FROM THE RECTOR
On the 29th January we had a visit from the students of Mount Seskin Community School (formerly Jobstown) who are studying religion as a Junior Certificate exam subject. I showed them around St. Maelruian’s and spoke to them both on my role here in Tallaght and as Canon of Christchurch Cathedral where I also brought them for a visit.
On 12th February I was delighted to attend the installation of Rev. Stephen Neill (Archbishop John Neill’s son) in Celbridge which is also grouped with Newcastle, our neighbouring congregation. We send our best wishes to Stephen as he takes up his new parish.
We started the Alpha course ‘7 Churches together’ exploring the meaning of life (with breakfast) on Wednesday 28th January in An Solas Methodist Church in Jobstown. This course will run until 1st April, on Wednesdays, at 9.00am. It has been interesting and is well attended. If you would like anymore information please contact me on 086 803 0239.
Churches together includes: Bethel Community Church, Kiltalown, Jobstown. Church of Ireland, Tallaght Village. Tallaght Family Church. Elim, Brookfield. An Solas Tallaght Methodist Church. R.C.C.O.G. Joseph’s Palace Dublin. Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Jobstown.
We had our Ash Wednesday service and will continue to have a Lenten Holy Communion service on each Wednesday of Lent at 10.00am. Following the Lenten service we have been running the Church of Ireland Lenten bible course ‘Same Sex Issues and the Bible’ which has been also well attended and has opened up some interesting discussion.
We look forward to Easter and to a service each night of Holy Week.
God Bless William
Ella Elizabeth Keane was baptised on 8th February in St. Maelruain’s, baby daughter of Donal and Erica. We had the baptism of Clodagh Rose Helena Broderick on Sunday 21st February baby daughter of David and Linda. Please pray for Ella, Clodagh and their families as they begin their Christian lives.
SUNDAY MORNING HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE
Following a trial period of moving the time of the early Holy Communion Service from 8.30am to 9.00am we are now reverting to our original time of 8.30am due to popular demand, beginning on Sunday 1st March.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The World Day of Prayer service this year will be held on Friday 6th March at 8.00pm in Sacred Heart Church Killinarden.
Churches Together – explore the meaning of Life (Alpha Course). In An Sola Methodist Church, contact the Rector for more information 086 803 0239.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY
A St. Patrick’s Day service will be held in the Church at 11.00am (bank holiday) on 17th March.
AWARE are having a ‘Harbour to Harbour’ Howth > Dunlaoghaire and Dunlaoghaire > Howth sponsored walk on St. Patrick’s Day starting on 10.30am, register online at www.aware.ie
NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COPING WITH LOSS
A conference dealing with loss is being held on Friday 13th March 10.00am – 1.30pm in the Skylon Hotel, Uppr. Drumcondra Rd. The aims of the conference are to provide coping skills for those who have experienced loss by death of loved ones, suicide of family or friend, breakdown of relationships, loss of family members due to emigration, loss of employment, homelessness or poor health. Call 01 – 838 8888 or email email@example.com for reservation. Check www.awarenesseducation.org for more information. €35 including tea / coffee and lunch.
There will be a Lenten Service each Wednesday of Lent at 10am. We are studying the Church of Ireland course: ‘Same Sex Issues and the Bible’ upstairs in the main hall at 11am following the Wednesday Lenten Service.
The Easter Vestry (Parish AGM) will take place this year on Sunday 19th April after a shortened Holy Communion Service.
Jim Bird has held the position Hon. Treasurer for almost 25 years and after all the years of loyal service Jim would like to retire, therefore the Vestry are faced with the difficult job of finding a replacement. We are looking for a volunteer for this position or suggestions of someone who might be suitable. If you feel you can help or have any ideas of who could, please contact the Rector 086 803 0259.
The date for the summer sale has been set for Saturday 23rd May (make sure to put the date in your diary!). Ronnie Scott who has been organising the Summer Sale for the last number of years would like to step down as sole organiser. There will be a meeting after Church (12pm) on Sunday 8th March to organise a new committee. The Summer Sale is one of the main fundraisers that the parish holds annually, please think about volunteering for this new committee and attend the meeting. Many hands make light work!
On Monday 9th February at 8pm we had a very enjoyable session learning how to play WHIST with Gerard & Sylvia Moody. Many thanks to you both.
On Monday 9th March at 8pm we will have Jane Burns of Christian Aid coming to speak to us. If you are interested in hearing about their work, please do join us. You will be most welcome.
Monday 13th April will be our Bring & Buy and AGM.
SAOIRSE CONTRIBUTION FOR MARCH – TEA TOWELS
TEA LADIES MARCH: Yvonne McGlynn & Iris Harley
TEA LADIES APRIL: Noelle Lewis & Miriam Gibney
The MU diocese of Dublin & Glendalough are holding a Women’s Breakfast in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip from 9.30am to 11.30am on Saturday 28th February. Speaker: Jacqui Armstrong. Valerie & Miriam planning to attend.
Crossroads is a Church of Ireland Social Club for those in their 20’s & 30’s and a little older…… We meet on the last Friday of the month in Buswells Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin. For more details, David @ 085 7272 019. There will be a visit to Museums and Art Gallery, Merrion Square on Sunday 8th March on 2pm. Contact Georgina 087 671 6745 for more information.
The 42nd annual Girls' Brigade display will take place on Saturday April 25th at 3pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. If you know someone who would like to join our Company please check out our website for more details www.girlsbrigadeirl.ie
Just a reminder of our dates. We meet on the last Friday of the month, 27th March, 24th April, and 29th May, 10.30am - 12.30pm, do drop in for a cuppa and a chat.
The March Whist Drive is on Monday 16th 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 Bible study of the reading for the following Sunday continue on Thurs afternoons at 3.00pm upstairs, Parish Hall.
Don’t forget to remember your Mum on Mothering Sunday 15th March, a chance to show her how much you care.
8.30am Service Holy Communion each Sunday. 11.00am Service Holy Communion: 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. Morning Prayer: 2nd and 5th Sundays of each month.
Family Service: 4th Sunday of each month.
1st Wednesday of each month Holy Communion with laying on of hand for the sick at 10.00am