heads down along with everyone else as Public Health Restrictions continue. Fr Paul prays the daily office in St. john’s daily, except on Mondays and our Sunday Eucharist is streamed online to our Facebook page. Fr Paul aims to keep in touch with everyone during the week by phone, and we await the possibility of reopening for public worship with longing. We have been discussing what we think might be possible for Christmas worship given the hope that we may be allowed to reopen for worship then, and we hope to make a donation to the Capuchin Day Centre despite the impossibility of holding our usual carol Service. Details of worship will be posted on our Facebook page and website once we know what we are able to do.
SANDFORD AND MILLTOWN The Revd Canon Sonia Gyles: Tel. 497 2983 The Revd Dr Anne-Marie O’Farrell: Tel. 296 6222 Rector’s email: email@example.com Parish Administrator: Nikki Murphy Tel. 086 0386432 (Mon-Thurs 10.30- 12 noon; Fri 8.50 a.m. – 10.20 a.m., term time) Parish e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Parish website: www.sandfordandstphilips.dublin.anglican.org Parish Facebook page: www.facebook.com/sandfordandstphilips Parish YouTube channel: Sandford and Milltown Parishes Review Distributors: Margaret Wynne (Sandford) Tel. 497 8609 Ruth Potterton (Milltown) Tel. 087 2383534 Sunday Service times: St. Philips 11.30 am. Sandford, 10.00 am. Wednesday: Holy Communion in Sandford at 10.30 am.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Church Services/Christmas We remain hopeful that our church buildings may be permitted to open at some point in December/over Christmas and are preparing, as best we can, for that. For now, our online services continue at the Sandford and Milltown Parishes YouTube channel.
hard it may be to see them now. There’s a trust we need to get through the waiting, yielding to God, and letting go of wanting things to turn out exactly as we ourselves might wish. ‘Wait then in patience for what you do not see’ (Romans 8:25), and ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:12). AMO’F
Butterflies We are delighted with the Sunday School children’s artwork which is currently being displayed on the railings of Sandford Church and in the grounds/porch of St Philip’s Church. We received this message from one passer-by “I am writing to say how beautiful the display of butterflies is at the Church, I walk past there twice a day and I must say that the beautiful pictures do certainly brighten the day and they are all absolutely beautiful. Can you please thank all the boys and girls who painted them and let them know that their talents and art are very much appreciated.” Confirmation led Service With our Confirmation Service having been postponed twice due to Covid-19, in order to keep in touch with the 14 confirmation candidates and to keep them involved in some aspect of parish life, we were delighted that they took part in an online service in November. Having chosen the theme and written the prayers, they led much of the service with some speaking about their experience of Covid-19, others speaking about homeless charities and others playing musical instruments. Remembrance Service Unable to meet together in the church building, we gathered together via Zoom in November to remember those who had died, in a special service of prayer, music and candlelight. Virtual Quiz At time of writing, we are looking forward to our Virtual Quiz night at the end of November. Zoom Coffee & Chat More catching up was done at our Coffee & Chat in November – and tips were given on selfie sticks and illumination for video recordings! Brainteaser Thanks to all who took part in our latest brainteaser. Congratulations to the winner, Gloria Smythe! Harvest Hamper Congratulations to Marnie Hay who won the Harvest Hamper! Sandmill Strollers I look back nostalgically to the times when we could walk in a (small) group and recall our October walk which took place from the Shelly Banks and along the Great South Wall. As we walked along the Great South Wall it was with a sense of excitement, having the wind in our hair, the sea on both sides of us and we could dispense with our masks with plenty of room for social distancing. Life seemed to be almost back to normal. We watched the container ships coming and going from Dublin Port and wondered about their cargo. At the lighthouse we watched fishermen hoping for a good catch. We didn’t dawdle and quickly turned towards the west and our return walk. As we walked we became aware of a continuous low twittering buzzing sound. We looked over the stones towards the sea and there saw dozens of little birds huddled on the rocks above the tide line. Following a discussion and verification by Google we agreed that they were Sanderlings. Presumably they were waiting until the tide turned and revealed the sandy beaches around the Shelly Banks where they could feed. Margaret Wynne And finally: Each year in Advent we particularly reflect on the role of waiting, as it applies to our faith and within our lives. Now especially, it has an even greater resonance, as we wait in hope to see loved ones perhaps at Christmas, or perhaps not yet, as we wait for a vaccine, and we wait for restrictions to be no longer necessary. We see many examples in the Old and New Testaments of patient waiting, and of the rewards of persevering in it. Elizabeth waited before she was blessed with a child, Simeon waited prayerfully for a sign that God had come to earth in the person of Jesus. Over and over in scripture, we’re reminded that enduring through patient waiting will bring its rewards, however
Top and Left: Butterflies displayed in the grounds of each church Bottom Right: Sanderlings spotted by the SandMill Strollers
SANTRY, GLASNEVIN & FINGLAS Rev Canon David Oxley: 01 834 1015, 086 8816486 email@example.com Website: www.pappanspeople.wordpress.com www.facebook.com/PappansPeople Advent & Christmas Alas, at time of writing it is not clear whether or when we will be able to assemble for worship in church – developments will be posted on Facebook. Meanwhile the posts of readings and sermon will continue. One possibility might be for each of us to have an Advent Candle Wreath at home – could be as simple as four night-lights. Even lit for a few minutes every evening, we could use it to pray for each other, and have some sense of a parish building up to Christmas Day. I’ll post prayers on Facebook nearer the time. Confirmation Class We have been doing a few sessions on Zoom on Friday evenings. It’s not ideal but better than nothing.We hope to be ready to be confirmed at the drop of a mitre.. Our Sympathy is extended to Brian Gray and family on the death of his father. Finglas Fright Night Dublin City Council used our church and hall to record some musical performances which were streamed at Halloween. Sundays In December 6th Second Sunday of Advent – St Nicholas’s Day 13th
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Sunday after Christmas – St John’s Day CHURCH REVIEW
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN STILLORGAN AND BLACKROCK Clergy - Rev. Ian Gallagher: Tel: 288 1091 or 086-811 9544 Rev. Robert Marshall: Tel: 288 6170 Lay Reader: Hazel Graves. Tel: 288 7444 Review Distributors: Cherith Dalzell (Stillorgan); Trevor Robinson (Blackrock) Parish Secretary: Brenda Sweeney. Tel: 288 1091 Tues, Wed and Thurs 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StBrigids/ Website: www.stbrigidsandallsaints.com Services in December Sundays at 10.30am – Livestream Service available to view on our Facebook page. Christmas Services will depend on the Government Guidelines. The Rector writes: We are all doing our best to cope with the current restrictions in an effort to reduce the numbers of Covid-19 cases, hospital admissions, ICU patients and deaths. We are told we need to do this in order that we might have a “reasonable Christmas”. Christmas for many is about festivities, gatherings, presents, enjoyment and very little about its true meaning. I want to enjoy all of the above remembering first and foremost that it’s about our Saviour’s birth. I want to celebrate that birth by going to church and singing carols. I’m not sure what we will be allowed to do. I have so many plans as to what we will do if allowed. As of now I don’t know for sure what we will be doing but one thing I hope we will all have is a HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Rev’d Ian Gallagher Act of Remembrance An Act of Remembrance was held on Wednesday 11th November in All Saints’ Church Blackrock. The wreath was laid by Brian Crawford, Secretary, Royal British Legion, Republic of Ireland.
Brian Crawford laying the wreath
Act of Remembrance All Saints Blackrock 3
Act of Remembrance Rev Gallagher and Brian Crawford
SWORDS, CLONMETHAN, KILSALLAGHAN, DONABATE AND LUSK Rector - Reverend Neal Phair: 01 8956747 / email@example.com Lay Minister: Mrs Addy Patterson 01 8453 984 / firstname.lastname@example.org Parish website: www.swords.dublin.anglican.org Parish Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ swordsdonabateandkilsallaghan Parish Registers Bereavement – Maud Keogh Deepest sympathy is extended to the Keogh and Lee families on the death of Maud Keogh. Maud spent the last six weeks of her life at her home in Ballyboughal under the loving care of her family. Maud was known as an artist who won a number of awards, and was involved with the Flavours of Fingal festival. She was originally from Donabate, was a great supporter of the annual Church Fete there and also supported fundraising events for Saint Columba’s Church in Swords. She was the beloved wife of the late Paddy Keogh, and is sadly missed by her loving children Helga, Glenn, Vanessa, Leigh, Sorrell and Ashley, also her brothers Cecil and John, sister-in-law Doreen Lee, and the wider family. The Rector led a service of thanksgiving for her life, which took place on Monday the 26th October at her home, followed by interment at Saint Mary’s, Clonmethan. May the peace and love of God continue to surround you all. Remembrance Sunday For Remembrance Sunday this year, we had a YouTube online service to remember all those who lost their lives in the two great wars of the 20th Century and in all conflicts since. Special thanks go to David Scott who sang ‘Abide With Me’ so beautifully for the service which included scenes of the square and round tower at Saint Columba’s Church and also beautiful scenes of North County Dublin. Thanks also to Niall Minto who recorded the service for the Rector and who continues to record the weekly YouTube services for us. Thanks also to Andrea Patterson and Brian Scott who send out the links each week. Community Carol Services The community Carol services for Donabate, Swords and Kilsallaghan will take place this year by YouTube. The normal carol services for the three churches are traditionally huge community events but with the current situation with the coronavirus, we may not be allowed to have any services during December, and if we are, the services will have to be socially distanced events, which will severely limit the amout of people who can attend. Hence it has been decided to record a special YouTube service with readers from the three churches. Special singers will be organised by David Scott to sing all the carols. Other Christmas services may have to be recorded for YouTube, depending on the restrictions. Type Donabate, Lusk, Swords, Kilsallaghan into the search bar at YouTube.com to access the parishes’ channel.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN Illness We continue to remember in our prayers all those who are ill. In particular at this time, we pray for Jean Ellerker, Peter McMurtry, Cecil Lee and Agnes Wilson. Parish Registers Bereavement – William (Billy) Walmsley Billy was originally from a Church of Ireland family in Fermanagh. He married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret, who was Roman Catholic. For this so-called ‘religious’ reason, both their families disowned them. Billy and Margaret moved to Cork to make a fresh start. They spent many years there enjoying married life, although it was a deep sadness to them both that their only child was stillborn. Some years later, further heartbreak was in store, when Margaret died suddenly. Billy devoted the rest of his life and professional career to working and volunteering in the charity sector. He managed the Good Shepherd homeless shelter in Kilkenny, and the Saint Francis Dispensary animal welfare charity in Dublin. He also served on the board of Louth County Enterprise Fund. He was Hon. Secretary of Donabate and Lusk parish for many years, and helped to organise the annual Donabate Fete. Billy died on the November 7th following a long illness. He’ll be fondly remembered by his goddaughter Siobhan Cashin-Smith (New York, USA), his neighbours, and his many friends. On November 10th, Reverend Deane led a service of thanksgiving for Billy’s life, at Saint Patrick’s Church in Donabate. Afterwards, Billy was interred with his late wife and infant son. “Resting where no Shadow lies.”
TALLAGHT Canon William Deverell: Tel: 4621044 (Mobile 086 803 0239) Auxiliary Priest: Rev. Avril Bennett Tel: 628 2353 Parish Secretary: Mrs. Jane Thompson Tel: 462 6006 (Parish Office) E mail: email@example.com Social media: @StMaelruainCoI Website: www.stmaelruains.ie
just simply donate €20 and you can donate up until 23rd December. Team Hope may also be contacted on 01 294 0222. Friday 16th October was World Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Awareness Day. We are very lucky in Tallaght to have a local newspaper ‘The Echo’ which is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year. David Kennedy founded the paper and has been very good to Tallaght Parish over the years, supporting our various events such as our Summer Sale, Harvest, Carol Service, Christmas Sing Along and other concerts and events held in the parish. They also ask me for my ‘Christmas thought’ every year to be published in the paper. David’s daughter Emma, who is the Echo office manager, has a son with DLD and came to me to ask if we would light up the Church in yellow and purple on October 16th to help raise awareness of DLD. As a dyslexic myself I was happy to be of any assistance so St. Maelruain’s was lit up in purple (portable spot lights) and yellow (our flood lights are already yellow sodium light). Other public buildings across the city were likewise lit up such as City Hall / Dublin Castle, the Red Cow Inn and City West. Let’s hope DLD Awareness Day brought this condition to the attention it deserves. May I take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Church Review a happy Christmas and a peaceful and healthy New Year.
God bless William Christmas in St. Maelruain’s As I mentioned previously this year Christmas is going to be very different from other years due to Covid19. Our Nine Lessons will be at 11.00am on Sunday 20th December. (It can’t be in the evening as we have not found a way to sanitise the church in a few hours). Midnight Holy Communion on Christmas Eve in the main hall (on different chairs to the overflow for the 11am Christmas Service for sanitisation reasons). On Christmas Morning we will have our 8.30am Christmas Holy Communion Service in the Small Hall with our Family Christmas Holy Communion Service at 11.00am in the Church, with overflow watching via Facebook live in the main hall, if necessary, like any Sunday.
From the Rector Christmas is going to be very different this year whatever stage of COVID19 precautions are recommended and so it is with this year’s Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. We had our appeal on our Facebook Live Sunday 25th October Family Service which is the Sunday in the calendar that I normally launch our appeal, just before Halloween. It always amuses me the reaction of parents in the lead up to my talk to the children about the launch when I ask the children in the congregation ‘What would they like for Christmas?’ Imagine the reaction of the children when I ask them about receiving the four W’s.
Church Services Online Many of you already know that we have been posting our services live on our FACEBOOK page since the beginning of Lockdown and are continuing to do so, the services can still be viewed and there is also a tour of the Church.
Writing: Would they like to receive items for Writing? Such as pens, pencils, copy books….. Perhaps the child who can’t go to school without them?
Please spread the word we are on line!
Thank you to all who ‘liked’ and left supportive comments on FACEBOOK during lockdown they have given great encouragement and are appreciated by our videographer and Ukelelist.
Washing: Would they like to receive items for Washing? Such as facecloth, soap, toothpaste, tooth brush… Perhaps a child who has no means of personal care? Wear: Would they like to receive items to Wear? Such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks …. Perhaps a child who has little clothing and suffers in the cold winter? WOW: Would they like to receive items to WOW? Such as a toy car or a soft toy …. Perhaps a child who has no possessions or toys and has no stocking fillers at Christmas? Incidentally, the children in the congregation usually only show excitement about the contents of the boxes when they see sweets! My hope is the simplicity of the Shoebox puts the needs rather than the wants of our western overly commercial Christmas in perspective. This year, unfortunately with the Corona Virus, we can’t ship our donated Shoeboxes as we normally do to Eastern Europe and Africa but Team Hope have invited us to send €20 so that they can make up the boxes and distribute them to the children in need, who so excitedly receive them. If you go onto their website www.teamhope.ie you can choose items from the four W’s to be put in your box or if you prefer
Top Left: Discovering colour in a supposedly “ordinary” window! Top Right: Shoebox Appeal on the Sunday of the Two Comandments reading
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN that time.) This Service will be broadcast via the Parish Website or YouTube ‘Taney Parish’ from 7.00pm on Sunday, 20th December. Should congregations not be allowed in churches, then the schedule of Services will be as follows: On-line family Service, Christmas Eve at 4.00pm. On-line Christmas Eucharist, on Christmas Day at 11.00am Christmas Holy Communion will be administered by the clergy to Parishioners who are sick or house-bound. Please let us know if you require Holy Communion for Christmas by 10th December 01 298 5491.
Above: St. Maelruain’s lit Purple and Yellow for World DLD Awareness Day
TANEY Rector - Rev’d Canon Robert Warren: Tel: 298 4497 Senior Curate – The Rev’d Nigel Pierpoint: Tel 087 638 8238 Curate Assistant – Rev’d Christopher West Lay Reader: Trilly Keatinge Parish Pastoral Visitor: Caroline Brennan The Parish Office – Tel: 298 5491 (Mon – Fri 9.30am – 1.30pm) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.taneyparish.ie Follow us on Instagram: ‘taneyparish official’ Follow us on Facebook & YouTube: ‘Taney Parish’ Review Distributor: Parish Office Tel: 298 5491 Rector announces his Retirement The Rector, Canon Warren, has announced that he will be retiring from the full-time ministry of the Church on Sunday, 31st January 2021. Canon Warren was ordained in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, 42½ years ago and has been the Rector of Taney Parish since 2012. We wish Robert and Vera every good wish as they prepare for a new chapter of their lives in retirement. Sunday Services for December 2020 At the time of writing these notes it is not clear if or when churches will be able to re-open to congregations again. Please keep a watch out for details which will be carried on our Parish Newsletter, Taney News Extra and which is distributed weekly by e-mail and can be viewed on the Parish Website. Christmas In Taney Again... it does not yet appear what Christmas 2020 will look like! The clergy are preparing for two scenarios – one where congregations, though limited, will be able to attend church services – and one where services will be only on-line. If congregations are allowed to attend church services, we plan the following: Thursday, 24th December. Christmas Eve 4.00pm
Family Christmas Service in the Sinnamon Hall.
Remembrance Our Remembrance Service on the 8th November called to mind the need to remember the sacrifice and cost to human life during world conflicts and how war should never be glorified but as it forms part of our History we must remember and give thanks to God for those who laid down their lives for the peace we have today. The Service which was live-streamed included an act of Remembrance at which the poppy wreath was laid by People’s Churchwarden, Ian Geoffroy and the speaker was Brian Crawford, co-ordinator of the Poppy Appeal, Ireland. Parish ‘Special Needs’ Fund While Christmas is a time of happiness and celebration, there are many for whom Christmas can be a time of financial distress, especially this year with the added pressures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the year and in particular at Christmas, many people receive some help from the Parish ‘Special Needs’ Fund. That help is given not as a charity but to meet a real need at a critical time. If you need help or know of someone who is in need this Christmas, please contact the Rector. By its very nature, the fund is confidential and is administered by the Clergy. Donations are received each year from parishioners and the parish is indebted to their kindness and generosity. If you would like to give towards this very necessary and much appreciated ‘Special Needs Fund,’ please send your donation to the Rector (marked – Taney Special Needs Fund) at the Parish Office. Church Envelopes Envelopes for 2021 are now available. For other options of giving, please contact the Parish Office on 298 5491. Your giving is vital for the upkeep and organization of the Church and is much appreciated. Church Review & Church of Ireland Gazette The Church Review and The Church of Ireland Gazette are two publications which keep parishioners in touch with news in the Diocese and in the wider Church. The Review is published monthly (except August) and costs €40.00 per annum. The Gazette costs €40 per annum for ten editions. Parishioners who wish to start new subscriptions for 2021 should contact The Parish Office on 298 5491. Harvest Appeal Special thanks to everyone who contributed to the Harvest Appeal this year which raised in excess of €7,000. This fund serves to maintain the very special heritage we enjoy in Taney. This year, our collection was earmarked for the provision of toilet facilities at St. Nahi’s as well as hot and cold running water to the vestry. The Parish is very grateful for the support it receives for this and all our special efforts throughout the year. From the Registers Bereavements Our sympathy and prayers are with all who have recently been bereaved, remembering especially:-
Friday, 25th December. CHRISTMAS DAY
Caroline Brennan and family, on the death of her father-in-law, Michael Brennan.
The family and friends of Noreen Poyntz.
A Very Happy Christmas to All!
Christ Church (Live Streamed)
There will not be a midnight celebration of the Holy Communion this year and the “Carols by Candlelight” Service will be on-line only. (This is because it is unlikely that we will be allowed to sing in churches at
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL Dean of Residence and Anglican Chaplain: The Revd Steven Brunn Email: email@example.com Website: tcd.ie/chaplaincy Choral activity has continued in Trinity Chapel in a virtual way with online Compline on Tuesdays and Wednesdays evenings at 9 and Choral Mattins on Sunday mornings at 10.45. The choir is continuing to hold virtual rehearsals for these services with choir members joining together from their home using the zoom virtual platform. Choral Mattins on Remembrance Sunday included a virtual wreath laying ceremony. The Provost was in attendance and the prayers of intersession were led by Professor Sean Barrett. The lessons were read by Joseph O’Gorman and Blaithin Cotter (organ scholar).The Archbishop gave a very thought provoking address. This service attracted a large congregation from the wider Trinity community in addition to our regular congregation. We are now preparing for a pre recorded carol service to be released on the internet. This will contain carols with particular Trinity connections and it is hoped that we will be able to have a small number of singers in the chapel (but no congregation) to make this recording. The lessons will be read by students and staff of the college and by Trinity graduates. The chapel community at Trinity is delighted to congratulate Revd Sean Hanily on his appointment as Rector of Rathmichael. Sean was a central figure in our chapel life during his time as an undergraduate and has been active in Dublin University Far Eastern Mission. We are hoping that restrictions may be sufficiently altered to allow us have some physical presence in the Chapel in Hilary Term but we await Government and College guidance on this matter. Below are the links for Sunday 10:45 Choral Mattins and also Tuesday and Wednesday Compline. Mattins Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom. us/j/82555639897?pwd=Y1EyRmQ0bVF0ODZLc3Y3RFNhQmc4UT09 Meeting ID: 825 5563 9897 Passcode: Chapel COMPLINE Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom. us/j/6382860475?pwd=c01VSGQrMkFyZ0V1RWo3RUtOUjZXZz09
Parish on Sunday 13th December. Due to number limits, it will be a ticket only event with bookings opening at the end of November. If we do get permission for in-church Services for Christmas, we will communicate with all parishioners requesting they book a place as numbers are very limited due to social distancing requirements. However, all can be assured that virtual Services with continue throughout this time. In addition, it is proposed to live-stream a Service of Holy Communion on the evening of Christmas Eve. In this regard, parishioners who would like to receive Holy Communion are asked to contact the Rector to make the necessary arrangements. Finally, as we are encouraged to limit our number of social contacts, including family, during this time, let us not forget that the Christmas season is all about celebrating the Incarnation, Christ with us. So, even if we cannot have the physical presence of friends and family, we will certainly have the spiritual presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. May you all have a happy, holy and blessed Christmas. Parish Placement We are delighted to welcome Alexander Chisnall, a second-year student in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, as he undertakes an eight-week placement with us. His quiet competent manner has already endeared him to many and we wish him every blessing as he continues his training and future ministry. Remembrance Sunday A special Virtual Service was screened on 8th November for Remembrance Sunday. The main emphasis was not just on remembrance and thanksgiving for those who made the supreme sacrifice in the causes of justice, peace and freedom but also a celebration of that legacy. A further virtual Service was screened in Leopardstown Park Hospital to mark Remembrance Day itself. Contributions from His Excellency Paul Johnson, the newly arrived British ambassador and the Leopardstown Park Hospital C.E.O. Ann Marie O’Grady were very much appreciated. Outreach - Bray Women’s Refuge Donations of pyjamas in all sizes and seasonal items such as festive biscuits and chocolate for children are needed but please - new clothes only. Donations may be left in the box marked Bray Women’s Refuge which is on the outside of the rear of the church near the Vestry door. We hope to be able to deliver things to the Refuge when Level 5 restrictions are eased in December.
Meeting ID: 638 286 0475
A letter of thanks was received from the Refuge for the €1,500 donation following the Tullow Garden Trail in the summer. It was very much appreciated.
TULLOW The Revd. John Tanner: Tel. 289 3154 Diocesan Lay Minister: Alan Rhodes. Tel. 288 7402 Parish Reader: Sally McEachern. Tel. 289 3183 Church Review: Jill Malcolm. Tel.289 3365 Sunday Services: 8.30a.m. and 10.30a.m. (7:00p.m. 3rd Sunday) Mid-week Service: Wednesdays at 10.15a.m. Website: www.tullowdublin.org Christmas in Tullow This will prove to be a very different Christmas indeed. Much uncertainty still surrounds what level of Coronavirus restrictions will be in place for Christmas itself and current proposals are that we will be at level 3 from the beginning until at least the middle of December. This will effectively mean that in-church Services will not be possible during that period. Unfortunately, many are finding the inability to gather together very difficult – especially for public worship. To help bring some spirit of Christmas, plans are at an advanced stage for an ‘drive-in’ ecumenical Carol Service with our neighbours in Foxrock
WHITECHURCH Canon Horace McKinley: Tel: 493 3953 Rev. Michael Heaney: Tel: 086 265 1791 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.whitechurch.dublin.anglican.org Parish Office: Tel/Fax: 493 4972 (for P.A. & Secretary), Rector’s P.A. Janet Gillis, Monday-Thursday 9.00-1.00p.m. Secretary: Sylvia Byrne, Thursday & Friday 9.00-5.00p.m. Review: Heather Plummer, Tel: 494 4809 Sunday Services: 10.30 a.m. ADVENT and CHRISTMAS: It is obviously not possible, at the time of writing, to ascertain what the Government protocols for the month of December will be, in relation to the possible re-use of Cathedrals and churches for public worship. In our own parish, we shall certainly keep parishioners informed, not least with the traditional celebration of the Christmas Festival occurring in the latter part of this month.
AROUND THE PARISHES...DUBLIN WHITECHURCH NATIONAL SCHOOL is planning to hold an in-house Carol Service remotely, at the end of term on Tuesday, 22 December. Around Halloween, the school children held a sponsored “dress-up” day and, as a result, raised significant funds for Our Lady’s Hospital for sick children, Crumlin. We take this opportunity to thank warmly the Principal, Sarah Richards and her staff for their admirable professional service, rendered over the term and wish each of them well earned rest and recreation over the Christmas holidays.
Sunday Club The Sunday Club outing this December will be to the drive-in cinema at Leopardstown. We will go and see Elf on Friday 11th December at 7.00pm. We can meet there or gather at Church and leave in convoy – keep an eye on the Sunday Club WhatsApp group for details.
Mothers’ Union – “Drive By”, Hampers and Shoeboxes: Thank you to our branch members who have internally assembled Christmas shoeboxes for the Diocesan Mothers’ Union supported creche in Darndale. Two Drive-By days, Saturday 5 December, 12 noon – 2.00 p.m. and Sunday 6 December, 11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., have been set up, whereby parishioners can drop into the church contributions that would be gratefully received for the M.U. Hampers. These are then assembled by our Mothers’ Union members and distributed through local agencies. And in the first week of December (1-4), Hamper contributions to the same end will also be made via Whitechurch N.S. So, thank you very kindly to both the parish and school communities for this very generous support.
Wine Tasting Our parish wine tastings and their missional potential feature in the December edition of the Church of Ireland Gazette, and have featured in a new blog on food, wine and faith (dinneratthevicarage.co.uk). At the end of November we looked at wines to adorn the Christmas table and details of this and of the next tasting can be found on the parish website. Thanks again to David Soden and Christian Schaffalitszky.
Sunday Club: Thank you kindly to Janine Jamieson for communicating a very lovely thematic Advent Calendar to the children. Holy Baptism: Jake Michael, son of Joe and Claire Fennelly. Funeral: Vivian Wilson Dudgeon.We shall greatly miss Vivian from the community of faith in this place, and extend to his beloved wife Sheelagh, children Sharon and Niall and the family network our prayerful sympathy and solidarity, at this time of much loss. May Vivian rest in faith and be raised in glory.
On Christmas morning there will be a short Zoom for the Sunday Club. We can show our presents, wish everyone a Happy Christmas and welcome the baby Jesus. Details and Zoom link to follow.
School Notes We welcome Amanda Ruddock with us from the DCU Church of Ireland Centre. The Church of Ireland Centre supports the Irish Protestant community and its network of schools. It provides the B.Ed pathway for those particularly preparing to teach in Protestant primary schools. This year our trainee teacher is earning her stripes with the children from 3rd & 4th classes. It is great to be able to share in the education of the next generation of teachers and Amanda is very welcome here in Zion School. Harvest Collection: This year instead of the customary fruit and veg collection made by the school children we asked for cans and packets of non-perishable foods. A huge (10 shopping bags full) selection of cans, jars and packets were delivered to the Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street. See website below for details of how you can help. https://www.capuchindaycentre.ie/Capuchin_Day_Centre_2013/ Capuchin_Day_Centre_for_Homeless_People.html
Rector: The Rev’d. Stephen A Farrell Diocesan Reader: Margaret Healion Review: Alan Nairn Review notes: Margaret Healion School notes: Sue Barber Parish Office: Tel. 406 4730 Hours: 9.00-12.00 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday; 11.00-2.00 p.m. Wednesday Email: email@example.com Services: Services: Sundays –10.30a.m. (one service weekly until further notice) Website: www.zionparish.ie Church Services Please join us at www.zionparish.ie for online Church Services during Advent and Christmas.You will find all Services to date on our website, including our popular Pilgrimage in the Holy Land. This walking pilgrimage was originally set up to help occupy and inform the children of our Sunday Club during the first lockdown, it has since been shared, by request, with parishes at home and abroad. Stephen will continue to post Sunday Services, mark feasts with prayer and open the gospel for our church family each week – you and your friends will be most welcome to tune in. It is our firm hope that we will be able to open the Church at Christmas. Obviously, numbers will be restricted, and we will have to devise a way to ensure that places are allocated evenly and fairly. Please follow parish notices for details as they emerge.
Above: The Harvest food collection from Zion School
Advent During Advent the Church will be open for private prayer each Sunday from 9am to 11am (even if we are not open for public worship). The usual precautions will be in place.
Christmas Cards Once again, Zion Parent’s Association has organised a number of brilliant Christmas Fundraisers for the School. The ever popular Christmas card is under way again.
The Four Last Things of death, judgement, heaven and hell are the ancient themes of Advent. Often overlooked, they seem deeply relevant this year. We will examine each on the Monday evenings in Advent at 8pm through Zoom. All are welcome to this Advent series. The Zoom link can be found on the parish website.
Every child in the school has drawn a picture to create their own personalised Christmas Cards. Each child will receive a sample Christmas card with their picture printed on the front and their name
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH on the back. You will then, if you wish, have an opportunity to order packs of your child(ren)’s Christmas cards which will be professionally printed and delivered in time for Christmas. The cards will come in packs of 10. We are grateful to the teachers for their help in organising this. Mothers Union During lockdown many members and friends from the wider community are continuing to knit tiny items for the three maternity hospitals. If anyone needs patterns or white wool please don’t hesitate to contact Sue to arrange contact-free collection in Terenure. There is no charge for the wool or patterns. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Usually at this time we would be advertising the Parish Women’s night out in January. Sadly this will have to take a different form this year coming. As yet we are undecided how best to meet up virtually however I suspect a shared Zoom meal might be on the cards! There are many establishments doing excellent take away foods for us to select from.
ARKLOW, INCH & KILBRIDE
Carysfort National School We’ve made it to November and all is well! Staff and pupils continue to be safe, healthy and happy. Well done everybody for the great team effort in keeping our school open! The children are enjoying lots of outdoor activities while the weather holds. Thank you to Mrs Ivanoff who organised an outdoor Tree Trail for everybody to celebrate Tree Day. Zoë Patterson has been lucky enough to hold Hip Hop Dance outdoors. Teachers and pupils are thrilled with our new Music Generation Teacher Joan Dempsey. Every class has been busing taking part in a competition for Social Inclusion Week with the AISW (Africa Irish Society Wicklow) and learning about other cultures. We have introduced a new initiative into 5th class this year and the entire class are getting the opportunity to learn the Ukulele with Ronan from Music Generation this year. We’ve been thinking about our Grandparents who are once again socially restricted and the children have been busy making cards and writing letters which we will send to our local nursing homes/hospitals to let them know we are thinking of them.
Vacant Curate- Rev Kevin Conroy: Conroy: Mobile No 086 0406256 Email: email@example.com Parish Readers: Pat O’Malley Mobile No 087 780 7809 Mary Dillon Mobile No 087 957 4476 Review Notes: Notes: Rosemary Paul. Tel. 087 9639260 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: Parish Mobile: Mobile: 087 9577496 Arklow, Inch, Kilbride Parish(group) Website: arklowinchkilbrideparishes.com Website: Review Distributors: Distributors: Anne Cooper (Arklow) Irene Condren (Inch) Frances Collier (Kilbride) Services: Sunday - St. Brigid’s, Kilbride: 10.00a.m. 1 & 3rd MP, 2nd, 4th HC, 5th SOW Inch: 10.00a.m. 1st & 3rd HC, 2nd MP & 4th SOW, 5th SOW St. Saviour’s, Arklow: 11.30am. 1st & 3rd HC, 2nd SOW & 4th MP, 5th SOW MP – Morning Prayer. HC - Holy Communion SOW – Service of the Word.
We are planning to take part in ‘We are Writers’ and publish our own book with a piece of writing from every pupil. Our chosen theme will be Our Planet, following on from David Attenborough’s fantastic ‘A Life on our Planet’!
From the Curate… Hopefully, by the time this edition is distributed, we will know the outcome of the most recent COVID restrictions and decisions will have been made with regards to the level that society can reopen, at least to the end of the calendar year.
December Events As we are compiling these notes the situation regarding all the events that are normally held during this month are still very much up in the air depending on the restriction. If the restrictions on church going is lifted at the end of November then our services for the month of December will be as follows:
We are planning for a simplified series of services for Advent and Christmas with an option for additional home visits where requested. Online services will continue to facilitate those who cannot, for whatever reason, come to one of our churches.
We have a new PTA up and running courtesy of Zoom, in the capable hands of Alison Crammond as Chairperson. The BOM continue to meet on Zoom and plan for the evolving situation with Covid. We welcome Mrs Ruth Whelan as a new member to the BOM, following the resignation of Mr Philip Wood earlier in the year. We are preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best and have our online platform ready for remote learning! Confirmation Preparation Unfortunately the Confirmation for this group of parishes scheduled be held in St Saviour’s Church on Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 7.30pm has been postponed once again. New date to be advised Annual sustentation: If you want to be included in 2020 Annual Reports please ensure to have any sustention given to Jimmy Woolmington (Arklow), Liz Duncan (Inch) and Sylvia Hudson (Kilbride) before the end of the year. Church Reviews If you wish to order or cancel the review please do so no later than mid-December to Anne Cooper (Arklow), Irene Condren (Inch) or Frances Collier (Kilbride).
There is no doubt that this will be a different Christmas but we should remind ourselves that the first Christmas was one of isolation too and perhaps this year we will escape some of the consumerism that has drowned the message of the season in recent years. I wish you all a peaceful, blessed and healthy Christmas and New Year. Kevin Sympathy We extend our sympathy to Philip Cooper on the recent death of his sister-in-law. Conferring Congratulations to Peter Sherwood who was conferred with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Carlow Institute of Technology.
Social distancing and HSE guidelines in relation to the numbers permitted in each of our Churches will apply.
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH Please refer to our Facebook page for any changes to the above services.
ATHY, KILBERRY AND FONTSTOWN WITH KILKEA Rector: Rev. Olive Donohoe. The Rectory Athy, Co Kildare. Mobile/Text: 087-2209945. Email: email@example.com Uth Group Team Leader: Emma Purser. Diocesan Lay Reader: Bill King. Church Review Distributor: Roy Kelly. Tel: 059-8631607. Review and Newsletter Notes: Helen Kinghan. Tel: 087-9831786. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Parish Website: ww.athycofi.ie. From the Rector: All I can say is that it’s hard work being a Virtual Rector. However, reading the Church Review notes is a great help, so thank you Nigel, Noeleen and Charlotte for doing what must seem an endless task. But it is fascinating to see what everyone else is doing and how things are still getting done. I really enjoyed Booterstown and Gillian’s Musical Interludes.
Athy Art Competition Organisers
And I also really enjoy Powerscourt and Cathy’s Prayer Pockets, which is such a lovely thought. We have like many Parishes, a Zoom Evening Prayer Service, but it has been a worry that the very people who would most support and enjoy it, are not online, and so a Physical Prayer Pocket is the answer I think. It is great to get inspiration from the rest of the Church family. Meanwhile we are halfway there. That s what is keeping me going at the moment in between recording Services and doing Newsletters and texting and emailing and phoning. I still want a course in Technology and not just for Clergy, but for all interested parishioners, recording, using screens in Church, video editing especially as while the live streaming does work, and very well, I feel the camera needs to be closer in most cases to give a better sense of being there and being part of it all. In the meanwhile we are getting ready for Advent and dare I say it, Christmas. I unearthed the Advent Candle Lighting verse which I hope to have in the services and to my shame, I still haven’t developed the idea which was hatched with another Rector (!) of the Partridge in a Prayer Tree. We hope to have the Giving Tree, virtual, and a Carol Service, virtual, as well as a Surprise for Christmas Eve so looking forward to seeing what else we can do to turn what may well be a difficult time, into a very special time when we reclaim Christmas. AROUND ATHY UNION: Athy Model School: Isn’t it so nice to be pleasantly surprised! I was so impressed with an event organised by two sixth class pupils in Athy Model School, Olivia Cullen-Kavanagh and Darragh Lazenby. They were learning about how so many animals are on the verge of extinction and got the brilliant idea of having an Art Competition for the School to raise funds for the Conservation Project in Dublin Zoo. And they raised an incredible €124! And they filed a very impressive Report for the Athy Monthly Newsletter. Well done, Olivia and Darragh.
Dress up day at Athy Model School
Sunday Club: Sunday Club is going postal for Advent and so is GFS and BB as we get organised to send out the material by Post. It is really nice to get a package in the post so hopefully this will make Advent a little bit special for our children. Condolences: Sadly, the death has taken place of William (Billy) Pearson late of Thomastown Kilcullen and laterally of Clonmullan, Athy. Billy was a regular worshipper in St. Michaels Athy and always enjoyed coffee and a chat after the service. To his sisters Betty, Alice and Olive and his extended family we send our deepest sympathy. Billy was laid to rest in St. John’s Churchyard Fontstown. May he Rest In Peace. May I wish you and yours a very Holy, Peaceful and Happy Christmas.
Winners, Art Competetion, Athy
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH BLESSINGTON AND MANOR KILBRIDE WITH BALLYMORE EUSTACE AND HOLLYWOOD Canon Leonard Ruddock: Tel: (045) 865178 Mobile: (087) 7643296 Review Notes: Elva Byrne: Tel: (045) 865260 Parish Office: (045) 891547 Email: email@example.com Email: Website: www.blessingtonunion.net Website: A note from the Rector As many of you will be aware I was involved in the fashion and soft furnishings business for almost 30 years before going into the ministry on a full time basis. The month of December was always an anxious time financially because so much of your trade happened in such a short period of time. If the Christmas trade and the January sales were poor, perhaps due to bad weather, then your business would certainly suffer as a result. I know that the parish is not a business but there are certain similarities. Once again in the month of December I am concerned about finances. Unfortunately the churches have been closed for many weeks this year and there has been virtually no chance to have any essential fund raising activities. As a result the parish is coming under increasing financial pressure. You will be hearing more from the Select Vestries, the parish treasurers and myself with some ideas we have to try and help us through this difficult time for all of us. This year the parish relies on your generosity, support and good will in a way that perhaps has never been the case before. I know that by working together we can and will come through this. God bless. Rev. Leonard. Advent and Christmas Not being able to gather together has been difficult for us as a church family but Advent brings hope so we look forward to Christmas. We are so grateful for all the effort which has gone into providing services on line every week. Hazel has been so creative so special thanks to her. Behind every good man is a good woman! Sympathy Sincere sympathy to Rev. Olive Boothman and her family on the death of her beloved daughter, Wendy, in England after a long illness. Restrictions at the moment have made this time even more difficult. We can assure her of our love and prayers. We also offer our sympathy to Tim and Glynis Cains on the death of Tim’s Dad, Tony.
Recovering from illness/operations: We continue to remember in prayer, those who are ill. We remember Billy Randle, Doreen Burns and Frances Sutton. Church Worship: As of now , the whole country has been placed into Level 5 of Covid restrictions. This means we cannot hold services of worship open to the public. Should anyone have any pastoral needs, please contact Rev Jack Kinkead. We hope and pray that the situation will improve soon. Also, as of now, we do not know if there will be the traditional Church Services over the Christmas time. 5th Sunday: Please note that if there is a 5th Sunday in a month, there may be one service only on that Sunday and in one church only. Wishing all parishioners a Happy Peaceful and Safe Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.
CELBRIDGE AND STRAFFAN WITH NEWCASTLE-LYONS Rev. Stephen Neill: Tel. (01)628 8231 Mobile 087 232 8172 Email: Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org Readers: Mrs. Jackie Taylor Tel. (01) 628 8129 Mrs. Cynthia Lang Tel. 086 265 0742 Mr Geoffrey McMaster Tel. 086 606 2910 Mr Brendan Sheahan Tel. 085 764 6699 Review Distributers: Elizabeth Burbridge (Newcastle); Debbie Kelly (Straffan). Service Times: (Sundays) Newcastle 9.00am, Straffan 10.15am, Celbridge 11.30, (Wednesdays)10.00am Celbridge. Website: www.cs-nl.org Parish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSNLParish/ Facebook: From the Rector Dear Friends We are now facing into the winter and the evenings are getting shorter which is a challenge, which we didn’t face with earlier lockdowns. However we are also facing into the wonderful season of Christmas and the joy that comes with the Saviour’s birth, which cannot and will not be overshadowed, even by a Pandemic. Somehow despite the restrictions we will celebrate this Christmas. I am currently looking at possible arrangements which Government policy allowing we will be able to accommodate all those who wish to attend a Christmas service. Among the options being considered is a Drive-in service! We have adapted before and if necessary we will again.
In wishing you all in advance a Happy Christmas please do let me know of anyone in difficulty who needs a helping hand at this time - we have so many people who are willing to give support to those who are lonely, anxious, facing financial challenges etc. This is a time to be there for each other and give expression to the reality of the Body of Christ where all are precious and treasured.
Please stay safe and may you have a Happy and Blessed Christmas.
Church Services Church services remain online until the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted. We are hopeful that we will be able to meet in church in some form for Christmas. I will keep you informed.
CASTLEMACADAM, BALLINATONE AND AUGHRIM
Vacant Email: email@example.com Diocesan Readers: Mrs Angela Winterbotham – 0402 36150 Ms Uta Raab Lay Readers: Mrs Janet Kirwan, Mr Bruce Middleton, Mr. Alan Pierce Review Notes: Ms Kay Leeson – 086 8554863 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Review Distributors: Mrs Olga Stephenson – 0402 36347 Ms Sandra Hall – 0402 35253 Sunday Services: St. John’s, Aughrim – 10.00 a.m. Ballinatone Church - 10.30 a.m. Holy Trinity, Castlemacadam - 11.45 a.m.
DELGANY The Revd. Nigel Waugh: Tel: 287 4515 Email: email@example.com Review Distributor: Peter Harrison Tel: 287 4270 Sunday Service: 10.30am (during COVID restrictions) Thursday Club December 2020 event -The venue for the Club’s Christmas Lunch which is due to take place on Thursday 3rd December 2020 in the Parkview Hotel, Newtown, has been booked provisionally with the Hotel. However, we shall have to wait until nearer that date to see if this event can be held.
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH Parish Life Much of parish life has gone online in the current circumstances. Select vestry meeting s are held on Zoom and school board of management meetings are also on Zoom. Social events have been entirely cancelled and the Old School House is now used only for the Early Birds pre and post school childminding and, recently, for a flu inoculation clinic. Services continue online and are available on Facebook and YouTube. We are still glad to use some video footage of the reduced choir recorded when lockdown was less stringent. Some of these services have had a special theme such as our service for Remembrance Sunday. One of the headstones in the churchyard has an unusual story attached to it which has been discovered by historian, author and Greystones parishioner, Rosemary Raughter. We include a piece on this below which we hope you find interesting. REMEMBERING PRIVATE JOHNSTON: A NEW WAR GRAVE IN A WICKLOW CHURCHYARD, by Rosemary Raughter In mid-November 1918, as Europe drew breath following the announcement of the war’s end, news reached Greystones of the recent death of Private Robert Johnston of the Royal Air Force. Ironically, having enlisted only five weeks previously, Private Johnston had died not as the result of enemy action but as yet another victim of the influenza pandemic which would ultimately take many million more lives than the war itself. Born in about 1883 in Co Cavan, Robert Johnston appears in the 1911 census as a single man, employed as a ‘motor engineer’, lodging in the home of fisherman Alfred Farrell in Greystones. In fact, he had arrived in the area a few years earlier to take up the position of chauffeur to GP, Dr Joseph Stringer Jameson. Described as ‘modest’ and ‘kindly’, he evidently became very much part of the local community, his involvements including the Greystones Orange Lodge and Delgany Men’s Reading Room. Having enlisted in the Royal Air Force during the final recruitment drive of the war, Robert was sent to the RAF camp at Blandford in Dorset. The camp, where Rupert Brooke had trained in 1914, and where he had written his best known poem, ‘The Soldier’, was by late 1918 grossly overcrowded: a parliamentary question at this time alleged that four to five thousand men were currently living there under canvas, with ten men, sleeping on hard boards, to each tent. The recent death rate in the camp, it was claimed, was fifty to sixty a week, ‘a large percentage’ of which ‘has been due to pneumonia following cold and exposure’ as well as to influenza and other causes. Robert, arriving at Blandford probably in October 1918 as a relatively mature recruit of thirty-five, can have had little opportunity for training before succumbing to the ‘flu. On 16 November the Wicklow Newsletter announced his death as one of the local victims, and on the same day his remains arrived in Greystones, and were taken to Delgany Churchyard to await burial. On the following day, the coffin, loaded with wreaths and covered with a Union Jack, was carried into the church by six soldiers, members of a military party which had travelled from Wicklow for the occasion, and among the many who attended were representatives of local Orange Lodges in full regalia. Following the funeral service, the soldiers shouldered out the coffin to the accompaniment of the Dead March from ‘Saul’, and a firing party discharged a farewell volley over the grave. Private Johnston’s name was included on the plaque in Delgany Church commemorating those from the parish who died in World War I, but his grave in the churchyard outside bore no indication of his military service. About thirteen years ago, however, David Proger, a member of Christ Church parish, approached the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to urge the erection of the CWG headstone to which he was entitled. The matter dragged on for several years, largely, it is thought, because the Commission was unable to trace any living relative from whom to obtain consent, and it was not until this year that the Commission erected one of the distinctive CWG headstones over Robert Johnston’s final resting place. The marker, familiar to so many visitors to foreign battlefields but located here in a peaceful Wicklow churchyard, is a reminder of one man’s brief military career, of his death almost at the moment of peace, of his sad homecoming, and of the twin curses of war and disease which destroyed the lives of so many of his generation.
Christmas It is too uncertain at the moment to give details of services. Please watch parish news for details for Christmas Services. We wish all readers a very Happy Christmas in these difficult times.
DONOUGHMORE AND DONARD WITH DUNLAVIN Rector: Archdeacon Neal O’Raw Tel: 045 404631 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Diocesan Lay Readers: Ernest Mackey, Myra Moody Lay Readers: Edward Allen, Jon Kirby Church Services in December 9.00am Donoughmore; 10.15am Dunlavin; 11.30am Donard First Sunday in the month: Holy Communion; Other Sundays: Morning Prayer Christmas Church Services: Due to the Covid19 situation these services will be planned in early December. If you intend to attend one of the church services in our parishes at Christmas please check with our rector nearer the time for details. Marriage Congratulations to Aisling Redding and Steve Pierce who were married in Donoughmore Church on Friday, 30 October. Wishing them both every happiness in their married life together. Sympathy Sympathy to Flo Tutty and family on the death of her sister Ann Watchorn (née Thackaberry), Milford, Co. Carlow on Wednesday, 14 October, unexpectedly, in the care of the Staff of the Cherry Ward in University Hospital Waterford. Also to Ann’s Uncles Tommy and Christy Moody and their families. The Funeral Service took place in St. John’s Church, Nurney. Message from our Rector, Ven. Neal O’Raw ‘In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night’. I have always read that verse from the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke and wondered what it must have been like for those shepherds; sitting out on the mountainside in the cold, dark nights of December, making sure that their charges, the flocks of grazing sheep, were safe and protected from the dangers of the night. While those dangers were real, viable threats; the unknown, unseen threats would have been just as worrying to the shepherds. Perhaps that’s what it is like for us today, in December 2020. The threats of the pandemic are real but so also are the unseen, unknown threats that stalk our way of life now and into the future. Into these life experiences comes God. To the shepherds, as a babe in the manger who is the Lord, the Messiah; with the promise of a kingdom to come. To us today, comes God; as a living, breathing Spirit, filling us with God’s grace, and also proclaiming the promise of the kingdom to come. It is my fervent hope, as I write this message in mid-November that our churches will be open fully at Christmas-time. Enabling us in 2020, during our services of Christmas praise, and as did the multitude of the heavenly host; to sing praise to God with the words ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours’. On behalf of Siobhán and myself, I would like to wish you all a Christfilled Christmas and a peaceful new year.
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH DUNGANSTOWN, REDCROSS & CONARY Rev. Roland Heaney. Tel: 0404-41637 E-mail email@example.com Parish Administrator: Mrs Deirdre O’Callaghan Tel: 0404-41864 Review: Mrs Phyllis Mates. Tel: 0404-41715 Parish E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Websites: www.redcrosschurch.ie www.stkevinsdunganstown.ie www.stbartholomews.ie Christmas Present Normally the December notes have a list of all our Christmas activities and services. Unfortunately, as at the time of writing, we do not have a clue what will be happening this Christmas season or even if we our church buildings will be open for public worship. Hopefully by the time of reading we will have greater clarity. Our prayer is that we can physically meet and celebrate Christmas together. However, if this is not possible, we will continue to broadcast online, celebrating Christmas in a quite different but hopefully meaningful way. We will communicate all our Christmas plans either on our website, Facebook page and text messaging. The Christmas message is simple but so profound. A baby born in a stable who is no ordinary child but the Son of God, the Saviour of the world. The world needed Jesus two thousand years ago and the world still needs Jesus today.With Covid-19 and all the problems in our world, our faith is still a faith of hope and transformation as we experience the love of Christ. With a Christmas that probably will be different from any previous Christmas, maybe this is a time to pause and consider the true message of Christmas and the response we ought to give. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 Prayer Although meeting for public worship may be restricted during the month of December, prayer is something we can all do. Let us pray for each other, our church and local community, for those who are sick and any other needs we are aware of. If permitted, we will set times when our church buildings can be open for private prayer. We will also continue with our Zoom prayer meetings on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings at 9.00pm. THANK YOU As we come to the end of another year, we thank everyone for all their patience, help and support during 2020. Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful New Year
GREYSTONES, ST PATRICK’S Clergy: Canon David Mungavin (01 287 4077) Curate: Rev. Rebecca Guildea (085 819 4377) Lay Minister: Frank Connolly (087 121 1575) Website: www.stpatricksgreystones.com Parish Office: 01 2010648. Email: email@example.com Sunday Services: 8:30 am, 10:30 am (followed by coffee), and 5pm Weekday services: Daily prayer: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9 am Wednesday: Holy Communion, 10:30 am, followed by coffee Church Services When Covid-19 restrictions permit, we are worshipping together in church at 10.30 am on Sundays and Wednesdays. Parishioners are invited to register in advance their intention to attend a service. On Sundays when it is not possible to meet together in church we can ‘attend’ the service via YouTube. This has actually widened the scope and possibilities of the service by enabling speakers to be filmed outside
the church as well as in, and by the inclusion of photographs and other imagery. From the Rector The parish continues to try and keep the church accessible for all our parishioners and others who wish to connect with us. It has been a steep learning curve and our hope is that all of this will inform and guide us into reaching out with the right message and in the right way to everyone who comes to us. Infirmity and bereavement are particularly hard to cope with for families, friends and parishioners, yet that adversity gives way to remarkable courage and faith. We thank God for those who have so graciously transformed suffering into hope in these locked down times. It has brought us closer to an awareness of some kind of overarching grace and resolve that is both sustaining and encouraging. In the meantime we are trying to cover parish practicalities and to this end our Gift Day on 15 November in lieu of our annual Parish Fayre will potentially add a significant amount of ballast to steady the ship into 2021. We are truly grateful for the generosity of so many at a time when some of our usual sources of income have completely dried up. Our recent parish survey on various areas of worship and church life will give us an important and useful insight into the views from the pews, hopefully in a balanced and inclusive way. This will lead us to build on the foundations of our worship and mission with a renewed sense of what our collective reality is. These times of lockdown may well inform our understanding in terms of best practice and vision in the times to come. It is not entirely clear exactly how and why this is the case, but when the carousel starts turning again this should become clearer. We will have the opportunity to see this as a time for sowing, which can lead to flourishing and harvest, if we gauge carefully the times and the seasons we are going through. We give thanks for the life of Robert Mowatt who died peacefully on 13 November. The flowers in church on that day for his daughter Rebecca’s intended wedding to Lee will now be the flowers at Robert’s funeral service on 17 November, reflecting an overarching grace and hope through the tears of his loved ones. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. David Mungavin St Patrick’s Bowls Club Very unexpectedly and abruptly we had to down our bowls and abandon our mats in early March. Goodness knows when we will be able to play again. It meant that we couldn’t finish our competitions, hold our AGM or enjoy our annual dinner and prize giving. Above all, I think we miss the social chats and meeting up more than anything else. We will be in touch whenever it looks as though we will be allowed to play again. In the meantime, keep safe, keep healthy and maybe keep in practice by bowling balls of socks along the kitchen floor! Ruth Handy Mothers’ Union–‘Building Hope and Confidence’ Darndale Christmas boxes will be ready for the beginning of December and we wish all the children and wonderful staff in Darndale a very happy Christmas and a ‘well done’ to Santa. Thank you to all our members and friends for their support for this most deserving project. Our branch has had one meeting this year: our AGM in January. How could we have known that our first meeting in 2020 would be our last? We miss seeing our members but encourage them to keep in touch with each other. Having a chat and a laugh can raise our spirits in these unusual times. We remember all our members and friends in our prayers and send our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to all MU branches in Dublin and Glendalough and throughout Ireland. Stay safe. Daphne Townsend
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH LEIXLIP AND LUCAN The Rev. Scott Peoples: Tel: 01 624 9147 Mobile: 083 135 7328. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Lay Readers: Rosemary Fair, Joe Haughton, Irene Young Parish Office: 01 624 0976 Fax: 01 624 0846 Rector’s day off: Monday. Happy Christmas: We wish all parishioners and friends of the parish a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. Keep safe and well over the holiday season. Streamed Services: St.Mary’s: https://www.churchmedia.tv/camera/stmarys-leixlip St.Andrew’s: https://www.churchmedia.tv/camera/st-andrews-church-of-ireland. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/standrewslucan https://www.facebook.com/stmarysleixlip Our Sorrows: We extend our sympathy to Mrs. Anne Austin on the death of her brother in law Derek Austin. The funeral took place at Roselawn Crematorium on Thursday 22nd October. We extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Moorehead whose funeral took place at Newlands Cross Crematorium on Thursday12th November. May Derek and Paul rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen. St.Brigid’s Hospice Fundraiser: This year our fundraising for this charity has been greatly restricted due to Covid. The parish are still interested in supporting the work of this important caring service. Donations are being received by the parish through our bank account. Please contribute to: IBAN: IE59AIBK93356211540574 Please reference the contribution ‘Hospice’. Christmas Services: At the time of writing it is not possible to predict the nature of our services. It is our intention to hold services according to the timetable of previous Christmases. Carol Services:
5pm St.Andrew’s Sunday 20th December
7pm St.Mary’s Sunday 20th December Christmas Eve:
6pm A Children’s Christmas St.Andrew’s
11.30pm Christmas Eucharist St.Mary’s
9am Holy Communion St.Andrew’s
10am Holy Communion St.Andrew’s
11.30am Holy Communion St.Mary’s
St.Stephen’s Day: 10am Holy Communion. Online only. As part of our Christmas preparation we are inviting folk to record their own voices singing carols and sending those by email for editing into the ‘Choir of Hundreds’. Full details are here: https://leixlipunion.blogspot.com.
NARRAGHMORE AND TIMOLIN WITH CASTLEDERMOT AND KINNEAGH Priest-in-charge: Rev. Terry Lilburn. Tel: 086 886 5361 Readers: Mr. Philip Hendy Tel: 086 820 9733 Mrs. Avril Gillatt Tel: 085 277 4619 Church Review Secretary: Judy Chambers (notes for inclusion by 12th of month) Review Distribution: Mrs. Beatrice Hendy. Tel: 059 863 6518 Mrs. Charlotte Glynn. Tel: 059 862 3167 Mr. John Ubank. Tel: 059 914 4176 Facebook.com: Narraghmore Timolin Castledermot & Kinneagh parish We are delighted to welcome Rev. Terry Lilburn as priest-in-charge of this Union of Parishes and look forward to him being able to visit the parish and parishioners as soon as travel restrictions are lifted. Thank you Rev. Terry for your letter to our parishioners. Dear Parishioners et al. I am delighted that the Archbishop has appointed me as priest-incharge of this Union of Parishes, pending the selection and appointment of a new rector. Thank you to all the people who have already been in touch to welcome me; it has been very heartening to realise that I already know some of you and I look forward to getting to know many more. Obviously my new duties will be restricted until such time as government restrictions are lifted or at least become a little less onerous. Visiting, which is such an important part of a cleric’s duty may have to be conducted by ‘phone for a while, whilst church services may be allowed to take place with social distancing in place. Christmas services may be severely disrupted and whatever about not being able to celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving properly, the thought of not being able to sing carols in the company of friends and fellow worshippers is indeed worrying. As Christians however, we have the great assurance of hope to sustain us through the days and weeks ahead. No matter what we encounter, in the famous words of Julian of Norwich, “All shall be well, all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well,” and in the words of Jesus himself “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20) Please feel free to contact me at any time if there is anything that concerns you or that you feel I may be able to help you with. May I take the opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy, Peaceful and Safe Christmas. Terry. ‘Easter’ General Vestry Elections 2020 Diocesan Synod Representatives: Leonard Ashmore, Philip Hendy, Avril Gillatt Supplementalists: Susan Deacon King, Trevor Tomkins Parochial Nominators: Leonard Ashmore, Jennifer Glynn, Charles Chambers, Anne Stephenson Supplementalists: Malcolm Cope, Andrew Ashmore Church Wardens: Timolin: Jennifer Glynn (Rector’s), Linda Stanley (People’s) Narraghmore: David Meredith (Rector’s), Rachel Braithwaite (People’s) Castledermot: Leonard Ashmore (Rector’s), Elizabeth Ashmore (People’s) Kinneagh: John Ubank (Rector’s), Spencer Hawkins (People’s) Treasurer: Philip Hendy Secretary: Susan Deacon King Glebe Warden: Giles Keppel (Rector’s) Select Vestry: Adrienne Deane, Anne Stephenson, Avril Maher, Charles Chambers, Daphne Bailey, Edward Twamley, Hazel Colbourne, Leslie Hendy, Malcolm Cope, Sheena Keppel
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH Remembrance Sunday Thank you to Philip Hendy for preparing and recording a special service for Remembrance Sunday in St. Mullin’s Church, Timolin. Also thanks to Linda Stanley for reading the lesson and particularly to Patrick Ryall for his contribution and for the video which he included.
There have been many plans and ideas to make even more meaningful time of worship. At each and every turn – ‘Recommendations’ and ‘Restrictions’ associated with the Covid 19 pandemic have intervened. In such circumstances it would not be too difficult to become downbeat and disheartened.
Bereavement Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sandra Willoughby, wife of George (Bramley Cottage, Narraghmore), who died on Thursday, 5th November. A private family service took place at Newlands’ Cross Crematorium on Wednesday, 11th November. Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date for a celebration of Sandra’s life, where her wishes will be fulfilled with her ashes.
November was a month when we particularly focus on loved ones, relations, friends – forefathers and forebearers – the Saints who have gone before us. BUT… We have so much for which to be thankful. We are blessed with a modern Health Service with dedicated, gifted, and talented staff. We live in peace. We have an abundance of food. So many nations on earth are war torn, ravaged by manmade and natural disasters. Very few of us on this Island go to bed hungry.
Sickness We pray for all those who are unwell in our parish at this time, whether at home, recovering from surgery, in hospital or in nursing homes, and all who feel anxious at this time of COVID-19.
May we all stay safe and well and find even a little time to remember
As the dark evenings enfold around us – it is easy – even tempting to despair and become despondent. BUT… as creatures made in the likeness of God we have ‘Hope’. We will overcome. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.” Do take care of yourselves and others. A note for December from Revd. Niall Stratford The main topic of conversation is now moving from the dreaded number ‘19’ to Christmas. Have you noted how the media, friends, neighbours and our national broadcasters have constantly stated ‘This Christmas is going to be different’? Maybe I am alone, but is it not the case that the core message of ‘Christmas’ remains unchanged?
Linda Stanley reading at the streamed service in Timolin church for Remembrance Sunday
The manner in which we celebrate Christmas does change and will indeed be very different this year. At the time of preparing this note, we as a nation are unaware as to what level of restrictions will be in place nationwide due to Covid 19. It does appear likely that travel from outside the country will be severely if not entirely curtailed for very many friends and family members. We are uncertain as to how the traditional Christmas Services will unfold. Carol Services will also likely be different- perhaps even outdoors ‘In the deep midwinter‘ on a ‘cold and crispy morning’ !
Patrick Ryall speaking at the streamed service in Timolin chruch for Remembrance Sunday
NEWCASTLE, NEWTOWNMOUNTKENNEDY WITH CALARY Vacant Lay Reader: Caroline Tindal Parish Administrator: Karen Reynolds 087 2866889 Review Circulation: Pauline O’Sullivan (Newcastle), Jane O’Herlihy (St. Matthews), Eithi Seymour (Calary) Review Notes: Gillian Beare Parish Website: www.newcastleparish.org www.newtownmountkennedyparish.org / www.calaryparish.org Dear Friends Recently I have been focussing on various words, ideas and concepts associated with the letter “R” such as ‘Respect’ and ‘Resilience’. Another word for this list which is most appropriate for the month of November is ‘Remembrance’. You do not need any reminding as to the very many difficulties and challenges that 2020 has brought. Best of intentions – the best of plans, have had to be either shelved entirely or adapted such that they bear little or no resemblance to the original thought. Nowhere is such reality more that prevalent than regarding parish life and Sunday worship.
What is important, is that we engage in celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, remembering that the Word became flesh and dwell amongst us and in bringing the Word of God to the world. We can still continue to be in contact with family, friends and neighbours with the personal call at the door, via telephone or by card will perhaps, ironically, be even more treasured than in times past. Let us continue to remain in Hope and may we find Joy as we celebrate the greatest Birthday ever. I wish one and all a peace filled and blessed Christmas. Continue to stay safe. Revd. Niall. ****** Parish News We have some fun events planned for Christmas in the Parish, for young and old, no matter what restriction are in place. Details from Karen at Parish Office. Parish Register Colin Murphy, Castlemanor, Newcastle, Co Wicklow. Colin died suddenly, but peacefully, at home on 15 October. His funeral was held in Newcastle Church. He was a regular churchgoer and a great supporter of the Parish, offering a quiet word of praise and encouragement to those involved in the ministry and running of the Parish. He will be greatly missed at weekly coffee mornings and monthly lunches, and we will all miss his kind enquiries after those who were unwell or who were not present. “Tell him I was asking for him” was a regular refrain. Our sincere sympathies to Margaret, Lynne, Sheelagh, the grandchildren, wider family members and his many friends. CALARY
AROUND THE PARISHES...GLENDALOUGH Margaret Fox -Margaret Fox sadly passed away peacefully on Friday 16th October 2020. Our sympathy goes to her husband, Edward, daughter Helen, sons James and Edward together with her wider family. Colin Murphy - It was with shock that we learned of the death of Colin. He frequently attended concerts in Calary and was well known to many of the parishioners. Our sympathy goes to Margaret, Sheelagh, and Lynne. Calary Church – Covid 19 Level 3 Restrictions No services allowed. However, the church will be open for private prayer and contemplation on Sunday mornings between 10:30 and 11:30 for those who live within 5 kilometres of the church. At the same time, the new restrictions allow people to visit graves and the churchyard will remain open. Members of the Select Vestry will be there when it is open to ensure everybody’s safety. The now familiar requirements of mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitisation continue to be in place. It is also prudent to remind everyone that whilst we are compliant in church, your compliance and practice of social distancing should continue outside the church and in the graveyard and carpark. Skydive for Mukuru Claire Chambers wishes to thank everyone for the support for her Covid thwarted skydive to raise money for a hot water system for the Rehabilitation centre in Mukuru. Thankfully, work can start on the hot water system but she still hopes to dive next year and remaining 79 for another year!
POWERSCOURT WITH KILBRIDE Rector: Rev’d Cathy Hallissey Website: www.powerscourt.glendalough.anglican.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Grouped-Parishes-ofPowerscourt-with-Kilbride-1514315732033467/ Parish Office: (Secretary, Mrs Mandy Berkeley) Tel/Fax: 2863862 Email: email@example.com Review Circulation: Mrs Joyce Roe. Tel: 2862645 No notes this month.
RATHDRUM AND DERRALOSSARY WITH GLENEALY Rector: Rev Brian O’Reilly. Mobile: 086 2230271 Rectory Phone: 0404 43814 Email: Rathdrum@glendalough.anglican.org Review notes: Heather Sheane. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0404-44472 Worship in churches temporarily halted Sadly, because of the introduction of lockdown restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, worship in church each Sunday has ceased. Each week, the Rector is filming a Service of the Word on YouTube. If you want to receive the link to this service, then contact the Rector and he will add you to his mailing list. Harvest services Harvest services were held in all three churches on Sunday 4 October. In a rural parish, harvest–time has a very special meaning and it is good to gather together and give thanks to God for his bounty. Thank you to those parishioners who decorated the churches with flowers and vegetables. Glenealy Parish church held a Gift Day on Harvest Sunday, so thank you to all parishioners who contributed so generously. Congratulations We are delighted to learn that Rathdrum parishioner Dr Leo Kilroy has been appointed as the Irish education and Skills Attaché to the European Union. His new role will see him spending a lot of time in Brussels. We wish Leo and his husband Tony all the best as they prepare for the move to Brussels. We would like to thank Leo for all his involvement in the parish especially as organist and also his work on the Safeguarding Trust Panel. CHURCH REVIEW
WICKLOW AND KILLISKEY Rector: The Revd. Jack Kinkead Tel: 086 172 7654 Email: email@example.com Assistant Priest: The Revd. Ken Rue. Tel: 087 276 6590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Review Distribution: Mr. Jonathon Patton Tel: 086 739 9591 Mrs. Lesley Rue Tel: 087 281 0478 Frances (Mick) Tottenham The funeral of Frances (Mick) Tottenham took place in Nun’s Cross church on 26 October. She had battled with cancer for the previous two years and had died at home peacefully. Tributes were paid to her by her sister Clare, via podcasts sent by two friends living in Britain and by her wife, Nicola Neumann. These brought out her love of nature, her skill in gardening and ceramic design as well as her care for animals. She had been a Select Vestry member and will be missed in the parish. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially Nicola and Mrs Alicia Tottenham who had previously suffered the premature loss of another child, Geoffry. Babies Parishioners were delighted to hear the news of the birth of Aodhla Kinkead, daughter of Revd Jack and Rachael. It is the first time for many years that there has been a baby living in the Rectory and we wish her parents well in this new chapter of their lives. Congratulations also go to Scott and Christina Evans, on the birth of Daniel. Scott has been doing a placement in the Wicklow & Killiskey parishes and Christina is the Chaplain in East Glendalough School. The Hub In place of the regular November table quiz, during the week before Christmas there will be a raffle held in The Hub for three homemade Christmas cakes and puddings in aid of parish funds. Ashford Charity Shop at The Hub looks forward to re-opening when we return to Level 3 or below and will have extended opening hours until 4.15pm on Tuesdays to Fridays inclusive. Opening hours on Mondays and Saturdays will remain as before, from 11am to 3pm. There will be a large selection of Christmas cards and gifts available. Midweek Zoom services There is an evening service on Zoom each Wednesday evening, at 7.30pm. Various liturgies are used to provide a space for prayer in the middle of the week, and are led alternately by Jack and Ken. The services generally last around 20 minutes. All welcome. Christmas Services (subject to Covid restrictions) In anticipation of churches being allowed to open for Christmas, subject to a limit of fifty people attending, there will be a pre-booking system for places at services in both churches. Details will be given on the parish websites and Facebook pages.The pews where people have been sitting will be sanitised between services. The service times are: Christmas Eve 09.00pm Holy Communion (Killiskey) 11.15pm Holy Communion (Wicklow) Christmas Day 09.00am Holy Communion (Wicklow 10.00am Holy Communion (Wicklow and Killiskey) Christmas Day 11.30am Holy Communion (Killiskey) Church Review Grateful thanks are due to Jonathon Patton and Lesley Rue who organise the distribution of the Church Review in Wicklow and Killiskey Parish, respectively. Congratulations to Revd Nigel Waugh and his team for their hard work and innovation in the production of this key magazine in the life of our United Dioceses. We thank them for their perseverance and innovation during lockdowns and are particularly grateful for the new pick-up points.We wish them continued blessing and inspiration as they publish the Church Review in 2021.
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