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November 2011

The Newsletter of St Matthias’ Church 1835-2011







Holy Communion

All Age Worship

Holy Communion


Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Lectio Divina


Holy Communion

Morning Worship

Holy Communion


Holy Communion

Holy Communion

with healing prayer


St. Matthias’ is a welcoming Anglican church in South County Dublin, with a vision to live life to the full. We are committed to sharing the good news about Jesus through building relationships and engaging with our community.

Holy Communion at 10.30am Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th. 2

The Rector Writes... Dear friends I am tempted to say ‘Happy New Year!’ Advent begins at the end of November and, of course, it marks the beginning of the Church’s year. Advent (meaning literally ‘coming’) is characterised by a special kind of waiting. Traditionally, this waiting has two perspectives: firstly, we look back and remember Israel’s wait for a Messiah and the very intimate events of Mary and Joseph’s wait for Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem; and, secondly, we look forward to Jesus’ return as the judge of all people at the end of history. One of the earliest Christian prayers recorded in the New Testament was the Aramaic phrase ‘maranatha’ which means something like ‘Come, O Lord’ (1 Cor. 16: 22). (Interestingly, it may also mean ‘the Lord has come’ in which case it captures perfectly the double perspective of Advent). Recorded in Greek, it is also the final words of Revelation: ‘Amen, come Lord Jesus’ (Rev. 22: 20). Is this a prayer close to our hearts today? An Advent Invitation The stresses and strains of life can easily rob us of the time and space we need to meet with God—this is especially so in the weeks running up to Christmas. The deep longing for God that we read about so much in the Scriptures can seem a distant cry from our own experience. This is not only rather sad but it is also a missed opportunity to connect with the very source of life. May I therefore extend an Advent invitation? If the New Year of the regular calendar provides us with a wonderful opportunity to turn over a new leaf why not be ahead of the game and make Advent a time to prepare for a renewed encounter with God through a patient and intentional wait for Christmas. At the same time we can participate in the more urgent wait for Christ’s return when all things shall indeed be made new: ‘Come, O Lord!’ William Olhausen. H e r e a r e my details.

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I look forward to journeying with you this month as we look forward to the season of Advent. In Christ William









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All Age Worship






Rachel Olhausen John 15: 9-17

Niall Stratford




Ann Fleeton 1 Thess. 5: 1-11 James Malseed Matt. 25: 14-30 Ann Cuppage Eph. 1: 15-23 Bob Wallace Matt. 25: 31-46 Tom Tormey 1 Cor. 1: 3-9 Alistair Doyle Mark 13: 24-37

Audrey Tormey

Tony Quinn

Jane Maxwell

If the date you have been scheduled for is not possible please feel free to swap with someone else on the rota. Please deal directly with the person concerned and remember to make contact with them in good time! If you are reading from an Epistle please conclude the reading with the words: This is the Word of the Lord. If you are reading from the Gospel only use the wording for a Communion service if it is in fact a communion service. Otherwise please conclude the reading with the words: This is the word of the Lord. The congregation need only stand for a Gospel reading if it is Communion. Finally, whether you are reading or leading prayers please remember to speak slowly, clearly and loudly! Even with a mic’ the volume is not sufficient for all members of the congregation. Many thanks for your participation in our worship. 5


~ Marianne McGiffin and Gosia Sitko-Hogan~

Peata was founded in September 1996 to further the understanding of the relationship between people and pets and the benefits of this relationship, particularly in a healthcare setting. It was the brainchild of vet John Bainbridge, who recognised the immense benefit which people derive from contact with animals, particularly people in nursing homes, long-stay hospitals and other care-units, many of whom had once been pet-owners themselves but now have no opportunity of contact with an animal. Also, pet owners can deepen the bond with their pets by sharing them with others, and so the idea of the Pet Visiting Scheme was initiated. The therapeutic benefit which is derived from contact between humans and animals is now well recognised, but in 1996 Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT) was a new concept in Irish healthcare, and due to John’s foresight, professionalism and leadership, Peata was the first organisation to bring this great benefit to people in long-term care in Ireland. Over the years, other services offered by Peata include advice on pet bereavement and onward referral to an especially trained counsellor, if required. Peata is a voluntary organisation, unsupported by government funding or sponsorship. It relies entirely on membership fees, fundraising collections and proceeds from its annual Pet Blessing and Carol Service events. We would be happy if St Matthias’ could support us in our challenging work. We list below the main ways you can lend us your hand:

5 Main Tips to Help Peata 1

Support Peata through annual membership of 20 Euro. You can be a Peata member even if you don’t have a dog. Secondly, you can also be a volunteer member that together with your pet commits to visiting caring continued on p20…... 6

A Word From The Curate

Have you ever about a raindrop? On Ireland one is assured too long before seeing surprised that more of contemplate all the raindrop!

stopped to think the basis that living in of not having to wait or feeling rain, I am us don’t stop to many aspects of a

On doing a little research, I discovered, that to understand a raindrop one needs to have rain and yes, in order to have rain, you must have a cloud. Without wishing to become too technical, I discovered that a cloud comprises of water vapour and tiny particles called condensation nuclei. The water vapour wraps itself around these tiny particles and forms a droplet. The ‘droplets’ are too small to fall out of the sky by themselves and so they go their own playground where they meet other droplets! On joining with bigger ‘droplets’ they start to grow in size until they become so big that they start to ‘fall out of the sky’. This growing ‘droplet’ is called—believe it or not—a raindrop! Observing the world around us in a new light and with a conscious understanding is a way of seeing God at work in unusual ways. Perhaps we as human beings are like tiny nuclei seeking and searching. Trying to find different people and beliefs to cling onto—someone / something in our lives with whom and to which we can become attached. Have we ever considered that Christianity is like a ‘droplet convention’ where we all ‘grow’ by meeting together, through listening and sharing with each other? As the ‘droplets’ grow, they bring in more and more ‘droplets’ until they become raindrops—a Christian community growing and developing. A multitude of raindrops can form a stream and become a river and, as we have witnessed very recently, a raging torrent. Could this be what is meant by a Watershed!

Niall Stratford 7

October was a great month in Sunday Club, first we had our Harvest Service and what an enjoyable occasion that was. The children and their parents were SO GENEROUS with their donations to Somalia, what a good feeling they all got from giving to someone who needed it. Other weeks we played bingo and did crafts and also St Matthias Sunday Club News taught the children a Pumpkin Prayer and carved a ~ Maria Waters ~ special pumpkin together. On November 13th the Gospel reading will be Matthew 25 14-30 “The Parable of the Talents” and the children will be hearing this story and having a little “Talent” show of their own. We will also be getting ready for our Christingle service on December 4th and starting to prepare for the Nativity on December 11th. The third Sunday of every month (the Sunday before the All-Age Service) Anne Thielemans will come to Sunday Club and teach the children a song to sing at the All-Age so we have a lot to look forward to and learn and it is important that the children come as often as they can so that they can be included in all the special services.


What’s Your Talent? Can you sing? Dance?

Do Cartwheels? Are you a Great Goal Scorer? Or the champ at Keepie-Uppy?

Are you good at reading or Art?


As I carve my pumpkin, help me say this prayer: Open my mind so I can learn about You; (Cut the top of the pumpkin) Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do; (Clean out the inside) Open my eyes so Your Love I will see; (Cut eyes shaped like hearts) I'm sorry for turning up my nose to all you've given me; (Cut a nose in the shape of the cross) Open my ears so Your Word I will hear; (Cut ears shaped like the Bible) Open my mouth so I can tell others you're near; (Cut mouth in the shape of a fish)

Come to Sunday Club on November 13th and show off your talent!

Let Your Light shine in all I say and do! Amen. (Place a candle and light) 8

Maria Waters (087) 785 1735 Roisin McCabe (087) 054 1995

CHILDRENS HARVEST Thank you to all our young people who took part in our Harvest Thanksgiving Service on 9th October. The readers during the presentation of the symbols of The Harvest were: Kayleigh, Robert, Patrick, Tommie, Jordan, Daniel, Amy and Matthew—who all read so well. A special ‘collection box’ had been made and decorated by our young people (with a little help). It was wonderful. Thank you so much. The young people’s collection at the Harvest was in aid of Somalia. We are most grateful for the wonderful effort and contribution made. A fantastic sum of money was collected—€325.00. This will be put to very good use to alleviate the needs of those suffering from famine in Somalia. Thank you so much to all involved in any way in this celebration and Thank You all so much for the large sum of money collected. Some of our younger members most generously donated some or even all of their pocket money! Finally thank you to our Sunday Club leaders for their assistance.

Niall Notice from Jackie Hayes Congratulations to Shane and Katie Hayes on the birth of their daughter Claragh in St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada! 9

The Alpha Away Day took place on 22nd October at Whitechurch National School in Rathfarnham. It was attended by about 30 participants, several of whom got organised to go in car pools—many thanks to all the drivers. The venue was lovely, intimately tucked away in a backdrop of mature woody landscape and yet only minutes away from the M50. The participants were well-watered and fed with teas and coffees, yummy desserts and savouries on offer all throughout the day, thanks to the hard-working catering team of Beverly and Sandra. As only 3 more sessions of the Alpha course remain after the Away Day, some participants have already expressed certain sadness of it ending. The participants have really been

coming and growing together—experiencing new friendships and kinships and enjoying the time and atmosphere to discover, learn, share, strengthen and develop one’s Christian faith in a relaxed, free and inviting way. The Away Day was devoted to the matter of the Holy Spirit—who is the Holy Spirit, what does the Holy Spirit do and how can one be filled with the Holy Spirit—with Nicky Gumbel on DVD presenting each topic and group discussions following after. The Day ended openly with an opportunity to take a quiet time for individual reflections or have a 10 one-on-one prayer moment with a group leader.

Tanya Olhausen enjoyed a belated celebration of her birthday on 21st October kindly organised and hosted by

Maria Waters. It was a lovely gathering of women parishioners of St Matthias’, some of whom only got to know of each other for the first time. Everyone brought something for the table and bar. It was a fun evening.

Notes. Unfortunately, due to the fact that many people had other commitments or were on holidays, our outing to the Casino in Marino had to be cancelled. Never mind, as there appears to be great interest in it we will re-schedule it for next Spring. On 26th October a group set off from the church to visit Leighlinbridge for a very nice lunch and a spot of retail therapy! A great time was had by all and many thanks to the drivers involved. On 28th November we plan to visit the Pavilion Theatre for St Patrick's Dramatic Society's production of Same Old Moon. This is St Patrick's 50th Anniversary, which is a wonderful achievement and we send them our congratulations. Based in Dalkey, various members of this parish have taken part from time to time. Preceding this there is an Early Bird meal in Alexis Restaurant on Patrick Street in Dun Laoghaire. I trust by now you have all made your bookings if you wish to come to either or both of these venues - if you haven't do CONTACT JEAN IMMEDIATELY (087 668 4472)! Last but not least, don't forget our Christmas Lunch in the Glenview Hotel on 7th December. Put the date in your diary NOW - this is always a very enjoyable affair - and even if you have not been before you will be very welcome. CONTACT TERRY (01 285 8461) for details. 11

Jean Paul

About the Interviewee S a r a h D o u g l a s likes singing and the performing arts. She was in St Matthias’ junior choir when it started in 2002 and left it when she turned eleven. She is the eldest daughter of Gordon Douglas and Anne Thielemans. Where do you live? I live in Bayview, Killiney since I was born. How long have you been coming to St Matthias? Since I was christened in 1996. Where do you sit in Church? It changes. I used to sit in front when I was with the junior choir but now I normally sit at the back with my Mum and sometimes with my sister. What do you most like about St Matthias’? I like the way we sing in church together. If you were the Rector, what is the one thing you would like to change? I would like to have a Gospel choir for teenagers to get the teenagers involved. Do you ever feel close to God? When do you feel close to God? What do you do to feel close to God? If I am ever in trouble or feel I like to ask for something I pray to Him and that is usually in situations where I would like for something to happen. For example, I wanted a part in a musical and I prayed for that part but I didn’t get it so I prayed again that I get other smaller parts in the same musical somehow. 12

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……continued from previous page Under the Spotlight What is your favourite Gospel story and why? I like the one about the Good Samaritan where a man was attacked and left for dead and the Good Samaritan came along to help after so many people who have passed the injured man ignored him and did nothing. Name one great blessing you got this year so far. I got such a good part in one musical which I didn’t expect. Do you pray? Do you have a favourite time to pray and when? I pray sometimes when I am in need of someone to talk to.

Important Announcement


Glenageary Killiney National School Enrolment Application forms are available from the School Office in the year prior to your child's proposed entry to school. Therefore, if your child is due to start primary school in 2012 you should call to the school in 2011. All schools follow the Department of Education & Skills Guidelines in relation to closures in October (Mid-term Break) - therefore the Monday after mid-term in October application forms are available for the following September. Application forms are available for two weeks and must be collected in person from the school office and returned promptly. The closing date is clearly printed on the application form. Application Forms for Junior Infants 2012 will be available for collection from Monday 7th November to Friday 18th November 2011 and must be returned by 2.15 p.m. on Monday 21st November 2011. 13

FANCY EXPERIMENTING WITH A DIFFERENT TYPE OF MUSIC FROM TIME TO TIME? ~ Anne Thielemans ~ Why don‟t you join us on a musical journey around the world? It is all part of special celebrations in worship at St Matthias‟. If you wish to take part, we have a special Saturday afternoon workshop linked to each Sunday in question.

Saturday 3rd December from 3 to 5 pm For the Sunday 4th December and celebration of Christingle

Saturday 17th December from 3 to 5 pm For the Sunday 18th December, Carol Service Practices take place in the church, with a 10 min snack „n juice break! You can sing, bring your own instrument, or participate by playing on a range of authentic sounding percussion instruments made from recycled materials. It is all fun---- and a very different experience to the music we traditionally hear in church services.

ANYONE INTERESTED IN MUSIC MAKING IS WELCOME TO JOIN US! For more information, contact Gordon Douglas & Anne Thielemans at 01 282 6213. 14

Social Clubs Our next book is Forthcoming Club Activities by Jodi Picoult Friday, 18th November—Visit to theatre “Change of “Same Old Moon” performed by St Patrick’s Heart” and we Drama Society at Pavilion Theatre, Dun shall meet on Friday 25th Laoghaire. Telephone Jean at (01) 285 2492 November 8pm at 7 Shanganagh Terrace. for further details. The succeeding read will be “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by Wednesday, 7th December—Christmas John Irving. Coincidentally, both Lunch at Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs. books are by American authors Telephone Terry at (01) 285 8461. and similarly tackle the nature of If you would like to be included in our list of religion and belief. If you would like to find out more about the Book Club, please contact email addresses (25 already), please would you send it to Jean at Bill Fleeton at (01) 282 4247.

Alpha Course Alpha Course will have the remaining two sessions on 7th and 14th. As usual, the evening begins with refreshments at 7:45pm and will be finished by 9:30pm. Parish Prayer Meetings All welcome. We will meet on Thursdays 10th and 24th at 8pm in the Rectory. Glenageary Killiney National School Enrolment for 2012 Application forms for junior infants for 2012 will be available for collection from Monday 7th November to Friday 18th November and must be returned by 2:15pm on Monday 21st November. Advent Season First Sunday of Advent is on Sunday 27th November. 15

Hobbies & interests ~ Gordon Douglas ~ On the eve of the November desperately, to scramble to explain the increasing fascinating dimension to church music!

Tidings deadline, I tried together an ‘mini article’ popularity of this

However, I am more of a hands-on man than an academic; and as music can often be more powerful medium than words, I leave the reader with the following brief considerations as to why world music is so alluring to both me, and many others alike: it unites people from different places it is educational and promotes respect for different cultures and languages it takes you out of your comfort zone and can be a welcome break from the familiar it can vary from ‘earthy simplicity’ to ‘intoxicating complexity’ it can be a creative, colourful and imaginative adventure into the world of sound it can be intensely rhythmic; and even so-called ‘non-singers’ can join in on body percussion etc it can bring you in touch with the emotions of people in far away places it is essentially a multidisciplinary activity, with powerful links to environmental and third world issues it is accessible in an economic way through the possible use of rudimentary home made instruments as with all music making, there is that intangible ever present spiritual dimension of enjoyment! I hope that the points above might provide some insight into my particular interest in this genre of music making. My own interest in this field began years ago as a music teacher in search of new avenues of musical appreciation in our schools. In 1998, I founded ‘The Plumber’s Guide to World Music’, a hands-on continued on next page…... 16

……continued from previous page World Music in Church creative music education for the middle to upper classes of primary schools, and this project has visited over 50 different national schools around the country. Making music from Wavin pipes and other unorthodox, recycled sources blended with a growing interest in world music; and the merger of the two ideas has left me with a legacy of wonderful experiences in many Dublin communities and ‘beyond the pale’! Anyone wishing to know more about my unusual projects should contact me at:

‘Der Plumbelmeister’ , Gordon Douglas, playing one of his latest creations: The Kitchen Sink Wastepipe Batophone! Photograph, Southside People, Gwen Kelly

‘ The Panpiper’ -——--- Photograph, Irish Times, Frank Miller

Fanfare of ‘Wastepipe Didjeridus’ from St Mary’s John of Gods, Drumcar, Co. Louth!

‘Capt. Von Tap’ (a.k.a. Gordon Douglas!) in his ‘finale attire’ for end-of-course schools’ show : The Plumber’s Guide to World Music! The tap made its début performance on RTE 1 Morning Ireland in June 2006!


Light r Moments Burglars just broke in An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled, "Stop! Acts 2:38!". [Turn from your sin]. The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. Then the woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture at you." "Scripture?" replied the burglar, "She said she had an axe and two 38s!".


It is the time when western church Christians remember and celebrate “light in the midst of darkness”—(firstly) the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of his son Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago and (latterly) a time to look forward to his Second Coming. Advent Sunday or “Levavi” starts the period on the Sunday nearest to 30th November (St Andrew‟s Day) and is followed by three more Sundays before 25th December. Advent is from the Latin word „adventus‟ meaning „arrival‟ or „coming‟.

W hen did Advent come about? In the 5th century.

Then it began on 11th November (St Martin‟s Day) and

took the form of a six week fast leading to Christmas. During the 6 th century, Advent was reduced to its current length and later the fasting was dropped.

M ore… The beginning of Advent is, traditionally, when the preparations for Christmas really begin—the festive menu is planned, gifts are chosen and wrapped, carols sung, cards are written and posted, and houses decorated.

The Advent Wreath is the widely recognised symbol of Advent.

It is usually

made of evergreen branches (meant to symbolise hope for newness and renewal of eternal life) laid flat and arranged in a circle (meant to symbolise God‟s eternal and endless mercy). Four candles (traditionally red) are stood on the circle (to each represent one of the four Sundays of Advent). A fifth candle (traditionally white) is placed in the centre—the Christ Candle—to be lit on Christmas Day.

The Advent worship is taken like a journey through the Christmas story represented by the five candles of “Hope, Peace, Love, Joy and the Birth of Jesus”. 19;;

A dvent is the New Year of the Western Christian Church?

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If you think you and your pet can commit an hour every week, you can download an application form from our website, or write to Peata, P.O. Box 11662, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.


Join our annual events such as Carol Service. This year, it will be in Christchurch Cathedral on Tuesday 13th December at 1pm. All are most welcome: pets (on leads) and people!


Become a fan of Peata on Facebook, or check out our website


Help us with our fundraising and marketing efforts. We need more publicity but we are not sure how to do it. We really need a group of volunteers who have experience in fundraising and are willing to commit their time to Peata.

If you and your pet would like to become involved with Peata, or to find out more about our work and services, please call us at (01) 296 4474 or email

Olivia is currently on placement for ten weeks at St Matthias’. She is reading her first year in theological Olivia giving her maiden Sermon at the Holy Communion service on 23rd Oct, marking her first week of placement.

Olivia put on the Hotspot being introduced and welcomed to the Parish at the Morning Worship service on 16th Oct.

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