FROM THE RECTOR
On 24th June we said farewell to parishioners Alroy and Liomia Hoffmeester and their children Leah and Lio as they returned to their native South Africa for employment reasons. I think they found the decision to leave Ireland a difficult one and Leah, according to reports, is missing her Irish friends. Hopefully by now she is settling into her new school. Alroy had just agreed to take on the role of Churchwarden for the second time. We are very grateful to Colin Ackrell who has agreed to take over from Alroy. Colin and his wife Rita, who sings in the Music Group, were married here in St. Maelruain’s in May this year.
We had the cutting of the hedges in the graveyard on 26th June in preparation of the Dominican blessing of the graveyard on 1st July. Thank you to Billy Gould, who rounded up members of the Bowls Club to help and to John Donoghue who organised for the Boy’s Brigade leaders to help along with myself and our respective sons. The graveyard looks in great shape now, many hands make light work. Thank you to everyone who turned out to help.
Welcome back to all the organisations as we look forward starting off the church calendar for another year. William
The funeral of Vic Saunders took place here in St. Maelruain’s on 8th June and on 14th June we had the funeral of Norah Quinn. We extend our condolences to the families of both these ladies.
On 27th July we had the wedding of Natalie Ayres and Chris Raymond. Congratulations to you both and we wish you every happiness in your future lives.
On 29th July Paudie Rigley was baptised, he is the son of Mark and Hilary (nee O’Halloran) Please pray for Paudie as he begins his Christian life.
AMY’S TRIP TO UGANDA
On 3rd August I headed out to Uganda with a team from Fields of Life. We spent our first 5 days in Nakasongola, which is in central Uganda. We stayed in a children’s shelter called New Beginnings and ran a camp for Leaving Cert age + students in the nearby Bethel Royal High School, which is a Fields of Life school. Eight other Fields of Life schools joined us. It was eye opening to see the faith these young people have in God.
We then travelled onto Lira, which is in Northern Uganda, seeing the very fast flowing Nile along the way. We stayed in Lira for a week while painting Truth Primary School which is also a Fields of Life school. We painted a lot more than was expected in the four days. On our last day in Lira we travelled even further north to Pador Palwo, where we saw areas where people had been moved to during the reign of Kony and the LRA 20 years ago.
Our last day in Uganda was in Kampala, the country’s capital, we had the opportunity to visit a slum which was just like you would see in a documentary.
I would like to thank everyone who supported me financially, by providing school or painting equipment or by remembering my team in prayer. On Sunday 26th I presented two collection baskets to the church in thanks for this.
Amy. ( Amy will be giving a talk on her trip at Mother’s Union on Monday 12th November)