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Saturday, 6 December 2014

December Newsletter


December 2014


FROM THE RECTOR  

Our ‘Flower Festival’ last year raised the funds to re-roof the stables in the church grounds. Having money left over after the work was completed the Flower Festival Committee decided to use the balance to install a much needed defibrillator in the Parish Centre. On 3rd November we had a training night for a member from each Parish Organisation which was conducted by the company who installed the machine. As many of you will know, a defibrillator can be a life saving device and we are very grateful to the Festival Committee for providing it for the Parish.



On 4th November the Institute of Technology Tallaght held their Annual Business Prize Giving in the Church. It is always a lovely evening and it’s nice to be part of such a happy event and to see the Church filled with locals. We have a close relationship with the college where I am part time chaplain, the College also use our Parish Centre for sporting activities and exams.



November continued to be a busy month. We had the return of the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal on 9th November, a Remembrance Service in Mount Seskin Community College on 19th and on the 21st I went to a Building Blocks conference in All Hallows College on ‘Messy Church’.  I attended ‘Tallaght Person of the year’ in the Red Cow Inn on 28th  which was awarded to Mary McLaughlin  for her work with the suicide charity HOPE (Hold On Pain Eases). Christmas can be very sad for some people, a time of reflection, so the work of charities such as HOPE is invaluable.



May I take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Parish Newsletter a very happy Christmas and health for the New Year.                                                                                                                               William.


Christmas in St. Maelruain’s
 
Sun 14th December:  
11am - Parish School Carol Service and play  
  
Sun 21st  December:  
11am - Good News Club Carol Service 

7pm  - Nine Lessons and Carols  followed 
by refreshments in the Small Hall. 
  
 Wed 24th December: 
11.30pm -‘Midnight’ Holy Communion 
   
Thurs  25th December 
9.00am - Christmas Morning Holy Communion with hymns

11am - Christmas Morning Family Holy Communion

Sun 28th December 
11am - Family Service

Wed 31st December  
 11pm - New Year’s Eve Multi Cultural Service 
 
Please Note : SUNDAY MORNING HOLY COMMUNION 8.30AM SERVICE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 9.00AM



BAPTISM     On 1st November Milo Hewitson  was Baptised, baby son of Emma. Please pray for Milo and his family as he begins his Christian life.

BISHOPS APPEAL      The project this year for the Bishop’s Appeal is the Al – Ahli Hospital in Gaza which is run by the Anglican Dioceses of Jerusalem and which was damaged in the recent conflict in that region.  Funds raised will go towards medical supplies, fuel for generators and basic food parcels and blankets.

GIFT DAY    Thank you to all who gave so generously to our Annual Gift Day, this year in aid of a new Church boiler. The sum raised, as we go to print, is €5, 515. If you haven’t given your donation yet, it’s not too late. Don’t forget that there is a tax rebate of 31% available on all recorded donations given annually over the sum €250 to the parish. 

ENVELOPES     Church giving envelopes will be available in the Church Porch at the end of the month. If anybody would like to join the envelope scheme, keeping in mind the tax rebate available to the parish, please ask the Rector or contact the Parish Office 462 6006.

THE CHURCH OF IRELAND GAZETTE     If you would like to subscribe to the Church of Ireland all Ireland weekly newspaper please contact the Parish office.

ODD JOBS
The Select Vestry is looking for volunteers to help with small maintenance jobs around the Parish Centre and also if there is anyone with knowledge of lawnmower repairs who would like to help out with the upkeep of our graveyard machinery. Please contact Billy Gould on 087 986 4551 if interested.

CHURCH REVIEW
Subscription of €40 is now due on orders of the Diocesan Church Review Magazine, please send payment to Parish Office as soon as possible. If you do not wish to continue with you subscription or if you would like start receiving the magazine, can you please let the Parish Office (462 6006) know before the end of December.

DECORATING THE CHURCH FOR CHRISTMAS
The Church will be decorated for Christmas on Friday the 20th December at 10am. Donations of flowers, greenery and decorations gratefully received. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would like to come along and help to decorate the church, young, old, male or female!

MOTHER’S UNION / FAMILIES FIRST
On Monday 10th November we held a Quiz Night  in aid of Church Boiler replacement. Whilst we would have wished for a greater attendance, those present had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you to Eileen Dunne for organising the questions, Liz Norris Quiz Mistress,  and all who brought items for supper.

Monday 8th December: 8pm.  Christmas Flower Demonstration with Janet Edgely & Regina Donoghue.. All welcome. Please bring your favourite Christmas treat to share at supper. (excluding mince pies)
Monday 12th January 2015 – Annual Dinner. The venue will again be Blazin Grill who are local and excellent value. If you wish to join us for this night out please contact either Valerie (086 8594850) or Miriam (087 2939751)
SAOIRSE
For December they have requested toothpaste.  However, can we also contribute Christmas fare. Please bring along your items on Monday 8th December.
January: They have requested kitchen towels, if you plan on coming on 12th January, bring them along and I will put them in my car boot..
May your Christmas be filled with lots of happiness, peace and love...
……. and lots of presents !!                             Miriam – Secretary.

BOY’S BRIGADE  
We had our annual joint BB and GB enrolment service on Sunday 23rd November which there was a great turn out. And a special thank you to Mark Atkinson for the lovely sermon. All the boys enjoyed it and was great to see some old and welcomed faces. 
BB will finish on Friday the 12th December for the Christmas period and will restart in the New Year, mid January. We would like to wish all the parish a very happy Christmas and New Year.   

BOWLS
We wish all in the bowls club health and happiness for the festive season and as we go to print, looking forward to seeing everyone at the bowls Christmas dinner this Saturday. 

WHIST DRIVE 
The December ‘Turkey’ Whist Drive is on Monday 15th  at 8.00pm in the small hall. All Welcome!

PRAYERS FOR THE PARISH
Prayers for the parish continue on Monday evenings at 8.00pm in the upstairs of  Parish Hall, needs your support. 
BIBLE STUDY  of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Thurs afternoon at 3.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.

PARISH COFFEE MORNING 
Our November Coffee Morning was a bit of a surprise, just as we had intended!  Everyone had quite a chuckle when they arrived and found three Victorian (well, sort of) maids waiting to greet them.  The phones and cameras were whipped out at amazing speed!  We felt like celebrities!  We had candles, crackers, mince pies and lashings of tea and cake and the atmosphere was very warm and jolly.  Thank you one and all for your support and generous donations throughout the year.  We wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and New Year.  Our next Coffee Morning will be on 30thJanuary.  Vivienne, Regina, and Barbara.